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[Aug. 26th, 2008|09:09 pm]
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I was just thinking about people who automatically assume that a job (besides the one they work, obviously) is just like that field is portrayed on screen. You know, being a doctor is obviously like Grey's Anatomy, or E.R. If I met an Asian surgeon, I might assume they're agressive, bitchy, and screwing their attending just like Sandra Oh in Grey's! But they wouldn't be, because this isn't T.V.

People sometimes ask me what it's like being a cocktail waitress, or DJ. These are things that I sometimes get asked:

Do you get hit on all the time by drunk guys?
Not nearly as much as you probably would think. It's a rare occasion, or just that one asshole - repeatedly.

Is it like the bar in Coyote Ugly/Cheers/Knocked Up?
No.

I'm not really complaining; these are exactly the types of questions I would ask if I weren't working in this field. It's like being a college student and having people ask what your major is. Or like when you're a hooker and people ask you what positions you do. It's not the most thought-provoking or interesting question, but it's relevant, logical, and really just something people feel obligated to ask so they can get to the next step in the conversation. Like "All right, then, I'll have a blow j."

Or in the case of the hooker, "What do you charge?"

Haha, you see what I did there? I made a funny.

(Sorry, I've started having to explain my jokes, because the people I work with don't "get" my humor. One of the waitresses kept dropping quarters and subsequently complained, "Man, I hate change!" To which I replied, "So, I guess you're not going to be voting for Obama then!..." - Crickets. Nothing. "'Cause, you know, he's all about change... pun... double entendre... humorous... no?)

Anyway, why wouldn't people realize that jobs aren't like those portrayed on screen? They know theirs isn't like what they've seen on TV or in movies, so why would they assume mine is?
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-27 04:36 am (UTC)
After the big "stupid" post, I'm afraid to respond by saying that people in general are idiots, but I can't think of anything else to say. These are the same people who pass around chain letters and think Obama is a Muslim. Most people have a cute, although grossly simple and hideously inaccurate perspective on the world.

Thanks to your second question, I have the Theme from Cheers stuck in my head, and I find it funny that people would compare Wild (Mild) Bill's to anything in the movies or television. I haven't been to too many bars, but I'm assuming they all have scores of flawless 20 something women dancing on the bars and serving drinks in this elaborate and well choreographed manner... and someone always says something that warrants studio audience laughter and applause every minute...

Wild Bill's is filmed before a live studio audience...
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-27 04:46 am (UTC)

But I digress...

It's really just small talk. For example, when I tell people I work in the Meat Department, the next question they always is ask is "So, you cut meat?". Small talk is... awkward, and it gets a little old, but I guess you have to talk about the weather and that local sports team before you bombard them with an in depth discussion on Kohlberg's stages of moral developement and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

I think we need more TV shows and movies set in a meat cutting room... might be rated NC-17 right off the bat with all that blood everywhere...
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From: you_lied
2008-08-29 12:48 am (UTC)
What about when you are trained to do a certain job and then you see it portrayed on tv and get irritated about the show because of it's inaccuracies? Maybe it's just me.

I don't think I've ever seen a show or movie where my type of job has been particularly displayed. I have seen movies and shows though with people with developmental disabilities and it actually seems to be something that is usually very accurately portrayed. Well how those people act that is. I guess there is nothing to glamorize about being retarded though haha.

If tv and movies were portrayed accurately, I think, that we wouldn't have anything interesting to watch. Who wants to watch the fairly, uninteresting lives that we live? Isn't that the point of film - to entertain us?
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-29 04:48 am (UTC)
I dunno, Josh.

"Deadliest Catch" and "Dirty Jobs" are just a few programs that come to mind that show real life workers doing real life things. Those a pretty popular shows on Discovery Channel. Of course, I'll be quick to point out those shows probably film several days worth of activity and cut it down to a 25 minute program showing the "best of" moments that people would actually give a crap about. That in itself could generate some misconceptions about a day in the life of _________.

And if that fails, there's that old saying "Truth is stranger than fiction".
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From: you_lied
2008-08-29 05:29 am (UTC)
True, I wasn't really thinking of it that broadly I suppose. I only had in mind sitcoms and movies and the such. I actually like the shows you mentioned myself, but you probably are right that they just show the best of moments haha.
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