Guy affectionately remembers me trolling him. :)

I got this message from Aknor the True-hearted on facebook this morning (name changed to protect their identity).  It made my day and I thought I’d share.

Professor Dr. Professor Eberhard,

While posting a link to an article on the wall of my dear friend Jacob, here (ironically, the article was about a judge sentencing a 17-year-old-boy to church after he was convicted of first degree manslaughter), I noticed that he had befriended you on this social network. (“HOLY FUCK. HOW ARE YOU FRIENDS WITH JT EBERHARD.”) I was already aware of you, as a past acquaintance told me about your work awhile back while I was in the middle of an existential crisis and I watched some videos, read some stuff, etc. Anyway, Jacob told me that he had met you when you spoke at his college, and I expressed jealousness.

Anyway, I went to your profile page out of curiosity, and upon seeing that you were an opera major at MSU and worked at Haruno in 2010, I recalled that we had in fact already met.

On my mother’s birthday two years ago, my family went to Haruno, and you were the guy going around refilling everyone’s glasses of water.

No idea how the conversation got started, but we talked about music, which led to you telling me about being an opera major, which led to me mentioning the Adam Lambert concert at the JKH a few weeks before, which led to you telling me about your involvement with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (you lamented that you were going to attend the anti-hate protest in front of the JKH with them, but couldn’t because of work).

This meeting was also the first time you inspired me (odd, because at the time, I was Christian and had no idea who you were): the restaurant was slow that day, so you just stood in a corner with your pitcher of water, and every time one of us took ONE sip, you walked over and refilled the glass. My parents became super annoyed, but I was filled with a sense of troll-pride, and thought, “Wow, now THAT’S a real troll. I want to be like THAT guy someday.”

Two years later, I’m well on my way.

Anyway, this sudden recollection was to epic to NOT share, so I of course felt compelled to share it, so as to not deprive you of its aforementioned epicness.

Thanks for all that you do!

Good times.

The sad truth is that, despite my love of artfully trolling, that night I was in the section of a server who demanded I do that against my protestations that it would annoy the hell out of people and cost him a percentage of his tip.

Sometimes I ask people what they do for a living when I meet them at conferences.  Often they get sheepish and half-whisper that they work at Target or something.  Look, a job is a job.  It doesn’t define you.  You’re defined by all the stuff you do when not at work.  I worked at Taco Bell for four years, a shitty ice cream shop (Braum’s) for two years, and this place for a year and a half, along with other shit jobs.  Everybody has shit jobs while they work on other stuff.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • John Eberhard

    Chuck E. Cheese.

  • Amyc

    Olive Garden host…and they’re cutting hours…ugh, in three weeks (when school is out) I’m goin’ job huntin’

  • iknklast

    McDonald’s. Followed by Wendy’s. In fact, I met my ex at Wendy’s. It was a way to pay for college, and back then, it wasn’t so horrible.

  • Crimbly

    Hey, nice to know that it’s okay to have a shit job. :) I work weekends in at telecoms company answering phones. When I feel rubbish about it I try to remember that at least I HAVE a job and others aren’t so lucky.

  • Epinephrine

    Stocking shelves in the public library, Hobby House (models, RPGs, etc), tutoring companies (math&science), museum guide*. Not to mention time traveling and working as a waiter/porter in various hotels in the UK. Liking where I am now, but there’s nothing wrong with any of those, you work to pay bills.

    *Sounds like a sweet job, until you’re doing birthday parties for kids and cleaning up pizza+liquid nitrogen ice cream vomit from your stage. And for some reason**, one kid puking makes other kids puke.

  • Chrisj

    Epinephrine – if you think time-travel is a sucky job, I want to know what your idea of an awesome one is!

    • Epinephrine

      Rofl – I had no idea what you were talking about. Then I read my comment again and saw that I had missed a word in there (should read “time spent traveling”). But yes, my time traveling sucks as it’s only forward, and at the same rate as everything else around me.

    • Niemand

      Great. Now I want to live in a universe where the really bad jobs are the ones that involve time travel (in 2 or more directions, at varying rates). If for no other reason, then to see what the really awesome jobs are like.

  • Volizden

    WAL-MART 1.5 years…

    • John Horstman

      Are you striking this Friday? Either way (whether you’re striking or dealing with massive numbers of crazy shoppers while seriously under-staffed because your co-workers are striking), good luck!

      (While, obviously, strikes are most effective when everyone participates, I don’t share some of my fellow labor activists’ disdain for those who literally cannot afford to not work for a day or several.)

  • Stan

    Braum’s may be a shitty place to work for, but most of us Oklahoma locals like eating there. And I feel it’s important to support local Oklahoma businesses.

    • JT Eberhard

      Excellent point, since there are no local Oklahoma businesses that don’t shit on their employees.