This is one of a series of posts about jobs I’ve had during my time on this planet. You can read more posts by clicking the “jobs i’ve had” tag, and read a lengthier intro to the series in the first post.
I worked off-and-on in the University of Tennessee computer lab for two or three years. It probably was the least eventful of all my jobs. I sat at a desk, checked people’s IDs to make sure they were students or faculty, and gave them a plastic marker denoting which computer they should use. Sometimes I reloaded the paper in the printer or fixed a paper jam. If it was crowded, I called names off a waiting list.
I’ll just post a few random memories from working there:
- I was frustrated with a new policy prohibiting us from installing programs on the computers. I found out they hadn’t locked the computers down tight enough, only prohibiting access to C:\Program Files and installed AOL Instant Messenger to a folder outside there with a really long passive aggressive name like C:\youcantrytostopusfrominstallingAIMbutweregoingtodoitanyway. They found out it was me somehow and I got a nice talking to about that.
- I went on a few dates with a girl with two first names who worked in there. She was very forward and I was startled by that and didn’t really know how to react. All it really amounted to was me spending a lot of money on alcohol, some crying, and a slap on the ass.
- Speaking of my relationship prowess, against my better judgment I asked a girl who was a frequent user in the main library out. Surprisingly, she didn’t exactly say no. She told me I should meet her at a particular coffee shop she spends a lot of time in. I drove by there one night, saw a bunch of hippies sitting there, and decided not to go in.
- The main lab in the UT library had both PCs and Macs. There was always a wait for the PCs, and usually several Macs open. The vast majority of people in those labs were writing/printing papers or dicking around with their email. I always used the Macs even before I was converted to the dark side because it was just more practical.
- The main UT library also had some mean-looking Sun Solaris workstations. Sometimes I’d check out one of those to read email between classes just because they were cool.
- Working in the labs over the summer is about the biggest slacker job in the world. I frequently would work a four-hour shift and not see a single person the entire time, especially on late shifts.
- I played a lot of Dope Wars and this home run derby game ESPN had on their site at the time.
Scintillating, I know.
Maybe you’d be better off reading Sara’s latest entry in her series with the same name.