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    I know many entering different COM's this fall are not in school and some like me are doing lame jobs to earn some skrill in the mean time. I just want to see how lame is everyone elses jobs. I work as a Med Tech in a Molecular Pathology lab but it is much lamer than it sounds. I just regret passing up a job as a Microbiology Lab Tech in an Ice Cream plant to take this job just for a few more dollars per hour.

    Now I mess with ethidium bromide instead of fresh cream, and hundreds of sarstedt tubes instead of chocolate chips. Let's here what lame (or cool) jobs you guys are doing before school starts this fall.
     

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      That sounds like a good job. I'm looking right now, for ANYTHING! Turns out a B.S. in Biology qualifies you for nothing, especially in a small town. I'll let you know what it is when I find a job.
       

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        I work with medical physicists at a radiation oncology office. Basically, I get to do quality assurance checks on the linear accelerators and simulators. It's really repetitive and boring, which is why they make me do it...
         
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          sheesssh, and you guys are complaining. With a BS in biological science, (graduated with honor) I am parking cars to earn money. That's right. I'm a valet guy. The tips are good, but the people and the cars are disgusting.:oops:
           

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            sheesssh, and you guys are complaining. With a BS in biological science, (graduated with honor) I am parking cars to earn money. That's right. I'm a valet guy. The tips are good, but the people and the cars are disgusting.:oops:

            I hear ya! My BS in Bioengineering landed me a job at a Japanese Restaurant as a waiter. The tips are good too but I smell like raw fish mixed with miso soup everyday. :barf: Miso-licious!!
             

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              I sub at a high school- doesnt get more lame than that.

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                I am working not one, but three jobs waiting for school to start. I am the Microbiology Lab Manager at the university I graduated from (easiest best paying job in the world), I coach soccer (also a lot of fun), and last but not least I am a Barista at Starbucks. Hopefully my last almost minimum wage job ever. The unlimited free drinks while I work is a definite plus along with my free pound of coffee a week, although I did have to be at work at 5 am this morning... I am definitely ready to switch this work craziness with school craziness!
                 
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                  I don't consider my job as lame as I do ridiculous. Try picking 20 or so semi-related compounds and developing one extraction method, figuring out how to do it on an automated extraction machine with one elution method and then instrumenting it on a mass spec with one ionization method in your pick of groundwater, soil, sludge, urine, etc and getting good recovery on all the compounds for about the same pay as a high school graduate. I can't wait to be done bc I feel like a horrible magician most days and that's lame.
                   

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                    A prospective student told me on interview day that she mowed lawns in a bikini to earn money for MCAT prep (the bikini being necessary, I was told, to outdo the competition):rolleyes:.

                    Whatever you do kids....DO NOT talk about jobs requiring scant clothing on your Medical School interview day.
                     

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                      A prospective student told me on interview day that she mowed lawns in a bikini to earn money for MCAT prep (the bikini being necessary, I was told, to outdo the competition):rolleyes:.

                      Whatever you do kids....DO NOT talk about jobs requiring scant clothing on your Medical School interview day.

                      This makes me wonder.... What single guy owns a house with a yard? I'm sure there are some, but not many.

                      My wife would never let that fly. Must be a lot of swingers in her neighborhood.
                       

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                        I'm a cashier at a family-owned drug store. I'm pretty much the only person there who wasn't hired because I knew or was related to someone who already works there. Apparently I was hired because I have a B.S. and they're only paying me $8/hr for better work than what they get out of all the *****s I work with. I spend most of my work day restocking alcohol, cigarettes, and candy. The rest of my day is spent standing as still as possible, ringing crabby customers, or listening to the daily gossip about my coworkers. It's about as mindless as you can get.
                         

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                          I'm glad to hear that there are lots of folks out there who are NOT doing anything medical that pays before starting school in fall. My mom thinks that if I were really passionate about medicine, I should want to work in a hospital, no matter what the job was. She doesn't quite understand that I've worked my tush off getting in, and now I just want to take a summer to not have to think about it. So....

                          I am going to be selling drinks on a riverboat called the Fat Cat in Chattanooga all summer. Free rides all day on the Tennessee River! I'm excited about it.
                           
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                            I work as a waitress at Ruby Tuesday and as a 24 care person at the hospital.. basically i sit and watch suicidal and confused patients to make sure they don't hurt themselves.. it ends up that i watch tv or read for 8hrs a day.. sounds fun.. but its NOT. its boring as hell and id rather be moving around doing something.. im not even allowed to leave the room.. yesterday i was having some bladder problems (tmi, i know).. but it was really sucky cause i had to wait for a nurse to come in and take my place in the room.. and man, they are SLOW
                             

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                              I am hoping to be unemployed this summer. After my teaching contract ends in May I would love to spend the summer as a housewife (yep, told my husband I would actually do all the cooking and cleaning!). If that doesn't pay enough, I will have to do some lame temp work.

                              Side note: I actually did study animal communicaton. My master's degree is in biology, but my thesis was on animal communication. I studied Elk mating calls for 2 years. Really. It makes for some interesting conversation during interviews. Also worked as a zookeeper and spent my time cleaning up chimpanzee $hit. Again, another good interview story.
                               

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                                sub teacher at middle schools. talk about pre-teen defiance. had a job subbing multiple days for an english teacher and on first day there was a trojan hanging from the handle. that was how that week STARTED...
                                 

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                                  working as a lab tech at a clinical cancer lab. i spend about 5 hours a day in the break room or on studentdoctor.net. LAME the best part is i have to blow 2 weeks of vacation before july!

                                  Haha, that's exactly what I do. Working as a tech in a cancer research lab. I get to play with mice though, fun stuff. I probably do about 2 or 3 hours of work each day and the rest of the time I'm waiting for the damn gel to finish. Gah, can't wait til I quit. I guess I can't complain though, it's easy work and pays pretty well.
                                   

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                                    I was trading foreign currencies the year before I entered medicine. Also worked as a financial analyst as well.

                                    That reminds me how it seems everyone I know thinks they are an expert at FOREX trading now because they've all been betting against the dollar for 2 years and have been right so far.

                                    Granted, I wish I had also been shorting the damn $ for 2 years because they're all doing very well and quitting their IB jobs, buying Maseratis and what have you... but one giant bet doesn't make them experts! I'd be willing to bet that they're all doing something else when the dollar goes back up. And all of them will lose their shirts if the USD goes up as fast as it went down.
                                     

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                                      When do you expect the Dollar to recover?? I actually wish the Dollar was stronger, it would make my expenses overseas much lower. I love to travel but the weak Greenback cuts into my plans. I used to spend big whenever in Europe and elsewhere. Recently I went to Europe and exchanged some US Currency and the girl at the counter smirked at me.
                                       

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                                        When do you expect the Dollar to recover?? I actually wish the Dollar was stronger, it would make my expenses overseas much lower. I love to travel but the weak Greenback cuts into my plans. I used to spend big whenever in Europe and elsewhere. Recently I went to Europe and exchanged some US Currency and the girl at the counter smirked at me.

                                        LOL! I know thats not supposed to be funny.. but somehow i think that is hilarious!!
                                         

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                                          I'm not really sure. While the dollar is always cyclical, there are no reasons for it to go up right now and there won't be any good reasons until Bush is out of office. Then Obama can reduce the budget deficit by leaps and bounds like B. Clinton did and look like a hero. That'll take a couple years though, and it also might take a couple years until the Fed raises rates again... so yeah, it looks like the dollar will take a couple of years to recover. But traders always buy on the expectation and sell on the news, so the dollar will probably rise before any of these things actually happen in real life.

                                          And I don't think my friends will continue to make money indefinitely by continuing to short the dollar. Multi-year profitable trading strategies like that just don't happen in real life! Or at least that's what I keep telling myself since I missed the boat and still refuse to jump in now.
                                           

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                                            Not appropriate or funny. I used to work with the developmentally disabled and that word is not ok under any circumstances, even if you are just quoting some movie

                                            You do know that one can spin that on you too. ;) You make the assumption he was associating the word with the people. The people can just be slow in their actions. I'm sorry, but people really get way too wound up about a damn word. It is not like he called them mongoloids. I've worked with handicapped kids too , and I do understand the frustration but chillout. It isn't the words that are bad. It is the intent behind the word, and we don't have any tone of voice to go by.

                                            Anyway, I'm going to have a job doing background checks with homeland security. Good pay and adjustable hours.
                                             

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                                              I'm not really sure. While the dollar is always cyclical, there are no reasons for it to go up right now and there won't be any good reasons until Bush is out of office. Then Obama can reduce the budget deficit by leaps and bounds like B. Clinton did and look like a hero. That'll take a couple years though, and it also might take a couple years until the Fed raises rates again... so yeah, it looks like the dollar will take a couple of years to recover. But traders always buy on the expectation and sell on the news, so the dollar will probably rise before any of these things actually happen in real life.

                                              And I don't think my friends will continue to make money indefinitely by continuing to short the dollar. Multi-year profitable trading strategies like that just don't happen in real life! Or at least that's what I keep telling myself since I missed the boat and still refuse to jump in now.

                                              Do you really think Obama can win? I have serious doubts about his electability, all his opponents have to do is the replace the "m" in last name with an "s". Hilary has done this effectively by spreading rumors that he is a Muslim. McCain would be chew him up.

                                              Check out this Flickr parody of Obama:
                                              http://www.flickr.com/photos/pchoutx/2368071154/

                                              Obama spent some of his childhood in Indonesia, which is a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, its a country that is as dangerous as Iran.

                                              I think Hilary is going to win. An interesting new political tool is this new online comic book set in 2011 called "Shooting War" basically it focuses on a future where McCain is the next President and the US continues the fight in Iraq.
                                               

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                                                Hillary doesn't even really have a chance at this point. Maybe 1 in 10 to win the nomination, at best.

                                                And yeah, I think Obama will probably beat McCain. But you never know. If McCain does become President, then I bet the US dollar will stay down for quite a bit longer, because he'll spend as much money as Bush did on Iraq, if not more, and he'll refuse to raise taxes to pay for it... keeping the Bush policy of fighting wars and lowering taxes at the same time. :scared:

                                                As for the Muslim rumor-mongering thing, that's not really a problem. It's pretty easy for him to show that he's always been a Christian... I think he even attended a Catholic school during the time he was in Indonesia. If it would have worked to say he could have been a Muslim by saying "oh my gosh, look his name is just like Osama but different!" then it would have already worked for Billary in all these primaries.
                                                 

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                                                  Yeah but do you think Obama will be tough against Islamic terrorism? I don't think he is going to be firm on national security, McCain has much better credentials for defending the US and Western civilization, and this is still important.
                                                   

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                                                    Yeah, I think Obama will have at least as good a chance as Bush and the Republicans at finding bin Laden (0%?). I'm not sure where you really want him to do to be "tough" other than Pakistan/Afghanistan... Iraq is the only place the policy may change.
                                                     

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                                                      In my view, saying "I work with ******s" isn't different than saying "I work with negroes" or "I work with 'spics". It's not cursing, but it is going to raise eyebrows when you group people together and "talk down" in this way when discussing them.
                                                      Uh, yeah, but if you know TT, he didnt just walk into the conversation. Its how all his posts are. It was supposed to be funny. Chill out a little and dont get so offended.

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