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Answers [Sep. 30th, 2008|05:24 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I don't have a good SHORT answer for when people ask "what are you doing?" or "what do you do for a living?" or "what are you up to these days?"

I just say, "Fuckin' around." Which is funny (as intended) but generates curiosity (unintended; it's just meant to be pithy).

Then, if they're actually curious, I mention a few jobs. And if they're progressively more curious, I mention more jobs. Ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

I need a better short answer...

How does "I'm a Modern Day Factotum!" sound?

Mmm.

Probably would engender more curiosity.

Or maybe just, "I'm a consultant." People never know what consultants do, so that might work. And if they politely ask "Oh? What kind?" I can say "IT and Internet stuff... YOU know" and that'll be enough to satisfy the requirements of polite conversation.

NB: At the reunion, my friend Gerylee - pronounced GaryLEE - nailed me for saying "California... I think" when asked about the location of my parents, stating I said it that way on purpose to make it more interesting. Probably true (and I don't know exactly where in California they are, although I'm pretty sure that's the state they're in), although phrasing things in the most amusing way possible is instinctual at this point. I like being funny. Also, I DO have interesting parents.

But I don't want to go to that place where one says things in an obscure way on purpose in order to force the other person to ASK about it, putting one in a position of power within the conversational structure, pressuring the other person to ask questions regarding a topic about which they don't really want to know more.
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[User Picture]From: sandhawke
2008-09-30 11:45 am (UTC)
I think there's a lot to tone-of-voice. I normally just say "Computers" with kind of whatever shrug, which has people not ask a followup unless they actually care and think they do understand the computer industry.
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[User Picture]From: tamidon
2008-09-30 12:47 pm (UTC)
I usually say I'm living a patchwork life when i don't want to explain the various jobs,hobbies and family preoccupations i have right now
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-30 03:09 pm (UTC)

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Consulting - "computer stuff" always works - people expect consultants to be doing computer stuff. Stop worrying about pressuring people - either they really want to know or they are making polite conversation which they NEED to fill gaps and you are helping them. Although I do rather like the Oopha Loompha of Porn (aka OLoP). You are right about the state your parents are in (in addition to the state of confusion) - we will be in the San Bernardino area for the next 2 months.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2008-09-30 03:56 pm (UTC)
The flip side of that semi-power-play is when you say something deliberately obscure and they nod and smile, leaving you hanging.
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[User Picture]From: egwenna
2008-09-30 04:23 pm (UTC)
heh... being the lawyer and all, it doesn't surprise me in the least that Gerylee took it that way. Given the amount they travel, I think it's a totally fair answer. :-)

Edited at 2008-09-30 04:23 pm (UTC)
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