Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Do you ever fantasize that you're less successful than you actually are?

Sometimes I fantasize that I'm living a life much more simpl waka03/09/17
I did not know that such a thing was possible lolwutjobs03/09/17
Unless you're a hot woman, or a really really really hot man bucwild03/10/17
It depends on your definition of "success" and the jobs you caj11103/09/17
I think I know what you mean. I don't fantasize about being greenhorn03/09/17
I fantasize about simple jobs. My only qualm is that they ty 3lol03/09/17
I do sometimes think I'd love to be going to a mindless doc perkinwarbeck03/09/17
I had a similar thought. I like to listen to Marc Maron's po jonthomas03/10/17
This thread reminds me about a certain movie scene from Amer caj11103/10/17
That was a great movie. One of the most unintentionally funn jonthomas03/10/17
If you are so successful and just want to get out of it, why latinforliar03/10/17
This would defeat the goal of having a mindless job with no waka03/10/17
yes. maybe selling ice cream near a beach? defensivelawyer03/10/17
You should do doc review. Life will be simpler and you will nighthawk03/10/17
Living in a van down by the river is overrated. anonattempt03/10/17
waka (Mar 9, 2017 - 9:45 pm)

Sometimes I fantasize that I'm living a life much more simpler--with a lot less money--than the life I currently have.
I should have quit working 10 years ago and moved to Vegas or somewhere overseas to become a barista, bartender or something.
Even now, I would love to just quit my career and get a job at the Home Depot or drive for uber.
It's not like I need the money.

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lolwutjobs (Mar 9, 2017 - 10:05 pm)

I did not know that such a thing was possible

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bucwild (Mar 10, 2017 - 8:50 am)

Unless you're a hot woman, or a really really really hot man, you're not getting a job bartending in Vegas. At least not in a desirable part of Vegas.

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caj111 (Mar 9, 2017 - 10:40 pm)

It depends on your definition of "success" and the jobs you mention get real boring real quick, and for the most part are extremely recession-sensitive. Of course, we all know that being a lawyer is far from recession-proof, and can get very boring too.

Since you mentioned Las Vegas though, being a club emcee or DJ is perhaps the "simpler" life I might fantasize about. Those people seem to have a lot of fun, but are also heavily affected by economic cycles and often end up taking other jobs to support themselves.

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greenhorn (Mar 9, 2017 - 11:01 pm)

I think I know what you mean. I don't fantasize about being less successful, but I do fantasize about having a "simple" job like you mentioned, i.e. Home Depot clerk.

It's funny you mentioned Home Depot, because I fantasized about having a single clerk job at the local Ace Hardware !

I don't think this has anything to do with success. It's more about responsibility and stress. These jobs aren't very stressful and don't carry any responsibilities. I think that's the odd allure we have to these jobs.

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3lol (Mar 9, 2017 - 11:13 pm)

I fantasize about simple jobs. My only qualm is that they typically don't pay much. Greenhorn's answer is credited. Lawyers often do sophisticated, mentally taxing work. I would love a job where I could just chill and talk with random people all day, because those are the things I like to do.

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perkinwarbeck (Mar 9, 2017 - 11:29 pm)

I do sometimes think I'd love to be going to a mindless doc review clicking job. I know it's a foolish thought, but responsibility and needing to think can weigh on you.

I like to listen to some video game related podcasts. Sometimes I listen to them thinking: these guys play video games and talk about them for a living; where the fuck did I go wrong?

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jonthomas (Mar 10, 2017 - 12:08 am)

I had a similar thought. I like to listen to Marc Maron's podcast from time to time. Here's a guy who wasn't ever really all that successful as a stand-up (because he really isn't all that funny), but now he pays the bills doing a podcast from his garage. And as ridiculous as it seems, it's probably the most serious/successful work he has ever done - he has interviewed both Obama and Paul McCartney. Ridiculous.

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caj111 (Mar 10, 2017 - 1:04 am)

This thread reminds me about a certain movie scene from American Beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJh5wdvdfVE

Also, I can't speak for everyone but I bet a lot of us have had a fantasy like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psNuJuaYqVU

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jonthomas (Mar 10, 2017 - 3:59 am)

That was a great movie. One of the most unintentionally funny parts has to be when the very straight Chris Cooper tries to kiss the very gay Kevin Spacey, and gets rejected.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=22VmzX35pvM

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latinforliar (Mar 10, 2017 - 9:21 am)

If you are so successful and just want to get out of it, why not buy a business like the one's you are interested in. If you buy a restaurant or a bar or an ace hardware, you can make good money as the owner, and delegate to a general manager so you don't have to deal with the day to day. Win-Win. Then you can play cashier or bartender anytime you want, but also take a month long vacation if you want.

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waka (Mar 10, 2017 - 10:28 am)

This would defeat the goal of having a mindless job with no take-home responsibility. I like the thought of bouncing around from city to city doing odd jobs here and there.

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defensivelawyer (Mar 10, 2017 - 9:29 am)

yes.

maybe selling ice cream near a beach?

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nighthawk (Mar 10, 2017 - 10:42 am)

You should do doc review. Life will be simpler and you will have a lot less money while you could tell others that you are a lawyer. You can also bounce around from city to city. Plus Vegas might have some doc review.

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anonattempt (Mar 10, 2017 - 12:17 pm)

Living in a van down by the river is overrated.

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