Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Dad's Work

I have a new job. I've had it since just I stopped watching little buddy in October, but I finally feel I have the peace of mind to tell you about it.

I'm working in an office, my dad's office to be specific, one day a week. I'm still a writer and a surfer and a dream chaser with the rest of my time (and a property manager and nanny and surf coach too), but the truth is that dream chasers need funds. Dream chasers need to pay SDG&E and buy groceries and pay the trash collectors to come get the rubbish and recycling. I'm guessing you might have known as much.

I've never been just a writer and surfer in my professional life and maybe I'm happy with that. It's nice to see and try new things. Writers need to do that, I think, or they'll have nothing to write about.

I try to dress nice for work, although the whole business casual thing is kind of a conundrum for me. I'm in my fanciest clothes, besides the dresses I have for weddings, and I still don't look like anyone there. I'm not that worried about it, though.

I get to ride the train to work. Riding the train is somehow the most relaxing and most stressful part of my day. Being the coastal dweller I've been, I've had little experience with public transportation outside of airplanes. I'm always worried I will miss the train or have to sit next to a robber or worst of all, away from the window. But once I'm going, I forget about any work I did or will have to do that day. 

The conductor on the way home is really nice. He gathers us on to the train like we're his children, loading up the cars for a big trip. Maybe it's like riding The Polar Express; I feel happy and well cared for and there's something sort of magical about experiencing the same thing as other people. But I'm more excited to be going home to Scott than to the North Pole. 

I'm really enjoying my job and a lot more than I ever thought I would, too. I see my sister Danielle and my aunt and my dad when I'm there. I have co-workers. I'm re-learning how to use a PC as well as Microsoft Office. I have a phone and a swivel chair and access to as many pens and sticky notes as I need. Most important of all, I feel valued when I'm there. I'm beginning to wonder if office jobs have been getting a bad rep undeservingly. I'm beginning to wonder if I wrote off office jobs impetuously. I'm excited I like working at my dad's office so much because a part of me always wanted to be able to, but never thought I would.

I wouldn't say I transitioned into this job with ease. I probably wouldn't say I did it with grace either, but the point is, I did it and it's working out fine. 

I think my dad's work is becoming more than what it's always been to me, it's becoming mine now, too. 

Here are some scenes from the passenger car...

16 comments:

  1. nice view as well. i'm glad that it's going well for you. i love to try new things that i love too. even though, i am and will always be a filmmaker (it's just who i am), there are so many other aspects i can explore with my job. writing scripts and do lots of projects, working with lots of different people from different world and different perspective.

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    1. and you're right. dream needs fund. and i feel like i'm fighting harder nowadays with all these financial crisis issues. but then i realise, everybody is fighting harder about it. at least we have some fun too from the things that we do to earn a living.

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    2. I never really thought I'd love this, but I'm glad I do! And I wouldn't have known if I didn't try it. Sometimes I have to practically be forced in to trying new things (losing my job helped, I guess ;) I'm happy to have fun doing what I do too. That's a whole new thing for me, because I really wasn't in a lot of the jobs I had in the past. I'm happy you're having fun too! :) I admire film creators a lot! (a lot, a lot!)

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  2. Man, I wish I had your view on the way to my desk job:) It's wonderful that you're settling into this new role, and I loved reading all about it. At least once day I ask myself why we can't all be individually wealthy and just be able to create what we want and do what we want all day. This sounds like you're getting the best of both worlds. It is nice sometimes to have a place to go and to see your co-workers, but it's nice you also get to chase your dreams. It's great you get to work with family, too! I am terrible at transitioning to new jobs. I fight so hard against them until I get into the routine, and then it's ok:) Hope you're having a great day!

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    1. It's a fight in the morning to get a window seat to see it! But it's still nice to gaze at over people's heads :)). The only problem is it's hard to be a spectator when the surf is really good ;) Creating all day would sure be nice, but sometimes you do need the inspiration situations that put you out of your comfort zone bring. You're right though, I'm happy to have a bit of a combo going (create at home/work in an office). I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with transitions! I was a nervous wreck for weeks. Always worrying I was going to embarrass my dad (I guess I still am, but I'm feeling more comfortable there each time). I hope you're having a great day too, Kari!

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  3. Aw man, I would love to ride a train for work. Especially with a conductor like yours. And I'm glad you're enjoying your new job!

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    1. The conductor in the morning is crankier, but the guy in the evening is the bomb. He even uses funny voices to announce the stops.

      Thanks Ari!

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  4. The photos are lovely.

    And office jobs don't have a bad rep, but everyone doesn't have the opportunity to work with their father and have an enjoyable experience in their work place. You are just blessed. = )

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    1. You're right, I am lucky to work for family. Really very lucky! I think I just assumed office jobs weren't for me and I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this one. Plus, I've had some bad experiences in other jobs and had basically concluded that working for myself was the only way to go for me. At least right now, I'm happy to be proved wrong and am stoked to have a change of circumstances (and scenery) with this new working situation. Thanks Chymere :)

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  5. So glad that this job is working out well for you Devon, it sounds ideal. The photos from your train journey are amazing, what a wonderful commute. Not many people have such beautiful views on their way to work I think! Wishing you much happiness in your new position. And continued success with your wonderful writing, that I enjoy so much, and your surfing, that I love to see and hear about as well. It's always good to read about things that people are passionate about. You are perfectly balancing your life I think, it is very well done.

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  6. You're absolutely right that dream chasers need funds! I'm struggling with that right now - trying to figure out what the right balance is between doing stuff that will pay me the funds and chasing my dreams. It's great that you get to work with your dad and I'm happy to hear that it's working well so far. And your view!

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  7. It's so important that you're hanging onto your dreams and who knows, maybe this will lead you in an unexpected, but related direction. Best wishes :)

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  8. Office jobs really aren't that bad. I've had them for a while. NOW, my office is a nurse's station. I don't have my own space like you. All the pens and sticky notes you want?? Office supplies are the best!
    It looks pretty neat to get to ride the train to and fro as well.
    Oh, and I like to write out my posts before I type them too ;)

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  9. Congrats on the gig. I think it's great to get out there and work, and still follow your dreams what a great chance for you to do both. Don't feel bad I've been in the working world for years and thankfully - I don't have to dress up for work - office clothing confuses me too. I wear jeans and whatever I want to work (being an "artist" has it's perks). Keep up the great work!

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  10. I think you have a great attitude. Some people who are writers really struggle with the fact that they may have to work another job for a bit and that there is nothing wrong with that. Hell, they may even enjoy it! You can't always just be what you want because like you said: gotta have funds and things to write about! It's awesome that you are able to balance what you want to do in your life with the reality that you need money to pay the bills as well.

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  11. Congrats on the job! You're trying a job that you thought you wouldn't like to provide for your family and finding yourself delightfully surprised that it is better than you imagine. Sounds like part of the journey rather than a detour to me.

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