Dirty Jobs

Monday, September 19, 2005

I was purusing a bookstore with my family last Christmas when we came across a book called 50 Jobs Worse than Yours. Each page describes a job, with a one to two line summation of the job, and what the worker’s pay wage is. It’s a silly light and fluffy book, that might make a good gift for a friend or sibling you like to tease alot. But what did I find a couple pages in? My job! Sure enough, Neuroscience Technician was right in there, which ellicited family giggles. I should go back and buy this for my work’s coffee room. I do believe I’ve already mentioned how much I love my coworkers… :)

Last night I was channel surfing and came across a show going through how honey is collected. I thought the job shadower looked familiar, then I realized it was Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Job series. Then I realized it was our local honey farmers who sell at the Eugene Saturday Market! At once I had the same reaction as I had last Christmas- Cool! You’re mentioning our job! Wait a minute- you’re saying how much it sucks!

Its an odd combination of exilleration and embarrassment, at being labeled “a dirty job”, but I did enjoy watching the Clear Hills honey workers close up. The show host even follows them to our Saturday Farmers Market to sell at their booth.

PS My job isn’t that bad- really… I don’t chop the heads off of things for a living. I do masturbate fish, but that’s another story…


posted September 19th, 2005 at 9:31 pm

You do WHAT to fish? Now you have to tell us about that…

  • All in the name of science- I swear!

    It’s not that bad, as the fish I work with are the size of your thumb (Zebrafish, Danio rerio, which can be found in most pet stores). The short of it is, we find that it is often easier to grow large numbers of baby fish by “collecting” sperm and eggs from the fish separately and then combining them oursleves to produce fertile fish embryos.
    Nothing at all like trying to collect sperm from a horse, which was also featured on the Dirty Jobs series.

    Zebrafish produce eggs the size of flying fish roe found commonly at sushi bars on some of my favorite rolls (I like to call them Nature’s Pop Rocks!). Unfortunatley I never have been able to handle seeing the buckets of eggs produced from Sturgeon or Beluga in caviar productions…eeeeeuugh.


posted September 19th, 2005 at 11:39 pm

Masturbate fish???? Sounds like a funny book!

posted September 20th, 2005 at 7:18 am

I have to say that a lot of the jobs on that series don’t strike me as particularly “dirty”. I can inevitable think of worse things, so I’m not sure what their criteria is.

  • What are you thinking of Nic? What rating? :)


- Nic
posted September 20th, 2005 at 5:04 pm

Speaking of McAuliflower and her addiction to really cool books…check out this wonderful packaging book she sent me.

I just have to say thank you again. I was so surprised! Everyone is getting Christmas presents in cool little boxes this year.

  • I’m glad you like it Jen- It’s a fun little obsessive book for people who like paper and packaging!


posted September 21st, 2005 at 6:18 am

I think the deodorant testers job (sniffing the armpits of others with the deodorant on) has got to be right up there!

posted September 21st, 2005 at 8:33 am


I would like to invite you to participate in “I Like ‘em Spicy!”, a fortnightly food event, where all participants have to come up with a spicy recipe using the Star Ingredient (which id different every fortnight)!

The rules are simple:

1. The recipe has to use the Star Ingredient as the base of the dish
2. It has to be SPICY!!
3. Dishes can be of any form you can imagine, appertizers, mains, desserts, drinks…whatever you can come up with!

On the 1st and 15th of every month, I will the post the Star Ingredient and you are expected to email your entries to hookedonheat@gmail.com by the next two weeks.

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- Meena

  • This should be posted at IMBB in the calender. Good luck on bring a new event into the food blog world. I hope you realize what you signed up for…


posted September 24th, 2005 at 2:34 am

I want to know how you masturbated fish…are your fingers really that small?

  • No, the fish are that “easy” ;)


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