Saturday, May 14, 2011

Plinky Question of the Day


The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.


What was your childhood dream job?


My ‘what I want to be when I grow up’ answer changed constantly as I was growing up.  You name it and I probably used it as an answer at one point or another.  The two responses that held the longest streak were:

Lady Justice


Blame it on my ingrained sense of fairness and justice.  I was never fond of the ‘little guy’ getting picked on so in my mind it made sense to become a lawyer.  Then I learned what actually happens in the legal system and how it’s not really about justice or fairness.  To say that I was disillusioned was an understatement.  Couple that with the fact that I actually ended up working at a law office as a legal assistant for many, many years and it’s enough to make me want to go back in time and tell my 8 year old self to snap the hell out of it.


Lois Lane


I was an inquisitive child growing up.  I always needed to know why and I always wanted the latest scoop.  So for a long time I wanted to be a reporter/journalist.  I remember having this toy radio that worked as a recorder and I would literally interview anyone who walked through door.  It drove my Mom nuts!  However, like with the discovery that lawyers don’t necessarily defend the innocent, I learned that reporters and journalist don’t necessarily ‘give us the facts’.  Life is so much easier through the eyes of a child, huh?

How about you guys?  What did you want to be when you grew up?


  1. I'm still waiting to grow up. ;)

    When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher. Then I discarded that idea and wanted to be an attorney or police detective.

    Now I actually get to be a teacher. :)

  2. Mornin', jen~

    Totally game developer. Still thinking about it today.

  3. @Amanda - LOL! I hear you on that one.

    Very cool that you get to do something you wanted to when you were a kid. I admire those who choose too teach. My sister's a teacher and I have no idea how she does it. What grade are you going to teach?

    @Obsdidianchao - Mornin' sir. I had a feeling you'd say something like that. I say go for it. Never hurts to try.

  4. Hi Juju. If I wasn't squeamish about needles and such I'd have considered it.

  5. Hey, some lawyers can do good. You have to really fight for the justice though. Welcome to my world, and I'm only a lowly social worker. *sigh*

    I wanted to be a singer and dancer, as well as a teacher. My longest running wish though was to become a Marine Biologist. I wanted to explore coral reefs and swim with dolphins. That held my interest from 7th grade though high school. However, I let all the adults in my life talk me out of it b/c I would be poor and fight for grant money my whole life, yada yada. Well, wouldn't you know that I picked a profession with the same issues, but a shitload more stressful?!?! Doh!

  6. Ballet dancer or gymnast, but being 5'11" and genetically inclined to clumsiness made those unlikely.

    More realistically, teacher/writer/librarian. And now I am a librarian!

  7. I wanted to be a teacher, like my parents. I guess I did end up there (sort of) with the daycare. But yup, that was my thing when I was little. Well, that and model/dancer/unicorn trainer. Can't forget that. ;)

  8. My childhood dream job was to become a veterinarian! I love animals, which everyone already knows, and I wanted to be able to help them all the time. Then you figure out that it's 4 extra years of school and very, very hard to get in and I decided it wasn't the job for me. But I wanted to be one for years when I was younger!

  9. @Smash - I know they're not all bad but, the good ones totally get overshadowed. No shit! At one point I wanted to be a Marine Biologist too. And then I realized I was terrified of the ocean so I had to scrap that. LMAO...crazy how life throws ya a curve ball huh?

    @Karen - LOL! I can see where being tall might not work out in the dance and gymnastics world. I think it's pretty cool that you're a librarian. What's your schedule like?

    @Julie - ROFL..a unicorn trainer?! That's hilarious. And I think what you do comes really damn close to being a teacher.

    @D - I so didn't see that one coming. Pssh..yeah right. If you didn't answer veterinarian I would've fallen off my chair. ;)

  10. Jen - I'm not actually a grade school teacher (though that's what I originally wanted to be). Instead, I teach English to college age international students who don't have quite enough English to get into the university. It's a blast.

  11. Ah I see. I think that's a great thing you're doing and I'm glad you have fun doing it. What language do the majority of your students speak?

  12. Right now, the majority of my students are Arabic speakers. We also get a lot of Chinese and Korean speakers as well.

  13. Interesting. In the process of teaching them English do you get to learn a little about their cultures?

  14. I have learned A LOT about their cultures. Sometimes I think I learn more from them than they from me. :)