September 3, 2001    





What is the hardest job you have ever done?

Like an actual paying job? Well i've only had one and I work at Cinnabon so you can see how that wouldn't be too hard.

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

One time I had to make out with a girl with a soulpatch.

A-Dog, 18

Loading trucks for UPS kind of wears you out pretty quick.

Alias Irrelevante

Raising a family. It's also the most rewarding.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR

You mean legitimate taxable employment? I don't know that I've had a really HARD one. I've had unpleasant ones, and I've had ones that were way too demanding, but they weren't really challenging in a physical or mental sense. Psychological, maybe.

Karen, 21

Telephone surveys.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

The one I do right now...teaching special education students, but it's also the most rewarding!!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

Worked at Sears-patience with ignorant customers is a difficult task.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

I'm not sure. My last job could be pretty challenging, working at a Borders bookstore, having to deal with all the horrible, worthless customers :P Of course working at a supermarket before that was even more wretched.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

I worked for a temp agency putting together car seats for Hondas.

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

I've never really had a hard job or task. My life has always been easy. When I do work, I do it the best I can but I don't stress myself out and enjoy the work I do so it's never hard.

Stephanie, 25

I was Adult Sunday School teacher for a couple of years and had a class of 50+. I guess that was the hardest for me...also the most rewarding.

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

Being a mom. Without a doubt.

Sapphire, 31
Ft. Lauderdale

The hardest job I ever had was working in a hot plastic factory. It was fun at times depending what we were running through the machine but it was hot and you could get burnt from the machine and what the machine was making as it came out hot also.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

Stepmothering--particularly when some of the stepsons--after twenty-odd years--are still immature and unfinished.

Jill, 60

I've never had a job. Not yet anyways.


Physically -- working for a landscaper.
Mentally -- researching and installing an email and electronic bulletin board system. I barely knew what a modem was when I started the job.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

Like a real paid job or a task? I guess being a manager to a staff of thiefs this summer was pretty hard.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

emotionally - working for a cash deprived nonprofit with an naracisstic boss
mentally - creating punch cards by hand in the payroll department of a shoe factory - I was bored out of my skull
physically - washing dishes in a local restaurant in the summer while grease oozed into every pore of my body.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Probably working at Hope Haven, which is a local organization devoted to helping the mentally retarded (no, here people aren't so anal that we have to stop using the word retarded). Anyway, I worked in one of the adult residential facilities, the one where the residents needed a LOT of care. I changed diapers, wiped asses, gave showers, made meals and spoon-fed them to people. It's terribly frustrating at times, but when your charge grasps a concept you've been trying to teach them, you really do feel like you make a difference.

Kristin, 20

probably canvassing door to door for NJ PIRG when I was between my sophomore and Junior years in college. . .. .somehow it caused major anxiety in me, realizing where my most personal ideologies met practical actions to raise money that might or might not be actually going to improve real life political situations coupled with reconciling all that with presenting an effective, composed sales technique, like I was selling soda pop or a used car. . . . . .I think I could probably do it today pretty well. . . .in fact, it's kinda what I actually do for a living now, on the phones. . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

Working at Jamba Juice was really hard. We had eight(8) hour shifts sometimes, and you're on your feet doing stuff the whole time you're at work.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

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