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    Babysitting, waitressing, hostessing, riding instructor , secretary, child care worker.
     
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    Newspaper boy, handyman, maintenance worker, computer programmer, systems engineer, mechanical engineer, husband, Dad
     
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    Managed a health club, sold cars for a month. Being a contractor is like the mob. You try leaving and it sucks me back in.;) But at least I can listen to the radio and see what the whole world does for a living !
     
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    My very first job was a carnival stall operator. Mostly did these stalls for kids' parties, but there were a few corporate functions as well. The corporate functions were the best, especially with end year functions, then the employees try play the games after getting hammered on free booze :tearsofjoy:.

    I then did one year of tutoring end-user computing. Basically helping other students learn how to use Microsoft Office products and basic computer functions.

    Now I'm working as an endpoint security engineer and vulnerability/malware researcher, and soon moving on to ethical hacking.
     
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    You have a great carrier going
     
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    Maintenance/repair worker, secretary, recreation facilities coordinator, construction site clean up, retail sales, wholesale sales, computer training, computer support, project manager, and product manager.
     
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    Vibe, I am not familiar with the word stall in your usage. Can you explain ?
     
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    This picture below shows the actual stalls I operated from the company I worked for (didn't quite know how to explain in words lol):
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    I've worked all of these stalls except for the Test Your Nerve. The fish pond is a serious pain, because players have to catch laminated paper fish with magnets and when it's small kids (6 or younger), they struggle with their coordination and it takes them ages to finish their turn.

    The frog catapult at the far left consists of wooden pins that look like frogs and you have to use a sling shot to knock them down. It's also horrible because these stalls are clamped together, so any vibrations caused by the other games will knock the frogs over before the player even gets a turn, and when the pins get hit they fly everywhere and 3 - 6 hours of setting the pins and picking them up really does a number on your back.

    The basketball wasn't bad, simply toss a basket ball into a hoop, that one was chilled. The hoop toss requires players to throw rings onto pins which is also fine, but again with small kids, they always miss and it's 3 to 6 hours of picking up hoops. The test your nerve was that game where you need to get a metal ring from one side of the board along a wire to the other side without touching the wire. If the wire is touched the board makes a really loud beeping sound which after a few hours gives you a headache.

    I mostly operated the Dart a Balloon. As the name suggests you throw darts at balloons. This was fine at adult/corporate functions but when the kids play, omg it's horrible because they have no clue how to throw darts, and no matter how many times you explain and show them, they still get it wrong and it's 3 - 6 hours picking up darts.

    Honestly the work was fun in the beginning but after about 6 months of it, you start disliking it and after 4 years of it you start hating it :seenoevil:. You work all day during the week at university, then your weekend disappears doing this work, and about 95% was kids birthday parties (mostly between 4 - 8 years of age), and most of the corporates used the stalls as kids entertainment. And the worst thing about the birthdays was the first hour was fine, but later it starts getting repetitive, boring, and tedious. Then we get a 30min break when the birthday cake comes out, but then the kids come back they just filled up with sugar so now they're hyper and often their hands are sticky therefore making the equipment sticky. When the prizes are finished there's still usually an hour and a half left at best, but most kids then lose interest. But there's always that one that just never goes away and wants to play for fun, and because there's no one waiting behind them, they just go again and again and again and again:seenoevil:. Honestly I have some very interesting stories from this line of work lol.
     
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