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A Typical Day in the Life of a Student Janitor…I Promise This isn’t Horribly boring. I promise.

Well, a lot of people might not know this, but I moonlight (literally) as a night shift janitor in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center in Ada, Oklahoma. This is one of two of my jobs (the other being a tutoring gig in the afternoons), and added to plenty of coursework (I’ve written over two hundred pages of papers this semester. If you’d like to read them, tell me and I will post them), I have been kept pretty busy. I thought today, I would post five (arbitrarily picked. Don’t ask why I chose that number) lessons I’ve learned while cleaning,  and hopefully, you will see that janitors can have a little personality. lol. If you are uninterested, here is a joke for your entertainment, and you can click away if you see fit.

Q: What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa?

A: A rebel without a Claus.

For those who are curious, here we go!

1. Girls’ bathrooms are straight nasty. 

Like..seriously? I am sorry to ruin misconceptions about girls’ bathrooms being pretty, nice smelling, and having all the things guys wish they had in their bathrooms, but it has to happen. I have cleaned numerous bathrooms in the brand-new conference center, and, much to my chagrin, they were…icky. I can’t say much, but yeah. There’s that.

2. People have the capacity to put their chairs back in, but don’t. 

Because, who puts their chairs in? It’s not like the janitors do anything anyway.

3. People also seem to be dirt magnets until they sit down, when the dirt releases onto the floor of the classroom. 

I’m not even mad, I think this is kind of funny. I could swear that Pigpen from the “Peanuts” series  or the guy who always dives in the mud in the Brett Favre Wranglers commercial took classes in the business building. Lots of dirt. Everywhere. Always. It is honestly kind of impressive. Go you, you dirty man.

4. I am very much an expert with a broom now. 

Not quite as relevant to my post, but because I often sweep several thousand square feet in a shift, I have gained some skill in sweeping (I call it dirt hockey…because, well, I can). I like to think that I am the Sidney Crosby of janitors, without the lame injuries. Sometimes I’ll even narrate my sweeping dirt into a dustpan, like I’m scoring a goal. I think my boss doesn’t like that.

5. If you are going to clean, do it to the tune of your favorite song. 

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell seem to know me on a deeper level. When I clean a lobby to the tune of “Ain’t no Mountain High enough, I clean faster. Who doesn’t mind getting something done quicker? My dancing skills have also improved vastly, but that’s for the day I decide to start a vlog (never). Until then, you will only be able to imagine me dancing to the tune of that song, singing “Ain’t no bathroom nasty enough,” without seeing.

6. The ECU custodial staff is incredible. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed working for my school! I feel a great sense of pride in my work, and because of my experience with a group of hard-working people, I have learned a lesson about work ethic. I feel so great about the completion of my first semester, that’s for sure!

I hope, that after seeing this post, you will see that custodians have a little personality! We love to have fun, and we like to keep things clean. Next time you see a janitor. Thank them for working hard, and for cleaning up your crap. Literally.

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Summer into autumn
Summer into autumn (Photo credit: blmiers2)

Well, it has been an interesting few weeks here in the ‘Lou. I graduated college, and then came home to begin what will go down as the most unsuccessful job hunt in the history of the universe ever. Ever. No lie. No luck whatsoever. Luckily, my parents love me and they are willing for me to mooch for a few more summers. I am jobless, and have no prospects. Let me tell you though, there are some reasons as to why this is okay.

1. Being gainfully employed would have taken all the time that I’ve had to play ping pong, walk with my mom, or read. See? Not all that great. Lol.

2. When I mentioned reading earlier, I meant that I have done ALOT of it. I sit down at the beginning of the day and read until I decide I’m done. I mean sure, I could be off making money, but I tell ya what: I have learned alot. I am going to be way ahead of the game next year going into my new major (English), and I think having some wicked awesome book knowledge will be meaningful somewhere down the road.

3. I have time to go do mission work this summer. With a job, I would have to stay in town and work alot, but because I’m a bum, I actually have been afforded an even greater opportunity to serve on three weeks of mission trips this summer. I am looking forward to it too!

4. I know that I shouldn’t have any reasons as to why I’m okay with being unemployed. I know. But I really think that this summer, I haven’t attained employment because I had some traits in my life that needed reworking before I went off to school next year. I think God is opening up my schedule in order for me to give Him more time and more of my focus. I have already reformed alot of my ideas and motivations, and I think that I am headed in the right direction.

Just as a disclaimer for potential future employers: I would love a job. I’m not saying I don’t want one. I am just saying that I am not employed this summer, and I think there is a great reason for that. So. Anyways. Hire me. Please. I don’t want to sit in my computer chair all summer. (Unless you’ll pay me for that…)

So. Those are my thoughts on this summer so far. It’s been kind of a weird experience, but honestly I don’t regret it. I pray that God works in my life and in yours to give this same kind of refreshed perspective.

So. What does this mean to you? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I just thought I’d let you know how my summer was going. Its great. Even though I am broke. I feel loved, and I feel at peace. Hopefully your summer is going as well as mine.

You guys are great. Thanks for reading my posts, I hope you will continue on! I am really excited for the blogging potential, and I really hope you all don’t hate me or my writing by the end of the process.

So. Love y’all.

Keep blogging.