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I need help! [Oct. 8th, 2008|12:37 am]
dalekboy
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No, not that sort of help, you bastards! I'm stuck. Genuinely stuck.

You see, just after Lex was born, we looked at his birth certificate and Sharon asked, "What are you going to put down for yourself as 'Occupation?'"

Without pause, and in a tone of voice that implied that it was a weird question, I replied, "Drover."

Then realised what I'd said. I haven't been a drover for over 15 years, but it's still so tied up in my identity that it's who I feel I am. So then I started thinking about it.

What is my occupation?

Strictly speaking I run a small business, but that's not who I am except from the perspective of wanting other people to be able to get this stuff too. It's what I do to stay sane given I've yet to defeat my inability to write fiction since the stroke.

I can fit into a box, but there'll be a lot of me sticking out the cracks and over-flowing the top.

One of my running gags has been that I should just put down Work of Art, because my life is my canvas and I just keep playing with it. You know, Bastard in the phone book, Danger as a middle name, always playing to the crowd, even when they aren't there...

Some may say 'This is Lex's Birth Certificate, he won't thank you for putting something silly on there,' and they may be right. But you know, every time I look at my birth certificate and see under occupation for my dad 'Slaughterman/Drover' it brings a palpable sense of who my father really was back to me.

And I'd kind of like Lex to have the same thing...

And let's face it, if he has my sensibilities, there's not much I could put down that would bother him.

So I've done a poll. I may not go with what people say, but it may help me figure out what I'm going to put down... So vote away!


Poll #1274112 Danny's Job

What Occupation should Danny put on Lex's birth certificate?

Drover
6(15.8%)
Artist
2(5.3%)
Writer
0(0.0%)
Work of Art
1(2.6%)
Small Business Operator
4(10.5%)
Entertainer
2(5.3%)
Maker-Upper
0(0.0%)
Character
2(5.3%)
Story-Teller
6(15.8%)
Living
0(0.0%)
Part-Time Father Christmas
5(13.2%)
Wanderer
0(0.0%)
Other
10(26.3%)

If Other, what do you think I should put down?

What Doctor Who occupation should I have?

Doctor
2(6.1%)
Dalek
1(3.0%)
Tharil
1(3.0%)
Eternal
0(0.0%)
Funeral Home DJ
3(9.1%)
Kandyman
0(0.0%)
Dalek Emperor
0(0.0%)
Lonely Assassin
0(0.0%)
Toclafane
1(3.0%)
The Master of the Land of Fiction
6(18.2%)
Celestial Toymaker
9(27.3%)
The Master
1(3.0%)
Alpha Centuri
2(6.1%)
Mad Scientist
7(21.2%)
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: stephiepenguin
2008-10-07 02:30 pm (UTC)
If that's who you are, then that's who you are. I still always automatically write 'student,' because that's who I am.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-07 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Of course I'm also an artist, a writer (just because I can't write, doesn't mean I'm not still creating... must get around to using voice recognition), entertainer, etc.

Sometimes I crave a simple, totally mundane existence...

Actually, that's total bullshit *grin*
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From: fe2h2o
2008-10-07 02:50 pm (UTC)
I was very tempted by part time Father Christmas... because it's just so cool:-)
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[User Picture]From: callistra
2008-10-07 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was my number 2 vote.
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[User Picture]From: transcendancing
2008-10-07 04:41 pm (UTC)
I kind of feel like storyteller covers an awful lot... and yet not everything...

I love this moment you've shared. I'm too tired to explain, but am sending big red buckets of love.
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2008-10-07 06:52 pm (UTC)
Forgot one , writer as well .
Although there so many ohters you fit into , problem is they don't that much room on the forms :(.

My occupation sucks right now , I am a bum :(.
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2008-10-07 06:54 pm (UTC)
ahhhhhh forgot parttime father christmas .

That'll teach me to post a comment at 2:48 in the am .
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From: gutter_monkey
2008-10-07 08:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I don't have to fill that form in, I'd run out of room to write my 'occupation'.

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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-10-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
Weird, I can't remember that being on the birth certificate. Oh well, must have been!
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2008-10-07 08:49 pm (UTC)
Even though it isn't something you do for money I suggested "blogger" because it is a major part of your writing, and because Lex will be able to see so much of his life in the blog.
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[User Picture]From: smofbabe
2008-10-07 09:01 pm (UTC)
I've suggested "entrepreneur" because I think it gives you a bit of leeway :->
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[User Picture]From: magnapops
2008-10-07 09:31 pm (UTC)
I am not sure what you should put. A different perspective however is that I am starting to work down my family tree, geaneology, and I know the occupation on a birth certificate can help track down information of the parent.

It may not be embarrassing for Lex, But to a certain extent, and this will probably make the decision harder, what do you want your descendants to know about you? How do you want to be described / identified 100 years from now?
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[User Picture]From: rachelholkner
2008-10-07 09:46 pm (UTC)
I just checked what I put, because I coudn't remember, and I left it blank!
So there's an option. Probably not a good one though.
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[User Picture]From: sootysmudge
2008-10-07 10:36 pm (UTC)
Do you have to fill out that part of the form, or can you leave it blank?
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[User Picture]From: battblush
2008-10-08 01:29 am (UTC)
This is how Lex will identify you to his friends.

Age 2: My daddy. Not your daddy.
Age 3: That's my daddy. He has long hair/a beard/a penis (believe me, Cassie used this to describe her father).
Age 6: This is my dad. He's Father Christmas.
Age 10: My dad's name is Danny. He sells Dr Who stuff.
Age 12. That's just my dad.
Age 15: Don't walk near me, dad. I don't want people to know we're together.
Age 20. Let me introduce you to my dad. At the moment he's the judge of the Miss Australia contest. Nest year? Who knows.

Notice the one constant. No matter what you choose to call yourself, to Lex you'll always be dad.
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[User Picture]From: jocko55
2008-10-08 11:13 am (UTC)

I usually say I am the AV guy-yes its for the cool toys.

yeah Dad is cool and important; you have family and you are someone's family.

On your quiz I did put down part-time Father Christmas, as well as writer, that is more how I know you these days.

Identity is an interesting thing. "I often tell people I met my wife at a science fiction convention, she was a Romulan and I was a Vogon" No-one is suprised my daughter loves Red Dwarf and will ask questions like "which one is you're favorite, Cat or Kryten?"

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From: livelurker
2008-10-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
I thought not the Father Christmas answer (although it is very cool), because what if he still believes in the one true Father Christmas? :)

I like the idea of Drover/eBayer as a way of linking past and future...

But I voted for Story-Teller. Perhaps 'Bloke', but you've already got Oz in your name :)
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From: livelurker
2008-10-08 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, and you forgot Slaveen :)
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