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March 27th, 2008


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07:57 am - Obsession disclosure
Whilst here in Banda Aceh, I have recently had a phone interview for a job:

Interviewer: Juba [capital of South Sudan] can be a stressful place. So what do you do to relieve stress?

Me: Well, I knit and spin.

Interviewer: *pause*. Er, when you say spin do you mean in a gym on an exercise bike?

Me: No, I mean I take fluffy bits of wool and turn it into yarn which I then knit.

Interviewer: *long pause*.

Me: Not just that, but I also teach others how to knit. Well... except when I was in Afghanistan where Hazara women taught me how to spin.

Interviewer: *pause*... Oh, I see.

*sigh*. Oh dear. That will learn me. I really shouldn't disclose my obsessions in interviews.
Current Location: Banda Aceh
Current Mood: amusedheh

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From:damiandoyle
Date:March 27th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
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Hehe. I love it. Can just imagine the interviewer's WTF look. Seriously, it's a good answer, though. If they'd asked me I would have said, "umm, drink shitloads of local beer and read the newspaper"...
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From:knitting_nutter
Date:March 27th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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*cackle*. And "yeah, you see, I wanna keep ducks ay... I reckon looking at ducks and geese is the most chillaxing thing".

Either that or what most other aid workers do in reality: "Well, I have sex with random people, drink myself into oblivion, and complain about work"
From:damiandoyle
Date:March 27th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
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"...and complain about..." the smell.
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From:knitting_nutter
Date:March 27th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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... the locals

... the government

... the pay

... the food

... the weather
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From:congogirl
Date:March 27th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
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"Well, I have sex with random people, drink myself into oblivion, and complain about work"

This did not work for me. I mean, people knowing about it!
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From:knitting_nutter
Date:March 27th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Heh. When I wrote that, I was thinking about Emergency Sex and Other Desparate Measures. Then I realised it's what I did in Afghanistan. :( Gee, I was miserable there.
From:damiandoyle
Date:March 27th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
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From:knitting_nutter
Date:March 27th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
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Oh dear...
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From:congogirl
Date:March 27th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh. My. God. That is awesome.

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