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BoldFrankensteinMir

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Everyone has had at least one day where they really wanted to quit their job, abandon their home and family, push their car off a bridge, strip nude, douse the clothes in gasoline and toss a match over their shoulder as they walk confidently out of their own life. It's perfectly natural to want to run away and join the circus... except that, at least in the United States, there aren't really circusses anymore.

Times are changing, but that spark of panicky escape-fear still smolders in the reptile brains of men and women, with no sign of extinguishing soon. We might not be able to run away and join the circus, but what other jobs/lives exist to run away to? Realistic bug-out plan or total fantasy, what occupations do y'all envision escaping to when your boring regular jobs are just too boring/regular? Bonus points for unskilled/learn-as-you-work jobs, they're rarer than a pot o' gold!

Terrible starting example: blackjack dealer. Everyone I've ever talked to about working at a casino says it stinks, and every gambling town I've ever been to seemed to be in competition for "most depressing/worst rents on earth". But stinky depression wasn't enough to keep the circus from being the old cliche, so who knows? Perhaps the fast-paced life of bilking old people between meals of cold buffet leftovers is the freedom you've been dreaming of!

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pogi


My backup plan is to buy a bus ticket down to Santa Cruz and spend my days as a junky on the beach.

Splatmaster


...join the Swiss army so I can get my hands on some neat utility stuff, like.a pair of slippers that have a shovel, a machete, a sauce pan and a PA system with a DJ in it that fold up and out of the way. Or maybe just live out my days in an Ikea

Sigs by: Flanisher and Manifesto

Robot Made of Meat


Idle rich.


Thanks to Vanisher for the sig!

Manifisto

BoldFrankensteinMir posted:

Everyone has had at least one day where they really wanted to quit their job, abandon their home and family, push their car off a bridge, strip nude, douse the clothes in gasoline and toss a match over their shoulder as they walk confidently out of their own life. It's perfectly natural to want to run away and join the circus... except that, at least in the United States, there aren't really circusses anymore.

Times are changing, but that spark of panicky escape-fear still smolders in the reptile brains of men and women, with no sign of extinguishing soon. We might not be able to run away and join the circus, but what other jobs/lives exist to run away to? Realistic bug-out plan or total fantasy, what occupations do y'all envision escaping to when your boring regular jobs are just too boring/regular? Bonus points for unskilled/learn-as-you-work jobs, they're rarer than a pot o' gold!

Terrible starting example: blackjack dealer. Everyone I've ever talked to about working at a casino says it stinks, and every gambling town I've ever been to seemed to be in competition for "most depressing/worst rents on earth". But stinky depression wasn't enough to keep the circus from being the old cliche, so who knows? Perhaps the fast-paced life of bilking old people between meals of cold buffet leftovers is the freedom you've been dreaming of!

I can't say it's something I fantasize about specifically, but I have a relative who manages to get by in Japan by officiating western-style weddings (among other things, but this is sort of his main gig). He happens to be tall, good-looking, charismatic, and blonde, all of which are advantages (esp. in Japan where all that is exotic), and of course he's picked up fluent Japanese and enjoys living in Japan. But I get the sense it's quite good pay for not a lot of time spent actually working.

If living in Asia is your thing, I also get the sense that being an English teacher there (say, in China, or maybe Korea) is going to require an absolute minimum in terms of qualifications and allow you to get by quite well. Apparently you don't even need to know the local language particularly well.

For me, I'd love to be in some beautiful area, near vineyards say (e.g. Australia/NZ, or South America, or . . . well there are plenty of beautiful spots like that) and have some sort of job that allows me to take money from rich tourists. Maybe running wine tours or something. Harvesting grapes is honest work but probably backbreaking and doesn't give you much time to travel around (and doesn't pay super well). Running a tasting room for a vineyard may be OK but it sort of anchors you to one spot all day, again less than ideal imo.


ty Vanisher for the awesome sig

Nosfereefer


you can always join a monastery i geuss


Nosfereefer


"gently caress it all, im gonna run away and live with the sewer rats!"


Nosfereefer


firing yourself out of a cannon. into the SUN


Nosfereefer


one guy ran away to become a goat iirc


Dangerous Minority

May cause birth defects

Bartender so I can wear a puffy shirt and do nothing but clean glasses all day and help people with life problems

DirtyBear


I'm gonna run away and join the green lantern corps, then noone will ignore me anymore

Nosfereefer


ugh i hate this stupid circus life. constanty travelling around with insane people. dads always pestering me about becoming a clown. ive had it! im running away to become an accountant!


BoldFrankensteinMir

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Apparently anybody can still join the French Foreign Legion, but the only way to sign up is in person.

Oh and do four pull-ups. I'm out then.

Starman Super DX

This title text is surprisingly sturdy.

Rambler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efmOFVS-rE8

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Starman Super DX fucked around with this message at Jun 22, 2017 around 04:53


Meeksha

ALL AROUND THE WOOOOOOOOORLD

i would like to run away from my life and become a baby again so that i can experience everything for the first time......but TWICE



Summer sig created by the legendary Manifisto

Sham bam bamina!

ƨtupid cat

living off the grid, man

alnilam



Actually if you become a baby again it's like a new game plus, where you have all your knowledge and skills from the start

Meeksha

ALL AROUND THE WOOOOOOOOORLD

alnilam posted:

Actually if you become a baby again it's like a new game plus, where you have all your knowledge and skills from the start

Level 255 hand clapping
Level 180 circle spinning
Level 100 fast stepping
Level 2 general life skills



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They Might Be


if you have trade or lab experience you can escape to beautiful mcmurdo station, antarctica

https://www.indeed.com/q-Mcmurdo-Station-jobs.html

if you have hospitality experience you can escape to a cruise ship

https://www.allcruisejobs.com/

i have friends that have done both, unfortunately all of them hated it.

edit: my buddy that packed up and rolled out to the virgin islands is probably the happiest of any high-tailers i know, can't believe i forgot to mention. he's making do with kitchen / prep experience at a resort and padding the budget with semi-subsistence spear fishing and foraging.

edit 2: ffl is hardcore. not a great drifter job unless you're also a stateless super fit bad-rear end.

They Might Be fucked around with this message at Jun 20, 2017 around 03:29


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Mariana Horchata

She said real life
sucks losers dry.
If you want to fuck
with the eagles
you have to learn to
fly.



learn how and build a rocket and launch urself into the stratrosphere

Dads Dip Cup


feeling like you've reached your last resort? then cut your life into pieces and prepare for a career filled with exciting opportunities as one of our jigsaw puzzle sales representatives

Splatmaster


...Eskimo Ice Merchants

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BoldFrankensteinMir

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Is cryogenic freezing to reach the distant future a real thing or there just industrial parks full of frozen head meat waiting to get thrown out?

el dorito

BoldFrankensteinMir posted:

Is cryogenic freezing to reach the distant future a real thing or there just industrial parks full of frozen head meat waiting to get thrown out?

I imagine that you'd have to pay for the privilege, and there's no way of knowing that modern methods are actually doing it right so that it would be cost effective to reverse the process.

I put myself as a donor on my drivers license so if I'm lucky, they'll freeze me as an experiment

but I'm secretly hoping to be someone's first cadaver for medical school

Nosfereefer


BoldFrankensteinMir posted:

Is cryogenic freezing to reach the distant future a real thing or there just industrial parks full of frozen head meat waiting to get thrown out?

it would depend on some distant future people bothering going thru trouble to revive some 21st century dorks. i wouldnt in the same situation.


Nosfereefer


ocean. live like a fish (or more like a whale lol)


Nosfereefer


... troglodytes! the riches of the underworld await those brave enough to claim them


Sham bam bamina!

ƨtupid cat

BoldFrankensteinMir posted:

Is cryogenic freezing to reach the distant future a real thing or there just industrial parks full of frozen head meat waiting to get thrown out?
it's not real

deep dish peat moss

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

They Might Be posted:

if you have trade or lab experience you can escape to beautiful mcmurdo station, antarctica

https://www.indeed.com/q-Mcmurdo-Station-jobs.html

if you have hospitality experience you can escape to a cruise ship

https://www.allcruisejobs.com/

i have friends that have done both, unfortunately all of them hated it.

I was going to do this for a while but my uncle + other people I talked to who have been there say it's the most heartbreaking thing on earth because it's such a beautiful pristine and peaceful place but it's almost impossible to get a second contract to work there, so after your contract you live the rest of your life missing it and wanting to go back. There's a good documentary about it and some lifers on netflix, or it used to be there anyway, and I forget the name of it.

You can go do fish canning in Alaska. You make $10-15 an hour for cutting up fish guts 16 hours a day but room and board is 100% paid for and you get to save every dime of it

We're in an era where you can make a living by bumming it around the US and writing a blog about it and then just shopping all your posts around to different publications + throwing up some ads + sending it to open contributor platforms. If you're doing something with your life that most people wish they had the guts to do, like quit your job and hike across the US with 1 pair of clothes and a laptop or something, you'll get readership especially if you SEO well and etc.

Are the oil fields in North Dakota still a thing?

About 6 years ago you could get a luxury apartment in a gated, english-speaking community with a built in grocery store and etc. in Thailand for around $100 USD/month. I don't know about now but that's where all of my brother's online poker buddies ended up

I can get anyone a $29k/year call center tech support job in Tempe, Arizona even though I don't work there anymore

You can go do the temporary summer positions at state parks like Glacier National Park and you get to live in a cabin there while you do it

Cruise Ship jobs let you travel the world, they don't pay much but it's 16hour days with zero room and board just like fish canneries

deep dish peat moss

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Eventually I'm going to end up renting a room in an old colonial townhome in Hawaii and writing novels or the same thing but in Mexico

deep dish peat moss

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

I had a cousin that went off the grid with his girlfriend to work as an unpaid intern on an Organic Herb Farm where he got to live in a tent and bathe in the creek for free. They did it for like four years and liked it but then Uncle Sam was coming after them for tax evasion or something, last I heard they were fleeing to Cuba

deep dish peat moss

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

You can live on the streets and steal copper wire

lmbo calrissian

i'm into fashion
men are my passion

...the Scout Regiment

el dorito

a friend and I want to retire (which would take a couple decades first) and lead hiking tours or be volunteer forest rangers in some lonely locale like Lone Pine (CA) or San Bernardino (CA).

He got married in the interim so I don't know if we're still going forward with it.

Also, we don't want to leave California but if the housing prices get any higher then ... whelp

Nosfereefer


... dogwarths. the wizards school for dogs


Bacon Taco

Now with extra narwhal meat!

el dorito posted:


Also, we don't want to leave California but if the housing prices get any higher then ... whelp

Crescent City and Weaverville and the Central Valley are in California...

nobodygetshurt

...join the carpool to Restaurant Depot and get some more straws.

el dorito

Bacon Taco posted:

Crescent City and Weaverville and the Central Valley are in California...

that's true

I guess I just need to find a way to stick around before I retire!

Twenty Four


deep dish peat moss posted:

You can go do fish canning in Alaska. You make $10-15 an hour for cutting up fish guts 16 hours a day but room and board is 100% paid for and you get to save every dime of it

Having been there a bunch, and love Alaska in the summer, I seriously considered this to escape the heat not long ago. My parents did this when I was super young when there was no work here, and yeah, its a pretty bad job, but if you want to see some of the best country in the world with great weather, they will take you if you have a pulse and show up, but after salmon season ends, thats it. To be fair, at least in Kenai, "room and board" can sometimes be "you can pitch a tent down by the windy coast and we will let you eat the bad salmon".

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Hugh Malone


I'm going to Texarrakis. I'm sure those kids from Boston did well on their west Texas desert arroyo...

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