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When I worked as a window cleaner, everybody - and I mean everybody - I knew asked me the "how's yer father" question. The truth was that I was always knackered and freezing, and the only nudity I saw was some fat bloke's arse. Tell us how your work differs from the expectation.

Thanks to Rotating Wobbly Hat for the idea

(, Thu 8 May 2014, 22:21)
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Worked as a software developer for NATO or three years. The computer system was mainly concerned with planning and execution of aircraft missions. Think Top Gun meets War Games, all very glamorous, secretive and action packed.

Reality? Worked in a small office building. Hessian on the walls, maps dating back to the cold war, office furniture from the same era. Did at no point see an actual aircraft. Most of the time spent working on implementing flawed communication protocols facing other NATO systems since funding depended upon showing progress in that field. Remaining time spent hoping that the military personnel would have the good sense to pick up the phone and bypass our system if a situation would ever arise where communication was critical.

Embarassingly well paid.
(, Thu 8 May 2014, 22:45, 3 replies)
Change your name to Professor Falken
Otherwise I'll be disappoint.
(, Thu 8 May 2014, 22:47, closed)
BTW, love War Games. Mostly because I was a young nerdy misfit during the eighties. I was fascinated with the proposition that learning to hack computer systems could lead to a series of events, one of which would be kissing an actual girl :-)
(, Thu 8 May 2014, 22:52, closed)
Kissing a girl?
You bender.
(, Thu 8 May 2014, 22:57, closed)

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