Friday, October 12, 2012


Amarcord is a 1973 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini, a semi-autobiographical coming of age story in 1930s fascist Italy.
The film's title is a Romagnol neologism for " I remember ".
I strongly recommend watching it.
Aside from that.

I made a very amusing list of all the odd jobs I have held so far (that I could remember).
I hope you will find it as exhilarating as I do.

1)Gymnastics instructor.
2)Gymnastics judge for the Italian Gymnastics Federation.
3)Radio voice over for advertising, and radio host.
4)Waitress on roller skates for an Argentinian restaurant in Bologna (I only went to the emergency room once in three years!).
5)Nanny McPhee to an amazing girl name Tatiana, who grew up to become an even more amazing woman. Now she is a successful motivational speaker, writer and horse whisperer (and I take no credit for it).
6)Marketing assistant in Germany (a job that bordered slavery, were not for the insane amount of money I was given- most likely to keep mum).
7)Italian-German/German-Italian translator at trading fairs all over the North Westphalia region ( I would lie to you if I'd tell you I remember a single word of German).
8)Cashier/book keeper for a chain of movie theatres in Bologna ( I would watch like 15 movies a week for free. It was my Netflix. Also I met Sam iAm in one of those theatres. The title of the movie showing, ironically, was "Breaking the waves". But that's another story).
9)Bob Dylan's body guard (a one night gig).
10)Andrea Boccelli's body guard (another one night, well paid, legitimate gig).
11)Escort for a Saudi Petrol Sheik (most definitely a one night gig, never ever repeated). In Italy, nowadays, the word "escort" is associated with prostitution. Well, back then...... also. I just had no idea : at one point in my life I too, was a wide eyed ingenue. The night didn't end up so bad though. The Sheik took me to dinner in a fancy restaurant and, after asking me to sing for him a number of Italian folk songs, he took me home. Like the perfect gentleman he was, he kissed my hand goodnight on my doorstep and left (and slipped me a one hundred dollar bill). The end. A real charmer out of the "Thousand and one nights", that didn't want to take advantage of the mental impaired ( he then got himself a real hooker, I think. His loss, my gain).
12)Salsa and Merengue dance instructor/performer (it was all uphill after the "escort" incident).
13)Back up singer/dancer in a Salsa band.
14)Toy designer.
15)Elementary school teacher.

I don't regret any of it. Not even my "Sherazade" adventure with the Arabian Petrol Prince.
In fact, I think that might have been one of my best incarnations.
And I am still here, telling tales............. am I not?

Just out of curiosity, what is the oddest job you have ever done?

P.S. Don't forget to watch Amarcord.

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