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I have always dreamed of Alternative Careers. Within that is the subset of Imaginary Alternative Careers. Pursuits may be a better phrase; I dislike Career as it supposes that work is distinct from life. The use of our labor is one of primary choices, inherent to whom we are — or rather I think it should be.
Over at BOWL OF NOSES, I am posting a series of Rube Goldberg “inventions” and the various things he has inspired. I think Rube’s collection “INVENTIONS!” needs to be Required Reading at every grade level.
As Tailor (A) fits customer (B) and calls out measurements, college boy (C) mistakes them for football signals and makes a flying tackle at clothing dummy (D). Dummy bumps head against paddle (E) causing it to pull hook (F) and throw bottle (G) on end of folding hat rack (H) which spreads and pushes head of cabbage (I) into net (J). Weight of cabbage pulls cord (K) causing shears (L) to cut string (M). Bag of sand (N) drops on scale (O) and pushes broom (P) against pail of whitewash (Q) which upsets all over you causing you to look like a marble statue and making it impossible for you to be recognized by bill collectors. Don’t worry about posing as any particular historical statue because bill collectors don’t know much about art.