Monday is a holiday in the United States. I had planned to close the blog for the day, but our contest this week ties in nicely with the Labor Day theme, so I decided to run it early. This will be our only post for the day, but we’ll be back tomorrow with a normal schedule. In the meantime, let’s give away a copy of ‘The Office: Season Nine‘ on Blu-ray. Just to mix things up a little bit, this will be different than most of our recent contests. Be sure to read the rules carefully.
As much as I love our photo caption contests, I have a better idea in mind for this one. In order to win the final season of ‘The Office’ on Blu-ray, I want you to tell me a story about either the best job you ever had, or the worst job you ever had. True stories only, please. You are allowed to submit one story for best job and one for worst, but that’s the cut-off.
Each entry must be 400 words or less. Please heed this limit. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to read dozens of novel-length contest entries. Be as succinct as you can to make the point.
Now, we had a similar contest about worst jobs back in 2010, but I figure that three years is enough time to do it again. If, by chance, you entered that previous contest, I expect only new stories here. I will check, and duplicates will be disqualified.
For my part, my best job was my college work-study position. I worked in my university’s media lab. My responsibilities entailed sitting down and waiting for professors to come in and sign out TVs and VCRs to use in their classes. If a professor came in, I would point to a TV on a cart, make him sign a sheet, and watch him wheel it out. Then I’d wait for him to bring it back later. That’s it. That’s all I did, from 5 PM to 9 PM every evening. On a busy week, I might see three professors who needed TVs. Because the office was filled with televisions and Laserdisc players (this was the early ’90s), I rented and watched lots of movies at work. That’s where my obsession with home theater started, and also where I met the future Mrs. Z. Best. Job. Ever.
As for the worst, I worked as a telemarketer for one and a half days, sold absolutely nothing and was fired.
(You see how short these stories are? That’s the kind of thing I’m looking for.)
We have one copy of the Blu-ray box set to give away. The winner will be chosen at our own subjective discretion based on whichever responses we enjoy the most. All entries must be submitted in the Comments section of this blog post. Please do not attempt to email them to me.
This contest is only open to entrants from the domestic United States. We will not ship internationally (whether you’re a U.S. citizen or not). Employees of High-Def Digest or Internet Brands and their families are not eligible. Standard contest rules and conditions apply. People who have won any of our previous contests within the past one year are also not eligible to win, but may get Honorable Mentions.
The deadline for entry is Friday, September 6th. The winners will be announced the following week. Good luck!