I feel a bit like Donald Duck, rolling from one job into another. The shoe store turned out to be a shady was a shadowy business, where I did not get a contract and was back on the street after three days. For the past few weeks I worked through a recruitment agency for a company that makes cardboard displays, for example for mascara. The work consists the folding and pasting of cardboard, with tape and glue guns. On the first day the team leader felt that I was working very fast, so I was put on the roster for a good number of days. On those days, I am only home at ten o’clock in the evening, which makes our current routine a bit odd.
At work, the radio is always on BBC Radio 1, the English equivalent of 3FM. It makes me appreciate the Dutch public broadcasting all the more, because the variety of music on Radio 1 is desperately low. It seems like they have a playlist of 10 songs that is played over and over again. In fact, the only interesting thing is the news, being at least different every day. For example, last week I heard that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, at the age of 17 the youngest winner ever. She is campaigning for the right of girls to education. She herself is now going to school in Birmingham. Friends of hers who were interviewed said she mainly listens to classical music. Not your average teenager then, but someone with a mission. After she was shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban and recovered, she gave an impressive speech to the UN. Meanwhile, the radio plays a thoughtful song that gives its own twist to the issue: “I don’t wanna go to school, I just wanna break the rules”.
To stick with musical messages: Just like Jamie Cullum I sometimes ask myself what all those “years of expensive education” have brought me. I am happy with the job I have now, if only because I feel somewhat useful, but it is not what I had in mind during my studies. I keep applying to jobs and hope to continue job-hopping soon. I might have a possibility to work temporarily as a research assistant at the institute where Freddy is doing his PhD. At least we are keeping ourselves busy in Duckburg.