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Jason C. McDonald (CodeMouse92)

May 30, 2011

I’m Not Crazy, I’m Gainfully Employed!

(This entry was incorporated into my speech, “A Field Guide to Common Nerds,” which I had the privilege of sharing at the iSTEM Summer Institute 2013 at North Idaho College.)

I am convinced that most of the best jobs involve a certain degree of insanity as a prerequisite. There are the obvious ones, such as crab fishermen in Alaska (Deadliest Catch rocks!), sky diving instructors, and helicopter loggers. Then there are the more sane jobs, like waiting tables or working the front desk (though I’ve known quite a few nutty secretaries in my time.)

But what many people don’t realize is that a sizable majority of the middle class (and the employed members of the upper class) are textbook mental cases in hiding. That’s what makes them so good at their jobs. Sure, they look normal, but that’s just their “How to Look Like a Sane Member of Society 101” class talking. I should know. I’m one of them.