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This week on Metro Connection: Labor

MR. SABRI BEN-ACHOUR

13:06:39
Welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Sabri Ben-Achour in this week for Rebecca Sheir. So as we get ready for this long weekend, today's show is all about the world of work and labor, the daily grind, the thing you are probably fleeing today. There are the jobs that are fulfilling and fun and those that just pay the bills.

MR. SABRI BEN-ACHOUR

13:06:56
We'll meet people who brave D.C. traffic every day, all day for a living. We'll hear about a really old colonial job that's making a comeback and we'll meet a man engaged in a true labor of love. He's trying to clean up trash in the Baltimore Harbor. We're also going somewhere unusual where I had to get all kinds of waivers to go and am still showering to clean up from. But first we wanted to turn the mike over to you, to hear your stories about the good and the God-awful jobs you've held over the years.

MR. SABRI BEN-ACHOUR

13:07:24
So we sent producer Tinbete Ermyasto talk with people across our region earlier this week.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1

13:07:30
My most memorable job. I worked for a short time at Tourmobile as a tour guide in D.C. so I worked out at Arlington National Cemetery. It was fun, a fun job. I really enjoyed being in the cemetery. It was a nice place. It's an odd thing to enjoy being in the cemetery but I found it really fascinating and the history and, yeah it was a really fascinating place.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2

13:08:00
For about seven years, I worked in the Minnesota Legislature for the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he was the nation's first openly gay male state legislator and we shared a lot of the same values and positions on issues from gay rights to gun control to pro-choice and it was really a thrill working for him.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1

13:08:21
My worst job, probably, I was a waitress at a sports bar and it was just a way for me to get extra cash. And a lot of the times when something went wrong or they didn't like the food, they would get upset with me and I really had no control over it so that part was annoying about it.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2

13:08:40
My most disgusting job experience was picking crabs in North Carolina. You must pick the meat off the crab and you got paid by the pound. It was disgusting because I cut the heck out of my hands and I wasn't any good at it and it smelled horrible.
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