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JUDY 5CENTS
Putting In My 5 Cents

Observations on the various insanities of life in the 21st century.

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Hi. My name is Judy and I'm a...I'm a writer.
 
There. I said it.  Now you know. Along with the Internal Revenue Service, my foot doctor and my daughter's second grade teacher.
 
I don't know why I'm so reluctant to proclaim my profession. I've had worse jobs. For two years I was a telephone interviewer for a marketing research firm  (Hello, this is Judy calling from Burke Marketing Research. May I speak to the lady of the house?). Yes, I was one of those annoying people who called you at supper time. I also have been a Walmart Associate, a McDonald's crew member (ya-want-fries-with-that?) and that most oppressed of all human beings, the substitute teacher. And I wasn't ashamed to admit to any of those jobs.
 
Okay, maybe I was a bit embarrassed about the marketing research gig, but that was twenty years ago.
 
Writing is such a personal thing. And it takes a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to believe that someone is going to want to pay money for the words you've strung together.
 
I wouldn't quit my day job if I had one. But I've decided if the federal government recognizes me as a writer, everyone else should too.
 
Hi, this is Judy. I'm a writer. And I know you don't want fries with that.
 
 


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