Tad Monroe, Call Me Coach

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Tad Monroe won a football scholarship to college, but a knee injury forced him to use his knowledge of the game for more than life on the gridiron.

 

PHOTOS: ALANA T

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Dean Burke, A Job In The Fast Lane

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Dean Burke was lucky enough to land a job with a successful software company in 2007, just before the Great Recession began. But, his luck didn’t hold out.

 

PHOTOS: ALANA T

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Karrie Zylstra, A Job Gone To The Dogs

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Karrie Zylstra imagined a happy career training service dogs, until she started working at a shelter in Bellingham after college.

 

PHOTOS: ALANA T

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Morf Morford, Be Like Water

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Morf Morford once taught a class in prison, and he found advice from Bruce Lee helped him navigate the violence and humanity of helping people with nothing to lose.

 

PHOTOS: ALANA T

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Take These Stories And…

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Alright, enough with the shoving already!

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The Tacoma Public Library invited us to produce a special, second show of real-life work stories because this month the annual “Tacoma Reads Together” book is Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickle and Dimed”. It’s Barbara’s first-person account of trying to make a living working minimum wage jobs back in 2001.

So, TONIGHT, TUESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2014, we bring you a FREE SHOW featuring four storytellers who didn’t go undercover to learn the truth about working in America. They just took the best jobs they could find. However, they learned the same thing Barbara did:

“What you don’t necessarily realize when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you’re really selling is your life.”

 

So, if you don’t get big bucks from working, what do you get?
The kinds of lessons money can’t buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 JOIN US AT TACOMA’S MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY, OLYMPIC ROOM, TONIGHT AT 7:00pm!

Take This Job And Shove It TOO

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Because there are more stories about bad jobs than there is time to share them, we’ve got MORE chances to tell your “Take This Job And Shove It” tale!

STORIES OF COSMICALLY CRAPPY WORK Saturday, September, 27 2014 7:30p Studio III Broadway Center Tacoma, WA

MORE STORIES OF COSMICALLY CRAPPY WORK
FREE WORKSHOP: Saturday, Oct. 11, 10a-11:30a
Wheelock Library
FREE SHOW: Tuesday, Oct. 14 7p-8p
Main Branch, Tacoma Public Library
 REGISTRATION REQUIRED

 

REGISTER NOW for our FREE WORKSHOP at Wheelock Library in Tacoma on Saturday, October 11 from 10a-11:30a.

 

A bad job, a cranky boss or outrageous co-workers can be the source of an entertaining and enlightening story. On the other hand, talking about them could also just sound like complaining. How do you relate a memorable experience in a way that an audience will enjoy, and even learn something?
Megan Sukys and Tad Monroe produce Tacoma’s live storytelling show, Drunken Telegraph. For this workshop, they will bring simple and effective tools to help participants craft a compelling tale about real-life events. Participants are invited to come prepared to share a 2-3 minute story from their own work lives.
Megan and Tad will select a few storytellers from the workshop to take part in a special follow-up performance on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

 

PLAN NOW for our FREE SHOW at Tacoma Library’s Main Branch on Tuesday, October 14 from 7p-8p.

 

For this special show, co-producers Megan Sukys and Tad Monroe will offer a lineup of local people sharing true stories about tackling thankless jobs, handling outrageous bosses and surviving the worst work situations. Entertaining and authentic, the stories also offer insight into what it really takes to make a living.



And just to prove we’re not being original with “Take This Job And Shove It Too”, here’s the song David Allan Coe wrote and performed to follow up his earlier song, the one made famous by Johnny Paycheck.

There, we said it.

Megan Sukys, Voices In The Dark

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Megan Sukys’ first started her radio career by working overnights in Fayetteville, NC. She had maybe 15 listeners, and her biggest fans worked at the local glue factory. But then, she joined the news coverage of Hurricane Fran and fell in love with bringing people together through talking.

 

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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Timothy C, Naked in New York

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Timothy C spent seventeen years as an undercover officer tracking down human trafficking and sex crime perpetrators. Now that he’s out of the business, he looked back at an incident in New York City that shows just how much he was willing to bare to get the criminal.

 

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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Tracie Bonjour, Embracing The Pain

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Tracie Bonjour planned to bring her children into her international outreach career – before she actually had kids. Her first son pushed her to the limit of balancing work and parenthood. Then, Tracie discovered that dealing with the job of mom meant riding the waves.

 

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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David Schumer, The Cervixes Of Africa

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Bored with the life of a private practice physician, David Schumer volunteered to perform cervical cancer screenings in Zambia. Once he got to the understaffed, understocked and overtaxed clinic, though, he faced the limits of his skills against the vast need for health care in southern Africa.

 

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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