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Have You Ever Seriously Questioned Your Career Choice?

Week of February 21, 2001

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Kim O'Haver
Bartender, C.J. Muggs, Webster Groves

"Oh, honey, I never know if I make the right choice in things I do! I just do things. If it works out, it does. If it doesn't -- I just move on. Who the hell ever knows if they make the right choice?"

Verda Perry
Retired Press Operator

"I pressed shirts for 29 years, because that's all I could do. I didn't have no kind of education to do anything else. I didn't like it, but I had 15 kids to think about. I didn't have my mind on going to college, trying to better myself. I was just always trying to keep my job to raise my kids up, and I did."

Michael Meitz
Business and Benefits Clerk, Missouri Department of Transportation

"Yeah, I question it. I need to get off my ass and get a real job. Actually, I'm pursuing a modeling career, and I'm going to Kansas City to walk the runways. If that doesn't work, I might get into the radio industry, where I can interact with other people, have fun and get paid to play music."

Marty Dellbringge
No. 2 Mechanic, Enders Auto Repair

"Sometimes I do wonder about that, mostly when I'm having problems, like when I got my finger chopped off doing a job on a timing chain or when my cousin was taking a transmission pan down and dumped oil all over my head. I had to go home and take a double shampoo. It was for oily hair. The question is, 'Why does stuff happen the way it does?' It's just sometimes a curious happening."

Paul Harris
Talk-Show Host, KTRS (550 AM)

"Well, I've been doing this for 25 years and don't have any regrets yet. I was lucky enough at an early age to figure out what it was I wanted to do and loved doing it. There have been people I haven't loved working for, but I've always loved doing radio. Besides, I have no other skills, none that anybody will pay me for."

Hazel Hammers Varnon
Bail Bondsman

"Like when you have a $25,000 forfeiture and you've got two days to bring him in or pay the bond yourself? And you think, 'Ahhh! Why am I doing this?' Sure, there's the low points. That poor guy yesterday, he didn't even have hinges on the door of his trailer. I had to put the cuffs on him in front of his daughter. That about broke my heart. Other than that, it's a great job. I love it."

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