...he/she made "underground furniture" for a living?
A close friend of mine makes coffins for a living and sometimes he meets the odd person where the conversation is starting off great, until that question pops up "What do you do for a living?"
"Underground furniture" he says
"Oh" the person replies
closely followed by "I really gotta go"
How would you react?
It would be so on... bet he does the vampire thing too, oh the fun...sorry whew
I think it would be interesting to talk with him.
All occupations are pretty interesting, actually.
And a coffin-maker doesn't seem any creepier than anyone else. Think about it----a surgeon does what?---cuts people open, etc.! That's pretty gross, but it's a needful thing.
We all gotta die sometime, so it's nice to think about the people who construct the last resting place of our bodies.
I would say cool and it sounds like job security. I know a girl who does make up and hair and etc on corpses. Sounds creepy but someone has to do it and they get paid well. There are so many bad jobs out there this can not be all that bad after all its carpentry. I was a janitor once and it was a job that really had to be done by someone. I did not give two thoughts about it because it met my needs at the time. The pay was good and once already retired I was making a decent living. Because people treated me like garbage because of whatever prejudice they associated to such a job is why I eventually left and will never do it again. People were bad enough but even the employer treated everyone in my capacity like dirt. I wondered if no one wanted to do this, then why would you not support those who do. I enjoyed those who made far less then me treating me like a disease or the person who would command me like a servant telling me the obvious such as the toilet paper is out or something dumb that I do everyday.
Sorry to hear you were treated like that as a janitor. I still remember my school janitor from elementary school - we kids all loved him. We appreciated him and when he died, the whole school mourned. He was friendly and kept our school clean, we really loved him.
I appreciate anyone doing any job as long as they do it with the attitude of wanting to do it well.
As for the OP, I'd probably think he meant he made furniture for houses set underground in hillsides!
I wouldn't generally have a problem with a person who said who he made coffins for a living - if he didn't otherwise come across as creepy. Maybe it isn't his job that puts people off, but maybe it's more his approach to telling them what he does for a living. Personally, I think he ought to give a more straight answer than "underground furniture". I'm guessing that may be an old joke for him, but it isn't all that funny (and suggests he's not all that comfortable about the simple fact that he's in that business). I think he ought to go with something like, "I work for Blah-Blah company, and that's a company that makes caskets." (or "I have my own company, and we make - of all things - caskets."
(Maybe his problem is more that he's a bad comedian than his actual job. OR, he's insecure about his line of work in general, and insecurity tends to make problems relating to people who don't know us well. ) (Or else he IS creepy, and it wouldn't matter what he said his occupation is. )
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