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Should occupation matter?

If you have spent any time at all on the Atlanta dating scene, you’ve heard the following countless times: “What do you do?” which is usually followed by, “Where did you go to school?” Casual conversations can go from innocent flirting to archaeological dig for information in 60 seconds!

Everyone has their own angle to asking the career or occupation question. A lot of people believe that what a person does for a living says a lot about their character, personality….and bank account.

This is one of the reasons one of my guy friends tell women that he runs a non-profit when he meets them. This is only partly true because he actually runs the family business and runs the non-profit on the side. He says it is two-fold: It weeds out overly pretentious women who are only out to land wealthy men. It appeals to women who share similar interests and outlook.

I don’t know if this has worked well for him or not, but I do think about how much occupation matters – or does not matter – to a lot of us. Do you think it should?

What can you really tell about a person’s job, career, or career aspirations? When do you ask the person you are interested in dating or pursuing what they do for a living?

By Wise Diva, Misadventures in Atlanta Dating Blog

335 comments Add your comment

Leggs

January 19th, 2012
12:42 pm

@BF ~ I understanding under Maritime Law he is to go down with the ship or at least wait until all passengers are accounted for before trying to save his own life. It’s a lot to ask for, but that’s the deal you signed up for…he turned out to be a poor helmsman.

@caB ~ EXACTLY. That body is FIERCE!

SlimNu

January 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

WD – Probably not. I wouldn’t want to run the risk of getting involved in some legal ramifications of his ‘hustleman work’.

Blackfoote: Thrown Back Under The Stairwell

January 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

Slim1 he’s experienced with tripping up over something……..LOL

Leggs that’s what the law states, that’s why he’s on charges of manslaughter.

czBrat

January 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

he turned out to be a poor helmsman.
leggs, he turned out to be a pussie.

Kym

January 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

I’m back..I dated and had a baby with the hustle man(my son’s father..God Bless the dead)…been there done that got the tee-shirt..

Into the Light

January 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

Shoot, once we get our Sistah Shine business up and running, WE are gonna be the in-demand hustle girls, Kym! :)

Blackfoote: Thrown Back Under The Stairwell

January 19th, 2012
1:13 pm

Kym:

On that show do they give ingredients to make the shine?

Light:

Funny Sistah Shine gals…….LOL

Leggs

January 19th, 2012
1:15 pm

@BF ~ ummmm thanks, but I know all of that. That’s why I said under maritime law.

Leggs

January 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

@czB ~ like your word better.

Kym

January 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

@ITL I am cool with that name Sistah Shine!!! I am telling you we stick with the business inside the perimeter..outside..the billies..got that on lock..but in the hood..man!! MO MONEY MO MONEY MO MONEY!!

@BF..they give you just enough info to figure it out..actually they made bananna brandy..

Into the Light

January 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

We are on!!

SN: A “friend of a friend” used to make apple brandy that was nummy nummy. :)

Kym

January 19th, 2012
1:28 pm

O/T random…lawd how long is this week going to go on?

Willie Dynamite

January 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

Kym – I thought it was just me. Feels like Monday every day. uggh

Sassy Me...Juicy Fruit ;-)

January 19th, 2012
1:40 pm

lawd how long is this week going to go on?

To me the shorter work weeks feel longer than the regular ones….

#twilightzone

Kym

January 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

@Willie..I am having the week from hell…funky work week..funky first week of school(don’t even get me started on that..my people..my people..I am trying to love them)

Exiled!

January 19th, 2012
1:45 pm

Don’t know if u have touched on this recent hot news that Newt wanted Open marriage

ex wife tales.

Can u say hawt dammit!!

kimmie

January 19th, 2012
1:47 pm

Do Nelly & Ashanti still go together?

Sistah Shine – That’s cool!

Into the Light

January 19th, 2012
1:57 pm

Alright – y’all look for Kym and me at the beauty shop, peddling our wares. Free 1 ounce samples to the first 5 customers on the second Saturday of every other month (limit 1 per customer).

Kym

January 19th, 2012
2:01 pm

ITL..we gonna need some muscle..you know folks gonna try to bust in on our good thang…so we gonna need a bouncer/enforcer…

Purple

January 19th, 2012
2:03 pm

Ashanti has nice legs and a nice butt!

Purple

January 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

I’ve started to bulk up. Just thought i’d share that tidbit of info. LOL Buy my dvd!

Into the Light

January 19th, 2012
2:05 pm

Hmmmm….. I would say I know just the guy for the job, but he might drink up all the profits. LOL :lol:

Leggs

January 19th, 2012
2:10 pm

Do Nelly & Ashanti still go together? – that sentence took me right back to junior high school (lol).

kimmie

January 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

Leggs – I was laughing as I typed it!LOL!!

Kym

January 19th, 2012
2:15 pm

@ITL…ohhh heck naw!!! We need to tell folks up front a gallon of the shine goes for 100.00 But we gonna let ya’ll have it for a whatcha say ITL…80 bucks a gallon..pure shine baby…pure sistah shine!!

SlimNu

January 19th, 2012
2:16 pm

It was weird reading “Go together” too lol….Had me sitting wondering what folks say these days. I guess Going together has progressed or should I say REgressed into “Talking”…. Is so and so still talking? lol

disco

January 19th, 2012
2:17 pm

slim – “talking” never went anywhere. talking is akin to “hooking up”. there’s that connection but you aren’t a real/official couple – going together.

SlimNu

January 19th, 2012
2:17 pm

When I went to Pigeon Forge back in October, I has some shine but it was flavored. I think it was Apple Pie or something but it was guuuuuud. Taste better than that straight shine I had some years ago that damn near burned a hole in my thoate :shock:

SlimNu

January 19th, 2012
2:18 pm

disco – I thought ‘talking’ meant dating…and ‘messing around’ meant hooking up???

Kym

January 19th, 2012
2:20 pm

@Slim these little jokers have double means for everything..cuffing means we go together..I think..it might be something new next week.

Kym

January 19th, 2012
2:21 pm

sorry should read..double meanings. …..lawd seems like I have been dipping in the shine myself..

disco

January 19th, 2012
2:21 pm

I guess it could mean “dating” light. goodness knows I know some folks that are talking to 2, 3, 4, 5 folks at a time. now messing around sounds way old school to me. don’t think I’ve heard that one in awhile. like creeping. don’t think I’ve heard that in a minute. is there a new word for it?

Kym

January 19th, 2012
2:22 pm

@Slim yep…the flavoring is added right before they make the delivery..

kimmie

January 19th, 2012
2:22 pm

Slim – According to my 11 year old and my coworker’s kids, it’s called “going out” even though they’re not “going” anywhere!!

I remember when I was a kid, if a boy asked a girl to be his girlfriend, he asked her for a “chance”!LOL!!

All of it is funny!!

Purple

January 19th, 2012
2:23 pm

Ever since watching Moonshiner’s I’ve been meaning to order some Apple Pie online. I found a few places that sale 80 proof Apple Pie. Was it really good Slim?

Purple

January 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

I think any and everything outside of marriage is called “dating”

kimmie

January 19th, 2012
2:25 pm

Purple – I was talking about what kids call it.

Blackfoote: Thrown Back Under The Stairwell

January 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

LOL……@Kimmie

I remember that one, can I have a chance. The wierd thing about it was everybody knew what you were meant.

disco

January 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

I don’t know purple. some married people date. sometimes each other and sometimes outside folks. and some folks do lots of screwing but very little actual dating.

Blackfoote: Thrown Back Under The Stairwell

January 19th, 2012
2:29 pm

I think I’m tamed, I’m reading up before I jump in with some BS……..LOL
Thanks to Exile, he got me doing the right thing.

Purple

January 19th, 2012
2:30 pm

kimmie, I don’t know what they call it. LOL

disco, very true!

Into the Light

January 19th, 2012
2:31 pm

We need to tell folks up front a gallon of the shine goes for 100.00 But we gonna let ya’ll have it for a whatcha say ITL…80 bucks a gallon..pure shine baby…pure sistah shine!!

But the flavor will cost you extra. IJS…a girl’s gotta make a living….

Blackfoote: Thrown Back Under The Stairwell

January 19th, 2012
2:31 pm

“Hitting it” comes to mind to.

Exiled!

January 19th, 2012
2:34 pm

Let’s take a moment(6:45 seconds) of silence for Disco..going left(screwing) on us! ..2:26

kimmie

January 19th, 2012
2:34 pm

BF – If my 11 year old comes in talking about he “hit it” with some little girl, he’s getting HIT=CLOBBERED! LOL!!!

i'm swiss

January 19th, 2012
2:36 pm

BF — Funny you should mention. “Hitting it” comes to my mind approximately every 15.2 seconds also. Small world…

Exiled!

January 19th, 2012
2:38 pm

since uall call it potato sal

they now say ’smash’! :lol:

BF :lol:

Blackfoote: Thrown Back Under The Stairwell

January 19th, 2012
2:40 pm

LOL…….@Kimmie and Swiss

kimmie

January 19th, 2012
2:42 pm

I forgot about smash, Exiled!

i'm swiss

January 19th, 2012
2:45 pm

Wait, wait… I must be confused. Did me.lo just say that some folks call doing the do “potato salad?”