During the time when my parents were pouring money into the widening black hole that was my college education, my roommate once queried me as to the shortest amount of time I had spent on a summer job before either quitting or being shown the door.

His answer, as I recall, was exactly one day on a loading dock, when, after porting several hundred boxes into trailer trucks and dangerously flirting with a hernia and a slipped disc, he - if you'll pardon the pun - packed it in.

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