Good golly, Miss Trolley!
Blog Guy, you give good career advice, and I need some. I’ve seen an ad for a job in some place I’ve never heard of. It says I’d get to work outdoors and travel. The job is called “trolleybus driver’s assistant” – is that like a conductor?
Well, if things go badly I guess you could be a conductor, but not exactly the kind you’re thinking of. As a driver’s assistant in Tajikistan, you get to sit like the guy in this photo, and pull down on the poles at just the right time, so it can roll through unwired crossroads.
My Gosh! Is there anything worse than doing that job?
Yes, doing that job during thunderstorm season.
A driver’s assistant pulls down the poles on top of a trolleybus, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, August 21, 2007. REUTERS/Nozim Kalandarov