The Q&A: What is the worst job DALE?SHOEMAKER  has ever had?

<p>Dale Shoemaker grew up in Wenatchee and worked in fruit warehouses and as a paper carrier to earn spending money as a kid. After graduation from high school, he read meters for a PUD and worked at a drive-in theater before being hired by Boeing, where he worked nearly 39 years in the spare parts division. Now living in Long Beach with his wife, Doris, he keeps busy with the Slo-Laners RV Club, American Association of Retired Persons, Peninsula Senior Activity Center and Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church. Dale has two grown children, and in his free time likes to garden, play board and card games, work on puzzles, go to garage sales and take day trips.</p>

What is your favorite sport or activity?

For the last three years it’s been cooking. I’m a wannabe chef, so once a month I fix a lunch at the senior center with help of a professional chef, so I can learn the secrets of the trade. And I cook the pork chop dinners for the Ladies of the Moose and the Eagles. I love fishing, but with all the rules and regulations, I’m a bit turned off. I’d love to go catch a sturgeon, but they’re stopping that too. But I used to love fishing.

Tell me about your best friend.

Well right now it’s my wife. She understands me and knows me. I’m like most men — we get a little hot now and then — and she’s pretty calm.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

The one I got today, saying that I did a good job recruiting my friends for the AARP office. Anytime you volunteer and get a thank you, that’s quite rewarding.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I went out on a date with this gal, and you know all condominiums look alike? I went to her apartment; I should have been in “B” and was in “C”. So I went in and used the bathroom and waited and waited and she never came. So I went and called her phone number and she answered — her apartment was the floor below me. That’s how I found out. I was probably there a good 30 minutes, read the paper and everything. That was really embarrassing. One time I won a Halloween contest as the prettiest girl! Another time I ran out of oil on an RV trip, and all the other RVs were piled up behind us and each of them donated a quart of oil to help me out — it was so embarrassing.

When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be…

Probably a culinary arts chef. But it’s a really rough job though because you’re stuck in a little tiny room — the kitchen.

What is the worst job you’ve had?

I worked for a supervisor that committed suicide. So working with management when they’re almost crazy mentally. To commit suicide, he had to be unstable. So I’d say that was the toughest part of my working years. Or a job where you don’t get along with coworkers.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have two objects with you, what would they be?

That’s easy. It’s not gonna help me, it’s silly, but it would be a remote control and chocolates — once I eat one I can’t stop.

What makes you unhappy?

Right now it’s crazy, stupid people. But in spite of that, the White House, and the sandbagging Republicans and Democrats. They need to get together and work things out. That’s really one of the things that’s making me unhappy right now.

What is your weakness?

Right now I’m going through a period of short term memory, where I set things down and I can’t remember where I put it.

How would you like to be remembered?

If there was something that needed to be done and no one else wanted to do it, then I’m your man.

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