What do you really do?

When people ask me what I do I generally respond with something like “save the world from alien invasions,” but only when I want to scare the person off.

Yes, that a lie. I figured it’d been too long since I’d started out a post with a lie.

The truth is, I usually answer the question saying, “I’m a programmer.”

Not anymore though! I read a nifty article today and I’ve decided to change how I respond to this question.

Isn't it pathetic? We live in a world where people don't care about the things that you do — the things that interest you. Correction: They care more about how you make money, first and foremost. All the time — parents, friends, family, new people — they all want to know "what do you do?" But it reality, they are asking "how do you make money — what's your job?" - David Askaripour

From now on, when someone asks me what I do I’m going to say “I dance, fly fish, read, write, geek out, eat food, think, hike, and pretend to punch people in the face!” As I say that last part I’ll pretend to punch them in the face. People will think it’s hilarious.

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  1. Beth Wow I definitely will not ask you what you do. I don’t want a pretend punch. But I also already know what you do.
  2. Ryan I can see why you wouldn’t want a pretend punch… you wouldn’t think it was funny because you’d already know it was coming since you read about it here. :)
  3. Beth I saw a pretend punch on a show I was watching last night. It was so funny that I had read your post just before seeing it happen.
  4. Ryan haha! This seems to happen fairly often. Last time it was something about a water cooler to waste time at work I think?