Oh yeah. I was "encouraged" to be either a hairdresser/cosmetologist or a nurse.
Nurse b/c of the "job security" and we all know what has happened to that in the last couple of decades, right?
So first I was a mechanic, then various unskilled jobs, then a factory where I got OJT to run certain very specific machines that don't translate well to other manufacturing plants...finally got my license as a massage therapist after two separate schools (y'all know the story on the first one, right?), and currently taking calls in a call center.
And there'll likely be another career change or two if I'm to believe the "statistics".
I don't even know it this counts as "weird", but here's two of my favorites:
1) Tuna Sammich -- water-pack chunk-light tuna, drained and squeezed, with Miracle Whip on toasted wheat bread. No fancy "sandwich goop" or chopped pickles or tartar sauce or celery, JUST the three things mentioned. I'll never understand why people have to glop things on.
2) this constitutes a full meal and then some: Two or three SteakUmms, fried or griddled, on wheat bread -- no sauces or dressings or cheese or anything else, TYVM -- a bowl of air-popped popcorn with or without salt, a couple of cubes of Medium Cheddar and some Kosher Dill Pickle spears.
The odd bits for both these are that they have to be just. that. .way. Med cheddar, not mild or sharp or colby; MW, not mayo; chunk light, not the fancypants Albacore....the details :D
Longest time overall, planning to get back with sometime? Katie from church back in the high-school years. Close to 30 years. Found again on Classmates.com and facebook. My philosophies have changed so much, though, and her core values seem to be pretty much the same, so I don't know how long the friendship will last after our next meeting!
Longest time and still actually see/visit/have lunch with? Donna who was a teacher/dean where I went to business school -- 'tema was in, I think, second grade? So 20 years there! Donna has watched my progress/treansition/growing-up and laughed at me all through it, but in a non-insulting way! Our philosophies are very different, but we agree to disagree and enjoy what we have in common.