Nicole Danbom’s “Another Fucking Dollar: Essays on Work” Review

“Nico aka St. Pauly Girl”

I attended The Evergreen State College with Nicole. Through the roommate lottery, we landed in opposite sides of the duplex student housing on the edge of campus known as the “MODS”. Since this book was about work, I’m going to share a story about one of the most fun nights of college, maybe my whole life. I worked in the costume shop and I was used to friends saying “Can you make me into Marie Antoinette for this installation I’m doing? It’s tomorrow.”

One night, a few weeks before Halloween, Nico decided she was going to be St. Pauly Girl, showing up in full costume, complete with empty beer steins and a hilariously bad German accent. I cobbled together a goth French maid outfit and we wandered around the parties in the “Alphabet Soup” section of the dorms. Nico demanded her steins be filled with free beer in boisterous fake German. We laughed, danced, drank, and owned every party that night.

Nico gave her steins an overzealous clank toward the end of the night, broke one, and cut her hand. I bandaged her bleeding appendage as we collapsed in hysterical drunken laughter. My social skills aren’t stellar, but I’ve been lucky to come across a few folks like Nico along the way. Every nerd needs that friend who knows how to both work and party HARD.

We kept in touch over the years through social media and it has been a bit like going on all her globe-trotting adventures. Reading this book makes all of that pale in comparison. I tasted the salt air of Glacier Bay. I laughed out loud at the thought of my friend chasing bears in Yosemite, brandishing a flashlight, and shouting “HEY BEAR!” I read about the tragic loss of another friend and sent her a mental hug, as I do almost every day.

These “essays” are more like memoirs. Each chapter holds the strength of her experience filtered through a passionate, poetic mind. If I were Nico, I would apply to jobs using this book as my resume. Only an employer willing to absorb her experience is worthy of her talent. I really hope Starfleet is hiring!

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