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662 The Good with the Bad
Aaron Talks about the good and bad points of his job as a bouncer.

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do your thing

If you work as a bouncer in your university, you can still get to talk to your friends while you do your thing.

Here, 'do your thing' means 'do your job.' This phrase can also refer to doing what you naturally do. Notice the following:

  1. I really respect the way you just kind of do your thing.
  2. I've got to get going, because I have to do my thing.

a position of power

Another good thing about being a bouncer is you're in a position of power.

When you are in a 'position of power,' it means that you can tell other people what to do. You have authority. Notice the following:

  1. He shouldn't have a job in a position of power, because he treats people horribly.
  2. It must feel nice to be in a position of power now.

a little nick in one of my shoulders

I've got a little nick in one of my shoulders from a knife.

A 'little nick' is a small cut or a small piece that is removed from his shoulder. Notice the following:

  1. Do you know where this nick in the wooden chair came from?
  2. I've got nicks all over my legs from shaving with a bad razor.

the worst side of

You deal with the worst side of humanity, with drug dealers, alcoholics, et cetera.

Here, 'the worst side of' of humanity refers to the bad people who do bad things. The worst side of something is as bad as it gets. Notice the following:

  1. This whole experience has really shown me the worst side of humanity.
  2. Now you have seen the worst side of her.


If you have an unconscious girl on your hands, sometimes you're not sure what to do with her.

When someone is 'unconscious,' she does not have awareness. She is breathing like she is sleeping, but she isn't aware of anything around her. People become unconscious when they hit their head really hard, drink too much alcohol or take lots of medication. Notice the following:

  1. He was unconscious when they found him and dead by the time he got to the hospital.
  2. After he got hit during the hockey game, he was unconscious for a few minutes.