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resourceful • crazy • guinea
lucrative • sequestered
  1. What sort of jobs have you had over the years?
  2. Waitressing can be a very job.
  3. I think I would be too scared to be a pig for new medical procedures.
  4. Both of the children were after they got in the fight.
  5. Don't just give up on the problem. You have to try to be .
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677 Medicine Man
Jeff talks about one odd job that had to do with the medical profession.

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I've known you for a long time and I know that you're a very resourceful person.

Someone who is 'resourceful' is very good at resolving situations quickly, using the materials that they have available. Notice the following:

  1. He is one of the most resourceful people that I know.
  2. When you are a single parent, you are forced to be resourceful.

crazy jobs

You always have these crazy jobs, like recently at a hospital.

'Crazy jobs' would be ones that would not be considered your typical job. These might be jobs that are dangerous or have you doing very odd tasks. Notice the following:

  1. She is more interested in crazy jobs than normal office jobs.
  2. After he graduated from college, he had to do all these crazy jobs just to get by.

guinea pig

I was a guinea pig for a pharmaceutical company testing its new drug.

You are a 'guinea pig' when new products or procedures are tested on you. Notice the following:

  1. Would you be interested in being a guinea pig for new medicines'
  2. The university is looking for some guinea pigs to test out new teaching techniques.


This job is very lucrative and it pays very well.

A 'lucrative' job is one where you make a lot of money. Notice the following:

  1. He found that cutting grass in the summer was actually very lucrative work.
  2. She enjoys her job but recognizes that it is not the most lucrative.


So what is the first thing you do when you get out from being sequestered in there?

Here, Todd is using 'sequestered' to mean something like isolated or held in some place. Notice the following:

  1. We plan to sequester the sick individuals, so they don't infect the rest of the students.
  2. You child tends to sequester himself from his peers.