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January 18, 2000

Home, Sweet Cubicle

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Katie Dunsworth

Age: 24

Company: 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Job: Senior public relations manager

At my office: Our company is a national cleaning and junk-removal service. It works with thousands of nonprofit groups, recycling centers, and charities to either recycle or donate the things we remove.

Dogs welcome: Our office dog, Grizzly, is a Shiba Inu we jokingly named Director of Greetings. Grizzly is probably the funniest, most adaptable dog I've ever seen. Every morning he makes his rounds to all the people who feed him and bring him treats!

Some junk in the truck: Whether you're a vice president or entry-level employee, everyone starting with our company must spend a minimum of five days on the junk trucks. I couldn't believe how sore my muscles were after picking up junk for eight hours.

Pimping my cube: The moose statue I have on my desk is from my junk-truck days. I helped clean a basement for the nicest old man I have ever met. He really wanted me to have this weird statue — it obviously meant a lot to him to have it go to someone he "knew." So, I have it on my desk to remind me of my days on the truck — and, of course, it's good old Canadian memorabilia. Otherwise, my desk is a cross between my love affair with Audrey Hepburn (I have at least three pictures of her on my desk at all times) and funny things that make me smile. I have a cheese-head hat that I got from a junk pickup in Wisconsin, a massive old cell phone from the early '90s, and a sword from our Halloween costume day when the department dressed up like pirates.

What happens in Mexico... Last year I took three of my five weeks of vacation to get married and go on my honeymoon. We were married in Cancún in February and spent a week with family and friends before heading off to our honeymoon in Playa del Carmen. Before I left, 30 of my colleagues threw me a massive "stagette" (Canadian for bachelorette party!). They surprised me midday on a Friday...and it went all night long.


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