I think I've always glamorized the career of a Barnes and Noble employee, because of their book recommendations (written out in their own handwriting no less!) displayed on a prominent book shelf for all customers to see and consider.
I crave that kind of authority.
Working at several restaurants over the years, I've always gotten a rush from being casually asked, "So what's good here?"
Thus, my current version of an employee recommendation:
F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories, for their creativity.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is set to be a big time movie crammed with meaning and staring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. But the best part about the short story version is how utterly trivial, inventive and quirky it is. The same goes for Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a cute sample of the meaningless things that were important in society, pre-Great Depression.
Set The New York Times as your computer's home page. Even if you just glance at it on your way to your email account, it will make you feel ten times more informed.
Pomegranate seeds in salads.
Oklahoma City's Classen Grill for breakfast - get avocado in your omelet.
Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, with music and lyrics that practically melt.