Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our First Jobs

Karen didn’t always have an office job, not even a sitting job. My first job involved walking for two hours which was great when the weather was nice, but not so great in the winter. I had a cart that I loaded up with plastic bags containing ads and coupons that I hung on door knobs in my neighborhood once a week. This was a very long time ago and I don’t remember much about it, other than I didn’t do it for long and the pay was very low with no benefits. I remember my parents helping me stuff the bags which took about half an hour or so. It gave me an appreciation for mailmen and mailwomen. I understood why they cut across the yards instead of sticking to the sidewalk.

Gerard got a warehouse job right out of high school and has stayed there ever since. He loads and unloads trucks, fills orders and sometimes has to pack if they are short-handed. He is on his feet all day and goes through about 6 pairs of tennis shoes per year. He likes that he gets to move around instead of sitting at a desk all day and that he can wear jeans, shorts or sweats and a t-shirt or sweatshirt to work if he wants. He gets paid every week and it’s been steady work for him over the years.

What was your first job?

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Alice said...

My mom knew the manager of our local Rax restaurant and informed me that I was going to start working there.

I loved the employee discount, but I HATED working the salad bar...yuk!

Karen said...

Other than babysitting and mowing yards, my first job was driving an ice cream truck. I rang the little bell and sold ice cream.

BeadedTail said...

My first job was at Dairy Queen when I was 14. I worked one day and was fired because I couldn't make the curly Q on top of a cone even though I tried all day long! I filled up their freezers with prepackaged ice cream from all my attempts so there was no need for me anymore! I met my husband through that job though - he had seen me and asked about me later and the rest is history!

mountain woman said...

I used to do pet sitting long days ago. I loved the animals but it was awful to see some of them left in cages for hours on end. I've been a waitress too for a short time.

Mountain Man worked loading trucks too during college to pay for his education. He worked at night and went to school during the day and then became a teacher. He said he got paid way more loading trucks and the benefits were fantastic too. He remembers those days fondly because he made so many friends.

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