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Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:09 am

My first job: part-time Laundry Attendant at a Marriott Suites hotel in Columbus, Ohio area, for one summer (during summer break from school). I collected used towels from hotel rooms and swimming pool, washed, dry cleaned, folded, and compiled them on shelves. I was 14. 6:00 AM was my starting time.  spin 

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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:11 am

As a 13 yr old kid...paper round. Post education...Motorcycle Mechanic at a Yamaha Dealership in Norwich.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:14 am

Sophomore year in HS, collating tariff updates into the huge metal racks at a travel agency.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:15 am

When I was 17 a pizza delivery boy. Now a Faux Accountant.
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:15 am

Inventory helper, per hand counting, mind you! If somebody messed you up, you had to start over again.
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:21 am

I started working in the summer between 10-11th grade as a commercial fisherman, I loved going sport fishing before I started that work and havent been sport fishing 10x in the last 10 years since then.
Although really tough work, I value my times as a fisherman, I learned tons about boats, deal with little or no sleep, bad weather, alright pay. I did that for two summers, then moved to FAI, where I was going to school and worked part time at KMart as a cart boy, that was a terrible experience, pushing carts at -50. Had to keep your gloves on because if you touched your hand to metal that cold it will stick...i.e. putting tongue on flagpole.
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:26 am

I worked in Venezuela's National Elections Council as a transcripter. That lasted 2 months. I was 17. The corruption I saw was horrendous.

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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:29 am

Paper boy, GOD that sounds so old now.
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RE: Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:29 am

When I started college, I worked part-time in the file room of a large law firm. From nearly day one, I did a job no one else wanted to do, that was called "the rounds". Every hour, I picked up interoffice deliveries from the out-boxes of the secretarial stations on all 4 floors, took my haul back to the file room, sorted it for delivery, then delivered it all (one of those cool wheelie carts helped, of course).

It was the perfect job for a social butterfly like me.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:31 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
(one of those cool wheelie carts helped, of course).

It was the perfect job for a social butterfly like me.

I can see you now, similar to a desperate housewife at the local Publix!
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:34 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 9):
desperate housewife

Well, it did give me good practice for date night at the Marina Safeway.  Wink

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 7):
Paper boy, GOD that sounds so old now.

Doesn't it though? I used to deliver the Oakland Tribune and the Concord Transcript for a time, but I don't consider that a job, per se.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:37 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 9):
I can see you now, similar to a desperate housewife at the local Publix!

I don't know, I'm getting more of an image of the Office Max rubber band man, but better dressed. . .  Wink
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:37 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
Well, it did give me good practice for date night at the Marina Safeway

Practice does make perfect.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:38 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 11):
better dressed

Well, of course.  Wink
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:40 am

Worked at my parents business; they owned an automotive shop (my mom did the books and my stepdad was the mechanic) and I did grunt work...I was 12...

did that till I was 16 or so and hated it the whole time...

My first "real" job was at a movie theatre...a four-plex. Easily the funnest job of my life. I worked with pretty girls, got to see any movie I wanted, and we could pretty much do whatever we wanted. The best part of working at a relatively small movie theatre was that you basically had nothing at all to do for an hour while the movies were playing...our management was corrupt (for the most part) and we had a lot of fun.

Best memory of this was on the 4th of July of 2000. We had a water balloon fight in the middle of the lobby, and it was pretty much started by our assistant manager.

It was my first really fun summer. I was 17...ahh memories.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:42 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 11):
I don't know, I'm getting more of an image of the Office Max rubber band man, but better dressed. . .

OMG I almost said that as well. Isn't that actor now in the TV show "My name is Earl".
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:44 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 15):
Isn't that actor now in the TV show "My name is Earl".

LOL - I hadn't made the connection, but yep, that's the one. But our Westy wouldn't be seen (in public anyway - after hours is another matter) with such cheap white trash as on the show.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:46 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 16):
LOL - I hadn't made the connection, but yep, that's the one. But our Westy wouldn't be seen (in public anyway - after hours is another matter) with such cheap white trash as on the show.

Well with enough drinks in him, it is possible, no?
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:47 am

I worked as a cook at an A&W restaurant.

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RE: Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:49 am

Did odd jobs for people around town from the time I was nine or ten. Fifty cents an hour. Made me richer than I've ever been since.

First real, full time grown-man's job. Logger. Bucking logs. The faller went through and cut down the fir and redwood trees, I 'bucked' them to length - 16', 24' 32' mostly. Used a big ol' Homelite chainsaw. I was 18 or 19. Became convinced that the faller was trying to kill me so I went to work in the sawmill instead. Stayed there two years paying for flying lessons. $2.25 per hour coming in, $16.00 per hour going out.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:29 am

Dish Washer at a local Greasy Spoon . . . I was 14 or 15 . . . then at 17, off to Uncle Sam's employ at Ft. Knox. I graduated from HS a mid-year, and was gone a few days later . . .
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RE: Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:43 am

I cut the grass in our neighborhood every week with the riding lawnmower. It took about 6-8 hours to do it all. I was a short order cook in college for a while and then got into a better job with Lowes.

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 16):
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 15):
Isn't that actor now in the TV show "My name is Earl".


LOL - I hadn't made the connection, but yep, that's the one.

An interesting note about him is that he was in Banda Aceh IIRC during the tsunami and Office Max was worried about his whereabouts. That all happened before the part in "My Name is Earl" which is a great show.

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RE: Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:47 am

I know I'm not old but yall are getting my first job anyway. I actually picked up two jobs on the same day, one was washing AS RON's at SAN and the other was working in a movie theater as an usher/snack stand vendor/cleaner/ticket taker.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:52 am

Taco Bell.
I cut the cheese.
Don't laugh. Back in 1989, Taco Bell still cut there cheese in-house instead of having cheese delivered pre-shreded. It was not an easy job. I started off my shift with a huge block of cheese, about the size of a microwave oven. I used a huge blade to cut that cheese down to blocks small enough to feed through the shredder.
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RE: Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:57 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):

 rotfl 

I still have my first job working for my dad. This summer I celebrate 17 years there...what have I done with my life?
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:14 pm

My first job was babysitting, but that doesn't really count. My first job outside of babysitting was working as a general runabout at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Didn't make any money. First paying job was as a co-op student in grade 12. Worked as a receptionist / adminstrative assistant (we called it "secretary" then) in an office, which supported several one-person operations: two insurance agencies, a chartered accountant, a financial advisor, and a venture capital firm. This was great experience and I worked there until the end of grade 13. This job led me directly into my career path in pensions and helped to pay for me to go to university.
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:01 pm

In High School I worked as a messenger for a few months, then got
a job in a neighborhood deli. The year I graduated, I went to work
for an insurance company down in the Wall Street area of NYC.
I continued working there during my freshman year in college.
After a year of college and a year of handling insurance claims, I
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through my sophmore year. Things were getting out of hand, and
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:07 pm

I was also a paperboy from 6th to 8th grade. I delivered the Bellevue American twice a week on a fairly wide route. Up at 4:30 to finish by 7 so I could be at school by 8. I kind of enjoyed wanering around at that time of the morning (except when it rained-which was half the time), but I hated having to collect.

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Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:29 pm

I was a paper-boy as well. Delivered the Richmond News-Leader six afternoons a week when I was 14 or 15. At 16 when we all got drivers licenses, we applied at Kings Dominion theme park 25 miles up I-95. To our surprize, we all got hired, and worked there that summer. Good times...
 
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:15 pm

Managed the school bookstore in 7th and 8th grade. Oh what fun! It ended up usually just being 3 of my friends hanging around there with me listening to Q102 on the little radio I had back there. Bo and Jim in the mornings. Oh man, good times.

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Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:30 pm

Short-order cook in the coffee shop of the hospital. 7am-4pm, no break....
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:02 pm

Delivered afternoon newspapers when I was in the 5th grade.
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RE: Older Members: What Was Your First Job?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:07 pm

I was a labourer for the construction company i currently work for. Summer months.... working behind a compactor. Very boring. $4.00 / hour.

I got some $$$$ and could work on my tan. It was ok.
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