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    What was your first job?

    Describe your first job.

    Mine was at a water theme park called Six Flags Atlantis, which was located in Hollywood, Florida.

    My job was a "ride operator," which meant that I sat in a chair at the top of one of the large water slides and controlled traffic. I'd tell each person when they could go down the slide and, once they passed a certain point, allow the next person to go.

    Sometimes, I'd lie awake at night hearing the word "go" ringing over and over in my head after a day's work.

    Perhaps the best part of the job was the one bit of "power" I had, which was to enforce the rule that you could not ride down the slide wearing a T-shirt. A lot of girls would wear a T-shirt over their bathing suit, and I was the one who would tell them they had to take it off. Sometimes, when a wet T-shirt is pulled off quickly, a bathing suit top would come off with it. Although, even at the age of 16, I was polite enough to pretend not to notice (a task made easier by the fact that I always wore dark sunglasses), I noticed.

    A few years later, the park closed down, and now a shopping center sits where the park once stood. But I recently found a "Memorial Website" dedicated to the park. Here's what the slide looked like:


    So, what was your first job?
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    Re: What was your first job?

    As with a lot of teenagers, my first job was as a lifeguard. During my teen summers, I had swim team practice from 6:00-9:00am, taught lessons from 9:00-12:00pm, then lifeguarded at the pool from 12:00-6:00pm. Twelve hours of direct sunlight, 6 days a week, for 3 months a year.

    If I don't die from skin cancer, I will be surprised.
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    Re: What was your first job?

    I was hired on at Venture department store during the Christmas season. I bagged things for customers, restocked shelves, brought in shopping carts...

    and played Santa when the fat old drunk didn't show up for work for a week. I was only about 150 pounds back then, and at 6'2"....

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    Re: What was your first job?

    I was hired to be camp counselor for little kiddies...not bad of a job actually, except for the really annoying ones.

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    Re: What was your first job?

    I was a babysitter, for my high school principal's kids. Yea, no pressure there, huh?
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    Re: What was your first job?

    I taught tennis.

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    Re: What was your first job?

    Helped on a farm at the age of 12. My $10.00 a week for candy. I bet I worked 60 hours a week in the summer...and for $10.00. God I was dumb! Bailing hay, shoveling shi*, milking cows, feeding...for $10.00. Man!! Now I am upset, thanks Avenger

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    Re: What was your first job?

    I delivered the Norwich Times for about 50 people each morning.
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    Re: What was your first job?

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Helped on a farm at the age of 12. My $10.00 a week for candy. I bet I worked 60 hours a week in the summer...and for $10.00. God I was dumb! Bailing hay, shoveling shi*, milking cows, feeding...for $10.00. Man!! Now I am upset, thanks Avenger
    but Wraith, that was almost a quarter century ago....back in those days $10 went a LONG ways....LOL

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    Re: What was your first job?

    Mowing lawns at age 9 in my hometown of Sutter Creek, CA. My first official "job" with taxes taken out was with the town of Sutter Creek when I was 12 (no child labor laws back then). Chopping down cat tails and berry bushes along the creeks and storm ditches. I felt all important being a "city employee". Don't remember the minimum wage at the time (1968). I do remember one day, I poured a little of the hard stuff out of each bottle of my parent's liquor stash (so they wouldn't notice any missing) into a large Thermos with cool-aid. I think I poured about two shots of each=rum, vodka, gin, whiskey of various types...about ten different bottles in all. Took it to work, and me and the other kids (all of us between 12 and 14) got drunk off our butts. I remember passing out along the creek and waking up with cat tail piled up on me, and my hair smeared with stinky mud (thanks to my pals that thought that was helarious....and it was). Fortunately, we all sobered up enough so we didn't get caught by the city works forman (a grown up).
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    Re: What was your first job?

    I was a paperboy, delivering Monday - Saturday, and "collecting" on Saturday afternoon. Paper cost 90 cents a week, customary tip was 10 cents. I'd clear $7 on a good week.

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    Re: What was your first job?

    My 1st job was sweeping between the seats at the local theater after school.I got fired because the boss wanted me to quit football so I could devote more time to my job,and I said You gotta be kidding me.I gave up $50 a week in 1971 to get dislocated fingers for free.My parents thought I was nuts and they took away my motorcycle.

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    Re: What was your first job?

    My first was a summer job at age 12 detasseling corn. My older siblings all worked on the same crew, so when I was of legal age, I almost had to follow. It was an awful job, but definitely worth the money at the time.

    We'd wake up at 5:00 to meet on a bus at the elementary school and ride around to other pickup points falling in and out of sleep. Once we stopped at the field of the day, I'd take my ol' jug o' water out with me as we were each designated a number of rows, usually a quarter- or half-mile long, and start picking away. The morning dew would always get me cold and soaked within minutes, then the sun would come up and before you knew it you were hot and thirsty. Lots of corn rash, sunburn, cuts on the fingers, warm drinking water, muddy shoes and legs, spiderwebs in your face, heat exhaustion, and worst of all, only country music was played on the bus. It was a fun crew, though, pay was decent, and having older siblings with me didn't hurt. Plus, I'd be done by noon to two on most days and had the rest of the day to spend all that dough.

    [and yes, i did take a dump in a field once. no, i didn't use corn leaves]
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    Re: What was your first job?

    Jake, a couple of questions, my true husker rambro.

    Did you get paid by the ear or by the hour? Did the experience affect your interest in eating corn in later life? Do you prefer corn on the cobb or niblets? Creamed or regular? Interesting data point on the fertilization comment, not sure how to respond to that, other than to say that i hope you didnt terrify any of the women huskers when you exposed your jolly green giant.

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    Re: What was your first job?

    This always makes my family laugh, but my first job was as a volunteer for Oxfam.

    Not paid of course, so might this count as derailing a thread?

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