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#176: Developing a Work Ethic

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Most of us have had a number of jobs in our lives.

One friend was a "honey dipper" or septic tank cleaner. Art Carney in the Honeymooners TV show worked in the New York City sewers as a "subterranean engineer." Many housewives are "domestic engineers."

I thought of several of the job tasks I've undertaken over the years. One, baling hay during summer off of school developed a lot of muscles but boy, when that loose hay went down my sweat-soaked shirt, did it ever itch.

Another job was in a bowling center where I cleaned the legs and underneath of pool tables, cleaned sticky bars and scrubbed out large rubber trash cans.

One job at a fast-food restaurant lasted three years of high school where we cleaned out the grease pit and crawled under the grill and counters to hand scrub the floors. Sweeping the parking lot, moving inventory out of the cooler to clean that floor and mopping the dining room were part of our everyday duties.

Probably the worse summer job was working at a Navy galley when pork chops were served. The cooks, in a hurry to crank out enough chops to feed 3,000 sailors, would toss flour on the floor to cover the grease so they wouldn't slip. They'd throw the used cooking pans on the floor as they grabbed another pan of pork chops. Finally, after the meal was over, we had the assignment of cleaning those crusty pans and mopping up that grease and flour combination that was by then a couple of hours old.

All of this built character and showed me the value of work and got me wondering what odd jobs others have had.

What are some of your "fond" memories of past jobs?
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    My first job was when I was 17. I worked as a day camp counselor for the YMCA. It was a great summer, but probably the thing I remember most is my only broken bone ever. I was trying to stop a 12 year old boy who was playing dodge ball using 6 and 7 year old girls as targets. I told him to give me the ball. He did, he jammed two of my fingers with it and broke another.
    4084 days ago
    My very first job was a maid at a Holiday Inn at age 16. From there I worked at a KFC. My worst job was at an actaul bomb plant. We made small hand held explosives. Sometimes if you weren't careful your broom would catch fire when sweeping up the floor. I have had many jobs in my lifetime. My current job is raising my oldest Grandson, and I just love it the best of all the rest, lol.
    4084 days ago
    I think being a waitress was the hardest job I did because you would get yelled at by irate customers if the cook messed up! Some people were very hard to please . I had to greet and set , take the order , bus the tables , and do the cashier job too. I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. Today the waitress don't have to do it all. I couldn't keep weight on- that was a good benefit of that job. LOL

    Hard , Demanding ,but more rewarding- being a nurses assistant in a home for disabled Adults , and being a home health care worker. Also raising a family was rewarding and challenging. I was Librarian for our local school district when my children was very small ,and I started a Library at our Church and was the Director.

    Many mission jobs the Church took part in like going to the inner city once a month and feeding the poor....lots of cooking and making a mess in the Kitchen to clean up. Also going to Nursing Homes and singing gospel songs to those who could not get out and go to church. These jobs I did not get paid for but was very blessed. Joy
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    Comment edited on: 12/22/2009 9:12:20 PM
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    I guess I lead a boring life because before working for the phone company FOREVER, I only worked at a couple dime stores (remember, when we called them that?) and did baby sitting etc.
    Lou, your jobs were very interesting...can't wait to read others responses.
    4085 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Fond Memories????

    I have not so fond nightmares :) emoticon emoticon

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    4085 days ago
    Well, I didn't do very well at my first job, Lou! I was about 11 years old and delivered a free paper called the Trade Lines, in Michigan. One day, I just got tired of doing them and stuffed the rest behind the bushes. Yeah... I took my pay, and then I got caught. I still remember the lesson! emoticon
    4085 days ago
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