Tuesday, July 20, 2010
OK, the rest of you have certainly had better and more interesting jobs than me.
Like kerry, and the rest of you, I baby sat and cut lawns and shoveled snow. I babysat for the first time when I was ten years old--the neighbor's 5 year old and baby. The next year when I was 11 a different family, a BIG family with lots of kids, super nice people, paid me to take care of Richie who was 7. All the other kids were a lot older than him and me, and it was probably the best job I ever had (other than being a potter!) because I was making 50 cents an hour to ride bikes and play baseball. TOP THAT! I remember in later years staying up super late while babysitting on Saturday nights, watching saturday Night Live and after that the music video show that was a precursor to MTV. Like, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders performing--holy cats she was HOT.
When I was 16 I got my first job, over in Hamilton, NY. It was dishwasher at the blue bird diner, and it was weekends and some evenings. I did some short order cooking too. The upside was ALL YOU CAN EAT is appealing to a teenage boy, downside was the filth. Nothing is more disgusting than washing dishes in a diner, ick.
During college I had another great job: working in the security booth. This involved occaisionally answering the phone or answering a question if a visitor pulled up. Mostly it involved drinking coffee, gossiping and reading mysteries. HEAVEN.
In grad school I worked on paint crews around chicago. I didn't have health insurance at first, but there we were, up four flights on a scaffold, painting around windows or under the eaves. It terrifies me even now to consider those ladders and scaffolds. And Chicago in summer is IMPOSSIBLY hot, and there you are.
Nice to have crappy jobs when you are young, so you can be grateful every day you get to sit around making art instead :)