Monday, February 18, 2013

Reminiscing About my First Job...




Saturday evening I drove to my hometown of Maysville, KY to visit my sister. While there, we drove around downtown, which is something I always love to do whenever I travel back home. We passed the building that used to be Clyde’s Grocery Store - which happened to be my very first job.
I have fond memories of that place and of that summer in general. Clyde’s Grocery Store was a small store in downtown Maysville right on the Ohio River. I was hired as a grocery bagger. I loved it and took a lot of pride in it. A first job is always so exciting! I’ll never forget getting my very first paycheck and spending the money on a Sony Walkman (does anyone remember those?).

Good times :)
What was your very first job?

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  1. I think I worked at a car wash. Not fun times.
    And yes, I remember Walkmans. They came out when I was in high school.

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  2. I remember Sony Walkman's! My first job was when I was 15/16 and it was working in the indoor market in a shop which sold toiletries, cleaning product etc. The pay was pittance but it felt good to earn my own money.

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  3. My first "real" job (discounting babysitting for local families) was with the local branch of the county library system. I was 16 and worked about 15 hours a week shelving books and "reading" the shelves (going through and making sure that books were shelved correctly). Although it could be quiet and boring, I liked the fact that I had a job. I also loved that I got to see the new books that were routinely delivered to the library.

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  4. Oh I remember my first job it was cleaning a house I would ride my bike about two miles earn my $15 then ride back. I would give my Mom $5 and keep the $10. I bought a portable record player it was orange and believe it or not I still have it:)
    I think everyone has a special attachment to their first job. B

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  5. Sony walkmans - ahh yeah, life was simpler then. My first real job was in a sub shop on Beacon Hill in Boston - I loved that job!

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  6. smiles...you read mine on saturday...working the loading docks at the big box retail store at the mall...unloading the stock early in the morning and working order pick up...did that all through high school...and actually really enjoyed myself...

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  7. My first one was at a sawmill, did not like that one bit, manual labor, blah haha remember walkmans too, had one or two.

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  8. My first job was as a waitress....my Dad got me the job. I was intensely shy and the job was pure hell for me. The next year I worked in a grocery store for the summer and then, the best job of all I got for myself and kept it until I was out of school....in a real live general store in the country. My money was for school clothes and books. Not nearly as much fun as a Walkman. In my day the big deal was a 'transistor radio'.

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  9. Detasselng corn for the local hybrid seed-corn company. Teenagers hired for $1.25 an hour to walk rows of corn in the hot summer sun, pulling the tassles out of the tops so that they don't pollinate and ruin the hybrid corn. Miserable job.

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  10. And I bet you were a careful bag boy and put the bread on top. And didn't put a flimsy box of blueberries on the bottom like a bag boy did for me last week. I ended up with blue berry juice. Ha My first job was a waitress at age 14. Way too young, I had no clue how to be a waitress.

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  11. Yep, remember the Walkman! Ha. My friend and I both got jobs at a hot dog stand and got in a fight one day ixside the little shack. We were only 14, too young to even be working. Crazy times.

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  12. I do remember Sony Walkmans! I always had mine with me :) My first job was working at my uncle's car repair shop for a summer. I just did random odds and ends jobs. I felt so grown-up though and loved it! I still remember I got paid $80 per week and thought I was so rich :)

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  13. A weekend visit, accompanied by nice memories. Quite perfect.

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  14. Other than babysitting, my first real job was at a Dairy Queen. It was a lot of fun with many good memories!

    I remember the Walkman! :)

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  15. First job, file clerk in the Govt, a lot of money, sometimes I'd forget a paycheck in my desk, fun times indeed!

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  16. My first job was at little local Toy store in my town. It was boring as hell until 3pm when the kids got out of the school. Every time I pass it my heart still goes Aww! =)

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  17. First job? Well, I mowed lawns as a kid but the first "real job" was when I was 18 and went to Alaska working on commercial fishing boats. Then, getting the travel bug, the next year I spent the summer picking pineapples in Hawaii. I liked traveling a lot so would just work enough and save every penny then off to Europe I would go! I was 27 years old before I worked an entire year.

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  18. My first job was working after school two afternoons a week in the County Public Library. Loved books then - and love books now!

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  19. My first job was at a car wash detailing cars. I actually enjoyed it and made decent money. I learned a lot about taking care of a car and it's probably why I'm so anal about it today.

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  20. I was a desk clerk at a Super 8. The hotel was across the street from a casino, and so I had to deal with drunk people all the time. It wasn't my favorite job...

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  21. Ooohhhh, I think a bagger would be stressful having to make sure you didn't put meat in with the produce. My first job was much easier-Hardee's. I was the bomb at the drive through and could make those deep fried apple pies like nobody's business.

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  22. my first job was a summer job as an assistant at a Plant breeding Institute when I was a Botany student. Before that I'd worked in a charity shop and done conservation projects but always as a volunteer.

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  23. I remember Sony Walkmans--I think I still have mine!

    My first job, other than babysitting, was as a store clerk at a department store at the mall. I didn't love it, but I liked the responsibility and earning money.

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  24. My first real job was as a graphic designer, in a studio with three other artsts.It was a long journey to work, (two bus rides a train journey and a 25min walk) but I loved every minute of it.

    Both my children had Walkmans!!

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  25. I currently don't have a job quite yet. I'm thinking about getting one as soon as my AA is finished up. Because i only have a semester of credits left I think in order to get my AA.

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  26. My very first job (other than babysitting) was a summer as an intern for INS at the US Embassy in Mexico City. It was just filing, photocopying and other paperwork stuff for old cases, but I felt very important working in the Embassy!

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  27. Your job sounds like it would be a lot of fun. A good chance to meet people. Especially if it was in a small town.

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  28. I worked as a waitress at a Humpty's (like Denny's) at a truck stop near a small town called Brooks, Alberta. I loved getting the regular farmers who would stop by. I didn't like the rig pigs who had a lot of money and thought they could be rude to me. I didn't really buy anything with my money, I saved. But at my first career related job I bought myself a bicycle and boy, was I proud.

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  29. There were lots of odd jobs when I was younger, but my first real paycheck came from running a multilithograph machine at Bethlehem Steel's main office. It was a summer job, and paid well, but at the end of the summer, the company offered me a full-time job, working from 12 to 8. I thought that'd be pretty good. I could sleep in, and when I got home, it wouldn't be too late to out for a date. HA! They meant the OTHER 12 to 8... night shift. Thanks, but no thanks.

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  30. My first job was an office job. I never got a chance to work for a coffee shop or a grocery store. I dont really know if I missed out on something... :-)

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  31. What a great question! My first job was probably babysitting, starting around 13 years old. But my first real job was as a secretary for a company where my friend's mother worked. It was a refrigeration sales company, and I worked there while going to school at night.
    Karen

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  32. Babysitting. At one point in high school, my clientele list was 14-families long. My very first babysitting job ever was for 4 children, one of them being a newborn, when I was in middle school. I was, and still am, overwhelmed by the trust & confidence the parents had in me. I am still friendly with them, and recently connected with the oldest daughter who is beautiful, sophisticated, and, well, "all grown up!" Oh, and the newborn baby of the family? Yeah. He's now about a head and a half taller than me and I'm 5' 9"!

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  33. First job ... and the first paycheck ... it's an awesome feeling ... I am with my first job since the last 5 years, and enjoying every bit of it ... there have been hurdles, but successes too :-)

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  34. My first job was a waitress at an ice cream parlor....good times and fatty food :) It's not there anymore so when I drive by the store and see the new tenants I get all protective, weirdo

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  35. My very first job was straight out of high school. When I graduated high school I was typing 60 words per minute, which was quite good, and I got a job in an office doing filing, typing, answering phones, etc.
    While I remember the Sony Walkman, I never had one myself, believe it or not. :)

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  36. I worked for 5 weeks in a motorcycle showroom - a job I got by sheer accident. I was a secretary in the mornings (had no previous experience, or idea what I was doing) and selling motorcycle parts in the afternoon (again, no experience or idea). The only thing I could competently do at the end of those 5 weeks was sell you brake pads.

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  37. My I got my first job two years ago and I'm proud to say that I'm still on it until this days.:)

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  38. I'm originally from Harlan, KY! My first job is similar to yours- I worked at Mack's Supermarket, definitely the dirtiest and creepiest grocery store in town! :)

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  39. Paddle boat attendant...at Ffrith Beach
    Aged 15

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  40. I remember Walkmans. I actually still have one. I'm actually yet to have a fully paid job, but I do voluntary work and it's alright. It's a mixed back of stuff.

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  41. It's ironic that I was thinking about my very first job the other night. I was seventeen and I was a dishwasher at a retirement home in Southern California. There was no air conditioning, and in the summer the temperature in the kitchen would often rise to 120 degrees (I am NOT kidding!!!).

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  42. I worked at a Fluff and Fold Laundromat for my first job. I loved it because I was the day shift and worked in the place alone, had keys and closed up at night. No boss breathing down my neck or looking over my shoulder. Best Job Ever.

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  43. My first job was also as a grocery bagger. Who knew that eggs weren't supposed to go on the bottom?

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  44. paper bags! we don't have those anymore! :)

    besides babysitting for many years, i was a student secretary at our high school during the summer, then into the school year.

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  45. My middle baby brother worked at our grocery store as a sacker too. He loved his job and people loved him! To this day...50+ years later, I find myself in the very exact same freezer section on a daily basis!

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  46. My first real job with taxes with held and such was in high school. I worked at a Dairy Queen and was required to eat my mistakes. A really brilliant training tool. That is only fun the first day or so. Today, I still do not like soft serve ice cream. However, I did love those paychecks.

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  47. Oh yes, Keith! One is so enthusiastic on a first outing and this reflects on the service extended. Good service they do remember. And 'walkman was then walking together all over town. Thanks for the memories!

    Hank

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  48. So true! Whatever the job, receiving the first paycheck is a proud moment since standing on our foot. My first and only work was as a typist in a publication.

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  49. A routine at a local haunt was my first.

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  50. Remember the Walkman? Of course! In fact, I still have mine around here somewhere. :)

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  51. I was just thinking about Walkman's this morning, lol.

    My first job was in a sub shop. I liked it, and the people. The owner took me in like I was his own. It's torn down now, but I still think about it (and the people) once in awhile. :)

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  52. My very first job was babysitting. I learned how much I loved children and the joys, and frustration they bring into people's lives. I always loved babysitting and always wanted a family of my own one day. That first job helped me realize a part of myself and I loved every minute of it.

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  53. Making sandwiches at dark thirty in the morning. Loved the Walkman.

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  54. Besides babysitting and a two week stint doing inventory on surplus office furniture for a bank, mine was scooping up cones at an ice cream shop. Boooring... :-)

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  55. Good times is right! My first paycheck job was working in a small clothing store called Fashion Junction and my parents gave me rides since I wasn't old enough to drive. I spent some of my first paycheck on white bell bottoms - they would go with your Sony Walkman!!!

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  56. My first job I was an office clerk in a place called Marlow Pumps and it was many many years ago!! I typed and did filing.

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  57. I worked at a small ski area. My first year I worked in the day care. The next year I worked in the rental shop and pre-school ski school. I worked there to ski for free. What I shock when I actually had to pay for lift tickets!

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  58. My first job was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken. I hated that job. The pay stunk, the uniforms stunk even worse, but I did get the love of my life out of working there. That's where I met my husband 16 years ago ♥

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  59. I babysat enough to say that was my first job. It made being a parent much easier. I remember one kid I watched wanted to eat in the living room. His mom wouldn't let him. They had an apartment. If anything got spilled/stained, they lost their deposit. I said, "If you want to eat in the living room we will. First we have to lay plastic down. Somewhere there was a tarp. Down it went. We also played volleyball in the living room. With tennis shoes lining the floor to act as a net and the ball was a balloon.

    My first real job where taxes were taken out was to clean hotel rooms. That was crazy. One lady shoved her babies dirty diapers under the mattress. Who does that? Her I guess.

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  60. my very first job was a summer job when I was 15 reading books to kids at the elementary summer school program!
    It was fun to read to kids!

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  61. Worked for my dad and the family business repairing and installing heating and cooling equipment. Really didn't have much of a choice. Hah.

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  62. I was a roller-skating carside "waitress" at an A & W Root-Beer Drive-In.

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  63. 16 - switchboard operator and used to have nightmares for a week until I got a grip on it.
    Have a nice week over there Keith.

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  64. Oh wow it was so long ago! I lied about my age (15) and worked in a factory one summer in Florida putting belts through Bill Blass jeans. I was the only white girl there and didn't speak a lick of Spanish.

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  65. Of course, those days when walkman used to be a in thing. Good old days! Though, I absolutely love my iPod, i still have that walkman back home. I taught economics to CA students in India (CA is a degree like CPA) :)

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  66. I remember conquering my fears, learning how to do my job and yes, getting that first pay cheque was awesome :)

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  67. My first job was as a waitress at Pizza Hut, when it used to be a dine in place. I was 16 and I LOVED it. We used to turn the juke box up full blast after closing time and dance around and sing as we cleaned. I made pretty good money in tips there (it was a small town and quite popular). Yes, fun memories for sure!:) P.S. I do remember Walkman's...ah, the 80's.

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  68. My first job was a Saturday girl at Woolworths on the record counter - which was great 'cos I met loads of fellas.

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  69. My first job was working at the train station handling packages during the Christmas holidays.

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  70. I worked at a record store in the mall by my house. I hung out in an air conditioned room and got paid to listen/talk about music (and movies). It was heaven on earth and I didn't even realize it.

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  71. My very first job was as a Recepcionist in a Rent a Car Stand.
    Tripped and fell right in front of the boss-to-be.
    I remember those walkmans and discmans :)
    A wonderful post, as always :)))

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  72. My first job was cooking for a whole bunch of cowhands for their lunch break. I got good at making big casseroles cuz they put the food down. I think this is why God gave me all boys he knew I could feed them. This is when I was 15-17 in the summers.

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  73. My first job was a summer job at age 18, right after I finished high school. I worked for a shop that sold clothes in downtown Buenos Aires. It was the first place I went to and they hired me right away.

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  74. I have some nice memories of some of the people who worked there. They were funny and quirky.

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  75. My first job was as a typist for Santa Fe Railroad. I worked there for about a year, before I quit to have a baby. It was good experience that's for sure.

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  76. I have a question for you keith, don't you ever want to share something that make you cringe? a fear, a resentment.
    are you the incarnation of the buddha?, i'm serious here,
    eh eh

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  77. My first job was at a grocery store too! Courtesy clerk aka bathroom cleaner/cart getter. LOL

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  78. I loved my walkman. It made me feel like I was always around in my very own musical with my mixed tapes. Gosh, mixed tapes. My first jobs consisted of babysitting and landscape maintenance. Kids versus being outside, enjoyed the latter more since I could be in my own little world. In college, when I working for the campus landscape crew, I got my own golf cart, which was awesome.

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  79. Ironically, I bought my very first walkman (also a Sony - remember those bright yellow "sport" models?) on my one and only visit TO Kentucky where I promptly dropped it down a flight of stone steps. Good times. My first job, other than babysitting, was McDonald's. I, too, took pride in my work and was astounded that I could EARN MONEY. lol

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  80. I remember walkman! I never took good care of mine so it was always breaking... either that or those things were just always breaking. I think I had to buy one a year! My first job was cleaning an office that was shared by an accountant and a psychologist. It was supposed to be temp but it was my high school job.

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  81. Baby sitting and lawn mowing. By high school, I was working at the Tastee Freeze for $1.00 an hour.

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  82. I did child care and cleaned houses. It prepared me well for my career as a happy homemaker :)

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  83. My first real job was as a checkout girl at the grocery store. My sacking skills were lacking...

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  84. I started working at a veterinary hospital helping in the kennel. One of my classmates now works there as a doctor. I consider going back to visit every now and then, but I was young and sometimes stupid. Don't know how much the bosses would remember...

    xx
    Lulu
    Breakfast After 10

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  85. My first job was at Burger King! I was put on drive thru! :)

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  86. This is funny Keith! As my first job was as a grocery packer/bagger/carry-out as well! It was at a larger store than yours called Dominion Store.

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  87. You made me think of my son who now has his first job. I hope he will have fond memories like you do one day!

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  88. Sony walkman!?? YEAH!! We must be around the same age :)

    My first job was at the mall, at a fast food place, making pitas. That's where I gained my first real English speaking experience too. I understood the language, but couldn't really speak it. At this first job, I had to answer a bunch of questions about the menus and learn everything about it. "A side dish", "garden or ceasar salad", etc.

    Fun times for sure!

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  89. My first job was at home as a homemaker :D and my present job is a homemaker too.
    I think my future job will remain the same! :)

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  90. My first paying job was a library assistant, and I remember vividly the smell of dusty books in the isles where few people frequented- and the way I used to sit on the little plastic stool and close my eyes, to doze off.

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  91. Thanks for stopping by my site!

    My first job was at a French bakery, making coffee drinks, serving pastries, and ringing people up. I loved filling the croissants with chocolate or strawberry jam, and also slicing the bread in the enormous machine.

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  92. Yes, I remember the Sony Walkman. But then, I remember when transistor radios were the latest fad!

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  93. Remember my first job and how it felt to get my first salary though it's not that much..

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  94. first of many always holds a special place in our hearts...
    we can never forget that because in that very moment our, how
    ever tiny, world was changed :)
    Smiles..

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  95. my first job was as a reader with children at my local sunday school, i was only 13 yrs old when they hired me and worked for a few hrs each week. x

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  96. My first job was cutting 10 foot long inch by inch pine poles into nine inch sections for wine racks! It rapidly became clear it was not a long term job option!

    The rock pillars do look like statues - if I had not seen them myself, I would have though a little bit of photoshopinf had occurred!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  97. My first job was working in a hospital restaurant. It was nice feeling earning your own money, the sony walkman's were popular. Have a great day!

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  98. I had a place at college for two years hence and wanted a temporary job to fill the gap. I applied for one that looked possible. They'd been thinking of an O.A.P., but I got it anyway, a clerk's position in a firm of builders with an M.O.D. contract.

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  99. I worked at my father's store and was paid pocket money for that

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  100. I was just talking to my daughter about my first "real" job (I was a babysitter for years before) I got my first job at Hyvee as a checker. Now my kids work at a grocery store and we can swap funny customer or annoying check out stories. So much fun to look back.

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  101. oh i do remember those walkmans! myy first job was as a page in my local library---an important lesson i learned from the start of that job---i had applied with dozens more applicants for the position--when i didn't hear back the next week, i called them to see if the what the status was--they said that no one but me had called back, so i got the job :)

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  102. I started life on the mission field when I was just 18 years old in Ghana...I've never had a normal life or job that others would consider normal however I've spent my life from my teens till now in service of others and I've never regretted it.

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  103. I started with babysitting as my first job... amazing! :) 3 boys, and one was just a 6 month old baby at the time. I adored it. Saved me and helped me to realise my talents and abilities in life. To trust in my ability to respond to myself and others. A privilege... Thanks for reminding me of that today, Keith. :)

    Love yours! x

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  104. My first really paying job was at a Kresge's. How I loved those "five and dime" stores, and what a shame they've all disappeared.

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  105. I had a Sony walkman! Loved it! Although I am afraid to say my memories of my first job are not so great, pot washing was not fun! :)

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  106. One can never forget memories of first job, they are just so special

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  107. That's so funny! My son started out as a bagger and is now in management.

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  108. Haha, yes...the Sony Walkman! Perfect to listen to whilst making up dance routines...I can't be the only one. Funny how we always remember our first job. I had a paper round and worked 6 mornings a week for £4. It wasn't much, but at least I could buy a magazine, several bags of sweets and Garbage Pail Kids cards. Happy days. Great post, thank you.

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  109. Lovely story.
    I was never trendy enough to have one of those, but I believe my dad had a bigger version which I eventually inherited. But only once it was completely archaic. We were doing some family history last night and came across a girl who was a firewood binder. So many jobs which just don't exist any more.
    My first job was in a factory. I had to cycle down country lanes to get there for a 6am start. I didn't last long :)

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  110. My first real job was a cashier in a grocery store... this was good for me as I love to talk to people... I really got to know many of the people that shopped there:)

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  111. makes me feel so young to say i still have never had a proper job, haha. i do remember the walkmans, though! x

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  112. I bagged potatoes in my parent's little fruit shop. I can't say it was that inspiring but it certainly made me want to stay at school!

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  113. At my dad's office :-) I remember Walkmen's.

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  114. mine was a bagger at bi-lo. Not fun

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  115. My first job was babysitting my cousins when I was 13. They were some bad kids with ADHD. I made $25.00 per week. So sad. :D

    Great post!

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  116. Wasn't it fun to do that back then?

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  117. My first real job was with the highway department building the interstate through downtown birmigham. I loved that job. Also' remember Walkmans. I don't know that I've ever had a portable that sounded as good.

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  118. Hi OE! My first job was selling Christmas cards when I was ten ~ so I could earn some money for Christmas gifts. I earned between $5 and $6, and it was the first time I bought gifts for my parents and siblings. It was such a powerful feeling!

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  119. haha, my first real job is no longer around either. I worked off the books as a busboy/dishwasher for a restaurant when I was 15. But I was working as a paper boy prior to that for 2 years, not sure If that should've been listed as my first, but in any case, that paper's not around anymore either :) I just remember how neat I thought it was when the waitresses would tip me at the end of the night, that money was great back then, no expenses and oh did it burn a whole through my pockets :)

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  120. My first proper and paid for job was in a foreign country for Helwett Packard, the first 2 weeks I was scared shitless but then i loved it and stayed there 3 years. I still have my sony walkman somewhere.

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  121. My first job was as an apprentice engraver. I will never forget the terror of making a mistake and ruining someone's irreplacable trophy!
    Fortunately, though, I made few slips and stayed there for 18 months - and I actually enjoyed it!!

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  122. One of my first jobs was working at a farm stand here in Milford. They have given almost everyone in town a job at one time or another. it actually didn't last long. I wasn't fast enough.

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  123. My first job was working as a teller (etc) at a savings ahd loan. I worked there 7 summers through high school, college, and the summer after. Fond memories. I remember the Sony Walkman. Ah, we thought that was state of the art, didn't we?

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  124. My first job was at a Chick-Fil-A located in our local mall, I was 15. The first thing I bought with my paycheck was a Led Zeppelin album.

    I do not miss working there, lol.

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  125. In answer to you comment. I think when I kill a character I like I mourn more then a reader. None of my readers have made it to the books where a character dies so I'm not sure how they will react, but I've read books where characters die and though it is sad, it is harder for me when I kill one of my own.

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  126. Hi Keith,
    I too was a grocery sacker for my first job. I am an old man. This was back in 1962 in my hometown I grew up in. Have a great weekend!! I always enjoy your posts!!!

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  127. My first job was a Grocery Store too!

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  128. I think we might even still have a Walkman lying around here somewhere. ;) My first job was at a psychiatric hospital doing paperwork. My parents both worked there for many years. It was a great job and I did it for a few summers. I really learned a lot about mental illness.

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  129. Mine was a ... what do you call it ... the guy you pay as you enter a buffet restaurant - that's it! Not all first jobs are glamorous, but I think that's the point. It's good to meet you, Keith! :)

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  130. A sony walkman...what on earth is one of those?
    Ok, OF COURSE I know what one is. I worked behind a newsagent counter and got free mars bars!

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  131. My first job, other than babysitting, for which I was grossly overpaid at fifty cents and hour, was as a clerk-typist in a government job in Washington, D.C. As a certified hippie, I was embarrassed to be working for "the Feds." It was the Geological Survey, for Pete's sake. Boogah boogah.

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  132. Ahh, good memories!
    My first job was a dance teacher assistant! So fun!

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  133. Boy do I ever remember the Sony walkman. my brother had one and I was so jealous! My first job was delivering papers at the tender age of 9. That seems like so long ago.

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  134. My first job was babysitting and then I worked at a family-owned pizzeria near my high school. All my friends worked there too and they hosted events after football games.

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  135. My very first job was selling pies and hot Bovril to football (soccer) fans of our hometown team - and I can still remember the prices! Half time was a nightmare, though!

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  136. how cool!! you never really ever forget your first job. mine was a tutor at a learning center for children ages 5-16 :)

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  137. My first job was delivering papers. I don't miss it at all.

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  138. My first paid job was at a hotel as a lift operator in the summer of '91. I was half-way through my uni course and my dad was a pianist at the hotel. I worked there for the six weeks of my summer holidays that year.

    Lovely post. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  139. Haha! A grocery bagger. Me too, for a short stint. The brown paper bag arm rash!
    The Walkman. We were sooo cool back then, weren't we?
    Have a good one, Keith

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  140. I was a waitress in a tiny little hole in the wall place called 'The Coal Mine'

    We served quail, chicken friend steak and frog legs, amongst other, gravy drenched tidbits. Ahhh the South.

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  141. Babysitting. It seemed like a dream to be able to hang out with two kids I really loved, eat whatever I liked *and* finish my homework all so that I could buy posh jeans, tapes (yep, I'm old) and increase my bank balance....

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  142. I took over my oldest brother's paper route when he went to college but my first "real" job was cashier at the Shoney's Restaurant on Fifth Avenue in Huntington, WV where 19 cents could buy you an endless cup of coffee. I loved to sneak into the walk-in freezer and pop a giant strawberry into my mouth followed by a generous spray of whipped cream. It always took at least 30 seconds to chomp the mixture down to the point where I could close my mouth completely. Oh, and there was the beautiful middle-eastern boy named Khalid. I think he loved me. His eyes were super blue and always seemed surprised. Alas, he had the most dreadful body odor.

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