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jfb
02-26-2013, 04:24 PM
I was pretty entrepreneurial even as a kid. If there was someone that paid to have their lawn mowed in my small town of 700 I had the gig. I had flyers, promotions, the works. At school I stuffed cooler style lunch boxes one on top of the other in my locker and sold cold drinks and snacks from them in between classes. The school was shutting me down left and right. They eventually gave up. Apparently the kid who wanted a few bucks to score new music had more heart.

All that kid stuff aside my first real job was waiting tables. Where I am from you drove 40 or so minutes to get anywhere with a stop light so after school I would drive to Cape Girardeau, MO where I waited tables at a Pizza Hut. It was awesome. The tips added up quickly and pretty soon I was rolling in new albums. I was also the only guy that waited tables. So there I was stuck in the middle of an all female wait staff getting the all girl tables. It was a dangerous job, but someone had to do it. :D

Your first real job - what was it?

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-26-2013, 04:45 PM
My 1st "taxed" job was working for a land developer operating heavy equipment and maintaining subdivisions in south Louisiana. Operating an Excavator was one of my all-time-favorite gigs. It was a very demanding job - mentally and physically (lots of wrench turning) - but was a nice break from the previous years working for my Dad's oilfield business. THAT was hard and extremely risky work. Until you've been the guy to squeeze under a giant diesel engine (to arrive in a pool of oil and diesel) and then vacuum out the bilge with a pressure washer, you just haven't lived. And dirty jobs? Try scraping water tanks in the humid 100 degree heat (while the ship is on dry dock in the sun) and then coating them with boiling hot Compound H. Ugh...

Anyway... one day I got Poison Sumac in my eyes (and elsewhere). You can't sweat when you get that stuff or it spreads. The Office Manager (Bethany, soooo hot) left about the same time to have a child so the owner told me to come to work in my "Sunday Clothes" and work in the office. Yes.... the glorious air conditioned office. I never looked back.

EDIT: I made $3.45 and hour working for the land company. My rent (with utilities) was $300 a month and my car was dead so I got to work on my bike - until it was stolen. But I was debt free and my live-in girlfriend was horny so life was good.

TGSCAN
02-26-2013, 04:47 PM
welding shop....
car cleaning at a Pontiac dealer
mechanic
Zellers warehouse

oh my

vchizzle
02-26-2013, 04:50 PM
Hmmm. Worst experience ever. Living in the midwest, the job you could first get was detasseling corn - you only had to be maybe 13 years old? It paid REALLY good for the time. The work sucks. Had to be awake before it was light out. Everything's wet in the morning, prepare to get cut up walking thru the fields all day or wear long sleeves/pants and sweat your a$$ off when it warmed up. You better not MISS ONE! This was also my first exposure to ALLERGIES. I made it about 3 days. I my eyes were swollen, itchy - I couldn't breath by the last day. Never had allergies prior to this...worse yet, I've had them ever since. I'm fairly miserable for some amount of time every summer.:mad:

Wish I never would've done it.

LSchefman
02-26-2013, 05:08 PM
When I was 15 I got a job as the assistant horseback riding instructor at a kids' summer camp in Northern Michigan.. What I didn't realize was that this job meant currying the horses, cleaning their hooves, saddling them, bridling them, being kicked by them whenever they were bitten by bugs or each other, riding at the tail end of the trail in case a kid fell, and finally, shoveling horse pucky into a wheelbarrow from each stall 2 x/day, and dumping it into a pile of more horse pucky.

I lost my passion for horseback riding fairly quickly that summer... ;)

But I had tons of time to go swimming, chase girls, play sports, sail, and whatever other mischief I could find, and it was a lot of fun.

If there's anything cuter when you're a teenage guy than a 15 year old girl who's been out in the sun and playing sports all summer, please tell me what that is! Because I sure had a lot of fun that summer.

And there was an older counselor girl who taught me how to make out. Which, ok, was manna from heaven.

And for the entire 8 week summer (1965) I made the princely sum of $100 (yes, indeed, ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS for all that stinky work!), less what I bought at the camp store. I also got to keep the shovel. They spray painted it gold and gave it to me on the last night. LOL!

Mikegarveyblues
02-26-2013, 05:19 PM
Making computer patch cables for the grand total of 70 for a 40 hour week. Still, when you're 17 you don't care too much!

captdg
02-26-2013, 05:41 PM
Hans..What part of S. Louisana?

Mine was selling "Grit" newspapers..Never did get that mini-bike.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-26-2013, 05:51 PM
Hans..What part of S. Louisana?
Drive south from Baton Rouge until your car gets stuck in the mud. Then get in your airboat and head south s'mo until the Cypress Knees are as tall as children. Then get out your pirogue and paddle until the gators get too bad to go any further. Say hello to my Pops when you get there.

sergiodeblanc
02-26-2013, 05:53 PM
Fuddrucker's when I was sixteen, I became a vegetarian shortly thereafter.

Seneca SS
02-26-2013, 06:02 PM
1970--worked on a dairy farm milking 125 cows---3:45 am to 9:00 pm long days--$75.00 a week----WOW

cjmwrx
02-26-2013, 06:07 PM
Working as a stable hand in Buffalo Grove, Il. Would care for the horses, exercise them. Bush Hog the pastures, repair fences, etc... Greatest job I ever had. 15 years old.

captdg
02-26-2013, 06:24 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;53950']Drive south from Baton Rouge until your car gets stuck in the mud. Then get in your airboat and head south s'mo until the Cypress Knees are as tall as children. Then get out your pirogue and paddle until the gators get too bad to go any further. Say hello to my Pops when you get there.


Sounds like LaPlace.. I worked there laying Seismic cable during a summer..Critters..Lotsa critters.. Currently I work outta Fourchon..Critters...lotsa critters.

captdg
02-26-2013, 06:28 PM
Hmmm. Worst experience ever. Living in the midwest, the job you could first get was detasseling corn - you only had to be maybe 13 years old? It paid REALLY good for the time. The work sucks. Had to be awake before it was light out. Everything's wet in the morning, prepare to get cut up walking thru the fields all day or wear long sleeves/pants and sweat your a$$ off when it warmed up. You better not MISS ONE! This was also my first exposure to ALLERGIES. I made it about 3 days. I my eyes were swollen, itchy - I couldn't breath by the last day. Never had allergies prior to this...worse yet, I've had them ever since. I'm fairly miserable for some amount of time every summer.:mad:

Wish I never would've done it.
We had a deckhand from Indiana that would wear some shirt about dtassling corn.. said "Hard Work..Hard Cash" with a big ear of corn on it.. that was all he talked about..Therefore he was called "CornBoy" or Hey...Children of the Corn come see...

vchizzle
02-26-2013, 07:10 PM
We had a deckhand from Indiana that would wear some shirt about dtassling corn.. said "Hard Work..Hard Cash" with a big ear of corn on it.. that was all he talked about..Therefore he was called "CornBoy" or Hey...Children of the Corn come see...
Ha! They should make uniform shirts for detasselers under 18 that say "Children Of The Corn" on them...that would be great.

veinbuster
02-26-2013, 08:33 PM
Grease monkey on big trunks Sat & Sun morning
Short order cook Mon Wed Thurs after class
Bar band Fri Sat night

First fulltime job was as a carny - different town every week. Five days off May-Oct but got a nice cash bonus for lasting the season.

jfb
02-26-2013, 08:40 PM
Very intrigued by the range of stuff I have read so far. Some seriously interesting people here. Who else wants to share?!

Dirty Bob
02-26-2013, 08:59 PM
My first real paying job was as a lifeguard at a country club in Westchester NY that I did for many summers...I gave swim lessons on top of it....I used to make $600 in cash a week in addition to my salary....not bad for a high school and college summer gig...life was good....stayed in shape...had a tan....lots of girls and only the occasional emergency...then I decided I wanted to move up to Cape Cod for the Summer and be a beach guard....THAT was the life...woke up went to the beach....finished my shift went to another beach...went to the gym...showered, played some guitar, and then headed to the bar/restaurant that I barbacked and bounced at....where I ate and drank for free...raw bar, surf and turf every night....met a lot of great people....what I would do to go back in time...




Outside of rescues for people in distress...normally due to them doing something stupid like seeing how far out they can swim, an occasional shark sighting, jelly fish, and blue fish school scares (nasty buggers)....hard to beat...oh and I don't recommend cleaning bouy lines..little shrimp like to hang out near the ropes...they get up your shorts and once up there they are a b*tch to get out....

markie
02-26-2013, 09:15 PM
I went to work in a machine shop for 20 hours a week during the summers @ the age of 12. I had a production job putting fasteners together for steel siding. It really sucked, but I got 75 cents an hour tax free. They let me start running a manual Lathe (making tools for the Forging Industry) when I was 16, plus bumped me up to 30 hours a week. Went full time as soon as I graduated High School & eventually learned how to be a Toolmaker. Been doing the same sh*t my entire life, save for a 20 month stint in the Oil Patch.

WEDGE
02-26-2013, 09:48 PM
13 years old picking tobacco......nothing sucks as hard as picking tobacco. Bent over in a HOT field under stinky nets, tobacco tar sticking everywhere on you, dragging bins of leaves to the end of the aisles......HATED IT

Odd thing is now I love cigars and CT wrappers are the best in the world.....I didnt respect then that I was dragging such tasty leaves! :)

AP515
02-26-2013, 09:51 PM
My Dad owned a mechanics garage in the middle of nowhere Az. I was about 8 years old and was changing tires and fixing flats. Pay was.... well... dinner. As I got older I worked there every day after football and basketball practice until dark. During the high school years I added working as a janitor at the high school. That was the first work I did for money. In summers I would work the garage, though I did a few weeks chopping cotton one summer. Hot, dusty, and $1.65 an hour. It was miserable. My first job in college was mopping up the blood in the operating rooms of a hospital after surgery and emptying the hazardous waste (used needles) from the offices dumping them in the hazardous waste pick up bins (I was very careful). Then I worked my way through college delivering documents for law firms. 200 miles a day on my Toyota Corolla but it paid the bills. 12 years getting through college working days and going to school nights. After that I've been on easy street! ;)

AaeCee
02-26-2013, 10:04 PM
They were all pretty 'real'

Bicycle mechanic/salesman
Ski shop dude
Tennis Instructor (I was 21, teaching the housewife crowd while their husbands were at work.....that was a most memorable stint)
Investment Wealth Advisor (hey, had to eventually get serious)

Steph
02-26-2013, 10:19 PM
Windsurfing instructor during summer.

Otherwise, in printing as an helper/goffer for the operating team of a huge offset press. Lots of $$$ for a 15 yrs kid. That is when I bought my first guitar.

Daniel
02-26-2013, 11:17 PM
First job with a regular paycheck was in a movie theater when I was thirteen. I quit that two days before I left for college. The job had perks and during the week things were slow so you could do schoolwork between show times. They wouldn't let you get in more than 30-35 hours a week so I did other stuff when it came along. One I liked was running the local dive shop when the owner was out of town on trips, he paid me in gear.

tiboy
02-27-2013, 06:59 AM
My first real job after paperboy was working for the town's sewer department during the summer. I was 13.

docbennett
02-27-2013, 07:11 AM
Working in Group Homes for the Developmentally Disabled while in graduate school.

The location was the South Bronx....in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

The trick was to get from your car to the building without getting attacked by the locals. Or without having bottles thrown at you from the elevated subway platform nearby (the same D train that ran right past Yankee stadium and still does).

Once inside the building, the group homes were located on the 12th and 13th floors of the large tenement building. The trick, once inside, was never to walk from one floor to the other without an escort. You'd never know what you might find in the stairwells. Dead bodies...folks passed out with needles still in their arms....and worst of all.....local gangs who'd think nothing of killing you right there in the stairway.

Best part of that job was that everything I've done since then is great just by comparison.

Mike Duncan
02-27-2013, 08:02 AM
I worked at my Dad's office...sorta. I worked as a civilian for the US Military Delegation to NATO. My bosses were a bunch of Senior Chiefs and Sergeants. Work started around 0800. By 1000 it was coffee break time in NATO cafe. By noon it was two hour lunch time (beer included). Around 1500 it was lite snack time and by 1630 it was time to go home. I commuted into work everyday with a Royal Navy Commander who was an absolute blast! I was a 19 year old snot and he was a late 40s snot and we argued over every world situation possible! He was hilarious!

I had more fun at NATO than you could imagine! I'd take a shuttle into Brussels to go see my extreme hottie girlfriend who worked at the US embassy - so much fun.

When I completed my time at NATO, the three star General have me an award. The senior enlisted guys and gals had just finished plying me with beverages...I was so drunk when I received that award. I tried so hard to look like I was fine.

I miss those days.

MykeWright
02-27-2013, 08:17 AM
I had a job as a paperboy for 3 years from age 13. I started an apprenticeship with British Telecom a few weeks before my 16th birthday. My pay didn't go up much and my hourly rate went down. My paperboy job DID pay particularly well, I was taking home 20-25 a week for about 12 hours work. I went to around 40 a week for 37.5 hours work......this was 1982!

Albrecht Smuten
02-27-2013, 08:32 AM
Webdesigner in porn industry, age 20. I wasn't doing much, took a week-off whenever I felt like it.... it took them a year and half to find out and fire me.

Blackbird
02-27-2013, 08:50 AM
TCBY.
Some nice fringe benefits there for a 16 year-old kid. Thank goodness for youthful metabolism.

John Beef
02-27-2013, 11:53 AM
Actor/janitor for two summers at the Haunted Fun House at 25th and Atlantic at the resort strip in Virginia Beach. I would jump out of the dark and scream at people for a living. It was designed so I could work multiple stations as multiple characters and be the only actor back there on the day shift.

But since I worked days and our bread and butter was nights, say if it was a rainy or otherwise slow day, I would always get to wash the windows or clean the toilets or clean out behind the video game machines in the game room.

Overall, it was nice. I'd work noon to 6 PM, then go hang with my friends all night every night and sleep in every morning.

One thing that was cool was the history of the building. It started off as a movie theater in the 1950s, an old school giant theater with a balcony. There was a snack bar that we couldn't sell anything from because the owner didn't want to pay the fees for a food license. Above where the popcorn machine was, was this air intake. The building was designed so the climate control would intake the popcorn scented air from above machine and blow it out to the lobby so people would get hungry while waiting to buy tickets.

Later it was converted into a place that had punk rock shows in the 1980s every weekend, all ages shows. Some big names played there, Fugazi and Gwar for example. My brother used to go see five bands for five bucks every Friday, but I was too young for my parents to let me go. The city didn't like the punk rock element being so close to their lucrative tourist trap area, and it didn't help that the corrupt cops kept beating up punks for no reason after shows. So they passed all these laws requiring live music venues to have all these things specifically that the club didn't have, like a dedicated parking lot (virtually impossible in a tourist area like that) so the club shut down. After that it became the Haunted Fun House for 10 or 12 years.

The building was since condemned and half demolished, turned into some national chain tourist beach merchandise shop. Where't the culture? Where are all the good stories with something like that?

Oh, name drop alert! Zach Knighton who is the lead male actor on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings opposite Elisha Cuthbert (yum!) was also an actor there during my tenure.

docbennett
02-27-2013, 12:16 PM
Actor/janitor for two summers at the Haunted Fun House at 25th and Atlantic at the resort strip in Virginia Beach. I would jump out of the dark and scream at people for a living. It was designed so I could work multiple stations as multiple characters and be the only actor back there on the day shift.

But since I worked days and our bread and butter was nights, say if it was a rainy or otherwise slow day, I would always get to wash the windows or clean the toilets or clean out behind the video game machines in the game room.

Overall, it was nice. I'd work noon to 6 PM, then go hang with my friends all night every night and sleep in every morning.

One thing that was cool was the history of the building. It started off as a movie theater in the 1950s, an old school giant theater with a balcony. There was a snack bar that we couldn't sell anything from because the owner didn't want to pay the fees for a food license. Above where the popcorn machine was, was this air intake. The building was designed so the climate control would intake the popcorn scented air from above machine and blow it out to the lobby so people would get hungry while waiting to buy tickets.

Later it was converted into a place that had punk rock shows in the 1980s every weekend, all ages shows. Some big names played there, Fugazi and Gwar for example. My brother used to go see five bands for five bucks every Friday, but I was too young for my parents to let me go. The city didn't like the punk rock element being so close to their lucrative tourist trap area, and it didn't help that the corrupt cops kept beating up punks for no reason after shows. So they passed all these laws requiring live music venues to have all these things specifically that the club didn't have, like a dedicated parking lot (virtually impossible in a tourist area like that) so the club shut down. After that it became the Haunted Fun House for 10 or 12 years.

The building was since condemned and half demolished, turned into some national chain tourist beach merchandise shop. Where't the culture? Where are all the good stories with something like that?

Oh, name drop alert! Zach Knighton who is the lead male actor on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings opposite Elisha Cuthbert (yum!) was also an actor there during my tenure.

We had the same type of attraction in Long Branch NJ. "The Haunted Mansion" would scare the crap out of me...espeically when those actors would jump out in the pitch black and startle you to death. Also hated the feeling when you walked through the darkened room and "felt" the rats at your feet with the special effects they used. Slightly different than the Disney feature by the same name.

docbennett
02-27-2013, 12:20 PM
Webdesigner in porn industry, age 20. I wasn't doing much, took a week-off whenever I felt like it.... it took them a year and half to find out and fire me.

That's some job. :adore:

Most web designers are allowed to sample the company's wares, so as to make their design more accurate. ;)

So????? :dontknow:

jarek anderson
02-28-2013, 07:50 AM
I got a job working at a local music store when I was 13. I believe that my official title was "Head String Changer/Monkey Boy". I changed and tuned, and changed and tuned, and changed and tuned. Started out just on Saturdays, and then worked some weeknights too. I helped with the stocking, and unboxing, in between coffee runs hahaha. It was a great job! Really fueled my desire to play, and to improve, as the owner would sit down before close on Saturdays and rock out for a bit usually, playing some classic solos note for note.

It's a neat story when it comes up! Worth a lot more than the bit of money I made, and promptly spent at the store. I did get a Crybaby as a christmas bonus one year!

Albrecht Smuten
03-01-2013, 02:34 AM
That's some job. :adore:

Most web designers are allowed to sample the company's wares, so as to make their design more accurate. ;)

So????? :dontknow:

Well, I could download whatever I wanted, though I never got to any filming session (or... ahem... any kind of afterparty). And I got access to some pretty cheap drugs :o

Hubertee
03-07-2013, 03:44 AM
My first job was of supervisor in a factory where my duty is to supervise the staff and maintain the daily task