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Old 11-22-2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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What was your first paying job - not babysitting next door.

Some of Redhawk's threads got me to thinking.... by the way, this is my first thread... I'm still new here.. trying to learn the rules of the sandbox....

I think it might have been setting pins at a bowling alley in Missouri. That was a LOUD place to work. Nobody back then would have worn any ear plugs. Might have been the first time someone I didn't know gave me money.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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High school spring break is the time when the NYS Tree Nursery hired dozens of people to pick seedling trees from miles of seed beds. You could work there at age 16. A tractor would drive down the rows dragging a bar that loosened the tree and the soil. Workers pick the trees by hand, count and tie them in bundles of 50. Do that all day. Thousands and thousands of trees. At the time the state sold the trees for a penny each.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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If I had to guess it was probably a paper route. In those days kids, not adults, delivered papers before school. On Saturday's I would go out and "collect" for the papers delivered. Then every-so-often my parents would mail a check to the newspaper on my behalf at a predetermined cost per paper which was about 50% of the newstand price. What was left over was my profit. I think at 1 time I had 3 routes and saved enough over a period of 2-3 months to buy a new bike. A simpler time indeed.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:32 PM   #5
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My first job was doing surgery. I had no schooling or anything but I picked up the essentials pretty quickly from watching Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey.

Then when I turned 16 I bought a car with my earnings and got a job delivering pizza.

True, those were simpler times.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:35 PM   #6
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:47 PM   #7
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:02 PM   #8
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You're right - kids sold the papers - on bikes and at the corner.
A kid I knew sold newspapers from a corner he had for himself on Delmar in Saint Louis County. I'd help him sometimes if he got sick... In those days the edition of the Post Dispatch was identified by the number of little stars on the front page. So you'd stand by the corner and holler out "two star" for the drivers to know what you had in stock... I think the Five Star was the last edition for the day. The Globe was the morning paper. Don't remember selling in the morning before school. Must have been around 12. The corner was on the way home from grade school.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:22 PM   #9
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I shoveled snow for pay when I was 12 or 13.

Age 14, I worked most of a summer as a mason's helper, also did demolition work on a residential garage and a defunct commercial laundry, pay was per job, but never more than $100.

At 15, I worked an entire summer on a framing crew, (actually the mason's brothers)- pay was better, so was the work. Paid for my 1st 3 motorcycles that way.

At 16, my 1st on the books job-$1.55/ hour...got fired after 1 week for something that did not involve me. Then worked in a car wash for the next 2 years...everything from maintaining the equipment to waiting on customers.
I made $1.85/hr by the end of it...
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:16 PM   #10
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I worked on my Grandfather's farm 5 days a week, 45+ hours a week, making $2.00/hour the summer I turned 14. Morning chores, raking hay in the field, stacking hay in the 'mow, evening chores, and milking Friday nights and sometimes on the weekend. I took me a couple weeks to buy a cheap cd player with big speakers. It was well worth it and I learned some good lessons that summer. Plus I got to eat homemade lunches by my Grandma everyday! (I never had the heart to tell her that I didn't like her molasses cookies, so I just took them and ate them up washed down with the best milk you could get)
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:33 PM   #11
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:05 AM   #12
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Selling and delivering a weekly newspaper called "Grit" . Maybe it was a monthly publication, I don't remember. I think I was 9 or 10.

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Old 11-23-2010, 09:23 AM   #13
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Serving frozen yogurt at a TCBY age 14.

Went on to the exciting world of drive-thru McD's soon after.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:12 AM   #14
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I started my working life when I was 14 at Shoprite as a cashier,then stock, and janitorial.
That lasted all through HS. Did a summer at Hills in produce.
Went on to Building and Grounds for the Port Authority summers through college.
Finally did 30 years teaching special ed shop for NYC.
Now? Retired!
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:13 PM   #16
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How was the pay?
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:30 PM   #17
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:58 PM   #18
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:45 AM   #19
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First real job was at Camp Chingachgook, Y camp on Lake George...those were the days making big bucks..$150 for the season.. I started there as a K-boy....long time ago

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Old 11-24-2010, 04:33 PM   #20
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My first continuous job was a morning paper route in a housing track.
You had to put the paper at the front door, none of this throwing it at the house, driveway or in a tube at the mailbox.

My 2nd job at 14 through 18 years old, was working at a farm that had had sheep and hay, and as they got out of the sheep, they expanded their Greenhouses and Christmas trees.
The farmer was a tough old bugger, hunter, trapper, jack of all trades. I stayed in touch with them until she passed away at 92, and he at 96 years old.
Regards,
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PS: We used to get "GRIT" when I was young.
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