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2017-09-12 08:02:59 PM  
Dishwasher at the Hickam Officers Club in Hawaii.  That job sucked balls.
 
2017-09-12 08:05:17 PM  
Firefighter

/Got to be right up front when the Roseville train yard blew up
//Big fun
 
2017-09-12 08:13:04 PM  
Overnight photo development.  Summer job.  On Mondays we worked 12 hours from 4PM when the canisters started to come in until about 4AM when the last prints got bagged.  By Friday it was down to 4PM until 8 or 10PM.

All my friends had regular jobs so I couldn't see them until the weekends. But I saved up enough for the Epson dot matrix printer *and* a 20MB HDD.
 
2017-09-12 08:14:05 PM  
What do you mean by "real?" First teenage part-time job would be caddying. First full-time job would be US Army.
 
2017-09-12 08:15:54 PM  
blow
 
2017-09-12 08:22:56 PM  
Define "real"?

1st job: 13, working under the table gluing silk flowers onto arrangements for a Jewish family that owned a floral shop in town

1st job I got a paycheck: KFC, 15-16

1st "real" job: Assit Project Admin for contruction conglomorate that built military houseing (also "sold" and managed them) - 25
 
2017-09-12 08:23:35 PM  
Babysitter, started at ten, by twelve I was watching six kids from nine to three years old, four nights a week. Got paid mostly in ones, good old tip money. I was boringly mature and responsible as a child but seeing as my Mother never was someone had to be.
 
2017-09-12 08:24:11 PM  
Graveyard shift at Jack In The Box. Terrible food, terrible job.
 
2017-09-12 08:26:09 PM  
First job after my terminal degree was my current job. Been with the Army just north of eight years now.
 
2017-09-12 08:27:37 PM  
Working for a certain parcel company as a web developer. It sucked. The corporate culture was absolute garbage and everyone acted like they were about to get stabbed in the back. I didn't stick around long.
 
2017-09-12 08:30:05 PM  
Taking and sorting bottle returns at Fred Meyer. This was before they had the self-serve machines.

Downsides: earwigs and ants from camping trip returns. And the general filth. I'd come home after work and swab my arms with cotton pads and Sea Breeze. They'd turn completely black .

Upsdies: THE CRUSHER. We got that mammoth machine about half way through my tenure there. A huge steel rotating drum with raised portions, teeth to catch the lid of a can fed by a series of short tubes that in turn led to drawers for the crushed cans at the bottom. Occasionally someone would return a can that wasn't empty and we took great pleasure in shaking the fark out of it before feeding it into the machine's greedy maw. Then it was "FIRE IN THE HOLE" and wait for the explosion.
 
2017-09-12 08:36:14 PM  
I was a lifeguard at a country club. Think of Caddyshack, but I got more tail, better pay and less grief. And a lifelong disdain for the idle wealthy.
 
2017-09-12 08:37:22 PM  
I bussed tables at a strip mall Italian restaurant.

Dealing with the "Private" area farking sucked.

The waiters had to share tips so that was great.

It bought me a shiatton of MJ.

/My next job was also bussing tables
//I'd walk out every Fri and Sat with over $100
///Lots n lots of MJ and CDs were bought
 
2017-09-12 08:47:59 PM  
Busboy.  I was supposed to get 10% of the waitresses they bussed for plus $2.30/hr.  After 6 months I calculated my wages with tips and I was making about $4.50/hr.  I think minimum wage was $5.15 at the time.  That was the first time I really understand how bad and shiatty some jobs are, and that waitresses lie when it comes to reporting tips.

Blockbuster was next, and I held that job all of High School.  I was the top Rewards program seller in the 20-store region and just did my job.  By the time they instituted "Active Selling" and harassing customers on the floor and forced employees to wear smocks while doing it I had earned enough clout to say straight up 'I'm not actively selling to customers on the floor.' I loved that stupid job towards the end.
 
2017-09-12 08:49:30 PM  
I was an apprentice real-time programmer at age 16. Time sheet, cash wages in an envelope, the whole deal. Why they let somebody like me anywhere near that code I will never know. There's probably a hospital in Bristol that still has inexplicable blackouts every time the clocks go back.
 
2017-09-12 08:51:37 PM  
Delivering newspapers, Only lasted 3 months, never made a dime cause people wouldn't pay me, would cancel but company still sent me papers I had to pay for and couldn't sell. Awful. Got another horrible job at a tire store, extra dirty, extra dangerous and loud. 6 weeks only. Geez. That sucked. My first decent job was at a steak house. I bought up my paycheck worth of MJ (1976 so Mexican ditch weed with lotsa seeds) and sold to everyone in the place including the manager. I did that all through HS. Bought 3 used cars with the proceeds including a '68 Mustang rag top.  Ah youth, where did it go?
 
2017-09-12 08:51:49 PM  
Summer job driving a forklift in a yarn factory. They still had those in America back then. I was 18.
 
2017-09-12 08:51:53 PM  
First job with a paycheck: Working at the "mailroom" at the Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI). Worked Thurs/Fri/Sat evenings getting the Sunday comics ready - bundling, sorting, etc. Heavy, loud work, and HOLEE SHIAT was it dusty.
 
2017-09-12 09:00:37 PM  
Jakes Pizza
I was 17. I did a little of everything. waiter, cook, dishwasher.
I spilled and entire plate of spaghetti in a pregnant womans lap once. Still got a tip.

/csb
 
2017-09-12 09:01:29 PM  
7 years old working the galley on a charter fishing boat. Selling coffee/soda/chips... made some good money that summer.
 
2017-09-12 09:01:50 PM  
I've had every jerb known to man, from picking crops, waiting on asshole people in all the ways (clerk, cashier, waitress, bartender), PBX operator, dishwasher, fry cook, fast food, personal assistant (NEVER.....AGAIN), nanny (NEVER...AGAIN), prep cook, secretary, admin assist, I once wrote f*cking poetry and illustrated cards for people that could'nt handle Hallmark for WTF reason, which I trypically ripped off a suitable Hallmark card every damn time, unless I felt inspired, which wasn't often.  Ever. Strike that, all the time.  Money is such a biatch
 
2017-09-12 09:04:28 PM  
Caddy at 14 at (what I later discovered) is the longest course with the oldest and snootiest membership in town.  Because my mother confused wealth with good pay for the help....bussing tables paid better...

So hot, sweaty, long, tedious, low-tip BS watching elderly women hack balls into the woods for 4 hours straight.  I took to dropping new balls on the green to "find" or I'd still be out there 39 years later.

On the upside, highly motivated to get law degree to avoid outside work.  And learned to loathe golf with a passion.
 
2017-09-12 09:14:15 PM  
Gyro place in the mall.
 
2017-09-12 09:18:03 PM  

wejash: Caddy at 14 at (what I later discovered) is the longest course with the oldest and snootiest membership in town.  Because my mother confused wealth with good pay for the help....bussing tables paid better...

So hot, sweaty, long, tedious, low-tip BS watching elderly women hack balls into the woods for 4 hours straight.  I took to dropping new balls on the green to "find" or I'd still be out there 39 years later.

On the upside, highly motivated to get law degree to avoid outside work.  And learned to loathe golf with a passion.


Dude, you didn't get in on the old lady ackshun?  I KEED

In my town we had the Los Gatos Lodge, it was the place all attractive young men went to let whatever dreams they had finally die.  They'd show up at school with new watches, expensive cigarettes, a gold holder for the cigarettes, jewelry, you name it.  It was right out of Sunset Boulevard except these ladies were older and nastier than Gloria Swanson.  It was a crying shame.

If you wanna get laid with no fuss or muss go to the Blue Pheasant in Cupertino.  I ruined a dude just mentioning it.  Broke up with his lady and was bitter and wondered if I had any gfs he could date, I said, man, just go to the BP, you don't even have to try.  He came back the day after and said HOT DAMN DAPHNE!  HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS BEFORE?  Because, it's all bad.
 
2017-09-12 09:20:33 PM  

Smoohy: Graveyard shift at Jack In The Box. Terrible food, terrible job.


Me and my friends really appreciated you being there, though

/Made a lot of midnight munchie runs to JitB
 
2017-09-12 09:22:43 PM  
Soda jerk.
 
2017-09-12 09:23:33 PM  
Working in a hospital kitchen, delivering meal carts to patients, loading food onto patient trays on assembly lines, and cleaning the kitchen area each night.
 
2017-09-12 09:26:48 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Smoohy: Graveyard shift at Jack In The Box. Terrible food, terrible job.

Me and my friends really appreciated you being there, though

/Made a lot of midnight munchie runs to JitB


Heh, I was in SF on a double date as a favor to my roommate with this dude I did NOT like and the car broke down in the Tenderloin (were we looking for drugs?  Oh probably) and had to hoof it to a nearby flophouse.  Me, now panicking, says I HAVE TO BE AT WORK IN THE MORNING!  My roommate's old man asks her, where does she work?  JIB, roommate replied.  I THOUGHT SHE HAD A REAL JOB!

/ended up staying the night in that godforsaken place
//stabbed the dude I did NOT like with a dull steak knife from the "kitchenette"
///memories
 
2017-09-12 09:33:53 PM  
Doing data entry (cataloguing bits of pottery and arrow heads) for the New Mexico State University Archaeology Department. Not exactly standard fare for a 16 year old's summer job but it beat flipping burgers
 
2017-09-12 09:49:26 PM  
Stocking shelves at GNC back in 1984.
 
2017-09-12 09:58:22 PM  
First money: occasionally helping a guy who built houses

First job: dishwasher at a Happy Chef - lousy.

First where I earned an actual living: Air Force officer
 
2017-09-12 09:58:43 PM  
I had built a crazy non-motorized but steerable go cart that had brakes, that caught the eye of a neighbour whose business was making the Christmas decorations for a couple of local shopping malls, including a Santa's Workshop with 20ish mechanical moving elves you could see 'working' through the windows in the line for Santa and a few more through the open doors when with Santa. I was 14 and started there painting the thin sprayfoam and plywood gingerbread cookie-men that would hang from the roof every 100' or so, and was helping develop the semi-animatronic elves before the end of the summer. IT WAS A BLAST!!!
 
2017-09-12 09:59:18 PM  
"Lifeguard" was my title for the summer, but it should've actually been "Head Sand Castle Builder, Beach Hole Digger and Frisbee Enthusiast".
 
2017-09-12 10:08:43 PM  

wejash: Caddy at 14 at (what I later discovered) is the longest course with the oldest and snootiest membership in town.  Because my mother confused wealth with good pay for the help....bussing tables paid better...

So hot, sweaty, long, tedious, low-tip BS watching elderly women hack balls into the woods for 4 hours straight.  I took to dropping new balls on the green to "find" or I'd still be out there 39 years later.

On the upside, highly motivated to get law degree to avoid outside work.  And learned to loathe golf with a passion.


Those oldest and snootiest, are some of the easiest paths to success. The only advice I'd give to my younger self, is pay way more attention to the networking.
 
2017-09-12 10:16:53 PM  
As an adult? Machine shop floor sweeper and general labor

I don't know how much a bucket of steel shavings weigh, but you'll get fit fast

Not make any money, but you'll be fit
 
2017-09-12 10:22:04 PM  
 Cook at kfc
 
2017-09-12 10:24:39 PM  
Not counting various summer jobs doing janitorial and front desk type crap, my first gig was doing Novell networks for a VAR in Chicago.

The VAPs are going to sleep.....
 
2017-09-12 10:29:11 PM  
Detasseling corn
 
2017-09-12 10:32:07 PM  
I 'owned' my own landscaping business. No, really! I was 14 and was maintaining the grounds of 2 different apartment complexes. They paid me $4/hour in 1985 when minimum wage was only $3.35! I got to work out all day in the sun, so I was buff and tan. Since I could't drive a car yet, I had to ride my 10 Speed between the complexes. I went into 9th grade as a walking Adonis, totally fit, muscular and tan. Well, as far as muscular as a skinny 14 year old could be.

When I turned 15, one of the complexes made me their handyman, too, because a new manager came in and he was fat and lazy. Pretty soon I was hauling refrigerators and stoves up and down flights of stairs, fixing drywall, ripping out carpet and laying carpet, tile, plumbing... I learned to fix a lot of shiat at a young age, which is awesome now as a homeowner.
 
2017-09-12 10:33:29 PM  

loonatic112358: As an adult? Machine shop floor sweeper and general labor

I don't know how much a bucket of steel shavings weigh, but you'll get fit fast

Not make any money, but you'll be fit


Would you like to be a welder?  They make pretty good money and if you specialize (say, trig welding) a robot may not replace you
 
2017-09-12 10:39:22 PM  
If you're talking any money making thing, I had a paper route starting around 11.  Wasn't a bad gig since I could ride a bike with two exceptions- snow and Thanksgiving.  Farking Thanksgiving papers were so heavy with ads I could only carry about 6 at a time and snow just flat out sucked since I had to walk it.  Upgraded to lifeguard when I got a bit older.

If you count "Real" as job with health insurance, I had a short stint working at Merck between college and grad school as an analytical chemist.  It was awesome-  I needed something to fill in the rest of the year following Army Officer Basic and through some serious nepotism ended up with a job that paid damn good money and had gold plated insurance to boot.  Lived at home and saved up enough in 9 months to buy a nice car (RX-7) and avoid eating ramen for five years in grad school.  I also had a tiny, tiny (tiny) part in creating what is now Crixivan since I'm pretty sure I did the very initial bioavailability assays on it and about 200 others that didn't make it.  (No idea which one it was- I was just the analytical guy, but I was basically the only one doing that assay.)

Nothing like a bunch of tubes of rat bile and blood to assay to wake you up every morning.
 
2017-09-12 10:43:47 PM  
Selling trees.
 
2017-09-12 10:44:23 PM  
Chopping cotton in the hot southern sun.
We started at dawn and walked the rows of the cotton field killing weeds with a hoe. Between the sunburns, mosquitos, and snakes, we were miserable.
Oh, and it was less than minimum wage. We were lucky to have it because the migrant workers were doing it for less.
 
2017-09-12 10:52:39 PM  
Age 11, my parents owned a Taco John's in Missoula,, Montana.  First, I filled drink orders.  Then, took orders at the register.  Then, cook.  Only made half of minimum wage as family was exempt bac in those days.  Got all the free tacos I wanted though.  Which was GREAT! ;)
 
2017-09-12 11:04:32 PM  
First salaried job was restaurant manager in Atlanta, near Emory University.
 
2017-09-12 11:05:12 PM  

daphne: loonatic112358: As an adult? Machine shop floor sweeper and general labor

I don't know how much a bucket of steel shavings weigh, but you'll get fit fast

Not make any money, but you'll be fit

Would you like to be a welder?  They make pretty good money and if you specialize (say, trig welding) a robot may not replace you


I'm making drawrings for welders, so eventually
 
2017-09-12 11:06:06 PM  
US Ambassador to the UN.
 
2017-09-12 11:06:41 PM  

AirForceVet: Working in a hospital kitchen, delivering meal carts to patients, loading food onto patient trays on assembly lines, and cleaning the kitchen area each night.


Name checks out.
 
2017-09-12 11:13:05 PM  
Web editor for CNN.com.  That was interesting, learned a lot about how the stories went front the wire to full copy to posting.  It wasn't quite as click baity way back then.
 
2017-09-12 11:15:34 PM  

loonatic112358: daphne: loonatic112358: As an adult? Machine shop floor sweeper and general labor

I don't know how much a bucket of steel shavings weigh, but you'll get fit fast

Not make any money, but you'll be fit

Would you like to be a welder?  They make pretty good money and if you specialize (say, trig welding) a robot may not replace you

I'm making drawrings for welders, so eventually


Apprenticeships are good too
 
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