Monday, February 25, 2008

Memory Monday - first job

my first job, obviously from the picture, was a paper route - i was in 8th grade. (that is me on the far left, my sister in the middle and my two brothers on the right side). i can't say fondly, that i liked this job very much! it was after school during the week and early in the morning on the weekends. the part i hated the most was folding the papers. My hands would be black as i folded batches and i was very OCD about it. it grossed me out and i'd keep a bottle of Jergens hand lotion and a rag nearby and every few papers i'd "clean" my hands by applying lotion and then wiping all the black off. it would take me forever to fold my papers using this process!my brother and sister were always done way before i was. on the weekends, my girlfriend, Tammie would sometimes stay over and help me do my route. she was really fast at folding, so this was always a bonus! after we'd finish my route, we'd come home and watch cartoons, our favorite being "Captain Caveman". i also found this job embarassing, as a few of the cute guys from my class lived on the route, so i always had to ride my bike by, delivering the paper wearing that hidious paper holder over my shoulders! (and that thing was heavy, by the way!)One of the guys was a real jerk though and sometimes if he had other guys over, he'd throw rocks at me as i was biking by to be funny.i think i flipped him off in return! also on my route was a little store, so i was always stopping and buying candy, snacks, donuts, whatever! as i collected money from my customers, i'd stop and buy stuff. half the time i could barely come up with the amount owed to the newspaper company, because i had spent most of it at that little convenience store! the cool thing about the route was it took me by farms where i would see cows, sheep, goats, horses, lots of birds, etc. One thing i DID NOT like was early in the morning, there were always snakes out and they slivered by in front of my bike and freak me out. to this day, snakes still give me the heebie jeebies because of that! i remember this one time where i was out late delivering papers and a really heavy rain storm hit. i was at the end of my route and it was really coming down, so the nice wife made her husband drive me and my bike back home.
in high school i did the token babysitting jobs, i did some typing for a relator and then i finally got the prerequiste for all jobs, a job at McDonald's. i sure hated that uniform! i use to smuggle cheeseburgers in my little work towel and then go into the bathroom and stuff them into my mouth! i met my boyfriend, Ken, at this job and we were together for almost 8 years.
see this weeks players:
***if anyone has time to stop by my mom's blog and send her hugs,- i'd appreciate it. she's quite sad over losing Muppet.
Next week's topic - your first boyfriend


  1. kecia! hey. i got your comment on my blog! hope your travel home was good. miss you a lot. keep in touch.
    maiga asked for that specifically for you. i was thrilled.

  2. Kecia - I love your first job memory. I'm so glad to hear that I wasn't the only OCD kid back then (haha). What a great story about stuffing hamburgers into your mouth. It's so fun to look back and see the silly things we did, but then again, they are what made us who we are today! Awesome read.

  3. Hey girl! I'm playing again...haven't had a chance to read yours yet ( quickly typing as baby is waking up) but I'm looking forward to viewing them all:)

  4. So sorry to hear about your mom's muppet. I cannot imagine how hard that must be.

    Thanks for the comments on my blog. I updated my post with some details of my "first job."

    Thanks for facilitating this... it's fun remembering the past and reading about others' experiences.

    Kids don't have paper routes around here anymore. I remember when I was younger, we had to walk home from school every day, past the paper shack where all the kids were folding their papers.

    I went to Catholic school so wore a uniform. The boys always delighted in beaning us with berries and staining our white blouses. Those public school kids scared me!


  5. Oh my goodness this brings back memories! I had forgotten all about the paper route I shared with my brother.

    The thing I remember the most is falling down and being trapped under a full load of Sunday papers. You'd think that my brother would help me up, but no...he just laughed at me. Brat.

  6. I delivered newspapers until I was 26 or 27!! (I made about $100 a week -- not too bad when your rent is $200 a month!)(we didn't have to fold our newspapers here in Canada -- oh, and the 200 papers that I delivered at 5 am each day were in apartment buildings and were dropped off in bundles at the front doors)(I even brought my baby with me for a few years!)And I put in 5 years at McDonalds. I don't admit this to many people -- but I STILL like the food! thanks for reminding me not to forget my humble past!

  7. Loved it!! I never thought I'd be coordinated enough to ride a bike and throw a paper...I probably saved the world from ME by not placing those two things together:) Loved reading about your experience...and soo glad to hear that someone else lived through teen UNIFORM humiliation:) The picture was great:)Debra


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