TT the 19th – Workin’

You know that 100 Things thing that everyone seems to have on their blog? I suppose I’ll do it too even though it’s not very original of me. I mean, I guess there could be someone out there curious enough to read that much stuff about me. I’ve already done some posts about odd things about me. I’ve used them to start a 100 Things page. I’ll add it to the 100 Things today by doing a Thursday Thirteen. Today’s theme is, thirteen things about me and work.

1. When I was in college I worked in an auto repair shop. Three of the customers were famous. One was the valley guy in the movie Valley Girl. Two of the other three were from the band Tool before they did Lalapalooza: Maynard James Keenan and Adam Jones.

2. My first job was making change in my dad’s barber shop.

3. After college, I worked at the Starlight Children’s Foundation. One of the things I did was help coordinate celebrity wishes.

4. I ran a coffee shop for my mom on the south end of Mercer Island, WA when I was just out of high school.

5. When we returned to CA, I tried to go to community college as an art history major. The coolest thing about that major was that it got me a job in the college art gallery, opening the skylight and counting the people who came in.

6. After I got tired of counting people in the art gallery, I tried being a hostess in a prime rib place. Meh. So not my thing. I only suffered a couple of months.

7. The Steinbeck Public Library wanted to hire me because I knew the Dewey Decimal System forward and backward, but they only had part-time positions available that later on would become full-time. I couldn’t afford to have a part-time job so I had to turn them down.

8. I ended up working for the high school district. I was 19 when they first hired me and I looked younger. People kept mistaking me for a student in my jeans and hightops and leather jacket. In fact, I got hit on by an 8th grader who was 16. He was cute, but c’mon. A 16 year old 8th grader? What a loser!

9. When I lived in Victorville, I got hired at a nursing home to do bookkeeping. I lasted only two days because their idea of bookkeeping was that I had to help dispense meds and serve breakfast. F that! I was hired to crunch numbers not help old men put their socks on! I mean, I felt bad for them and helped them, but it was definitely not what I was hired to do so I protested and quit.

10. I stuffed envelopes for the Southern California Gardener Newsletter when it was first starting out. I always remember how beautiful their artwork was.

11. After the fiasco of the nursing home, I got a job as a fast food manager. It sucked. I had a late night shift after training, and had to drive home from Barstow to Victorville at 1:30 am every day. Have you ever seen how barren it is between Barstow and Victorville? I mean it must have been more barren back in the late 80’s. It was a scary drive.

12. I have a tax preparer’s license and I’ve done taxes on my own, as well as helped out at an Enrolled Agent’s office during tax season.

13. I’ve been at the cemetery 9 years this month. Time sure flies. This is the longest I’ve ever been at a job. I love my network there. I love the structure of it, how the VPN is set up. It’s been a trial since Friday when my firewall died, but luckily all is well now. Have I mentioned how much I love my Citrix server? Well, I do. Love it to bits! I get to do all kinds of techie stuff like update events on the website, add pages to the websites, create a shopping cart for the flower shop, create a funeral blog and an intranet, on top of the other techie stuff. I don’t mind. It’s kinda fun when I know what I’m doing. If they ask me to do something I don’t know, I can usually get my outside tech to handle it.

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There you have it, 13 items related to my work history that I can add to my hundred things. Don’t forget to check out Motley sometime today. She’ll be posting some HNT pics with Dave’s tiara. They turned out so nice I think Dave might enjoy them enough to forget that his tiara’s on tour. HEH. Have a great Thursday!

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0 Responses to TT the 19th – Workin’

  1. Jason X says:

    I worked in a cave. One of my first jobs. I gave tours, changed light bulbs in places like “The bottomless pit” (which had a bottom–I found that out when I changed a light bulb down there. Had inadvertently been lying to everyone until I found the bottom. Then I just skipped it during the tour from that point on…). I was also responsible for catching rattle snakes with a fishing rod (with a string and an noose), cleaning the park and the bathrooms, ticket sales, gift shop, and snack bar. Also, responsible for exploring other smaller caves, like those of the female tour guides.

    Jason Xs last blog post..Fashingbauer Can’t Quit His Job

  2. Jason X says:

    I worked in a cave. One of my first jobs. I gave tours, changed light bulbs in places like “The bottomless pit” (which had a bottom–I found that out when I changed a light bulb down there. Had inadvertently been lying to everyone until I found the bottom. Then I just skipped it during the tour from that point on…). I was also responsible for catching rattle snakes with a fishing rod (with a string and an noose), cleaning the park and the bathrooms, ticket sales, gift shop, and snack bar. Also, responsible for exploring other smaller caves, like those of the female tour guides.

    Jason Xs last blog post..Fashingbauer Can’t Quit His Job

  3. Motley says:

    My mama is a very diverse… er… working woman. So long as you’ve never been a hooker or a porn star, I’m good. 🙂

    Motleys last blog post..HNT – Dave’s Tiara

  4. Motley says:

    My mama is a very diverse… er… working woman. So long as you’ve never been a hooker or a porn star, I’m good. 🙂

    Motleys last blog post..HNT – Dave’s Tiara

  5. Hilly says:

    Fuckaluckadingdong, nine years is a long time to be at one job! I can’t even make my marriage last nine years!

    😉

    Hillys last blog post..Hypocritical Hilly & Snarky Stewardesses

  6. Hilly says:

    Fuckaluckadingdong, nine years is a long time to be at one job! I can’t even make my marriage last nine years!

    😉

    Hillys last blog post..Hypocritical Hilly & Snarky Stewardesses

  7. Charlene says:

    Winter~~thanks for leaving a comment~~all of the compliments have been really nice~~made my week~~BGWD~~~~~~~

    Charlenes last blog post..HNT~~my cherry’s popped

  8. Charlene says:

    Winter~~thanks for leaving a comment~~all of the compliments have been really nice~~made my week~~BGWD~~~~~~~

    Charlenes last blog post..HNT~~my cherry’s popped

  9. Winter says:

    Phoebe – It wasn’t by choice that I had so many. Shit happens and I get bored I guess. Plus some of these jobs overlapped. I was working at the repair shop and doing the SC Gardener at the same time.

    Jen – I dunno how funny I’ll get. I look at Secondhand Karl’s and he’s pretty thorough. I’m more random and prone to tossing in odd bits. Thanks for the RSS feed. Tell the webmistress to drop that link somewhere on the blog, at the top or the foot or the sidebar so people can click and subscribe. It’s really helpful to be able to subscribe if you have a lot of blogs to read like me.

    Blu – I loved having Tool come to the shop. Adam is a really awesome guy. I drove his Barracuda around a lot when he was on Lalapalooza.

    Darla – When you’re flexible and a quick learner, you end up like me, with a loooong resume. LOL

    Charlene – I know Motley will appreciate the support!

    Tempest – I have had some odd ones, but in a way a lot of what I’ve done is related. Mostly because it’s related to my skill set which is based in computers and accounting in my later years and in service in my earlier years.

    Susan – The only job I was ever fired from was the fast food manager job. Even then I was told by the EDD that I had grounds to sue them because the reason they fired me was because money turned up missing, but then they found proof it was the General Manager, so they should never have fired me. They had nothing on me, except that he liked me and had hand picked me from several manager trainees available to him at the time.

    Mojo – I was there in 87-88. And yeah, I did piss someone off in my home town who accused me of something I didn’t do. She was younger and cuter and a better actress than me. So when it was all over I left my hometown and went to hide out in the desert for a year.

    Shiny – I wasn’t dabbling really. Cept for the gallery job. I was just trying to make money to survive on. It’s a really crappy world out here when you don’t have a college degree, have a little baby, and have no one you can fall back on. No family, no spouse, nothing but my own ingenuity and willingness to work hard. I never needed to find myself. I just needed someone to give me a change to prove myself without the degree in my hand.

  10. Winter says:

    Phoebe – It wasn’t by choice that I had so many. Shit happens and I get bored I guess. Plus some of these jobs overlapped. I was working at the repair shop and doing the SC Gardener at the same time.

    Jen – I dunno how funny I’ll get. I look at Secondhand Karl’s and he’s pretty thorough. I’m more random and prone to tossing in odd bits. Thanks for the RSS feed. Tell the webmistress to drop that link somewhere on the blog, at the top or the foot or the sidebar so people can click and subscribe. It’s really helpful to be able to subscribe if you have a lot of blogs to read like me.

    Blu – I loved having Tool come to the shop. Adam is a really awesome guy. I drove his Barracuda around a lot when he was on Lalapalooza.

    Darla – When you’re flexible and a quick learner, you end up like me, with a loooong resume. LOL

    Charlene – I know Motley will appreciate the support!

    Tempest – I have had some odd ones, but in a way a lot of what I’ve done is related. Mostly because it’s related to my skill set which is based in computers and accounting in my later years and in service in my earlier years.

    Susan – The only job I was ever fired from was the fast food manager job. Even then I was told by the EDD that I had grounds to sue them because the reason they fired me was because money turned up missing, but then they found proof it was the General Manager, so they should never have fired me. They had nothing on me, except that he liked me and had hand picked me from several manager trainees available to him at the time.

    Mojo – I was there in 87-88. And yeah, I did piss someone off in my home town who accused me of something I didn’t do. She was younger and cuter and a better actress than me. So when it was all over I left my hometown and went to hide out in the desert for a year.

    Shiny – I wasn’t dabbling really. Cept for the gallery job. I was just trying to make money to survive on. It’s a really crappy world out here when you don’t have a college degree, have a little baby, and have no one you can fall back on. No family, no spouse, nothing but my own ingenuity and willingness to work hard. I never needed to find myself. I just needed someone to give me a change to prove myself without the degree in my hand.

  11. Shiny Bitch says:

    It’s really cool that you’ve tried your hand at so many different jobs. Unless someone really knows what they want to do for a career, I think it’s important that they dabble with what’s out there to get a better feel for what they’d like to do. I did it too when I was younger and I’m glad I did. Very interesting meme…there were somethings I learned today!

  12. Shiny Bitch says:

    It’s really cool that you’ve tried your hand at so many different jobs. Unless someone really knows what they want to do for a career, I think it’s important that they dabble with what’s out there to get a better feel for what they’d like to do. I did it too when I was younger and I’m glad I did. Very interesting meme…there were somethings I learned today!

  13. Mojo says:

    (Wandered in from Carmi’s, via Susan’s… you know.)
    Actually, yeah I do know how barren it is between Barstow and Victorville. Or at least how barren it was in the 1983-84 period. Who did you piss off that bad??

    Mojos last blog post..Thematic Photographic: Wood

  14. Mojo says:

    (Wandered in from Carmi’s, via Susan’s… you know.)
    Actually, yeah I do know how barren it is between Barstow and Victorville. Or at least how barren it was in the 1983-84 period. Who did you piss off that bad??

    Mojos last blog post..Thematic Photographic: Wood

  15. People with lots of jobs are interesting; it shows they like life and are open to new things.

    Or they make crappy employees who keep getting fired.

    You choose. 😀

    Susan Helene Gottfrieds last blog post..Thursday Thirteen — Susan’s Scary Brain

  16. People with lots of jobs are interesting; it shows they like life and are open to new things.

    Or they make crappy employees who keep getting fired.

    You choose. 😀

    Susan Helene Gottfrieds last blog post..Thursday Thirteen — Susan’s Scary Brain

  17. You’ve had the coolest (and oddest) jobs ever! *wg*

  18. You’ve had the coolest (and oddest) jobs ever! *wg*

  19. nice meme winter~ i’ll have to keep checking motely’s for her new hnt

    Charlene in Arkansass last blog post..HNT~~my cherry’s popped

  20. nice meme winter~ i’ll have to keep checking motely’s for her new hnt

    Charlene in Arkansass last blog post..HNT~~my cherry’s popped

  21. Darla says:

    That’s an amazing list–you’re very well-rounded!

    Darlas last blog post..TT #105

  22. Darla says:

    That’s an amazing list–you’re very well-rounded!

    Darlas last blog post..TT #105

  23. Oh, and Winter, here’s the RSS feed link. My WebMistress said to send you this link.
    http://jenniferleeland.wordpress.com/feed

  24. Oh, and Winter, here’s the RSS feed link. My WebMistress said to send you this link.
    http://jenniferleeland.wordpress.com/feed

  25. Amy-Blu says:

    I need my eyes checked, I read that as cervex server and was thinking you found a new toy.

    You’ve had a very varied career and its way cool about the band members.

    Amy-Blus last blog post..What to do, what to do….

  26. Amy-Blu says:

    I need my eyes checked, I read that as cervex server and was thinking you found a new toy.

    You’ve had a very varied career and its way cool about the band members.

    Amy-Blus last blog post..What to do, what to do….

  27. What a career!!!! Love this. And I will often read the 100 Things thing. Usually because when people run out of shit to say, they’re HILARIOUS. LOL.
    I look forward to yours.

  28. What a career!!!! Love this. And I will often read the 100 Things thing. Usually because when people run out of shit to say, they’re HILARIOUS. LOL.
    I look forward to yours.

  29. Happy T13! This list is pretty cool and its very interesting that you’ve had so many jobs. Hope to see you at my 7th edition about Charlaine Harris.

  30. Happy T13! This list is pretty cool and its very interesting that you’ve had so many jobs. Hope to see you at my 7th edition about Charlaine Harris.

  31. Winter says:

    Renee – At the time it was a Subaru Brat. I still have a note he wrote on a napkin and left on my desk asking for our help with the thing!

    Equal – I sure hated being mistaken for one of the kids, but now I realize it wasn’t so bad.

    Matt – Yeah, I could talk tech half the day. I really am in love with my Citrix server.

    Winters last blog post..TT the 19th – Workin’ For A Livin’

  32. Winter says:

    Renee – At the time it was a Subaru Brat. I still have a note he wrote on a napkin and left on my desk asking for our help with the thing!

    Equal – I sure hated being mistaken for one of the kids, but now I realize it wasn’t so bad.

    Matt – Yeah, I could talk tech half the day. I really am in love with my Citrix server.

    Winters last blog post..TT the 19th – Workin’ For A Livin’

  33. Matt-Man says:

    You make me so HOT when you talk “network”. Cheers Winter!!

    Matt-Mans last blog post..Half Nekkid Thursday: Casting Bread Upon the Waters

  34. Matt-Man says:

    You make me so HOT when you talk “network”. Cheers Winter!!

    Matt-Mans last blog post..Half Nekkid Thursday: Casting Bread Upon the Waters

  35. I love that someone else has had a multitude of jobs.

    When I was teaching English in England to Italian kids I was mistaken by one of the Italian leaders as one of their kids and they tried to herd me in with their group. I was 22 and they were 14.

    errrrrrrr

    Equal Goes It Looses last blog post..Thursday 13: 13 Reasons To Write For JLog!

  36. I love that someone else has had a multitude of jobs.

    When I was teaching English in England to Italian kids I was mistaken by one of the Italian leaders as one of their kids and they tried to herd me in with their group. I was 22 and they were 14.

    errrrrrrr

    Equal Goes It Looses last blog post..Thursday 13: 13 Reasons To Write For JLog!

  37. Renee says:

    Interesting jobs!

    What kind of car did Maynard James Keenan drive?

    Renees last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #4

  38. Renee says:

    Interesting jobs!

    What kind of car did Maynard James Keenan drive?

    Renees last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #4