Jobs I’ve Had

  • Advertising Time Buyer (Radio and Television–and sometime Account Executive, Production Assistant, Copywriter.  We did direct response: “Send $9.95 by midnight tonight”)
  • Barista (though I owned the cafe)
  • Beer Puller (“Bartender” would be too classy for that one)
  • Car Salesman (Datsuns… remember them?)
  • Cemetery Custodian (Buried Montgomery Clift’s mother)
  • Copyboy (During Watergate… now that was fun)
  • Deliveryman (On a number of occasions)
  • Dishwasher (In one place, even made Chief Dishwasher–whoo-wee!)
  • Editor (Dissertations, fiction, non-fiction, books, monthlies… oh, who knows?)
  • Educational Counselor (Don’t ask)
  • 4-H Organizer and Bicycle Safety Demonstrator (“Benny the Talking Bike”–I’d say “Don’t ask,” but used that up already)
  • Freelance Writer (Kids, don’t try this without supervision)
  • Garage Worker (Some mechanical work, general dogsbody)
  • Gas-Station Attendant (Nights along Rt. 80 in Iowa can be a little odd)
  • Grounds Crew (Cutting grass, scraping bleachers, and much else for a small college in Michigan one summer)
  • High-School Teacher (Private schools, both Quaker… one a boarding school)
  • Inventory Control, Domestic Purchasing, and Domestic Traffic Coordinator (A thankless job)
  • Janitor (My wife doesn’t believe I was ever paid to clean things, but I was… and more than once)
  • Packaging-Machine Cleaner (Haven’t eaten a Cheese Doodle since)
  • Paperboy (As a poor grad student?  Well, work for them’s what needs it)
  • Parts Clerk (Auto dealership: the guy sitting next to me smoked five packs of Kents, each shift)
  • Peace Corps Volunteer (Working with oxen in agriculture and with reforestation projects)
  • Poolroom Supervisor (Not what it sounds like)
  • Printer (And Printer’s Devil)
  • Professor (I never would have believed that one)
  • Retail Clerk (In my own store, among other places)
  • Reporter (Once, for a short time, for a daily newspaper.  Didn’t like that much.  Writing for an environmental monthly proved more satisfying)
  • Shopkeeper (Running a store is much more than clerking)
  • Short-Order Cook (Served Marvin Gaye and his band at closing one night)
  • Shredder Operator (Industrial Size, for a Junkyard)
  • Sink Maker (Well, I drilled the overflow holes)
  • Sno-Cone Machine Operator (At Woolworth’s)
  • Supermarket Bagboy and Stocker (Are there still IGA’s?)
  • Temporary Office Help (Being able to type 80 wpm got me through any number of periods of unemployment)
  • Tutor (“Yes,” I would say, “you can write, kid”)
There are probably more, but who’s counting?
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