NPR has been running a series this summer asking people about their summer job experiences. It made me think back to what I used to do over the summer once I was old enough to work, but still in school.
- Casual Clerk at the Post Office – I worked in the P&DC in Lancaster and got to operate a variety of machines that sorted mail, as well as unload trucks, sort mail by hand, and weigh wiretainers that were about 500lbs.
- Sandwich Maker at Isaac’s Deli – This local chain is pretty famous in Central PA and I worked at the Granite Run location. I made sandwiches, salads, soups, washed dishes. The best was our Christmas party where all the locations were invited. Deli workers can par-tay!
- Newspaper Stuffer – This was at the Shopping News (owned by extended family members) and one of the worst jobs I ever had. It was just really repetitive and boring.
- Odds & Ends at an Auto Detailer – The same summer as the newspaper job. My friend and I did some landscaping, painting, and cleaning. Also not very fun.
- Computer Lab Person – This was when I did a summer session in Japan and basically no one ever asked me for help because I wasn’t Japanese. They all spoke English, but I guess they felt more comfortable asking the other helpers. I got to spend a lot of time online though (cir 1997 this was unusual).
- Movie Theater Attendant – I sold tickets and concessions. I also got to see a number of movies for free. Unfortunately, I also wore a uniform with a bow-tie and vest and worked until 1am.
- Salad Bar/Dessert Attendant – This was at the fabulously named Bird-in-Hand restaurant. This is where I learned my love for making salads (I do not eat salads, I just like to make them) that continued at Isaac’s. I also got to deal with a bunch of unhappy employees and get my brand new leather jacket stolen (and told by the cops that I should just come clean and tell my parents I left it on the bus. Someone stole it, I didn’t lose it, but I’m not bitter or anything.)
So what kind of jobs have you had over the summer? Did you enjoy them, did they make you a better person, or did they just enable you to buy stuff your parents wouldn’t get for you?