A recent WordPress writing prompt was about what jobs have you had, so I thought seeing as I have led a curious sort of life I’d answer the challenge and list them.
While in High School and College I worked for:
Boy Scouts of America as a training supplies puller
Boy Scouts of America as a mail clerk and signature obtainer — driving the company Suburban around town in pursuit of 2 authorized signers for their disbursement checks (before the days on cell phones which would have saved me a lot of daily miles as I drove all over the Milwaukee area in a gas guzzling truck looking for any two out of six authorized signatories.
I worked for a religious printing house on a 14 x 20 printing press printing books and leaflets.
I worked for a school textbook printer printing 4 color covers on coated cloth, a job that I was not very good at as printing ink doesn’t soak into coated cloth and I kept botching up the jobs.
I contacted my local Draft Board when my Vietnam draft number came up. Even though my draft number was in the 300’s I felt bad because friends had been called up and even though I was a conscientious objector I still felt as if I should to my “share” whatever the Draft Board decided that was to be. They assigned me to secure a job at a Chicago hospital and to work there for 2 years. So,
for 8 months I hauled boxes and stock around in the Central Supply at Wesley Memorial Hospital (now part of Northwestern Medical Center). When my boss in that department got a promotion after finishing his Master’s Degree he asked to to come along with him and I spent the remainder of my 2 years in the Systems Department doing office systems analysis and writing office systems.
During that time I got married and after completing my C.O. obligation:
I managed a Locksmith and Security Systems hardware company with 11 employees in Ohio
I did inside sales/manufacturing support for an electrical controls company in Illinois
I trained as an over the road truck driver and started work as an owner operator hauling “new products” from manufacturers to retailers.
Then I hauled meat from the Midwest to the East Coast until I couldn’t stand the East Coast state of mind and one of my good friends was killed in an automobile caused truck accident.
Then I hauled flatbed freight from the Midwest to the West Coast getting away from East Coast congestion and rudeness.
Then I went to work for a distributor for Detroit Diesel Engines as Dealer Development Manager calling on trucking and bus companies around the state, working with owners and mechanics.
I worked for a religious publishing house editing and publishing 70 year old journal as well as teaching and speaking to groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
I worked for a foreign language translating house taking translated text and inserting that into English language technical manuals for a variety of industrial accounts.
Then I went back to trucking for a few years hauling flatbed freight again to the West and South
At this point after having an interest in photography all my life I spent the last 5 years of my career as a photographer, shooting weddings (which after the advent of Bridezillas became a really disgusting way to make a living) to a couple years just shooting for art’s sake.
When Peggy had the chance to retire early, I decided that I would call it quits early too. She was 64, I was 62, so our first couple years were a bit rough before Medicare kicked in for both of us but we sold our house (which I have talked about years ago) and went full time RV’ing for 7 years. (find all of that content in the early years of this blog.)
And there you have it, All The Jobs I Have Had
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