Friday, May 28, 2010

ZenTiger Friday Night Free for All

It's Friday and if not officially winter, it's still doing a good job of feeling like a winter's day. And not the "walking in a winter wonderland" winter's day, but the kind that I remember well from my paper run days many years ago. Bitterly cold, dark and periods of driving rain. I actually had a couple of different types of paper runs. First was the one night a week delivering the local rag - around 200 letterboxes to fill, but first a walk of a mile or so to my delivery area. Then the same again on a Saturday. Plus another occasional run of around 500 letterboxes delivering those plastic bags for clothing collections.

Eventually, I moved to Canada and progressed to a daily paper route of only 50 customers, but the papers were a little bigger. Especially the Saturday Paper - huge and heavy. It was great delivering them because the bag got markedly lighter with every drop off. Although the Winter delivery there provides a whole new level of "cold". I recall one night going door to door to collect the monthly bills (we paper boys also performed the debt collection, which wasn't so bad as tips made the whole exercise worth while) and the temperature was 20 below zero (Celsius). Indescribable. But with all this Global Warming, that shouldn't be a problem in these here parts?

(In my best Yorkshire accent) "Ah lad, back in my day, we had it tooff"

Evening all. Did you have a part time job in your early (or late) teen years? What kinds of jobs have you done? I've been the traditional kitchen hand, butcher's assistant and bartender (for a catering firm specialising in weddings), amongst other things. How about you? What's the strangest or most interesting job you ever had?

10 comment(s):

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Good Evening Zen and anyone else out there.
I have been driving through the snow today and it looked lovely.
I'm just going to do a blog post that will contain a clue as to where I am right now.

ZenTiger said...

Howdy FFM. What are you doing so far down south?

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

I have been interviewing various businesspeople for a series of articles.

The travel makes my work interesting.

But I haven't had any strange jobs.
I once sold wine at the Home Show in Sydney and brisbane.
And I used to sell paperback books on various UK markets.

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

I have been interviewing various businesspeople for a series of articles.

The travel makes my work interesting.

But I haven't had any strange jobs.
I once sold wine at the Home Show in Sydney and brisbane.
And I used to sell paperback books on various UK markets.

Gooner said...

I had a Herald run as a kid Zen, and a milk run when those old metal crates were used and we used to slide them downhill and watch the sparks fly off. Cool.

Evening to you btw. And to you ffm.

Here I Stand said...

evening all!
I remember my days as a checkout operator at DEKA... I was the only male operator they ever had!
I still cannot count out change 'properly' and I have done 2nd year Uni Maths!!!

ZenTiger said...

Evening all.

Just flicking through a few Flight of the Conchords clips - very good stuff.

Lucia Maria said...

I would really like to do a post on this wonderful article by Peter Kreeft, but have to just put it here for now before I lose track of it: The liberal arts and sexual morality

Lucia Maria said...

Oh and hi to everyone!

Ciaron said...

1994, Oraki post center & superette, $3/hr under the table......

I thought it was great at the time.

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