Saturday Afternoon Open Thread


My first job was at the A&W in Merced. I was the executive vice president in charge of french fries and drinks. Eventually I was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Burger Flipper Division.

What was your first job?

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110 Responses to Saturday Afternoon Open Thread

  1. myiq2xu says:

    The news seems to be taking the day off today.

    • nerdle says:

      I feel like up until all these scandals broke, there really hasn’t been any news other than the usual tragedy/feel good story. I hope the scandals stick around for a while to keep the issues from flatlining.

    • Media wonks are all tied up in emergency psychiatric appointments with their therapists. “What were we thinking” they ask? “Why did we break ranks”? “He’s still ‘Teh Won’, isn’t he”? “Do you think he noticed me, and wrote down my name”?

  2. nerdle says:

    My first job was at a senior citizen home—Quaker Gardens—in Garden Grove. It was an after school job when I was in middle school. I met a lot of interesting people.

  3. HELENK says:

    my first job was washing dishes in a hospital for 37 cents an hour.

    • HELENK says:

      also had a job as an usherette in a movie theater. thought I would see all the different new movies. instead it was 16 weeks of Hans Christian Anderson. by the end of it I knew the words better than he did

      • myiq2xu says:

        I worked briefly at a movie theater. Benefits included all the popcorn you can eat.

        You soon quit eating popcorn.

        • Newspaper delivery boys could earn “checker” coupons to make sure movie houses were running screen ads as scheduled. Was also good for one popcorn w/soda. But once in you didn’t have to leave till the lights were turned out after midnight. Spent almost every Saturday from morning till ? watching Tom Mix serials over and over and over and .. Still do not like popcorn much.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Now with these multi-plex theaters you can watch 2-3 movies for the price of one.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Watching Bulletproof Monk. Heroes are sneaking into a mansion. It’s the same mansion where the big shootout finale takes place in Beverly Hills Cop. I’ve seen it in other movies too.

    I wonder where the mansion is?

  5. HELENK says:

    do know if anyone noticed this yesterday. this site has some many places to find informantion

  6. HELENK says:

    I know I got the winning powerball ticket today. It was the guy who sold it to me first day on the job. beginners luck

  7. 1539days says:

    I worked at a government research facility

    as a janitor.

  8. swanspirit says:

    bbiaf Getting ready to watch the PREAKNESS !!! Any bets?? I like Orb .

  9. My first job was as a horse herd “wrangler” for an exclusive summer camp catering to the youthful daughters of rich folks. The beautiful daughters of rich folks. The nearly-nubile daughters of rich folks. Fortunately – for the daughters – the herd I wrangled was kept a couple of miles away from the well-guarded campground. My life’s experience has taught me I was probably the successful job candidate mostly because I was too self-conscious of my own teenage awkwardness at the time to be much of a threat to the camper’s reputations.

  10. Lulu says:

    My grandmother was the treasurer of our church. She liked telling preachers they couldn’t have any more money. But she hated posting contributions for TAX statements. I did it. I think I was ten when I started doing it. She paid me a dollar an hour and I was fast. Only my parents knew that a ten year old knew how much people contributed to the church and I was very discreet. Still am.

  11. myiq2xu says:


    Statement of the lawyer (Celia Roady) who asked IRS Lois Lerner the “planted question” -the question was asked on May 10 at the ABA conference
    “On May 9, I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks … and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks. I agreed to do so.…We had no discussion thereafter on the topic of the question, nor had we spoken about any of this before I received her call. She did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question.”

    • Lulu says:

      Who told Lerner to do this? And why during the Benghazi mess? What else has been slipped out and hopefully overlooked?

      • Mary says:

        I remember the IRS dude (Miller, I think) was asked about the question in the hearing. He said, yes it was planted and “they” had talked about it—implying he was in on it.

  12. elliesmom says:

    I worked on the farm most summers when I was a kid or babysat. My first “real job” was inspecting sweaters in a sweater factory. I found out I liked doing farm work better – especially when I got old enough to drive stuff.

  13. foxyladi14 says:

    My first job was as a Tray girl at Bishops Cafeteria. 🙂

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Romney on Leno:

  15. Chucky Cheese’s. I was a waitress and a birthday party hostess.

  16. Somebody says:

    My first official job was at a fish n chips joint. Prior to that one summer my best and I had a lawn mowing business which paid much better than fish n chips……but our parents didn’t like our “business techniques”. We mowed lawns in skimpy bikinis, actually usually we attracted “fans” that did a lot of the mowing for us in exchange for the chance to hang out and chat with us. We made a lot of money that summer.

    Prior to that my parents used to ship me off to Alabama for the summer to “keep me out of trouble”. I helped out on the farms of a couple different relatives. Elliesmom I hear you about learning to drive! The available jobs were much better, hence why I learned to drive at 12. My grandma was so cool she’d let me drive into town and stuff. Of course eventually my parents found out, but that took a couple more summers. (Every party has a pooper and my parents were party poopers!) After that they decided shipping me off might not be the best way to keep me out of trouble, LOL!

    • Somebody says:

      PS……I somehow managed to find trouble no matter where I was!

    • elliesmom says:

      I started driving the farm truck at 13. As long as I didn’t go out on the street, it was “nobody’s business”. But one field was on the other side of the road, and when no one was looking, I’d sneak across. I got my learner’s permit one week and my driver’s license the next. The RMV cop who did my road test said I must be a “quick learner”. My dad glared at me so I knew I was supposed to say “thank you” and shut up.

  17. HELENK says:

    just because it is Armed Forces Day

  18. fif says:

    I had a job picking vegetation-eating worms (caterpillars?) off of bushes for my mom: 1 cent per worm.

    • myiq2xu says:

      My first “paid” employment involved me, a rake and a yard full of dead leaves. My slave-driving grandma only gave me $.25 for all that back-breaking labor.

      I think I was eight.

  19. myiq2xu says:

    I checked my Powerball ticket last night and saw that I lost (as usual) so I threw it away. Then a little while ago I found out that the Powerball drawing is tonight.

    So I got to dig thru the trash to find my ticket. They’re still good with spaghetti sauce stains on them, aren’t they?

    • HELENK says:

      as long as you can read the numbers, they should be ok.
      my oldest grandson wrote on fb that he is on a lucky streak just won $40 on a scratchoff and hopes it continues to the powerball. I explained to him that I have dibs on the powerball

    • Somebody says:

      Don’t worry it won’t be a winner since you fetched it from the trash. If you didn’t remember until after trash day then sure enough it’d be the winner!

      • HELENK says:

        a couple of weeks ago I found some lottery tickets from jJune of 1990 in a book I bought in a thrift shop. have no idea if they were winners and it is too late now

  20. swanspirit says:

    My first job was working for these folks in Ocean City Md.

    I worked on the kiddie rides ..It was not as “glamourous” lol , as it seemed . There was an on/off switch , there was always at least one little kid who wanted to climb out of his seat to the next one , another one screaming to get off the ride while the parents insisted they stay on til they get a good picture , or someone asking where the ride was the went “around” .
    At the end of each evening after we closed down the rides put all the covers on and locked everything , all of the staff got onto the big bumper cars and tried to kill each other .. Those were the days …

    • HELENK says:

      remember taking my youngest daughter on the rides in Ocean City MD. I used to take each one of my kids on a weekend away just me and one of them. She wanted to go to MD. took a bus from Phila. never knew Delaware was so long. In the seat in back of me there were two guys who just got out of jail and were talking about all the things they were going to do with their wives when they got home. By the time we got through Delaware I knew every place I could buy drugs. Trying to keep a 8 year old busy so she would not pay attention to those two was very interesting

      • swanspirit says:

        I just ran the kiddie rides dude , the owners thought girls would be better with the little kids lol 😉

      • swanspirit says:

        Somehow, Ocean City has managed to remain a mostly family resort . No strip clubs , but just recently we have a casino just outside the city , so I am fearful about which way this area will go . It is still a very small town out of season .

    • myiq2xu says:

      So you were a carny?

  21. myiq2xu says:

    I got me one of them meat hammer/tenderizer thingies on clearance. I’m experimenting with making tough (cheap) cuts of meat chewable.

    IOW, I am beating my meat.

    • yttik says:

      LOL, I’m not going to respond to that comment, but what really helps tenderize meet is a marinade with vinegar, citrus, anything acidey that will break down the protein. If that doesn’t work, cook it to death in a can of mushroom soup.

    • Somebody says:

      My second job was at a meat market…..a literal meat market. I started off at the counter, then learned to wrap, then moved on to learning how to cut meat. First it was chicken, then deboning chicken, on to ground beef, sausage, and cube steaks, pork loins, finally learned how to break down a hind quarter just before I left the job.

      Believe it or not the meat business can be tough manual labor. Everybody gets to help unload the trucks, girls included and the guys didn’t cut me any slack. I was really strong back then, actually got too muscular……..but when this one guy grabbed me and shoved me outside a 7-11; I punched him so hard he went through the glass door and into the magazine rack, LOL! I had no idea I was that strong, of course I caught him off guard too he wasn’t expected any resistance. I couldn’t punch my way out of a paper bag these days.

  22. angienc (D) says:

    If you don’t count baby sitting, my first job was as a sales clerk at a clothing store in the mall the summer before my junior year of high school.

    • HELENK says:

      how much of your pay went on clothes??

      • myiq2xu says:

        That was the point of having the job, wasn’t it?

        • myiq2xu says:

          My mom paid for all my necessities. But once I hit my teen years I was pretty much on my own for the luxuries. My paychecks went for snacks, records and pot.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Except girls seemed more like a necessity.

        • HELENK says:

          it is for teenage girls. my girls used babysit, waitress and clean houses for spending money.

          my son got a job cleaning bricks from demolished houses. believe it or not he learned a lot about what is valuable and what is junk from that job

        • Somebody says:

          Once I got a job my parents made me pay for all of my toiletries including toilet paper and toothpaste. I got basic clothes anything extra was on my nickel as were any expenses related to driving.

          They did the same with my two older sisters, actually made my oldest sister pay rent when she turned 18…….she moved out. I didn’t make it to 18, neither did my other sister. They didn’t make my little brother pay for anything.

      • angienc (D) says:

        Ha ha HelenK — I was just thinking I should have mentioned that 100% of my paycheck went to buying clothes! The store (the Limited, btw) gives a 60% discount to sales associates to encourage them to be dressed in the clothes they’re selling. I went back to work there the next summer too. I had a darn good wardrobe for a teenager, but all in all I probably lost money working there! 🙂

        • angienc (D) says:

          * I went back to work there the next two summers (summer before senior year & summer before I went to college) for a total of 3 summers.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Actually my first job was baby sitting I was 8 watching a 3 mo old baby. 1.00 a night. 🙂

  23. yttik says:

    My first job was actually picking fruit. To escape that, I later worked in a bakery. It was great, at the end of the day, they would let us have all the leftover donuts. After about a week of that, they never had to worry about employees stealing merchandise, because you couldn’t stand the sight of it anymore.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I worked in restaurants in high school. When you have tried everything on the menu about 50 times you get really sick of it.

  24. HELENK says:

    how do I explain to my daughter that when we go to San Francisco , she is going to see more flaky people then the tourists that come to the NJ shore?

    • myiq2xu says:

      You can’t explain San Francisco. It has to be experienced.

      • Somebody says:

        Seriously it’s that bad? I’m coming to CA in a couple of weeks and my trip has been turned all around. I originally wasn’t going to SF, but now I am for 4 days. My sister insisted we go to SF, she said there is so much more there than in LA?????

        I know one thing for sure hotels are expensive as hell in SF.

        • myiq2xu says:

          There is a lot in LA but it’s spread over a much bigger area. But SF isn’t bad, just different. Tourist tip: Be prepared for cold weather, even in the middle of summer.

          • myiq2xu says:

            PS: The cheaper hotels in LA are a long way from the action. What you save in room rent you’ll lose in gas and time.

        • angienc (D) says:

          SF has some really cool things to see — the sea lions at the pier, the Ghiradelli (sp?) chocolat factory, Chinatown, Alcatraz, etc plus beautiful architecture that you probably will not have time in 4 days to notice all the flakes — but yes, it has more flakes per capita than any other city I’ve ever seen in my entire life (and I grew up in NOLA so that’s saying something).

        • lyn says:

          If you love small, rustic chocolate truffles, San Francisco has XOX Truffles, 754 Columbus Avenue, in the North Beach area.

        • Somebody says:

          Thanks for the tips guys…….I replied to you, but we have a storm and my power flickered and somehow when I rebooted my reply ended up down thread?????

          Myiq I’m not too worried about hotel in LA, we actually are staying closer to Santa Barbara for the graduation, the Reagan library is near there. We are going to see a few things in LA and Orange County, but we’ll go to those from my sister’s house during the first leg of the trip……..I don’t think I’ll burn up enough gas to offset free, LOL!

          • myiq2xu says:

            If you are staying near SB then OC is a LONG way from your hotel.

            When people say “LA” they are usually referring to a much larger area than just Los Angeles. LA freeways are not for beginners.

        • Somebody says:

          Lyn I LOVE chocolate, but my middle age spread doesn’t need any help!!!

        • SHV says:

          “I know one thing for sure hotels are expensive as hell in SF.”
          I was going to recommend the Radisson at Fisherman’s Wharf but it looks like they have renovated it and raised the room rates. It used to be pretty “basic” but the rates were good. When I travel, I consider Super 8 up scale; with the wife it’s a different story.

        • Somebody says:


          My niece is graduating from UC Santa Barbara, LOL!!!

          My sister lives in OC, we’ll spend a few days with her in OC before we head to SF and then we’ll meet up with her again in Santa Barbara for the graduation. Actually both my sisters will be in Santa Barbara for the graduation. We’re doing a whole family thing for 3 days in the area. My other sister and her husband live here in FL. They’re flying in, going to the graduation and then heading up the coast and flying out of SF.

        • myiq2xu says:

          When I travel I stay in inexpensive hotels/motels because to me a room is just a place to sleep, shower and change.

  25. Somebody says:

    Completely OT, my new neighbors across the street have formed a middle aged garage band with some of the other neighbors. That would be cool if they could complete an entire song and just one of them could sing on key…….OY

  26. Somebody says:

    Well my sister lives in Orange County so we’ve already seen a lot of the LA stuff. I’ve only been to SF once and that was just passing through from Napa Valley. We’re going to fly into LA spend several days with my sister then head to SF, spend a few days and come back along the coast spending the night so we can tour Hearst Castle. Then wind down to Santa Barbara for my niece’s graduation and also tour the Reagan library, then we’re going to San Diego for a couple of days and fly home. My daughter wants to see the SD zoo.

    My sister insists my daughter will enjoy the Exploratorium and Academy of Sciences much more than anything southern CA has to offer. My little one (she’s 13) loves science and natural history. I think we’re also going to do Alcatraz, the double decker bus tour, either Muir Woods or Big Basin and possibly a couple of other museums as well as golden gate park. Sis thinks we’ll really like northern CA and as I said we’ve been to southern CA a couple of times, or maybe my sister just wants to get rid of us?? My daughter has actually never been to CA, but she doesn’t care about any of the Hollywood/LA stuff except the LaBrea tar pits we must see the tar pits, LOL!

    • myiq2xu says:

      My personal experience on trips is when you do less you see more. Keeping to a schedule is stressful and takes a lot of the fun out of the trip. So what if you don’t see everything? You can always come back.

      • Somebody says:

        I agree with you one of our favorite trips was like that we had one thing scheduled. Other than that we did whatever struck our fancy, it was nice.

        If things are too hectic we’ll back off and just do the things the little one wants to do.

    • elliesmom says:

      I loved San Francisco when we visited. Being a couple of science nerds we went to the Exploratorium w/o kids. The Boston Museum of Science has a lot more “stuff”, but the Exploratorium was worth the visit. They loaned us a large kite and an automatic shutter device made out of Legos for our digital camera. We tied the camera to the kite and flew it over the bay. (We’re experienced “kiters”, and we were prepared to lose the camera, but we didn’t.) We got some gorgeous aerial shots of the Golden Gate, the Exploratorium, and people walking on the shore. We also got pictures of us controlling the kite. We did a lot of touristy stuff while we were there for the week, but that’s probably the thing we’ll always remember.

    • HELENK says:

      Muir Woods is like walking into God’s House. Also Angel Island is the Ellis Island of the west. You might want to go aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. the waterfront is something to see if you like Naval History. you go from sailing ships to steam to submarines to modern ships. Old town San DIego is neat. like an old Spanish western town

      The USS Hornet is based in Alameda just across the bridge from San Francisco. She picked up the first astronauts on their return from space

      • Somebody says:

        Elliesmom I’ll keep that in mind about Boston. I’ve always wanted to visit Boston……I’ll get the little one on board!!!

        Helenk I don’t know what all we’ll do in San Diego. We have a lot of Naval stuff where we live…..multiple navy bases, lots of ships and a nuclear submarine base just to our north.

        We’ll be there for 3 days so who knows. I’m pretty sure we’re going to go to Old town San Diego because that’s where the coquina ball is. You probably have no idea about that but it’s a marker put there by the Spanish…….the other one is in St. Augustine, FL (oldest city in the US) which is not far from us……so we’d like to see the west coast coquina ball.

    • angienc (D) says:

      When you go to Golden Gate Park be sure to walk the Golden Gate bridge — there is a pedestrian walkway & the views are *not* to be missed. (Yes it’s a long walk but worth it, IMO. Plus you don’t have to walk the whole way to Oakland & back — you can turn around & go back at any point on the pedestrian path — it’s not like the car lanes).

  27. myiq2xu says:

    I posted a fresh thread. This one is getting kinda full.

  28. Turns out “national security” is how the WH now defines “bronco-baby’s hurt feelings”. #TOTUSinterruptus. #abuseofpower #abuseofprocess— 49erDweet (D) (@49erdweet) May 19, 2013

  29. gxm17 says:

    My first paying job was as a framer. (The interesting thing as I’m heading into the retirement years is that I’d really love to start a second career in art restoration.) But my first job was as a Red Cross volunteer at a summer camp for the mentally disabled.

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