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TOTALLY RANDOM POST of the DAY # 3

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TOTALLY RANDOM POST of the DAY # 3

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In continuing with my many jobs of the past, here’s a list of some of the next ones I did. All these were still part-time, as I was was in school for part of the day.

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  1. Crest-Line Distributors – I worked in the office here. It was a manufacturing place for chicken and hog watering systems. I believe they also did egg candling, too. Or made the egg candlers here. For work in the office, I mostly wrote up newsletters, and regular letters to customers. I took dictation in shorthand for this, and also used a transcribing machine. Actually, I think it was a tape recorder sort of thing, where the boss would read into it, what he wanted the letters to say, then I’d play it back on my own time, and type them up. I also sent out the newsletter mailers, after stamping the addresses on there with the address-o-graph machine, and running them through the postage meter, and folding them all up, putting in envelopes, and sorting according to zip codes, and bundling them all up. I also took all the received mail, and opened it all. I also had plenty of time to mess around, so I did lots of zentangle type drawings (before it became a thing)
  2. At the same place, in the same building, down the hall, I worked two other jobs. For these, I just processed orders. It was for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and for Hawaiian Punch juices
  3. General Services Administration GSA – I was a student aide for this government job, during the summer months. Here I kept up the many notebooks of rules and regulations that would be issued every day. I also did some typing, and for something different, I got to train on the PBX telephone system in the building. That was fun, but complicated, with all those cords and plugs. … Interesting fact, my boss here knew my uncle, somehow, so he always asked how he was. Another fun fact, was when we weren’t very busy, the other office lady and I would read movie magazines. 🙂
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Old PBX phone system (similar to what I used, but not quite) Photo from Pixabay

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© 2016 BS

TOTALLY RANDOM POST of the DAY # 2

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TOTALLY RANDOM POST of the DAY # 2

Today is the 2nd day of random posts. This one is about one of the many jobs I’ve had in the past. I wrote a little about my very first paying job  http://wp.me/p3RE1e-1HX

Today is a piece I wrote for the A to Z Challenge a while back, about the 2nd job I had.

Hope you enjoy reading about it, and the music video at the end. It’s about working, too. 🙂

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photo found on Pixabay

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CORRUGATED CONTAINERS, CARTONS, BOXES

Those handy, dandy boxes. We all have them. Everything under the sun seems to come in them, large and small items, and from food to machinery. Even products packaged in boxes, come in larger boxes by the case.

We use and re-use them for all kinds of purposes. They are great for storage, their sides are flat and are easy to stack, they have flaps, so you can close them. They have writing on the sides, top, and bottom, either giving instructions, or identifying what’s inside. You can recycle cardboard, too. They are environmentally friendly.

Do you hate to throw away a ‘good’ box? do you save some for later use…maybe to send a package to someone, or for gift giving? It seems like cardboard containers are everywhere, yet at times, when you really need one, they are hard to find, especially in the size you want.

I never thought much about boxes, before I started a job at a corrugated container manufacturing plant. This was the second job I ever had. I was still in business college. I’d go to work part of the day, then go to classes at night. I did secretarial tasks in the front office, but occasionally I’d need to go back into the manufacturing area for some reason. It was noisy, with all the machines, cutting, pre-folding, and printing the words on the flattened sheets of cardboard.

One time, the workers had forgotten to add a number to the printing process, and discovered it at the end of the job. Instead of re-doing the order, they called on me to remedy the situation. That day, my job was to take a black magic marker and write the missing number on these boxes…hundreds of them.

It was actually pretty fun to be hanging out with the work crew. They were always in a good mood, laughing, joking, and playing the radio loud, over the noise of the machines.

Now, ever since then, I think of how cardboard, and corrugated containers and boxes are made. I habitually check to see if maybe someone else has had to write a number on a box, like I did.

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© 2016 BS

19 Somethin’ September Challenge – Day 5

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19 Somethin’ September Challenge – Day 5 19-somethin_sidebar_button

https://mcclendonvilla.wordpress.com/september-19-somethin-challenge/

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Q – Today is labor day in the United States. How old were you when you got your first job? What was that job? did you enjoy it?

I was probably 17/18 when I got my first job where I got a paycheck. I was still in high school, and taking office education. We were able to go to school half a day, and get a job and work half a day, which counted in our studies.

This job was at a place called Retco Manufacturing. I’m not sure what the minimum wage was back in 1967/68, but might have been $1.25 an hour? They made irrigation equipment back in the building. I worked in the office, though. I did typing mostly. There was an office lady that showed me what to do. Actually there wasn’t a lot, so we both ate snacks, and read magazines quite a bit. 🙂 It was a fun job.

I do remember what I bought with my very first paycheck! I went to Sears and bought a pretty, real leather handbag/purse. I’d seen it and wanted it for awhile. Can’t remember how much it cost, though. I bought a white, long-sleeved blouse, with front ruffles, too. The blouse is long gone, but I actually still have that purse! It’s a little worse for wear these days, and I keep some sewing supplies in it now. Here’s a picture I took of it just this afternoon. (surprised I could find it so easily, but it was right there where I knew it would be.)

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© 2016 BS