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    An age check

    Tell me the wage you earned at your first job.

    If you fell under the wage laws let's have the $/hr. If you were a paper boy or some such...do the math and come up with a number.

    Some of you members may have to translate bronto bones and a flint into an hourly. Make it so.

    Mine was $40 bucks a week for ~20 hours work tossin the daily. $2 an hour.

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    Re: An age check

    I worked for the guy next door who was a cabinet/ furniture maker. Maybe $10 - $30 a week in 1970 or so. I sanded, some staining, cleaning up the shop, deliveries. 10 to 15 hours a week. It wasn't regular hours. I got bonus when we delivered something special like a bedroom suite or really nice ash or maple kitchen cabinets, etc. His work rivaled that of the North Carolina factories.

    Oh. Well actually my first job was a corner paper boy. If you remember in large cities there might be boys on corners at major intersection selling the evening newpaper. That was the first "job" which I did for several months. RC cola and sweet and sour plum money a couple of hours a day. That was the first job other than chore money from my mother or a neighbor. That was in the early to mid 60's.
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    Re: An age check

    My first wage? $1.15 an hour delivering groceries to rich old hags around town. It was a good way to learn to drive a standard shift.
    Especially cause I was 14 or 15 at the time.

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    Re: An age check

    Quote Originally Posted by jimzinsocal View Post
    My first wage? $1.15 an hour delivering groceries to rich old hags around town. It was a good way to learn to drive a standard shift.
    Especially cause I was 14 or 15 at the time.
    Did you get any bonuses for killing any dinosaurs on your way to making deliveries?



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    Re: An age check

    Quote Originally Posted by nub View Post
    Did you get any bonuses for killing any dinosaurs on your way to making deliveries?
    Beat me to it...

    2003, I made $6.55 an hour at a grocery store, put in about 20-25 hours during school and 30-40 during summer. That job was truly a love/hate relationship.

    Eventually got promoted to assistant front-end manager, but then we closed up shop (along with the rest of the chain)
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    Re: An age check

    Quote Originally Posted by nub View Post
    Did you get any bonuses for killing any dinosaurs on your way to making deliveries?
    Sure. Lots of the beasts!!

    I saved the delivery vehicle as a reminder


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    Re: An age check

    Quote Originally Posted by jimzinsocal View Post
    Sure. Lots of the beasts!!

    I saved the delivery vehicle as a reminder

    What's the car in the background? Looks like the Batmobile or something.

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    Re: An age check

    I was Lent out to the relatives for manual labor in exchange for other things. Realize these people were late 1800 early 1900's birth dates so this was normal. I also worked as a farm hand in exchange for feeding me. A break even deal at that time of my life. I learned more from those people than anyone else in my life. Can't put a dollar value on that. I still owe them, wish I could go back and do more.
    "The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church"[Ferdinand Magellan]
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    Re: An age check

    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    I was Lent out to the relatives for manual labor in exchange for other things. Realize these people were late 1800 early 1900's birth dates so this was normal. I also worked as a farm hand in exchange for feeding me. A break even deal at that time of my life. I learned more from those people than anyone else in my life. Can't put a dollar value on that. I still owe them, wish I could go back and do more.
    Wow. What an amazing history you have in your head about all of that.
    Sometime... when you have the time... do a really explanatory thread at TLR.
    Thats a learning experience alot of guys cannot understand.

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    Re: An age check

    I read a book this summer that meant a lot to me. I don't necessarily agree with the author on his political views but this was a great book. Wisdom of our fathers by Russert. Many of those stories really took me back to people I miss.
    Last edited by darkknight; 03-02-2007 at 11:34 PM.
    "The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church"[Ferdinand Magellan]
    "If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." [Albert Einstein]
    "With or without (religion) you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."[Physicist and Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg]

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    Re: An age check

    Washing dishes. $5.25 an hour. I worked hard and it was just a couple months until I was making $7.50 at age 16.

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    Re: An age check

    My first job was a skateboarding instructor. I was 15 at the time and I made anywhere from $10-$30/hr depending on how many students I had. When I was 17 I picked up a motocross as sort of second hobby, after a few months of it I took a really bad fall and completely screwed up my left knee and ankle and have since had to give both up.
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    Re: An age check

    ^^^^AFLACK!
    Just kidding that sucks!
    "The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church"[Ferdinand Magellan]
    "If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." [Albert Einstein]
    "With or without (religion) you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."[Physicist and Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg]

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    Re: An age check

    The first job I ever got paid for was shoveling snow for $1.25/hr. I used to pray for snow.
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    Re: An age check

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1946 View Post
    The first job I ever got paid for was shoveling snow for $1.25/hr. I used to pray for snow.
    snow removal was how I managed to get away from the $1.15 an hour delivering groceries.[that I hated]
    Friend and I went 50/50 on a great snowblower/other and ended up with a local route that was worth 600-700 or something with every snowfall.
    And in Connecticut thats just about all winter.

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