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Monday, September 12, 2011

Would You Like Sprinkles With That?

Mouse Mine Line #9

When I logged on to our bank account last week and noticed for the first time in many years that our overdraft protection had kicked in, I realized it was time to make some changes.  That second child put quite a dent in our measly savings account.  I am literally counting down the days until I buy my last tub of formula! 

So now on top of actually planning out our weekly meals so that we don’t go overboard at the grocery store, I've been looking for a part time job.  You know, since I have so much free time on my hands with two kids and a full time job as it is. 

I applied for a public relations position that would be a good fit and was called in for an interview last week.  I’ve been at my current job for nine years now so needless to say, I’m a little rusty at the interview process.  After being asked all the standard questions about my previous professional experience I was thrown a curve ball: “tell us about your very first job.”  Why in the world they would care about my part time high school job was beyond me but I played along, “TCBY Yogurt, not only my first job, but my favorite job ever.”  Well this answer seemed to perk their interest, “really, why?”  To which I replied, “think about it, every one that visits a yogurt shop is happy.  Even if they arrive in a bad mood, one look at that buffet of sprinkles, candies, hot fudge and wet walnuts, brings a huge smile to their face.”  I think I had impressed them, “Wow, I never thought of that!”  Well duh, why the hell would you of? 

The other reason I consider TCBY my favorite job ever is the fact that it was one of the few jobs I’ve had in which I had no real responsibility.  Make sure the topping scoops are even, keep the yogurt servings at the correct size, and make sure the toilet paper in the bathroom is stocked. 

My second favorite job of all time was as a ride attendant at what has to be one of the most redneck amusement parks in the nation, Tweetsie Railroad.  This little gem of a vacation spot was located in the town I went to college in and I spent a summer working there before my senior year.  Like TCBY, an amusement park is another place where you are generally greeting people in a good mood.  But that wasn’t the reason Tweetsie comes in at number two.  I loved working at Tweetsie Railroad because:
1.       A large portion of the staff was made up of the school’s football players stuck in town for the summer.
2.       A large portion of those football players happened to be extremely hot!

A day at work flies by when you spend the majority of it flirting.  And I’m not even going to go in to what happened after work!  

My initial job at Tweetsie Railroad was as the conductor on the kid’s train: Mouse Mine Line #9.  That’s right, I drove a train.  That is, I drove a train until the day I had a caboose full of five year olds screaming “faster, faster,” to which I obliged only to derail Mouse Mine Line #9.  I was then demoted to the toddler plane ride which let me tell you was no party at all.  But on a positive note it was closer to the chair lift which the football players were in charge of.

I miss those laid back jobs of minimum wage pay, but obviously they wouldn’t be realistic today.  Although, since I am looking for part time work and I do have experience in flirting, I mean customer service, maybe I should grab an application from the local ice cream parlor on the way home from my real job tomorrow.      


  1. Lol. I totally miss the days of those laid back jobs when I had not a care (or responsibility) in the world...when all of my paycheck just went to myself. *sigh* I would now like to take the time to imagine all the shoes I would buy if that were true now :D

  2. LOL--reminiscing about first jobs is so much fun! Isn't it funny, I remember at that time thinking it was such a big deal and so much responsibility. Now I know it was a piece of cake! Stopping by from voiceBoks members to remember.

  3. Your post really took me back in time to my first job at 15. Keep us posted on the job situation and if you hear back from the company you interviewed with! Congrats on being a member to remember on voiceBoks!!

  4. That was a great answer!! I love it!! What a fun post! I remember back to the days when work was low stress and flirting was the main activity too! But, alas, we grow up!! Good luck and I'm with Erin, keep us posted on what happens with the job you interviewed for!! Thanks for a very fun post!!

  5. LOL! Maybe you should try TCBY. Are they still around? Good luck with the financial crunch and the 2nd job. My first job was babysitting in Idaho during the 2 week spud harvest when everyone got out of school so they could go work in the potato fields driving tractor. The girls would babysit. Then my first official REAL job was as a salad bar attendant at Sizzler. I still can't eat a meal there without getting a little grossed out. Hahaha!


  6. My first job was one of my favorites too. I worked at a soft serve ice cream shop. The owner was a drunk, there was no AC (it was hot in the summer!), but I made some good friends there and it was always fun working there. Especially when the owner went home and left the shop in the hands of his teenage supervisors...which I was one of. :P

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  7. Love these memories of early jobs. I worked at a catfish restaurant in a dry county as a drink and hushpuppy girl. I earned all the tips but kept none of them. Tips went straight to the wait staff.

  8. really hate those interview questions...but you seriously nailed it!! awesome answer. my first summer job was at a drugstore...HATED it! then after high school i worked at a swimsuit shop...LOVED it!

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  9. Sprinkles are what give desserts sparkle! Choosing the yogurt is the easy part, but choosing what sprinkles and additions to add is HARD!

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    Thanks, Becky Jane

  10. My favorite job ever was working at a gas station. I didn't have to pump gas, but I would stock the shelves and manage the small deli they had. It was responsibility, really. I often think about how much I loved that job lol.

    Good luck finding something part time that suits you!!

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  11. Great response. My first job was at a Surf Shop...need I say more?

  12. You definitely gave a great answer to that interview question. Loved my first job working in a nursing home, in the kitchen. Back then, the cook could create her own menu and she was a great cook. We had so many great talks.

    Best of luck with the PT job - let us know how it goes.

    Visiting from VB - have an awesome day!

  13. My fisrt job(In HS) was in the Kitchen at a Nursing Home...I worked there all the way through college...while working my way up to Kitchen Manager...but my dream was to teach--So I took a cut in pay and went to teach... it is a good question to ask to see about if someone just took any job or if there was some purpose, how long they stayed etc....boy your post sure brought me back-working there I met some wonderful residents, and herd some great storys.
    Stopping in with vB
    Pamela @ ReviewsSheROTE

  14. I totally remember my first job and how wonderful it was! I was a life guard and it was so laid back. If I didn't want to work, I just got my shift has definitely changed. lol. great topic for a post! I love it. coming to you from VB.


  15. Wish I had your first job! I was in the kitchen at the hospital schlepping pureed peas. Good luck with your interview!

  16. We've had some rough times ourselves over the last couple of years. Hubs got laid off from the auto industry so we made the decision for him to go back to school. I don't work so was the worst two years ever financially. We muddled through but my goodness times were tough. He is now done and working again, so yeah. I hope things improve. Life can sure be tough sometimes. I know that does not help you in any way but sometimes just knowing others out there are going through it too helps. My first job was at an amusement park calle Bob-Lo Island. Coolest job ever. We took a boat over every day and tested rides before work started. Then we got to go play skeeball on breaks. Had a blast! Lol!

  17. I really liked working in a family run bridal shop as my first job. It was a lot of work getting every Bride and all of her bridesmaids ready every weekend, but I learned a lot, and felt like I was with family all day. I had some bad ones though, like Wendy's fast food and telemarketing...awful!

    By the way, thank you for coming by, and for all of your lovely comments:) Loved the daycare one!;)

  18. I feel your pain as I'm living in my own frugal little world. My first job was in a warehouse doing manual labor at 4am! Tweetsie would have been so much better!! I love it in the beautiful NC foothills and mountains.

    Visiting you from voiceBoks and wishing you the best of luck.

  19. I also miss having a job where the responsibility is almost nil. Like you said, though, with little responsibility comes little pay. If only we had all the money in the world. Then we could work just for fun. We could find jobs that give us something to do and make us happy, like a hobby.

  20. My husband wonders why I'm chuckling over here. Your post was great. I wonder why you didn't tell them straight off that one of the reasons you liked TCBY was that you had no real responsibility. And then the tweetsie railroad incident. I was dying!
    I'm glad that I stumbled onto your blog from Thoughtful Thursday! I'd love a comment here.