School's Out: Summer Jobs Nov 12, 2020 13:48:08 GMT
Post by Kapitan on Nov 12, 2020 13:48:08 GMT
While I was pouring my coffee this morning, I had a flashback to a summer job I had between my freshman and sophomore years of college. In addition to giving guitar lessons a couple days a week (the good part!), I worked the grounds crew of a small college where my family had deep, longstanding ties. (A brother who was in seminary there was also on the summer grounds crew.)
The "break room" was basically a garage/tool shed. Most of the crew were older, full-time guys on the maintenance staff, guys in their 50s and 60s; a few of us were students (all of that school except me). There was quite a disconnect between them and us.
On breaks, almost everyone drank coffee. (I drank Snapple. I was mocked mercilessly and did convert to coffee, begrudgingly, to avoid it.) But that coffee! It was an old pot in that garage, and I am pretty sure it was literally never washed. People added new grounds atop the old daily and just added water. When the filter was full, they'd empty and start over with new grounds. But never washing anything.
One day, some of the older guys put sawdust in another guy's coffee as a joke. (These were all guys from the older set of full-timers.) The guy took a huge gulp and everyone laughed. They let him in on what happened, and in a show of defiance, he scooped a handful of sawdust off the table and put it into his own cup, taking another big gulp--just to "show 'em."
This was my summer job that year. I have to admit, I was almost entirely useless with the actual work, and since we had little supervision, we stretched out jobs that ought to take an hour across a day or two.
All this occurred to me as I was pouring my coffee this morning. Sans sawdust.
What about you? Any funny old summer job or high-school age jobs, or stories therefrom?