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Did you do odd jobs as a kid?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 16, 2012

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 11 months ago

I delivered The Hutchinson News, which was the best paper I had seen at the time. Eventually it led to my learning the Linotype at school and writing for the Hutchinson, Kansas, high school paper. The Hutchinson News is still a good paper today.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

"I beat up people for money." BABBOY

I'd be disappointed if you hadn't . . .

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LadyJ 1 year, 11 months ago

Didn't have to do odd jobs, started working full time during the summer at the Student Union at 13. Some weeks it was more like 60 hours a week. They told me tell everyone I was 14.

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BABBOY 1 year, 11 months ago

I beat up people for money.

(Just kidding -- I mowed lawns)

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g_rock 1 year, 11 months ago

I didn't do jobs so much as I had a lot of punishment chores as a yute. The worst was cleaning the petrified poop and weeds out of the dog pen.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

"I was a bouncer at Taste."

Gunshot wounds not festering, I hope.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

I was Ed Asner's lotion boy at the swimming pool

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he_who_knows_all 1 year, 11 months ago

The neighbor lady always said she had some type of job for me if I came inside.

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Negotiator 1 year, 11 months ago

Used to get paid for blasting Clingons off Uranus and other places no man has gone before.

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booyalab 1 year, 11 months ago

When I was 7, I sat on the corner of my block and tried to sell seashells that I had brought back to Minnesota from a Florida vacation. Then a policewoman came by and yelled at me to stop. It's all right though, she was just doing her job....

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CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

I loved Odd Job in the James Bond movies

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prospector 1 year, 11 months ago

An Apiarist.

Just because no one else does it makes it odd? That's odd.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

That explains a lot Roe...your inclination to touch off golf balls ...at a hundred yards.....off of a sand bar.

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Andini 1 year, 11 months ago

Caught grasshoppers for bait at 2 cents a piece and hosed down hogs during the summer twice a day.

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grammaddy 1 year, 11 months ago

Didn't we all? Each one more odd than the next.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

Got paid $.03/ea. for retrieving golf balls from a water hazard one summer. Made a cool $23.58 the first week. Not much after that. Still hate golf

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 11 months ago

This one night, I must have been 12, I got really stinking polluted.
I awoke on hottest day of the year, and of course was as sick as a dog, my father dropped me off at a landscape company where he had somehow arranged for me to unload half whiskey barrels from a 40' box trailer. The trailer was painted black.
Have never drank whiskey/bourbon since.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

The first actual money I ever recieved in compensation from someone not my parent was when I was 14 and I got $1 a hole to dig post holes for fencing. In solid rock. Indyan screamed everytime I slammed the steel bar into the hole...over and over again.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

you call we haul you pay that's all

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jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

No, but I did make my bowler hat into a weapon.

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

Odd jobs, even jobs, not infrequently the imaginary job.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

No kidding. I grew up in a Kansas farm family. My Grandfather paid me $1 per hour.

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Pitt_Mackeson 1 year, 11 months ago

I did a lot of things I'm not proud of.

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milkman_dan 1 year, 11 months ago

Did I! Thank God I did; Fr. Peter says I going to heaven when I die.

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