Here goes....Jumped in the Jeep and headed up to Nappanee, Indiana, (about 120 miles NW of Celina) this morning to pick up one of two RVs that I will be delivering to a post Labor Day show at the Hershey Chocolate World grounds in Hershey, PA...and I thought New Orleans was Chocolate City...guess I was misinformed. So I will officiate a JV football game at St Henry tomorrow, watch a little college football(Ohio State's new starting QB is from St Henry, where the wife teaches), then head out and make my way towards Pennsylvania. Will deliver RV#1 Sunday AM, come home...stay the night, then head back to Nappanee Monday pick up RV#2 then run that back to Hershey...getting home, if all goes well(they or the Jeep have broken down before), Tuesday evening sometime.....will work in Greenville Thursday and Friday of next week, rather than the usual Monday-Tuesday set-up.
0-49 years ago
_____________Did you ever look back and(being old enough) remember exactly how many jobs you have held in your life? My dad passed away about 35 years ago(this coming Christmas Eve 1972).....Mom will on occasion recall just how many jobs the Old Man had during his career....a mechanic by trade, Stan Houseworth was never without a job....but he did switch quite often....I think mom counted about 31 different jobs in their 27 years of marriage....I used to smile about that wanderlust way....however, thinking back...I've had my share in the past 49 years of my 58 years on this planet....here is a quick list:
Toss in first the 20 years I spent as a Environmental Health Sanitarian...my major career, spending 8 years in Mercer County(Ohio), and the final 12 as Director in my birth county of Van Wert....20 years as a bureaucrat was more than enough...I enjoyed the job, but let's face it, enforcing rules and laws in which you didn't believe in 75 or 80% of, 20 years was plenty.
The rest....from the start, the ones I remember:
paper carrier-9 years old-Venice, Florida
carry out groceries-16-18-Marsh Supermarkets-Celina, Ohio
Bike Factory(Huffy)18-19-Celina, Oho
(a) several different jobs there
US Air Force Security Police-19 to 23 years old
Dover, DE, Nha Trang RVN, Tan Son Nhut RVN, Griffiss(Rome) NY
Back to the Bike Factory 1 more year
Metal Sheet Factory 2 weeks
School Janitor 1 year age 24
Bar Tender/Bouncer 2 years The Red Door, age 25-26 Celina, Ohio
College-Athens and Nelsonville, Ohio
Pizza Delivery Guy-Van Wert, Ohio
Broadcast School -Wausau, WI
Ski Lift Operator-Wausau..finally reached 30
Broadcasting Jobs fulltime age 30-34
Stations WRIG Wausau DJ/WJMT Merrill, WI DJ/WIOU Kokomo, IN Morning News Anchor/KGNO/KDCK Dodge City, KS News Director/WCSM Celina, Ohio Program and Sports Director, Morning DJ. Part-time gigs TV News Anchor Cable 7 News Ohio/Sports Play-by-Play WKSD Van Wert and Paulding, Ohio...........WHEW!
Since "retirement" in 2002
RV Delivery, ave delivered in 46 states(Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Vermont are the exceptions)
High School and American Legion baseball umpire(since 2000)
High School and Rec football official(2006)
and Inventory and spread sheet work as a private contractor.
And I'm sure I left out a few part-time gigs while in college and the Air Force...couple more bar tending gigs, sold typewriters(whatever the Hell they are?).....amazing....no matter your education level, and believe me I used my GI Bill up and more....I bet when you think back, you've had more jobs that you really ever thought about.
OK...back and forth between Indiana, Ohio, and Chocolate City for the next 4 days...
[photo: this is RV#1 a mid price 40 footer from Gulf Stream..sitting in my drive-way until I head out late tomorrow afternoon].