Thursday, January 19, 2006

My 4 jobs

I've had, in my lifetime, 14 jobs from the age of 15 until now (30).
I'll write about the most interesting.
My 4 jobs:
1. I worked at a daycare/"montesourri" for 6 weeks following graduation from high school. It didn't take me long to figure out that they were NOT a montesourri (there was no educating) but just a daycare, they had unsafe furniture (cribs with nails sticking out) and they broke ratio requirements twice on me before I up and quit. The second occurrence they left me with 23 children (of all ages infants to pre-schoolers) by myself when the other staff called in and they didn't bother to replace them. I was having a nervous breakdown by the time the manager finally dragged her ass to work. The owner tried to withhold my last paycheck (for quitting without 2 weeks notice). I had my friend call and pretend to be my lawyer and all of a sudden my check cleared. They were shut down by the health department a few months later.

2. My first real training in waitressing was at Jim's coffeehouse and diner. Southern food, cheap coffee, open all night. I worked the graveyard shift. I got the job because me and my friends were in our "slacker" phases and spent every night there. We were the regulars. We would come in about 10pm, buy a $1.00 cup of coffee and stay there all night smoking and having in depth discussions over nothing really important. After awhile, when I needed a better paying job, I asked the manager there for one and I was hired. I ran into an old High school friend there, who became a regular, and then asked me out. He later became my husband, and then my late husband. Jims is the reason my blog is titled Coffee & conversation in a smoky room.
Did anyone see Reality Bites? The characters' lifestyle in that movie was VERY much like mine then. *sigh* I kinda miss it.

3. I worked at Casino Magic in Shreveport,LA. I knew the restaurant manager there who hired me, since I had waitress/server experience. It was a good job, good pay, also the grave yard shift. The pay was minimum wage which is twice what most servers get. That was good because about 50% of our tables were patrons eating with Complimentary tickets and had spent all their money in the casino. They ranged from little old ladies with nothing better to do with their free time, the middle class crying into their free dinners saying they couldn't go home to their spouses and tell them they just spent all their life savings, to the High rollers who always tipped very well and wanted very little. I got employee of the month at this job, promoted to Bartender/room service coordinator. I got to take room service orders from Debbi Reynolds, Little Richard, and The Pointer sisters. It was fun. I quit that one when I moved back to Austin. They are now named Boomtown USA.

4. The hospital I work at now. I'm loyal to the unit I work on. I have the same boss who hired me as the unit clerk back in 2000. She and my other co-workers stuck by me through my pregnancy and my husband's illness. They threw me baby showers and donated PTO (Paid time off) when I needed to take off for his treatments. I had to quit when he became terminal and I had a newborn also. I came back when I had a break in Nursing school in 2004, same boss, same co-workers. It was like I never left. It's a good company to work for and with a lot of our patients being the homeless/psych hospital transfer variety, It is never dull. I can't wait to graduate in May and promote to RN.


Blogger goldennib said...

You are very lucky you've found a place and career you love. They sound like a group group of people.

4:30 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

that's a GREAT group of people

3:47 PM  
Blogger Jadzia said...

I've always liked hospital environments. I've had surgery a couple of times and I just loved being there. Yea, I'm weird. I'd love to work in a hospital! Maybe I should look into that haha. After all, I majored in Audiology, maybe I should put that diploma to work =)

5:02 PM  

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