First Jobs

The modern gunslinger.

I wish that I could say that white water rafting was my first job, but it wasn’t.  My first job was at an A&W Root Beer joint in SLC, Utah.  I think I was 14 or 15 years old.  I washed mugs, made root beer (that must be antiquated by now, because I would guess that root beer is premade these days), and worked the counter.

I won’t go so far as to say that it was a lousy job, but it wasn’t very fulfilling.  There was one big exception, that I keep with me to this day:  I learned how to wring water out of a wet rag.  The first time my boss watched me wash mugs, he saw me grab the wash cloth like a ball in my fist, and I squeezed as hard as possible.  He looked at me like I was from another planet and told me that my wringing technique was completely wrong.  He dipped the rag back into the water, held it in both hands by the edges, and then started to wind it up into cord.  As the windings got tighter, more and more water oozed out, and when he was done and unwound the rag, it was almost completely dry.  Amazing!

There were 2 important things that I learned at A&W.  First, there are important lessons that can be learned in unlikely places.  Second, there are more interesting things to do than work at A&W…

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