At a confernce recently a group of us got to talking about our first jobs and it turned into a lively topic. My agent, Jenny Bent's first job was at a chicken packing plant. (Poor thing). Kathy Caskie's first job was modeling (but of course, she's tall and Grace Kelly beautiful.) My editor, Lucia Macro's first job was at a summer camp.
My first gig was Six Flags.
I have to admit that it was really fun. Lots of flirting going on behind the scenes at an amusement park and when you're sixteen, being around so many other kids you'll never see again after the summer is over has a liberating effect. Of course that led some kids into trouble. But I was a shy girl, so I didn't have as much fun as most everyone else did. I was the only one in my group who came to work without hickeys.
I worked in an area called La Cantina--food service, mexican food. I went home smelling of grease. My uniform consisted of a really short skirt and peasant blouse. There was an amauesment ride right next to our food booth that was similar to Disney's Small World. The ride played an abrievated song that went: La, La, La Fiesta. All. Day. Long. That was the extent of the tune. We used to fantasize about getting axes and chopping down the singing figures.
I was a closer, so I stayed until eleven o'clock at night. I had to wash dishes which included washing out glass ashtrays. Touching them freaked me out, so I started dropping them on purpose so I wouldn't have to wash them. "Oops!" I'd exclaim as another one crashed to the cement.
On certain nights, after the parks closed, we were allowed to ride the rides. It was spectacular fun. But alas, I was accepted into the license vocational nursing program during that summer and so ended my Six Flags career.
What was your first job?