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13 Jobs/Careers that Crossed My Mind

Earlier this month, I listed 13 of my more memorable jobs.  Today, it's a list of jobs (and, in most instances, careers) that interested me once upon a time, pretty much in this order, from teenage me to about 10-years-ago me.

1. High School English Teacher
2. Newspaper Reporter
3. Bookstore Owner
4. Street Vendor/Artist
5. Paralegal
6. California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
7. Heavy Equipment Operator
8. Gardening Service Co-Owner with Daddy
9. Mother of Five
10. Comedy Writer
11. Airport Shuttle Bus Driver
12. Background Investigator
13. Forensic Scientist

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13 Memorable Jobs

1. Apricot cutter.  My first job. I was ten and I lasted three whole days before I got sick. When I got well, Mama and Daddy said I didn't have to go back. So, I didn't.

2. Babysitter. Once, I couldn't find a kid when we played hide-and-seek because he shimmied up a tree. That seven-year-old taught me to look up.

3. Newspaper columnist. I was paid 10 cents an inch to write a weekly high school column for the hometown newspaper. Even got a byline. A friend and I started the Baling Wire in our sophomore year,  and I went solo from the last half of my junior year to high school graduation.

4. Tutor. I took both paid and volunteer positions, mostly the latter.


5. Hand Pollinator. Every summer, Mama hired teenagers to hand pollinate cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins, corn, and other vegetables for her seed company. She finally hired me the year I graduated from high school. I actually liked the work.

6. Office Clerk.  I had several part-time jobs while going through col…