I can’t wait for my 11-year-old to get old enough to go out and get a job, and start bringing in some money to help keep me in living in the style to which I’d like to become accustomed! Oh, wait, a part-time, minimum-wage job won’t do that for me? Especially in an expensive place like the Bay Area. Sigh. Another of my dreams dashed!
Anyway, many of us probably had our after-school or summer jobs as teen-agers, where we earned money to help buy clothes, pay for movie tickets, even to put away and save for college.
To help local teens from being bored or going broke this summer, the City of Walnut Creek is holding a Teen Job Fair Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. There, the city will fill teens in about volunteer and summer jobs offered by the city. It is for teens 13 and up. This is a drop-in event–reservations are not required. The job fair will take place at the Civic Park Community Center.
OK, what was your after-school or summer job?
My first one was a disaster. I was hired to work as a cashier at the former Woolworth’s in the Broadway Plaza. I always loved that Woolworth’s, going in there to buy pet supplies, little trinkets. I thought it was cool to be able to work there. But, I was a horrible, terrible cashier. I was always mistyping the figures and causing over-rings, which would prompt the big, barrel-chested manager, who was carrying on a flirtation with a cute blond and more talented-cashier co-worker, to come barreling out to deal with my error. I lasted in the job about three weekends.
My next job was far more successful and fun. And, “Damn Library” fans, do you know what job that was? Shelving books at the old, now-torn-down library in Civic Park. Hmm. Would you call that the original “Damn Library”?
That was a great job. For one thing, it paid better than minimum-wage. I got to work with fun people–yes, those librarians are fun people. And, I got to be around books. Let’s just say, I’d head out into the stacks with my cart of books, and sometime spend a little more time shelving than I needed.