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Staffbox | your most unusual or memorable summer job


What was your most unusual or memorable summer job?

Jeremiah Smith: Does panhandling for ramen count as a job?

Jennifer Higgins: Any of my wall-mural gigs. I painted a children’s wall mural for a public library in Illinois a couple years ago. I also painted a beach mural in a little girl’s bedroom in Salt Lake City.

Valeri Tronier: It wasn’t a summer job solamente, but the job I enjoyed most in the summer was ramping at the airport. One hundred and three-degree weather feels like 123 degrees on the tarmac, with the jet engines and the blacktop. But nothing beats the view of the summer sunset from the E Gate’s south side.

Chelsea Booker: Mine was a nannying job I took when I was 19 years old in New York. The 7-year-old boy I was hired to take care of was actually not so bad, but his creepy stay-at-home father turned out to be quite a treat. Not one of my best ideas.

Suzie Broshous: I worked at a Carvel Ice Cream shop in Mount Kisco, N.Y. The manager had the worst hair plugs I have ever seen! I had a really hard time looking him in the eye when I talked to him.

Holly Mullen: I was the first female groundskeeper ever at the Utah Capitol. Summer of ’76. Check The Salt Lake Tribune archives: Cheesy story, photo and everything.

Jeff Reese: In the summer after sixth grade, I worked selling candy door to door. We sold small boxes of candy for $4, and we earned $1 for each. It was awesome making $10 in a night at that age but looking back on it, it definitely fits in the category of child exploitation.

Jamie Gadette: Most memorable managers: Chris and Adam at the 9th & 9th Einstein Bros. Bagels (RIP), circa 1997. Espresso shots to cure hangovers, bagel-eating contests, jar of ancient pickles, creepy old dudes, punk rock.

Ben Rosch: I spent a summer cooking at a youth camp in Northern California. Cooking for 300 kids three times a day left me with few arm and eyebrow hairs but many memories.

Doug Kruithof: Selling encyclopedias door to door in Washington when I was in college—hard to believe I actually earned a living doing that since such reference information now is easily accessed for free.

Scott Renshaw: Four summers working as a classroom aide in the Kern County, Calif., Juvenile Hall’s school program 20 years ago. There’s something special about coming to work through an electronic gate watched by an armed guard—kind of like being a teacher at a regular high school is today, I imagine.

Larry Carter: Selling donuts—I would break a bag open and share it with the homeless.

Cody Wingett: Wearing the Arthur the Aardvark costume at Nordstrom.