It’s been hot here this summer and the other night I was sitting outside thinking of past summers. My mind started thinking about all of the summer jobs I held while in high school and college and which ones were the worst. Here is the list, with the final one being the worst.
Worst Summer Job #3: Church Weed Trimmer
This one made the list for a few reasons. First, it was low paying at $5 per hour. Add in the hot sun and trimming the weeds around the tombstones and the lack of enjoyment is overwhelming. The one bright part about this job was that I didn’t have set hours. So, I could go work first thing in the morning before it got hot out or later in the evening when it began to cool down.
Worst Summer Job #2: Steel Container Plant
The summer before college I worked at “the plant”. The Plant was a factory that made 5 gallon steel pails. I would start at 6am. The nice thing was that I was done at 2:30pm. But I would be so exhausted, I usually came home and slept until dinner!
Because there was steel all around, you had to wear pants and work boots. My station was responsible for putting handles on the lids. One woman would place the handle in the machine and the other woman would place the lid in, step on the pedal and the handle would be riveted to the lid. Then I would take the lid and place it in a container. That is what I would do for my eight hours. Luckily that station was right next to the ovens where they baked the lids. On an average summer day, the plant would be around 120-130 degrees.
Of course not every day was spent with placing lids in the container. I would do other odd jobs as well, all of which were just as exciting.
Worst Summer Job #1: Nursery
Not the type of nursery that dealt with children, no this was a garden nursery. I found this job through a temp agency and thank heavens it was a temporary job. I earned $7 per hour. When I first arrived I had no idea what I would be doing. When I met my boss, he informed me of my job over the next few weeks: There were two mountains of mulch/potting soil. When I say mountains, they were. These things rivaled Mount Everest. My job was to take green plastic flower pots, fill them with mulch/soil and place them in an irrigation field. The field had rows of hoses that dripped water. I was to place each pot under one of these drippers.
There were two of these fields. They were essentially the size of football fields. I would fill the pots, carry them for a five minute walk to the far end place them down, come back and repeat. Oh and I forgot to mention there were bees and yellow jackets that would hang around the mulch/soil.
Being the positive person I am, I knew the quicker I got the job done, the sooner I didn’t have to do it any longer. So I busted my butt. I filled and carried four pots at a time. I think it took me two or three weeks to get it all done. I was so excited when I was done.
Readers, what’s the worst summer job you ever had?
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