Yesterday, after reading a Facebook post by Ryan LaFountain, I stole his idea and asked his question on my own page: What job have you had that others might not know about?
This morning, I awoke to nearly 100 responses, many of them funny/interesting/unique/puzzling/fascinating. My most interesting job came during an interim period after I’d been fired by a newspaper, traveled across the country and deep into Mexico and returned to my childhood roots in Asheville. There a friend gave me a job building rock walls. It was sweaty, dirty, exhausting and paid about $2 an hour, but it was work that lasted a full summer until Publisher Don Smith found me and offered me a job running hi
s weekly newspaper. I was glad to get out of the rock wall business, but happy I’d been there.
I also mowed my high school football field–when my brother couldn’t; it was mostly his job–on Saturdays after playing there on Friday nights. Finally, I was a model for the Roanoker Magazine’s most reviled cover in history, playing a flasher. I didn’t get paid or credited. But it was great fun. As a journalist, I’ve done some odd jobs: clown in a circus, urban cowboy (riding a mechanical bull), riding upside down over the Catawba Valley in an open-
cockpit bi-plane, riding a hot air balloon, being a tailor (among others).
Here’s what some others did, and let me tell you, some of it’s great:
Lisa Banks Playboy Bunny (cocktail waitress) at the Buffalo Airport Bunny Club. (19 years old).