Saturday, October 17, 2009

Punching my card

Sometimes I just want to go back to working at the Gap. Right now is one of those times. I’m burnt out and crabby at work. Last week one of my co-workers even said to me “I miss hearing you laugh.” Now that’s just sad. But I know; this too shall pass. Things are just unusually crazy right now. I’m still happy to be putting my college degree to good use and doing something I generally love. And I mustn’t forget the most obvious blessing of my job these days—I HAVE one!

But the Gap wasn’t so bad either. In fact, I thought it was heaven compared to my first job as a Target cashier. I’m not sure why I disliked that job so much. Maybe because that’s where I realized I’d have to do this working thing for the rest of my life. It was a reality check. (What?! I’m going to have to talk to people I don’t like?! Get only a 15-minute break? And give the government a huge chunk of my hard-earned dough?! What a joke!) If only my mom had let me go to that Old Dutch potato chip commercial call back in second grade…my career might’ve taken a completely different turn.

Unfortunately, when I get stressed out, I also tend to spend money on things I don’t really need. Let’s just say that Gap discount would come in handy right now.

Your turn. What was your first job? And what did you learn from it?

Whatever your job situation—past or present, I think we could all take a lesson in office fun from these co-workers. You can bet that if I worked with them, I would join right in (but naturally, I would’ve picked an N*Sync song instead).


  1. My first job was at the Target Food Avenue. I had to wear an ugly hat and wash dishes and flip greasy burgers and clean up messy tables and deal with impatient, hungry people. I had a few battle scars from that job too - including severe hand burns from a fryer splash and a bruised nose from passing out face first on a concrete floor (don't ask). I don't think it was truly as bad as I thought it was though. And actually, I learned about having a strong work ethic, and I even managed to acheive employee of the month status!

  2. I remember when you bruised your nose. Ahh, fun memories of Target Food Avenue. Thankfully, that did not last long!