Wildebeest Scores!


Aside from babysitting neighbor kids in our tiny rural Wisconsin community,
my first paying job was at the nearby canning factory.
I was a Visual Inspector.

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?

From 6pm – 2am,

I stood alongside a moving conveyor belt
that was covered with peas.
Wielding a long suction hose to remove undesirables:
clumps of weeds,
little green pea-sized berries that were "poisonous."

Sometimes I sucked up bits of frog.
I also worked the corn pack which was slightly less monotonous
because I was the break person who relieved other workers.
Sometimes I worked at the roller belts carrying the ears of corn
where I grabbed the ones with rotted ends and inserted them into a grinder 
before throwing the newly spruced-up ear back onto the belt.
And sometimes I used a big paddle to shove ears of corn onto the
sorting belts.
Before you get all envious, please know that corn splatter isn’t great for the complexion.
I just got home from dropping Wildebeest off at his new job.
His very first job.
He’s an actor at Casa Bonita.
Saturday was his first day of training 
in which he learned to fire the guns 
and sword fight.
He has lines to memorize.
He gets to chase a gorilla with a big net.
Someday he might be a cliff diver.
The kid’s happy.
And his skin looks great.

14 thoughts on “Wildebeest Scores!

  1. Ah, first jobs. I used to babysit. I even took the Red Cross Babysitting course. I was serious. But my first REAL job was at a movie theater. I loved that job.


    • I took the Red Cross Babysitting course, too! All great Tracys think alike!

      Wildebeest would’ve loved the movie theater job, too. But he said NO ONE got movie theater jobs around here unless you knew somewhere there. So, Tracy Dickens Scores!


    • The acting job does sound like great fun, doesn’t it? He did his first part last night and it went very well (according to the supervisors watching). Today he does another couple parts.


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