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  • My first job was in tourism as an information specialist in the Lakes Region. The job was part time - only two days a week - as I sub-contracted for someone with two jobs, but conflicting hours. She was the town librarian, so on Wednesday and Saturday when the library was open, she needed coverage at the nearby information booth from 1 - 7 P.M.

    The job was easy, and gave me time to catch up on my reading, with a handy supply of books nearby. It involved counting the cars that drove by, answering the questions of those who stopped, handing out brochures, and recording the number of people in the car and what state it was from.

    The questions were almost always the same - "where can we eat, stay, rent a boat. How far is the next town? What's there to do around here?" I would point out the boat livery and bowling alley across the road, give them brochures for the motels and guest cottages, tell them the mileage to the next town (depending on which way their car was headed), tell them chicken-in-a-basket with fries at the real restaurant was very good, or if they just wanted hot dogs, the store would cook them for you in the back. Movies at the drive-in started at dusk on Saturday nights, but keep to the left, as the speakers on the right didn't work too well. Also, don't try to sneak in extra kids because they knew all the tricks. And, no, there was no public beach, They'd be on their way, and I would get back to my book. This was before everyone said "have a nice day".

    I earned $5.00 a week - big money in those days for a 10 year old working for her grandmother.
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