Speaking in comments to Mark about work got me thinking about all the jobs I’ve had. I started writing about them and realised, with anecdotes, it would be a book if I kept on. So this is the abridged resume. Well, kind of abridged. 😉
First the cafe tables with a spot of cook and clean,
50 pence an hour, child labour, boss was mean
Food store next, a small one, boss here was a prat
Started work in Woolie’s, ^^^^ sacked for doing that!
Office job for summer, pre to college term,
Boring after first week, job was way too tame
But stuck it for the lucre, had to earn some brass,
Education one thing but still a working lass.
College and a pub job, function suite, was great,
Illegal age, they never asked, silver-service wait.
Off to island, out in Greece, disco work, what fun!
Only paid if patrons in but drinks free, coke and rum,
Disco dancing with myself, easy-peasy groove,
Hangovers wild, not much cash, taking rough with smooth.
Hellas again for three months, chambermaid that trap,
Picking up for others, cleaning loads of crap.
(Have you seen those toilets!)
Restaurant next, souvlaki skewered, peeling spuds for chips,
Smiled and served, practised Greek, spouting from my lips.
Off to Athens for a spell, biscuit factory,
Women watching while I worked, too quick, apparently.
Back to college, different pub, smartarsed alecs joked,
Learned to smart them back, I did, the cheek of some young blokes.
Off to Greece to teach a year, English, yes, and Scots
Slightly different sometimes, ‘specially spelling of the US folks.
Term time finished, had to find other means of keep,
Watched a dog, a doberman, scared the shit out me.
Had to stay in penthouse and cook and sew and clean
And shop and serve and fuck knows else for bitch, (not dog), it seemed.
Took a pub job, served some pints, ouzo and the rest,
Met some fab peeps on their travels, that place was the best.
Watched a baby for three weeks, mum was on the prowl,
Hubs was on the game, she said, I gave her space to howl.
Back to home for nursing, no teaching jobs to pin,
Six months later, offered one, temping, but foot in,
Still some serving of some food, bar work, hotel near,
Two years teaching temporary, contract distant, dear.
First full-time in teaching! Tough place but a blast,
Two years there then moved on, still not near my last!
Fourteen years I laboured next in one place, not so swell,
Weans were fine, staff politics, ’nuff said, bleeding hell!
Had to leave, just had to breathe, off to pastures where
One year later and saddest kids, I resigned in great despair.
Took three years with my own kids, then youngest only born,
Supply work next, just filling in, liked it but it didn’t last long.
Six months in, head office, offered full-time plan
Cover schools in long-term posts, each different, every one.
This is best, I get to go in and out and round,
Here and there and everywhere, look and I’ll be found.
I don’t get bored. And politics? I speak and say my piece,
Mouths agape at cheek of me, can’t stand little cliques.
So, yeah, locations, odds and sods, jobs and places I have worked
Forty maybe, more or less, but, rest assured, I’ve never shirked.