I’ve done lots of stuff in my 47 years. I’m going to list off all the jobs I’ve had, the approximate time period and any comments about the job. I’m including internships and my rock n roll stuff, too.
First Job: Shoney’s waitress. During High School, early 80s.
Quincy’s Steakhouse: line girl
Domino’s Pizza: phones, delivery, pizza maker (Back when it was 30 mins or less!)
Long John Silver’s: Cod girl (aka morning shift prep) First full time job.
Got my first apartment around this time: Sans Souci Apartments approximately 1985.
Went to University of TN for a couple of quarters. Worked as Assistant Master Electrician in the theatre and worked security for concerts at the venue. MUCH FUN!! I lived with a couple of friends in a shitty student house in South Knoxville.
Ran off w/ the Mister Mister tour for a weekend.
Chili’s: waitress (awesome job, had WAY too much fun!)
American Favoritz Cafe: waitress (locally owned restaurant)
Met Dave Klepsig at this time, moved in with him at Londontown Apartments. I was also taking classes at Pellissippi State.
O’Charley’s: probably the shittiest restaurant job I’d ever had. Manager was a DICK who sexually harassed the waitstaff.
Moved to Atlanta to attend Art Institute of Atlanta for AA in Music Business. This was late ’87 or mid ’88.
Various office based temp jobs with several temp companies all over Atlanta.
Shop’n Save: mystery shoppers; hated it
OptiWorld: optometric technician (I did all the testing and acuity stuff before the Dr went in; loved it)
Interned at a radio consulting firm. Can’t remember the name, but it was very famous.
Gemini Agency: receptionist (big promo company in Atlanta and is still operating!)
Graduated Art Institute with a stupid AA and immediately enrolled at Georgia State University for a four year BA. Circa 1992.
Coffee Plantation: front counter (what Starshmucks calls a barista; LOVED IT)
SteinMart N Dekalb Mall: retail clothing (I worked women’s and men’s – I liked men’s the best)
I spent six weeks in Mexico with an exchange programme via Valdosta State circa 1993. Lived in Guadalajara and visited Guanajuato, Tlaquepaque, Laguna de Chapala and spent a few days in Mexico City (Distrito Federale). It was fun and VERY eye opening. Mexico is a shithole, no wonder people leave in droves. Really cranked up my white guilt, fer sure.
I graduated Georgia State in 1994 with a BA in Spanish w/ French minor. I’m grateful every day that I got a full degree.
I moved back to Knoxville after I graduated (in 95), mainly to get a new car since my poor little 85 CRX was on its last legs (I got my CURRENT vehicle, 94 Civic EX at this time). Andy and I had been living in my Derrydown Apartment, and he remained there. While back home I did these jobs:
SteinMart, Walker Springs: retail clothing, women’s.
Internship at a radio station in Knoxville, can’t recall which. Helped me get the next job.
Star 94 Radio: outside sales (HATED IT, but I did get the job thanks to the AA in Music Biz)
Softkey International: Macintosh software phone support. My entrée into GEEKDOM, ladies and gents. Fell in love with the Mac and being a geek. I’ve never looked back. I adored this job and the people I worked with. I still have friends from there.
Moved back to Atlanta with my new Mac skills. Moved back in with Andy and we moved up the street to a two bedroom apartment (circa 97).
On-site Training company: Macintosh instructor. (Not sure of year or the name of the company, it was a short gig. Enjoyed it.)
Creative Loafing Newspaper: Macintosh Systems Administrator (HATED THIS PLACE. Loved the job, but this company was rife with ageism, sexism and nepotism. It totally sucked and I was treated like shit.)
SteinMart, N Dekalb Mall: yes, again. Worked full time and really enjoyed it.
Starbucks Coffee: barista (SUCKED and I only worked there a few weeks, but it was the first store in ATL, tho, which was kinda cool)
Très Bien: front counter and retail specialist (locally owned gourmet sandwich shop in Decatur)
Started up my freelance Mac support company IndigoDragon Enterprises, circa 99.
Oracle 20/20 Magazine: Mac support and web admin (I still do web admin for them!)
Around 2000, I met my Nick at a Macintosh User Group meeting. I’d just revamped their website and he was all over me like a cheap suit. Ha! It was an instant attraction and I knew he was The One. :) Andy moved to California around this time.
Crescent Moon Eatery: weekend hostess (this job is one of the most influential in my life, circa 02)
Michael’s Coffee: barista (locally owned shop, didn’t last long)
Mimosa Salon: front desk and retail (they didn’t last long, either)
Alternative Dining (dba Crescent Moon Eateries): Accounts Payable, basic bookkeeping, contract negotiator and all other office duties (circa 03-04). This job turned out to be pivotal for me. I learned all about running a restaurant (from the numbers side, anyway) and it has been a big part of our wanting to open our own place. Rob (owner) taught me everything about running restaurants and I really loved this job and it also morphed into my doing the menus, graphics and the website as well. He expanded to two stores and the wheels fell off, leading to a sale of the whole thing around 07.
Changed IndigoDragon Enterprises to IndigoDragon Studios to reflect our new direction: webcomics. Think Weasel! was born and I was dabbling in jewelry and some other crafts. We love doing the comics. Nick did over 300 comics before taking a hiatus in mid 2012. We are still on hiatus, but the comics will be back.
Taqueria El Vecino: graphics, logo, menus, Tshirts, website, social media. This is Rob’s current endeavor, started in 08. I helped with the books initially, but he found someone else to do them so I was just media. Shortly after getting the taqueria going, he opened a small bakery for his wife, Carolyn’s Cupcakes, and we did all the media for that one, too.
And here we are in 2013. I’m getting ready to take over the books again for Rob and we are trying desperately to move to Phoenix to pursue our dream of having our own pub. I’ve not had a “real” job in a long time and I am virtually unemployable at this point. Which is probably for the best since I don’t play well with others. :) I’ve had a long and checkered career path but I wouldn’t change a thing. My diverse path has given me diverse skills and that, in turn, gives me the ability to do lots of things. I like that. I’ll update this list as time passes.