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October 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Do you have any work experience? That was the question asked most when I was a younger man looking for work. I always had a job but often grew bored with what I was doing and went on to better (I thought) opportunities. For your enjoyment, I am presenting two of my work experiences when I was somewhere between 17-19 years of age. If you like these ones, I have a few more to share. REMEMBER: Those who say something can't be done, should never interrupt those who are doing it!

      Del Taco is a restaurant chain in Southern California. Have you ever been to a drive thru? If so, you know how boring the order takers are. Well, I asked the management not to put me on the mic but they did anyway. Within a few days, people were lining up not just to order but to hear what I would say. My greeting would go something like this (thanks to Bob Newhart), “Hello and thank you for coming to Del Taco, please keep all hands and feet in the ride at all times. If you would be so kind to give me your order, it will be waiting for you at the completion of the ride.” This went on for about two weeks. The owner loved it and sales began to increase during the lunch period.

      On that fateful day, the manager (a lady), told me that I was being stupid and folks didn’t think that it was funny. So, in the interests of wanting to be the best employee I could be, I asked the next carload of laughing adults if they thought the greeting was stupid because my manager thought it was. They replied that the manager was stupid. Well, the manger was standing behind me and upon hearing the response was less than excited about the conversation. When the lunch rush was finished, she asked to talk with me in private – private conversations have never boded well for me and so, I had some trepidation.

     She informed me that she knew that I was trying to steal her job from her and that she would not allow it. I assured her that becoming manager of a Del Taco was not my highest aspiration in life and that she was slightly unhinged if she thought so…that’s not totally correct, I told her she was crazy. And it came to pass, that she remained secure in her management and I became unemployed. 

      Lesson: My work experience taught me to never be a threat to a female fast food manager. I learned from that experience and never worked fast food again.

     Then there was the time that I left a sand blasting  job before the Fed’s closed it down for tax evasion. No surprise there, they had evaded paying me too. So it was that I spied a ‘Help Wanted’ sign for a flower delivery driver. I walked in filled out the application and was given the job. As I was leaving the owner said, “By the way, the vehicle is a stick shift. Is that alright with you?” I answered in the affirmative!

       At the time, I rented a room from a elderly lady. One room was shared by me and a fellow room mate named Dan. We had worked together on the sandblasting job.  Dan, had a truck and it was a stick shift. I told Dan about my new employment opportunity. He asked if I knew how to drive a stick and I said, no BUT you do. So it was that Dan taught me how to drive a stick shift in about two hours. On the way to church, he had me drive up the side entrance onto a hill...I almost rolled into the car behind me several times BUT we made it and I had learned to drive a stick shift.

      Things went fine my first day on the job. I made several deliveries and was enjoying my new driving skills. Until I came to a four way stop. When I arrived at the stop, I was the only vehicle there. As I made the left hand turn, the truck  began to jerk and stop, jerk and stop. This was not good! Within the next five minutes, there were cars at all four stop signs. I was now in the middle of the intersection hopelessly jerking ahead a few inches at a time. 

       I am forever indebted to the kind hearted truck driver who leaned half way out of his truck yelling and encouraging me to ‘put it in first’, while questioning my intelligence and insisting that my mother was a canine. 

       Lesson: If not for this work experience, I might still be trapped in the middle of a four way stop and would never have the pleasure of hearing the truckers words of encouragement echoing in my ears EVERYTIME I drive a stick shift almost 30 years later.

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect, and passion in operation - John Ruskin


01-05-2017 at 6:36 PM
David Boyd
There's just way too much talent wrapped in Bro. Savala! Great singer. Doctrinal preacher and COMEDIAN! Love the stories and keep up the good work.
12-19-2016 at 11:55 AM
Brent Crosswhite
What a dose of a good medicine called laughter I had reading this today!
10-12-2016 at 8:27 AM
Bobby Ikerd
Hahaha. You made my morning. This was great reading while sipping my coffee. Tell us more!!!
10-11-2016 at 11:21 PM
Peter Connell
Funny stuff. I have a few of those experiences myself, and a few interviews that we're learning experiences as well. Keep writing!
10-11-2016 at 3:47 PM
Mark C
I enjoyed reading these today! You really should publish a book about some of these things!
10-11-2016 at 3:43 PM
Rick McGuffey
Funny stories, Brother!
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