With summer just around the corner (and graduation season in full swing), it’s just the time when young people start thinking about how to make some extra cash between June and September. From cleaning up amusement park vomit to circling intersections on maps, Rhett & Link had a variety of summer vocations that they were happy to rehash for listeners on this past Rhett & Link only “Ear Biscuits.”
Though Rhett summed up their summer jobs discussion with the ultimate lesson to “be in the moment” and “take some pride in [your work]” as pointless as it may seem at the time, that was easier said than done for the younger versions of the weekly podcast hosts. Oftentimes, the sorts of jobs that are entrusted to young people don’t require much skill, leaving many with repetitive, mindless tasks to perform over and over again throughout the summer months. Frequently boring, the guys’ previous summer jobs at least taught them some lessons about entering the workforce that are worth sharing whether you’re long past seasonal work or about to start your first day at the ice cream store next week.
Don’t look bored/miserable, even when your job requires digging hot dogs out of vomit.
Working at a beachside amusement park in Santa Cruz operating rides, Link ended up being able to discern when to stop the spinning attractions based on how much the passengers looked like they were going to throw up. Not a surefire method, this often resulted in Link having to hose the rides down (and unearth the hot dogs that customers would bring on from the inappropriately placed cart one booth over). Naturally, Link looked pissed off enough that one day, his supervisor called him out for hating his job and sent him home (not permanently — he got to come back the next day). Still, Link regretted his sour expression, and acting positive will often make you feel that way…at least a little bit.
Always expect surprises.
Rhett signed up to work for his friend’s father who built houses one summer, landing him with a project to build a frame for a house with only another seventeen-year-old and a sixty-five-year-old to help. Having never built a house before, he just had to follow “Mr. Fred’s” directions from the blue print (Mr. Fred was the older man) and hope for the best. This only resulted in one under-sized closet, which really isn’t too bad for your first house.
However, do think before signing up for summer work.
Rhett and Link’s first jobs, not surprisingly, took place with each other. They sorted baseball cards for the man who ran the grocery store that the guys used as a meeting place. Described by them as a “creepy dude” who “looked like a character out of the Simpsons,” the grocery store guy offered them each just one dollar an hour (probably not horrible back when they were twelve) to do this in the dark, back room of the grocery store. Reflecting on this job, the guys realized it was technically illegal child labor and even potentially dangerous. They never told their parents about the job, so if something had gone fatally wrong in the card sorting process (though unlikely), no adults other than their creepy Simpsons employer would know where they were.
Ultimately, this week’s podcast embodies the biggest lesson imparted by Rhett & Link when it comes to summer jobs. These jobs probably won’t have anything to do with your adult career, but they will almost always make for great stories. You can hear a lot more of them on this past episode of “Ear Biscuits.”