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Lemonade Stand

Posted at 4:47 AM on October 29, 2009 by Dale Connelly (19 Comments)

Welcome to the last day of the member drive for Fall '09.
Thanks to everyone who made a contribution in support of Radio Heartland.
Let's finish it up today!

A couple of late posts on yesterday's blog got my attention.

Actually, if Bubby wants to expand his work to cleaning out basements and garages... A friend and I tried to start up a business like that one summer (out on their farm, and we'd run out of canning jars) with this ad in the local rag: "Tired of tripping over all those old jars in your basement? Call Barb and Jan's Canning Jar Removal Service..." Doesn't make nearly as good an acronym as SLAYER, tho' -- or CODGER, TGITH, made me laugh out loud.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | October 28, 2009 12:20 PM

My thanks also to That Guy In The Hat (TGITH) for CODGER (Cleaning Of Debris and Grunge for Elderly Residents). It's a great acronym, but BAJCJR isn't bad either, Barb. Looks exotic. Turkish, maybe.

And then there was this:

When I was in 4th grade (30+ years ago) my elderly widowed neighbor offered to pay me to rake the leaves in her yard.

She was the "candylady" on our dead-end street, so I didn't think to squabble over the amount. We used to come around and ring the doorbell at the side of her house for a chance to choose a piece of unwrapped sugar-coated jelly candy from the old tin she kept on her fridge.

I spent 2 or 3 days raking the leaves into piles, and even enlisted my mom's help to drag the heaviest piles on a tarp into the woods. When I was done, I got a $5 bill.

A few days after the job was done she called me over to point out that more leaves had fallen since I finished. This was my first (but unfortunately not my last) lesson about the importance of written contracts when doing business--even with people you know.

Years later when I was a young adult I stopped back to talk with her, and she sat me down and had me listen to a personal finance program on public radio.

Thanks for reminding me of Mrs. Abbott, her candy tin, and her radio-listening habits! Here's wishing you all a 4th-grader willing to rake your leaves (perpetually) for $5!

Posted by Flapper Jane in Lindstrom | October 28, 2009 4:08 PM

Thanks for that story, Flapper Jane. I guess Bubby's not so far off the mark after all. So what if she's your kindly old neighbor? Get it in writing.

Every time I hear a futurist say something like ... "Medical science is knocking down the barriers to immortality. The first person who will live to be 150 is already on the planet today!" ... I think of the poor kids who live next door to that medical miracle. They might wind up being locked into their first employment forever. That $5 perpetual leaf raking, garden weeding, plant watering, dog walking job can never end if Mrs. Abbott won't go on to glory.

In a world of immortals, where the brilliant bargains we make as 12 year olds routinely last into our own twilight years, I would still be caddying for Ed Kaufman Jr for 3 dollars a round. Of course Ed would have to spend a lot of time sizing up his next shot while I trudged, wheezing, down the fairway.

What was the first job somebody actually paid you to do?

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