High School is Over…..So Are the Headaches

Yeah…I’m gonna’ need those TPS reports

That’s right, I said it.   At least for me, there was no stress like high school stress.  Does anyone really need to write a story to explain that?  Umm…not really….but I’m going to anyway.  After all, I just celebrated my 53rd ‘free year’ since surviving getting hit by a school bus, so why not.

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Teenager Church Days

‘Spent many a Sunday morning here trying to stay awake

A couple of weeks ago, as my wife was cruising Facebook, she asked if I knew a guy named Bobby B; he died.  Yes, I have a funny memory including Bobby.  Continue reading

Meet the Enforcer – Getting Swats in School

Yup, looked quite a bit like this!

It’s happened – I’m officially old.  Why do I say this, you may ask?  Because I’ve turned into one of the people I used to think was old when they said things like, ‘the good old days’ or ‘things were better then’.  Well….other than 1968…..maybe they were…
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Taco Bell – Where People Go to Grow

 

        Ours looked just like this one

 

My very first real job was for Taco Bell.  I started as a regular hourly worker and was eventually ‘fired’ (link) while serving as the second youngest Store Manager in the country.  I’ve already written a few Taco Bell related stories but there are so many additional memories from that time of my life.  I’m not sure where this story will go but I wanted to see if I could jot the rest of them down and hope they fit together somehow.
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Thompson Park – Do You Remember the Company-Owned Family Park?

 

Entrance to a Day of Fun

As each generation grows older, it witnesses the disappearance of sights, sounds and activities.  We look back on those times and forgotten places often with remorse, but almost always with fondness. Every generation experiences this.  This month’s story is about one of those places; the company-owned recreation and activities park.
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You’re Fired! – Part Two

              I really do need to fire you

In my last story, (link), I had gotten a promotion to Store Manager at the Hamilton Taco Bell and was told that I was the second youngest store manager in the Taco Bell network at the time.  My Supervisor, (Larry), had very quickly given me lots of autonomy and lots of authority.

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You’re Fired! – Part One

You’re Fired?

In kim saga grand finale (link), I completed the little mini documentary I had been writing about my early love life with my girlfriend, and wife to be.  An aspect of my life that I skipped over in those saga episodes was what I’d refer to as my ‘managerial experience’ with Taco Bell.  This is that story, Part One.

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We Covet What We See Every Day – What Goes Around Really DOES Come Around

I can smell your car stereo

            I can smell your car stereo

Hannibal Lecter: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek? 

Clarice Starling: He kills women… 

Hannibal Lecter: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing? 

Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir… 

Hannibal Lecter: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now. 

Clarice Starling: No. We just… 

Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don’t your eyes seek out the things you want? 

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My Very First Real Vacation or How to Cook Yourself

No words are needed

No words are needed

In this story, (link), I wrote about getting engaged the second time, the last time.  It was just before the summer of 1978 and we had set a date for marriage in October.  I was working as an Assistant Manager at Taco Bell and had just begun my correspondence study.  Kim had not yet begun her LPN program where she had earned a scholarship.  The time was ripe for a vacation, our very first road trip.