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Never a dull moment
I have been blessed with abilities and opportunities which have allowed me to experience in life what I could not have contemplated nor expected, but for which I am very grateful. Some of those experiences I have written about, but not all of them. My earliest experiences were of work.
On Saturday mornings I would go downtown with my shoeshine box to shine shoes. I then worked at the I.D. Flores Drug Store on Saturday. On Sundays I swept the Wiseman Bank at the end of the block. I mowed the yard of the poultry house owner with a push mower. During the summer, I worked in the fields picking onions, peanuts, and cucumbers.
In high school I worked as a scrub boy at a neighborhood cleaners, as a busboy at a downtown restaurant, and as a dishwasher at a neighborhood bar. I did not work there for long. My father said that I probably wanted to work in an office. He was right.
When I was 14 years old, I was hired as a soda fountain clerk at the Randolph Bus Station. When necessary, I doubled as a short-order cook. I picked morning glories for a florist, worked as a movie theater usher, and worked at a fried pie shop rolling dough for the pies. I sold WearEver aluminum utensils (baked a cake on top of the stove). I also sold Filter Queen vacuum cleaners. Whew!
Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.
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