Todd: Hey, so, Greg, growing up in the states, did you have any part-time jobs like in high school and stuff?
Greg: Oh, I've had part-time jobs ever since I was a child.
Todd: Right, me too.
Greg: My first actually, I used to work for the American Seed Company. Do you know that?
Todd: I can imagine. No. I mean it's just a seed company, right.
Greg: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I actually wasn't paid in money. They would send me flower seeds, and vegetable seeds and then I would go door-to-door, I would knock on people's doors, "Excuse me, I'm with the American Seed Company, would you like to buy some seeds?", and people would see this, I was probably ten or nine at the time, this young kid trying to sell seeds, and you know they would buy a couple packs, and if I sold, say twenty packs of seeds, then I could choose from a list of toys or things (Whoa) soccer ball, or a dart board, and so I sold a lot of seeds. I liked it.
Todd: How old were you?
Greg: I was maybe nine or ten then. (Really) and another thing I would do, around Christmas time, you know America is the tradition of putting mistletoe up on the roof for Christmas, well I would climb trees, cut the mistletoe and then again I would walk door-to-door and say,"Would you like to buy some mistletoe?"
Todd: You were quite the entrepreneur. The young businessman. (Yes) Did you make a lot of money with that job?
Greg: For me it felt like a lot of money at that time.
Todd: Right, well, I got to ask, did you ever work at a fast-food company, like McDonalds or Wendy's?
Greg: I've never worked at a fast-food company.
Todd: Oh, I did. It's the worst job ever. It's terrible.
Greg: Did you get to eat free food though?
Todd: Ah, I did, actually, that was the big allure of the job, like I won't say the name of the company, but I worked for a major, major fast food chain around the world, and I thought, oh, I can eat all the hamburgers I want.
Greg: You probably got sick of eating hamburgers.
Todd: No, are you kidding, I was 15, I didn't care like the more hamburgers the better, and uh, then actually I lost the job because I lied about my age and they fired me, but yeah, I wanted a job, I was like 13 or 14 or something like that. So how about, did you ever do the paperboy job?
Greg: Yes. Yes. For a couple of years I delivered newspapers in the morning.
Todd: Right. How early did you have to get up to deliver the papers?
Greg: I don't remember, maybe around 6 o'clock. (Right) It's amazing I did that cause I hate waking up early now.
Todd: Right, yeah, yeah. That job's the worst just cause of the weather, like you have to do it in the rain. I was the paperboy too, and in the rain, it's just awful. You have the big plastic bags and, and you're out there throwing the papers, and yeah, it's not a fun job.
Greg: Yeah, and sometimes dogs chase you.
I would go door-to-door and knock on people's doors.
When you go from one house, to another, and then another, you are 'going from door-to-door.' Notice the following:
- We had to go door-to-door to sell cookies for our group.
- They went door-to-door looking for her dog.
People would buy a couple packs of the seeds I was selling.
Here, a 'pack' refers to a packet or a small sealed envelope with something inside. Notice the following:
- Can you buy me a pack of cookies at the store?
- I can't believe you just ate a whole pack of crackers in 5 minutes.
Putting mistletoe up on the roof for Christmas is an American tradition.
'Mistletoe' is a plant with green leaves and red berries that is hung above a doorway at Christmas time. When two people are underneath the mistletoe, they have to kiss. Notice the following:
- You can tell these are Christmas decorations because of the mistletoe.
- Hang some mistletoe above the front door.
You were quite the entrepreneur, the young businessman.
An 'entrepreneur' is a person who is interested in business and making money. We especially use this word to refer to someone who has new ideas or takes business risks. Notice the following:
- He was an entrepreneur and made a lot of money when he was very young.
- The entrepreneur started the company.
The big allure of the job was the free food.
Here, 'allure' is used as a noun and is similar to 'attraction,' referring to why something is desirable. Notice the following:
- I don't understand the allure of buying designer clothes.
- She has some kind of special allure that makes almost all men crazy about her.
entrepreneur • allure
Taking a cruise in the Caribbean.
Should have jobs?
Working as a kid.
Greg talks about fighting with his brothers.
How students can work in the U.K.