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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #30 – Employment

My first job was babysitting! I was in high school and I would get $10 or $15 for watching some neighbor kids for the evening.

The next jobs I remember having were fast-food jobs when I was in college. I worked for Arby’s for one summer and part of the next year. I was working at the Springdale Arby’s during the time that the store burned! I wasn’t at work for the couple of days before that because my mother was in the hospital but I remember the stress I felt when I found out it had burned! I then worked at the Fayetteville store for a few months after that. I didn’t like working at the Fayetteville store and quit within a couple of months.

I also worked another summer and part of the school year at Harp’s Grocery store. I made the donuts during the summer at the Springdale and then I worked in the bakery as a clerk for a few more months at the Harp’s store on Garland street in Fayetteville.

The first “real job” that I had was as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas. I was a research assistant for a couple of years and for two semesters I was a graduate teaching assistant who taught the labs that accompanied the class the professor taught.


 

Week #30 – Employment

Week 30: Employment. Describe your first job. What did you do? Were you saving for something in particular, or just trying to make a living? Did that first job provide skills and make an impact on your life today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 23, 2011 through Friday, July 29, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #29 – Water

Northwest Arkansas where I live is an area with many lakes, rivers, and streams. My family spent a lot of time fishing and swimming when I was a kid.

The lake that I probably remember the most is Elmdale Lake in Springdale. It is a smaller man-made lake but that is where my Dad’s parents spent a lot of time fishing and camping when I was a kid. We would often go there with them!

We would also go to the Hickory Creek camping area on Beaver lake. We spent many happy hours fishing and camping there. When I was in grade school we went camping several times on Table Rock lake, too.

I never learned to really swim but I like to play and paddle around in the swimming areas. The most fun that I would have though while we were camping was when it would start to get dark and we would sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows and talk for hours. It was really a great time!

The time that I remember the most was when all of Dad’s extended family went fishing and camping at Beavertown. Mom and my aunt, and sister and brother and my cousins all walked over this really tall bridge (I am afraid of heights and I hated this part!) and went to this little animal place. I remember the peacocks with their beautiful feathers and the little gift shop where we all bought toys. We had a really wonderful time that weekend swimming fishing and playing with all the cousins.


 

Week #29 – Water

Week 29: Water. Do you have any memories of the sea or another body of water? Did you live there or just visit? What did you do there? You can also describe a body of water by which you live or visit in the present day.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 16, 2011 through Friday, July 22, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #28 – Summer

Summer in Arkansas is HOT!!! It isn’t unusual for the temperatures to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in a row. When I was a kid, after I was about 10 years old, my sister, brother and I stayed at home during the day while both of my parents worked. This wasn’t an unusual thing at that time. We lived in a small town where we knew virtually everyone in town and we lived only a couple of blocks from my cousins home where my aunt was at home if we needed her for anything. We would sleep late and then have fun for most of the day. We would ride our bikes all over town or walk to the library. I have always spent a lot of time reading! Sometimes we would go to my cousins and spend time with them.

My sister and I spent many, many hours playing with our “Barbie” dolls, although I don’t think we ever had a real Barbie doll. But we didn’t seem to care about that! We would be fashion designers and make them clothes and we would play with them like they were the Sims in the computer games of today. We would imagine their whole lives and use my little brother’s cars to move them from place to place.

We had a swing set and we would spend time swinging. We would watch our favorite tv shows and when I was older we would play video games (ATARI and Nintendo). I was the family Pac-man champion!

On the weekends, we would have barbeques or go camping or fishing. We also spent many hot afternoons on the weekends driving in the family car. Often with no particular destination in mind, we would just get in the car and go for a DRIVE!

Summer was the time when we didn’t have to go to School! It was wonderful!


 

Week #28 – Summer

Week 28: Summer. What was summer like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Friday, July 15, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #27 – Vacation

I don’t remember us taking family vacations as many do today by taking a trip to some specific place or area. We just didn’t do that. We spent a lot of time together as a family but I don’t remember any vacations. When mom and dad were off work for their vacations we would often spend them around our home sleeping late and taking little day trips to do fun things in the area. Sometimes even going to the lake and fishing and swimming.

We did visit relatives several times especially during the summer. My family moved to Green Forest when I was in 4th grade. After we moved there, about an hour and a half from the Springdale area where all my grandparents lived, we would come to Springdale for at least a week or two during the summer. Mom and Dad would bring us to one of the grandparents’ homes and then they would transfer us to the other set’s home where Mom and Dad would pick us up. We would spend those days talking with the grandparents and often getting took to the store for candy! What better way to spend a couple of weeks in the summer!

We also frequently took trips to the lake and even spent some time camping. I remember us going once to a place called Beavertown and camping there for several days with my Dad’s extended family. My Great-Grandfather Claude Stout and my Great-Aunt Mabel Stout Parsons were there. Most if not all of my cousins were there. We spent time playing and fishing and swimming and just generally having a great time.

Now, I am told that we went to that same place many times but I only remember being there one time! I do remember camping several other times at various lakes around the area but not at Beavertown.

As an adult, I don’t usually take “vacations” either. I prefer to just take several long weekends and do fun things in the area or just relax and spend time with family.

However, I have taken one fun vacation! In 2009, I took a week and went to Little Rock for the 2009 FGS Conference. I had a wonderful time! I would love to do that again sometime but it isn’t going to happen this year unfortunately!


Week #27 – Vacation

Week 27. Vacations. Where did your family go on vacation? Did you have a favorite place? Is it still there? If not, how has the area changed? This challenge runs from Saturday, July 2, 2011 through Friday, July 8, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #26 – Songs

Music has always been a big part of my life!  I love to listen to music and often listen to music today while I work on other things!  I always have the radio on when I am in the car.  The other drivers are always thankful when I have the windows rolled up because I can’t resist singing along with the radio (and I don’t have a good singing voice!)

I was reading other bloggers post and came across Liblady’s Genealogy Blog post with her time capsule post and I decided to do the same thing.  The time capsule website was http://dmarie.com/timecap/.   I am using my birth year, the year I started college, and the year I started graduate school


My Birthday

 

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Top Songs

    • Everyday People by Sly & the Family Stone
    • the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
    • Honky Tonk Women by Rolling Stones

 

    • Wedding Bell Blues by Fifth Dimension

 

    • Get Back by Beatles (with Billy Preston)

 

    • Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by Fifth Dimension

 

  • I Can’t Get Next to Youby Temptations
  • Sugar, Sugar by ArchiesDizzy by Tommy Roe
  • Crimson & Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells

US President

Richard M. Nixon

US Vice President

Spiro T. Agnew

Academy Award Winners

 

  • Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy Directed By John Schlesinger
  • Best Actor: John Wayne in True Grit
  • Best Actress: Maggie Smith in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

On TV

  • Mission: Impossible
  • Dragnet
  • Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Star Trek
  • Adam-12
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Get Smart
  • The Avengers

Hot New Toys

  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Silly String
  • Zeroids
  • Toss Across
  • Nerf Ball
  • Upsy Downsy Babies
  • Easy-Bake Premier Oven
  • Wizzer Weebles

Prices

  • Bread:$0.23/loaf
  • Milk:$1.26/gal
  • Eggs:$1.14/doz
  • Car:$3,400
  • Gas:$0.35/gal
  • House:$27,900
  • Stamp:$0.06/ea
  • Avg Income:$10,577/yr
  • Min Wage:$1.60/hr

Starting College

At This Moment – Billy Vera and the Beaters

Top Songs

 

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
  • La Bamba by Los Lobos
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  • Alone by Heart Faith by George Michael
  • Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Didn’t We Almost Have It All by Whitney Houston

 

  • With or Without You by U2
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Nowby Starship

 

  • I Knew You Were Waiting by Aretha Franklin & George Michael

 

US President

Ronald Reagan

US Vice President

George Bush

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: The Last Emperor Produced By Columbia Pictures
  • Best Actor: Michael Douglas in Wall Street
  • Best Actress: Cher inMoonstruck

 

On TV

  • The Cosby Show
  • Miami Vice
  • The Golden Girls
  • Married… With Children
  • Cheers
  • Moonlighting
  • L.A. Law
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Family Ties
  • Night Court

Hot New Toys

  • Pez with Plastic Feet
  • Glitter & Gold Jem/Jerrica, (with articulated limbs)
  • Jenga
  • Pictionary
  • Koosh Ball
  • Starcom: The U.S. Space Force
  • Boggle Bowl
  • Talking Pee-Wee Herman
  • Pogo Ball

Prices

  • Bread:$0.55/loaf
  • Milk:$1.98/gal
  • Eggs:$1.03/doz
  • Car:$13,386
  • Gas:$0.96/gal
  • House:$127,200
  • Stamp:$0.22/ea
  • Avg Income:$36,884/yr
  • Min Wage:$3.35/hr

Starting Grad School

All 4 Love – Color Me Bad


Top Songs

 

  • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • Baby-Baby-Baby by TLC
  • Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

  • Jump by Kris Kross

 

  • End of the Road by Boyz II Men
  • All 4 Love by Color Me Badd
  • Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams
  • My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue
  • Just Another Day by Jon Secada

 

 

 

 

US President

George Bush

US Vice President

J. Danforth Quayle

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: Unforgiven Directed By Clint Eastwood
  • Best Actor: Al Pacino in Scent Of A Woman
  • Best Actress: in Howards End

 

On TV

  • Northern Exposure
  • The Simpsons
  • Home Improvement
  • Mad About You
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Picket Fences
  • Seinfeld
  • Twin Peaks
  • Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Law & Order

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prices

  • Bread:$0.75/loaf
  • Milk:$2.14/gal
  • Eggs:$1.22/doz
  • Car:$18,141
  • Gas:$1.19/gal
  • House:$144,100
  • Stamp:$0.29/ea
  • Avg Income:$44,221/yr
  • Min Wage:$4.25/hr

 


 

Week #26 – Songs

Week 26. Songs. What was the #1 song during the week of your birth? Enter your birth date at This Day in Music (http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1) and find out. If you were born before 1946, you can enter the year of your marriage, the birth dates of your children or some other significant event.

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 25, 2011 through Friday, July 1, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.