On the Corner

Four questions for the freeway exit-ramp beggars

1. What's the best job you've had?

2. What's the worst job you've had?

3. What's the last job you had?

Jim Walsh

4. What's your dream job?

 

Marcus ×

35W and Lake Street

Best job: "I enjoy doing construction work, hauling, recycling, working for myself."

Worst job: "I worked in a foundry down in Kansas. Didn't like that."

Last job: "Janitorial work, couple years ago."

Dream job: "To get off the street and have my own little business and stuff."

 

Joe (infinity)

35W and University Avenue

Best job: "I worked for the city of Minneapolis. Nicollet Mall. Janitorial stuff."

Worst job: "A turkey plant in Medelia, Minnesota. I worked there for a year, pulling the guts out of turkeys."

Last job: "Twin City Bottle, putting labels on bottles, about a year ago. It didn't pay much."

Dream job: "I'm almost ready to retire. I could do it right now."

Damien Cummings (infinity)

35W and University Avenue

Best job: "Working for Northwestern Bell, back in '72. Lineman."

Worst job: "Day labor stuff. Minnesota Barrel, for instance. They're heavy, you gotta stack 'em three high and stuff. But it was a job. I did everything there is."

Last job: "Senior center in Cambridge, doing maintenance work on their facility. I'm a handyman."

Dream job: "I dunno. I really don't. I'm on veterans' disability. I was in Vietnam."

 

 

Peggy Chambers (check)

35W and Lake Street

Best job: "A long time ago, I worked at Mystic Lake Casino. I was in environmental services. That's a fancy word for janitor. I worked there a year."

Worst job: "This."

Last job: "Two years ago, I was a maid helping the elderly [in-home]. I could set my own hours, and I'd get paid weekly, not like these other jobs where you get paid every two weeks."

Dream job: "Helping the elderly."

Kevin Holloway (infinity)

35W and 31st Street

Best job: "Meyers Printing Company, in Brooklyn Park. Seven years ago. I liked to do it; it was the night shift. I was a floor technician. I buffed and shined the floors with a propane buffer."

Worst job: "I went through a temp service and worked for this metal company in Minneapolis. It was boring. Sitting down. I like to keep moving."

Last job: "Archer Cleaning Services in '99 and 2000."

Dream job: "I would love to start my own cleaning business. It's a growing opportunity. You can start out small, cleaning up offices and little stores, and get a contract and then get some of the big stores."

 

Roberto Morales (infinity)

35W and 35th Street

Best job: "Working for Billy Graham. I was working for packaging and sending letters and books out. That was before he moved to North Carolina. His headquarters were in downtown [Minneapolis] and I worked for him for two years."

Worst job: "I can't remember."

Last job: "Assembly [line] work, putting clowns together. You put little signs on baskets, and a mask. Toy clowns for Halloween. And they had shampoo, putting caps on bottles. That was 10 years ago. I had PPL jobs, too."

Dream job: "Working for Billy Graham. Helping people."

 

Alex Rasmussen (infinity)

35W and 46th Street

Best job: "Bartender, Timberlodge Steak House in West St. Paul. And I was a gardener for Phillips Garden for six years. I've worked at the Red Sea, and Grandma's Saloon. That smoking ban has made getting a bartender job impossible."

Worst job: "Fast food restaurant in Denver, in '93. It was called Happy Times or Good Times. Fry cook. It was just gross."

Last job: "Construction. I got laid off in September."

Dream job: "Owning a bar would be nice. A club. I'd have punk rock and alternative shows and serve some vegetarian and vegan food."

 

Ron (infinity)

35W and Lake Street

Best job: "I've only had the best jobs in the world. I'm a certified welder. That's what I want to do. I can go to work at anytime."

Worst job: "I'm an alcoholic, Sir. And I'm having a hard time keeping work."

Last job: "Three weeks ago." (Points to his jacket, with the logo of a steel company.)

Dream job: "If I could find a job I wouldn't have to carry around my clothing in a bag and do this. Hey! If anybody out there can hear me...."

 

Lee Westmoreland (infinity)

35W and University Avenue

Best job: "Moving furniture for Sears, about 10 years ago. I like physical work, I don't mind working, and I like earning money."

Worst job: "Cooking food at McNamara's. I had a bitch for a boss. But I still loved her. Actually, I worked at Nye's. And I met this beautiful lady. She asked me out for a beer, and it lasted 12 years. She was the light of my life, and I still love her so much. But I'm standing out here on a corner like Little Jack Horner. And it's not feeling too goddamn good, either."

Last job: "Wickes Furniture, delivering furniture. I got in trouble for wearing a shirt that said, 'Dicks Are For Chicks.'"

Dream job: "I'd like to be a pirate. I think that would be a good job. Just give me a treasure chest; I'll be fine."

 

Jim Walsh can be reached at 612.372.3775 or jwalsh@citypages.com

 
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