First Job Series: Clint Patty
Lawn Crew| Nicholson Lawn Service
Age 16 | $6/hr
We traveled throughout the City of Wichita, mowing and trimming both commercial and residential lawn projects. One of our lawns included the home of one of the founders of Pizza Hut (that was a really nice house).
Why this job?
My Dad knew the owner of the company, and I had mowed lawns for individuals around my hometown since I was 12. The big plus is they hired two of my good friends as part of our four-person crew. Job started at 6:00 a.m. and we were typically done by 2:00 p.m. and headed to the pool. Best summer of my youth.
Learning how to properly back-up a trailer. Still a skill I have to this day.
Worked with a number of folks who were trying to put their lives back together after battling drug and alcohol issues. The owner was a big believer in second chances and had a soft spot for people battling addiction. From that were two good lessons in life for any young person. Stay away from drugs and alcohol, and be open to second chances. Also, be careful when mowing over sprinkler heads, those come out of your check.
If you can, do something you enjoy. You have the rest of your life to be responsible.