During high school, I had to get a job. After all, I had a 1965 Ford Falcon, cherry red with a three speed on the column, to maintain and fill with gas in order to drive my friends around. The most important thing in the world was being able to drive, leave school at lunch time and hang out, or "say" that I was going to a football game! ( I hated sports.)
I did my door knocking on various business's. I was determined not to serve food, I don't know why really, but all in all, it led me to Tandy Leather Company. Back then, in the '70's, there were Tandy Leather stores everywhere. I think I was paid $4.25 an hour. I was little then, barely 5'3" tall, and sopping wet I weighed all of 90 pounds. My job was to use a utility knife and cut leather pieces, by the foot out of belt weight cow hide. Making purses and belts was a very popular craft in the '70's, much like macramé. I had to literally climb up on the tall cutting table, hold the leather down with my knees and using a steel straight -edge, cut what was needed for the customers, who were mostly men.