Before becoming an economist I had several interesting jobs:
Bicycle Messenger in New York City.
Office Temp in New York City. (This included everything from
shirts at Sach's Fifth Ave. to answering the telephone at the New Yorker.
Incidentally, nowhere did I find the coffee to be as bad as at the New
York office of the NBER.)
Pizza Delivery Driver in Indiana, Illinois, and California.
Runner for the Iowa Grain Company at the Chicago Board of Trade.
(On Black Monday in 1987, I worked 15 hours and split my pants.)
Night Dishwasher at Denny's in Indiana, Michigan, and
Bus Surveyor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (This involved riding the city
buses and counting the people who got on an off at each stop.)
Dishwasher at the Diamond Harbor Inn in Cassopolis, Michigan.
McDonald's Employee in Elkheart, Indiana (Specializing in the fish
Farmer's Helper, Dowagiac, Michigan.
Freelance Lawn Mower in Cassopolis, Michigan.
Paperboy for the South Bend Tribune in Cassopolis,