I bet they'd invent a great language for smells.

My first part-time job from a big corporation: Burger King

I lasted 6 months. Then I found a much better paying job as a cashier at a grocery store. It was more fun too. There were 2 guys (me and another guy) and the rest were girls. Wow, I had so much fun flirting as a 16 years old kid.

How's about you?
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 4:13pm
The only bonus for working at Burger King...you can get free meal. However, the pay sucks so I quit. I got the minimum wage like 4 bucks an hour.
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 4:20pm
First part time job working for a big corporation was doing programming for a defense contractor when I was in high school.
Permalink Pegular Roaster 
February 13th, 2017 4:23pm
LOL, RP. This is the worst lie I have ever heard from you.
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 4:25pm
Why didn't you answer my question about your fry cook job?
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 4:25pm
I've never worked as a fry cook, or any other sort of cook.

However, I am fairly good at some fancy cooking, like Thai and Indian curries, various Chinese dishes, salads.

I only first fried anything a couple years back. Sliced up some Russets, rolled them in corn starch, then fried in peanut oil in a sauce pan. Came out decent, but I personally prefer spiced potato wedges baked at high heat instead. It's tedious to filter and dispose of the oil properly. If I really want fried fries I'll just get them at the McDonalds drive through as it's too much hassle to do it at home.
Permalink Pegular Roaster 
February 13th, 2017 4:30pm
OK, I agree with you there. Why waste half a bottle of cooking oil just to fry a little bit of potatoes.  Fast food joint is the place to get fries. However, I am OK with buying frozen fries and cook them in the oven since I'm the "Processed food" guy.
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 4:37pm
If you had a diesel car you could use the grease as fuel. :)

I agree, seems like a lot of trouble... but using traditional fats (tallow, lard) to fry seems a lot more healthy than fast food frying, so it might be worth it depending on how fanatical one is about nutrition.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 4:47pm
Yeah the health issue is a separate thing, I think it's irrelevant since fried stuff I don't eat often. It's entirely the hassle of dealing with the used oil.

BTW, if you do decide to make baked potato wedges, blanch the potato slices first.
Permalink Pegular Roaster 
February 13th, 2017 4:50pm
blanching first...

Yes. It is to reduce the cooking time. Thank you, fry chef!
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 4:57pm
My first corporate job was bagging groceries. The next one: working at a call center for furniture and appliance deliveries. Then I got an internship at a well-known tech company in Lexington, Kentucky one summer. After finishing university I started my real career.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 4:58pm
Taking that internship in KY was a mistake and a waste of time. I remember this greybeard telling us all the programming jobs would eventually be outsourced or replaced by machines and our future was doing paperwork.

I really was clueless when I chose to go to this school, even though I had the opportunity to go to a top 10 CS program. Wish I had a better idea of what was possible back then...
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 5:00pm
I thought I was hedging my bets by going to a liberal arts university, and could minor in economics or Spanish. Lol.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 5:02pm
" blanch the potato slices first."

Good advice. I've made baked potato fries without doing this and it took forever...

Probably could do the same for other root veg's. Beets in particular seem to take forever to roast.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 5:03pm
huh, why do you want to roast beets?
Permalink President of WildRiver fan club 
February 13th, 2017 5:07pm
I worked for the Gap one holiday season.  Fuck, I sucked at it.  The worst was doing the greeter thing and sounding super awkward saying hello to people as they walked in.  I think I scared some customers.

They told me they weren't keeping me so I told them I wasn't working my full shift on New Years' Eve and my manager gave me shit for it.  I felt kinda shitty about it at the time.
Permalink Kenny the Robot 
February 13th, 2017 5:13pm
" want to roast beets?"

I was making a "root vegetable medley" and just threw the beets in there for variety.

I had some beet fries at a food truck once that were pretty good. They came with this spicy mayo sauce, it was quite good. They were probably roasted, not fried.
Permalink NPR 
February 13th, 2017 5:28pm
"Yes. It is to reduce the cooking time."

No, actually it's not at all. Blanching lets the starch near the surface leach out. Then you end with a crisp skin. If you don't do this you get oily skin.
Permalink Pegular Roaster 
February 13th, 2017 6:08pm
I worked at the first McDonalds in Ireland. That wasn't my first job working for a big corp, but it is the one you've heard of. If you were an American, and wanted a job there, they hired you on the spot. Irish folks had to be taught "what is McDonalds" while Americans had that experience. Also, they didn't have to explain why it is called "hamburger" when there was no ham in it.
Permalink Pie is a lot better than a cake 
February 13th, 2017 8:38pm
I get paid from developing programs for non-CS/electrical engineering majors for their final project - they provide me with their requirements and/or algorithm. I used TurboPascal.
Permalink Lee 
February 14th, 2017 2:38am

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