Share Your World 2016 – Week 23

Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World questions for week 23.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I got my first non-paper route job at 13 thanks to my dad’s brother. It was a summer job doing deliveries at a restaurant/diner in his neighbourhood that was owned by a friend of his.

Every morning that summer I’d get up and be on the city bus by 7:00 to do the breakfast shift from 7:30 to 10:00, then I’d head over to my uncle’s a few block away to hang out with my aunt and my younger cousins until the lunch rush from 11:30 to 2:00.

People working in neighbouring businesses would call in their breakfast and lunch orders and I’d do the deliveries mostly on foot, but sometimes on bicycle if they were further away.

Legally I was too young to be put officially on the payroll so he paid me with free breakfast and lunch, plus I got to take home leftovers from the lunchtime specials too. And hey, this cute, clean-cut little kid who was willing to hustle made a killing in tips that summer averaging almost $30.00 a day; which for a 13-year-old in the late seventies was some serious coin.

The young ladies who worked at the hair salon across the street were my favourite customers; they were awfully purdy, tipped well, ordered often, smelled nice, and seemed to like to make me blush by calling me handsome or cutie 😀

My least favorite delivery? The morgue at the nearby hospital. Most other hospital departments were fine but delivering breakfast sandwiches and coffee to the staff in the basement morgue every day gave me the willies! No I never saw a body, but I just knew they were in there somewhere – I still shudder whenever I think about it.

Overall I have very fond memories of that summer. I was the richest among my circle of friends and I came home with lots of great stories to tell.

What is your favorite month of the year?

September. It has always been my favorite time for taking vacation too. By then the summer rush is over so you can go pretty much anywhere without worrying about crowds, and yet the weather, at least in our part of the world, is still warm but bearable. October can be nice too.

What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?

What only three? Ohh I could go on for hours about the beauty to be found in nature.

I can’t hike at altitude anymore because of this heart failure business but gawd how I love mountains.


Dense dark forests are amazing too. I especially love the wet musty smell as the sun breaks through the trees warming everything up after a nice heavy rain.

Falls Trail

And don’t even get me started on the therapeutic value of a mirror-calm lake at sunrise or sunset, with the call of a solitary loon echoing across the water…


…umm sorry about that, I guess my Canadian is showing 😉

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

Curry, thyme, rosemary, basil, and chili powder seem to get used most often for my favourite recipes – not all at once of course.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

This past week I was grateful for the internet and the amazing ability we have nowadays to look up just about any piece of information you could possibly want at the drop of a hat.

To make a long story short: The drum bearings just crapped out on our barely 6-year old front load washing machine. After calling around to a few repair centers and describing the problem we came to the conclusion that it would cost almost 70% the value of a new machine to have someone come out and fix it. Thanks to Google and YouTube, in a matter of minutes I found not only the service manual, parts diagrams, and a local place to buy the parts, but also a slew of videos on how to do the repair myself.

So this week I’m looking forward to getting the parts and finishing the repair – potentially saving hundreds of dollars and scoring like a bazillion good hubby points with Honey.

And if there’s time left over I may even write a nasty letter to G.E. for the poor design and cheap bearings used in their machine.

Thanks to Cee for this terrific weekly challenge – it’s a lot of fun. And thanks for reading, if you haven’t played along yet, you might want to give it a try 🙂

About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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27 Responses to Share Your World 2016 – Week 23

  1. Great photos and a list of 3 beautiful things in nature would be hard to narrow down! I worked at a hospital when I was 18. On occasion I would have to pass the morgue to deliver stuff. When I would get near, I would hold the papers beside my face to block my vision and pick up my pace on the off chance that the door might be open!

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  2. joannesisco says:

    Good luck with your washing machine repair, Norm. We replaced our washer a couple of months ago for the same reason. The service repair guy charged us $150 to tell us it wasn’t repairable. Grrr. I think it’s robbery.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Infuriating isn’t it? Next one we’re going back to a topload model. The more research I did the more I think we’ve all been duped by manufacturers into buying a less durable product by design, under the guise of it being better and more efficient 😦


      • joannesisco says:

        I’ve read the same thing about durability. In the end, I admit I bought another front load anyway because I really wanted to be able to stack them.

        I have a really small laundry space, and being able to stack the appliances bought me a lot of room.

        The compromises we make …

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  3. I love mountains and water, too, especially Mount Rainier and the Pacific Ocean. We’re newly retired to WA State from the midwest. And I love your photos.

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  4. joey says:

    Sounds like a great job. I’d take that kind of job right now 🙂 heh!
    It is ridiculous what they charge to repair things these days. Planned obsolescence. Makes me CRAZY!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      It’s the labor cost that’s the killer – the parts barely cost $100.00
      The way these things are designed you pretty much have to dismantle the machine to get at the bearings. Then, putting it back together and testing….
      Even for someone experienced it’s easily a 4 or 5 hour job. Grrr.

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  5. reocochran says:

    My favorite places or parts of nature are bodies of water, lakes and oceans, streams and creeks. Then, I love the mountains and the woods or forests. Yours overlap and this made me smile at your other ideas to answer for sharing your world, Norm. Hope you have a great weekend, with plenty of nature, or possibly some doors to open! 🙂 🙂

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  6. $30.00 back then was indeed riches! I think I’d rather have done deliveries than work as a waitress, now “server.” I share your love of mountains (and the Habs, of course.) 🙂


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  7. cwaugh212 says:

    Thanks for the insight into Norm’s world.

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    Sounds like you had a blast delivering food. I enjoyed reading about your adventures.

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  9. Beautiful pictures. I had to laugh, I just recently “repaired” our dryer. It wasn’t spinning anymore and I was ready to call the repair service. Come to find out the timer was off. I just had to unplug it for 10 minutes and it automatically reset the machine and it worked fine. Youtube repair guides are unbeatable. You should have seen my husbands face when I told him I repaired the dryer, 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. I guess I’m just old enough to remember having to rely on others for things like this, so I’m constantly amazed at the helpful information I can find online.


  10. I always wonder what makes a person take a You Tube video of themselves doing ‘things.’ But, when I’m trying to figure something out, I’m sure glad there are those who like to do it. There are a lot of things I don’t like about this social media craze and lack of human interaction, but I sure don’t want to go back to the days of traveling to the library to look at a ten-year old reference book to figure something out. Glad you had a good week, Norm. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      The most useful videos I found on the subject were done by companies that sell the parts. I’m always a little skeptical of home-made how-to videos from individuals, mind you it only takes a couple of minutes to figure out if someone actually knows what they’re talking about.
      I hear you on the social media thing; it’s important to take a step back once in a while because it can become an all-consuming monster if we let it.


  11. Dan Antion says:

    I enjoy reading these posts. I agree with the nature selections, and I can see how you might have a few hundred more. Feel free to add my name to your letter to GE, and have a great weekend.

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  12. Prior-2001 says:

    a micro-calm lake – oh like that too!
    and your delivery job sounds very nice….
    and that was good money for back then…
    happy Friday N

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