I was 19 in 1976, and sometime during that year, I decided it
was time to leave my manufacturing job and try to get something
more permanent. The details are pretty fuzzy, because we are
talking around 34 years ago, and frankly, the succession of my
jobs over my life is a blur.
But somehow, I was able to land a job with Rockwell, which if I
had stuck with, could have ended up for me a real career!
I seem to recall that I was on some sort of assembly line,
soldering parts for circuit boards. I had never done this sort of
work before, but with a little training it was not hard to
I am just realizing at this moment that this is the first time I
have even thought about this job in more years than I can
remember...so I am trying to recall the specifics...so many
decades ago, it is hard. Thank you Blogspot for making me do
this, another great reason to blog, whether I get any readers or
comments or not!
So, here are my thoughts on this job:
1. I remember it was boring, and I did not like doing it.
2. I don't recall how long I had this job, but it was not very
long, no more than a few months at the most.
3. I also don't recall if I quit, or was fired due to any
The more I think about this, the more I can kick myself...here I
was, a young kid not quite 20 years old, getting into a solid
company on the ground floor. I now realize that whatever this
boring assembly job was, I could have applied myself, gotten
some kind of education related to that field, and probably would
have moved up pretty quickly. This memory, and what could
have been is quite painful to me now!
Wait till you see Part Five, and the downturn my working life
took as a result of me somehow throwing away this great
The expression 'If I had known then what I know now' has never
applied to anyone more than it does to me right now.
And you know, I try to tell this to The Daughter...just like my
dad tried to tell me when I was a kid. And I just didn't listen.
The Daughter doesn't listen either, nor can I expect her to.
It just pains me that that if I can't get through to her, and
she ends up with a miserable working life, there is nothing I
can do about it.
Now, being born in 1956, I had just barely missed the draft, but
I did almost enlist in the Navy several times. Perhaps that is
something I should have done, who knows where that may have
Peace be with you.