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The Canada Adventures of Arielle Gabriel

First Job! Richmond Bus Loop Coffee Shop Waitress!

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My first jobs were not great, yet the prospect when you are a teenager of earning your onw money is very exciting!

To that end, I took a job as a waitress at the Richmond Bus Loop coffee shop.  This was a good business idea, counting on captured customers who had ten or fifteen minutes to waste between city and suburban buses.

I ignored the fact that the place seemed to have a huge staff turn over. I learned to make filter coffee from a famous company called Dickson's Coffee, and how to stick a small smile on my face on a permanent basis.

I was a Working Person!

I had a hideous white uniform, which buttoned over my sexier cute dresses worn to attract boys that I would never want to see me in my minimum wage labourer outfits. Didn't women's magazines stress the need for mystery and romance and glamour?

At age 17, I looked like a frump and a Has Been.

Yet I was enough of a realist to know that Canada then supplied hudreds of jobs like this, and this was just the beginning of my Work History, which would in a few decades include:

keypunch operator
comptometer operator
school photographer's assistant
film extra
charity fundraiser
English teacher
supermarket cashier
Tax Revenue BC manager
BC Highways Department flag-girl
Steveston Fish Canneries fish cutter

And much much more!

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Lamma Island * Lantau Island * Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong * Mui Wo * Peng Chau Island
Tung Chung * Shenzhen * Nanning * Hunan Province
Bobcaygeon * Pointe Claire * Montreal
Peterborough * Lake Sturgeon * Ontario
Vancouver * Richmond * British Columbia

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