In Reply to: Talking of paper routs (long) posted by Dave Smith on December 24, 2017 at 17:18:28:
When we were kids, in addition to the paper routes, we'd mow grass in the summer and shovel snow in winter to make a few extra bucks. When I was 14 I quit the paper route business; it was time to move on. I then caddied at the prominent golf/country clubs in the Detroit area -Oakland Hills and the Birmingham Country Club. It was seasonal yes, but made $4 per loop plus tip. A round of 18 holes took roughly 4 hours to play so that equates to $1 per hour. I'd usually get two lops per day and sometimes doubles. I got to caddy for a lot of prominent Detroit sports idols -Tigers, Lions, Red Wings as well as doctors and lawyers. Many of todays' kids have no ambition. They think they deserve $15 per hour to sit on their a$$es behind a computer and do nothing and/or play video games. It is a sad state. We are partly to blame for letting it happen. Mollycoddled, marshmallow world, cry rooms, every-kid-gets-a-trophy, mom had to get a job, - you get the idea. I use a line from a movie often, "...well, the world needs ditch diggers too...".