Workplace Adventures: Door-to-Door
One summer, just before I started college, I got a job for an environmental lobbying firm. I’ve always had a bit of an activist streak, from grade school to college. So if I could make money and “save the planet” at the same time, I was all aboard. In any case, it seemed better than stacking shelves or waiting tables.
The job was door-to-door canvassing. It was bust-ass hard work, especially for someone still trying to overcome the forced introversion of high school. On the upside, it was summertime in Michigan, and each day was a walk in a pretty neighborhood. It got hot at times, especially at the start of my afternoon shift. But the evenings were amazing, as was the camaraderie of the group.
Every Thursday night we had a party. Sometimes big, sometimes small, these shindigs were usually at someone’s apartment or house. It was my first real experience with college-level partying, and I loved it. It was also my first time trying beer, and I actually liked it. (Though in recent years, I’ve become enough of a beer snob to turn my nose up at the cheap swill I drank that night.) The parties were fun but not too crazy, and they helped me come out of my shell at a time when I was overly introverted. We even got to go camping once, up by Traverse City. It was my first time camping out as an adult, and I found that the whole experience was a lot more fun with a little booze and no camp counselors telling us what to do.
I wouldn’t want to do any more door-to-door canvassing, but I’m glad I did it when I did. To this day, I continue to work at a nonprofit, trying my damnedest to improve the future of humankind.