When you got your job at the base, did you just kinda go into an appointment office and apply, or did you know someone, or . . . ? No, I think there was a thing in the paper about them going to be giving tests for civil service, and so I made application for it. . I found out at 2:30 in the morning . . . so I was in great shape . . . I went to where I was supposed to take the test, and there were a bunch of typewriters, and the lady said, Check them out and see which one you like, so I picked one, and I was practicing on it, and the Shift key would fall off.
She came by and she said, How are you doing with your typewriter? . . . But one lady had told me, when you start typing, she said start slow and gradually increase your speed, which is what I did, and the Shift key did not fall off during the test. And I thought I did okay on that, and you had a written test, then I took the shorthand test, which was stupid cause I hadnt had shorthand in twenty-five years, and you know you forget it. Twenty-five years you cant keep up with anybody! I failed the shorthand, which I expected. That was in March, and I started work in May.
And of course youre temporary. You were provisional for about two years. I had temporary jobs the first year I was there. When I wasnt busy, Id practice on the typewriter, cause the job I had did not require typing from me, and I thought, I want to keep my typing up cause I want a typing job, and . . . ID sizes and security sizes just across the hall in the same room, and after I had been typing badly, the sergeant from the other side came over and said, Would you like to work in security?, and I said, Oh, yes.
So I went over to Security and got a job and in two yearseither two or threeyoure career-permanent. I worked there 22 years. One time we were having awhat in the hell do they call themwhere they give awards out in the squad room, and I got a letter of commendation or something for something, and the sergeant . . . says to Senior Master Sergeant Karl. I was a general service (GS).
Well, they had to cut a position but it wasnt going to be mine. I was 73 and the other girl was in her forties, she had a daughter, and I thought, Im gonna quit. I was gonna quit anyway. We had a printout of all the base employees, date of birth, and social security, and you know all that kind of stuff. And I checked, and I was the oldest one on the base. I felt it was time to go.
How did you get to work? I always paid someone to pick me up. I lived on 9th St to start out with, and I rode with several people. I rode with one man for a long time til he retired, and then I rode with a lady who worked in the same office that I did.
Posted by elizabeth at December 21, 2002 02:48 AM
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