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when stuff was cheap
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For a summer job, I worked at the Stokely Van Camp beanery over in east Lawrence in 1970. Our pay was 2.47/hr. One of the guys I worked with was Bill James. He went on to much bigger and better things. You can google him if you want.
I also worked there the following summer for like a quarter an hour more. In the summers of 1972 and 1973 I worked in the Straight Creek tunnel near Loveland, CO. as a construction miner. The pay skyrocketed to like $14/hr. We worked 4 12hr. shifts and after a month we had so much money that every now and then we'd get off on Thursday and bebop for Stapleton Airport in Denver. We'd hang around and jones for standby tickets to KC on Frontier airlines. I'd always angle for the seat in the galley for $27. Added bonus: that seat put you right across from a stewardess. Bumpy landings were an added treat. On Sunday afternoon after hanging out in downtown Lawrence or wherever, we'd catch the flipper. I remember one time I had to pony up $42 for a return seat as the plane was loaded. That put me in a seat right behind the cockpit. Nice view for the ride back to Denver.
You are the wind beneath my wings, otherwise known as turbulence.
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