My first job was a seasonal gig as a ride operator at our local Amusement Park, Seabreeze. I only made minimum wage ($4.25/hr), but I loved it. I never had to be into work before 10am, the people I worked with were fun and most of the park visitors were there to have fun which made work fun. By the end of the summer, I could operate 11 different rides and had earned enough to help buy a new bow for my violin.
We're on a mini-vaca in an area where they're experiencing forest fires (thanks asshole arsonist). It's an area that makes Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario look rinky dinky. Holy cow. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg is no joke. Tomorrow we try to escape it and find some peace and nature in the (literally) Smoky Mountains.