I Aced My First Job Interview Even Though I Showed Up Soaken Wet and A Little High

10/10 wouldn’t recommend — but a fun story nevertheless.

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I’m meeting my friends at the ancient rotted bridge that’s on the outskirts of town — our halfway point.

There are days when a train conductor might find upwards of ten teenage girls dangling their feet over the edge of the bridge, smoking pot out of a discarded beer can gleaned from the ditch below. Only to start scrambling in our miniskirts out of the line of fire when the rumble of the track would give the signal of an oncoming train.

As I run across the street and back to the pier, the storm clouds move in.

Sylvan Lake is not a big town, so it’s only about a 5-minute walk to the KFC from where we’re camped out. Perhaps if I hadn’t taken the time to brag about my new job position that I hadn’t yet got, I would have missed the rain.

Despite all this, I press on. Maybe that’s because I have a good feeling about this place or, it might just be a raging case of teenage arrogance.

“Hi, there!” I say to the woman behind the cash register. She has one of the kindest smiles I’ve ever seen.

It turned out I wouldn’t need to look for another job for some time after that.

Sheri ends up being one of my closest friends over the next six years and helps me through some of the most challenging times during a difficult teenage life.

Mother, writer, user of too many hashtags.

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