My first-ever real paying job was as an usher at a movie theater on Long Island, where for $1.85 an hour (minimum wage in those days) I had the pleasure of asking customers whether they wanted to sit in "balcony or loge?," in addition to sweeping popcorn, quieting noisy patrons and shining mirrors.

Not only that but I watched Stanley Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" 57 times, which may well hold a spot in Guinness’ Book of Records. So you could argue I have first-hand experience in hard work and cheap pay.

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