During summer days we roasted on ladders, scraping and painting our little red house. My sister wore her impossibly orange bikini and basted with baby oil. I wore cutoffs and brought the radio. Never venturing beyond the first story, we must have dribbled half a gallon of stain on the driveway, but at $1 an hour, management wasn’t complaining.
At the end of our shifts, we would wrap the brushes in foil and tuck them in the freezer.
Dubbed “the eternally painted house” by the neighbors, it was perhaps only a marginal improvement over the salmon eyesore it had been.
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Love this! I hear Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” playing on your radio.
Thanks! I’m sure it wasn’t anything quite so cool, but you never know. My siblings provided a very eclectic musical education.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA That is not how I remembered it:) Was it a $1 AN HOUR?
That’s what I got. You might have negotiated a better deal.