November 3, 2023 3:00 am
On this episode of Our American Stories, on the morning of September 11, 2001, Peter Braxton was the first military pilot in the air over the burning Twin Towers. It was his first day on the job. Here’s Peter sharing some stories from a few of his first jobs including his first job after serving in the Air Force.
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Visit eBay.com for terms. This is Lee Habib and this is Our American Stories, the show where America is the star and the American people. To search for the Our American Stories podcast, go to the iHeartRadio app, to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Peter Braxton was the first military pilot in the air over the burning Twin Towers in New York City. It was his first day on the job. Here's Peter sharing some stories from a few of his first jobs, including those before and after serving in the Air Force. There's like a pitch and putt golf little thing with a little ice cream and miniature golf and driving range and I don't know I think my like high school whatever girlfriend or something like that got me the job and we're both working there. I mean this is before I don't know they had tractors picking up golf balls so I used to go out there and scoop them up with a little scooper on the driving range and then run over to the ice cream shop and you know try to make a twirly ice cream cone or you know and I'd eat the mistakes. I was a kid, I was 14 or something like that so I lasted a little while there but that's a seasonal job right so you can't do that in the winter so then I worked at I applied for I got the job at Burger King and I lasted three weeks at Burger King and the reason I lasted three weeks is I was like bored I was my brain was atrophying I was making these burgers in the back and fries and they were like oh y'all promote you to the window you know the drive-thru I was like no I don't do that like now do you want do you want to be a manager of I was 16 years old I was like no no no no no it's hard work actually I mean I don't know if people understand this this is labor I mean your I mean it's lunchtime I mean these things are flying off the you know the buns are going everywhere the burgers are flaring up and and you know you're running out of cheese and obviously it's fast food so you got a synchronous you got to drop the fries and then the alarm goes off and it's I was like I don't know if this is right like I don't know if this is where I was built to be I didn't last three weeks at that place it was that's the issue that was it it was grueling work you had to be perfect people get upset they're spending three dollars and 99 cents they want every penny of value out of that stuff that's hard hard work you got to be there on time it gets pace hectic people you know expectations unmet expectations communicated or not it's the root of all conflict if the burger doesn't show up with out the pickles or whatever this conflict is an expectation isn't met I think it was a good lesson and I learned about people you know people so I got a job at a grocery store as a bagger and this is back in the day where they like tip you a buck or something like that this is 1991 I don't know 1990 and I remember this woman came in furious because I put the bananas on the bottom of the bag and you know she had brought him home and you know these dollar 98 bananas were smushed they were they weren't they were deformed and I mean got in my face and was like I'll buy you a banana tree I'm sorry like I didn't I apologize I wasn't you're right you're right I'm sorry and I remember they like put me on like punishment so my punishment was to return all of the things that people don't buy and go find where they're supposed to go back on the shelf and I did that for a while and you know in Rome New York it snows a lot and you know one night we had this snowstorm and nobody was coming I mean it was just like why is the store open and so they you know Pete you're gonna go out and shovel you know the sidewalks and clean them off and I was like well why isn't Bethany doing that like you know now Pete you're gonna go shovel the shovel the sidewalk so I go out and I shovel the sidewalk at this grocery store and I'm like where am I gonna put all the snow and I covered Bethany's might this my classmate from high school her car up in snow and I thought it was the funniest it was like king of the hill right like I was the funniest thing I just buried her car in snow and and we were I mean if she ever hears this she'll she'll remember this and she started laughing yeah she wasn't she was like complaining laughing crying all at once and Bettina if she's around she was like the manager I mean I was 16 Bettina couldn't have been 22 but I thought she was like 48 right like she was in charge she's like you're gonna go clean off her car and you're gonna clean it all I was like all right so I went back out in the snowstorm cleaned off Bethany's car I cleaned off Bettina's car I cleaned off my car I mean nobody was coming into the store you know you have two hemispheres of your brain for a reason one is more logic and math you know there's art and and creative thinking and you know for me I kind of felt like my I don't know if it's left brain right brain but the creative thinking side was kind of atrophying a little bit and so I remember walking out I was at Credit Suisse and I walked out it was a suit tie you know the whole Swiss banker look and and I was I I walked by this art store and I looked in it it was like a movie I stopped I looked in the art store and I went in I bought these big canvases huge like you know I don't know if they're four by sixes or something like that and I never painted anything but I hung the canvases up and so I remember you know I guess the party trick with you know I'd maybe if I brought a date home to cook or dinner or something like that you know they'd see the canvas you know some would say something some would say like oh you don't see it you know you don't see the art there's nothing on it I mean there's nothing on this thing I just never got around to doing it but what I did do to kind of fulfill that was to cook so I like to create things and here's the good news you get to eat it and a terrific job on the editing production in storytelling by our own Greg Hengler and a special thanks to Peter Braxton for talking about his first jobs including those before and after serving in the Air Force and the one before just made me laugh because my first job was at Roy Rogers and I lasted a very short time because it is brutal work the line it's like an assembly line and it's 110 degrees and people are screaming at you all the time the story of first jobs in the end that's what this that this really was and work in general and what we learned from it and some of the things we don't learn and especially what we really learn what God's made us to do Peter Braxton's story of his work before and after his service in the Air Force here on Our American Stories. 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