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My first job: office work

My first job was at a place called Ocean Drilling Program. I worked in the Art/Publishing Department, cutting up photos & pasting them back together (literally, with an exacto knife), checking that data in the computer matched what was on the scientists logs (& fixing it when it didn’t match), scanning in other documents, cleaning up documents that had been scanned, printing out sheets on the huge photo printers, etc. I worked there for the summer, but got called back in towards the end of the fall & worked there for another year and a half. I think I made something like $4.85/hour, which seemed awesome at the time (minimum wage then was $4.25). I really liked working there because I got to hang out with the artists and the photographers for the most part. They taught me a lot about graphics programs on both Macs & PCs (I’d never used a PC before). I also got to talk to the scientists from time to time, which was always fun, too. It was an excellent first job.


Lisa Holcomb graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She resides in East Texas with her husband, 3 boys, and 2 cats. She writes fantasy and science fiction for both young adult and adult audiences. She has written for numerous blogs, newsletters, and the occasional poetry magazine. She has spent the last couple decades blogging at various websites about growing up adopted and living and parenting with chronic illness, finally combining it all into one blog at Her first full length novel is nearing completion.