Who Me, Nervous?

As sure as death and taxes,
it came around each year…
Girl Scout cookie sales.
Time to don my uniform
and hit the pavement.

Oakley Lane had seven houses
on each side of the street.
I started at the bottom and
worked my way up the hill.

My strategy was simple…
smile and hope for the best.

In the 1950’s, there was only
one variety of cookie to sell…
no Thin Mints or Shortbreads.

It was vanilla and chocolate
sandwich cookies, period.
If that didn’t tantalize their
taste-buds, I was doomed.

I trudged from house to house,
secretly hoping no one would
answer when I rang the doorbell.

Better yet, if a Girl Scout emblem
sticker was on display I figured I
could skip that house, as it signaled
they had already done their civic
duty by purchasing cookies.

After what seemed an eternity
of sweating bullets, I finally
arrived back home.

I had survived another outing.

The Fuller Brush man covering
our neighborhood didn’t need to
worry. His job was safe, as I was
definitely not cut out for sales.


Inspired by Daily Prompt – Nervous

Repurposed California Job Case


The California Job Case provided a way to store
movable type used in letterpress printing.

It contains 89 compartments where specific letters,
numerals, symbols, spaces and punctuation were

The case was arranged according to the frequency
of use of the letters and characters so as to make
typesetting more efficient.

As part of Typography class in the School of
Journalism, I actually learned how to set type
by hand using the California Job Case.

We have repurposed one of these cases to display
a variety of collectibles, which fit nicely in the
different compartments.scan0405

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose