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My First Job: Tom Barnes

Jan. 4, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

Tom BARNES

• Name: Tom Barnes

• Age: 63

• City of residence: Victoria

• Current title: Owner of Thomas Barnes Fine Jewelry

• First job: My brother had a paper route with the Advocate, and I threw papers for him on weekends. He paid me $1 a day to throw 153 papers. Then, down the line, he cut me back to 50 cents.

What it taught me: That job taught me responsibility. I was 11 or 12 years old, and some days, the wind would be blowing, and it was cold. I rode my bike and could only hold 75 papers at a time, so I'd have to go back and get the rest. One morning, I had six papers left over, and I didn't know why. I realized I had missed a street, so I got back on the bike and delivered them.

My First Job is a feature that highlights people's first - or wackiest - job and what they learned from the experience. Please limit responses to 100 words or fewer. Responses may be edited for style, content or length. A photo of the jobholder accompanies the feature.

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