an interesting past job at a collection agency. I had no experience at all except my bookkeeping and accounting classes in high school. I was hired on the spot as the assistant to the Accountant. My duties were tallying all incoming payments and data entry. It was a small office with big windows that looked out onto one of the busiest intersection in the downtown area. I had come to love working downtown. There were shops and restaurants everywhere. This group was like family and I don't recall anyone ever displaying attitudes other than congratulations for getting that account paid. They dressed up for every known occasion and celebrated things like deer hunting to newborn babies. This is also where I first tasted deer meat. After about nine months I had an aching to become a collector. A spot came open and I interviewed for it. I passed the collector's exam and found myself working uncollectible accounts. I had to start somewhere, right? Well I learned how to skip trace people who left outstanding bills for utilities. I was pretty good too. So good that I received an award and a bonus for collecting on those accounts deemed as uncollectible. I would have stayed with it but the agency moved farther north in another city and I couldn't go. I did find another job as a receptionist which was a couple of floors down in the same building. Boy did I enjoy working downtown.