Exchange on a Career in Catholic Writing…

Me: “I’ve told you before, darling, I could work at the AM/PM.”

The wife: “Yeah – ‘Would you like cherry or cola Slurpee, sir?’ But now that they’ve installed self-serve Slurpee machines, you’ve lost that as a backup…”


  1. Why the fasination in working at fast food joints? Is it because you desire to know how the otherside live? You’ve never done this kind of work before, I say give it a try for a year!

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    It’s not a fascination, nor a denigration. It was just an example of the sort of job one might take not as a vocation, but simply as a source of income – in this case, something to help meet expenses while I chased the chimera of a career as a Catholic writer.

    Giving it a try for a year would mean leaving a good job with good benefits – not simply for myself, but for my wife and five children. It would also mean selling our house, as I would most likely not be able to keep up the mortgage. A move of at least questionable prudence. It would take a profound sense of being called by God to make such a move; it wouldn’t be something I would just “give a try.”

    The exchange was lighthearted; I am sorry it provoked any ill feeling.

  3. AnotherCoward says

    Working fast food is a lot of fun … if it pays the bills.

    I worked at McDonald’s for half a year and had a ton of fun. Closing was the best; Opening was a bit of a drag, but the perk there was that breakfast is better food than lunch/dinner.

    People are people where ever they are. Different particulars, but all the same in principle.

  4. Matthew,

    I worked at Friendly’s – learned all my best grilling techniques there – and a distaste for deserts, too, I think.


  5. AnotherCoward says

    Mmmm… Friendly’s. I visited my first Friendly’s while visiting the girlfriend up at her college in Mass.

    We do not have Friendly’s down here in the South. Not such a big loss considering we’ve got a Wafflehouse on nearly every interstate exit, if not 2.

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    How you can have a distate for desserts after being exposed to the glories of the Fribble and the Jim Dandy is well beyond me. Friendly’s forever.

  7. Matthew,

    (I actually began explaining this as part of my original contribution, but decided against it – but now that you press the issue:)

    Thus, a partial explanation for why to this day I’ve been turned off to deserts.

    (But the Jim Dandy does rank among the Best Ever Sundaes: FOUR SCOOPS, TWO TOPPINGS – in a cranial sized sunday bowl. …Ah…. it’s almost Scandanavian in its decadence…)

    Lent is here.


  8. Matthew Lickona says

    Don’t forget the two bananas, cut in half and jutting up out of the ice-creamy goodness…

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