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Work at an Amusement Park!

If you're looking for some on-the-job fun, check out the positions you can score at your local amusement park. But this isn't just a summer job; it's more like a paid vacation! Just think about it - you'll be surrounded by rides, games, entertaining shows and mouth-watering munchies all day long!

Ticket Attendants

Ticket attendants sell tickets to enter the amusement park. They also give directions and hand out maps. It's important to be a people person cuz you'll be dealing with everyone who comes into the park and answering any questions they have. Oh, and you'll be stuck inside a small ticketing booth all day, which is great on days when it's pouring rain - but that's about it.

Concession Staff

Working the concession stand can be pretty demanding. You'll always have starving and thirsty peeps waiting in line for you to whip them up a stick of cotton candy, butter up some popcorn or slap ketchup and mustard onto their hot dogs. Just be sure you don't snack on the job - your job is to sell 'em, not eat 'em!

Rides Operators

Rides operators usually have to be at least 16 years old cuz there's a lot of responsibility that comes with this job. You have to start and stop the ride, explain the rules of the ride, help peeps in and out of the ride and make sure they're safely strapped in. Rides operators tend to get great tans from standing out in the sun all day, so it's important to slather on the sunscreen!

Games Attendants

Can you think of anything better than playing games all day long, all summer long? We sure can't, and that's why the games department is one of the coolest places to work. You'll need a good set of vocal chords cuz you'll be screaming and yelling at peeps (in a good way) to get their attention so that they'll come over to your booth and play a few rounds of your game. If they win - which happens once in a blue moon - you get to hand out a prize!

Costumed Characters

You'll definitely work up a sweat by walking around in a cartoon costume, greeting and entertaining the amusement park folks and handing out balloons to all the kiddies. You'll most likely be wearing the mascot of your local amusement park, but if you're lucky enough to work at Disneyland, you just may get to be Mickey Mouse!

Cleaners

This isn't the greatest job. In fact, it kinda stinks, but someone's got to do it, right? Aside from not needing any previous work experience, one of the perks of this position is that you don't have to deal with any rude or whiny peeps - just a whole lot of smelly garbage! To make things easier for ya, clip on some nose plugs, tune into your MP3 player and constantly remind yourself that a clean park is a happy park.

Bottom Line

So some of these jobs may be cooler than others, but working any position at an amusement park is enough fun to last a summer. And when you finish your shift, you can play games, go on the rides, pig out on junk food and watch shows - all for free! So head down to your local fairgrounds to find out what job opportunities are open to you.

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Best Amusement Park Activity?

  • Stuffing my face with hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.
  • Screaming at the top of my lungs on the super scary rides!
  • Playing 37 different games to try and win a huge stuffed animal.
  • Getting my fortune told by a carnival gypsy.

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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