11/29/2006

The Best Things That Ever Happened to Chris and Me, Vol. II

Situation: Chris and I worked at Dick’s Phillips 66

Date: 1994-1996

The Story: The third and last job that Chris and I had together was at Dick’s Phillips 66, a local gas station in Elmhurst. I needed a second job, so my friend Dan got me a job at Dick’s. A few months later, Chris was looking for work, so I got him a job at Dick’s. Dick’s was great because you didn’t have to do much: you could watch TV, smoke cigarettes (smokes were $1.87 a pack), or anything else that you wanted (I use to play my guitar), and as long as you dropped the money in the safe, closed out the register, and turned off the pumps (a detail Chris forgot once or twice), it was gravy.

What was really eerie about the whole thing was that Clerks came out while we were working there, and people used to come in and call me Dante (notice any resemblance?). Our friend Dan got a ticket from the Elmhurst police for selling cigarettes to a 14 year old. Chris found a steaming pile of shit on the bathroom floor. I even remember smoking a funny, jazz cigarette in the back office while an Elmhurst cop was filling up at self-serve. It was awesome.

Unfortunately, Dick had the misfortune of losing Chris and I at roughly the same time. Chris left for his road trip, and I moved in to the city (not before I broke my patella in Dick’s icy parking lot; I was on workers comp for five weeks). He sold the gas station the month after I left. I think it was because he missed Chris and me so much…

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your job at Dick's and my job at the strip mall mini golf were quite comparable in retrospect. Save for the smoking.

Valerie (Bunso) said...

Is that gas station still there? Doesn't it have some generic name now? i.e. Gas Up? It's been awhile since I've been in Elmhurst since my parents moved in 2003.

Frank Sirmarco said...

Geo: Ah, Safari Golf...Worst mini-golf EVER!

Valerie: It's a gravel parking lot now...

Valerie (Bunso) said...

A gravel parking lot for what? Are they planning to build something there soon?