Get The Mon-Yon, Miss Anne (#390)

Jethro and Larry were drinking with some friends at a party one night where one of the friends was extremely drunk to the point that his words would not come out right.  For some unremembered reason he was trying to say “money” but it came out “mon-yon.”

The guys decided to go with it.   Whenever a car pulled up, Larry or Jethro would yell, Get the Mon-Yon, Miss Anne.  That was my cue to have a ticket ready and get the money.   It helped differentiate from the cars that had reserved tags or pre-paid.

Eleven days working as a parking lot ticket seller for the Florida Strawberry Festival from 8 in the morning until 9 at night taught me several things.

* Spanish people have a sense of humor that I can understand.  They’d pull up in their car, I’d say five dollars, please.  They’d look at me with big grins and say, oh, four dollar?   Their children in the backseat would be saying No, Papa, No!  I’d then say No Cuatro; Cinco!  And when they heard me speak Spanish (simple as it was) their eyes would light up, they’d laugh and then hand over the $5 parking fee.

* I can be out in the elements all day, breathing dust from a continuous flow of cars, sweating bullets or putting on extra layers because of the “bipolar” Florida weather, dealing with all manner of people from dawn to way past dusk, yelling at, laughing with and commiserating with my fellow workers and still be alert and smiling…..at least for 11 days!

* People love going to the Strawberry Festival.  They love the foot-long cheese on a stick, fried chicken on a stick, strawberries dipped in chocolate on a stick.  And, of course, the strawberry shortcake and giant turkey drumsticks.  For many, it has become a yearly tradition.

 

My lot with the Fairgrounds behind

My lot with the Fairgrounds behind

 

Still there parking cars way after the sun went down

Still there parking cars way after the sun went down

 

One of the perks of the job

One of the perks of the job

 

I was going to keep this hat for son-in-law, Todd. But  I knew he'd find a way to get even.  I gave it to a nice couple from Michigan.  Todd, they were thrilled!

I was going to keep this hat for son-in-law, Todd. But I knew he’d find a way to get even. I gave it to a nice couple from Michigan. They were thrilled!

 

One of the directors ready for the big parade.  Love the tie!

One of the directors ready for the big parade. Love the tie!

 

Larry and Jethro. That's a big long hat J is wearing to keep his dreadlocks tucked in.  I thought he looked like the dark son of Captain Davey  Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean

Larry, Hustler Extraordinaire and Jethro, Suspended Strip Club Bouncer
That’s a big long hat J is wearing to keep his dreadlocks tucked in. I thought he looked like the dark son of Captain Davey Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean

 

Red Hat Day Ladies posing before going to the Festival

Red Hat Day Ladies posing before going to the Festival

 

All In A Day’s Work

 

I am so, so happy that job is over, blessed to have had the opportunity to push my limits and grateful for the memories.

Ever Grateful ~ Annie

 

 

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