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’til Labor Day, I had children who I could play with. people coming. There were no roads on the “backside” We could walk to each others’ house(s). We could go of the lake. They needed their boats and they had to by boat or our parents would take us. I still have a lot get gas; so they (could) go to their homes. They had to of those friends today that I had way haul their groceries and all that kind back then. of stuff. I love the lake today as much or more than I did as a child. It is my “happy place.” My first job (was) at Hall’s Boat- house. I would go down the hill from my house and put out the candy bars and arrange them. The crackers and peanuts were in glass canisters. We would stack the Cokes in a certain way. There was only one drink and it was Coca-Cola. You didn’t have a choice. I guess I was probably 14 or 15 and I would work in the store and I’d sell people whatever we had for sale. Usually, people would charge their boat gas and just pay once a month, but it wasn’t with a credit card. You wrote it down in a little book. Then my mother, Betty Hall, would mail bills at the end of the month that had copies of all those little papers that we had written down in the little receipt book of the gas peo- ple had bought and other things. You could even buy a ski rope there and I think there was maybe one kind of sun lotion. You could buy some Coppertone stuff, lots and lots of candy bars, and chewing gum, and bubblegum. Those were good sellers. That was my first job and I think I would work for a certain number of hours a day, until I could go off and play with my friends. Hall’s Boathouse was always very busy on the on the weekends. We sold candy and cokes and that kin- da thing. Everybody would come during the day on Saturday and also on Sundays to get a snack and just hang around. People would feed the fish. They would buy their pack of crackers and instead of eating it themselves, they would feed it to the fish, and that was something just really fun for people to do. Also, way back when, be- fore most people owned a boat, my dad, Guy Hall, Jr., gave boat rides. You could buy a 50 cent ticket or a dollar ticket. The 50 cent ticket took your from the boathouse to the dam and back, and the dollar ticket took you to the same place, then also went up to the Big Basin, then turned around and came back. That was another busy thing that happened on weekends for tourists who came to see the lake, who did not own a home or a boat on the lake. Oh boy! The weekends at Hall’s Boathouse were busy! Some people came and stayed at the lake all summer long and some would come and go back to the city, but most people came on Fridays. They came on Friday after work, so there were always 47