This story is going to be longer than the last two, not to mention a little more outlandish at times. But it’s another idea I’ve wanted to do for years – I just had to nail down the central character motivation first.
Joel wants that electric guitar, and if he has to work for it, he’ll do it. But of course, no kid his age wants to set foot behind the counter of a fast food joint if they can help it. I hear this argument a lot, that teenagers don’t want to work at McDonald’s because they think it’s “beneath them” somehow. What the hell, work is work. I worked at Burger King for four years. Sure, I hated every minute of it, but it still bought me a car.
Midwestern reference alert: Record store Oar Folkjokeopus and Jay’s Longhorn Bar are considered the holy meccas of the alternative rock scene in Minneapolis in the ‘80s and ‘90s. For someone like Joel who’s a big fan of the Replacements and Husker Du, either one would be an ideal workplace.