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coming out of the closet

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Dec 13, 2009 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Haha, that got your attention, didn’t it? So I was facebook “friended” by an old high school friend yesterday, Chuck. (He thinks we dated but I don’t remember that. We grew up in Northern Virginia but now, funny enough, live a few blocks from each other in Utah.)

Anyway, he said this highly threatening thing to me, and I thought I’d better pre-empt public exposure by getting ahead of it and “outing” myself–here’s what he wrote:


Yes, it’s true. That was my first job. I was 16 years old and I schlepped greasy fries and instantly/chemically-frozen “ice cream” and shakes to the unsuspecting American public. Also burgers that I counted 20+ ingredients listed on the boxes of frozen patties.   Chuck worked there with me.

We used to go into the freezer and throw the patties against the wall as hard as we could. Never did break one. (Yes, I was an OUTSTANDING employee. Perhaps this is why I now find it almost imperative to work for myself.)

I’m super excited for Chuck to scan that photo and send it to me or post it on Facebook or whatever. NOT.

Isn’t it funny how life does a 180 sometimes? I told Chuck of the public damage that photo could do based on my current life choices and professional direction and books authored . . . I am not entirely certain, but that may have just goaded him into coming up with all kinds of ways to torment me with the alleged photo.

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13 thoughts on “coming out of the closet”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wouldn’t worry about the photo doing any sort of damage to your reputation. Your fans know how wonderful you are, and to think how much progress you’ve made in your life makes you even cooler. Going from McDonald’s employee to Green Smoothie Girl is downright amazing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well that makes me glad that I never worked at a fast food place! I did work at an ice cream place once. I don’t really regret it, it was the funnest job I ever had! But now I have to make my own ice cream without cow milk, so I can’t just go to baskin robbins or cold stone and order my favorite thing. But mixing my own ice cream probably aided me so that now I can make fun flavors that are better for me than the cow’s stuff!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Robin ~ Thanks for sharing. I thought it was pretty funny – especially about trying to break the patties in the freezer – hilarious! I wouldn’t worry about this doing any damage to your reputation. We all know that the choices we make when we’re young are often a million miles apart from the decisions we make as adults. I would think that this would be even more of a testimony on how far you’ve traveled on the nutrition/health road.

  4. When I was a young mom, my (now former) hubby introduced me to the wonderful books on nutrition by Adele Davis, & when she died (cancer?) I recall a number of folks were almost ‘pleased’ that her ‘healthy’ diet hadn’t protected her from death!

    I felt Adele studied nutrition because she NEEDED to, one of her comments was on being pointed out in a college class as exemplifying thyroid problems with her swollen neck! Her mom had died when she was young, & her dad did the best he could – she started out with very poor nutrition – & learned all she could about being more healthy (no, her ideas weren’t perfect – but she promoted eating REAL food in a time many folks were eating lots of white flour, sugar, & other refined foods.)

    Bless it & don’t stress too much!

  5. Well, it would certainly show how far you’ve progressed in life!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think it could cause to much damage,seeing you in a Mcdonald’s uniform. Wasn’t that like 30 years ago?It would just show how you have,grown up, changed and found the truth about what is good for your body.

    When is your 12 steps coming out in book form? I wanted to give it for Christmas gifts,any chance of that? Thanks

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hahaha… we all have a “past”, don’t we? The important thing is we take the knowledge that we gain and apply it to our lives to make better decisions now and in the future. PS. I worked at a Dairy Queen

  8. Anonymous says:


    Your message is so much more believable having come over from the dark side, rather than being in the light your whole life. It’s harder to relate to someone who has always been perfect.


  9. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Before Christmas the course will release in physical form. Not really a book.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Robyn- I don’t see why where you’ve come from changes where you are at right now in life. health is in fact a journey and you had to take that journey too.

  11. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    I know. I’m pretty much just kidding. 😉

  12. Anonymous says:

    I used to work there too in HS – That’s ok – We’ve moved on! 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    I thought you probably were – but – just in case. 😉

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