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Odd Jobs: Inflation specialist

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POULTNEY, Vt. - Joe Sinagra's job started as a money saving plot -- a St. Albans dad trying to save a few bucks at his kids' birthday parties.

"I started doing the math and saying geez, you know I rented it a couple times, I wonder how much one of these cost?" said Sinagra, who calls himself an inflation specialist.

He's now the king of bounce castles, traveling around Vermont and spreading inflatable joy to young kids, and those young at heart.

"Once they get going-- the adults-- they have a ball. They're smiling and usually they're hard to get out, as well," he said.

Sinagra calls himself a weekend warrior, supplementing his American dream of owning his own business with a mainstream 9-5 at a local trash company. He and his wife have to make the most of Vermont's short season, cramming about 150 jobs into weekends between April and October.

"People will ask me all the time, 'Gosh, you're working on Saturday, you're working on a Sunday.' I don't think of it as work," Sinagra said.

Backyard parties may account for 90 percent of his business, but Sinagra is no stranger to graduations, weddings or even... "A funeral in the Northeast Kingdom," he said. "I scratched my head at first but it turned out really well. They had a blast."

Seniors at Green Mountain College bounced away their end-of-semester blues.

"We're still big kids, too. We like to relax. We just had finals and we're really stressed," said one student, Kaitlyn Lawrence.

"It's certainly an odd job, but it's an odd job I wouldn't change for the world," Sinagra said.

An odd job turning air into a chance to channel your inner child.

"When you can go someplace and smile and bring joy to somebody at your work, you can't really ask for anything more," he said.
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