The first thing you might learn upon meeting Taylor Street Oven’s most recent (and perhaps most gregarious) employee, Peterline Musick is that she wants to be called Lin. When asking her about the source of her very unusual first name, you will be met a slight smile, and a rolling of eyes which will inform you that the subject is closed.
Lin: I used to have a hard life and calling me by the name Lin is a sign of respect.
Cornerstone: How long have you been working at Taylor Street Ovens?
L: Not two weeks, I am pretty sure that I am the newest employee.
C: Have you ever worked in a bakery before?
L: No, I took Culinary in High School in Lincoln City. I lived there with my parents who adopted me. I am from West Africa and moved here when I was 13.
C: What was it like to move from West Africa to Lincoln City?
L: It was scary and like I said, life was hard for me. I took care of my siblings a lot.
C: What are some of the differences between West Africa and Oregon?
L: Can you tell I like food? The food was different there, I had a garden there, lots of vegetables which I still love. One thing I learned to cook in Culinary was Omelets, and I still make vegetable omelets all the time and I have a vegetable garden here with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
C: How did you get a job at TSO?
L: I was volunteering at the Carousel in Albany, I did many things there including carving horses. Eventually I got an application for work at TSO and I filled it out. Here I am.
C: What was your first day at TSO like?
L: I was nervous, maybe scared, but everyone was nice and they showed me around. After that they had me scooping cookies, I really liked that. Now I am learning how to make sandwiches.
C: Do you have a favorite sandwich at TSO?
L: Ham and pickles is a basic sandwich, but it’s my favorite.
C: What do you like best about working at TSO?
L: It has to be the people. They are so nice and I am learning many new things. Learning about being responsible is maybe the most important. I love to work and I think the best thing about America is that you can work and you have a chance to get the things you want. For instance I think I might like to work with children in the future. I am learning sign language and I think that is something I would like to share with them.
C: Thanks for a great interview Lin… now for a silly question. Who is your favorite pop singer?
L: Well, one of my favorite singers is Carrie Underwood because she is a great role model who dresses appropriately and cares about her music and her fans.
C: Thank you for a great interview Lin.