Monday, June 11, 2007

Breakage


Ninth in Series about the menial jobs I have worked

I got my bachelors degree in December of 2002, my soon to be wife would not graduate until the following May. The long standing arrangement that I had with my parents was that they would help support me while I was in school, but once I got my bachelors I would have to totally support my self. I still had my job at the planning commission, but the loss of parental subsides put a major dent our budget. With an impending move to Louisiana, purchasing of house, and a wedding all occurring that summer, it was clear that I was going to need some more income. So immediately after my graduation I began to look for another part time job.

I got a part job at Lowe’s unloading trucks. It was a goof fit because it was part time in the evening so I could go there right after getting of at the planning commission job. At 5:00 I would leave the planning commission and head across the river, I would grab a quick dinner at an adjacent conscience store, almost always a couple of hot dogs, a bag of Chili-Cheese Fritos, and a Mountain Dew. Fortified by this nutritious meal I would work until about 9:00 unloading merchandise from trucks. It truly was a boring job. We broke a lot of stuff. Management never reprimanded us for breaking things, but if we took even a little longer than we were supposed to we got our asses chewed out. This policy lead to a lot breakage on our part. They must have had a similar policy at the distribution center where the trucks were loaded, drunken orangutans would have used more care in loading the truck. The most egregious example of the less carelessness is the time that they loaded a riding lawnmower on to a stack florescent bulbs, well they were florescent light bulbs, by the time truck go to us they were just boxes of glass shards.

It was an extremely mind numbing job, and the fact that I worked after spending the first part of the day at my other job made for extremely long days. Fortunately it was only for a short period of time. With the extra cash that I made were able to make one the best purchases I have made. We got Berkeley, who was a surprisingly expensive little puppy.

Finally May came a long and I left this job and Illinois, I also thought I was leaving menial labor behind forever, sadly this was not to be true.

Next: Bitterness

2 comments:

VA Friend said...

"Who's the good doggie?" What an adorable puppy. Great eyes!

gaelstat said...

I like the idea of an "adjacent conscience store" (even if that wasn't quite what you intended to write :> )

david