As some of you have read, and are excited to read about today, I started my new job today! I haven’t said that in three years. I am sore from doing yard work yesterday at my aunt’s house. It was a great day and I had a good talk with her, something I’ve needed for a long time. But that is all I am going to share on that. Some things are just for me. and, I have so much to tell you about the job!
It’s not exactly like anything I’ve ever done before but it is in some ways similar to the work I did in the wrapper room at Kemps Ice Cream. I work at A.M.G. Laminating in St. Paul. Essentially as the rookie I will be floating from machine to machine learning the different functions, getting my hands caught in huge rolls of plastic wrap, moving palates of various sizes to and from various places, cleaning up, and generally just getting to know the processes.
Today I spent most of my time cutting the extra plastic film between segments of what will eventually be nice, shiny, laminated cardboard boxes for a well known company. I would transfer them onto a palate and when it was full I would strap them down tight and circle the palate in a dizzying dance of plastic mayhem. I was taught how to do this by a real cowboy although I suspect he was just a man wearing a cowboy hat. Either way it was his last day and I was his replacement… Awkward!! It was very clear to me that everybody thought I was great and funny and amazing at life, at least that’s what my interpretation was. My very good friend from C.I.P. [boot camp], Mr. Doty, the same man who made it possible (along with my repeated attempts via e-mail, telephone calls, and personal visits) for me to work there, was in the background doing other things but we managed to wave at each other several times. At one point I attempted to pick up the chair he was sitting in with a forklift but I failed. He was far too quick. Mr. Doty is very tall, and he likes it when I make jokes about that. His lovely girlfriend, Ms. D (Unrelated. (I will protect her anonymity)) came by to visit him for our lunch break and I tried to explain to her that even though the sun is 93 million miles away from the earth, he sunburns faster because of how tall he is. We all laughed. Hahahahaa. Well, you all know what laughter sounds like. She also brought a foam missile launcher system that she purchased from Rainbow for 50 cents which we all had fun with. It was a good day. I had a lot of fun and got a lot done. Hey, I’m a wrapper!
After work I arrived at home and my mother had made (ordered) an amazing blackened walleye dinner. It was just what I needed after a hard day’s work. Thank you.
The plumbers and electricians were here while I was at work today and now in my room I have a three by three gaping hole with exposed plumbing. I guess it’s actually better than having the washer and dryer in this tiny room which is what I thought would be the case. It’s all closing in around me here. I think it’s about time to start looking for a different place to live. The other morning I woke up to my mom yelling at the kitten. No! No! No! Over, and over, and over. She then started clapping at it. This was all at about 7am. She’s used to living alone, so I can understand not having to worry about other people. But I go out of my way to be quiet. I tiptoe down the halls, barely close the bathroom door because old houses make so much noise with so little provocation. Ugh. I don’t know. I shouldn’t have put myself into this position, I get that. And I’m grateful that I have a roof over my head, walleye in my belly, and another day sober. And with that, I pass.
I am happy for you, Vince. It sounds like you had a good day with your aunt. As odd as this sounds, I like the achy feeling the next day after doing physical work. It reminds me that I worked hard and accomplished something! Thank you for sharing your first day at work. One of my most eye opening experiences was when I spent six weeks in Eastern Europe in 1992. After I returned home, I had (and continue to have) moments of awe when I realize how well our society works…not in all areas (i.e., prison system, governing gridlock in D.C.) but in small ways that improve our quality of life: garbage trucks arriving every week according to schedule, snow plows out at all hours of the day, clearing snow so people can travel as safely as possible, companies like yours that manufacture and supply products we take for granted and likely never give a thought about.