A Little Update On the Job

A couple of things, first, it is now one month since I pulled into town, and second, today is the day I went solo at my work. But before I will go into all that, I just want to take a few moments on our weather. Terrace, British Columbia is notorious about it’s weather. It is either too warm, or too cold, and it rains here a lot, but it is known to have its dry spells as well, for the most part, it is mild year round. The one thing I can say right now, there is no danger of forest fires here. We did get up to “Medium” rating, but we were far from any “High” rating, or super hot weather to cause us any warnings of forest fires. So, that being said, it is currently raining, lightly, and is 16C according to my window thermometer. 

So, today was the day that I went solo at my work. Normally, employees who under go the training, will get at least two weeks training, with a few more weeks of guidance. Not me. I got two days of getting all my paper work done for my personal data, with employee processing. Then I got four days of training, sort of the rush-avalanche of everything I need to know, then thrown into the deep end to run an entire warehouse all by myself today. Oh sure I had my managers to call upon, and the lead supervisor to ask for help, but in general, it was just me.

The tasks I have for the job are very straight forward. Like every other warehouse I have worked in, this place is no different. The logistics are the same. Inventory is the same. And the shipping and receiving are standard. The difference with this place are, the hugely complex procedures, and multiple systems that have to be used. It is just horrendous. If it were not for my background in software, computers and online networks, the mountain may have been to steep to climb. In essence, there are six main software, and multiple procedures to follow, to get the basic job done.

To more a box from one end of the warehouse to the other, you need to run three pieces of software, and do about twenty minutes of procedural work to do that job.  On top of that, there are about ten different categories for freight earmarked for general uses. And with a small work force, this complex system is riddled with mistakes and errors. Then there are the daily, weekly and monthly reports; each with its own special flavour of needs and details. There is always something to hand in, or audit.

I will not get into the mobile equipment, but hold on for some funny tails later on.

I can say I am loving it. The job is very good, only becuase it is a low volume location. Most of the workers have been there for well over two decades, so most everyone knows their job well. And the pay is awesome. I think I will do nicely here.

First Full Day On the Job

Today marks my first full day on the job, and I could not be more stoked about it than any other job I worked on. It was one of those days with all training and paperwork for the first bit, but the last half of it was spent actually doing the job, so I felt like I was a head of the curve. A lot of the job I know, just names and learning new software, were different from what I use to. In fact, I was say, if it was not my previous experience, I would not be as far I as I am right now. I have lots of keys, and several passwords; oh the responsibilities I have now-gosh. Anyway, the job is a low volume location, but very steady. We will see what the future brings.

So I get up out of bed, at six, and at work for seven am, and home by three-thirty pm. Not bad, since I have no train tracks to cross, little traffic to deal with, and the distance to work from my place is seven kilometres! This morning I saw only four or five other cars on the road; is was awesome dealing little traffic. I get to work way before the rest of the regular staff do, so this makes first couple of hours quite pleasant, and when I can most of the bulky tasks done. Once the rest of the workers arrive, I am usually in the office by then, which is prefect becuase that is when the questions start. So for an hour, I deal with those.

The teams I work with are awesome too. There is a very laid-back attitude with all of the staff. There are those who are very professional, and those who want to get the job done with as little hassle as possible. But, for the most part, it is a low key atmosphere to work in. As long as you stay on top of your duties, all will go well, for me and everyone around.

Of course, learning a new system, comes dealing with minor hitches in time and an efficacies. I am slow on the scanner, but only becuase that is totally new software that I have to learn. Then there is the Inventory software that seems to be a mesh-mash of ten pieces of software welded together. It has its moments when it decides not to work. But everything else is routine and common for me to do.

The hard part will be working alone. A large part of the job is working solo. So keeping myself busy, and setting up a schedule is totally upon me to do. There are “Check Ins” and other means for head office to track me, but there will be no one to physically keep me company. They say, there will lots of days with boring times to deal with over the course of this employment. This will be a shock to deal with for me, coming from a place with over two hundred and fifty employees, and working full-out at one hundred and ten percent-none stop–flat out. Am I ready for this. LOL

A Job!

Very good news: I GOT A JOB! Well, not just any type of job, but one that I know very well, and I am very experienced at. I found a warehousing type job, but this one pays in the order of over twenty dollars an hour, and on top of that, nearly full benefits. I just found out about it on Friday, and then the flurry of paperwork started afterwards. In all, I am very happy with it. I run the warehouse, doing everything from shipping and receiving, ordering, inventory control and more. Also, they told me that there is no over-time period. That is music in my ears! Of course I will not disclose the company’s name here on my weblog, but let us just say they are well known in these parts.

Another point I would like to make, all the resumes that I sent out, I have got replies back–all of them. My girlfriend said that it is my experience, becuase most people here do not have the opportunities like I had from being down South, and the number of years at it, like I did. Also, most of the jobs that I applied were low wage jobs–I want to stress that. Then there are my “custom resume” ways of doing things. Every job, I type up a tailored resume and cover letter, in the hopes that the would-be employer will see what they want to see as opposed to having one that is a bio of my life. Regardless, there is work here, and some good paying jobs at that.

I start next Tuesday. I just did my criminal background check, and then start the processing for my employee identification. That nearly took an hour to do at lightening speed. Photographed, scanned and signed my life. And there is more to come!

Not bad–two weeks here and I found work. How sweet is that.

It is Done: Saying Good Bye

Right at the end of my shift, the hugs and hand-shakes started–parting is bitter-sweet–but that is the way it is. Saying those final farewells and good byes was difficult, especially from those who I became close to over the last three years. Parting my ways was hard to do. But I must look forward and to my future, on the road ahead, not what was has or could have been. So tonight, I walk a free man, with clear mind and a fresh outlook to my life. Looking back was not an option.

Sadly, my old team is impaired (short one man) without me. They will have a huge void to fill, and it will mean shuffling around other from other departments to make that happen. It is not a matter of working harder, but having that extra set of hands. I wish them well.

Now I have tomorrow to take care of. First thing I have to do is some Banking. I must get ready to get the moving truck and have it ready for Wednesday. I have less than five days to get the truck ready for the move. It is lots of time, but it is not, when you factor all the things I have to do in it. I just hope I use it well.

With work behind me, I also have to focus on getting a new job up in Terrace. Yes, I have a couple new leads, but they are just that–leads. Nothing solid. From what people there have told me, I should have no troubles getting work. What bothers me at this time, is getting good quality work. Sadly, there are lots of low paying part-time work–everywhere. But if push comes to shove, then so be it.

I guess the other freaky thought I just had was, “I am now unemployed.” Woagh….

One More Day to Go

Well, this is it. One more day of work here in the Lower Mainland to go before I move away up North. Funny, everyone at my work seems sad to see me go, but they are also just realizing that I have just one more day to go before it is over, and they are saying that I did not warn enough. Even funny-er, I have. I have been counting down since I gave my two week notice to anyone that can hear me. Time marches on, doesn’t it.

I decided that I would not slack off from my job duties. I would keep up the paces unit my last day. So far only one fellow employee has noticed. He said that I should, but I say no. My reason is simple. I want them to know next week after I am gone. I want them to feel it. The new guy, or actually he has been that before, will look like a newbie after I am gone. But I also want to set some standards, hopefully, after I leave. But I highly doubt it.

I have no idea what will happen tomorrow. I am leaving that up to them. I mean, I will go into work, do my job, but I have no idea what kind of a day it will be? I never look at the schedule, or care to. I just want to show up, do my work, then leave. I want to leave happy, knowing I did a good days work.

Yes, I will miss a lot people there. I made some good friends there, and I knew a lot of people in those three years in the store. Not only that, I learned a lot stuff at the job too. I know what bead-board is. But looking back, I never thought I would work in the Hardware Business, but I did it, and I am good at it. Who would have thought three years ago? Yes, I will miss it.

I have been announcing my count down every day I go into work. Last week, I told everyone in the lunch room that I was leaving. I guess they had “selective hearing” on at that time? Maybe they forgot? Oh well. No one can say that I did not tell them that I was leaving there. I gave my two weeks notice, and all heard.

Anyway, time to move on. The North calls. I have a partner there waiting for me–that feels good. Time to leave this place.

To Search a Different Life

Well, that went well. I gave my notice on Mat 31, 2017 that I would be leaving sometime in June. Both my employer and land lord seemed really shocked by this news; more so my employer. But it is done now. Now on to more pressing issues like the moving truck and getting rid of the propane tank on my land lord’s property. These are some of the issues I am dealing with for today. I have the place up in Terrace, so I can check that one off my list. But the funny thing about lists, they either get longer, or shorter. Anyway, the move will be good for me.

As of the writing of this post, I am in the possess of seeing if I can get rid of my trailer. A guy, a friend from my former employment, is coming up today to have a look at the trailer. His plan is, if he likes is, is to tow it to a place called Hope, and leave it in storage until he can put it on his gold claim. Several hours have passed. OK, scratch that one off the list–it is official, or at least he says he likes what he sees, and will take it off of my hands.

So, that leaves the moving truck and propane tank. Those I will have to deal tomorrow. I just ran out of time today.

A note on the move. Now that I am committed, it seems that these next two week should fly by quickly. In three weeks, I should be out of here. The only real big issue is once I am there, is to find a job, or come into lot and lots of money. No, I think a nice job would be nice. But the first thing I want to do is go camping.

Happy Victoria Day! What a Summer Like Day!

When I woke up this morning, I headed into to town to see how full it was of people. Turned out, it was packed by the time got there. So I decided that going back to see the MayDay Parade was out of the question. Sadly, Fort Langley has become a nightmare for parking, so I opted to stay at home instead. Once at home, I focused on cleaning and getting ready for the new week. I did sat on my patio for a while, reading, then taking my camera out to capture these silky ribbon looking clouds, which had moving waves that made them ripple in real time. Then back to more cleaning. 

My road was quiet today. Only a couple of cars travelled up, then back, along the dead street. It was what laid beyond that made me stay at home. When I was going down River Road, or 88 Avenue, there were about fifty cyclists, all done up in racing spandex. And beyond that, was Fort Langley parade. So, for my evening drive, I headed in the opposite direction–Abbotsford. Even that drive was full of people parked at every park and stop along the road. So I only stopped for a few photos, then off I went back home.

I feel rested, but could use some more time off. Tomorrow I go back to work, into the pit. I can only imagine how hot it will be in there tomorrow. Not to mention how grumpy some of my co-workers get when it is too hot inside. Because of security, all doors must be shut, and fresh air is hard to come by while on the floor. Do I look forward to that—not!

Well, at least the good weather will not outnumber the bad days. I hope this year, summer is awesome–but not too hot.

Happy Victori Day!

The Unofficial Start of Summer – Here at Last!

As far as I am concerned, summer has started! The weather is awesome, it is a long weekend, and I am feeling good. I think with the sunshine outside, that is what is making me feel good. But it is here: the long weekend. I slept like a log last night. I did not get up until noon, although that is when I normally wake up anyway for my day job, but it still feels like I slept in. So many plans, will I have the energy to do them?

I ran outside when the Sun was fall over the horizon, to take this photo. You could say I was going for the golden hour, which creates the best light for photography in. When I saw the sunlight through the tall leaves beside my patio, I went into camera mode. It reminds of the jungle. I like this shot, as it caught my eye when I went outside. These plants shot up in the last week, and eventually they will turn into these awesome red and yellow dragon flowers, which I have shot before and posted on the weblog. They bloom around August and September.

Later on tonight I want to take a drive, and perhaps do some night sky photography, if the clouds are not to bad.

I had more cows last night on my way to work. I call it a Cow-Jam, when the damn animals crowd the road, and refuse to leave, no matter how many times you honk the horn at them. I actually had to get out and push one of them from the middle of the road so I could get by. I know, farm country in all, but sheesh, they do not belong on the road, stopping traffic. I usually give myself lots of time when I go to work. I have two sets of railway tracks, and a hundred intersections with traffic lights to cross, so it can take anywhere from twenty to forty minutes during my commute. I never factored in cows, nor a Cow-Jam, into my commute!

Anyway, it is the long weekend. Tonight, I have a cup coffee going, and a movie to watch in a bit, then off to sleep. Tomorrow, we will see. I have no plans tomorrow, but my end up cleaning. I have lots to clean, and sort out. The never ending battle with clutter.

My Late Bloomers

What keeps me sane from my job? Well, it is sometimes my photography. Getting outside, away from the house, where I can focus on shooting picture rather than on my day job. Like my working life, the flowers around my place are messed up too. These guys, the red flowers that grow by the well house, always seem to bloom a month later than the same ones do in town. I guess it is becuase I live behind a hill that blocks my Western view. I figure I have about six hours less sunlight becuase of it. But anyway, when the flowers do bloom, I jump on the opportunity to grab my camera and do some shooting.

Now, about work. It is crazy. With the spring season ramped up, I hit full speed, and do not stop until I leave. Right now my body is just in a state of numbness. All I can do is sit here, and type away, or stare at my screen. What a life, eh?

I see the good weather coming. The leaves on the trees are hitting their full size now, and most of the flowers in my flowers beds have started budding. It is amazing how fast nature has rebounded since having such a late spring here in the Fraser Valley. Today is much warmer too, which will speed things up too out in the garden. Now I can only hope that the weather does not go the other way, with to much Sun and not enough rain. I like it nice and even, but who know how messed up our climate is now.

Dial it Down a Bit

It is raining out. My thoughts are on next weekend, the long weekend, the May Day weekend, as we call it here in Fort Langley. But that is a week from now, I still have this coming week to deal with. Where I work, they say, this will be the busies week of the year, and next weekend will be the busiest three days as every property owners will want to spruce up their investments for the unofficial start of summer. It is said that we have the dirt, and you want it, in a big way. But right now, my concern is my own health and well being.

I am still sore from last week. The time off from this weekend is still not enough time to recover from the frantic onslaught of the spring season that my poor body has endured. From my head down to my feet, I am sore. I am also tired.

Sleeping has been an issue too. For some reason, I cannot sleep straight through the night. I could say it is the longer days, but I wear night shades, which seem to do a great job. Then there is stress, which I lots of. That could be it. But then there is my tired aching body, from all the pounding I give when I am working during the day. And I cannot forget about the rain. It is cool outside, and I say that has something to do with it.

My goal, to make it through the coming week, and prepare for the long weekend ahead. Rumour has it, we are to have a couple weeks of very nice weather coming, starting just before the weekend. So, something to look forward to.

Meanwhile, I am going to attempt to hit the bed early tonight, hoping that I can get at least a few hours of good sleep before I head into work tomorrow.