With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.
By: joealaska , 7:19 AM GMT on September 05, 2012
I hope everyone had a nice mellow LABOR DAY. Cookouts, camping, boating, baseball, and road trips. It all sounds great.
Well, here in Dutch, boats don’t do holidays, so we don’t. Our crew gets 8 hours holiday pay, and the overtime starts when they do.
It looked like a light day, one delivery scheduled. I went in late, taking advantage of the slowdown.
But before I left the phone rang and I took a decent order to be delivered later that night. No big deal. When I got to the office another boat crew walked in to the warehouse and placed an order to also be delivered that evening, Then the phone rang and a big boat had arrived, and they wanted an order delivered ASAP. (That call could have been made the night before and we would have been readier). Now we had a busy evening going, then we got the bomb dropping around 4 PM. A BIG BOAT had some type of mix-up and did not get their food they ordered from Seattle. So it was US who came to the rescue, as always. Fill a BIG order ASAP.
It was a 14 hour day Labor Day. We left at 10 PM. Went home, tried to go to sleep at 11:30. REM had been attained barely when the phone rang at 1 AM. There was a bit of a problem on an order we had delivered that evening (when YOU were toasting those marshmallows). It was a glitch that was unable to be fixed. Tried to get back to sleep- not easy for me.
OH. A storm came through. Heavy rain and wind. 71 mph by my own gauge.
5:30 AM GNU is calling. I am on auto-pilot, talking for a couple minutes before I really wake up.
There is a problem. As usual. They did not get their entire order shipped from down south. They needed food, and we were the only option. And the captain wanted to leave NOW.
I picked up GNU and we made a very quiet ride to the warehouse where I wrote up the order from his chicken scratch as he pulled it, the we both finished pulling it. Then we delivered it by 6:45 AM.
Then we went home just in time to go to work.
I worked in a daze today, wanting to leave early. I did at 4:30.
Made a general plan for my upcoming trip tonight. I have never made these plans so far ahead. And it all could change. But I plan on driving through fire damaged land in New Mexico, seeing the CHOLLAS, house hunting, VEGAS, DAVE and his wife, Yosemite (never been there), Death Valley (LOVE IT), PGA WEST GOLF in Palm Springs (TOUGH COURSE), stay in JEROME, Arizona for the night (old mining town at the top of a mountain. GOOGLE IT. Really cool.) Then back to Albuquerque. With all of these plans, something will give.
Tonight another storm came through with 50 mph winds.
Today at work a nice lady came to my warehouse to meet JOEALASKA. It was pretty cool, something that was good right then. She had read the blog from the early days, a lurker. Never made a comment (just like I would). She was surprised I was there and we chatted. She worked in Dutch a couple times but lived elsewhere. But she liked my pictures and followed the blog since then.
Made me feel good, and I told her that. I really appreciate all you regular bloggers. But it is nice to hear from the those that comprise the underside of the iceberg. At least that is what I like to think.
LOVE THE LURKERS!
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