The first day back in the concrete bunker after our 'weekend' is always the hardest. Not so much the first part of the day, but late afternoon. Usually after the first day the last four are easier, and Friday was no exception. By 4 pm I was dragging mentally, but I made it to the end and actually had a very good day 'picking'. I surpassed 1,000 picks in one shift for only the second time this 'Peak Season', and my highest picking quarter was actually the 4th quarter....go figure.
We had a voicemail waiting at home from Carlos Garza, the manager of SDF1, advising they were cancelling all 6th days for the next 8 days. I think I mentioned previously that you can sign up for a sixth day of work if you wish. All those who have been working six days per week will only work 5 days next week, plus there are no 12 hour shifts.....only 5 ten hour days. They have cancelled some MET (Mandatory Extra Time) for several shifts recently, so we will soon see if our Tuesday MET day remains, or is cancelled. Frankly, I think they are a little overstaffed right now, and while we were at lunch Friday they were bringing in another 30-40 people for orientation.
Saw the news on the TV's in the lunch room about the big 7.0 earthquake in Alaska Friday. It sounds like a lot of highways in southwestern Alaska have been severely damaged. I'm trying to get a handle on which ones, and how that may, or may not affect our summer travels. After all, it is winter, and I'm pretty sure they will not be able to fix a lot of the damage until things thaw out in the spring. Hopefully over the next few days we will get a better picture of the damage, and what impact, if any, it will have on our summer plans.
We drove the VW to work for the first time in a while as the rain was bordering on torrential at 6 am. I hate driving the car such a short distance as it really does not even get up to operating temperature in that short distance, but I also don't want to arrive at work with wet shoes.
Including Friday, we have 17 days of work left, and 3 weeks total before we will roll our wheels once again. Well, time to get ready for work.....thanks for stopping by!