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UPS called today
July 24, 2003
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Well Silence its a start and I hope you stick with it. Its up to you how your life goes and if you show them your really interested and do an outstanding job the rest should fall in place.

How about a job in shipping and receiving in a dept. store or how about working in a Video store...just some thoughts...

Have a Great Day!

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July 24, 2003
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haha, well too bad, dont u wanna sit on ur ass?? then.....!!! i be rich by now from sittin on my ass and doing nothing. well i dont know my friend before had a job she had to take care of kids who were like 7-12 something like that. and sometimes she would go to the office and fall asleep. thats what she told me. so hey!!! and u get paid. 🙂

tutor? YES that, u sit on ur ass and all u waste is saliva. take some tylenol for if the kids pisses u off.

July 25, 2003
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holy shit. We had our first night out on the floor tonight. We only worked 2 hours, but they damn near killed me.

Actually they split us up into separate groups. 2 guys went to unload, 4 people went loading, and me and my partner went
loading in another area. But the two of us became the loding bitches for everybody else in the area. we straightened lines, broke jams, and hit the recycle chute. I know this is all weird terminology, but I don't know what else to call it.

I was doing fine for the most part. The first hour and a half went like a breeze. it was tough, but I had no problem with it. Then I got hit with recycle duty. 23 boxes of medical books had to be loaded up and sent to another conveyor. 1/3 of the boxes were torn aprat and the books were spilled all over the place. So while the quality control people are fixing up the broken packages, I'm hauling these heavy ass boxes, one right after the other, onto a cart so I can recycle them. At that point my body started saying, "NO MORE!" Too many heavy packages in a row.

So after 5 minutes, I go from sweaty, but still robust, to completely drenched and beaten. No time to rest. I'm immediately called back into a truck to straighten the line. That means I have to pick up all the fallen boxes in the truck and put them back on the rollers in the middle. It's a shitty task, but necessary. And what should come tumbling down the rollers into the truck, but all of those goddamned boxes full of medical books. I could have just cried.

Anyway. I know I'm going to be hurting when I wake up tomorrow. I'm trying to stay awake as long as possible at the moment. Hey. Time to earn that money.

July 25, 2003
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Oh yeah. i forgot the punchline. When we met back in the training room, my partner and I look like we've been to hell and back. Everybody else comes in a little bit sweaty, but no worse for the wear. The unloaders had a good time. They didn't run into too many problems. But the other four people got to take turns loading a truck. It sounded like they had fun while doing it. Where the hell were those medical books in their load? How come they didn't have to do all the running around and heavy lifting? Sorry. I'm just a little frustrated with myself right now.

July 25, 2003
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hi silence, hope your doing ok, may me rip up a newspaper or something to get your frustration out, my counseler said it helped, havent tryed it yet, is the site differnt to you, the threads seem to be grey, can you see it is it just me?

July 25, 2003
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Yeah. I noticed it last night when I logged in. And it looks like they just changed it so that people looking in get the new board too. I'm not sure I like the new thread base. The type is too small and compact for me to browse the titles comfortably.

July 25, 2003
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Wow Silence I guess they are working you pretty hard huh? But I know you can take it and hopefully things will settle down some for you.

The new board site is kinda small but I like the new settings and colors. I think its kinda cool...........

July 25, 2003
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The colors and stuff are okay but I don't like how small the fonts are back at the listing of threads.

July 26, 2003
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Wow. A lot different tonight. Me and my trining partner were picked up immediately from the training room and brought stright to loading trucks. Thanks to us, the Baltimore area is going to get 2 trucks full of UPS packages.

We worked the full 4 hour shift. I held out a lot better than last night. Mostly due to the fact that I didn't have to lug 23 boxes full of medical textbooks 3 times in a row. I need to bring a bigger water container when I go back in on Monday. I ran through that bad boy by 1:30. And my shift is from 11-3.

I feel the burn. Thank god. I may actually start looking like a real human being in a few months. It's gonna hurt for a while until that point though. Damn. I wish I could take a shower now. I really stink, but I don't want to wake anybody up. I need my own place.

July 29, 2003
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First ones in, last ones out. I think they are trying to break us. Our section started 10 minutes early last night. Although we are in the lighter area, our truck seems to get strategically hit with packages all night. And most inconveniently, the largest load got dumped on us at 2:30... so we had to stay as late as possible to keep on loading.

I guess they want to see how serious people are at working here. I can't quit. It's just that simple. I have no choice. It's going to be a rough week. It's only Tuesday, and I'm already hurting. They tell me that the body completely adjusts after 1 month. I hope so.

I just realized that I can't go to any more horror movie marathons. I have to work friday nights. Now I'll never see that sunglasses girl again.

July 30, 2003
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Something happened to me today. After another full 4 1/2 hours of work, I wasn't exhausted. I wasn't about to die. I felt OK. Sure, I still have some muscle aches, but I think the worst part of it is ebbing away. My body now understands that I'm putting it through some heavy shit every night.

And thanks to us, the Baltimore area will get their packages on time again. I also braved it and took a shower when i got home this morning. Judging by the snores I heard coming out, I didn't wake up the family. Which is good, because I didn't like going to bed covered in dried sweat and grime.

Just a few more weeks and I start getting those great benefits that you hear about.

July 30, 2003
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Hi Silence, sounds like your working your butt off! I think you may turn into a hunk if keep up all this hard work. :-))

Stick with it and before long it will all be so automatic to you it won't bother you I hope. I wish you all the best because you deserve it!

Take Care
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July 30, 2003
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Congratulations Silence! YOU HAVE A JOB!!!!!!! YOU are Doing it!!!!!
Keep up the good work. You are sounding happier already 🙂

HI Bel!!!!

July 30, 2003
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I am happy for you Silence. It is time for good things to start happening for you. You sound so positive and encouraged. Way to go!!!

July 31, 2003
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Got my ass kicked today. It wasn't until 3:00 and a full water bottle refill that I realized that the air conditioning wasn't turned on in our truck. Even my partner was being affected by it. And he's an animal with work. I knew something was wrong when I looked down and saw that my shorts were soaked through. Oh well. Soemthing else to remember to do when starting a new truck.

I have a lot of little things that get to me after a while. I used to be a Tom Clancy fan. But after packing 20 or so boxes filled with "Red Rabbit" I don't like Clancy so much anymore. I'm thanking my lucky stars that I wasn't there when Harry Potter was being shipped en masse.

Also, we are constantly being tested by our supervisor. She's a nice lady and all, but I don't like all the bad packages we keep getting. basically I have to read the zip code for each package before I scan it and load it. I have to make sure that it is on my list of zip codes in the Baltimore area. And every package has to be scanned. That's so people can go online and see where their packages are. It's cool. I get to wear this little keyboard on my arm. I feel like robocop.

But at the end of the shift... I am a corpse from the living dead. And I'm hungry too. I get a constant flow of water while working, so I'm not too thirsty at the end of my shift. But I need a full meal when I get out. Unfortunately we're not really stocked in my house right now. I've been living off of sandwiches and junk food all week.

Maybe I should tell my parents I've got a job now. That's something else I forgot to do. Again... oh well.

July 31, 2003
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So Silence, When do you get paid?
Maybe you could go buy you some groceries and stock the cupboards and frig. That would make me feel independent and proud and possible shock your parents into wondering what bank you robbed 😉

July 31, 2003
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I get my first paycheck tonight. After that I get paid weekly every friday. And I plan to stockpile as much cash as I can. But I'm going to need another job if I plan to move out. I'm only going to be making about $100 a week at UPS

August 6, 2003
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Every day before we start work, my partner and I are interviewed by one of our supervisors. I have so many damn supervisors, that I don't know half of their names. But I know this girl's name. My partner and I like to talk about her for a few minutes at the start of every work shift. Tonight she told me that I need to smile more. Ouch.

Anyway. The back pain is subsiding. The annoying wrist and finger pains are starting up just like everybody said they would. The mystery bruises on the arms are fading.

I am still useless at the end of the shift though. I just can't lift those 70+ pound boxes into the truck and set them up. They told me to leave early while some other guys helped to load them in.

I sweat too much. Everybody else looks like they had a good workout at the end of the night. I look like I fell into a pool. The other guys started making fun of me tonight because of it. Not maliciously. I know it's all good fun. I've sort of been accepted into my load. I just wish I could be more of a help at the end. Damn these dead muscles of mine.

August 6, 2003
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Hi Silence, give it time your new and your body needs to adjust. Pretty soon you may need to buy a whole new wardrobe with all of that sweating going on. I can imagine its hard work I could never lift anything heavy especially now since I have gotten older. Now it seems that I need help climbing into my sons suburban its so darn high.

Keep up the good work!

Bel

August 11, 2003
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A bit late...but congrats for getting a job! Sounds like hard work, but isn't it great to be making some money?! Finally a positive step in the 'moving far far away from parents' goal. Keep up the good work!

August 11, 2003
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Hey Silence, the hard work will feel good after a while. Bel is right on, after a few months you will likely need to find some new clothing.

So are you looking for a place of your own? You've got the steady income, I think that's all you need to get the place...

August 11, 2003
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I don't make enough to move out yet. right now I'm getting about $150 a week. In a few weeks I'll be forced to join the union and then I'll be down to $125 a week.

August 12, 2003
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Stockpile the cash. Heck, since you're living with the folks and they aren't charging rent, maybe even investing a little of it here and there could be helpful down the road.

August 12, 2003
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Silence,

You're gonna have to change your nickname soon--doing all that heavy lifting day in, day out. You're gonna get buff, dude...

August 12, 2003
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I don't think the "buffness" has much to do with a new name. But I'm not as silent as I usually am at work now. It's loud there so I have to do a lot of yelling. Usually I'm having fun with the pick-off guy. We like to trade insults.

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