Thursday, November 19, 2009

What's Wrong With This Picture?

We went to work Tuesday night and came home Wednesday morning knowing we had to go back into work Wednesday night earlier - at 4pm - because was having a big Peak Kick Off Celebration. Peak is "speak" for their holiday sales season. It's those five weeks before Christmas where all the buying is done, and as any retailers, it is their busiest time and where they make the lion share of their year's sales. The bins are bulging in the multi, multi-millions of items already stock and ready to be sold the next five weeks! You can pack a lot of %&*#@ in a million square feet of warehouse space!

So, Wednesday morning we get home at 5:30 am, go to bed at 6 am, but come 12:30 pm Jim is waking me up to get ready to go to work. What's wrong with this picture????????? We had to go grab something for "dinner" and find something for "lunch", plus since I was sick and in bed on our last three days off we had to go buy undies and socks, as we ran out. We had 2 1/2 hours to do all that and then met Bill and Lesle to drive to work at 3:15 pm.

The Peak Kick-Off was fun though. They had the local high school band come in in full uniform and played Christmas carols as they marched throughout the plant from back in shipping to up front in receiving. All the managers were decked out in antlers, some pulling Santa's sleigh. The three big bosses were dressed as cheerleaders, complete with makeup, wigs and skirts. Amazon put up a stage appropriately decorated and there were a couple of skits with an improv group from the local community college, with inside amazon jokes - pretty funny stuff.

The best part of the whole event was that we clocked in at 4 pm and with all the fun stuff we didn't start actually working until 5 pm....sure, I'll come in and stand there and watch and you pay me $11 an hour! The shift went pretty easy last night and we got to go home at 3:30 am. Seemed like a good time to celebrate again, so we went to Daylight Donuts.

Today is our mandatory overtime fifth day! We'll see if we can last that long. Mark from Express Pro told us to do what we had to do. If we couldn't make the fifth day, just call "point" in demerits, but we don't have that much longer to go before we leave so there won't be a problem accumulating too many.

I think we'll just do a KFC run today and get the bucket special and that way we'll get dinner and still have leftovers for lunch tonight. Did you get all that?

Well, bye-bye for now and we'll see you in the morning.

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