Sunday, October 28, 2007
I was getting ready to watch the
Years ago I was part of a crew that worked in a warehouse shipping product that wasn’t sold, was defective, or being deleted from some companies’ product line. It wasn’t a glamorous job, just a job, but the company we worked for was a glamorous company. It was a large book and record store company in headquartered in
But the voice on my phone and the rest of the crew I was on was the warehouse gang. We worked in the non-descript warehouse behind the main office. We were like the sanitation department; they needed us but didn’t invite us to come visit the office! Consequently we formed our own little world of moving product and enjoying being left alone. We handled the loading, unloading, unpacking and repacking of boxes upon boxes of books, tapes, and records. Eventually CD’s were added to that mix. Of course this freedom also gave us the chance to make work a little more fun by inventing warehouse games, giving everyone a nickname, and going to lunch at a local tavern and having lengthy pool games. As long as we got our work done, nobody cared. What we shipped was money to the company; they got money back on unsold inventory and credit for their next buys off of what we shipped. So it was a win-win situation, “just get it shipped” was the mantra. As far as a dress code, ha, shorts and tee-shirts were the normal outfit. Some of us aspired to eventually leave the warehouse world and did, but for awhile we had a great work experience.
It had been along time since I’d spoken to the woman on the phone who was called Ridge but about one second into the conversation I felt like I’d just spoken to her yesterday. “Hey, guess who’s is here; Ace, I-man, Rudy and Bish.” Those were the key guys from the crew. They all still lived in the
Hopefully you have friends you know well and get to talk to them, if not I’d suggest doing a bit of research and remember, they may be just a phone call away!
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