Morning came early. Earlier than he wanted it to come. A tune was singing from his phone. It brought him back from his dreams.
Alarm, snooze. Alarm, snooze. Alarm, snooze. Alarm.
Half awake and half alive. He rolls over and sits up in bed. On most morning he weighs himself. This morning his scale is broken. He strips and dresses in his work clothes. A white T-shirt, blue polo shirt and black pants. On top of it all he pulls on a Colorado sweatshirt. The one without a front pouch. And he forgets and goes to put keys into a missing pocket.
He kisses the kitty. Leaves his bedroom, door closed behind him. The next stop is the bathroom. After brushing his teeth he is out the front door. He backs out of the driveway. He watches for traffic, it is a busy street.
Driving down his street, at the corner is a green light. He takes a left, and continues to a red light. Then forward to the freeway on-ramp. It is early for him, but the normal commute time for many. The highway is full of traffic. The SR 500 is full but moving at a steady pace. Once he gets to I-5 traffic slows, and stops.
Traffic going over the river is always jammed in the morning. This morning is no exception. Stop, and go, and stop, and go. But the traffic is moving, and he has time to spare.
At work, he gets out of the car. He park in his spot. The one he always parks in at work. One of the furthest from the store. Walking into the store he makes a left turn. He picks up a butter bar and some orzo. And hits the cash register.
Eating in the break room, his manager arrives. She talks about plans for the day. Stocking from the freezer. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds. It is working freight to the sales floor, and not in the freezer.
After eating and relaxing he clocks in for the day. He is 10 minutes late to cut time. But there is still more to cut. He can’t work more than 40 hours, or he will be coached.
Walking to the deli he meets his other manager. He shows him the cart to work. After a brief search for a printer, he borrows his manager’s and starts stocking. He needs a printer to put dates on the product.
For about two hours he stocks. He works his cart, and finishes his managers. Who went on a lunch break. It is about his break time. When he goes back to throw the cardboard in the baler, he chats with the backroom associate. A truck is arriving. The backroom associate says he is going to call for help.
He offers to help unload the truck. Figuring it shouldn’t take too long. The associate expresses surprise when learning he had worked in the backroom. And further surprise on learning he can use the power lifting equipment. At Walmart, you need to be certified.
He unloads nine pallets. Then finds his manager. He tells his manager he is taking a break. And says he was unloading the truck. After his break he starts to cook. There is an associate in the kitchen. He and her cannot take lunch at the same time. He agrees to go at 12:30. And she can go at 1:30. Another associate arrives at 2.
He helps the kitchen associate mark down some foods. Does some cooking. And goes to lunch. Lunch starts with tea and a nap. Nine days in a row is hard. Later in his lunch he buys some hummus and a candy bar. He already has bread to go with the hummus. It is a little stale but edible.
After lunch he works in the kitchen. Cooking, cleaning and helping customers. He starts pizzas cooking.
At 2 another associate arrives. He also starts cooking. Both his managers aren’t sure what they want him to do. He stays in the kitchen to cook for a while.
Then one of his managers comes over. When are you getting out of the kitchen, she asks. Right now, if you want. But the other associate wants a break.
After covering the break he goes and works so product to the 97 wall. He finishes one cart with his manager. Then pulls a second from the cooler. He works on this one alone.
In about an hour, the other associate wants his lunch break. He puts his cart away, throws his cardboard. Then goes to the kitchen to cover the lunch. He has less than an hour.
Someone wants chicken strips. It will be about 10 minutes. He makes her some chicken strips. Someone wants popcorn shrimp. The customer agrees to wait the three minutes for the shrimp. More cooking, and putting food in the hot case.
The morning kitchen associate returns from a break. She is also a cake decorator and has been working on cakes. He asks her about staying a little late. He has to leave at 10 to 6 and the other associate won’t finish lunch until 10 after. She agrees.
Time to go home. He walks to the break room and sits for a little while. When he gets off, sometimes he likes to rest. Just a few moments before leaving. Today he shops for a new scale and cookies. He doesn’t find the right scale. But he does buy some good cookies. Reese’s peanut butter cookies.
After work, due to the time, he hits traffic again. For most of the day there is traffic going over the bridge. First one way and then the other.
Driving through traffic he makes it home. He chats with his roommates. Tells them he is tired and wants to rest. But offers to help with their printer in a couple hours. He goes to his room.
In his room he sits on his bed. Eats some of the cookies and watches M*A*S*H. Then takes a nap. There is some overlap. One of the episodes he watches a few segments of a couple times.
Feeling rested he goes to set up his roommates printer. She doesn’t have paper. He thinks he does somewhere, but where. The printer is set-up and ready. But the paper is not found. He looks and thinks a whole tote is missing.
His other roommate comes home. They talk about the missing crate. But then he spots what he is looking for, and the paper isn’t in the box. He feels like his stuff is a mess. He thinks about getting a storage unit. To keep it safe and organized.
After helping with the printer he watches videos on YouTube. It is a funny show, Chad Vader. But time to clean has arrived. He takes blanket and comforter to the washer. He washes them with some clothes. Meanwhile he picks up the floor, straightens his bed.
The clothes aren’t done. So he watches more M*A*SH. It is a great show. Reminds him of younger days. But it is getting late. His comforter isn’t 100 percent dry, but close enough. He makes his bed, puts blanket back in dryer. After more cleaning and Netflix he gets his blanket from the dryer.
Now it is almost bed time. But first he wants to write about his day. To really talk about what he did. Tell a story about his day.