Got up before 06:00, walked halfway to the gate & back. Had some cereal (generic “Honey Smacks”), a Dr. Pepper, and a cigarette, then left for work just after 06:30.
Got to the plant just before 07:00, and started tagging jeans. Today, I did 31 bundles, which is approx. 1700 pair of jeans. One of the really fast ladies there only did 41 bundles today, so I didn’t feel too bad. Several people were amazed at my progress.
got to the new Wrangler plant at about 8:00. By 8:30, Gilbert Reese (my supervisor) was showing me around. He briefly trained me on how to use the machine that puts tiny plastic stitches into the jeans, to hold on the paper with the bar code (or “UPC”). On every pair of jeans, we put[...]
M&D&Z went to church (no, sorry; Zane stayed home). Then M&D ate over here at G’s. Zane wasn’t feeling well, so he stayed home. It was still raining; several times it rained very hard; and puddles formed. But every time the rain would slow, the puddles would be soaked into the ground. It hasn’t rained[...]
Checked my emails at the trailer; talked a little to Zane & Dad; mostly it rained all day. Not too hard; kind of like last Sunday, when HMF & JLB were here. Steady drizzle. No puddles formed, however; the ground is so dry that it soaks it all up.
D&G helped to drag away limbs, as I started in on the second tree from the road, still on the West side of G’s driveway. I did quite a bit of work up there, and almost finished that tree. I know, it sounds like I spent way too long in each of these trees, just[...]
At 1:30pm, I showed up at Wrangler, & my orientation lasted until nearly 5:00 pm. It included a lot more paperwork to fill out, a long, long video about electrical & chemical safety, etc., a drug test (urinalysis), and some talking to Sarah Edward. Finally, she got me assigned to the “bar code” dept. Apparently,[...]
woke about 9:45 am, finished unpacking my duffel bags & backpack — so now my room is completely unpacked. I mailed off a letter to Evan & one to Andrea Aronis (Hansen, now). I called Sarah Edwards @ Wrangler, & she said I should come in to my orientation tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
After I woke up, drank a Dr. Pepper, and smoked a Marlboro Menthol 100, I drove Granny’s 1973 Ford F-100 half-ton pickup into Seminole, to the old Wrangler plant on Harvey Rd. There, I filled out a mound of paperwork for Freedom Personnel, which is the company that does all the hiring for Wrangler. After[...]