It was at the library.
Got to Command Center at 5:40am today. Scheduling this interview with Rain for Rent was a pain as I didn't want to skip work. So I requested it at the end of the day with SOS and that Bakken give me the sanitation spot which would give me a full day and get me out in time. All seemed well, except that Command Center wanted me at the AFB. But I could leave early... perfect.
Off we went to Minot AFB for 7:30am. Today's work was moving furniture into the dormitories. It involved a lot of sitting around. Sitting for IDs. Sitting for a safety meeting. Standing in the parking lot. Then we got to unload the trucks, 60 beds. Then more standing as all the supers had a meeting. Then we moved 24 into the 1st floor rooms and the rest into the hallway.
So during all this downtime a lot of talking occurred and I learned riggers get high-20's per hour, PowerFuels hired 2 people in a coworker's extended family with 0 experience... 1 two weeks ago! I also learned just about everyone on my crew had "something" in their background. Some so much so all are not eligible for extended base passes... potentially even to get on base at all. I must be the only squeaky-clean guy out there.... well among these people anyway.
I left at 2:00 with another coworker. We both had other potential jobs to attend to. I got to experience Popeye's at the base exchange. My coworkers had been raving about it all day. We don't have that in New England or Alaska (at least Kodiak). I need to put on weight... apparently my 30" waist is too small for my 30" pants as I was picking them up all day on the garbage truck.
Finding Rain for Rent seemed more an adventure than Fox Run. Seems like most places are poorly labeled. But before I even got there HR had called me at 10:00. (I don't answer my phone when I work... in fact I left it in my car.) She wanted to schedule the interview for Tuesday at 1:15.
When I called her when I left the base it was Tuesday 4:00.
I told her I was told 4pm today. She said she would make it work. Good thing. I don't plan on making a habit of leaving work early. I want to people to like me for what I do... even if it is day labor.
So I deposited my check for the day, checked the library for my laptop AC adapter, and got to Bingo-Rama about ~3:45. R4R is within an 1/8th of a mile and it took a few phone calls and building visits to pinpoint the location. Then it was the wrong one. I was directed to the correct building. I went inside and was like.... wow where are the construction workers?! Looks good but just some finishing details needed to be completed. After a call explaining I had been lost I found her... she was upstairs. 4:10
The interview was going okay. I learned a while ago to pay no attention to intuition on interviews. Basically told her what I knew of the company, which was little... only what SOS had told me as I had less power every second and had to get my app in online. Turns out SOS had painted an incorrect picture. They are a "fluid handling" company. Another company does the thermal monitoring and adjustments. Basically came down to the rotation which was a killer for me. That would be the only job I could do (as in work for only one employer, as I'm not driving) which would suck. 4 days on, optional 5th, 2 mandatory off. The days are long... 14-18 hours. I believe two weeks nights then two weeks days. It pretty much ended there. Note to self: clarify rotations ahead of time at staffing agencies.
I also see no reason to use them [agencies] any further sans the nameless one. It is the only one dealing with trucking jobs I know of. I have a "throw away" job now. I see no reason to string someone along and then leave... except those that expect it... like FedEx (at least in Williston). Apparently every driver had quit and they were happy to have anyone as long as they would stay... at $16/hr. I can work with that.
Not sure if things have changed but that was in the winter. I'll change my tune if I'd be willing to embrace a non-driving position. I'll be more than happy to use any agency then.
So I went to MarketPlace and checked to see if my driving record had arrived yet. No. Went to PowerFuels... my coworkers today were helpful in locating the spot in Minot where they do hire from... near the truck stop. I started to fill out the app but it was getting after 5:30 and the manager had left. I was told to leave it on the front desk when I was done by the secretary. HA!!!! I don't think so. I will be delivering this application with copies of my resume, certs, and whatever history I have at that point nicely inserted into the packet in person
One thing I've realized somewhat slowly is that time management is key. (Well... it is only my second day working and searching. Maybe I'm not that slow, and yesterday I had little computer time too.) There is not much time after work to dilly-dally if you want to apply at other places. No time... well I did have time (for Minot not Berthold) but did other tasks... to look into a P.O. Box. Tomorr... nope.
I have to do it sometime soon though as it would make my life a lot easier.
My body is getting use to sleeping in my car now. I didn't realize how much of an adjustment it would be. I figured the hammock would prepare me. Not so. It is actually quieter at Walmart than it was in Kodiak as I slept during the day and there was a lot of traffic noise near St. Herman's Harbor (Dog Bay). I might try going w/o ear plugs one night here and see what happens. It is just a much harder surface... even with 3 out of 4 sleeping bag layers underneath me. Also it's a lot more difficult to move around and I can't stretch out so my muscles were getting tight. Seems better now though.
For those interested, my daily cycle for the foreseeable (near) future:
- Command Center for work (Start 5-5:30am Finish 3-5pm)
- run around and send apps in person / misc tasks (resume,photocopies, po box, return calls, etc) (finish 5:30 - 6:30pm)
- B&N read/write posts (~2 hrs)
- B&N apply online, find other places to apply in person, shopper online, etc (finish 9-10pm)
- if my eyes aren't shutting *sometimes* a movie... I saw "Mirror Mirror" last night. (11pm-12:10am)
- Stroll though Walmart (~15-30 minutes)