sWell (shakewell) wrote,

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my first week @ fedex

so fedex is going well. training was annoying and completely uninformative, but at least i got paid for it.

my training facilitator was this big black guy (think football player) from texas who liked to talk about how he was from texas at every possible opportunity. as it turns out, he knows the hot 96.3 dj big baby (big bay-bee!) from his home town in texas. also, in texas he used to purchase whole cows to cook up for his two sons and would like to do so again if anyone could tell him where to buy a cow.

during training we had to watch a video on the proper lifting methods. our facilitator left us alone in the room while we were watching this video. about half way through, there are instructions to pause the tape and demonstrate the techniques to the facilitator. well, some douche bag actually gets up and stops the tape! (this is actually the same fool/gentleman who let me use his umbrella after orientation.) then, he just sits down and acts like this is no big deal. all the guys in the room just look at him and i think one of them said something like "oh hell no." i gave him one of those "are you fucking kidding me looks" and say, "i think he probably knows about this part of the video."

"oh, you think so? should i just turn it back on then?" he asks.

yeah, douche. yeah.

so the fedex facility is much smaller, slower and cleaner that the ups hub. all of these things make me very happy. even on my first night, i pretty much had a zero-stress environment.

there aren't many other girls (i wonder when i'm going to start saying women instead of girls...) that work there. there was one in my training class but she only showed up for the first day. i've seen one other girl there and i think she is a supervisor.

apparently, fedex likes to give girls cake jobs and this also makes me very happy. i get to load a drop frame trailer as opposed to the delivery vans and i only have 5 stops, so it's easy to keep organized. on my second day, two different people told me i was already doing a better job than the last girl.

so the only actually difficult part of my job is entering in the purchase order numbers for one of my stops. these are ten-digit numbers that are never in the same place as the sticker i have to scan. oh what a pain! these packages constitute half or at least a third of my total volume. i think today i had 240 of them. that means i had to scan the stickers 240 times, scan the destination 240 times, enter in 240 ten-digit PO numbers and then also delivery scan 240 packages with the hand-held scanner. that's a lot of bullshit!

yeah, so anyway, the guys on my belt are all pretty cool and they help me out even when i don't need it. my supervisor rules and he totally takes care of me. (what a pleasant change that is from ups!) and everything is pretty much fantastic.

i haven't quite adjusted my sleep schedule yet, but i'm really not feeling as worn out as i did when i was unloading at ups. i sleep about three hours after i get home, three hours before i go in and sometimes take a nap in the afternoon. it doesn't seem like it would work out very well, but i think it will. besides, that's exactly the schedule i'll have to have in the second summer session and the fall.

ahh, anyway.... it feels good to have a job i enjoy again. and it feels good to just have a job again. self-sufficiency rules!
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