2 Down and 5 To Go!!

Two weeks on the job already!

It doesn’t seem possible but I have been on the job at Amazon for 2 weeks now.  The first week everyone worked 8 hours per day.  My shift is Sunday thru Wednesday.  After all the orientation and training, they put us on a line and we were packing one item per box.  By the end of the week I was getting aclamated to the job and where to go in the building.  I put in a total of 33 hours.

The second week I was on 10 hour days for 4 days.  Those two extra hours seem to drag if it is not busy.  Although if we are kept very busy it went by quickly.  They are already asking us for overtime, but at this point it is only voluntary.

Three days off…hurray!

I look forward to the three days off.  The first day I just seem to vegatate and try to get all the aches out of the body.  The second day I washed clothes and tidied up.  The third day I went over to Rick and Tina’s rig to verify that I could ride with them.  After that, I stopped by Steve’s rig to let him know I had found a new ride.  He invited me in and we watched some football.

Now instead of starting work at 9:00am I was starting at 7:00am and getting off at 5:30pm.  It seems like a long day but I am getting used to it.

Ice cold in Fernley

The temperatures having been getting down in the teens at night and there was even snow on the foothills.  Also the windshields have ice on them and have to be scrapped.  I keep my Wave 3 catalytic heater going all night.  I purchased a carbon monoxide alarm to wake me if the levels get too high.  The catalytic heaters produce carbon monoxide so you have to keep the rig vented to let in some additional oxygen.  I usually leave the back overhead vent opened slightly and that has been working quite well.  I also keep the furnace set at about 55 degrees to take the chill out of the air.

Warm as toast

When I was in Mexico last October I found a really thick handmade blanket that I keep on top of my Travasak.  I am very toasty at night.  The only probably is when nature calls and I have to get out of bed.  Then I have to warm it up all over again, but it only takes a minute or two.

Located new doctor

I had to locate a new doctor to prescibe my medication, since I am no longer with Kaiser.  I was able to locate a urgent care clinic that was able to accomplish everything for me.  They were very easy to deal with and sent my prescription to Walmart where I was able to pick it up.  I now have Medicare D (Drugs) through AARP.  Although I save a lot of money it is about twice as expensive over Kaiser.  At least I have the satisfaction that I can go to any doctor I need to and the cost for that is $0 thanks to my Medicare Supplement.

Employee discounts are always nice…

Well I don’t really have a lot to say now that I am working.  My life has become very boring, now that I am not traveling for a while.  I may not blog as much, but I will try to post every now and then.  I also don’t have any pictures to post, but that may change as I ordered a new Nicon Coolpix S9100 camera from Amazon as well as a Kindle Fire tablet.  I should be receiving these in about a week.  My Amazon discount is burning a hole in my pocket.  I really needed a new camera as the lens of my old one would not detract when I powered it off.  I had it over 6 years so got lots of good use out of it.  Talk to you later.

HI HO! HI HO! It’s Off To Work I Go!!!!!

On to Page, AZ

It has been a while since I last posted so I will try to bring you up to date as to what I have been doing.  I left Monument Valley and traveled to Page, AZ where I had only planned on staying overnight.  However the next day there was thunder showers so stayed another day.  Then I had to make up time as I had intended to travel about 200-250 miles.  So I drove  450 miles to Ely, NV.  That meant driving 158 miles on America’s Lonliest Road.

America’s Lonliest Road

They were right when they named US50 as America’s Lonliest Road.  You can drive for miles and never see another car or truck either in front or back of you.  Only a few vehicles will be driving the other way as well.  This is one place I would not want to break down.  My goal was to reach Ely, NV to spend the night.  Then I would only have less then 300 miles to get to Fernley,NV.

McDonald’s for dinner!

I should have stopped earlier at a few of the casinos as I was approaching Ely.  It was 7:30 when I got there and I was cold and hungry.  McDonald’s even looked inviting for a quick meal.  I then found a Sinclair truck stop at the edge of town where I parked for the night.  It wasn’t too busy so I was able to get a fairly good nights sleep.

Lots of toy haulers

Then it was on to Fernley.  Just outside of Fallon there was a recreation area for ATV’s and sand buggies.  It was a huge sand dune that you can see from the road.  There must have been a thousand RV’s out there.  Driving into Fallon all I saw were toy haulers driving out to the recreation area.  I was amazed at the number of toy haulers.

Fernley at last

I then drove to Fernley, NV which will be my home for the next two months.  I checked out the town, which is mostly located on the main street.  Not much there but everything seemed fairly new.  I needed some stuff from Walmart so headed over there and just when I pulled into the parking lot I happened to spot Amazon.  The building was huge.  It was right next to Walmart and there is even a Lowe’s in back of it.

Meeting new friends

I then finally made my way back to the Desert Rose RV Park.  I had stayed here last year so knew it was going to be nice.  The park looked almost full.  They did have my reservation and I got settled in easily.  My neighbor Greg was walking his dog and came over and introduced himself.  He was workamping in Colorado for the summer.  Later I asked him if I could catch a ride with him on my first day at Amazon.  He said sure so finding a ride every day to work was easier then I thought.

First day on the job

Sunday was my first day on the job and we had to be there at 6:30am for orientation all day.  We then got our schedule and who we were going to be working for.  Then we learned all about the do’s and don’ts of the company.  Finally we had a short meet and greet at the end of the day to meet some of the other seasonal workers.

Finding a ride to work

I found out that Greg was scheduled for a different shift then myself.  I then had to find another ride into work with someone else who was also working the same shift.  Luckily Steve (another neighbor) offered to give me a ride.  He works in Receiving and I work in Shipping but have the same days (Sun thru Wed) as myself.  At this point I really wish I had a toad.

Monday I learned all about our department with most of the day spent in training.  The last three hours I actually got to work on the line.  The Amazon people are very friendly and really patient.  We all had a zillion questions and they took the time to answer everything for us.  I really like the people here.

Tuesday and Wednesday we were on our own on the shipping line.  I only pack one item per box so not really rocket science.  My boss came around and wanted to know how much overtime we wanted.  Now I had another problem.  I would have to find a ride with someone who worked in my department and also lived at the Desert Rose RV Park.  I asked everybody but most were camped at other parks throughout the area.  I finally found a couple who fit both criteria.  AMEN!!!  This was the third ride I was able to obtain in just a few days.  I hope it is the last.

I finally have a day off to get more organized and relax my sore muscles.  I want to do some cooking so that I only need to warm something up when I get home from work.  I am just too tired to cook once I hit the couch!  Next week we go from 8 hour shift 4 days a week to 10 hour days 4 days a week.  Then I am sure I will really be tired so I want to be ready.

valley of fire, NV

After Death Valley I drove to Pahrump, NV where it was snowing.  Where did all the sunshine go?  The next stop was Valley of Fire, NV just northeast of Las Vegas.  It wasn’t snowing but was a bit chilly.

We got there late and it was beginning to get dark but Rodger and I were able to find two campsites next to each other.  The campsites were among these beautiful red rocks.  This is the type of rock all around us.

The next morning we started by checking out the petroglyphs.  They were high up on the rocks so they built a huge staircase leading up to them.

Unfortunately I misplaced my camera which had all the really good shots of the area.  But I was able to use my new Droid Incredible to get these shots.  Not bad really, but am very disappointed about losing my camera.  I have torn my rig apart looking for it but to no avail.

This rock formation was the “Beehive”.  Looks just like one.

This was called the elephant.

We only spent 2 days in Vally of Fire but had to get on our way to Parker where we were meeting up with the Escapee Chapter 21 group out of Benson, AZ. for their rally in Parker, AZ.