Technically my job title is: Special Events Demonstrator. In actuality I will be one of the food sample ladies at Sam’s Club.
I found the job listed in one of my groups on Facebook. See Facebook can be good for something besides dirty laundry/ drama.
Well today I got a notice with my info to go get my drug test. Except with my lack of gas, I have to wait and get my 3 day paycheck from Subway first. I can’t pick up that check until 3:30pm Tomorrow, so after cashing it and getting gas it will be to late to go to the labcorp. Which means I can only do the drug test the day before I start this new job.
Yes I realize that I hadn’t posted much about the Subway job. Well I only worked there for 3 days…on 4th of July weekend. So 4 weeks later and I am still waiting for my paycheck.
This new food samples job looked pretty easy, casual and stress free. How hard can it be to ask customers if they want to try juice, cut up fruit, sausages, rolled up lunch meat, or whatever cooked item that they are promoting?
The job is technically part-time with about 6 hours a day. Most people work between 3-6 days a week. It pays $11/hour; and when you are in a state that has a minimum wage of $7.25 then $11/ hour seems like you just won a jackpot.
So far my car is hanging on even if I did have to get a Walmart employee give me a jump start yesterday. I have been trying to estimate future paychecks so I can get some work done on the car. So if anyone reading this is the praying-type of person, then pray for my car.
It might be to overly processed for some people but I grew up always hearing “beggars can’t be choosers”. Mom meant, don’t be so picky and learn to be happy with whatever is on your plate. Course Mom would also tell me that starving kids in Africa would love any meal that I didn’t want to eat. I remember being punished when I tried to hand her back a plate so she could mail it to Africa. I still don’t understand how my eating or not eating, has any affect on people in another country. (Sorry Mom but I am still picky & opinionated about food)
Anyway, I forgot that today was Saturday. .which is the day the homeless people receive a free yummy breakfast downtown, from a remarkable old lady who spends her own money going to 2 different restaurants to get enough (more than enough) to feed about 40 people. Usually I give a friend a ride over to the breakfast spot but hopefully he rode his bike over seeing as I did not go today.
Today I decided to give my car a break from driving all over town. I am parked at Walmart again ( even though my daughter says nobody lives at Walmart.) Actually I am having some major car issues. So while I am here I had lunch in the car
That white thermos looking thing heats up water just fine for noodles, coffee, and instant oatmeal. I bought it at a truck stop. They have all kinds of nifty gadgets for truckers. Well truckers ain’t the only ones living on the roads. If the gadgets work in a big truck then they will work in my Isuzu, as long as I can plug them into the cigarette lighter. See even non-smokers can use the lighter space in their vehicle.
I have left my car parked near the Salvation Army shelter and their church. First I didn’t want to run out of gas to far away but then earlier this week I realized that I was having other problems when my car was steaming like a mad dragon.
So this morning I went walking around to see if any downtown businesses had any job openings. Course my walking distance might not be as far as most people’s because I walk slow and get tired easily. I returned my application into Subway. Then started walking down a street that I had driven down a few times but never took the time to stop and enjoy.
Funny how you can drive somewhere a hundred times and never see it. Today I took a leisurely stroll and found quite a few wonderful spots.
Not sure what the flowers are below but they smelled wonderful. I probably never even knew they were there when I drive by this area.
A few of the homeless trying to wake up with coffee and figure out what to do with their day.. The homeless in Brunswick, Georgia never have to starve.. There are a bunch of organizations that will give out free meals . Might not be the best meal but usually it’s eatable.
I didn’t get to the Manna House today for lunch but I heard the soup and chickrn salad they served was good. I was busy so i had crackers with peanut butter & a sprite in my car.
I am one of those people who hates filling in tons of applications and never hearing back from anyone. On the rare chance I get an interview, I always get asked about the fact that I move alot.
So I think I came up with a way to fix part of the problem. Course I have had a few ex-coworkers tell me to just stay with the national park system because moving around is considered normal.
One of my old room-mates is trying to get me to work with her in Custer State Park. Hmm, I did like South Dakota before. I just need to find a way to get enough gas money to drive there. Then I could relax for a few months until the season was over.
Tomorrow morning I will go back to the temp agency “staff zone” and see what they have for day labor. If I can work for them for about 4 days then I would have enough to leave.
UPDATE: a few hours after posting this blog, ( after I had applied to 1 company in several different states) I got a call from a woman in the company in AZ asking if I had time for a phone interview tomorrow. Still never understand why people call you on the phone to set up a phone interview for another day…why not just do the interview when they call the first time.
Oh well, I can wait I guess.
This is a place that serves lunch everyday to the homeless and any low-income people in the downtown area of Brunswick. I have driven by the place many times but today was the first time I ever ate lunch there. It might not look like much but its more then what I usually eat for lunch. We got a turkey & ham sandwich to take with us when we left. Course we got the traditional Southern drink..sweet tea.
The blonde lady is a volunteer named Robin, she has worked the lunch crowd for the last year. She came to Georgia from Northern Kentucky. The 2 guys I see often at “The Well”, which is just a short walk away from the Manna House.
I found other Manna House’s around the state of Georgia. Not sure if the others only serve lunch. Usually the homeless crowd that I know here go to the Salvation Army for dinner at 5:30. I have not eaten there.
Right now, I am parked near the Goodwill thrift store. I need to organize the back of my car and donate some of my clothes to them. The clutter is driving me insane.
It’s called the daily grind, so many demands.
Only time I see money is when it exchanges hands
See I’m working to pay bills with little left
Robbing Peter to pay Paul, such a funny concept
See these things we buy, they can’t go with you
“Wouldn’t that look good in the house?” is how they get you
So when you’ve filled all the rooms with this must have stuff
You feel blessed and privileged but it’s never enough
I need one more thing and then I’ll be set
Cause it’s about the now, who cares about debt
Post pictures online for friends affirmations
Likes roll in, just a cyber sensation
Some people might say that I’ve lost it all
Living in my car so cramped and small
I might be at my low, but I feel so high
A simple life that money can’t buy.