Monday, December 19, 2011

Retirement Day, Again

We officially retired the alarm clock.  No more chirping at us in the wee hours of the mornings.  Come four thirty this afternoon and we’ll be retired junior citizens once again (senior citizens are those older than we are).  One more sleep, grandkids, and we’ll be there to see your smiling faces.

Extra!!  Extra!! Read all about it.  Miss Judy makes good.  Yep folks, my bride did good.  She beat out the “Big Boys” in bin counting and got her picture placed on a poster in the ICQA area as well as plastered on all the TV monitors throughout the entire Amazon Fulfillment and Spa Center.  My wife’s a star, so be sure to get her autograph as soon as you see her because, as of today, she retires her light saber (high tech scanner) to replace it with an apron and a wooden spoon (yeah right).  Most likely she will trade it for a few beads and some quilting fabric.

Now, let us set the record straight.  Amazon is a good employer.  They take care of their employees.  Their training for the job is good.  Most of the managers are helpful and friendly.  They have stretches twice a day.  They provide bottled water throughout the facility.  They hand out incentives to the employees (we got three five dollar gift cards to Kroger’s and one five dollar gift card to Gatti’s Pizza).  They provide free gloves and knee pads for the job and the pay is higher than most entry level jobs. 

The w*rk is physical, there’s no doubt about it, but Amazon tries to make it as enjoyable as they possibly can.  It’s a warehouse J-O-B; there’s no two ways about it – it is just plain brute force w*rk.  We’re tired, but we made a decent amount of money in a short period of time.  So that’s the last that we are going to say about it in this blog.  Now it’s onto new adventures – I can hear the sigh of relief rising up in cyber space.

This afternoon a whole bunch of us (about 16 in all) are going to descend on Colton’s Steak House and Grill for a farewell dinner.  This a a Logan Steak House or a Texas Roadhouse type of place where you can eat peanuts and throw peanut shells on the floor.  It will be good to gather together with Thurman and Phyllis and our newly made friends one last time before hitting the road.  We’ll miss Thurman and Phyllis; they are real down to earth good people and great friends. 

Now it’s time for us to get ready for our last day of w*rk and retirement party.  So, See Ya Down The Road!!!

Take Care Until Next Time  - - - - - - -   


  1. Whoooopeeee! and Congratulations, you made it!

  2. Congratulations to both of you! Enjoy sleeping in tomorrow.

  3. Fantastic! So glad you accomplished your goal and now you can relax a bit. Can't WAIT 'til you get home!!

  4. My retirement comes at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning...and I can't wait! Al works through Friday, however, so we don't leave until Saturday. It was nice to have met you, and hope to see you on the road again one day. Congrats to Camperforce folks do the best work!

  5. Welcome back to the world of the homeless and jobless that so many people just don't understand. Now I suppose you'll have withdrawal symptoms from the constant overdosing on Advil. (grin)
    Have fun with the grandkids and a great Christmas.