I'm on the road at 5:30 in the morning. It's still dark outside.
Echoes of Garbage ring through my head, "This is not my idea of a good
time... This is not my idea..."
At work, I sit down to the same crappy job I started yesterday afternoon.
I stick two tube things together then use a tool and a machine that uses
compressed air to press on a metal ring. And the tool gets stuck on as
well and I have to pry it off. Did you know your fingers
can get bruised? And this job is messy,
too, my hands get coated in silver colored stuff. My shoulders and
back start hurting almost immediately.
So I'm sitting there. Counting. Very slowly, 'cause it's a slow job.
And I'm looking around during the split second that the machine is doing
it's thing. I'm on an outside row, looking to the outside. There's
the marked path that the forklifts run on, then a separate but open room
for a few more workers, then the wall with huge windows looking out.
The glass is polarized so you can't tell if the sky is gray or blue, and
the only thing I can see besides sky is a single palm tree.
Counting, counting, counting. A lady comes up and asks if I want to work
on Sunday. I consider for a moment. It would mean six more hours of
overtime. It would also mean twelve days straight of work before another
one day off. Nope, I don't think so. She leaves and I discover I have
An empty forklift stops right next to me and the guy wanders off.
I stop counting
and look at the forklift. Lots of buttons. And a joystick. How hard
can it be? Quick glance both ways. Nobody's looking. I jump up and hop on
the forklift. The joystick makes it go and a little button makes it
honk. I honk a lot. Then I crash into some boxes. oops. People are coming
after me but I keep going. "Get out of the way you stupid people."
I like to honk.
Uh oh. The end of the ware house. I wonder how you open those garage
doors. hm, never mind. I crash through them. The little forklift isn't
very fast so I make a bee line for my getaway car. Stupid people are
right on my tail and I have to punch one out before I unlock my car.
Safe in my car, I peel out of the parking lot, leaving all the stupid
people in the dust.