I’m not going to expose the temp service for the frauds that they are.
I’m not going to expose all the bullshit they do and the people involved.
Or, am I..?
We’ll see I guess.
Let me give you the run down.
It all started Monday afternoon on my way back to the temp service to pick up a check I had no idea was going to be so messed up…
Well, during that ride, I was on the phone with a good friend of mine named Lee who I was locked up with.
Lee got out a few months before me, and he has a really good job working in a plant that forms huge concrete structures that are used to build roadways and bridges.
I was talking to Lee about just how bad I needed a job (and a good one at that) ,and I was hoping he could help me find one where he worked at.
He told me to come out there where he worked and to try and fill out an application.
And when I say “out there…”
I mean, “out there..”
It’s a decent little hump out to where he works.
So, I said “ok.” And hoped that sometime this week I would be able to get out there.
Yesterday, I don’t go to work because what work is there really for me.
So, with that, I decide to try to find a way out there.
But I have no ride at all.
Then, as a last resort, I place an ad on craigslist “looking for a driver..”
“$10.00 an hr.,” I say in the ad.
I figured whatever I would spend on this trip would be cheaper than an uber at least. So fuck it…
I took a chance and placed the ad…
Within half an hour I had 3 responses.
I rolled the dice, picked a name, and told him to “come on.”
Funny how this guy ends up being a guy I know from probation who I took a “thinking for a change” class with.
Cool cat, though.
And soon, we were on the road.
We get out to the monstrosity of a compound that this concrete plant is about 45 mins later.
I am amazed by the size of the concrete pieces this place makes.
They are the biggest damn structures I have ever seen.
I go inside and ask the receptionist if I can fill out an application and she says “sure.”
So I do so, and when done she asked me if I had any experience.
My common, yet vague response is always the same…
“Oh yeah,” I said. “I have tons of experience in a lot of different construction fields.”
She told me to hold on a sec.
Then came back with a man who turned out to be the plant manager.
I talked with him briefly and must of made an impression with him because I said ” go on to the back and lets fill out the rest of your paperwork.”
“Holy shit,” I thought…
I am about to get a real job…!
I go to the back and met a woman who gave me a paper to take to an off site medical center.
I go there and take the drug test.
Pass that, of course.
Then come back and take a safety test. Then fill out my tax information. Then take a picture for my id badge and BOOM..!
Today I start my very first day on a job my homeboy Lee said is more of a CAREER..!
This company pays top dollar and has tons of overtime, benefits and room for advancement.
Plus they build shit..!
And people are always building shit…!
There will always be work here.
It’s tough and hard work. But it’s a real fucking job…
And a good one too.
I am blessed to have this opportunity.
Oh and my criminal record which I had to include…
They couldn’t have gave a damn about that.
Today starts the first day of a new chapter in my life of freedom.
And with that, I ain’t looking back.
The temp service was bullshit and I got a major grudge with them folks for a number of reasons. But I’ll give them the benefit of just leaving it be…
I will try to pay it forward as Lee did for me, and if I can help any individuals find work as I have, I will do so.
As for the mural work, that had to be rescheduled for the time being until I can figure out what my work weeks are going to look like.
And it’s ironic too, as I was walking through the plant yesterday, a woman called me about a Paint Nite with Joe event…
Had to reschedule that, too.
Wish me luck.
Today is day one.