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A Day in the Life…

This dull-ass job is crap!

I am nothing but a frigging two-bit automatom, stamping tiny numbers onto white plastic wiring that will find their home on passenger airline jets in their electronic gear, but not before I tediously solder the metal wires inside the white plastic to their connecting joints – all to be approved by swilling quality control coffee drinkers in clean white smocks.

This job is the dull-ass pits!

Why do coffee-break times only go for fifteen minutes and lunch-breaks for thirty. This big-ass aircraft plant is for the shits, man, like a sterile prison where wire-stamping machines like the one I am on, pulling endless white plastic wires through a small fixed eye hole contraption on a long, long bench that goes forever down this interior part of the huge building that is called the sub-assembly Building ‘A’ – yeah, there is a ‘B’, a ‘C’, and a ‘D’…maybe, more.

Oh, and there are the arrogant guys who are referred to as the ‘Union Stewards’ (can you believe this crap?) and they live up to their frigging notoriety. The jerks march up to you while you are working and bark out orders, ‘do this’, ‘do that’, ‘keep your nose clean’, etc. You know what I’m saying here? The assholes are telling us how to breathe and not complain, what to say to the management if we talk to them.

Okay, I am bitter, if you have not gotten that far in this little ring-a-ding I am writing here. I have never ‘til this week worked in this kind of job, a lousy job controlled by a Union. Now, I can understand the rumors, the cold and hardass facts about Unions and big corporations…hey, yeah, it is a free country in which we live, and, hey, if this is your thing, come and get it. It is not for me.

For me, this is only temporary. I am young, just recently graduated from an Electronic Trade School, and this is my first real job of any kind. This is the job the school set-up for me…three hours in this plant and I want to take that bit of paper that I graduated and cram it up someone’s ying-yang at the school. Yeah, I know more about Electronics now, but ‘stamping those stupid white plastic wires! C’mon, it’s for morons, man.

These shifts at the huge jet airline plant affected most of my awake time. (Might have had some nightmares on troubled sleep nights.)

Remember, I was young – twenty-one years of age, so what the hell did I know? I looked at life as being then, as in, ‘NOW’, and I likely figured I was stuck in that horrible environment. To be fair, I am reasonably sure that some people who worked in that ‘Day-and- Night Mare’ perhaps enjoyed the pace the job required.

Yes, young, with some new realities in my life, some devastating to the ego and psyche, not to mention the heart and soul (then, maybe they are all one and the same…but, then, few women and men have lives sustained by all things beautiful, joy, love. peace. Some sorrows must enter at some point, some events that one spends a lifetime trying to understand.

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NOTE:    This was one of my first jobs after my discharge from the US Navy – before college, before any great transformation to social grace. This is most likely how I could have described the job referenced in the post. Thank God I was not there that long before a much better opportunity came up.

College, the English Poets and an English Major for my BA got my life in a reasonable place…not that life did not have a lot more to offer in way of disappointments, successes, and love.  (BRC)

BR Chitwood – May 27, 2020

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8 comments on “A Day in the Life…

  1. Ain’t factory work great? I actually worked in a bucket factory for some years. Yes, a bucket factory. Wrote a blog post about it in 2012, Forty Buckets Per Minute.

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    1. Yikes! So, you had to do forty buckets an hour…Geez! Tell me you did not enjoy that work, buddy Tim! 🙂 (Man, I would have gone crazy in that Aircraft Plant…somebody was looking out for me…from there, I went to work for a GE corp repairing GE TVs – easy and fun – I was repairing in the homes, and the TV circuits were ‘simple series’ (if problem was in the high voltage section, that’s where you checked for bad tubes!). From there, college on the GI Bill while working for Sears in the credit department…I’ll stop: geez, I’m writing another post.
      Thanks, Tim…forgive the long response…

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  2. Forty buckets a MINUTE, Billy Ray. I ended up working in an automobile engine test laboratory, data acquisition. Interesting stuff.

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    1. OMG! Ouch! One Minute

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  3. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Sounds like a job we all have.. for a bit.

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    1. Likely! Thanks, Denise. ♥♥

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  4. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Oh goodness, you captured it perfectly — youth, frustration, humiliation, etc. Great job, Billy Ray. ♥

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    1. What a wonderful tonic you are, dear Gwen. All the best to you and hubby.

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