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All around me, the sky does fascinating things. It's what I cannot see that I try to perceive.
Tue Jul 8, 2014, 7:52 AM
I need to find the power that got me started and use it to keep me going.
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 1:26 PM
What if I chose to remember things that probably never happened?
Sun Apr 6, 2014, 1:15 PM
hey bro
Thu Mar 13, 2014, 3:25 AM
METARs are neat!
Mon Feb 24, 2014, 10:27 AM
f someone says they tried and failed, I say try harder until you pass out.
Mon Dec 16, 2013, 2:43 PM
I have the inescapable urge to clean right now.... but everyone is asleep...
Sun Dec 1, 2013, 6:40 AM
My levels of dedication to my job are slowly climbing thier way to the top of the list of most likely ways Patrick is going to die.
Thu Nov 7, 2013, 7:46 PM
What is the most honest answer you can get?
Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:03 AM
The truth is that I don't know what is waiting for me other than you. Determining what my future looks like is like predicting the weather on a specific day a month ahead of time.
Sun Sep 15, 2013, 6:00 AM



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4:15 pm
So I have held my current employer for just over 6 years. I'm pretty sure I started to get bored working there after 3 years and realized it this year. 

Now, what do I mean by "bored"? Well, I think what I am getting at is that I'm always trying to keep my brain active by problem solving and finding something interesting to learn. Taking that, let's run with the idea.

Now, when I started at ConAgra Foods (the owner of the facility at the time of my hire) I started as a wet end inspector. As important as this sounds, it means I stood at a conveyor belt and removed garbage from good vegetables to be processed by the rest of the process involved. That's all well and good since it was my second job and I was new to the experience... But that position is hard on my upper back and I can't stand not moving around.

The next year, I get qualified for a process operating position where I'm responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of all machinery in the raw inspection and cleaning of stuff coming into the plant. Then I got qualified for forklift driving, and then a position where record-keeping is the primary function; This is year three. This is also the last year of my not being too bored. Tote-off is a pretty busy job including recording specific times of finished product, ensuring labels are printed correctly, printing correct weights, scheduling breaks among a small group of people. It's not complicated but there is quite a bit to do.

It's late that year that my boyfriend tells me to tech myself pre-calculus using some of his past resources and I do so. People thought I was in school, reasonably, but I had to to really explain to them that I couldn't afford school. In short, I told them that I was doing all this math for kicks.

Before that I would be reading books during my breaks. After that I read a book on jet engines. Sure it was dated in the 1980's but the principals are all the same. Eventually, I get qualified for frigo operator and that puts me in charge of process operation for freezing finished product and making sure it's packaged and sent to the freezer. 

In the past 6 years, I have toyed with machinery I have no business toying around with, do jobs I'm not technically qualified for and answer a lot of questions from a lot of people at the plant. 

So, to put all these jobs I do in perspective, I have 7 total qualifications. I have no one job at the plant. If they need a frigo operator, or a prepline attendant, or a forklift driver they can call me and have me do that job. There have been days where I do three different jobs. 

But my boredom lurks in the background. You see, lately, I have been doing my regular reading during my breaks, but out on the floor, I find myself trying to do math, geometry, algebra. I don't like going to work because I'm not doing anything with my brain. I go to work, I function, and I go home. I get excited when there is a problem with something and jump at the first opportunity to help.

In the meantime, I try to figure out how many pounds per minute we are producing or how a particular machine works just by observation. I have been responsible for educating my superiors on how something works and improving their understanding, I have gotten safety procedures changed for ease of access during cleanups and continuously help other people do their jobs better.

And people still think I go to school. The entire time I have been at this plant, I have not been able to go to school. It's not so much the money (and it's a lot of money) but it's the time I can't afford. As those who pay attention know, most, if not all of my money goes into supporting my family. At least I don't have kids.

Now I'm pleased as punch that I found a way to do square roots without using a calcuator. 

Anyway, until next time.
  • Mood: Stuck
  • Reading: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea


Patrick Lopez
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm not all there, but here I am. I seem to be the farthest out there when it comes to thoughts. I guess that's why my name looks like Pluto.

All questions have answers. All Answers should be questioned.

Venn Time! 

3 deviants said I am broke but I have talent.
1 deviant said I have money but can't seem to find my talent.
No deviants said I have both money and talent, but the two aren't related
No deviants said I have money because of my talent.


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