I understand that it can be a struggle to tell the honest truth sometime but I’ve also come to understand that one shouldn’t lie to a kid. I know that sometime you may have to do so in order for a kid to do something that goes along your cultural beliefs but the kid should never be in harm. Tonight I had a disagreement with my mom and me mentioning to her again how her ignorance and untruthfulness has denied me of opportunities in life, one to be specific. I told her I’d never forgive her on that because a simple dishonesty can never make up for the lost time and the lost opportunity, especially for a growing child who has aspirations to be great and do good. Be careful of things you tell a kid, especially if it’s not true and misleading, kids remember well. Another point made, once trust is lost, everything else afterwards is questionable at best.
I am loving, I am caring. I am loyal and I am honest. I am hard and unforgiving. I am free-spirited and free-flowing.
I gave myself an hour to get to work today. I got to work in only twice the time today taking the back-roads going 20-25 miles-per-hour. The roads were definitely slippery. The drive back home surprisingly took me an hour. I got nervous driving up a hill, that’s how bad it is with these tires. I have no confidence in them. I felt like I held my breath the entire time I was commuting both ways until I got home.
We have some leftover bagels from a luncheon earlier this week so I had two bagels toasted with honeynut spread and a cup of warm ramen for breakfast. I had the same thing for lunch as well. I enjoy stuffing my face too much when given the opportunity to eat even if it’s only for a short break.
As usual in continuance of last night, we barely had a handful of volunteers come through our building today. No hard feelings, it’s not safe traveling out there. We had tortillas packaging and more potato bagging today. Interesting fact I found out is that we get our fresh donation of tortillas from manufacture in Eagan who supplies the upper midwest McDonald’s with their supply of tortillas for their breakfast burritos and snack wraps! Awesome eh? Also while sorting potatoes with a volunteer near the bottom of the potato sort bag, I came upon a handful of woven fibers, NOT potatoes. I didn’t think much of it. I kept sorting until I found a few potatoes that looked chewed out. After consulting with our maintenance guy Gary, I went back to the bag with suspicion of a possible rodent situation. A few minutes after I begin sorting again with the volunteer with a brief talk about mouse, behold, a mouse rounds around in the potato bag! A yelp came from our volunteer Renee and I subconciously pound my right hand on the black flash of a critter that I sighted at the corner of my eye. I pinned the creature down, with a part of the potato bag separating me from the critter. I quickly yell out to Gary to hustle up! He comes over with his broken piece of wood from a pallet, conveniently and breaks the exposed head. I drag the rest of the pallet away. My working mentally was literally shaken from the occurrence, more so because I’ve never expected such an encounter especially in front of volunteers. Shocked. Obviously due to the pest contamination, all of their hard work is to be discarded for food safety. We have food safety standards as of all food sort facilities. We’ve also been hunting down a mouse in our facility. This situation only makes us question more about the transporting of pests into our facility due to our inventory that comes in straight from the farm. I know we will have a team meeting about this come Tuesday, the first working day next week.
Funny. I didn’t have many volunteers to work with today but I did have a mom and her two sons. After the two sons went to put their sweaters away, I thought they were two totally different volunteers. They had on their scout shirts and badges flashing. I greeted them only to be told that they were the same volunteers who have been working already for 45 minutes. Haha. I didn’t even recognize them somehow. I did later talk to them about potential Eagle Scout Projects at Second Harvest. They were both Star and Life ranks already and they looked rather young, full of potential.
It’s been interesting working with the volume of volunteers who came through our door. Some are groups from school, church, companies, birthday parties, families, Sentence to Serve, you name it. I don’t really care who’s who, we have product to move and I’m just glad they’re here to help out and I treat everyone the same =) A handful of people tell me surprisingly after a quick conversation with them that they’re there to serve our their required community service hours, either for school or by court order. I’ve had a nice lady tell me she is serving for her inattentive driving, a teen boy told me he was shoplifting at the mall, and today, I found out that the eager volunteer who came late today, sat through 3 hours of traffic today and was still willing to come through to get his hours done for his DUI charge. During his 3 hours, he was jammed at the 94West ramp onto 394 ramp. Semi-trucks were stuck there, and he had to assist pushing 3 cars up the ramp; he was only coming from uptown to Golden Valley—3 hours. SMH.
Gah, hopefully the drive to work tomorrow is a blissful one. It’s also the young guns running the show tomorrow, hopefully all goes well with an anticipated full house, or not, depending on weather as always. Jim, Tony and I will go out afterwork and maybe even visit Maggie at her other workplace, Tooties on Lowry =)
As always, holla at yo boy! CHEA!