Christmas here was alright. I got a pack of socks, pack of cigarettes.
Mentioned to my wife, C, that I had gotten only practical items.
I recall when Christmas meant you got really whiz bang stuff. Suppose
being an adult living below poverty creates limits. I gave C a few
hugs, so Christmas was still pretty good.
After all, not sure of any whiz bang things I could want, or need. Am
hoping the SS people soon put me onto disability. The sooner they do
means the sooner I might look into employment at a sheltered work place
At these type of work places, the bosses try to arrange it so you do
not work over what disability limits are. They also work with a person
in making the environment accessible. For example, I worked in what
they called the mail department at one in Virginia.
The mail department consisted of a business print shop. We printed
labels on mass mailer items, bound these up in bundles and packed them
into mail out bags for the mail guy to fetch. We would also stuff
envelopes being careful to correlate them against names.
The "supervisor" of the mail department was fair and reasonable. He
allowed us each three daily slip ups. And if we felt the slip up was
from something outside our control he might concede it and not count it
But he told us up front what was expected and stuck to that. We did not
exactly have any speed quotas. Yes, he desired quick work. He desired
accurate work more though.
We were allowed to bring in music in the form of headphones as long as
we did not disruptive, or distracting with them. If we slipped up we
got taken from the mail department to go work the "bench" work, or to
break down a retailer’s cardboard boxes. Doing the boxes was okay work
but a bit tedious.
Our breaking down of boxes was checking on them to sort trash from
re-usable boxes. If they could be reused, stickers were applied over
their bar code scan sticker. They were then, palatalized and loaded
into a trailer to be returned.
This was done in a fashion of a factory line. One or two would take
boxes off pallets at the head end, put them on the line. The next
person checked one side, next the other side, next person applied
stickers. One or two would take them off the line and unto return
pallets. Once pallets were filled they were moved to a holding area, or
put into the trailer depending a trailer’s availability.
This allowed a maximum number of folks to effectively work.