Week four is in the books, another 50 hour week, with voluntary overtime. This week, they have called mandatory overtime for all shifts, as they are experiencing higher than expected volume for Halloween. On a typical day, we are both picking 800 – 1000 items per day. This week, at least 50% of the items were costumes or accessories.
At the beginning of each shift, and after lunch, we have “stand up”, where everyone is required to do stretching, and the managers will update us on the volume of the orders. This week our manager stated 80% of all apparel that is ordered from Amazon is shipped out of our Fulfillment Center. It is no wonder that this place is bursting at the seams with apparel everywhere.
Superman and Batman are running neck and neck in popularity this year, and Spiderman….what happened to you? I have not picked many Spiderman costumes. Anna is beating out Elsa, for top honors with the Disney Frozen costumes. Star Wars and Star Trek are very hot this year. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to be very popular as well.
Time is going fast for us, which is surprising. I remember our first year, it seemed to take a long time until our fourth week. Personally, I think you need to commit to at least four weeks, before deciding to quit. It seems everything seems to fall in place after the fourth week, and you realize “I can do this.” We have had 3 Camperforce people quit so far. One was due to a death in the family, another had a medical condition that made the job too difficult, and the other person said she just wanted to see what Amazon was like, but said it was more work than what she was interested in. She quit in the 2nd week.
As with our last blog on Louisville Slugger, I am going back to 2012 when we visited Churchill Downs, and toured their excellent museum. Churchill Downs opened in 1875 thanks to the efforts of Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. the grandson of William Clark (of the famous Lewis and Clark explorers). He leased the land from his uncles, Henry and John Churchill, which is where the name Churchill Downs came from.
Twenty years later, the grandstand, with the famous twin spires, was completed. The finish line is the white post on the left side of the track on the photo below.
The age of the park shows when you walk around under the grandstands of the general seating area.
On the day of our visit, there were many trainers and jockeys out on the track with their horses. It is easy to distinguish a trainer from a jockey, as jockeys must meet specific weight requirements (no more than 126 pounds, with equipment for the Kentucky Derby).
Churchill Downs has the Kentucky Derby Walk of Champions, where several past Derby winners are buried. Usually, when a horse dies, only the head, heart and hooves are buried. The head represents the will to win, the heart represents courage, and the hooves represent speed. There are exceptions when the entire horse is buried, usually it is for distinguished champions, such as Secretariat.
The museum has a wonderful display of various memorabilia. They have a large display on hats and outfits, donated from past patrons.
There is a display on the silks that jockeys wear, along with their other equipment they use. The colors represent the horse and the rider. The origins of the silks can be traced back to ancient Rome, when the chariot drivers wore specific colors so the crowds could identify them.
The museum also has a display honoring the current Kentucky Derby winner, showing them in the winners circle. Anyone remember the 2012 winner?
There is a large display listing the winners (and all the horses) of every Derby going back to 1875.
The first winner was Aristides. The winning horse took home $2,850.00! Compare that to this years winner, American Pharaoh, which took home $1,240,000.00.
And what would a visit to the museum be without trying my luck at racing? They have a fun racing simulator that you can try out. I had a lot of fun with this!
If you are ever in the Louisville area, this is a ‘must do’, in our opinion. We had a great day visiting Churchill Downs and the Museum.
Quote for the Day: “Until you go to the Kentucky Derby with your own eyes, behold the Derby, you ain’t never been nowhere and you ain’t never seen nothing.” – Irvin S. Cobb