A Giant Scavenger Hunt

Today was our first day in our specific job assignment at Amazon.  We are assigned to Picking, which is the most mobile of all the jobs.  Today was just a five-hour workday, and the first half was going to “Picking School”.  We had 2 excellent and patient trainers that worked with our group of 10 Workampers.  In very simple terms, you have a scanner, and it tells you where to go in the building, what aisle, and what shelf and bin.  The hardest part is just figuring out where to go, as there are 3 buildings in the warehouse, all connected. I felt like we were on a scavenger hunt all afternoon.

After our 15 minute break, they let us loose, and we started to pick actual customer orders.  There are no names or anything associated with the scanner.  Everything is done by bar codes.  And there is no rhyme or reason about what is on the shelves.  The Stowers (people who put the merchandise away to be picked), just put the merchandise wherever they find an opening.  So you can pick 5 items from one shelf, and then 5 more of the same item in another aisle.  And the variety of items is amazing.  It’s very fast paced, but not very difficult.

And yes, I decided I better start wearing my glasses, so I can read the tiny little print on some of these items!

Tomorrow we have another 5 hour shift, and they will probably give us orders in another building.  Today we just stayed in one building.  I am going to try to find my pedometer, and see how much walking I am doing.  They have coolers of bottled water all over the buildings, and free Gatorade and coffee in the break room.  Of course the safety lady stopped and reminded me to keep 2 hands on my cart when I am going down the aisles.  They are very safety oriented at Amazon.

Makena was very excited to see us when we got home, and we went for a long walk around the park.  They are starting to decorate for Halloween here at the State Park as they have a big Halloween Party in a few weeks.  The park is also starting to fill back up, and there are lots of kids, which was a bit puzzling. Kentucky has no standard start date for their schools.  The schools around here start in early August, and they are now on a Fall break for the week.  And they are done in May.  The schools in the northern part of Kentucky are on a different schedule.

Quote for the day:  If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito – Dali Lama

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s Off to work we go!

We are staying at Green River State Park here, all paid for by Amazon.  It is the only park that does not have sewer, so Amazon pays for a “honey wagon” to come once a week and pump everyone’s tanks out.  The fact that we don’t have to deal with “dumping” for the next 3 months is another nice feature of this park that we chose.

pump and dump

pump and dump

After the important stuff was taken care of, we drove into town to begin our new jobs.

Welcome to Campbellsville

Welcome to Campbellsville

 

Today was “meet and greet” day, where we met the general manager of our plant, as well as our “camperforce” administrative team.  It was nice to put faces with the folks we interviewed with.  We received our assigned positions, shifts and days.  Amazon always makes sure that couples will have the same shift/days.

Dan and I will be working the day shift, 6:30am – 5:00pm, on Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday.  So for those that worked with me at the hospital, my Sunday “happy dance” will now be done on Tuesdays!!  We will be “pickers”, which means we will be picking the merchandise off the racks and taking it in carts to the packing area.  We will learn more this week about the job, but basically, we will be walking 6 – 10 miles/days.  So we are getting paid to exercise!!!  Bonus!

Tomorrow we have orientation, and then safety training.  Amazon is very big on safety training.  Wednesday thru Friday, we will be working 5 hour days on our specific jobs.  Then we will have off Saturday, and then Sunday starts our regular work week, but only 7 1/2 hour days.  The 3rd week we will go to the full 10 hour shifts.  Amazon refers to this as ‘work hardening’ to get everyone accustomed to the physical nature of the jobs.

At our meet and greet, we also received a big bag containing coupons from local stores and restaurants, and brochures with free or half-off coupons of some tourist attractions in the area.  The Amazon folks said the community really likes it when the workampers come into town, especially the veterinary clinics, since the majority of RV’ers travel with pets.  That was a nice little bonus, and we will definitely check out some of the places on our off days.

After we finished today, we drove down to the marina part of the state park, to see what was there.  Lots and lots of houseboats.  Some of these are pretty big.

view of the marina

view of the marina

There is also a dam up the road.

 

Green River by the dam

Green River by the dam

dry side of the dam

dry side of the dam

Tomorrow it’s back to packing lunches!!!

Quote for the day:  “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Campbellsville

So I posted this blog, but Dan noticed that half of it was missing, so I will try again!

Today many of the campers around us packed up and left, so the campground is pretty empty.  We were able to meet a few more fellow workampers from Amazon.  A couple of them will be starting with us tomorrow.

We drove around Campbellsville to see what is in town.  There are a lot of Dollar stores, a Wal-Mart, Lowes and a Kroger grocery store.  Will have to check out the Kroger store later this week.   Had a few loads of laundry to do, so we checked out the “outdoor” laundromat they have here.

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view from the laundry

view from the laundry

 

 

 

There is also a mini golf course that Dan was checking out by the laundry.

mini golf course

mini golf course

My blog is acting funny tonight, having typing issues.  Also received some e-mail that

people are having problems following along on the blog.  Not sure what is going on, as we are all new to this!  Hopefully we can get this figured out.

Tomorrow is our “meet and greet” day at the campground across the street from Amazon.  We will find out what shift, position and days of the week we will be working.

Stay tuned!

Quote of the day: “There will always be serendipity involved in discovery” – Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com

Our new Kentucky home

“You have arrived at your destination on the right” said the excited voice on the GPS.  This after 48 miles of “incomplete map data, proceed with caution”!  We have arrived at our home for the next 3 months, Green River Lake State Park, in Campbellsville, Kentucky.  The state park is very nice, with 30amp service, water and free WI-FI.  However, we only receive 3 tv stations, and 2 of them are PBS, and I think the other is CW.  Now I know why most of the people here have satellite dishes hooked up.  I don’t know how much this park charges, as Amazon is paying for it.  They cover 2 days before your start date, and one day after.

Here is a shot of the row we are in.  All but one of the people in our row will be leaving tomorrow/Sunday, so it should be pretty empty around here.

view down our road

view down our road

Tomorrow we plan on driving around Campbellsville (about 9,000 in population) to see what there is around town.  We also have an overflowing laundry basket, so we may check out the “outdoor” laundry facility that they have here.

We met another couple this evening that will also be working for Amazon this season.  They worked there last year as well, and said it is hard work.

Green River Lake State Park

Green River Lake State Park

I do want to add one more photo from our trip to the top of the Arch in St. Louis.  Dan took this panoramic view with his camera.  I think all “smart phones” have this feature, and it does take a pretty nice looking photo, in my opinion.  So you may want to learn how to do this on your own phone.

Panoramic view from the Arch

Panoramic view from the Arch

 

vertical panoramic

vertical panoramic

 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  We are now on Eastern time, so we lost an hour today.  Take care

Today will be a picture “quote of the day” from the back of the campground sign in Litchfield, IL.  You can decide which question is more important!

Important reminders

Important reminders