Just a quick update for those (or the one person) wondering how I’m supporting myself on my travels at the moment. After five months working for a temping agency doing all sorts of things (mostly low paying & not all that interesting) & the last two months here at the cement plant for the same temping agency, today is my last day for PPP for a while. For on Monday, I start as a temp employee of the cement company. This is great as it gives me five months of the same job & a large chunk of what the company is paying is no longer being siphoned off by PPP – therefore I get a nice bump up in my pay checks & I will be able to save more. I’ll be doing the same sort of little projects for a while (at the moment I’m working on the equipment downtime reporting – quite like those many hours I spent working with & redesigning the OEE system in the Iron Plant) until those projects run out & then I’ll just be general (but well paid) labour helping keep the place tidy (there’s a lot of dust & spillage around – as I found out during those exhaustive safety & equipment audits). Now that I’ll have a decent amount of money coming in (well decent compared to the last year and a half since I left shift work), I must start budgeting & saving well if next year’s three month MTB roadtrip around the western USA is to be everything it should be (more about that another time).
ll this means that I shortly won’t be baking bagels on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings – can’t say I’ll miss the two double-shifts & 55 hour each week. I definitely didn’t come to Canada to do that – although, it was good for a time to learn something new & different & it helped me buy the Outback off Megan & Alex. This weekend is Halloween – a much bigger deal over here than it is back home. Still, I won’t be dressing up or anything – but this self-portrait of me trying not to fall to my death off the top of the Clinker Stacker in the dark depths of the Storage Hall is not my usual get-up & worthy of posting.