Monday, August 27, 2018

Getting hired by Columbia Ice, only local ice company in Edmonton

I wasn't in good shape mentally when Ernie called me for an interview.  It had been two years I had been unemployed.  Sure I was making a little money doing videos on youtube but not enough to really live on or call it employment.  I know the day of the interview I hadn't slept the night before as when you are unemployed for long periods of time you end up doing the stay up late, sleep in late schedule.  When your interview is for 11 am there is really no point to going to bed at least for me because nerves always got the best of me.  It was probably my size, the fact I have done sales in the past and I had a clean abstract as to why Ernie hired me. 

I remember the first day of work.  We didn't have a machine to put the small bags into a bigger bag back then.  We had to do everything by hand.  This required one person on the auger, and two other people quickly stuffing big bags with little bags and palleting the ice.  I remember Ernie saying slow down you are working too hard.  I don't actually thinking I was working too hard just sweating a lot.  I wasn't in shape and I was dying trying to keep up.  First day of anything is like that.  Your body and mind isn't ready for something new, but luckily the human body adjusts very quickly. 

I wish I could say I was a good worker back then.  I had the potential to be a good worker but at the time I was screwed up in the head.  We spend a lot of our youth screwing up and there is a point when you become an adult where the consequences of those screw ups smack you in the face.  It is a struggle learning to forgive yourself for being so stupid when you are young.  That was really the stage in my life I was at when I got the job as an ice delivery driver.  The palleting of the ice I found very difficult because within the repetitive actions of putting small bags into bigs I ended up alone with my thoughts.  When your thoughts towards yourself are not kind you are desperate for distraction.  Driving wasn't much better except I could listen to sports radio.  Sports for me have always been a way to escape giving me peace. 

7 years later I am the manager of the company, running the ice plant, hiring people, training people, taking apart machines and putting them back together.  Never would of guessed it back then.  Back then I spent most times dreaming of something better not understanding that often something better can come from where I was. 

Thanks for listening..

Master Iceman

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