Saturday was one of my stranger shifts at the Major Home Improvement Retailer. It was a long shift, noon to 8:30, but the best phrase to describe it would be “nothing to do.” During this time of the year there generally are three employees on duty in the garden department at any given time. After 6 pm or so, it may be only two. There’s just not a lot going on in the department during the first three months of the year.
Due to what I presume was a scheduling glitch, a belief shared by others, during most of my Saturday shift there were six people on duty. That meant, well, that no one had much to do. Shelves can be tidied only so much. Around 4 some freight turned up in the receiving area, but with so many people looking for things to do, within an hour all of it had been packed out. All I can say is that working a full shift with little to do is just plain boring and even exhausting.
Sunday was better. I worked a shorter shift, 3:30 to 8, and with only one other worker in the department for most of the time I was actually quite busy. With more snow forecast for the evening there was a steady stream of people buying rock salt. And looking to buy snow shovels, with “looking” being the operative word as they were still sold out.
Gym: what with my late shift start on Sunday I went to the gym beforehand for a quick bench press session, not a full one. I did 6 × 135, 6 × 165, 6 × 185, 6 × 205, 6 × 225. Getting 6 at 225 felt good.