... AND THEN THERE WAS NONE
It's official, my time at Amazon has come to an end. The last two days there has not been very much work for us CamperForce to do. Thursday, I walked into work and attended the free class on resume and interviews, then reported to my assigned stowing area and everyone was standing around waiting for work. One manager walked up and asked who wants to leave early, almost everyone signed up for volunteer time off. I remember there was times no one wanted to leave early and was looking to work overtime, my how we change our thinking when we are so close to being released. Friday, was pretty much the same. We stowed our carts and hanged around until 11:00pm when the remaining CampeForce (who worked over 320 hr to earn 5 hr paid vacation) punched out early to use our vacations time. By 11:01pm I was in my car heading home. It's a sad and happy time all rolled up into one. Sad, that we are leaving and everyone is heading in different directions.... oh and I will no long receive a weekly paycheck. Happy that now we can move on to warmer weather and start making plans on how to enjoy spending the extra money. There is no doubt in my mind that I will sign up to work next season at an Amazon warehouse, the only question that remains is what location I will choose next. The only thing I know for sure is that I talked my wife into working next season with me. January 15th is when I was told that Amazon will open CamperForce applications. If you are thinking about working as a CamperForce for Amazon next season, sign up. The work is hard and the hours are long, but overall I enjoyed my time working for Amazon. Now, we have a little extra money in our pocket that we can spend on our 2015 road trip.
I'm keeping my eyes open on Donner pass (I 80 WB) weather as that is the way we are leaving Nevada to head to Cali. Currently, the forecast called for light rain/snow on Sat (20 Dec) with 10% precipitation, Cloudy on Sun (21 Dec) with 0% precipitation and mostly clear on Mon (22 Dec) with a high of 53. We are currently leaning to leaving on Monday for the 4 hour or so drive to Travis AFB where we will stop to rest and spend our Christmas, before heading to Arizona for the rest of our winter. The wife and I are both looking forward to the warmer weather.
The other day, I read a blog where the author said something along the lines becoming a full-time RV'er will not change you. If you are not a social person before, you will not be social after becoming a full-timer. My wife and I both have very small social circles. It's tough for us to open up and let others into our little world. Maybe because we got hurt before trying to make new friends who only took advantage of our good will or whatever the case may have been. One of our goals as full-time RV'ers was try and be more social and make friends along the way. We are and probable always will be very picky who we let into our lives. We do the "RV'er wave" to people who walk past our site or when we walk the park. We introduce ourselves to our neighbors when we arrive to a new campground and we try and talk to as many people who want to talk to us. We have met people who have been nothing but kind and was easy to make friends with. There are a few who call or email asking us where we are and when will we arrive so we can meet again. And, even some who call us family. As full time RV'ers it's easier to be social as we already have something in common with the person next to us. If it's sharing a story and giving that person an idea on where to visit or talk about how our experience was different/same from them when we visited the same places. Another way for me to be more open and freely is this blog. I think one of the best things I have done since becoming a full-timer. Look at my blog members, my social circle have grown to six ... lol. And, most recently, working as a CamperForce for Amazon. I have talked to a lot of fellow campers making a few friends and even some non full-timers who told me to look them up when I drive though their state. Anytime you do something new, change is almost certain. Becoming a full-timer our socializing with others have changed and I think for the better.