Sunday, May 22, 2016

6 Days Work, 58 Hours & One Ride Ain't Right!

Well first off the good news! Found a new job, old one was getting slow and the boss is a moron losing business ha ha! So I took a chance and applied online to a new company. Man I am glad I did! Went from a company of 100 to 800 employees. Still in the defense business. Pretty strict background check too. They told me when I scheduled the interview that I needed my birth certificate to enter the building. Whoah ha ha! I guess all that ITAR/EAR goofy stuff!

Turned out to be a great move! Great benefits~! I only pay $6 a moth for my Kaiser benefits! 2 & 1/2 weeks vacation for the first year! Company pays annually for my safety shoes even though it is not a heavy job working with rubber seals. My other job was inspecting aluminum machining big parts so it was heavy and dirty not to mention dangerous. This job I have to watch out I don't get hurt lifting those big one foot 1 pound parts ha ha!

But we do lots of OT which I never really liked but that only means more bike stuff! Once I get used to the hours I'm sure I will find a way to get in a few midweek miles. I'm sure I could have done it this week but being new I didn't want to worry about getting tired or wondering what the job would be like.

The hours: 5 am to 3:30. Getting up at 3:30 am to go to work will take some getting used to as I'm usually a night owl. Saturday was really different starting at 4 am ha ha! I had to get up at 2:45, that was different but not all that bad. Sure I'll be OK once I adjust.

Great! I used to do everything from numbering blue prints of 600+ dimensions to crating AS9102 forms, filling them out, measuring the parts, finalizing the reports and whatever else I was directed to do in several departments. Here I am in one place doing one thing. Inspecting the parts which have like 5 dimensions ha ha! Easy money! So the OT is not physically exhausting which is great!

The icing on the cake? MO MONEY MO MONEY MO MONEY! Just when you think it isn't possible to make more money something nice comes along and pokes you in the ribs ha ha! With the OT and the pay increase I will be making about $15,000 this year more than the other job! :-O Like I said, more bike stuff!

So today's ride I was worried how I would feel figuring the long hours and not riding last week. But didn't seem to make much of a difference. It did for Gina who suffered a bit on today's ride but hey, we still did a decent average of 16.8 over the 44 miles! So happy that the hours didn't hurt my riding and once I find my schedule I'll be good!

We did run into Ron and Gem at the beginning of our ride heading to Yorba Park. Joaquin joined us about half way through our ride and pulled us for a bit which was nice. Also a short visit with Tony and his single speed friend (not sure if I ever heard his name)

Just a few pics of the peeps!


  1. Congrats Mr. Beanz ! Look forward to your bike reports once your system gets adjusted to the new job and hours.

    1. Thanks George! I felt pretty good the last 2 weeks even with the extra hours so hopefully I will be on the bike midweek real soon! ;-)

  2. yep, congrats on the new job. Haven't been on my bike in over two years but think I will drag myself up GMR next week. Time to get back in some sort of shape.

    1. Thanks HB! Yeah, lots of cash for bike stuff but not much time to use it ha ha! 2 years! :-O