I originally applied for the Delicatessen department, before I realise that I would rather be handling breads, cakes, and cookies.
I thought that "Deli" and "Bakery" were synonymous.
But they're not.
So during my first four days of work, I asked my manager to be transferred to the Bakery, which is not troublesome, considering that Bakery is actually a part of the Deli department as a whole.
Then I saw that being on the bakery had a couple of disadvantages:
- I have to deal with both extremities of the temperatures in a consequent manner, meaning that straightaway after dealing with 150 degrees Celcius on baking doughs in the humongous oven, I have to take new frozen doughs from the freezer (which goes around minus five to five degrees Celcius). That is definitely not a good condition for my sinusitis.
- In the bakery, the only available shift is the morning shift, because the bakery people have to finish baking the breads by 6.00! Which means that my shift starts at 5.00. What an awfully early schedule.
My first day started out fine, since it was an 8.00 shift, but my second shift onwards start at 5.00.
Considering that my bike ride from home to the supermarket takes around 20 to 25 minutes, that means that I have to leave home latest by 4.35 in order to reach my work place on time.
And just like in Indonesia, the summer mornings in Kentucky are execrably freezing, I tell you. I got sinus for the entire day, which may not prove to be good, considering that I am in charge of handling processed foods.
So that's it, I asked my manager (who happens to be in charge of both the Deli and the Bakery)...can I move to a later shift?
Fortunately, she said yes.
So for the Deli, my shift starts at 15.00 and ends 23.00 everyday, with holidays every Monday and Friday.
I know it's kinda late to ride a bike home at 23.00, but what the heck. At least I don't have morning sinus any longer.