Hello and welcome! It’s been another one of those crazy days where a person goes to the grocery store, stops by work for breakfast, and ends up heading home seven hours later. But I’m not complaining a bit!
Today I was asked to give up a day off and work instead… But in addition to the extra money, it also meant a free meal for covering the labor shortage.
Since there were four consecutive days off this week, it was a no-brainer to pick up the hours… and I “Will work for food”… A premium wrap with grilled chicken is a good choice. Tomorrow’s “fill in” shift means a nice big salad for supper – for free! While these extra hours are “hit or miss” a person should definitely take advantage! It sounds cheap, but after eating a lot of food at homeless missions, this is a treat!
Despite the enjoyable work and full belly, life has not been easy this last week. I’ve been treading water financially. I told one of the guys at work “I can’t even afford a free cup of water!” Adding more stress, my food stamps were slashed by about 70% to less than one week’s worth of food costs per month. At least some food assistance is better than nothing… and it is more than I deserve! (Too bad more people don’t understand that we’re not entitled to anything on this earth!)
It’s all good though. I am grateful to God that this job is so much fun, there is a terrific crew to work with, and the health is still pretty good. The vandwelling provides a safe, secure roof over the head. There really is a lot to be thankful for. I was just too blind to see it earlier!
The financial situation will improve shortly. The plan is to keep working hard and to eventually more north – a place where the fish will be plentiful and will provide many free meals! But in the meantime, the hard work here is good for a person physically, financially, and spiritually.
If you are an RVer or vandweller, consider giving fast food a chance. It’s plenty of work but provides a steady paycheck and a supportive environment where one can blend in.
Take care and thanks for stopping by. Best wishes from eastern Iowa!
Bradford, the Van Trekker