McCamping?

Work camping, anyone?

Hello and welcome to the blog today!  It’s been a busy 36 hours.  At the golden arches where I work we had our yearly corporate inspection.  It’s a massive undertaking which requires months of preparation.  Last night was a “make or break” for us.

In addition to the usual 11-2 and 5-8 shifts that I normally work, we needed extra help cleaning the lobby and bathrooms – my areas.  Already tired, I went in for a third shift “an hour or two” at 11 PM and finished up cleaning at 3:07 this morning!

Zane (left) and Nick (right) cleaning the grills.

We had a good crew of helpers up to around 3:00.  I had taken the Presto Pizza Pizzas machine to work and brought in a couple frozen pizzas to cook.  They were a hit.

A midwest favorite, Lotzza Motzza lives up to its name for great taste and tons of cheese!

 

Mac ‘n’ Cheese pizza (left) and 4 Meat (right)

 

The pizzas were a hit.  As a group we worked out butts off.  Before I’d even realized it, four hours had gone by and it was after 3 AM!  I was so tired it was hard to even walk.  Earlier in the night it seemed like a good idea to bring the van along.  As much as I’d like to say it was a memorable camping experience, let’s just say I was too tired to remember it.  I was dead tired and slept through the cars coming in and out for breakfast.  Drops of rain fell on my face and I awoke at 7:30 AM…with just enough time to go home, freshen up and get clean clothes.

The inspection went very well!  We passed with flying colors in all areas.  The franchise owner complimented me on the cleanliness of lobby and bathrooms.  Our own boss said that to his knowledge there were no points missed in my areas.  That felt pretty darned good, especially after working on polishing toilets in the middle of the night.  The biggest satisfaction came from knowing that we, as a group, worked hard and collectively earned very high scores for our manager and store.

The experience was a mood booster.  As much as a person realizes that her or she can be replaced easily, it is still very satisfying to know one can still make a difference.  It’s as important (well, almost) as the paycheck.   🙂

One last amusing thing… Only one employee figured knew I’d slept in my van for a few hours.  The other friends said they either hadn’t noticed it or wondered why it was left there.  A stealthy vehicle comes in handy now and then.  🙂

Thanks for visiting!  Safe and Happy Travels!

Bradford and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

 

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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4 Responses to McCamping?

  1. Jo says:

    Fantastic job you all did and you sure were smart to bring and sleep in the van and not drive home so tired out. Good Job!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks Jo! It was exhausting but worth the effort. My boss is a personal friend who knew times are rough and put a lot of faith in me. I won’t let him down. We’re having an employee potluck this morning… Just got up early to make a chicken / rice / cheese casserole (one of the recipes I’ve made for camping)

  2. Pleinguy says:

    Congrats on passing the inspection with flying colors. (what does that mean?) I know you take great pride in doing your best whatever the job.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Pleinguy. The response has to be just a big vague (to save my butt) I guess it’s safe to say that McDonald’s conducts different levels of inspections routinely to ensure standards are being maintained. This one was the most in-depth type. Some stores fail and I’ve even heard it can lead to the manager being replaced. There are corrective actions that have to occur. We’ve avoided that. 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words about doing the best at work. This role is much easier on the body and at the same time, I think they are pleasantly surprised at how much is getting accomplished. 🙂 I’m up to six days a week but need to get some camping time in, too! Take care!