Monday, April 18, 2011

The Violent Tornado of Truth Tour

I am happy to say that for me, there was some rotten weather and an inconvenient one-hour power outage at my house this past weekend.

I am happy to say this, as there are folks here in Fayetteville that are in dire straits thanks to a tornado that cut a wide swath through town:

At least 167 homes in Cumberland County were torn to pieces by the afternoon tornado that carved a three-block wide path across western and northern Fayetteville. Another 144 homes were damaged, 78 of them major, according to a preliminary assessment by county authorities. More than 50 cars were smashed or crushed, and nearly 11,000 homes still had no power going into Sunday evening. Statewide, the number of confirmed dead climbed to at least 17, including one person in Linden, four in Bladen County, two in Lee County and one in Dunn.

Our telephone was busy most of the day with people calling to see if we were OK - which we are.

The day before, there was a mention in the newspaper that former President Jimmy Carter was going to be in Pinehurst for a Stapleton family wedding this past weekend. I wonder if he made it, and, if so, did he bring his "Habitat for Humanity" tool belt with him?

Right now, I'm just killing time at the public library while I wait for my 1:30pm appointment at the Employment Securities Commission.

This oughta be good, as Nestaway opened claims for all their employees back in august, owing to the rolling layoffs there.

Now that the plant is shut down for good I'll find out if I have to open a new claim or what.


Well, at least my house wasn't reduced to a pile of toothpicks this weekend and, for that, I am grateful.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fifty-One Weeks

Well, today was the day.

Let the record show that I was laid off from the dish rack factory for the second (and final!) time on April 15, 2011.

This is one week shy of a full year after having been rehired by said factory.

That this happened on "Emancipation Day" makes it all the more delicious, don't you think?


Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Omega Rack

Let the record show that the last dishwasher rack rolled of the Nestaway assembly line in Clinton, NC on Friday, April 1, 2011.

April Fools' Day.

The five remaining manufacturing employees were laid off and it remains for those of us "left-behinders" to perform mop-up operations so that the plant can be put into moth balls.

How much longer will this take?

Maybe a week.

Maybe two weeks.

My boss has a previously planned vacation (yet another cruise!) for somewhere around April 21, so my guess is no later than 04/21/11.

So what's next..?