I write you this evening from the nation's capital, Washington DC. I hope you are doing well wherever you call home. This is my official Virginia gig for this tour. It came late last night in Yorktown, Va. I worked all day
here in the DC area, so it's my excuse for the delay.
I would have to say that this gig was a strange one, and at times quite frustrating. For one, I was in the state for almost a week before I was able to score a job. Not that there aren't any available,
there were plenty, I just couldn't get the right one for me. There are way too many postings for full or part time jobs, of which I am not able to aquire for this tour. Still I continued to search every day as I helped the cousins with their projects.
On Sunday I saw a new ad for a crew to help with a move in nearby Yorktown. I figured a gig like that, usually consisting of a few hours would be a good job, avoiding the prospect of working all day in this heatwave. I sent out the inquiry and got almost
immediate response via email. The poster asked for my number and sent me a text informing me of the gig time Monday afternoon. He said he would send me the address in the morning. 12-2pm $15 an hour cash. 3-4 hours. Perfect, I thought.
By eleven I still
hadn't heard anything. I messaged him and asked if we were still on. He apologized and sent the address with a 2pm start. At 2pm. I was heading out the door when he texted me and told me that they were stuck in traffic, so for me to show up at five instead.
Normally I would have been irked, but reasoning the later the better, to avoid the hottest part of the day. Also my challenge is not to let these things get under my skin, with this tour. I have enough to deal with, without the actual gigs stressing me out.
My patients would be tested.
I arrived at the location 15 minutes late, only to find the trucks had not yet arrived. The client informed me that they would be still another hour delayed. Two other helpers like myself, Antwone and Christopher,
were already waiting inside, as the homeowner brought me in. The house was mostly packed and ready to go, all we needed was a truck.
Finally at 7:23 pm the first truck showed up. I was anxious by then, having already committed to my DC gig three hours
away the next morning. I figured we would be done by ten or so, between five of us. Wishful thinking. Minutes later the second truck arrived. The two drivers are brothers, who apparently run the independent moving business. So after inventory lists and contract
signings, we were ready to go. The first items didn't enter the vehicle until 8:25.
Now normally this event would end with a feel good story and my routine picture at the end. That has been my experience so far with this adventure. But there was no
hugs and no fuzzy and warm exchanges. I guess this was just a job. For the first time I felt like what I just was, a hired hand. I did enjoy working with the other two fellas, Antwone and Chris. We busted our butts to get done quickly.
me, and I have to tell you all sides of my experiences, these two guys who hired us, didn't have the most friendliness personalities. Cold, distant and a bit coincided, I quickly read their M.O. it was all about the move, no time or interest in friendly conversations
or personal interest stories. Usually with my gigs I get comfortable with everyone and then work my adventure into the conversation. Which then leads to eventually an even broader exchange of information. That level was never reached with these guys. I just
kept my head down and my trap shut, which is hard for me to do! They never knew about my tour.
At 11:17 pm we were done. Tired and hungry. We were paid the promised wages and even got a ten dollar tip and a thank you. Still I came away a bit disappointed
that I did not get a picture or a signature for the record. I suppose I shouldn't be too hard on these guys, after all I should be happy for the opportunity to put Virginia on the done list. Nor should I expect everyone else to get all excited about
the Gigs tour, like me. I was able to get a bit of time with both my crewmen about my tour and handed them a card about my website.
Well friends, that's all for now, stay safe and thanks for your support.