I was offered two jobs in the same week. One was in Hudson at a gear-manufacturing place, and the other was in St Paul in an office.
I’d never worked in manufacturing before, and I’d been in plenty of offices, so I accepted the job in Quality Control in Hudson. It terrified me, as I knew nothing about the industry, but I’d taught myself to face fear head on and deal with it. Besides, I needed the challenge. I already knew how to use a computer. I wanted to learn something new.
Ya wanna talk grease? The plant was nothing but grease. It was everywhere. Filthy place. I hated getting into my car each evening because of what might be on my shoes. They manufactured gears, so you can figure out why. But my desk was in a fairly clean area, and I liked the job for the most part.
As soon as I saved enough money, I moved out of the farm and into an apartment in Somerset, WI. Somerset is a river town on the western border of WI. The St Croix River is on one side, and the Apple River flows through town.
I wasn’t thrilled being in an apartment (shared walls), but I loved the location, which was close to work. It wasn’t long before I bought the moped. Cost me $1800 back then. Gawd knows what they cost now. I put it on the credit card and paid it off quickly.
I became friends with my new boss, and he made sure I was certified in QA so I could get a job anywhere. Little did we know businesses were in the process of moving manufacturing off-shore, but it would soon become evident. In the meanwhile, I was finally putting money in the bank, enjoying being back in Wisconsin again, and striving to make a new dream come true.
I wanted to buy a house. This time it would be in my name alone, and no one would take it from me.
When winter came around, I missed the heat of Florida, but I was content just having my head above water for the first time in three years.
Have a terrific week!