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What a Saturday…

A Saturday Flex Tour

The plan for this Saturday was to just go finish the one block I got last week and then hurry back to the house for some tree cutting but the higher power has other things planned and totally ruined it all for me. 

It was a 45 minute or so ride from home to Everett Station where I picked up my only route for this Saturday. I was hoping to get a route to one of those coastal towns in Everett because I wanted to stop for lunch somewhere closer to the water but things didn’t turn out that way. 

To my surprise, the Everett station was pretty much deserted. The line of flexers was a pretty short one and within minutes, I found myself inside the warehouse ready to load my truck. I got a surge price for this one route so I am hoping for an easy route. 

Checked in with this amazing lady only to find that the flexers are just picking off routes from a bunch of roll away shelves, basically picking through whichever they wanted to take. 

As I was making my way to pick one out, I came across this guy whom warned me not to pick any but to wait for the station staff to hand me one. He warned me that Amazon monitors and graded us on every move we made inside the warehouse. I reminded him that everyone else is just picking off their own route but he was just stood his ground. 

Puzzled by this one dude’s move, I just stood there too. Then he walked away without getting anything so I proceeded down further tried to take one but another flexer told me not to take it because it’s for Seattle. I was like, what, why not. 

Grabbed the Seattle route, walked up to the station staff and asked her if it’s ok to take the Seattle route and she told me it’s a ok so I did. I was like, why these people were so picky and why hating on Seattle. Lucky for me, I guess. I love Seattle!

Truck loaded, time to check the route and to my surprise, the load was for a town called Wedgwood, a residential neighborhood about 6 or so miles northeast of Downtown Seattle, on top of the University of Washington. I have been there once, and the neighborhood was perfect for flexing. I was like, see, don’t be hating on Seattle people. 

And the icing on the cake, may be, was the first stop was to an Amazon Locker where 15 packages were unloaded. Oh lordy, everyone of those flexers skipped that one rack, hating on it and see what I got. Golden!

A surge pricing of $115 for 5 hrs just now turned into a $115 for 4 hrs because instead of delivering 59 packages, I just have to deliver 44 after this one stop. And most of those packages were congested into that one little neighborhood between 38th and 39th street. 

The best part is lots of people from this neighborhood are out and about so I just handed them their packages right on their porches or driveways. People were so friendly around this area. I was enjoying it like I was just out on strolling you know. 

Maybe this one is the icing on the cake, I came up on this one huge rock, totally misplaced by the PNW Gods. Oh holy blank! I have never seen anything like it. It was this humongous rock in the middle of the neighborhood.

No worries, I took a photo of it and you can see it below there. It was just mind boggling. Not sure what to make of it but people were out there enjoying the afternoon and they told me it was brought there during the ice-age. Wow.

Wikipedia says it like this, “Wedgwood Rock is a glacial erratic (and known to geologists as the Wedgwood Erratic) near the neighborhood of Wedgwood in Seattle, Washington. (Technically, the rock is outside the boundary of Wedgwood, in the Bryant/Ravenna neighborhoods.)[1] Its mineral composition matches that of Mount Erie, on Fidalgo Island in Skagit County, Washington,[2] 55 mi (89 km) north. Prior to the establishment of the Wedgwood neighborhood, the erratic was known first as Lone Rock and later simply as Big Rock.[1] Transported to its site by the Puget Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet during the Vashon Glaciation more than 14,000 years ago, it was a landmark for Native Americans in what was once a dense forest.

That solves the mystery, I guess. What a treat. I love coming up on things like this because it taught me new things. 

Now I can tell everyone about a GIANT rock called Wedgwood Rock or Wedgwood Erratic (sounds complicated) that is misplaced or out of place and just hanging out in this neighborhood in the northeast Seattle area.

I also came across several road signs tumbled by the high wind last night. And the neighbors told me several fences were torn down too by that wind. I told you, I got scared delivering in the Capitol Hill area.

Oh wait, this may be the real icing on the cake, this one house had a small ice-chest outside with a note to Flexers, others included that said in part, THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR WEEK BRIGHT BY DELIVERING OUR PACKAGES, DAY AND NIGHT.

All the flexers that skipped this load must have regretted by now. It’s 1 pm and I am done with the route, 2 hours early! It was one of the easiest and most pleasant routes I have ever taken.

Lesson learned Flexers! DO NOT HATE ON SEATTLE!

Here’s the worst news though for the day, right after delivering my last package, the battery of my truck gave way and I got stuck in the neighborhood for another hour trying to figure out how to get a new battery.

No Roadside Assistance on my insurance and my Verizon people are doing and infighting about my coverage with them. Luckily, the nice people of this neighborhood came to my rescue and got my truck started.

Lesson learned Flexers! After 4 or so years, you need to change your battery. God didn’t want me cutting down the trees outside my house today so I will leave them for now.

Holiday Snacks from Grateful Customers

Thank you to the grateful families out there that know what it takes to get your packages to you. We, as flexers, do appreciate the greetings, smiles, notes and snacks that we came across out there. It’s people like you that makes it all worthwhile. 

Wedgwood Rock

Guess what, the very first thing I thought about when I came upon this was how did it get here. Luckily, there was a family there that told me it was brought here from about 75 miles north by the Glaciers from many many many moons ago. This thing is humongous and seemed to be way  out of place. There’s nothing like it nearby..

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An Amazing Friday Cruise

Friday, just like any other Fridays prior, began in earnest with a cup of coffee with bread and peanut butter. Left the house at 8, a little later than usual.

First stop was at UPS here in town to drop off a box of shoe that needed to be returned to Amazon because it’s an inch bigger than my size. I guess my size is 11.5 Medium and not 11.5 Wide. And because my feet is a little wider, I am exchanging it with an 11 Wide. Hope that works.

On Interstate 5 North we went. Arrived at the Renton Station 5 minutes later than my normal arrival time. I am always 15 minutes early which means this time, I was  5 minutes late. Didn’t feel good at all.

But seeing what’s going on at this station, I knew something good must be up in the air.

Team members were just roaming around like ducks without their moms. I kinda feel that I may get an amazing route.

Amazing in a sense that I may not have a lot of stops to do on this route but business wise, it’s killing me because I knew if these guys were not doing a good job, it’s not good for business and not good for everyone. If Amazon is not making money, they’re not going to need us anymore. We got to work and stay together as a team to get this rolling.

After I got checked in, got out and walked up to chat with the team members. The very first thing they did was apologizing for the wait I may endure.

I knew they were stressed out because of all these Flexers lining up and not many loads to go around, I put on my “LIFE IS GOOD” hat and told them, it’s gonna be alright. We’re gonna be okay.

They were happy to hear that and told me they wished everyone is in the high spirit that I was in. And when you’re nice to these team members, they reward you with some good routes.

I got a total of 10 stops on this route. It kinda spread out which is not so good for mileage and gas but timing wise is just perfect.

Off I went, Interstate 405 heading NE toward Sammamish and Issaquah. By the time I completed delivering all these packages to the Amazon customers, I was so hungry for some Americano food.

It’s just happened that we passed by a Big Fish Happy place. I zoned in on that one and found myself googling to see what people are saying about this restaurant. What I found was just HILARIOUS.

One person was complaining that this place smelled too FISHY! Hahahaha. Really? I ordered Alaskan Salmon Fish and Chips and wifey ordered Coconut Breaded Prawns. We got bowls of clam chowder, which I thought it could be the main dish for the day.

All in all it’s a great Americano Food. I like to eat my fish bbq’d with just salt and pepper if previously frozen or just bbq’d with nothing if freshly caught so I can really taste the fish. But I expected what I got and so it’s all good.

Straight from Issaquah headed West on Interstate 90 crossing into Lake Washington at about 2:30 ish and on to Costco for gas and carwash in SODO, south of Downtown Seattle. Parking is scarce in this part of town you know.

We parked the truck at Costco and strolled through drive through ways to get to a Starbucks I had meant to visit several other times. And that’s were we relaxed awaiting the pickup of our last load for the day. Got a nice cup of American with Whip and wife got a regular coffee with the usual 10 small bags of C&H sugar stuff you know.

Afternoon load was a total of 20 stops in the middle of Capitol Hill, a neighborhood right on the East side of Interstate 5 and Downtown Seattle. I was a little scared because the wind was tremendous. It must have been gusting to the 50 to 60 MPH range. 

The wind was crazy strong that it blew a medium size box right out of my hands, went under a fence and was heading for the street when a stranger strolling the street caught it and returned it safely back to me. A second later, my hat flew off into the distance and luckily I was able to retrieve it too. I was contemplating returning the rest of the packages to the station but I was pretty close to get them done so I kept at it. 

With all that wind, we were still able to get this load done 1 hour and 45 minutes earlier than the time allotted. 

All in all, it was a great Friday and I am looking forward to next Friday to do it all over again.