07.26.18: Storms and Energy Drain

Thursday, 26 July 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Weather: Ranging 53 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, on/off overcast with rain showers

The Prince and Sir Oisin were nestled together and awoke early to get together for work. Sir Oisin awoke at his usual 7 am, started blogging, and finished the video journal for July 24th, finishing up the actual blog later in the day, archiving the Tree Leaves Oracle site stuff to Technogypsie.com since the Tree Leaves Oracle has officially closed. The Prince got up at his usual 8 am and said “I love you Daddy. Good Morning!” wrestling with Dad and playing with one another. Then the Prince dove onto his kindle to watch some cartoons, play with legos, and other toys while Dad made breakfast. They both had a bowl of toasty o’s from Trader Joe’s, Orange Juice, and cherries. Dad did some house cleaning, dishes, cleaning up some flooding from the Monsoon aftermath, cleaned up the patio, organized Cian’s toys, and preparing for the day. There is much on Sir Oisin’s mind … dissatisfaction with Company 1 and their numerous updates that have been causing his ratings to become low, driving a ticking time bomb, and just feeling stagnant … even though he’s overwhelmed with stuff he needs to do. He doesn’t know when Lady Etain is picking up the Prince and can’t figure out or plan his near future.

They logged in with Company One at 9 am and didn’t get their first order until 9:45 am at the Coffee Exchange downtown.

SHIFT ONE: COMPANY ONE: 9 AM – 11 AM:

Construction along Tejon made parking difficult for the pickup at Coffee Exchange. They had it ready to head out the door, and the place was empty for the same reasons that delivery is. The pickup was two coffees … and thereby Oisin a coffee boy running to an office building to make the delivery.

Orders were bare for the next 45 minutes to an hour, so they swung by the tiny house, had more breakfast, did more house cleaning, and worked on his schedule for the next week. He booked hours with Company One and Company Five , and still registered with Company Three and Company Six more as backups which he’ll probably start working with again since Company One is going down the hill. Oisin still was packing up and preparing for Dragon Fest while figuring out if he’ll have the Prince with him or not, trying to be flexible. He did offer to her that the Prince could stay as long as he needs to during her transition from night shift to day shift as well as finding the Prince a school to attend. While the Prince ate his second breakfast, he sat at the dining table with his plastic toy knife claiming to be exploring the jungles of Minecraft ready to stab the creepers before they blow up in his face. Dad asked him what Creepers were and the Prince explained they are walking bombs that blow up because they have a bomb inside them – the exciting part of Minecraft. Spawners too were on his hit list because they make zombies, monsters, creatures, etc. that can hurt him.

Next offer was to La Baquette in Old Colorado City. Oisin learned to park in the back alley and enter through the back entrance as a quicker and more efficient way to come and grab orders. It was essentially ready to go, Oisin just had to wait til the clerk cashed out the current customers in front of him. They swung by their house for their half-hour break between shifts with Oisin working on his blogs and writing, playing with the Prince and relaxing.

The break was more like 45 minutes from 11 am until 11:45 am getting some photos organized for the Tree Leaves Oracle, Cian getting a chance to play with Princess Aine and Prince Pondo before the big Kian got dropped off to summer camp, then just playing outside with Aine. After returning from 11:30 until 1:30, they would have a three hour break so their day was aligning well. The temperature increased to 72 degrees Fahrenheit with overcast skies threatening stormy skies as the Monsoons whipped bad weather their way.

SHIFT TWO: COMPANY ONE: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Around 11:30 am, they were called over to Old Chicago for a pickup. They had to wait a little while for the food to finish being prepared but was timely. They dropped it off with no problems. It was getting a little hotter outside upwards of 78 degrees. They headed home afterwards hoping for a break as Prince Cian wanted desperately to try Lord Jesse’s infamous toast when he gets back. It seemed to be quite a quiet day in commerce land, restaurants and places not having many cars around in the parking lots, and still Oisin hasn’t figured out how the pay cycles work with the deliveries, maybe orders were down today obviously closer to pay day people order food but maybe once paid off bills they slack off on food orders, or maybe all the monsoon weather with the rains and floods has set them back – usually bad weather is a pickup of orders people not wanting to go out. Of course, theoretically one would think they would tip better but in reality they don’t even though the drivers are risking their lives taking them their food. At home, Lord Jesse made the kids the toast and mac n’ cheese for lunch.

Around noon Sir Oisin was called off to Burger King, this time with a tip which is uncommon at the fast food deliveries. It shouldn’t matter, food delivery is food delivery with wear n’ tear of the vehicle and gas expenses. But its the mindset of the no tippers.

After the delivery they had a half hour break at the house – at the end of their shift they sent Oisin on a cheap order at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. This time the Prince stayed behind to play with the kids and then they had a three hour break to relax and enjoy the day. The monsoon driven storms over the mountains began coming down into the valley so they pondered what the afternoon was going to deliver any wrath upon them. When Dad got home he played with Prince Cian and Princess Aine, then making lunch for himself since the Prince already had Jesse’s Mac n’ Cheese.

The Prince was excited to show dad the tower that Lord Jesse and the kids made … and all the kids played together well. Oisin got some down time to do some writing and blogging. They had a nice three and a half hour break clocking back in at 4:30 pm to more warnings sent on his phone of flooding and severe thunderstorms. They worked the shift from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, then on to the 7 pm to 9 pm shift. The weather became worse and worse.

SHIFT THREE: COMPANY ONE: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

At 4:30 Oisin headed over to Doner USA picking up Greek food and taking it to drop off in a very complex industrial building setup with 8 large buildings all assigned the same street number. The customer didn’t say what building she was in nor did she give details about how to find her. It was a bit frustrating as even the buildings didn’t have the appropriate letters assigned to them, as she was in Building “A” and while there were arrow signs to the area it should be, it was hard to find. It wound up being combined with Building “C” as a small little shop inside the building. That took another 15 minutes of frustration. He then got called to On Th Border off North Academy way north sending him into traffic that was a nightmare, bumper to bumper with a side-loop having to take around RockRimmon instead of Garden of the Gods because of construction and traffic. Oisin knew he’d be late with this one. In addition to the nightmare drop-off, he forgot his phone’s power cord at home – with only 17% power left on the phone he had to race home between deliveries to go retrieve it. He marked himself unavailable while racing home to get the cord.

He then raced to Qdoba Mexican Eats after retrieving the cord. This delivery extended into his half-hour dinner break, as he was supposed to log out at 6:30 pm and not return until 7 pm, as he received them around 6:20 pm and racing to fill them.

They grabbed Kentucky Fried Chicken on the way and it took forever as South Nevada is the worst KFC there is with the Burger King down the road from it being the second worst restaurant in the city. Both are extremely slow and seem to have staff who don’t care about their service, job, or performance. The South Nevada KFC is often out of supplies, and at this point wouldn’t have chicken ready again for 20 minutes … so they ordered the chicken tenders then raced to pick up the Spiced Island Grill for a pickup and drop-off.

SHIFT FOUR: COMPANY ONE: 7:00 PM – 9 PM

The Spice Island Grill order went well. They then were called back to the slow KFC for a pickup/drop-off. At 7:45 pm Oisin walked back into the KFC hoping they would have their operation in order, but he was wrong – and when he said last week that the South Nevada Burger King was the worst restaurant in town, he had to correct himself, this KFC is the worst. Most of the employees were standing around doing nothing, never ready with their food, and just setting themselves up to fail. Everything had a delay, always out of items, and even some customers waiting in line left because of how slow. Some of the orders were messed up as well. He finally got the order and headed off to deliver it, luckily the customer didn’t have a complaint. He got called next to On the Border at 8:15 pm then had a brief 10 minute break quick enough to get a Starbucks Chai Creme Frappacino for a much needed energy boost. That gave him some energy. Oisin is really feeling down as of late for the horrible pay that Company One was giving lately. Then came the bad weather – more dark skies, rain and by 8:30 pm the skies were really dark and overcast. More rain was expected over night. 8:15 PM, On the Border At 8:50 pm, they called it a night, clocking out … only making an average of $10.50/hour before wear-n-tear on the car, gas costs, which equated to $8-9/hour realistically. It was not cool … Oisin getting more discontent with Company 1 and how they are handling things lately, especially the last 2 months. They hit King Soopers for groceries, headed home and the temperature dropped to 66 degrees with dark skies with yet no rain. It had been a long day so they grabbed dinner, played a little, read a book, then cuddled to bed together for a good night. They got home around 9:30 pm. While at King Soopers, the Prince talked dad into getting him jello – he was extraordinarily excited for that treat. Dad got himself pudding. They then nestled down to a cartoon and the Prince passed out before dad. Dad watched the movie “Oracle” which was kinda home-made documentary style. He passed out towards the end of it. He had no energy or motivation to do anything online or be productive, today was super draining.

Mileage: 82 miles

Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 278- Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken July 26, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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