“I have worked here about ten weeks. I needed a job and saw the sign about hiring. I said to myself, ‘O Lord, no.’ But the starting pay is $9 an hour. That is better than minimum wage. Nothing is beneath me. I was an automotive technician before this. I worked at the same garage for ten years. I no longer enjoyed working there and it began to show in my work. The owner let me go and I didn’t blame him. I was ready to quit, but I didn’t have the nerve. I met someone here the other day that may lead to a job working with cars again. It used to embarrass me to see my friends walk in and have to ask them, ‘Do you want fries with that?’ but you get over it quick. They call me Grandpa here because they say you can always depend on Grandpa. People care and there is teamwork. It is fast moving and I need that with my ADHD. My main job here is burrito roller have gotten better at it.
They call me Grandpa here because you can always count on Grandpa
These jobs help out a lot of people from all facets of life. People on probation or work release. It teaches you to be disciplined and take responsibility for you actions. To put principals over personalities. I like the human interaction. Working on cars is more working by yourself so being around people has been good for me. My father and his brothers were in the car business. My uncle is 74 and still has his own shop. I grew up around cars, it is what I know. The dream is to get back into cars again.
I just turned 56 and will be sober for five years on January 13. My dad passed away at 62. I am very aware of how life can change. Life is short, but it goes on. Don’t fret it.”