Suddenly Working, & Loving It

Suddenly, I’m working. I was hired Monday, I in-processed Tuesday and was working within an hour. I worked nine hours my first day, ending at 11 p.m. I worked 12 hours today, starting at 7 a.m. Of the four hours I had for sleep, I tossed and turned for two, I think.

That’s working 16 out of the last 24 hours. I’d say that’s a record for me, but I once worked 72 of 72 hours. It was a special opportunity I was offered to clean a grocery store at night for cash. Unfortunately, I had a full time day job in a factory putting together medical tubes, which meant I should use the night for sleep.

Greedily, I went for the extra money and managed to stay up and work both jobs… but I won’t say flawlessly. I fell asleep quite a few times at the factory that last day.

I like working, and I like challenges. If I work just my scheduled hours for the rest of this week, I will end the week with 50.5 hours. I think that will definitely be a record breaking week of hours for me.

This is why I came to Kansas City, to work and make money. Looks like I found my opportunity.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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