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. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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