As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I got about 5 hours of sleep before I was back on the road, and heading 250 miles away to start my new job. I have been going almost non-stop since that morning, and am enjoying a few moments to breathe.
What do I do? I sell pet food. Serious business.
The first thing that made me laugh is how quickly my clean, empty car was filled to the gills. Not only my suitcase, but my boss' as well (doing a ride-along training for the first week) as well as a crapton of samples, brochures, catalogs, etc. I am happy to tell the world: I have junk in my trunk.
Don't get me wrong. I think the cache of stuff I have is pretty cool. I have already utilized it in half a dozen pet stores, and heard amazing things. Sometimes plopping down a big bag and saying "you have GOT to see this!" is just the best way of doing things.
Next was the travel. I haven't been to every inch of Idaho yet, and that's going to change soon. I have been into small cities with populations in the hundreds. I have seen so many pick-up trucks in camouflage paint that my eyes are seeing 'shrubs on wheels' all over the place. So many bluejeans, so much country music. And here I am, in my bright red compact car, wearing slacks and a nice shirt.
Some towns just blow your mind. You drive into the main area, and I swear you can hear the banjo music kick in...
There's sticking out like a sore thumb, and then there's me. But when I tell people who I am and what I do, they understand.
This job definitely has its advantages. On day 1, we met with a few of the drivers and all went to dinner. We found an amazing barbeque joint and ate like KINGS. I'm not sure if my boss was just trying to 'wow' me on the first day, or if it was just a 'hey let's go here' moment. Either way, I was in awe.
So here I am. I have survived two days, and about to start day three. SOOOO much blogging material is being plopped in my lap, since I'm seeing so much more of Idaho. This is definitely going to be an adventure, and I think you're going to love the stories I share.
Cheers. If you need me, I'll be on the road.