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Another Angel In Heaven….#260…(The 2001)

November 25, 2011

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The phone call from Oklahoma City came early in the evening of April 6th, 2001 it was from Gary’s son Scott.   Scott, the bearer of earth shattering news that his grandson Garrett having been struck by a car was in the hospital.  Scott disclosing the circumstances,  Garrett’s dog having discovered a way out from their backyard on S.W. 124th St.,  the 12-year-old boy scurrying the neighborhood,  searching for his pet.   His father,  Chris concerned about Garrett’s absence and  knowing the circumstances,  starting a neighborhood search for his son in his car.  Discovering Garrett addressing May Ave.,  a four lane thoroughfare east of the residence. Stopping his car on May Ave.,  blinking the headlights from across the road,  letting Garrett know he was present.   The boy  recognizing his Dad’s presence,  running across the four lane road,  but apparently not being attentive.   The 12-year-old was struck by an oncoming car,  Chris having to witness the harrowing event.  The father a Firefighter and EMT immediately going to his son’s aid.  Scott, continuing  on the phone, sounding very despondent,  telling  his Dad that Garrett’s prognosis wasn’t good.

Gary,  after receiving the call,  an optimist throughout his life,  having no idea of the severity of Garrett’s accident,  but having hope,  not wanting to accept its consequences received another call from his eldest son Scott later that night.   Garrett injuries were carcinogenic,  his grandson having passed from this earthly life.   A meaningful shock resonated, a hollowness within prevailing,  discovering a heartfelt remorse never felt before.  His immediate feeling was one of tears and emptiness,  a shattering,  the acceptance that his grandson was no more.   Gary’s thoughts weighted to the countenance of Chris and Marlo,  the effect of this tragedy and how it would converse their life.  The elder Willson immediately evoking plans for transportation to Oklahoma City.   A decision was made that he and his mother would make the journey by air from Sacramento, Gary understanding when Fran decided to forgo the solemn trip.

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The California flight arriving at Will Rogers International Airport,  Gary’s son Scott awaiting their arrival.  Lana Norwicki,  Scotts improvised wife,  the mother of Gary’s granddaughter Sarah,  offering lodging for Gary and the Great Grandmother Betty,  the two finding a welcomed hospitality at Lana’s residence.  An arrival from Kansas of Robert and Sandra,  Gary’s  two youngest siblings fulfilling the complement of Willson children.   Gary and his mother making their presence at the mortuary with Marlo to view Garrett and later that night making another journey to Garrett’s temporary resting place with Robert and Sandra. This trip more emotional than the earlier one,  secluded with Robert and Sandra,  Gary displaying something that he had held within,  openly expressing a meaningful outward expression of his emotion and the loss of his grandson.

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Garrett having passed in the early hours of the morning of the 7th of April,  Marlo and Chris were upset  with Vondell L Smith & Sons Mortuary unable to schedule  Garrett”s final resting place until the 13th,  an unheard of six-day waiting period.   The departing services were scheduled for The First Southern Baptist Church on Sooner Rd in Del City,  Gary having attended services at this church once before with Chris,  Marlo and his ex-wife Kaye during a visit to Oklahoma City.  The church,  a magnificent structure seating over a thousand,  with a string lead orchestration  and choir  providing televised services every Sunday for the interned.   Garrett’s memorial service fulfilling over half the church’s capacity,  Gary recognizing many acquaintances from years past,  especially his longtime friend Jerry Willis and his wife Shirley.   The service concluding,  a long line police escorted progression proceeding to Resthaven Cemetery on S.W. 104th.   A Oklahoma City spring day, the blustering wind gusting out of the south,  the canopy for the service,  not very stabilized,  flapping in the wind,  making many uncomfortable,  but Gary surmising that it was a reflection and tribute to the energy of the youth departed.

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Seated with Marlo’s mother,  the Grandfather holding Granddaughter Allison during the wind-driven ceremony,  an inner despondency prevailing,  but holding Allison gave life a meaning.   Gary giving encomium to his Daughter and Chris ,  maintaining an efficacy of composure,  those present bearing witness to the family’s tragic loss and conscious of the abrupt change it would make in the couple’s  life.   Gary was impressed with the Stewart of Chris,  his amazing posture considering what he bore witness to,  the accident, the rendering of aid,  inwardly not accepting the acumen,  but outwardly having to accept the causatum.   Gary comprehending  the heartfelt tragedy would remain with Chris forever,  but recognizing his stature thru this event as a testimonial to his strength and fortitude.

The return to California was a solemn process, Gary accepting the vitrine of  life, but questioning its reason, especially when someone at such a young age and  promising future is tragically  released from these earthly bonds.

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Accepting Responsibility – 259A (2000)

November 12, 2011
The X shaped Colony Park

The X shaped Colony Park

Gary reviewing his staff of 13,  the housekeeping department always responsive,  his housekeepers never a problem,  Mary Speiss,  Kamla Prasad and Suarjeni Prasad always fulfilling responsibilities with an outstanding work ethic.   The custodial crew responding applicable,  not always the case in the laundry, discovering without a doubt the  laundry was by far the most demanding and the worst assignment not only in his department but in the facility.  The starting wage paying the least and the performance level very demanding,  with two shift,  the first starting at 5:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m., the second beginning at 3:30, ending at midnight, the turnover of personnel was inevitable.   The two-hour pause between the two shifts causing an interruption with the flow and output of the service.   Gary remedying this by fulfilling the two-hour laundry needs himself,  sorting the barrels of residents clothes,  sheets,  towel and incontinent pads,  keeping the washers and dryers fulfilling their purpose.   On occasion members of the housekeeping staff would help during their break time,  including the Administrator Brad stopping by to fold sheets, towels and pads from the four dryers that continued  their never-ending cycles.   The only bright note in laundry Services was Louise Bruns,  who gathered residences personal apparel, placing items on hangers and delivering them to the correct dresser drawer and closets in each room.  Louise a wondrous person,  the only person able to fulfill this position without difficulty,  her memory of the residence personal clothing was beyond expectation.    Gary recognizing her as a major asset, especially when he wasn’t available, she somehow kept the laundry running  and still maintain designated assignment.

Unimac 60lb extractor washer

Unimax 60lb.  extractor washer

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Commercial Dryer capability

Gary having never experienced,a cogeneration building electrical and heating system.  Mounted in the plant systems area in rear of the facility in covered area was a  Chevrolet 350 hp. V8  natural gas powered  engine that operated 24 hours a day.  It was coupled to a generator that provided 110 volt AC electricity to the building grid, the heat generated  from the engine, supplied heated water for the ceiling fan coil units that heated the facility rooms in the winter and alternately in the summer  supplied the heated water to four heat absorption air conditioning units that cooled the building.  The hot water absorption air conditioning system was another first as was a 16 ft. high four motor cooling tower, the HVAC system new to him but understandable.   With California State regulations requiring a standby generator,  Colony Park was equipped with a 50 KW Onan diesel on a timer to test run 30 minute once a week to be recorded along with a monthly  documentation of maintenance inspections. Some things remain the same,  Gary discovering  the fire-alarm,  smoke detectors and sprinkler system a mirror of his past experience

Facilities HVAC cooling tower

Facilities HVAC cooling tower

Nick Barton, the corporation’s computer consultant approached Gary, the Dietary Supervisors Sashi Singh’s stand-alone computer was in need of a cabled online presence with the main server in the conference room.   Gary after conferring with Nick Barton surveyed the situation realizing the difficulty, he would have to enter an extremely narrow crawl space above the kitchen, break room, business office plus drill thru two fire walls before entering the conference room.  After some thought deciding to be innovative, the alternative solution was plain and simple, run the cable thru the outside kitchen wall,  down the outside of the building and back thru the conference room wall,  sealing the cable in the brick mortar joint indentation with silicon.  Gary realizing that this was unorthodox,  but the finished results of his ambition being proclaimed, it wor

Dietary Supervisor Sashi Singh

Dietary Supervisor Sashi Singh

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Healthcare Management and Colony Parks goal was now focused on receiving a (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization)  JCAHO certification.   Gary being introduced to Susan,  a consultant hired by the Healthcare Management Corporation,  Susan a previous employee of the Joint Commission.   The consultant ceding Gary a six-inch binder containing the JCAHO seven directories for safety management,  each directory requiring written policies and procedural protocol.   The thick binder contained stipulated programs for safety management of  Safety, Medical Equipment,  Emergency Preparedness,  Utilities,  Security,  Fire Safety and Hazardous Material,  Gary’s responsibility being to address each individual program with written management policies and procedures.   The bulk of a six-inch tabbed binder alone made for apprehension, one could foresee it unmanageable with the addition of policy and procedural documentation.  Gary having a simple but innovating  remedy,  separating the directories into seven individual smaller binders,  addressing each management plan separately.  Spending hours everyday on the computer and many evening hours at home addressing  JCAHO requirements.

The time of reckoning finally arriving,  the elderly JCAHO surveyor meeting with all the department supervisors at the morning department head meeting, giving notice that if all went well he should conclude his survey in three days.  Environmental Services was last to meet with the JCAHO representative, entering the conference room discovering that Brad was in attendance.   Gary no longer having a single six-inch bulk binder of the JCAHO seven management plans, spreading his seven individual binders on the table, each binder addressing one of the seven management plans .  The representative taken aback asking for an explanation,  Gary explaining the seven management plans would be better be addressed individually than as group,  each one individually would provide a more focused complaisant presentation.   The JCAHO representative seemed impressed  giving Gary an assurance that he had done well.

  The final meeting,  the JCAHO representative announcing to all the department supervisors that Colony Park had qualified for JCAHO certification.  Then something unexpected, the surveyor giving a special recognition to Gary,  asking the department heads to applaud him, that in his twenty years of certifying facilities,  Gary was the first to pass the seven  management plans without a deficiency.   Gary acknowledging his recognition from his professional co-workers and that Colony Parks cultural diversity was an existence  he had never experienced before.

A Destiny Fullfilled #259 ..The 2000’s

November 7, 2011
Colony Park

Colony Park

 Six weeks had expired when destiny made its  appearances in the form of a help wanted section in the Modesto Bee.  Colony Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a 99 bed skilled nursing facility located less than two miles from Gary’s Blue Daisy Way residence on E. Orangeburg Ave was in need of a full-time Maintenance Supervisor.  Gary jumping at the chance,  submitting an edited resume’ to Colony Park  deciding not to  include he was currently employed at Wal-Mart,  discerning it might be a detriment considering  the other positions he had held in the past.  To account for his employment time in California he listing his last employment reference as working for Sierra Management Corporation in Groveland, the company name of one of his sister Katherine’s LLC, calling to give her a heads-up that she might receive a call from Colony Park.  His notification  wasn’t in vain, Katherine having received a call from the Administrator at Colony Park,  giving her brother a notable but honest recommendation.   The  phone call from Colony Park was forth-coming, requesting Gary to be present for an interview the following afternoon.

Arden Bennett - CEO of Healthcare Management Inc.

Arden Bennett – CEO of Healthcare Management Inc.

Gary was somewhat apprehensive but confident arriving at Colony Park, appropriately attired in a sports coat and tie at his appointed time.  Entering  he noticed two others who appeared to be waiting applicants dressed in jeans seated in the lobby awaiting their interview opportunity.  Directed to the administrator’s office he was introduced to three gentlemen,  the Colony Park administrator Dave Yarborough,  Brad Kikuta, a corporate vice president and Arden Bennett, the CEO of  the eleven facilities that comprised Health Care Management Corporation.   Gary soon found his questioning being conducted, not by the administrator of the facility or the corporate vice president,  but by Arden Bennett, the Corporate CEO.   Bennett explaining the facility had some difficulty the administrator having hired four maintenance supervisors in the past year, none proving to be satisfactory and that the Colony Park was entering a new phase,  it was to be the first Health Care Management facility to apply for JCAHO, (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization) membership.   Gary couldn’t believe what he was hearing as was very familiar with the organization having worked with JCAHO representatives during his tenure as president of the Kansas Hospital Engineers Association.    He related his experience to the CEO,  that as a member and president of the KHEA Association he attended many JCAHO seminars and had written hospital maintenance policies to JCAHO specifications.  Questioned about his maintenance experience, he concluded he was versed in all aspects of healthcare facility maintenance from the operation and maintenance of the physical plant to the intricacy of servicing patient care equipment.

Gary leaving the interview confident, his answer coming after a two-day wait, David Yarborough calling asking how soon he could start, that he could commence his orientation in the morning,  then the disappointing news,  Gary’s request for $16.00 an hour was rejected relegated to  accepting $12.50 as a starting wage.   The afternoon found Gary traversing to Wal-Mart to address his departure, meeting with the congeal Human Resource lady,  turning in his time card,  apologizing for such a short notice of his departure,  explaining that he had found a better opportunity,  her smile relieving his displeasure for not fulfilling his obligation,  her reply “this happens to us all the time.”

Gary at his home away from home ----- work

Gary at his home away from home —– work

Gary’s vista having arisen,  his employment at Colony Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center giving him a contingency to affirm his twenty years plus experience as a hospital engineer.   He soon  discovered the healthcare facility void of anyone with comprehensive knowledge of the structural plant systems including his acquired maintenance assistant Reyes Hernandez, who directed him on a tour of  the building and premises.    The 99 bed skilled nursing facility maintained a staff numbering over 120, with a continuing 90 plus residents census.  The building encompassing  four wings in the shape of an X,  one wing  a locked down certified Alzheimer’s unit equipped with a keypad exit but also with a fire alarm release mechanism for the door and the units patio gate.   The building  encompassing 32 restrooms and six shower stalls,  plus the  department offices,  dining and activity rooms.  Gary finding his only disappointment, expecting an updated facility,  but discovering the building was built in 1964 and lacked few improvement since that era.  The upside to his work environment,  the yard work was contracted out,  no mowing and the total lawn area was on an automated sprinkler system.    His designated office was in  16 x 42 ft. shop northeast of the building accommodating a storage area for maintenance, housekeeping,  custodial and laundry supplies.  The shop was in total disarray without organization,  an electric wall heater for winter and a swamp cooler for summer.   Gary’s first priority, was to make it presentable,  giving a semblance of organization, inquiring and receiving a computer for the virtuous tasks that he knew were on the horizon,  Reyes, or Ray as he preferred Gary’s maintenance assistant had been called upon to provide the maintenance duties during the interim between the many supervisors was an asset.

    The first requested major application upon Gary’s arrival was the painting of the kitchen and walk in refrigerator,  which could only been approached in an after hour situation.  Gary conferring with Administrator David Yarborough about the overtime hours that he a Ray would incur,  surprisingly David volunteered to help with the painting.  The first night finding the three working with a diligence,  the second night Gary and Ray working alone, the facility administrator failing to appear.  Gary as a new employee having respect for David,  a retired Army Officer with a college degree in business administration but soon finding the other department heads had little regard for him and for some reason Healthcare Management,  the corporate entity had put him probation.   Within two months of Gary’s arrival he was relieved of his position and transferred to the Merced facility as temporary administrator then relieved of his employment,  Brad Kikuta, Corporate Vice President assuming a temporary position of Administrator.

Brad Kakuta - Corporate Vice President and tempory Administrator

Brad Kakuta – Corporate Vice President and temporary Administrator

Brad, fluent in the Japanese language,  his parents American citizens,  their Valley farmland confiscated during world war II,  his family being placed in an internment camp, the youth growing up in the San Joaquin Valley,  a graduate of Fresno State University.   Gary finding the corporate vice president an inquisitive personality,  Brad as a person was a confirmed bachelor with a regimented life,  dawning the day with a 5:00 a.m. calling  at Gold’s Gym every morning,  arriving at work at 7:00, conducting the department head staff meetings at 9:00.   Most mornings  finding him departing the building for his corporate duties at the corporate offices at Madera or visiting one of the other 12 facilities,  entrusting the everyday management of Colony Park’s to the Department Heads.   Most of the department supervisors were apprehensive of Brad,  but Gary arrival at 7:00 a.m., an hour earlier than the others,  provided an opportunity to discover an insight to Brad they would never encompass,  able to discuss  subjects other than work,  a mutual respect developing.

The Department Supervisors, a diversified collection: (From l to R) Brad, Admin; Kathy, HR; Marvin, So Serv; Bob, Med Equipment; Gary, Env. Serv; Ruth, QA; Joanie, Office Manager; Sashi, Dietary; Carolyn, DON; Julie, Activities; Brenda, Med Records

The Department Supervisors, a diversified collection: (From l to R) Brad, Admin; Kathy, HR; Marvin, So Serv; Bob, Med Equipment; Gary, Env. Serv; Ruth, QA; Joanie, Office Manager; Sashi, Dietary; Carolyn, DON; Julie, Activities; Brenda, Med Records

The Maintenance Supervisor having  progressed three months into his duties when Brad entreated him to his office  asking Gary if he would be willing to expand his responsibilities by accepting a position appropriating the added onus of the Housekeeping,  Custodial, and Laundry departments,  while still concurring his maintenance duties.    Brad conferring his new job description as Environmental Services Supervisor, Gary accepting,  but not without experiencing an inner feeling of compassion as Shirley the housekeeping and laundry supervisor,  given notice,  exited in tears.  Included with the added responsibilities was a substantial pay raise,  discovering he and the Director of Nursing,  Carolyn Hauser were the only two salaried staff employees.   The new responsibilities made for a longer day retaining his 7:00 A.M. appearance, on most days  his eight-hours extended into a ten-hour day

 

In Search of Opportunity…..#258….The 2000’s

November 2, 2011
1217 Blue Daisy Way

1217 Blue Daisy Way

With Fran back east, the weekend found a new amortization,  Gary’s sister Nancy asking him to accompany her to Modesto,  having  recently evicted extended family members from her single family rental house at 1217 Blue Daisy Way after receiving several phone calls from neighbors about their conduct.   The last phone was from Dr. Eric Ramos,  Chief of Staff at Doctors Medical Center who resided next door, it was his call that resulted in the eviction action.  The two upon arrival discovering the  house and yard in disarray, the walls and ceiling of every room having been spray painted with yellow paint, the carpets having been neglected to the point of replacement,  the backyard swimming pool filled with algae resembled something out of the movie “the Creature From the Black Lagoon”.   Nancy’s original tenets were an elderly Hispanic couple but apparently several of their grown kids with children had replaced them at some time in the past.  The inhabitants parking cars on the lawn,  their outlandish partying, loud music and the come and go traffic at all hours giving cause for the neighbor to suspect a crack house.  Gary could see that it would take more than weekend trips to rectify all the damage, mentioning that he would be willing to move to Modesto and work at restoring it giving thought to the possibility of renting it.  Realizing his immediate needs for his stay he borrowed his sister Katherine’s pickup in Groveland to transport, the bare necessities, a bed, table and chair.   With the utilities service and phone turned on and the purchase of a used refrigerator  the remodeling process beginning,  painting the total interior of the three bedroom house including cabinets, then shopping for new carpet. The project was beginning to come a conclusion Gary approached his sister about renting the house, the two coming to a satisfactory agreement.  With his sisters the pickup he began a two-day ordeal, making several trips per day,  relocating all of Fran’s furnishings  transported from Florida in the 24 ft. van to Columbia and his possessions transported by moving van to Groveland with the exception the piano.  Gary having just completed his moving endeavor, the furnishing and boxes yet to be organized when Fran called giving notice of  her impending return flight to SFO.  Her timing was impeccable, Gary having no desire to arrange the furnishing at 1217 Blue Daisy Way, more than satisfied with the move, Modesto providing a renewed genesis.

Sierra Aviation , Oakdale

Sierra Aviation , Oakdale

  Once again Gary began a pursuit employment scanning the help wanted section of the Modesto Bee  searching for suitable vocation  finding a sundry of opportunities.   Finding an interesting prospect journeying to Oakdale to submit an application and an interview for a flight cargo coordinator position with Sierra Aviation, an air freight carrier based at the Oakdale Airport. The Oakdale audience was a formality, filling out an employee application, submitting a resume’, being briefed that the post entailed preparing manifests, coordinating airport pickups and delivery for arrivals and departures at various destinations.   Gary having experienced this coordination with the John Deere Company,  having provided custom cutter customers on the Harvest Trail   from Texas to North Dakota,  communicating by phone with them and with John Deere in Kansas City.   Machine Down Parts allocated from KC 24 hours a day by necessary means either by taxi to the airport or bus station to satisfy customers continuous operation no matter where the location, the interview coming to a conclusion, the outcome expected, “we’ll get back to you”.   The following morning an unexpected call for a second interview being informed it would be with the operations manager.   Arriving, Gary related his past John Deere experience in preparing manifests,  inventory paperwork, coordinating and confirming pickup and delivery and highlighting the number one priority, customer satisfaction.  The interview completed, leaving with a feeling of  confidence that the prospects for acquiring the position were looking good,  but a phone call the next morning brought disappointment, Gary would have to look for another employment opportunity.

Fran's Dollar Tree employment on McHenry Ave.

Fran’s Dollar Tree employment on McHenry Ave.

The search for employment endured,  Gary’s savings in the bank still a lone provision for their livelihood,  Fran joining the pursuit of employment discovering a help wanted ad for the McHenry Ave. Dollar Tree.  Acknowledging her prior years of service in Florida she was  an immediate hire working the early morning shift commencing at 4:00 A.M. accepting incoming freight, restocking the shelves.  With Fran a non driver and no public transportation at that hour,  Gary also found himself on the morning shift providing her early morning transportation to  work and her return in the afternoon.   Gary driving to Empire, following up on a newspaper ad submitting an application for a custodial job with the Empire School District,  but from his Kiowa Kansas school employment past,  in all likelihood they would only hire a person who resided in the school district.   Continuing his search he interviewed with a company accessing inventory, putting a team of inventory data people together to count shelf items in stores.  Continuing his employment search in the morning paper,  discovering a notice for a maintenance position at the Modesto Parkway Plaza Wal-Mart store.  The afternoon found him driving across town to the Park Plaza store seeking out the Human Resource person attaching his resume’ to a Wal-Mart employment application.  The next morning receiving a call from the inventory company notifying him of his acceptance and scheduling a meeting day and time. No sooner had he got off the phone that he received a second call, it was from Wal-Mart, the  Human Resource lady asking  if he could be available for an interview at 2:00 p.m..   The afternoon Wal-Mart  interview with HR was brief, receiving  the standard answer  “we’ll notify you” being given.  Returning home he was undecided whether to just go ahead and follow up with the inventory position when the phone rang again, it was Wal-Mart,  his orientation and employment would commence the following day.   Gary was amazed,  two job confirmations in one day, but more amazing was the expediency of Wal-Mart’s hiring,  neither position high paying but at least a working opportunity.

Wal-Mart on Park Plaza

 Wal-Mart’s process for hiring was new experience,  a drug test,  a signature for permission to acquisition his DMV and law enforcement records, accompanied with a scheduled computerized maintenance and safety test.  Gary discovering the test somewhat inefficacious having to watch four hours of safety videos,  then an a five-part, ten question test about interactive  maintenance procedure skills test, most which were not relative.   The orientation completed,  Gary finding his hours would be from 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. in the morning in the 24 hour accessible store.   The first evening on the job,  discovering the crew of eight wasn’t contingent for actual maintenance, they were custodians responsible for floors,  restrooms and clean-up duties,  such as vacuuming the offices and trash,  all plumbing, lighting and other repairs were subcontracted out.   Wal-Mart having a single custodian person on duty during the day and early evening  hours responsible for cleaning up spills and cleanliness of restrooms and  the lunch room.   The Crew Chief assigning the night crew their work responsibilities,  stripping and waxing various section of the floor,  vacuuming the vast store area carpet,  which could entail four hours, followed by a low-speed buffer top scrubbing the carpet for stains and riding the propane driven powered buffers over the vinyl flooring.

The custodial experience was nothing new, having worked five years at the Kiowa Grade School as a custodian/driver, but he was more impressed with the work ethic of the other department employees,  finding the managers of the various sales departments would arrive during the early morning hours,  some as early as  4:00 A.M. to ready their department for the days expected traffic, filling inventories, rearranging and stocking the departments shelves.  The executive management also impressed him,  the store manager  arriving some mornings  at 5:00 A.M. to inspect the store,  pulling a trash bag out of it’s container making sure the interior of the container was clean.  The store also prevailed a representative Safety Committee,   meeting once a month to discuss workman’s comp. and safety issues and as a benefit Wal-Mart offering stock offerings and medical insurance for all associates.   The only two disparity from Gary’s past employers being the employees were designated as associates and the hourly wage earner were required to clock out for their two 15 minute breaks,  their off the clock time compensated, the company allowing a two-minute leeway clocking back in,  a 30 minute lunch being a normal clock-out situation.  Gary discovered that having to clock in and out for breaks as well as a 30 minute so-called lunch  was to his advantage.  Not taking any breaks he was able to combine the two 15 minute compensations with his 30 minutes lunch,  providing him time to stop at Jack in the Box drive thru, drive home and have Fran at the Dollar Tree at 4:00 a.m.  He realized that his Wal-Mart $7.75 per hour employment, which was a dollar more than minimum wage, was just a stop-gap measure, determined to continue his search attesting it was just a matter of time before he would encounter a more applicable precedence.