First day at CPF Dualam!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009


Yes!!! I got the job :)

As much interesting it sounds, it actually is. Recession and the overall economy has affected millions and i am not an exception. However, i got this job in a well-to-do construction company, very commonly known as Dualam, USA. 8:00am was a nightmare to be in school for the first class of the day and we use to curse Dr. Chawla for being that punctual. He wont allow a 5 minute delay :(. Big deal...5 minutes. Yes...it is a big deal in real world. Being used to a cocooned life style where undergrad's-day started at 10:00am back in India, promoted me to the grad's-day, here in US, which used to start at 8:00am. Its time to get out of the cocoon though....i have received this grand promotion where i have to clock-in on site at 6:30am. Getting to the job site takes me about 50 unwanted early morning minutes when the sun doesn't bother to show up but i need to...how about that? You better leave home by 5:30am or you are fired girl!!!

Its no normal AC cabins for the bosses and reasonably big cubes for the beginners. Its no luxurious computers on the desks and cleanliness all around. Its no putting pots and plants, frames and photos, crafts and paintings on the desks. Its no skirts and formals, make-up and hair, jewelery and matching purses. Keep it real baby...blue jeans, safety glasses, hard hats, steel toed boots and vests....the boots are too heavy though :(. I can hardly walk.

I and my boss sit in the same cabin. After all, i am the Junior Inspector and he is the Senior Inspector...yeah its the Quality Assurance Dept. I like it so far. Lets see when the actual work begins. Seems like my boss is on a 12 hrs shift right now...i don't want to be promoted any sooner :)

6 comments:

Prashanti :) said...

CONGRATS big time girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so is this job in birmingham ??????
It is great that you have found a job you like in these hard times ...

Are you guys coming for maroon vibes this yr .. plz plz come !!! we can have a bloggers meet too ..just you and me is can also be a meet :D

Shalmalee.... said...

thanks prashanti :)
this job is in Wilsonville AL. Its an hr drive from Bham...not bad, huh!

when is maroon vibes scheduled this year?i dont know abt participating coz most of us have graduated but we can meet and freshen up last yrs memoriessss....wht say?

Lina said...

Shalmalee!!! I'm so proud of you... if I had to leave my house at 5:30 I would have been fired today! Hahaha wow you are keeping it real... I hope you enjoy your work! We miss you tons in here... everyone thinks I'm going nuts, maybe it's just the fact that I can't say Shalmaleeeee!!! and that only Leigh lauhs with me!
Hope to see you soon! love you tons!

Archana Gawde said...

hey congrats!!!

the economy geli tel lavat kay?

Prashanti :) said...

sure sure !! lets meet !!!! waise maroon vibes is on 4th april... but youre welcome to starkville anytime :)

Asmit said...

You know what?
I felt so much like commenting on this one. But dont know how and what to comment. Maybe I know what to comment. But I wont. Somehow I feel the comment is not for you.
I just want you to look at yourself with open eyes and see where you have landed. You really think you are coming out of the cocoon?
May sound harsh but...
OMG! Whatever...