I'm on my 4th week. No missed days. Survived a massive round of lay offs (actually meant to weed out bad, slow, lazy workers). And I'm learning to slug. Slugging is job security, also helps keep you there when everyone else is being sent home because few people seem to want to do it and there is a great need as you can't make candles without sluggers. I don't understand why people seem to not want to learn, the only thing "hard" about it is the speed......and like with anything that comes with time and practice. The only thing I don't like about slugging, straightening, or bubble sucking is that you're confined basically to one spot and don't move that much........sluggers are moving considerably more than the other two but still they're basically stuck in one spot. But I'm even getting used to that, although it can make the night go horribly slow at times. I prefer to move usually, the night goes faster and my body doesn't tend to feel that anymore. Last night was a bit interesting. Think largish jar candles, 15 to a box, lift them repeatedly because while you're filling those cases you're also skidding them.......... I and the other women were fine until we needed to lift them up beyond the chest line.......uh, sure you might have the strength to do it once or twice.......but the box had a tendency to try to collapse (due to the way it's designed) on you went you did............So the males, especially the bosses tended to hover and when a skid got to that point they would load it or we'd start a new one if they were busy. Worked. lol But my back was sore when I got home for the first time in quite a while. I'll say though, even the males had issues with the boxes trying to collapse. Bosses pay attention to the hard workers. They pay attention to what you're learning to do. You have to be able to do everything on a line.......and somewhat everywhere to a certain degree (I think I'm not quite sure because other lines do a few things we don't) to be hired on permanent. Makes sense since new perms fill a support role if there is no work on the line they were hired for. Like right now line 6 is down for a month due to a cancelled order, their perm employees have been placed on other lines to work until their line is up and going again. Was talking to the boss man I like for the temp co and car pool friend was telling him she was in her 7th wk and had never called off (she was trying to figure out how long until her first raise). Sad that he was majorly impressed. Most people can't get to the point where I'm at without having called off a day. And of course they can't figure out why they don't get hired perm either. geez Hold good thoughts and send some juju. My car has been leaking coolant for months and months. First it was a slow leak, no biggie. Now it is becoming a major issue. I think it's a hole in the hose........sister in law thinks it might be the water pump because he can't see a spot where it would leak from. All I know is I fill it, drive it, it gurgles, and next day I have to fill it again. He has GOT to fix it once and for all. I've no doubt he can.............but it can't take longer than I have off or I have no transportation to work. And I will be one POed person.