My Days in Brown

A few months ago, during the holidays and Christmas season I surely was thankful to work part time as a driver helper for UPS. The job description included being able to jump off and on the truck an average of 200 times per day to retrieve and deliver packages.  Just so you know, I used to work for their competitor, FedEx, while I was in college. Anyway, I am somewhat familiar with the express delivery industry. Here are a few things I gleaned from my time with UPS…

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  1. People are, for the most part, very nice. I was appreciated by most and even offered Christmas cookies and bottles of water on occasion.
  2. If you want to lose weight and get into shape between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and maybe start the New Year off right, then work as a UPS Driver helper. UPS drivers work hard.
  3. My wife says that brown compliments my blue eyes. However, she was disappointed that I didn’t get a pair of brown shorts because it was winter. She likes my legs.
  4. Every driver has a story. It just takes showing a genuine interest in them and a strong work ethic to get them to share it with you.
  5. The economy didn’t seem to be suffering in the Hoover, Pelham, and Alabaster areas based upon the number of packages that we delivered.
  6. Delivering packages (some being heavy) door-to-door and having to briskly walk up long driveways and along streets allows you the time to develop PSW skills. PSW stands for Prayerful Speed Walking! I probably prayed for you on one of these work days…the Lord brought so many friends and family to mind.
  7. “Browns” are the official name of the UPS uniforms. These uniforms are highly guarded and valuable. Not just anyone can wear them. Once you no longer work for UPS, you must surrender the “Browns”.
  8. Here is an idea that came to mind on one of my many days in the brown truck… during the week leading up to Christmas, UPS should decorate their trucks for the holidays, play Christmas music, and call people out along the street to come get their own packages. Picture something like an Ice Cream Truck ringing a bell in your neighborhood!
  9. The best made plans don’t always come to fruition. UPS and FedEx didn’t do so well this past holiday season. Some of their packages didn’t make it on time even after the most strategic planning and forethought. You can thank Amazon Prime for some of that!

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I enjoyed my days and nights during December and January working as a driver helper. In my opinion, UPS is a great company with awesome employees (even the temporary ones). So the next time you see that infamous brown truck or see a courier dressed in “browns”, please be nice, show some respect, and be thankful for their hard work and service. A cold bottle of water on a hot summer day wouldn’t be bad either!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. ~ Colossians 3:23-24

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Now, got to go pack some boxes of my own!

~ Andy


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