I'm in between jobs and a staffing agency recently paired me up with a company who crafting parts for several high-end automobiles. The bulk of my job history is very different, so making car parts in a factory setting is something completely new. Regardless of how his turns out for me, please allow me to stand on my soapbox and give massive praise and deep respect to those folks in factories all across Planet Earth who support themselves and their families turning out products of all kinds. Folks, this is a tough occupation -- factories are generally loud, hours are usually tough, workers are often treated unfairly (even in first-world countries) and it can be physically grueling to the human body depending on what's on the assembly line. And factory machines can be deadly. My orientation yielded many grisly tales and I've already heard a few stories about individuals who were horribly injured merely feet away from my station. I'm in sad shape this evening. The long hours have me physically and mentally exhausted. Standing and walking on concrete floors for 10 hours a day have my feet screaming. Slinging heavy aluminum wheels (even with gloves) has my hands in a dismal situation (mornings are just terrible as my movement is limited until I get "warmed up"). And thanks to my new steel-toed boots, I chunk of skin on my calves has been rubbed raw. We'll see how this plays out... but moving forward, factory employees will be even more respected by yours truly. You people make the products we need and love and you put up with a lotta poop to do it. Thanks to you all!