in blogland is very lucky today. It's two for one for Joann's Blog
Adventure entries. Someday, when I get some time, maybe I might even
write ten blog entries in one day!1. Treasures Found
brother Jerry has Down's Syndrome, and he works at a sheltered
workshop. Pleasantview Industries called today, and asked for his social
security card. This required rooting through a lot of stuff.
to popular belief, I know where all the important papers in my office
are. I went through all of them, to no avail. Then I went into Nadia's
closet and went through some of my mother's papers that we've just
stored up there.Treasures Found in Mom's Papers:
10. Jerry's original hospital birth certificate (unfortunately doesn't work for I-9 purposes.)
9. A lovely picture of my parents and brother, at a happy time in mom's life.
8. A medal from my dad's service in the Navy.
7. My Dad's graduation certificate from Trade Tech, where he got his aircraft mechanic certification.
6. My Dad's diploma from Eastwood High School in Syracuse, NY.
A newspaper article on my Dad's mother, who was one of the first class
of married women allowed to attend and graduate from nursing school.
4. An order form for a book on the Peruvian Japanese interned in WWII (this is how my family got from Peru to the U.S.).
My Dad's honorable discharge from the Navy. For some reason, my mother
would keep this in her purse. She also had made about 6 copies of the
discharge. She must have feared that they would order him back.
Dad's "head shot" (a polaroid) and handwritten resume to a casting
agent. He was in a United Airlines commercial in 1991, when they used
1. An 8x10 of my Dad and his bowling team in 1966.
have already scrapbooked the resume/headshot and also the bowling team.
I did a nice black and white vintage looking page for the bowling team,
and got to write on both pages about some of the memories of my Dad. I
feel like I got a little treasure, with so much memorabilia just waiting
to be paired with pictures and scrapbooked! I am really excited and
highly motivated to do some family history scrapping.2. Jerry's New Job
reason why the workshop called is because Jerry is going to get a new
job "in the community." He currently works at Pleasantview doing
assembly, folding, etc. He is able to work far above this level, but he
has had some bad experiences with jobs.
When Jerry had just
graduated from high school, my Dad had a friend who owned a restaurant.
The friend thought that Jerry should be doing more than just staying
home (good thought) and offered him a job hosting at the coffee shop.
The family was thrilled. After about a month... Jerry was fired for
continually hitting on the boss' wife.
When Jerry first started
working in Torrance, he was in the mailroom at Mattel. This was a hard
job. You had to deliver mail all over the Mattel campus, and it required
heavy lifting of boxes, etc. He had recently come down with diabetes.
After a month... he faked a fainting spell at work and was moved to
another job. (He then started working with the Redondo Beach graffiti
removal squad. During the two years he worked there, he referred to it
was "confitti removal." He still hates to see bus benches with
"confitti," checks underneath them for gum and shakes his head).
moved in with us when my parents died, and when we moved to Santa
Clarita, Jerry started working at Pleasantview. This was far below his
capabilities. After a while he got a chance to work "in the community,"
supervised by a job coach. He worked at AXO Industries (661), in
shipping and receiving. He stole his job coach's lunch and denied it
after being caught red handed. He stole $50 worth of candy bars from the
box, and flushed the wrappers down the toilet so no one would find
them. After a month... he was fired and back to Pleasantview.
Pleasantview, Jerry would kindly go to get everyone's lunch on Fridays
at Telly's hamburger stand. He would collect the orders, and the money,
and go and get the food. It turns out that he would never have to pay
for his own lunch. He would overcharge the rest of the developmentally
disabled workers at the workshop so he got lunches free.
years later, Jerry is going out to the community again. This time he
will be unleashed on Smart & Final. He'll be supervised by a job
coach. Now, clearly Jerry is able to do the work. But I am a little
worried. He's going to be around potato chips, soda, beer, and candy all
day long. I certainly hope he doesn't gain 15 pounds, and Smart &
Final find themselves short $1000 worth of merchandise his first month.
Well, they are going to order Jerry a new Social Security card, and then he'll start his new job... pray with me now!