If you haven’t heard, I posted about my new paper route on one of my other blogs. Thursday morning I went out with the district manager for my district and he showed me the route – I delivered 4 of the papers. This morning I went out with him again on the route, but this time I delivered all but about 6 of the papers. He gave me a list of where the papers are to be delivered, how the customers want them delivered, and what days not to deliver or what days to deliver.
The businesses on my route don’t take the Sunday paper, just Monday – Saturday, and I have one house that doesn’t take the Sunday paper. I have a few people who only take the paper on Sunday, a few that only take it Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and a few who only take it on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
So tomorrow morning the district manager has decided to have me do the route alone from now on. The way he figures it, and he’s right, I’ll only really learn the route by doing it by myself, as I’ll have to drive myself around. Well, once I’ve learned the route well enough to tell LaShawn where to go, I’ll start having her drive so I can deliver the papers easier, but on Sundays I’ll have to do it alone no matter what, because she’ll need to be up for church a couple hours after I get home.
Monday – Saturday I have until 6 AM to deliver the papers, Sunday I have until 7 AM to deliver the papers. According to the district manager, even if I don’t grab my papers tomorrow morning until 3 AM, I should be fine – even new I should be able to deliver the route in 3 hours since it only took us an hour and 15 minutes to deliver the route with him driving and me delivering papers. Even if I’m driving, it’s still the same thing – get out of the vehicle, deliver the paper, get back in the vehicle. LOL There are a few spots where I have 3 or 4 houses who all get the paper in the same area so I can do all of them at once, but most houses on my route actually don’t take the paper. Yet despite the lack of people taking the paper on my route, I’ll still get a good chunk of change for doing the route.
So we’ll see how my first morning alone goes.