The heat was bearable but I still felt like I was sweating bullets. As long as I drank a half cup of water every 15 minutes, I knew I could keep a steady pace and pick customer orders.
On day two of my job at Amazon I got to use all the tools of a virtual shopper or product picker: scanner, work gloves, cart, product tote.
Outside the building here in south central Kentucky the real feel hit 100+ degrees. Inside was probably in the 80s; even with fans and a cooling system on high.
Everywhere one looks in the building there are coolers holding bottles of water. Free for the taking. In the break room they supply free Gatorade.
A trainer comes up to me to remind me to replenish my salt intake every evening. We are given additional information on heat-related issues.
Walking and reaching, lifting and walking some more. The hours go by and my mind relaxes into the familiar routine from a year ago when I worked at this same job.
When I get home from work I check the weather. Looks like another couple of weeks before cooler temperatures are forecast.
The best thing to do is just smile my way through!