Random Collection Piece #19


Throughout the years of being a Ninja Turtle fan, my collection has been growing.  Every year I get something new that joins the collection.  Growing since 1989, I have over 500 Ninja Turtle toys out of package and over 300 in package, as well as books, animation cels, original comic art, scripts and so much more.  To cover all of this on Cowabunga Corner is not something I really think I can do.  Though I get a lot of questions about my collection, so I figured I could do random stories weekly to share one item in my collection.  This week I’m covering a TMNT Notepad.

There has been a lot of products that came out for the 2003 series, but if there’s anything I use a lot it has been the TMNT notepads.  I have a ton of them.  The one I’m covering today though had a use to it, that is a memory from working at a Factory.  This notepad was bought with a set at Toys R Us in 2003.  It’s made by Starpoint with it’s page count being 60.  It’s like many other notepads out there, the thing that makes this one different for me is the writing inside that I did.

I loved to work.  Having a job meant doing something for the world.  Making a difference.  Touching someone’s life out there in a good way.  No matter the job, you’re doing something that needs to be done.  If it’s dirty, broken, or even just being create, it will touch someone if you do what needs to be done.  You can fix a smile with a joke, you wash away a smell with some soap and water, you can create something new with pen and paper.  No matter what you do, you’re doing something that needs to be done.  And you’re amazing for taking that step and doing it just right.  So when working, I would not see the stuff I have to deal with.  I would always picture the people that will be happy that the work was done.  That’s what got me through a work day, no matter the job.

With that in mind when I take a job I give it my all and try to figure out how to do better.  Or see if there’s a way to watch my progress.  In 2003 I got a job at a factory, making wipers for machines.  In doing so I worked on a molding machine, where it would inject hot plastic into a mold.  I would pull the hot pieces out of the machine, inspect them and put them in a box.  The plastic color could not be off, there could not be any bubbles, and the piece had to be whole.  This was machine 10 and I was happy there.  I thought I had the safest machine in the factory and I gave it my all to make sure I got my work done.  There was one thing that would slow me down and that was mold changes, a foreman had to come over and change the molds.  Till one of the day time foremen finally showed me how.  At that time I learned that the machine had a setting where I could see how many parts were ran, how fast I got the parts out of the machine... my fastest time, average number and slowest time.  This had my interest.  I wanted a way to keep track of my work and this was just what I needed.

I got one of my TMNT books and started to fill it in on December 1st, 2003.  Everyday I worked on Machine 10, from start to finish of that day, I wrote down my numbers for every part that I ran.  Later in the book I started to put how many parts were done per a mold, anywhere from one to six was the normal.  We wanted more Low times, then High.  As the Low meant I got it out fast and more parts were made.  And this was something I enjoyed knowing.  It’s just one of the things I used to show how much I liked my job.

This Turtle notepad is now one of the few things I have left from that job.  The last day marked in there is Saturday October 23rd, 2004.  That day I ran 154 pieces, at 6 parts per a cycle and holding an average of 48.1 seconds per a cycle.  Saturdays were 8 hours days.  The following work day would of been Monday, but I called in sick that day not feeling well at all.  When I came in on Tuesday, I was injured by Machine 10.  This was the machine that caused my RSD, which I have lived with since.

So while this is nothing more than just a normal notepad with a TMNT cover on it.  The information inside of it, once meant a lot to me.  Now it sits in a memory drawer of items that I still hold good memories of.  I may have been hurt at my job, but that does not take away all of the work I did and how good I felt about what I finished while there.  Making this notepad more than just a part of my collection, but a part of my past.

Do you have anything in your collection that is more than just a piece of your collection, but used in your day to day life at some point?  Do you have this notepad?  Please share reviews, comments, and questions below!

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