Corrugated – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Container

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Corrugated – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Container 

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 26/2020

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “container.” Use the word “container” any way you’d like. Or think about a container of some kind and write about it. Enjoy!

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Today for SOCS, Linda G. Hill, our hostess, has given us the prompt word ‘container’. Thanks, Linda!

To join in, and also see other entries, just click the above link.

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Here’s an old post I wrote way back in 2014. Absolutely no one saw it, or liked it or anything. That’s how it goes when you’re early days in blogging, isn’t it. I promise, I wrote it all stream of consciousness style (as most of my stuff is done).

So yay! Y’all get the honor of reading this post now! 🙂

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CORRUGATED CONTAINERS, CARTONS, BOXES

Those handy, dandy boxes. We all have them. Everything under the sun seems to come in them, large and small items, and from food to machinery. Even products packaged in boxes, come in larger boxes by the case.

We use and re-use them for all kinds of purposes. They are great for storage, their sides are flat and are easy to stack, they have flaps, so you can close them. They have writing on the sides, top, and bottom, either giving instructions, or identifying what’s inside. You can recycle cardboard, too. They are environmentally friendly.

Do you hate to throw away a ‘good’ box? do you save some for later use…maybe to send a package to someone, or for gift giving? It seems like cardboard containers are everywhere, yet at times, when you really need one, they are hard to find, especially in the size you want.

I never thought much about boxes, before I started a job at a corrugated container manufacturing plant. This was the second job I ever had. I was still in business college. I’d go to work part of the day, then go to classes at night. I did secretarial tasks in the front office, but occasionally I’d need to go back into the manufacturing area for some reason. It was noisy, with all the machines, cutting, pre-folding, and printing the words on the flattened sheets of cardboard.

One time, the workers had forgotten to add a number to the printing process, and discovered it at the end of the job. Instead of re-doing the order, they called on me to remedy the situation. That day, my job was to take a black magic marker and write the missing number on these boxes…hundreds of them.

It was actually pretty fun to be hanging out with the work crew. They were always in a good mood, laughing, joking, and playing the radio loud, over the noise of the machines.

Now, ever since then, I think of how cardboard, and corrugated containers and boxes are made. I habitually check to see if maybe someone else has had to write a number on a box, like I did.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

©© 2020 BS

15 responses »

  1. I’ve seen boxes come in at work that were individually numbered within a batch. Case No. (XXX) of 10,000, for example, where XXX was written in Sharpie. Come to think of it, I don’t see that much anymore. But… I have found slips of paper inside of boxes at work with handwritten Chinese!

    • Thanks, Bill! Oh wow – I was wondering if any had marker writing on them even these days. The handwritten Chinese notes inside boxes is interesting! I also like to look at paper grocery bags, where on the bottom it says this bunch of bags were made by xxx someone’s name. 🙂

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