10 July 65 : Sweaty labour and top hats : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This continues the letter dated 8th July 1965, which began:

Dear family, 

Saturday 10th July

We have just finished another gruelling week at the trucking terminal. Its absolute agony and I hate it, but unfortunately I love the money.

It’s stinking hot at the moment and extremely humid. At the terminal we all work so hard that everybody, after only a few minutes, has a wet shirt and it stays wet until we go home. We have to shift anything from a bundle of brooms to a huge piece of machinery. Last night we finished at 3 a.m. and went home and got into the pool, as we felt so dirty. We have been all day today, so far, trying to get ourselves and our clothes clean.

 

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Tony, USA

 

We did three days this week which is enough for me. We did a bit of overtime one night and that should mean that for this week we should get about $75, which will be very welcome.

I see I have already been allocated a job at the wedding – as an usher. I would like to mention that I don’t think I should be asked to do any driving if it’s possible. Since we have been here I have driven nearly 30,000 miles – all on the other side of the road, and I think to change back to the English side will now be more difficult than it was to change to this way. However, if I have to, then I certainly will.

I haven’t told anyone at the terminal that I am going home. If I did I would be fired on the spot (a man was fired recently for sitting down on a packing case). But I’m sure they would think I was a Lord or something if they saw me in ‘Topper and Tails‘. Colin says I should go to the church in a forklift truck! I am certainly looking forward to a rest (for a few days at least) so don’t ask me to ‘Snowcem’ (paint) the house as soon as I arrive!

We are going to buy a roof rack for the campervan as we shall be a bit cramped with the trunk inside, so Carol’s dream was fairly accurate – which is a great coincidence!

To be continued… 

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