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Well, gang, after a decent amount of time, my latest temp assignment is over. At first, I had plenty of work to do. There were six of us on the team: three of us were prepping files to be scanned, the other three was scanning the files. Then by the last week of the assignment, the files we had to prep thinned out. On Tuesday, things slowed way down. That day, we had to clear the files from the desk where we was working by 11 AM. Since the supervisor, Jonathan, had a lot of work to do with the files before we could prep them (like looking up the employees), and wouldn't be done any time soon, we got the afternoon off. Then yesterday, we had to vacate the area we were working by 10:30, because of a big event happening at the company. Well, Jonathan wasn't going to have files done for us. Our part of the assignment was pretty much finished, so we got a half day's pay for that, so he walked us out and thanked us for our service. I wouldn't have minded an extra day or two on the assignment. but on the whole, it was a good experience. Jonathan said we were one of the best crews he's worked with.
n Tuesday, I had signed on to volunteer at an event hosted by the Friends of the S.F. Public Library. It was a fundraiser for the library. I thought I wouldn't be able to get to it before 4 PM. But the way work went that day, I was able to make it early enough. Anyway, the event was called "Branching Out," a classy affair with cocktails, activities and an auction. So before the event started, we helped set up, making the décor. There were some fake trees with donation envelopes hanging from the branches. So we made those envelopes, putting them in library card pockets and cutting lengths of string. We also assembled goodie bags for the guests. Then Donalda, the head of volunteering, said there was a project for creative types to oversee. Of course, I had to jump on it! Later, I found it was a "fingerprint tree." I was at a table with another volunteer, and we had a canvas with a painting of a leafless tree on it. And there were some green pads. People were to press their fingertips to a pad, and put a fingerprint on the tree to make leaves. This sort of thing is apparently a popular activity at weddings (that's what we heard from some of the people). Other tables in our area had things like a 3D printer on display, a button maker and a photo booth. Later on in the evening, we were spotters at the auction. We had a few interesting things on the block. The highest selling item was a power lunch foursome with former S.F. mayor Willie Brown. Bidding was pretty fierce! In the end, there were two winners, who both pledged $5,000! So volunteering there was a pretty nice experience.