Carr didn’t know what to do. He started entertaining all the possibilities. How could he get to his job? Was it possible to walk? And if so, what streets would he take, and how long would the journey be? Would he make it to work on time? Carr took out his phone and entered his location and the Pelham address where his job was in his Google Maps.
The app said it would take over eight hours to walk there. Instead of despairing, Carr thought about how he used to be a cross-country runner in high school, and at 20 years old, he was still young and healthy. Carr knew he could do that walk in less than eight hours.
The Hope of a New Job
As Walter happily walked back to his car after the successful job interview, he couldn’t help but feel that things were finally working out. He no longer had to take temporary, low-paying jobs that barely covered his apartment's rent, let alone the monthly costs of utilities, food, and gas. Walter had previously worked as a cook in fast-food restaurants, but the pay wasn’t enough.
He arrived home after the 20-mile drive and shared the good news with his mother. They had a nice, celebratory lunch, and he went about his afternoon, thinking about what he needed to prepare for his first day at a brand-new job.
The Night Before
On the night before his first day at Bellhops Moving Company, Walter got his clothes ready, made sure he had packed lunch, and had all the paperwork and tools he needed. Walter realized he had left some things in his car, so he went into the garage. He realized he needed the lights on in the car to look for what he needed, and so he tried turning it on.
To his surprise, the car had broken down, and no matter how many times he tried, he couldn’t get it to start. He checked to see if it was the battery or something else that could be fixed relatively quickly but nothing worked. Carr looked at his watch and realized it was 8 p.m.
No Other Option
In one last try to avoid the long all-night trek, Carr started to send his friends an avalanche of text messages to see if he could borrow anyone’s car. Some friends didn’t reply; others couldn’t lend their cars since they needed them early in the morning to go to work themselves.
He soon realized he was out of options, and so Carr made a swift decision – he would definitely walk to work. It was his very first day at the Bellhops Moving Company, and he couldn’t risk losing it; it had already taken him a while to find a good-paying job, and he needed to keep it at all costs.
Carr psyched himself up and started to get ready for the journey. He realized it was 8 p.m. and decided to have a quick dinner; he made himself some eggs with bologna and went to bed. He set the alarm for midnight, as he had already calculated that he needed to start walking at 12 a.m. at the latest if he was going to make it on time.
He figured four hours of sleep would have to be enough rest for his all-night walk and the next 9-hour workday that lie ahead. He would catch up on his sleep when he got home from work.