Paying into the 20 year plan

20 Years and Counting

In Brooklyn North, DSNY Family, DSNY Life, Finance, Labor, Queens East, Queens West, Retirement, Sanitation Worker, Supervisor, Weather by Samuel Rivera4 Comments

Sam doing collection
Sam doing collection

20 years ago I embarked on a career that I certainly didn’t think I would finish. From the bouncing(which I still do) to the daily nonsense that still goes on, I didn’t think I could deal with all that. I have gotten use to the bouncing but the other stuff I’m still trying to understand, I just handle it one day at a time.

I have met some of the nicest and honorable people thru this job, from my first supervisors to the bosses now, they have been great for the most part, but the other side of the coin, it’s not worth reveling in. The basics have not changed much, except for the anti-socializing on the job and the mongo being taken away from the daily nonsense.

Now, the sanitation workers are much younger and stronger(not all), the supervisors are much younger and more educated(which is good overall), the supers are younger(good and bad), and the chiefs are all young(bad, because they’re not going nowhere soon), they too are more educated and in some ways more tolerant of the personnel because they can relate a little bit better, I think(I could be wrong).

About this time 20 years ago I wasn’t thinking of doing 20 years, maybe a few years and take whatever little skills I had south to Florida and attempt a living there well that change when my wife saw the check with top pay on it and then the question became “What was best for Sam and the Family“.

Decision made! Stick it out! 20 and out.

20 yrs later: Looking for 7 more years and out now.

Who knows what those 7 years might bring, all I know is I’m going to take it one day at a time, lets see where that takes me.

Update 🙂

30 years later

Retired 6 1/2 now, couldn’t make it to 27, didn’t make sense to attempt, main concern was the feeling that I was going to have a bad shift, a bad month or a bad season, let alone two or more bad seasons.

Came out 24 2/12 + 3 military = 27 2/12.

Overall, a 10+ for that decision!


  1. cool website Sam, long lonely nights and too much time on your hands, but still real cool site. see you on the block

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      Thank you for the shout out, the kids are getting older and the partying is few and far between now, have to stay busy, so the blog, see u in the block:)

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