I was a contract worker and I didn't like it. No healthcare insurance, no vacation time, no sick leave. But contract work was the only available work that I found in 1994. When I told my wife that I found a job in Iowa, she said "Bye, bye" and stayed behind in South Carolina; which was find since we owned a home and had no intention of moving. I was subcontracted to MCI in Cedar Rapids, IA. I have allergies and I had to find an allergist and had my allergy serum shipped to him. The work was interesting enhancing and fixing problems that ran the operators console.
One of the problems that I solved was removing an unwanted "beep" when customers sent delayed messages. The operator console software was DOS based and the crossbar switch software was Unix based. Another contractor, George, helped me test it. In the "bull pen" where they had 16 contractors in a former conference room, there was a contractor that played childish telephone pranks by calling others in the room and hanging up when they answered the call. I told George that we needed to do another test. George asked "Why?" and I answered "Sashi." We went back to the test crossbar switch, I called the number and used Sashi's number as the destination with a 10 minute delay. George has this deep voice and he used his "god of doom" voice and said "Sashi! We know who's doing this! Stop!" We went back to the bull pen and waited. Sashi's phone rang and he turned pale on hearing the message. That was a fun practical joke.
I did have fun while I was in Iowa. I brought my water-skis with me and I managed to ski the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids and the Mississippi between the Quad Cities. I also got to see Fourth of July fireworks displays in two different states. The fireworks on Lake Murray in SC has their fireworks on a Saturday. I landed at the Cedar Rapids airport with enough time to make it to Cedar Rapids fireworks.
August 16, the local news featured a story of a tornado that hit Lexington, SC. Because of the damage that it caused, it delayed my getting my absentee ballot for the primary runoff.