Last Day

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They knew this was coming for half a year.  They knew this was coming Thursday.  But it wasn't until the cold morning air hit their faces on the way out of the plant less than an hour after the 6 am shift started that the reality of it hit home. Done. No more NUMMI.

At Country Way, where they gathered for a last meal together, the din had a curiously happy quality.  Members of the Tacoma body shop unit laughed, rather than cried.  They joked with each other, almost giddy with disbelief and a little bewilderment. Some had vacations lined up. Others didn't.  Some had saved. Others hadn't.  Some knew exactly what they wanted to do next.  Others hadn't the foggiest notion.

I think about the last time I had no idea where I was going to go, or what I was going to do with my life.  Most of us have been there. Some of us have been there several times.

It's a moment of great opportunity, that moment when you can move in any direction. It's exciting, but also terrifying, and privately profound.

Jeff Enlow took some lovely photos of the breakfast.

I produced a feature for The California Report, which aired Friday morning.

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About Rachael Myrow

From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers politics, economics, technology, food and culture in a vast region extending from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. This follows more than seven years waking at 3 am to host the daily version of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state during NPR's Morning Edition. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, blogs for Bay Area Bites, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC in Los Angeles. Follow @rachaelmyrow

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  1. Kay F. Boynton says:

    Sorry about Nummi’s demise. I saw a photo showing your employees whizzing around the premises on adult tricycles. What becomes of those bikes now? I am a senior on Social Security and would love to have the option of adopting one for exercise. I have bad feet and can’t walk for exercise. I would be honored to be able to adopt one of these bikes. Thank you so much. Please contact me.

  2. Maria says:

    Contact me directly Kay. I might be able to help.

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