Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where them birdies iz! (That's something my dad always says every spring. Truth is, them birdies are hanging out in the tree in my yard.)
Mountaineer's remains a joy. If you've ever heard the Nine Inch Nails song "Everyday is Exactly the Same"...that's my life. Every day I go in and do the exact same thing as I did before. This is why I miss restaurants. But whatever, a job's a job and I don't wanna go back to be unemployed.
That being said, have some fun stories:
1) There is unfortunately a great deal of serious illness in my family, and if something happens, my mother usually lets me know. Before I went to work, Mum called and told me to keep my phone on me, just in case (I won't go into details of what happened, but it was bad enough that arrangements may have need to have been made on short notice.) Lo and behold, half an hour into my shift, I received a text from her. It wasn't serious, thank God, but she was just keeping me abreast of what was going on. I went in the back, away from customers, so I could read and respond if necessary. I'm not sure if ESP is a requirement to be a manager, but one materialised out of thin air behind me, grabbed my phone that I paid $80 without a word, and took off with it. I understand that personal phone use is a no-no, but Jesus, some word of warning would be nice. I went to the front to get it back, and he stared at me with that kind of dead, broken spiritedness that most management at my store seems to possess, and droned at me that personal cell phone use is prohibited, I would get written up, et cetera. I told him point-blank that I have a sick family member and if I have to go, I have to go, and he glared at me and gave it back, telling me that next time I need to tell management about situations like that. I'm a private person by nature, and I don't like telling people my personal business. I sucked it up and told my department head the next day that if he caught me texting not to yell at me because it was rather important and of a sensitive nature.
2) Now, I will stand in judgement before you, for I have done a bad thing. I'll probably get lectured in the comments on why this thing is bad, and I totally deserve it. What did I do? I called in when I wasn't sick. In my defence, I was rather ill that Monday night - the kind of ill where remaining standing is hard. So I called in, slept and felt a bit better Tuesday, my day off. Wednesday I was feeling wonderful. The sun was shining, the grass was green, and my friends were frolicking. It was a glorious day to be alive. My co-worker texted me and told me he wanted some overtime, so if I didn't go in, he'd be glad to take my shift. A devil and an angel appeared on my shoulders, and after some consultation, I went with my good friend Beelzebub and got on the horn to work. The manager was annoyed, because apparently my friend (who needs to have an awesome name but I cannot think of any name awesome enough to encompass all that is awesome about this person, so his name shall be Awesomeface) had been suspended that day for reasons unrelated to this story. So they were down a couple people, though I didn't learn about that til later and I probably wouldn't have called off had I known.
3) CREEPY CUSTY ALERT. Life in the meat department is boring as fuck, but this livened up my week a little. I went outside on my break to suck down an American Spirit and just enjoy being out of the store when a customer I had just served pulled up in his big black pick-up truck. He eyeballed me, then called "Hey honey are you waiting for me?" I shook my head and attempted to go back to my solitary smoke, but he kept pestering me. "You on lunch? You hungry? Want me to take you somewhere? I promise I'll have you back in time, ha ha ha." This wouldn't have been creepy if he hadn't been undressing me with his eyes like five minutes beforehand when I was selling him steak. I went back inside, told Awesomeface, and it became a running joke for a while.
So yeah. Fascinating stuff, I know.
Love, kisses and I move to a new house soon!