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More Tales from Behind the Counter [Nov. 15th, 2009|10:21 am]
Last night at the books store:
1. A lady came in looking for a book for her oldest grandson, who is 7, to read to his younger brother. When I asked her what kind of book, she told me that she wanted something he could read to his younger brother. I asked what his interests are. She said she didn’t know, but she wanted the kind of book could read to his younger brother. I showed her where the kids books are, since we don’t actually have a section of books some kid could read to his younger brother, that she could look at. She said that was no help, because she didn’t have her reading glasses with her.

I asked her if there was anything else I could do for her, and she said I could find her a book her grandson could read to his little brother. I wanted to give her a copy of Atlas Shrugged or Finnegan’s Wake.

2. An old guy said he wanted to see about ordering some movies. I told him we only order books, and he said, “Yeah, I mean books.” He wanted A Coal Miner’s Daughter, by Loretta Lynn, which I could only find as a DVD or VHS tape, because it’s a movie, and we can’t order, because it’s a movie. I asked him if he was sure it was a book, and he looked at me blankly, then pointed at a shelf of paperbacks and said, “No, it’s a book, like those. Those are books, right?”

Then he asked for some other title, one that was, much to my surprise, a book. Unfortunately, it was out of print. I told him that, and he asked what that meant. I explained that meant our distributer didn’t have any, and wouldn’t be getting anymore. He asked me, “Well, how do we go about ordering it?” I told him we don’t. I almost told him to go to the used bookstore and check there, but I like the people at the used bookstore, and didn’t want to do that to them.

3. I guy called on the phone and asked if we still had a book that he had ordered. He apologized for forgetting to pick it up, but he had gotten distracted during the holiday. The holiday in question? Last Christmas.

And the big shopping rush/freakshow is only starting. More to follow, I'm sure.
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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2008|11:07 pm]
so, at long last, there's good news on the job front. I got hired on at the Valley Camp Museum ship for the summer. They wanted someone with maintenance experience who was comfortable talking to groups. I think I can do that. And the best things is that I can quit the hotel now.

Of course, being that it's me, there's a kind of funny story attached. I had my interview yesterday, and my new boss told me she couldn't make any decisions because she still had more interviews to do, but she would let me know Thursday of Friday.

Today, I was on call at the hotel. I called in, and they said they didn't need me. I went back to bed for a bit, then took a shower. When I got out, mom told me they called and needed me to come in, and to give them a call as soon as I could. I figured someone must have called in after I called, so I called the hotel, and they were very confused, because they didn't need me, and hadn't called. Of course, it was the new job that had called, I was hired, could I start today?

Anyway, I am most happy. The new job seems good, I'm already scheduled for more hours than I've been getting at the hotel, and my new boss seems pretty cool.

The added bonus for all of you is that soon I will be posting bizarre tourist stories, which may surpass bizarre bus passenger stories for humorous possibilities.
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The Reverend is In... [Apr. 15th, 2008|11:32 am]
Yep, It's official. I am now an ordained minister. (quit laughing!)I got my diploma/certificate/holy writ in the mail yesterday, so now I can listen to your problems, dispense advice, lead discussions and tell parables. Wait, how is that different from before? Oh, yeah, the piece of paper...
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(no subject) [Feb. 27th, 2008|03:55 pm]
well, seeing as how I usually can't get on world of wilcraft from the library compy, I'm going back to posting here.

So, what's been up in the last few months....

My birthday was great, dinner at Franks, party at Ben and Trina's after. Ellie won the "dress like Will contest", and a good time was had by all.

I'm working as a house keeper at the Holiday Inn Express, which blows, but pays the bills, at least somewhat. It's yet another in my growing list of stupid jobs. It's not the weirdest place I've worked, but that's mostly because the parking job in Kazoo was so crazy.

The biggest news was the play. I started out stage managing the Sault Community Theater production of The Nerd, but was quickly promoted to a speaking part, which was cool, considering it was the funniest script I'd ever read. Things went great for a while, the cast all bonded and got along, the director was good, and it was gearing up to be a great production.

Of course, this wouldn't last. It turned out to be the most screwed up production I've ever been involved with. And some of you know what that means.
The SCT board harrassed our director to the point that she quit, our replacemt director wasn't there much, and we had production problems beyond number. It really looked like it the play was gonna fold at least half a dozen times.

On the good side, the cast quickly adopted a siege mentality, and bonded even closer, and we were also putting it on in the Strahl, which was like going home again. There is still graffitti and other odd crap back there from when I directed.

So, long story short, or at least as close to short as I ever come, the show went great. I think we all channeled our rage and frustraion into acting, and we knockwed 'em dead.

The production generated numerous funny stories and in-jokes, which I will share in person at first oppourtunity, if you want to hear them or not.

Other than that, life here is cold and dreary, and I can't wait for spring.

More later,


ps the spell checking page is being blocked by the adult content filter, so you'll have to put up with my version of how to spell things
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Why I love the Interweb [Mar. 20th, 2007|08:55 pm]
after the day from hell, i find this:

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This is Why I Love the Interweb [Mar. 20th, 2007|05:39 pm]
After a day from hell, I find this:

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To be brief.... [Jan. 8th, 2007|09:33 pm]
I had a wonderful time in the Soo. Getting there and back again was a nightmare, however. detail will be posted as soon as I recover from the flu.

Love to all

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The Holidays, Part 1 [Jan. 6th, 2007|06:09 pm]
[Current Location |Casa de Smit]

Part the First: Christmas
"This is all bullshit, here."

The trip to the Soo fro christmas went quite well. Better than I had expected, actually. Friday, when I was waiting fro Krista and Mike to pick me up, I was IMing with Sally, and mentioned that I had a ride up to the Soo, but was going to have to take the bus back down on Christmas day, because I still wasn't sure if my truck would make it, and didn't want to break down on Christmas, and be really stuck. She busted out a miracle, and told me that her mom was going to Lansing Christmas day, and I could get a ride down with her, and she could pick me up there and give me a ride home. A much better arrangement than spending 8 hours on the bus.

Krista and mike picked me up, we got some dinner, and headed north. The trip was pretty good, even though the rental car seemed to be built out of plastic and Styrofoam, and had an unsettling habit of getting blow around by the wind. I had a pretty good time chatting with them, and swapping stories, and I only endangered all our lives once by telling a funny story while Krista was driving, and making her laugh too hard to steer.

We got in pretty late, said goodbye, and I went to bed. The next morning I had breakfast with Mom at Frank's Place, got back home to get a message from Smit to join him and Jane for lunch at Frank's Place, and went back.

Lunch was good, Jane brought her niece Madison with her, and at one point I made some silly comment, and Maddy gave me the exact same look I get from Jane when I say something silly. It was eerie.

After lunch, Smit gave me a ride out to my truck, but the battery was dead. We went shopping for Christmas presents, and I got Jane some stuff for the gift exchange at Jen & Ernie's that night. We went back to Smit's, and wrapped presents and hung out. It was great to spend some time with Smit again.

We picked up Jane, and went to the party. Most of the usual gang was their, there was much food and even more drink. Later that evening, everybody else went to the bars, but I was tired, and went home to bed.

The next day, I went to breakfast at Franks Place again, came home, goofed around a bit, got a call from Jason, and went to lunch with him, (Frank's Place). we went out to the truck, but in a new battery, and then found out it was out of gas, too.

That night, Me & Mom went the Christmas Eve party at Laura's, and i had a pretty good time there. I got to shoot the shit with my Uncle Bill for quite a while. And one point, Laura told John's son Troy to show me & Bill his X-Box 360. We went down to the basement, and watched him play a World War II shooter. Uncle Billy watched for a few minutes, then said ""This is all bullshit, here. You'd never run into a building like that, you'd fall back and wait for an air strike." He went on to point out that the tanks in the game were never in North Africa, that firing a machine gun for that long would melt the barrel, that the guy must have two or three people running behind him carrying all the ammo he was using, etc. So, yeah, the guy who was in WWII wasn't all that impressed with the game.

The next day, Sally's mom picked me up, and we drove south. We had really good talks, and it was a fun trip. Sally picked me up in Lansing, and drove me home. All in all, a very good time.
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Welcome, First One! [Jan. 2nd, 2007|03:05 am]
[Current Location |42o16.764N 085o37.747W]
[Current Mood |founding-fatherish]
[Current Music |Best Song in the World (Tribute)]

Congratulations to Bean! You are the first to join, As first, you are entitled to many perks. Among them, first choice in picking a place to pitch your yurt when we enter Phase 4, one free story request when we're all sitting around the Story Stump, and many more benefits to be listed as soon as I make them up.

Oh, you also get to request, and by request, I mean make up, your cabinet post.

Once again, welcome to Bean! HUZZAH!
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