October 23, 2003

Fresh Meat

Today I am attending orientation for my new part-time, seasonal, temporary job. In retail. During Christmas.
Could I be any more masochistic?

I took this job for several reasons: A chance to meet a wide variety of people and blog about them. A chance to experience an old job (retail) in a new department (jewelry and cosmetics) and blog about it. A chance to get some of my debt load.
Oh, and they said they'd pay me. This is always a big plus when job hunting.

Unlike some people I know who have had their careers threatened or taken away entirely because they blogged about them, I have no such worries. I doubt many of my customers are bloggers or blog readers, since most customers to the store I'm going to be working at are little old ladies of doubtful English skills. And oddities, bizarre behaviour, and fools are the backbone of retail, so I shouldn't have to ever get specific.

Wish me well, kind readers, as I go forth to a morning sure to be filled with paperwork and an afternoon of watching films from the 1970s about how to lift a box. "Use your knees. Always use your knees."
I was once told that was the path to a raise.

While you're celebrating the fact that you aren't me my new employment, go on over to My Life As A Fischer and give Greg some congrats on his new job. Well done, Greg!

Posted by LeeAnn at October 23, 2003 06:33 AM

Good Luck. I only wish I could be there to watch as you mist walkthrus with scents that make elevators intolerable.

Posted by: Ralph Rough at October 23, 2003 09:23 AM

Wow. Total props to you for daring to piss yourself off during the holiday season. Just remember: the customer is always right, Christmas is the best time of year, and if you kill annoying people at their worst, Santa will likely not want to leave you fabulous presents.

The Tooth Fairy, on the other hand, is all about vengeful masochism. You always have that to fall back on.

Posted by: Helen at October 23, 2003 02:56 PM

I think honestly I must be quite mad. Although, to be fair, most holidays chap my nubbins a bit. Could be all that "you MUST be merry!" business.
And no fears... I know all the best body hiding spots. The Tooth Fairy showed them to me.
Did you ever read "The Tooth Fairy" by Graham Joyce? Just the way I always imagined her.

Posted by: LeeAnn at October 23, 2003 04:58 PM