June 5th, 2010

Still Being Talked About

THere's no other way to put it than to say that tonight was bad. Near constant orders, and I didn't feel terribly like being there in the first place, and the best part was still having people lined up outside for another ten minutes after we should've closed, but after a point I gave up on trying to keep everything pristine and ready to go for when we finished the orders, and got stuff out much faster from then on. Busy nights are only fun when I'm alert and can get some banter going with whoever's working drive through, and neither happened tonight. There were a few minutes I also enjoyed though, right at the end when I changed out of my uniform and got the cardboard and garbage ready to take out. Eryn and Manoah were still working on the dishes, and when she saw me walk out of the bathroom, switched topics to how some then-unnamed people were "chirping on me" last time she worked. Saying stuff like they can always tell when I work a close on drive through because the dishes are never clean, which is a blatant lie if I've ever heard one, but there's no point going into that after I reveal the next bit.

Being curious, I asked who she was talking about. Melissa and Mary. If it wasn't for that Eryn would be dragged into it (and believe me, I badly want to ignore that fact), I'd take them aside next time we worked together and clear things up. I even had a sharp comment all ready to go on the way home. "I don't care what position you hens hold in the hierarchy of this store, but I won't tolerate slander" and "What's that Mary? I think you're confused. We're here to discuss you two talking behind my back. Not what you think of how I do my work." I know they're just doing that for giggles in the end, because if there were serious problems Melissa wouldn't be so friendly towards me every time we see each other, but it's hard to not want to say anything. On the same topic as well (comments made about me without my knowledge), there was a small group outside talking to Glenda just before I started tonight, and wanting to wait until 8:00 to begin my work, I went out there as well to stand outside for a bit. Skip ahead several hours to when Manoah, Eryn and I were the only ones working, and he tells me about how Glenda asked him why I'm still losing weight. First of all, it hasn't been an ongoing process this time around, and I'm trying to because I know I can still be in better shape. Tell that to the pizza and cookies I ate immediately upon coming home tonight, but before that I'd only eaten cereal and five peanut butter cups, so it should work out. Oh, and I also walked home without a shirt a slightly longer route tonight (starting from Woods), but that was almost entirely because it was so humid out. I'm not sure where the rain went that was falling earlier in the night, but hopefully we get a storm later this morning or afternoon <3

As for the rest, I'm not sure there's much else to say yet. Well, actually, one side topic could be that I emailed Nintendo a couple days ago asking what I could do about not having received my Game & Watch Collection yet. Their response says that I haven't spent any of my coins at all, which is odd because I could be sure I did, but then they also go on to say that the reason I only received the Mario hat and not the calendar as well was because the calendar was the gold level reward. You're only allowed one or the other if you reach platinum, apparently. Doesn't make much sense to me, but tomorrow I'll have to see if I can remember my password and look around at what else I can buy with my coins. Should there be nothing else of interest, I'll go with the same item as before, but I'm completely out of room for any new games up on my shelf, so something else would be preferable. Also, on a more amusing note, Tryphena told Manoah who told me that the last Big Bike ride was being held tonight. About an hour after he got that message on his phone, another one appeared saying that they'd hit an old lady. Oh yeah. Now I'm really hoping Michele needs me this week so I can ask her about that. Continuing in the vein of volunteering as well, I'm also told Tryphena may not be asked back to do office work, because she might be going to volunteer at another organization, but they might bring her Mom on for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It'd be fun to see her there too, so that's two reasons to be hopeful Michele says yes.

In the meantime though, I'd like to get to bed a little earlier tonight, and see what things are like when I wake up. If nothing else I'm at least going out for a snack later in the evening, but as noted yesterday, I have about seventeen dollars left for that until the 18th, and only seven of that in cash. Could buy a couple donuts and candies with that alone, but I'll see then. Going nowhere could end up being nice too for all I know. It's just too early to say~

Wrong Answer

The second artist I sent an email out to the other night responded today. Their exact message is as follows:

Hi there, still working on them. I cannot rerember if you had prepaid me or if these were pay on completion? Do you recall? I am overloaded on comissions and fear I will have to cancel this one if it was not prepaid, if it was prepaid, I will still complete as I do not have funds for refunds available at this time.

Let's pick this apart bit by bit. First of all, they have a Gmail address, meaning all the messages in any particular conversation are viewable at once. That is unless they deleted the rest, which wouldn't be very helpful because then they'd have lost the email I sent them with my references and description of what I wanted and everything. What that means is that they should, with almost complete certainty, be able to look back through our other messages and find the one where I mentioned having sent them payment. Ergo, the commissions were prepaid. Just a minor annoyance to me, if anything.

Moving on though, if what they say is true, they've been "overloaded" since February. The 15th, although possibly earlier, but that's when I sent them the money. In other words I've been waiting for almost four months now and they still haven't been able to catch up. I know school ended just recently so if they were still enrolled they'd have been busy with that, and there are an innumerable amount of other things that could've come up, so sure, I'll try to be understanding and patient, because it's better to get what I purchased in a non-rushed manner than having it / them done in a hurry. To be completely honest though, why, aside from needing money, would you put up an an auction to be commissioned if you had too many other projects to finish already? I almost can't help wondering if they remember telling me they had a bunch of of other commissions to get to first before. If not, their saying it now would make far more sense, but if so, I'm going to be a little more hard-pressed to believe it then before.

Next, you fear you'll have to cancel the commission if it wasn't prepaid? I know and understand that all artists have that right, and it's even something I keep in mind for situations where the artist wants payment after they've fulfilled their end of the bargain. Being given no explanation as to why, aside from "I am overloaded on commissions", however, is far more annoying to hear. Thing is, they already have their money, so we'll move on to the latter half of the same sentence, about still completing the commissions as they don't have enough money to give a refund. Are you saying that if you did, I would have no choice in the matter? Again, I can see how you would have that right, in a skewed sort of way, but then I'd have to go back to the wait again. I haven't been sitting here in relative patience (sometimes more, sometimes less) since February just for you to end up saying "Oh, I can't do these for you anymore, but here's your money back."

The best part? Not one word of apology about the wait in general or taking two months to even respond. I know, I know, normally when anybody says sorry I tell them "No need to apologize", but it's a formality. I appreciate the apology just as much as they presumably like to know that I didn't mind the wait, but it wouldn't be the same if we assumed that for each other and didn't say anything. Anyways though, I'm stuck on how to respond to them now. The simplest way would be to say "I prepaid them, and can give you the email Paypal sent me if you want confirmation", but I'm also not content to let everything else I've said here slide. I want a reason to still leave them a ten for feedback, but at the same time the thought of saying "If it's that much of a bother then just don't worry about it" is oh so satisfying. I'll figure something out by the end of the night~