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Bad Day

That would've been a good shift, if the things that took place once I got there hadn't. First of all, I walked in there at 9, and out of the blue Josh goes "There he his! We've been trying to call you since earlier this afternoon!" Right off the bat, I'm getting in trouble because I didn't come in early.

On a tangent here, am I, by working there, really and truly supposed to feel obligated to come in when they call? They seem to be deciding to call me purely because of the fact that back when I just started working there, I actually went in from being called in a couple weeks in a row at times. The whole "We know he did it before, so he should do it now" way of thinking makes sense, but I wish they'd look at the facts. As I said before, back then, I had only one or two shifts a week. Thus it was pretty much nothing to agree to come in. Now that I'm up to 4, 5, and possibly even more a week, I generally tend to look forward to my days off, and being called on those is nothing more than a big pain in the ass. Anyways, back on topic...

I tried my best to ignore him, and made my way to the back to look at the schedule. There I saw Kevin working away on the dishes, then Josh got an order, as well as there were people at front cash, but nobody was on line, so I had to clock in and make the orders. Once they were done, I just worked on finishing cleaning line (putting a bag under cold line, restocking stuff, wiping it down, and so on), then suddenly Josh comes up in a huff and says something about "So now I don't do anything around here!"

He was getting all bent out of shape because Kevin accused him of having nothing done, even though the only things there were to be done (when I walked in at least) were deckscrubbing, and the dishes.

From Kevin's standpoint, yeah, it might've seemed like nothing was done because there were so many dishes, but seriously, think about it for a minute. As a closer, you walk in and see that nothing's done. What do you do, provided there are no orders? Get things cleaned up as quickly as possible. Thus, it's more likely that you'll allow the dishes to pile up at the back, because you're working on doing other stuff. However, for the people that get there after you finish (and from what I gathered, that's what happened between Kevin and Josh tonight), it appears that you did some of the cleaning, but you couldn't be bothered to do the dishes.

What Josh could've done to avoid the problem was, instead of just getting angry and pissed off, calmly explaining what he had done, and why they weren't able to do dishes. Perhaps the dishes weren't done simply because whoever was working couldn't be bothered to. I don't know, but anything's a possibility.

Anyways, after he vented his frustrations, he went back to talking about trying to call me in. Note that I was asleep until just before 5 today.

They called around 3, and my Dad picked up. Said I was at a birthday party. WTF!? First of all, anybody that knows me even partially knows that I would never be invited to someone's birthday party, and even if I was, I'd probably try to think of an excuse to get out of it. I'd rather have had him simply tell the truth, and say that I was still sleeping. Then they called around 7, and my Mom picked up. Told them I was still sleeping. That's understandable, seeing as I have stayed in bed that late before, and she never actually saw me get up and leave my room. After that, he asked me if I really was busy last night (so in other words, Saturday night), to which he never got an answer, because he had a car, and never brought it up again after that. The explanation he gave for calling so many times though was this "We know you aren't getting many hours right now, so we're trying to get you some more, but we keep running into obstacles." It's fun to see them putting theirselves in the "good guy" position.

After all that, about 11, he asked what time we thought we'd be there 'till, because he was done just as soon as he finished t he dining room. I told him "12:30", and he said something about "Should I wait and get a ride, or...?" I was thinking to myself "No Josh. I want you to go home at your scheduled time, because there are things I want to talk with Kevin about, and having you in the car as well would stop that faster than anything." Luckily enough, he did decide to head home about 11:30, but not before asking me what I was doing tomorrow. Then he said something about "Well, you can come over if you want... Just make sure to call first because... I'll still... be up." Obviously I'm not over there, but it really makes me feel bad. I mean, he was sincere about it, and I haven't been to his house in a while, nor the other way around. It's just... not going to work, going over to his house after 12 at night. It just doesn't seem right. It also doesn't help that it's ridiculously rare for us to ever have the same day off, and even when we do, nothing usually happens.

It's like for my birthday. I booked it off a couple months in advance, so I was the first one in the list. Amy was flipping through the book the other day, and I glanced at that day, and noticed that Larry was the only one who'd written his name in. It's a foregone conclusion that he wants that day off for his own purposes

I'd hint to Josh about him booking that day off as well, but then I don't know what he'd want to do. Last year, both of us managed to have it off, so he took me out to see a movie (The Chronicles of Narnia, I think), as well as my brother, then, on the way back, said something about a strip club. Nothing of that sort really happened, because we went straight home after that. From time to time as well, he's said something about taking me out drinking, or some other less-than-savory activity, and I can't help but think "Why?". The closest I've got to drinking was him putting a little bit of something or other in with a glass of pop on his birthday, and I drank it. As for a strip club, I can't see it being very exciting. I know he's "all about girls", so he'd probably have some fun, but I already explained my own standing in the whole gender preference thing, and I think that says enough about why I'd consider it uninteresting. He has his own interests, as do I, and although some of them do overlap, it's more often than not that one of us will be bored with what the other finds fun.

I just don't know...

Once he left though, I took down cold line, then went back and washed the dishes that were there, and we were out of there at 12:30. It's me, Kevin, and Glenda closing tonight as well, although I don't know for sure, but I might go in early this time. See, not only do I want to avoid a repeat of last night, but also, I really should be trying to renew the trust in their idea of that I'll usually come in if they call me. Oh, and not only that, but also after tomorrow, I have two more days off, so I suppose a bit of a sacrifice wouldn't hurt.

Really, I don't have a problem with them calling me in early on the days that I do work, but actually wanting me to come in on my days off are what I don't like. Maybe I should just tell Josh and/or Shelia that. It could very well save me alot of headaches.

Getting back to tomorrow, Josh is also there 'till 12, so it's highly likely that he'll stay to close, seeing as it's only one more hour.

Oh, and as for next Saturday, it's going to be hell. First off, I want to find the person that's making the schedule and punch them. Hard. Who the hell puts a new manager on a Saturday night close? Yes, it's Ange, Manoah, Steph, and Kevin closing. Seeing as I'm there to close the dining room, I'll probably be asked (well, more coerced) to stay. I probably will, but I still full well plan on telling them (if I do say yes) "Yes, I'll stay, but I'm going back to do the dishes and other cleaning first. If that's done before we're closed, then I'll probably take over or help on drive through for a bit. I just don't want to go on line. One other thing as well. If, at 4, you guys aren't in too bad shape (dishes mostly done, line relatively tidy, middle neat, and such), then I'd like to leave. Oh. If it's possible, I'd really like to take my break, because I haven't had one since I started at 4."

Not to be completely inconsiderate or anything, but just enough to show that I'm not entirely pleased that they want me to stay, but also that I'm willing to, as long as certain conditions are met.

What we really need to do though is find out why Saturdays have been so ridiculously busy lately. One possible theory (that I just came up with a couple seconds ago) is that usually Thursdays are dead. Therefore there's a slight chance that on Saturday night, we're getting all the people that would normally come, plus those people that didn't on Thursday. If we can't figure out why it's so busy, whoever makes the schedule should at least start putting 5 people on a Saturday night close, as opposed to 4.

Anyways, I think that'll be about it. There are a couple things I want to take care of on here, but otherwise, I'm looking forward to going to bed. This whole day has just been one frustration after another, so it'll be nice to just lay down and forget about it. Oh, and look at that as well. I can write an entire journal entry without using smilies. Hah.

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