I think routine must be setting in because I don’t feel like there is much to write about this week. We did get a condition 2 due to the windchill factor. We had up to 33 knot gusts bringing the temperature from -18 to minus 67. Woo. Glad I have an inside job. It did that for a couple days and now it’s pretty nice. Well, it’s cold.
Let’s see, review time. Monday was my first night of pinsetting. Yay. I got $22 in tips. That’s more than I make as a DA. I had so much fun though. I worked with Matt who had trained me last month. I got to pinset for the DA team. We get striped socks and I wanted to make sure to show them off but I don’t have any capris to go with and I am so against shorts. I risked it and tried it with a skirt, I tucked some lightwieght pants into my socks and had bloomers. It all worked well, I felt so cute. I love feeling cute.
On Tuesday I had another Thai Massage. Yay! I think I really made some progress, this lady is a regular massage customer, gets one once a month and scopes out the various massueses on station to find her preferance. Sandy had told her about me. I don’t even have a flier up yet. When I told her that I was so far just getting business by word of mouth she said that she wouldn’t be telling anyone until she had booked for her days. She really liked it! Awesome. I did a total of 3 this week. Only two were paying. I am still working on getting all the DAs. One thing I am scheming about is there is a safety bonus that you can get at the end of the season. You have to somehow contribute to creating a safe enviorment. Sandy thinks that massage is preventative maintenance and that I should get the bonus for helping out the DAs. I don’t know if they would count that but it’s just another reason to work on my friends. We’ll see. I am scheming again, Rec has a sign posted for volanteers to teach classes. You can teach whatever you want, whatever you know. All I know is art but I don’t know how to teach that. I was thinking of going through a book that I brought down. It’s awesome for teaching a person to draw BUT then someone said “teach massage”. How cool would that be? I think it would be possible and I think it would be much more popular AND it would be a form of advertising and maybe more of a way contributing to safety. I just have to figure out the time.
We had our first bit of drama in the work place this week. Someone was confronted about not pulling their weight, there was a meeting, it was pretty sad. I don’t like to see people singled out, I hadn’t thought it was that big of a problem. I just really hope it doesn’t create a rift. We just can’t have that. The DAs are dropping like flies around here. Mandi was the first to go, she was on light duty almost immediately. Sandy tried to ignore her inflaming wrists until we almost had to tie her hands behind her back. She just got off her restricted work assignment and now Jana bit it. I haven’t worked with her since was put on light duty but she’s even more restricted. That’s half the team that is out. The last of us are threatening each other not to go and get wounded. These are all repetative motion injuries, thick finger, numb hands, stiff wrists, no grip. Doing massage on the side has me a little worried about what I’ll be doing to myself. The thing is that they harp on you so much and warn you so much about getting injured that it’s always on your mind and you are always thinking about your aches and pains. “Ah! Is that a warning sign? AH! Is that?” Like even now, my right wrist feels a little tight, is it the poor angle I’m typing at? Is it from the massage last night? Pots? Sleeping funny? Will it go away? Just the stress of getting injured is inducing injuries.
I had my first work gripe too this week. Oh, I always find little things to complain about but it’s not worth the effort to brood over but on Wednesday I was riled up for a good hour and here I am writing about it. It was pots. I started work at 11:00, at noon I was tasked to do pots and I went on back to the kitchen to find the cooks’ cart stacked and brimming over with 6 hours of pots. I was the first one tasked to do pots that day, no one had checked on them, no one had bothered to bring them back to the pot room. I was starting from scratch and I had one hour before the pots from lunch would come in. It took me 20 minutes just to get all the stuff soaking. So mad. I like pots, I like the challenge and the speed but not to be dumped on. The sweet thing, though, was that the other DAs tried to cheer me up after I got dragged out of the pot room for break.
Wednesday was also really cool because the DAs hosted a movie night. Did I tell you about Waiting? The movie about the restaurant business? It’s crass and all about behind the scenes of food service. Of course there is lot’s of unsanitary things. There’s a huge screen in the dining area, we had Rec announce the “special showing” and a bunch of people showed up. It was great. This Sunday is the Wedding Crashers. Yay. Haven’t seen it.
Remember my hike to Castle Rock and Julie’s cold feet? I found out the next day that she had actually gotten frostbite. Ouch. What a bummer. I talked to Skye about it last night. He’s Search and Rescue, the guy that invited me on the hike. He felt bad that he hadn’t prevented frostbite. Then I French braided his beard. Lord of the Rings was on TV on Thursday.
All right, enough of that. Go look at some pictures. Talk to you later.