March 6, 2008

Last Days Chronicles: Part 2

Didn't sleep last night... unbelievably tired when the alarm went off this morning. Cursing the day ahead of me.

Didn't even make it to the coffee shop for my breakfast. Got into work and made me an old sandwich out of the refrigerator in the breakroom that I ate while counting the cash drawers.

Vacuumed the whole store... took register duty for two hours. Mattress delivery. I had forgotten all about that - thought today was Wednesday. Co-worker says to me:

"Good thing you didn't go to lunch already. The mattresses are here."

"Yeah, we don't get mattresses today"

"Well, the truck is out there"

"Mattresses are delivered Thursday's. Today is Wednesday, so nice try. I'm going to lunch."

But, I was wrong. Today was Thursday, and a truckload of mattresses were waiting for me to unload them. That pushed lunch forward, which was ok - I like to have my lunch as late as possible, that way it doesn't feel like forever after lunch before I get to go home.

Took lunch with one of my co-workers today. That was nice. Because we are so few working these days, lunch is always a solitary business. We went to my favorite pizza joint where I often go for the daily special, or (would you guess?) a pizza. That was a little sad - I'll likely not eat at that place very often now that I won't be working. There are better pizzas around town, but I like the atmosphere at this place. And... a girl I've known for many years works there - so it's always nice to see her too.

Lunch was a little longer than it's supposed to be... but, who cares, right?

Today was unbelievably slow... business wise. Hardly any customers today, which made time pass extremely slowly as well. I told the Sales Manager to count down the extra cash registers and do most of the paperwork at 5:30, and told her she's free to go home after doing that.

Yes, you read that right, I was giving orders to the Sales Manager ;) Well, she'd been hoping to leave early today. She was scheduled to work til 7PM, but wanted to leave at 6. That's why I said those things... I'm not a bossy bastard by nature...

The last hour it was me and that same co-worker I lunched with... barely any customers, which suited us both fine right then. We wanted to get home quickly, so I said we'll prepare as much as possible so that we can go home as soon as we lock the doors.

I opened the drawer, and started counting the money. He was standing next to me.

"We're not allowed to count money out here", I told him.

"No, we're not supposed to do that", he says.

"There's a security camera up there." I pointed straight at the thing and offered my best smile. "If they catch me counting the money on that thing, I could be fired."

"Is that so?", he says. He honestly did not know that as a fact.

"Uh huh... do you think I'm worried about that?"

He laughed about that.

End result. We finished everything up only 10 minutes after locking the front doors and were out of there. The cold air outside was wonderful...

Only one more day to go!

Music today. Today I'm presenting some old stuff. I've decided to share Lizzy Borden with you - there's another guy who can really sing. This song "Rod of Iron" was the very first song I heard of this band - it played on a heavy metal radio show back in the early eighties. I remember back then I loaded up my tape recorder with a Sony or Maxwell 90 minute cassette tape every time that show was on, and I recorded the songs - it was all very high tech. If I didn't like the song, I quickly rewinded and recorded the next one over the bad one - that way I collected some good music for my listening pleasure. The best thing about this show was that they played a lot of obscure metal - not only Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, and what have you. When I heard this song for the first time, I quickly ran out to get their albums. I could only find the one - the right one though which had this song on it; the "Love You To Pieces" album. It took me another year - until I went back to the States to visit my father, before I could collect the other albums by Lizzy Borden. I'm still a big fan!

This song... what really hooked me is the wonderful slow start, and the build-up when it kicks into gear. I swear - those drums make me wanna jump up and down and throw my fist in the air every time. Listen to it real LOUD!

They have recently recorded a new album that I haven't listened to yet, and a few years ago they made another reunion cd that was really good. They still know how to make music!


Farmer*swife said...

(Sometimes computers suck ass)

As I previously posted but it wouldn't take...

Whoo-hooo I'm the first commenter!! Maybe...since my computer locked up and all.

So, we got rain, and hail, and tornadic activity down here and I just came out of hiding! All is still in tact -- whew!

So, happy day for you! Tomorrow is FRIDAY for ALL of us! Looking forward to the party!!

Hitched in the Sticks! U'r too funny!!

Knight said...

I hope tomorrow goes by smooth and quick for you. Then you are free forever!

Jay said...

Whenever you're in the final couple of days of a job it's always tempting to really loaf, but the time goes even slower that way. Anyway, one more day and then you are away from those bastards!

Elle said...

So, any further thoughts about the next thing? Are you going to take some decompression time, or shall we look for you Monday here in the States? I can meet you at the airport with a big ole REH sign and a cheesecake...

Leighann said...

Wow your last day already? I'm sure you won't say the same but it seems like you JUST told us about losing your job (and relocating to the states)

Okay, maybe I threw that last part in there on my own!

Jo said...

Just tell me on your last day you'll jump up & down on the showroom mattresses for fun, in your socks, rockin out to Lizzy.

I'll give Lizzy a listen later...I'm not quite peppy enough yet to punch my fist in the air & I want to do it justice REH-style :)

Only 1 more day---wheeee, almost free!

Tink said...

Only one more day! YAY! So... You packed yet? You're moving to Florida, right? Seriously man. It was 80 degrees out today! You want to be here. There will be hot chicks in bathing suits in only a month.

Tequila Mockingbird said...

sounds like your coworkers are decent, giving you pizza. mine for the most part are too..

long story short, i do the pagination and layout for magazines, and today the product manager (which basically is a sales person, but sorta her own manager) who hadnt been in the office and WASNT keeping track of the size increases didnt realize i needed to raise the magazines page count by a signature (8 pages). and she flipped the fuck out. keeping in mind she is not my boss, and her mag brings in waaay less revenue than our other 2 publications, i was so mad i was shaking. i had to take out require fill so she would stop being such a cunt. my coworkers felt so bad for me, one bought me a cookie, one sent me a dancing chuck norris, and two others emailed our boss telling her that the way this cunt treats everyone like we work FOR her not WITH her is distracting them nad making a shitty work environment.

hope your next job has good coworkers!

fiwa said...

Don't take us back to Wednesday, please! I don't think I'd make it through the week if it was only Wednesday. In fact, I woke up this morning thinking it was friday for about an hour. What a rude awakening when I realized it was only Thursday. Bleh.

Tomorrow is your last day! Yay!
And then on to bigger and better things!

Sleep well tonight -

R.E.H. said...

Farmer's Wife: Computer lock-up or not - you're still #1!

And, tomorrow's party is going to Rock Da House! (Unless I'm too tired)

Knight: Thanks. I'm afraid tomorrow at work will feel like forever though...

Jay: Yeah, that's why I try to do a little work still. Just hanging around doing nothing would make the days last even LONGER!

Elle: I'm going to take a couple of weeks "off" - not doing anything but what I want to do. I've still got a month and a half worth of salary coming in - so I can do that.

I will also be thinking about what is my next move... quite a few ideas circulating in that little head of mine ;)

Leighann: Yeah, it all went down pretty fast. Moving back to the States is quite likely - though it may be a few months away still.

R.E.H. said...

Jo: That could be fun. I've also considered bringing a six-pack Heineken's to work ;) Imagine how friendly I would be towards the customers... especially the pretty girls.

Let me know what you think of Lizzy Borden!

Tink: You sure make a strong point for moving back to the Sunshine State. We got snow again last night... gone today though - but freezing cold!

Tequila Mockingbird: Yes, I do (did?) have good co-workers which is the ONLY reason I've lasted there as long as I have.

That bitch sounds like she needs a good kick in the old butt!

Fiwa: Oh, I don't want to go back to Wednesday either - then I'd have ANOTHER 3 days to work at the place... no thanks!

Karen said...

YEAH...One more day!

Farmer*swife said...

r.e.h.? You CAN'T be too tired to party? You have "paid" time off!

Can't leave us all hanging when we planned and all in your honor!

You can sleep in on Saturday, Kay?

I had DH buy me a new six of Shiner and everything.... sweet dreams! Hit on the Hottie at the coffee shop this a.m., okay? PROMISE?
[You deserve it!]

Dianne said...

Lizzy is haunting and exhilirating, I was throwing my head around so violently I may have given myself a wee concussion!

and just think - soon time WILL be yours!

hope you sleep well.

Lakota Princess said...

AH-HA!!! So you're the reason i only got an hour and half sleep last night! Empathy insomnia sucks, dude. Big time.
I need my good night kiss. I didn't get one last night I'm pretty sure. Pro'lly why I didn't sleep. Uh-huh. Yuppers.
~puckering up~

Sparkling Red said...

I'm so excited for your last day!! This is where life opens up to so many possibilities for you. I hope the day flies by so you can get on with your new life.

Tookie Tail said...

Look at it this way, R.E.H. You're closing that chapter of your life and moving on to bigger and better things! I know you'll be a success at whatever you do. Life is too short. Find a job you love! After all, that's where we spend the majority of our life anyway. xoxox

Newt said...

I'll be doing the happy dance for you tomorrow. I won't have internet access till Monday. So, please know that I am celebrating for you even though I won't be able to comment.

Newt said...

And, cause I know you'll miss me, you really enjoyed walking out into the cold air? Really? Oh, I so badly want spring to get here.

Newt said...

ha ha ha - I'm going to make sure my commenting stats don't get too low - have a fabulous weekend and enjoy your new found freedom and the world of opportunity before you! See you next week.

Newt said...

Ok, that's all, your internet princess/valentine will sign off for real this time. Honest. I'm done. No more comments.

tt said...

I'll be thinking about you tomorrow. I wish you a peacefull day babe!

Anonymous said...

Hey there! Glad today went smooth and I wish you the best for tomorrow!!

Then You can spend the time that you are not sleeping or taking walks on blogger with me, that is when I am not in school and stuff like that! LOL!!

Yes I am a MOONER!!! Sad huh? that is why I have to make sure is tanned, Again have a good day, and I will start commenting more tomorrow I have had a long day, have not even had a chance to reply on my blog, but I made time for YOU!

I am really laying it on thick eh?


Anonymous said...

Have a good sleep and go get that morning coffee...

Jen said...

One. More. Day.

Have a great last day. Smile when you walk out the door. Have a beer - or many - and love life!

Jahooni said...

can you snatch a matress set for me before leaving?

And you are moving back to the states? where. when?

Casdok said...

ONly one more day to go...yay!!!

Dana said...

Enjoy your last day, and make sure you go out with a bang!

Farmer*swife said...

Whoo-hooo Friday!! It's Friday! Kids only have school for half a day...oh, yea.

Still!!! Gonna' munch some lunch with them and then we'll come home to celelbrate!!!

What time does the party start? Midnight at your place? So, Friday at 5:pm over here at mine?

And, just think? As I'm typing this early morning? Your almost through your whole day!

Lakota Princess said...

hope you are tapdancing on the bones of your former employer soon.
~do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight~
or something like that...

Anonymous said...

*bum bum buuummmm*
Toaday is the last day! Did you call in sick!?

Anonymous said...

OMG, Lizzy Borden? I remember that band well. In fact, I saw them play in a hole in the wall pool hall here in Vegas about 8 years ago. It was a blast!!!! I notice too that you are a fan of Savatage. I always liked them too. Ahhhhh, hair metal.

Farmer*swife said...

Okay! I'm here [early as usual for me]. Brought some snacks, finger foods and stuff. Need me to help straighten up before the rest of the gang arrives?

I even made you a banner!! It says "On to Bigger and Better Things!"

Oh crap! I forgot the beer! Be back in a few!!

Lakota Princess said...

Bigger and Better are words I often use when thinking of REH.

Farmer*swife said...

Okay, so it's Cynical Bastard's b-day so I told him to meet up with us over at your place -- I'm picking up a cake along with the beer.

Damn, if he would have told me sooner I'd have made him one from scratch.

lakota princess So glad you like my banner! What are you drinkin' tonight? I can run by the liquor store (DH wanted some booze anyhow).

Where is r.e.h. anyhow? Maybe he got a date with the coffee shop Hottie!

Lakota Princess said...

i think i want to start with an Alabama Slammer. Brought some music...CLICK HERE

R.E.H. said...

Karen: It's all over now!

Farmer's Wife: Well, I am a little bushed, actually. But, I'll be partying a little just the same ;)

Dianne: Awesome song, isn't it?

Lakota Princess: Smack-A-Doodle! Now there's a goodnight kiss you'll not forget any time soon ;)

Sparkling Red: Thank You. There are so many things I want to do... now all I need is to figure out which to do...

R.E.H. said...

Tookie Tail: Yes. We spend too much time at a job when we don't really want to be there. I'll hopefully be able to get a job that I will enjoy being at next time.

Newt (x4): You'll be out in sunny California... I envy you ;)

I enjoyed the cold air because of what it represented... freedom - I still hated it for being cold ;)

TT: Thanks. Yes, it was a rather peaceful day.

Single In The City: That's sweet of you to make time in your busy day for me ;)

You can never lay it on too thick...

Unsigned: I did go get my breakfast this morning... but she wasn't there today either :(

R.E.H. said...

Jen: I did smile walking out that door. And I got a bottle of Whiskey to party with ;)

Jahooni: Darn! You should've asked earlier - too late now. You know I would've right?

If I return to the States, it'll be likely I go to California this time around.

Casdok: That day has passed. I am FREE!

Dana: I kinda just snuck out there... the BANG will come when they realize they can't cope without me... right? ;)

Farmer's Wife: It's Friday alright... party's ON!

R.E.H. said...

Lakota Princess: Thanks. Sure beats you thinking "little and feisty" ;)

Farmer's Wife: Yeah, Jay - you should come over and celebrate - we both have a big day today!

Only date I have tonight is with all of you's.

Lakota Princess: That's a good tune! Should I stay? At work? Heck NO! ... Should I go... ooooh, yes!

Guilty Secret said...

He he... misbehaving is fun at times like those!

R.E.H. said...

Guilty Secret: I am now officially a man without responsibilities ;)

Farmer*swife said...

Hey, kids commandered my computer and now I gotta' fry shrimp for my bestest and wonderful MIL and FIL!

Hmmmm, where IS everyone? CRAP! I'm in the wrong [post] room! (#6)

R.E.H. said...

Farmer's Wife: Way to get #6 in there ;)

Jill said...

What technology can do! Wasn't a pain in the ass taping songs on a tape from the radio?
The funny thing, sometimes, you end up with funny sound effect on the cassette!

R.E.H. said...

Jill: Technology has really made things so much easier...

Jill said...

Sorry, laughing by myself on naughty flash that your answer gave me!

R.E.H. said...

Jill: Naughty technology gadgets, huh? ;)