recap

Feb. 11th, 2007 12:53 am
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Let’s see. My first week went okay. There were a few bumps in the road here and there.

I’m feeling lazy, so I’ll make a list.

 

  1. My seventh period class is the class from hell. They’re little froshies, feeling their high school oats for the first time. You’d think it would be out of their system by now, but I’m guessing that the week of substitutes between when Mrs. L went out and I came in, they got used to pretty much having things the way they wanted. They don’t like this “new sherrif in town” bit at all, and they’re digging their heels in.  Fortunetely, I have the support of the Assistant Principal, and he says just keep tossing them out to his office until they get a clue.
  2. I have two periods of “Basic” Geography, which in essanace is Geography for struggling readers. All well and good, yes. They’re small classes, so I get to do a lot of one on one. However, when they said struggling readers, I didn’t realize they also meant, by the way, one of the students in your first period class doesn’t speak much English. Period. So the first two days I lectured, slowly, and highlighted material on the board, and generally used good strategies for reading problem folks, poor A didn’t understand a word. He’s from Russia, you see. I had to find this one out on my own. Thanks, Administration. Glad you had my back on that one.
  3. My world history kids are AWESOME. They’re 11th Graders, and they all desire to be college bound. (It’s an upper level class). We’re going to have a lot of fun. I’m putting together a really cool assignment for them for this coming week’s block days.
  4. Yeah, that’s the other thing. They have a modified block at LHS, which, if you ask me, is kinda stupid. Either go Block or go home (haha). I see everybody Monday, Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday, I see Period 1, 2,4 and 6. Period 1 is a short period, the rest are long. On Thursday, I see Period 1 again, 3,5,7. The blocks are too long, for starters. And I hate not having people every day. It makes it hard to hold continuity.
  5. The commute is rough, especially by Friday morning, when the early euphoria of having a job wore off. Friday was rough because it was snowing in the mountains between here and Laconia, and was a little slick. Tired+Slick Roads=BAD. I had to take five in a gas station parking lot just to recharge the batteries a little.
  6. This is my last full weekend at the theater until summertime, probably. I’m so very excited. We’re having friends up next weekend for the first time in…well…forever. I feel like Pinocchio. “I’m a real boy now!” 
  7. My books came in for my grad program. And the bill. Fortunately, financial aid came in too. It’s loans, but it’ll have to do for now.
  8. I promised Kit some Beth/AJ drabble. Not sure I’m going to get there this weekend Kit, sorry.

 

I think that’s it. Sara is off having a sleep-over with our now 12 year old neice, doing the SUPER-UBER-COOL-AWESOME Auntie Sara routine and watching tennybopper movies like High School Musical and Newsies. So I'm here alone...*sigh*. Have a good weekend everyone!

WOW

Jan. 14th, 2007 11:25 pm
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So yeah. [profile] kit_the_brave  who is awesome, and fantastic and more adjectives that I have handy at the moment, just posted a picture she drew based on Chapter 1 of my Defining Moments fic. I had asked in the Christmas wish meme for someone to illustrate a scene from my fic, and she did it. And what a spectacular job she did. Please, everyone go tell her how fantastically awesome she is.

Second, apparently, I was recced recently on [profile] crack_broom . Can I just say that I'm blown away by that? I wondered where the new reviews were coming from, but I had no idea. Special thanks to [profile] magnolia_mama  for pointing it out to me. 

Those two evens helped cheer me up after a long, hard day. They cheered me up even more that the Pats win did, actually, and that's saying a lot. My joy at the Pats win is kind of tempered by the fact I didn't see it, owing to the fact that I've been at work. All. Freaking. Day. Damn holiday means the theater was open late tonight. In fact, I'm still here. 

Lately the job has been getting to me. It's been pointed out to me that my talents are wasted here. True dat. However, I'm skitish about looking for a new job in the immediate term because I left Sears after six months, and I don't want to leave another job after six months. I don't want to look like a job hopper when someone reads my resume. That being said, this job is really starting to grate on me, my boss is giving me these mixed signals like he's upset about something, and I'm bored out of my freaking skull. I want my weekends back, I want my holidays back, and I want something that's slightly more mentally stimulating. 

Anyway, that's what's been going on in my life. Anyone got anything interesting going on?

Dear Work

Dec. 14th, 2006 01:09 pm
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My Give A Damn is busted.
Seriously. It's totally dead.

No love,

Bernie
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Well, it's been a couple days, so a quick update for y'all.

1.) Sara leaves for Germany on the 6th. All good thoughts and prayers in her direction please. To say I'm nervous about seeing my wife off for a week and a half would be an understatement. I haven't slept alone since last December, and I'm sure I'm not going to enjoy it.

2.) No word yet on my MPA application, but seeing as my boss still hasn't done my recomendation, I'm not holding my breath yet. I am, however, going to hit him with something hard until he fills it out.

3.) Had the police at the theater the other night. An employee walked out in the middle of his shift, leaving a drawer that was 70 dollars short. Had to fill out forms and give statements, etc. Not fun.

4.) I need to shop for Christmas. Please, oh wonderful F-list of mine, do not let me procrastinate. I've shopped before on the day before Christmas, it's not fun. Don't let me forget to shop.

5.) Sunday I go off to Plymouth for the Grafton County Republican caucus, where I may be elected to serve on the State Committee. I'm really hoping I get elected.

I think that's about it for now. Until next time...

Birthday!

Nov. 27th, 2006 10:45 pm
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Hey all!

Yes, it's my birthday. Thanks to all those who sent me good wishes today. I got some really nice things. My wife gave me the orginal Capitol Steps: Live at the Shoreham album, with all the great classics, like Hark! When Gerald Ford Was King, and Immense Expense is Mainly In Defense. Also got some new shirts, and new pair of pants, sorely needed for work. My 'rents got me a new trench coat, which makes me happy. My sister gave me a singing Snoopy that sings Snoopy vs. the Red Baron. My wife is ready to kill my sister (in a good way...she's more or less just plotting revenge by threatening to give her future children really noisy toys).

The theater has been BE-SERK. We did over 40g's in business over the Thanksgiving weekend. We had our best day of the year on Black Friday, when we did 1957 people, blowing away our previous high of 1811, set back in June. We've had some personel issues too, but I think those are about to resolve themselves.

Today, my first day off since before the Holiday, I had to get myself out of bed at 7:30 to get my car inspected at 8. Pain in the neck, but at least it passed, so that's at least some consolation. Put up Chirstmas lights on the outside of the house. Annoyed Sara when she discovered that I'd crawled out on the porch roof to hang lights while at home by myself.
Put up our tree and did some general decorating today. Our tree is gorgous. Pictures to come as soon as I get new batteries for the digital camera.

My application for the Norwich University MPA program goes out in the mail tomorrow, so wish me luck.

Our house is going to resemble a Holiday Inn this month, with several houseguests in the coming weeks. "Welcome to Bernie and Sara's Bed and Breakfast. Complimentary wake up call?"

Later folks!
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Judi Dench, after Dame Maggie Smith, is by far my favourite British actress. Her wit is so dry, and it comes off so well as "M". She has a great line in the new Bond movie. Bond has just done something stupid, and she's been forced to defend her department in a Cabinet meeting.

"I miss the old days. At least back then, an agent who'd done something this embarassing would at least have the good sense to defect. Christ, I miss the Cold War."

Anyway. I thought it was funny. Maybe you had to be there.
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Managing a movie theater is a bit like being a Dad....albeit for one of those giant frontier families with a dozen kids or so. Some of them pitch in and lend a hand in the fields willingly and cheerfully. Others do it because you tell them to...and the rest you have to keep chasing out of the hay loft and MAKE 'em work. 

Only bad part is I can't use a belt buckle on 'em here at the theater. 

"So help me, boy, if I have to tell you one more time to stop screwing around and get to work..."

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HP NEWS BREAK

According to this week's trailer attachement report that I just got, this week's opening of Happy Feet is shipping with the Order of the Phoenix trailer attached.

Now back to your reguarly scheduled work
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1. So...a group of kids come in last night...look to be about 14. They wanted to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Rated R, naturally.

So Dale tells them they need ID, or a parent. They caucus, getting on the cell phones. A few minutes later an old guy comes in, probably a grandfather. They tell him they need him to buy tickets and when Dale tells the man they want to see Texas Chainsaw, he turns and says "That's not what you told me you were going to see!"

Suffice it to say, they went to see something else.

2. A bunch of skateboarding loiters were making trouble out front of our theatre today. Now we're wearing promo T-shirts for Texas Chainsaw this weekend, and they're all black. Our normal uniform is black pants with a shirt and tie (for managers anyway). So I'm wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants, and I've got sunglasses on outside, and Kim the girl in concession tells me I look like the Men in Black, especially because I carry a walkie talkie, multi-tool and flashlight on my belt. I think I looked pretty intimidating. The skateboarders didn't come back.

3. An old man came in a few days ago and wanted to know if  "Flyboys" was "a propaganda movie for the Bush Regime". I blinked hard, and told him. "Sir, I think it's about World War I fighter pilots...I don't think it has anything to do with President Bush."

4. Had a minor fire in one projector over the weekend, lost three shows out of the deal waiting for repair guy. No serious damage, my boss caught it in time.

5. A man came out of a movie (Employee of the Month), said it was the worst thing he'd ever seen (the movie was 10 minutes from finishing), and began walking to another theater to "see what else is playing." When told he couldn't do that, and he could either go back into the movie he paid for, or leave, he told us to "go jump in a f***ing lake". He left.

6. The promo t-shirts only came in one size, X-Large. Some of our employees are a little small for those t-shirts. One of our concession girls is swimming in the bloody thing.

7. Two girls came in the other day and wanted used ticket stubs for Gridiron Gang. "We need to show mom we went to the movies."
I'm not sure if they needed the stubs for Gridiron Gang because they went to see an R rated movie when they weren’t supposed to, or because they lied about where they were. I walked away and let the associates handle it. I didn't want to be involved.

8. We're having difficulty training associates to check IDs for R rated movies. When the line gets long, it can be a little overwhelming to remember to check ID and the instinct is to just keep the line moving. I want to see if we can get the computer to pop up "Is the customer over 17?" like they do for tobacco products or alcohol at the supermarket.

Anyway, that's work lately.
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...although at the moment, I don't see what's so good about it. 

Got up late, had to rush. Knicked myself shaving...okay, SLICED myself shaving...hurts like the gorram devil. Hungry, didn't get food. I have ONE employee in the lobby. Hopefully the other will show up soon, or I'm really screwed. 

Fired two employees last night. Well, one gave her notice, and Dale refused to accept it and terminated her. The other was fired for theft of services. She snuck freinds into a movie and lied about it. Manager who was suspended is most definetely not coming back. Got a call this morning from Vermont Employment. He's filed for Unemployment. 

Still no sign of Max...

Gah. I was going to give everybody an update, but I'm too busy now. Guess I'll get to it later.

EDIT: Did I mention I just fell down the stairs?
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The heat finally broke up here, and the last several days have been wonderfully pleasant. I've been getting out of the house more, getting that all important sunshine quotient.

Our friend Justin has been visiting the past few days too, which has been a lot of fun.

My inspiration and my muse have been starting to creep back towards me. The next chapter of DTR is in validation as we speak, and will probably be available online soon. That makes me excited. Those reviews should help push me over the hill I'm stuck on.

Job goes well. We're busy. My GM suspended the other ASM last week, for a number of very valid reasons. It's been nice not having to deal with him, and this weekend, we're getting a new Part time ASM who will work only weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. This is really nice because it means the GM and I might actually get to take some weekends off! Time off at the same time as Sara! w00t!

Other than that, the car discussion has stalled out (no pun intended), partially because none of the teaching jobs I was looking at are panning out, and we're looking at another at least half year of local driving vs. highway commuting. The need is not as urgent.

Anyway, that's it for now. I'm going to go take this thing outside into the backyard where it's sunny, and I can type there!

Oy vey

Aug. 2nd, 2006 10:37 am
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So...I got away for two whole days. The nice thing about the theater is that our GM tries to schedule us with a "weekend"...two days off in a row, even though they don't necessarily fall on Saturday and Sunday. 

Monday, we visted E and wished her a happy birthday. We went out to TGI Fridays, and she flirted with the waiter, eventually leaving her number on a napkin. 

Spent the night at my parents house, all by ourselves, since they were on vacation, and Tuesday we were able to go up to Camp and join them for an afternoon. My sister was there too, and we had a great afternoon splashing in the brook, and playing horseshoes. And then we all got ready to head out to dinner...

and my sister backed into my car. 

In all honest, Sara and I were fooling with the radio and distracted her, and my car hadn't been there all week, so she wasn't expecting it to be there, and, well...yeah. My parents were already pulling out the driveway, and we all get out of the car and look at the damage, and my parents keep driving because they don't know what's happened....all in all the damage wasn't bad, but it was my sister's first time hitting somebody else, and she got a little upset, so I had to go chasing after my folks in my car and bring them back to the house.

Everything turned out all right in the end, and we did make it to dinner.  Now I just have to have a tensy bit of body work done my jeep. Slightly more on my sister's car is required. 

After dinner, Sara and I came back (we were loathe to leave. I wanted to stay all week)...and I got a phone message from Hillboro-Deering. They went with the other guy :-(

Despite it all, it was still a nice couple days off.
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Good evening!

Life has been crazy this summer. The degree to which I miss my usual summer is scary. And by usual, I mean, being on vacation from school and having a "summer" job, rather than a "psudo-real" job. I call it a "psuedo-real" because I still call this mythical thing called a "teaching job" my "real" job. Someday.

Changing "psudo-real" jobs made the summer even worse, because then I had to train, and for a while I was working two jobs.

I love my new job. The theater is a lot of fun, and the people are nice. The technial aspects of the job appeal to me, and if I had to do this for another year, I wouldn't mind too much. The only catch is the ownership of the chain is notoriously tight with a buck. There are things that the GM and I would like to do to improve things, but we can't get the owners to sign off on it.

However, I still miss the mental stimulation of academic work. I realized the other day that I haven't had a serious converstion about history in nearly a year. That makes me sad.

I had an interview at Hillsboro-Deering High School, I might hear something back this week. Keep your fingers crossed.

The next chapter of DTR is at my beta, as I'm sure all of you who care will be happy to know.

That brings me to my next point. I don't know what it is, but my muse has been AWOL most of the summer. Sure, I've been doing bits and peices of other things here and there, but the DTR muse has vansihed into the night. My intrest level has also dropped. I don't know why. I'm not taking pleasure in things like I used to, and I don't know if that's a summer thing, of what. Tante, if you're reading this, I'm trying but I can't seem to stay motivated on the radio thing. I wouldn't blame you if you went and replaced me. I'm just....BLAH...this summer.

So many things come one after another, it seems as if I can't keep up with them lately. I need a break, vacation, or something, but I can't afford to take one, because I've just switched job, etc...I'd love to take some time to get away, recharge the batteries, something. Lately, I feel like I've been running on the raggedy edge of empty for weeks on end.

As the musicans would say, something's gotta give.
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Howdy all,

Couple things going on in my life right now.

Primarily, my internet acess has been limited. Sara's already gone over the reason's Dartmouth is disconinuing wireless internet acess in our apartment complex, but on top of that, due to the continue construction there, most of the acress points have already been torn down. So...we're without reliable internet. Until next Wendnesday or so, when supposedly, Verizon claims our DSL line will be provisioned and I can plug in the equipment...which hasn't arrived yet...and we'll be good to go. (Right now, I'm over on Datmouth campus, hiding in Sara's office mooching offical use internet.)

Secondly, I'm now full time at the theater, and I'm loving it. I've always enjoyed enterainment, been secretly fascinated by Hollywood (the production side, not the actors), and people at the theater seem to have a hell of a lot more fun than the folks at Sears. Maybe it's because the folks at Sears know they're all in dead end jobs with no hope of advancement. Most of the folk at the movie theater, at least now, are high school and college kids on break, who are looking forward to going back to school and getting an education, and eventually looking back on this as a fun summer job that got them free movies and gas money. I don't know exactly who will be left working for me in a month, but I'm sure we'll figure it out.

Due to above mentioned internet problems, the next chapter of DTR is delayed somewhat...(more than it has been already). It is DRAFTED, which is a damn sight improvment from a week ago. I have to sit down with Sara and do the first round of pre-beta, but due to the above mentioned JOB, (where I leave before she gets home in the evening, and get home after she's asleep), that hasn't happened yet. When it does (Saturday), I'm sending it off to Dancinginmagic for Brit picking.

On the teaching job front, no news yet. I'm still searching. That is all.

Good news

Jun. 29th, 2006 05:56 pm
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Well, ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who have been following my misadventures at Sears Holdings, Inc, those misadventures are nearly over.

That's right. No more annoying half-witted employees (well, maybe not)

No more annoying, overly demanding managers.

No more semi-trucks full of merchandise to unload by myself. 

No more running up and down to our warehouse because my freaking managers can't make up their freakin minds.

Yes, I have a new job. Not a teaching job yet, but I'm still looking. For now, though, I am slated to become the Assistand Manager of Entertainment Cinemas, the local 6-screen movie house here in town. Pay's about the same, but there are free movies invovled, and a lot less stress (I'm hoping). 

So, wish me luck! I start training on Saturday, and I'm going to be going in at odd hours to train while I'm not at Sears. 

Other than that, life is pretty good. Got three teaching apps out this week. Fighting with the newspaper company (they can't seem to find our new address.), Cable issues are resolved finally, phone service is up and working. Sara's doing well. I'm tired all the time, but I hope that will change soon.

Can't think of anything more to say. Later all.

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