|Far From the Tree|
On Sunday, I went apple picking and to the ocean with roommate S. We had a fun and bought some cider and apple cider donuts. When we were done, we went to the ocean and hung out for awhile. While we were there, we decided that being so close to the ocean meant we should eat seafood so we found a local joint that offered food and it was a bit expensive, but it was super fresh and delicious. We went with one of her friends who had been her roommate in college and she was fine but reminded me of a drama queen back home, so I don't see us hanging out much. Which is fine since she is S's friend, and not mine.
On Monday, I had another stage at a restaurant that had my application from when I was here last month apartment hunting. They called me in and afterward, I saw their ad on Craigslist and it said they were hiring someone with five years of experience or something, which explained why they called me even though I didn't have any. They seemed to think I was looking for my internship, which would put me almost done with school and more educated. Seeing that they were hiring experienced people only, I didn't expect much, but they put me to work and since it was not a weekend and they were slow, I did more actual cooking/plating stuff and little bit more interesting things like broke down a duck. Yeah, without any school under my belt, I broke down a duck... It was fun and different from the last place I went to. This one had much younger bosses who apparently just took over the restaurant from the previous chef. There were people there who had been there for years, but the bosses were quite young. Maybe my age and then a few years older. There also seemed to be less people in the kitchen, but again, it wasn't a weekend. The layout was not as nice in my mind and it seemed a bit smaller, but it was clean and organized. I enjoyed myself.
To my surprise, at the end of the night, they offered me the job even though I had no experience and would be late most days from my school schedule. He claimed he didn't care about that at all. He said what he cared about was my attitude. I guess this way they are willing to train me. They want me to start on Friday.
So this job is MUCH better than the one at the pizza/wing joint and they will pay me four dollars above minimum wage to start and re-evaluate again in the spring. It's also full time. Meaning, I have full time school from 9-2:30 Monday through Friday and full time work from 2:00 to probably 10:30 or 11 about five or six days a week. If I start going to the gym in the morning, that puts me at 7-11 almost everyday. I will not burn out. I will be busy, but I'm okay with that and frankly, its pretty normal for culinary. Plus, its only about a year, so I can do anything for a year.
On Tuesday, I got called in to work at the pizza place, and felt bad because he kept saying he was going to train me so I could find more hours and I couldn't say anything because I wanted to work my scheduled shift on Wednesday so that I could make some money. And I didn't want to say I was leaving because the owner has a bit of a temper and is kind of like a little kid. I figured that if I told him I was leaving, he would just blow up and kick me out and I wouldn't have a chance to make some extra money. I would tell him on Wednesday when i was actually scheduled to work.
So on Wednesday, I was nervous, but didn't really have a choice. I decided to wait until after the rush, so if he did kick me out, they wouldn't be short staffed and busy. It wasn't crazy busy, and I could have left without a problem, but now, frankly, I was just putting things off. And then he got a phone call from an angry customer. Great, so now he was pissed off and I was running out of time. He handled it fine and got over it so I went up and said that the reason I couldn't work the other day was that I had a job interview and took that job. He was a little upset and then asked when I started. I said Friday and he was annoyed that I couldn't give him any longer notice, but he didn't kick me out. In the end, he was happy because this will help my career and future, but annoyed that it was short notice. This was strange, because technically, I'm not sure he was even really hiring. I mean, I walked in and got a job, but no one has ever said that they were actually hiring or short staffed or anything.
So that was yesterday and today I have nothing and tomorrow I have my first day at work at a place that is really and will actually pay their taxes!