Well you could bring in lots of tips TD if you just go without the blouse that is too small
Just trying to be of help
Just trying to be of help
TDWoj said:Well, the job's over, and I survived! I did get a chair, so for the first three days, even though they were middling to really busy, my feet were okay - I didn't have to get up much. Yesterday, though, I was on my feet a lot because of all the last-minute people coming to the literature and souvenir shop - the runners getting the books were run off their feet, so I was up and down like a jack-in-the-box.
I was mainly worried about my feet; and, of course, being me, I was also worried about doing something I'd never done before. However, it turned out to be quite a lot of fun.
The convention was the International Alcoholics Anonymous Convention, and I didn't realise the irony of my working there until Thursday morning (the irony being, both my mother and stepmother were alcoholics, so that makes me a de facto member of Al-Anon, although I've never gone to any meetings!). I have to say, I have never met so many relentlessly cheerful and happy people in my life - it was exhausting!
Lots of people from around the world were there, and it was interesting talking to them, listening to their stories (and their accents!). It was fun trying to figure out, from their accents, where they all came from. The U.S., of course, has so many more regional accents. It was an education listening to the difference between those from the Deep South, for example, and those from farther north (but still considered "south"!).
I only saw one instance of unpleasantness, when a black man from Jamaica tried being friendly with a couple of ladies from Virginia, and was well and thoroughly rebuffed. The lady actually cringed when he shook hands with her.
Word got out amongst the Spanish-speaking people that someone with an obviously Catholic name was at the lit counter. They wouldn't deal with anyone else, despite my insistance that I "no hables espanol". I also had to put my small knowledge of French to use (I can understand it when I'm reading it, but don't understand it well when I hear it), and my even smaller knowledge of Polish. Had a weird disconnent at one point when some customers spoke to me in French but spoke to each other in Polish - my brain nearly fried trying to keep up!
Got a chance to say "thank you" in Japanese, though. The man I spoke to was that pleased I used the proper form!
Mind you, the long hours, and having to get up at the merciless hour of 5 a.m. to get there to start work at 7:30 completely screwed up my metabolism, and a couple of times I nearly passed out because of having suspend my usual routine for food, water and rest - not to mention trying to sleep in the blistering heat at night - AND had one of my circulating fans give up the ghost during the hottest night there was. Mercifully, it cooled off Thursday and Friday nights so I wasn't quite as bagged the last two mornings as I was the first two.
I think as an occasional stint to fill the coffers, this might not be a bad gig, although I hated missing my aikido classes (ended up missing three, since the training on Tuesday went on longer than it should have, and so I couldn't go to my class Tuesday night - or even pick up a class Thursday morning, since I had to be at the convention centre by 7:15 to sign in my timesheet). Pay isn't great, either, but it's better than nothing, plenty of which I have been getting far too often lately. I'm also limited to working downtown since there is no way for me to get to the International Centre out near the airport (especially if it's an early morning gig like this one was).
Next week (or more likely the week after) I am going to look into the possibility of getting work as a movie extra. One of the girls I was working with on this job was a movie extra, and she seemed to be getting called fairly frequently. Again, though, I'm just worried I'm going to be missing too many aikido classes since a "day" of work as an extra is usually about 12 hours (and can be as much as 24), but I have to balance that with being practical about my financial situation, too. It'll also cost about $100 to register with a talent agency, which I simply haven't got at the moment. I'm still looking into getting work as an actor in commercials, but that I have to think on, as well, since it means I have to take acting classes before an agent will even consider me for that.
On a side note, I found it quite exhilerating that even though I am still quite heavy, I am, in fact, smaller at this weight than I was when I was at this weight before. I think the aikido has done some serious toning, especially of my upper body, because I was able to wear a size 16 blouse quite comfortably, whereas before only sizes 18-20 would fit. Nifty! (And another reason why I don't want to miss any more aikido classes!)
-TD, wondering if she can afford going to the BB King concert this year
GlimmerMan said:Hahaha... sorry to **** up your thread, TD, but I just saw Storm's post about being a pro decorator - something which I had forgotten.
I enjoyed your story. Keep up the good work.
Lollipop said:That was a nice story, if people only knew how such few words it takes to make a person feel so much better! I am happy for you!!
You deserve more than you get!! Your ship will come in one day!! (don't be like me, waiting at the airport)!!
GlimmerMan said:Cool story, TD. I'm sure you look fine. People tell me I look great all the time - it gets boring after a while.