Wow. Have you ever tried to find work between the hours of 4pm-midnight? All that's out there, ladies and gentlemen, is retail and restaurant (and other seedy professions that may or may not be legal). I proved many years ago that I can't waitress to save my life. So began my adventures working at my local mega-bookstore for $7.31 an hour. So far, I've been working 4 nights a week until closing, which can be midnight-1am, depending on how much the ill-mannered teenagers trash the store each night. I'm surrounded by various colorful characters, some of whom I'm delighted to work alongside. Others, whose drama I just have to chalk up to immaturity and naivete. But sometimes, I just have to walk behind the shelves and mouth the words "Jesus. Help. Me." The only good thing about this situation is that I'm surrounded by books and that I can help people find what they are looking for. Sometimes I lead them to Shakespeare's "Hamlet" with a spring in my step. Other times, I show them where the witchcraft books are with a roll of the eyes and a silent prayer. It's a very messed up world out there and I've been sheltered from it for a long time.
|I don't quite look this cute cleaning the store.|
Funny thing is, out of the 8 people that we've hired for the holidays, almost all of us are thirty-somethings working a second job to pay off debt. I feel like I'm in sympathetic company. Here's hoping my piggy bank gets filled quickly. My 38 year old body can't take much more.