Feb 11, 2010

Employers just don't get it...

I am not an emergency worker. I am not a nurse or doctor. I am a waitress. Why than, after the govenor declared a state of emergency and forbid everything except emergency vehichles on the road, does he expect us to get to work? I do believe that the govenor has a bigger dick than a restaurant owner. I worked in the last storm. And the one before that. The snow is higher than the cars. The sad part is that the restaurant is my lively-hood. So maybe the man who signs my check is the one I will end up listening too. Plus, I really do want to get out..We have been feeding all emergency workers and they are coming in. My store owner is from Persia. He doesn't understand not working, closing and losing money. He owns two Denny's. They have both stayed open. I have worked the last two storms but am overwhelmed in this. They are even closing dialysis facilities. What do those people do? This weather has made me take into account things I have never really thought of before. One local supermarket stayed open, unmanned, and is using the honor system. Personally I think they are crazy. I would pay, but I wonder how many others will/would? Presently pissed. My child is lazy. He doesn't comprehend the severity of this. If someone had a heart attack right now in this development they would be dead. Our local firehouse burned down last night. People can't get their medication. When I was a little girl I remember a commercial, I believe it was for butter/margarine...it said "Don't mess with Mother Nature"...Those damn words have been in my head. They were true. Very true..

Feb 10, 2010

Something to warm a girl up on a cold day.....


We are now in Blizzard status! What's a girl to do? I feel like a dinosaur who sees the coming of the damn ice age at full speed. This snow shit is scary. Thankfully, it will be moving up north in a day or two and be gone, for the time being. Not that I am wishing this on anyone else, but I just realized that our city is not well-equipped for this weather. My New England friends keep telling me that this is typical weather for them. They can keep it. When you open your door in the am. to let your dog out and he just stands there and gazes back at you and walks away, it's bad. Auggie did a quick outing last night, but he is not budging this morning. Animals are intuitive, so I shall follow suit and stay indoors. Baggy Pants better master the art of shoveling. On the upside, the tenant Robert took advantage yesterday of the weather and shoveled out some people and made some quick, much needed cash. We took him to the grocery store where he spent every penny he made on food. He was rather pleased with himself. Said he made better money shoveling snow than washing dishes.

The free food giveaway was a huge success. Money was falling out of my apron for once and it felt so good to count it at the end of my shift. I was beat up, dirty and tired, but we gave away over 1,000 meals. I, too, took my cash to the grocery store and stocked us up for the storm. People proved me wrong. The money they usually would have spent on their meal, they handed to me. For the most part it went smooth. We did get rather slap happy at the peak time and started throwing pancakes at each other. The line was around the building. An hour and a half wait for a table. So even though I am snowed in, my freezer is full, my tips are in a cup next to my bed, enough made to compensate for a couple bad weather days. I am counting my blessings. I am now the full time provider for a hard headed boy/man. My feet are planted firmly and I am grounded. Kenny would be proud. I am missing him in this white-out. Lucky man, he hated the snow. He could drive his ass off in it, but he still despised it. I have a safe harbor that I have built on my own for me and my son. It ain't much, but it's not bad. Be safe and well.

Feb 8, 2010

The Best Day of The Week

This photo is the mountain of snow at my work!

The one and only day off. I don't know if you guys saw the tv. ads but tomorrow we are giving free food away. From 6am-2pm. you can go to Denny's and get your free grand slam. I heard last time we did it the line was around the building. It is at every Denny's. My boss was most inventive during the storm. He sent one of our regular customers out to pick me, two other waitress's, a cook and a dishwasher up. We opened and yes, there were people with cabin fever out and about yesterday. Mr. Jean drives a mail truck to deliver bulk bags from post office to post office around our city. Yesterday, if it were not for him, our store would have closed and I would be $80 lighter in my pocket. So God Bless him. I thank my dad for my work ethic. I was raised that the only excuses for missing work is death and it better be your own. I don't see much of that ethic these days. We have a manager who is phenomenal. His name is Reggie. He got snowed in at the restaurant because the owner told him not to close on Friday. He was there from 6pm Friday til 3pm Saturday after he, and the three employees dug his car out and escaped the store. I was amazed. When I explain these stories to Baggy Pants he just shrugs. He doesn't get it. I felt like saying, "Hey dumbass, I am going out in this blizzard to feed your behind"..He just knows his mother goes to work and there is food and a roof. Are all kids so oblivious? I think alot are. I am going to use this day to run some early am errands, and than take my pajama day. If you want your free meal, arrive early on Tuesday at a Denny's. Be nice to your frazzled waitress. Remember, the food is free, but we only make $3.25 an hour. For those of you in warmer climates...I hate you right now...