Archive for May, 2010


So I don’t ever want to sound like I hate my job. The pay is ok, most customers are great, and I’ve definitely had worse bosses. I love coffee, I like serving people, and tips have always been cool. My job is active, so I don’t have to worry about sitting down and being fidgety all day, and it also has its share of challenges.

That being said, I may complain about my job more than I talk about how much I love it. Just look at it as a way to vent.

The first thing that makes me happy is so simple; all I need is eye contact and a smile. I don’t care if the first thing that comes out of your mouth is “caramel macarena” or “mochaccino”, if you can first acknowledge that I exist, then we will get along. You would be surprised in the amount of people stare at our menu the entire time they order, and then look at the counter as they pay.

Ok, so this is a pleasure I get at the customer’s expense. Just imagine completing your order in the Drive Thru as your favorite song comes on…. How can you not sing along? Our speakers don’t only pick your voice whenever you want us to hear it, we get to know how much you love Taylor Swift for as long as you stay next to that box!

So we have a regular at our store who I will leave unnamed. No, I’m going to give her a fake name… Her name is Daphne. She spends probably about $150 at our store a month on just her drink, and then she sometimes buys her boyfriend’s drink too. She comes to our store some days and doesn’t talk much, and on others she is more chatty. But at least once a week Daphne lets us know how much she loves us, and how great she thinks we are. I have no idea if she makes a million dollars a year, or if she stays at home, but all I know is that she makes us feel very appreciated.

Then theres Velma, she works at a nearby hospital, and she is one of the happiest people I know. I realize that she has awful days, I mean everyone does, but Velma is always sure to smile and give us a one liner like “If I was doing any better, I’d have to give some of it away!” She always makes sure to be sweet, and yet not hang us up in conversation when we get busy.

I think that one of the  best things that a customer can do is simply be understanding. Sometimes we run out of syrup, we don’t include a spoon in your oatmeal, we have longer wait times, or we just plain make your drink wrong. This is not the end of the world. Internet, I don’t think you have any idea how many Divas we have that throw a fit when we make a mistake. So, naturally, when someone is easygoing, they  can simply bring it back, tell us what is wrong, and let us make your drink right. (I mean it cost you $5.00, we care about the drink you’re getting)

So these are some things that I love about my job. Don’t say I never said something nice.

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Pet Peeves

written 3/6/2010

Ok, so heres a few things that people do that really make me mad. I think I’m really just trying to find out if there is anyone else out there who is with me on these, and to open people’s eyes that what they do may or may not be absurd.

So when you are working, shopping, or sitting in a classroom full of other people, do you sing at decibels that are so loud that you fill the whole room with your voice? Do continue as if it is your mission to get the song stuck in everyone else’s head?

No?

Of course not. Thats rude and absurd. But- for some reason- people think it is acceptable to whistle shrill notes into huge crowds as if they all came to hear the stacatto-esque notes of “Poker Face” blown out from your lips. I assure you that no one is impressed that you know the tune of whatever trendy song that the GAP is playing, but you have to assure all of us that you are able to follow the chorus with ease.

I’m not necessarily talking about those who do it nonchalantly to themselves,  I understand that you may do it subconsciously or at a volume you think no one else really hears. I’m talking about those who want to fill the cafe’ with “Here Comes Santa Clause” or “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” regardless of the time of year or how many people are trapped in there with you.

When I point this out to whistlers, they usually try to defend their habit with statements like “I bet you can’t whistle” or “you’re just jealous that I can do it so well”. Of course I can whistle, I would wager that more than 50% of our population can, they just don’t want to annoy everyone else around them. That and I’m pretty sure whistling well ranks in merit somewhere in between drawing stick figures and reading Dr. Suess without getting tongue tied.

My next grievance may hit home with quite a few people. You may not understand this initially, but people need to realize what they are doing,

Now I’m going to quit being a scrooge and  compensate by working on a blog that points out what people do that I love.

I’ll have that out next NEVER.

Just kidding, its already in the works.

Posted 3/8/2010

So like any responsible home-owning adult (which I pretend to be one), I have plans to work on chores around the house.

First off, chores I need to accomplish:
Laundry (we have loads of it)
Organize my desk (I still have notebooks from last semester sitting around me)

also, please note that I am not the woman in this photo.
Clean out and vacuum my car.
This really is my car. Seriously, I’m not joking. That is it is really an exaggeration and representation of how neglectful I have been with its cleanliness.
And then I hope to make it to the gym a few times. I like to keep fit.
Then there is fun to be had:
I’m working on two different blogs right now that I hope to have published soon
I also plan on writing more in my book. I like to utilize what free time I have for writing.
I also got a new book in the mail I think I may start.
I’m also hoping to play some
I just got to rank 40, which I know isn’t that high, but I don’t play Xbox that much!
I also have to call every member of my family. I seriously haven’t talked to most of them since Christmas! I’m working on that though!
And hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish all of this while I also get to hang out with Joanna. I still like her. I wonder when we end up like Everybody Loves Raymond?

Posted 3/6/2010

Oh man I’m on Spring Break, and this is my first day off in a while! I’m feeling ambitious about my goals for the break, so like everything I do in my life, I’m making lists!

Heres what I have successfully accomplished this morning:

I read these articles while sipping a press of Casi Cielo. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703862704575099741257705962.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

Honestly, I didn’t see either of these movies! I totally missed the Avatar bus (I really meant to see it), and I never really understood what “Hurt Locker” was supposed to be about… So like most every year, the closest I will get to the Oscars will be when I sit down with an Oscar Meyer hot dog reading who won what.

What I don’t get is how Avatar could win many of the big awards though. I understand that it isn’t so much about the originality of the story, but how it is told, and how amazing the graphics are. Maybe Cameron will get Best Director though.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588074,00.html

And this guy was just crazy. I am most definitely distrustful of our government, especially at a federal level, but to think that they were part of the 9/11 attacks seems to fit in with paranoia more than fit in with facts. Anyone who thinks that they can walk up to the Pentagon and start shooting people is obviously not sane. I mean, I can’t imagine how many guards armed to the teeth there are in any federal building in D.C.

I just think that these people take distrust too far. I think that there are plenty things you can dislike about Bush without ever touching something as absurd and unprovable as 9/11 truth-ers. I mean he skyrocketed our national debt, and tried to call it “saving the free market by abandoning free market principles”.

You don’t need elaborate theories to point out that our system is corrupt. All you need to do is watch the news. Senators not paying their taxes, politicians receiving illegal bribes, and congressmen looking for sex in bathroom stalls. I mean we joke about politicians being two-faced and corrupt like its not an everyday truth.

Ok, off my soapbox. Its Spring Break, and I’m not going to stress.

Anyways, now I have breakfast, brew, and blogging out of my way and its only 11:00!

Originally posted 2/20/2010

Alright, this is my second attempt at a blog. Who knows if it will work or not, but nevertheless I will try.

For those that Don’t know me, My name is Dan, I live in the Nashville area, I’m married, and I love to write.
I’m not sure what this blog is going to be about, but I think that it will at least be beneficial to me as I love to write and am looking for an outlet.

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