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Where I'm at

Posted 03-02-2013 at 07:01 PM by Harlequin
"Goodness knows what the end will be, oh I don't know where I'm at!~"

George Gershwin's "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" was playing when I started writing this post, that one line specifically. A little too appropriate, considering what I'm gonna talk about.

Anyway, to those of you who might frequent the blogs here at ggFTW, I just wanted to let you guys know where I'm at with my life right now.

I've been working at Toys"R"Us since August of last year. They brought me in as a BoH (Back of House) team member, but I cross-trained early on and have been getting shifts at any location in the store at any given time. It's kind of nice, except I never really know where I'm gonna be at. All that being said, Toys"R"Us is one of the most frustrating places to work at. Not because of the coworkers or anything, but rather the customer-base.

They expect quite a lot from the team at Toys"R"Us, which is okay. However, it's never okay for you to lose your temper, especially not with someone who's working for minimum wage and no benefits. This is a regular occurrence though, although not really for me personally. My fellow team members have a hard time dealing with angry people it seems, but when I sense someone getting angry at me I tend to just hustle them along and make sure to not draw attention to the survey at the top of the receipts. Also, depending on how the person tries to talk to me, I occasionally bite back. Meaning, if they use obscenities directed at me in the store, I make sure to fire back something like this (paraphrasing of course): "Hey, you better get outta here with that shit, they don't pay me enough to deal with it."

Seems effective most of the time. Like... They seem to realize after you bite back at them that you're a person too. Or maybe they also work for shitty pay at some other store and they've come to the realization that they're being that guy. Whatever the reason, I have a much easier time with angry people than my coworkers (who are really just too sweet and nice for their own good, I guess LOL).

Aside from that, I graduated from Florida State University in August 2012, with my bachelor's in studio art. Since then, I have literally worked on nothing. It's not even because I don't want to. It's because the stores that sell steel in town close by 4 PM, while I'm normally working every day until at least 6. So, no more sculpting until I get a different job, but that's okay. I'll get back into my screenprinting soon too, I've still gotta get that custom clothing business up and running.

I'm still dating the same girl that I've been dating since October 2011. Some days we're going stronger than others, but that's really just how life is. She pisses me off with her being on her cellphone all the time, I piss her off by being blunt with her and her friends. But even so, I love her and I sure as hell hope she loves me. She's set to graduate from nursing school this May.

I picked up a writing gig at oprainfall (also known as Operation Rainfall, depends how you're trying to brand it). You can tell which person is me because the only shit I ever write about is MMOs, much like at ggFTW, duhuhu. It's a pretty nice gig and although it doesn't pay I'm building my resume while doing something that I actually enjoy doing.

This reminds me that I haven't actually written anything for the ggFTW website for a while. Well, that's a different story. That used to be a paying job, so when it stopped being so (around April of last year), I stopped being particularly excited about it. I'll still write something every now and then, but it's actually pretty exhausting. Also add on the fact that the games database here hasn't been updated and the frontpage writing system is directly attached to the database... Makes it a bit tough. I can't write about the stuff that isn't databased. Or rather, I'm not supposed to. By all technicalities I guess I could write whatever the hell I want, but it's a lot more complicated to do so.

Anyway believe me, none of this is a sob story. Life isn't that hard, I'm really enjoying myself.

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