Monday, September 7, 2009

labour day

photo by Eve Parry

The last few days have been brutal, in that the store I'm working in has shut off their A/C in an attempt to save money. Working an 8 hour shift in that kind of heat makes me bone weary! And very sore. Who knew?

Obviously, I have been very lucky for the last few years, mostly in regard to working conditions - air conditioned office, my own desk, writing my own schedule. I never expected to become a cashier/sales associate again at the age of 44.

But I digress.

I am very thankful that my customers are all very nice, and that I am working with good people. I did have one lady come in that I used to know - way back in the nineties when I was waitressing. She is Greek and her BFF was my boss, and neither of them have much in the way of social graces. Anyway, she asks why I'm working there (aren't you a manager?) I say my husband was laid off, and she says, the last time I saw your husband he was almost dead and I replied, that was my late husband, I'm remarried, to which she says "yeah, he looked terrible."

As if I wasn't aware. *sigh*

I'm really looking forward to getting my skills upgraded!


  1. Hope you get a chance to relax these days. Be proud of all that you are doing for your family, Kate. I'm glad that your customers and co-workers are nice. Good luck in all you do!

  2. I'd be looking to get HER skills upgraded, too! Or to give her five across the lips.

    Sorry you had to work the holiday. I know the feeling, all too well...

  3. She was rather tactless Kate. Weather will be cooling down soon and it least it's easier to dress warmly and remain looking fresh and professional than it is when you're perspiring.

  4. At least you came out on top with your gracious behaviour. [Read, you didn't loose your job by slapping her.]

    Why do people think that they can say what they like now a days?

    I work retail also, and sometimes I would love to just sneak in there and crank up that A/C. Of course the managers are not hot, it's not too bad sitting behind the desk all day.

    But the rest of us....


  5. I haven't had a job working inside in over 30 years, so I just had to get used to ambient temp :-)