May 9th, 2002

Yue grim

Nothing But Net

I talked to someone from BossTemps yesterday, who said their business was picking up again nicely. We didn't talk for very long; he basically pointed me at an "open house" they are having next week (when I work, of course). However, I'm going to have to call him back and ask him some specific questions.

What kind of work is picking up?
I don't have any solid Quark or Freehand experience, so having work for those two and nothing else, wouldn't help me much.

WHERE is work picking up?
Anything further northeast than Tysons is pretty much out of my reach. It takes me 45 minutes to get to Alexandria ... to get into DC, or worse, into Maryland, would take all day! So it doesn't do me any good if business is booming in Bethesda.

My escape plan was predicated on the idea that our rent is too high where we are now for me to risk the on-again, off-again nature of temp work. But I am so seriously unhappy (not to mention physically having the cr@p beat out of me) at Starbucks that the risk is beginning to seem less of a problem -- except for my strange probability condition (when I was being constructed, somebody accidentally installed Murphy's Law twice).

Starbucks provides a safety net, but at a very high cost to me personally. Temping would toss that safety net out, which would itself add to my stress ... but would pay better when there was work. The only real concern, and it's a big one, is would there be work?

There wasn't two months ago.

I dunno.

I'm tired of dealing with this.

-The Gneech
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Alas, Carol is leaving Starbucks soon. Carol, besides being one of the solid, sane people at the store (which are all too few in number), is an immigrant from Japan, and so I've been plying her for information and coaching on the Japanese language. Between her and Cardcaptor Sakura, I can now wish somebody good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, thank them, call somebody a giant monster, and tell them to do their best. ;) Collapse )
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