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May 16th, 2002

This morning was a morning from hell at work. Last night I had trouble sleeping for various reasons, so by the time the alarm went off at oh-dark-thirty, I had a grand total of about three and a half or four hours of sleep. Then I went in to work and EVERYBODY IN THE UNIVERSE CAME TO STARBUCKS, TWICE!

By the end of the shift, we were all just sorta collapsed against the countertops, panting, and trying to account for all the missing or wounded. It was scary.

On top of all this, Matt spent all day, well, elsewhere. I waited 45 minutes over my scheduled time to leave for him to get back and he never did, but the store was finally dead at that point and Griselda who is an almost-shift-supervisor was there to cover the slack until Matt returned, so I said heck with it and left. I was wiped out.

When I got home, there was a message from Circle ... I am starting on May 31st. :) Giving Starbucks the customary two weeks will cost me $420 in lost revenue that I could have if I just walked and started at Circle tomorrow ... but it's worth it to me to be able to say I did it right. Plus, Matt has enough people leaving ... I don't want to add on to that. He's an okay guy, really, and gave me work when I was desperate to have some, so he deserves to be given due respect.

Like I said yesterday, this new position is still just a stepping stone ... but it's a higher one than the last stepping stone was, and that's what will get me back up to where I want to be: the cumulative effect of small but sustained progress.

And now, I nap. I won't be able to get Friday's SJ to katayamma in time for color (sorry, dude) -- and in fact, I might not be able to draw one at all before Sunday night at the earliest. My schedule for the next several days is set up in such a way as to have my free time made as completely useless as possible.

I also saw an incomplete schedule for next week ... it looks like my next complete day off might not be until next Thursday! Sheesh. But that will be the beginning of my last week at Starbucks! Woohoo. :)

-The Gneech

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Collapsed after last entry; slept until 5:00, then went out to get dinner (as reported by jamesbarrett, if you want confirmation! ;P ) and groceries. Spent the rest of the evening on laundry and watching the first episode on the most recent CardCaptor Sakura DVD, which came out Tuesday. Almost to the end of the first season, and Kero is starting to sense Yue's presence.

Didn't get a strip drawn, so putting up a "raid the sketchbook" strip in the meantime. Spent some of the evening chatting with katsunewolf, who has had a rough time of things lately. I don't know if I helped or not; I hope I did. He's a nice guy and quite cool, and deserves happiness.

Going to bed now, against my will. I don't want it to be morning any time soon.

-The Gneech

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