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June 29, 2005

My little helper

While I was working tonight, I had the unfortunate task of disposing of all of the garbage from the various trash cans littered about the restaurant (McDonald's).

Normally, that job is boring and takes forever -- it gives me plenty of time to start feeling like I'm on the lowest rung of the employed-persons ladder. I drag a big, smelly, blue bin around on wheels, and throw huge, even smellier trash bags into it; not exactly career-material labor.

Tonight, my menial task was interrupted rather suddenly when a young boy (I'd say about 4-5 years old) skipped over to me in the playplace (you know, that area with the wacky tubes and such). He promptly greeted me kindly, and asked me what I was doing. I explained the job, expecting him to lose interest and dash off when I finished; instead, he walked right on over and tried to hold a door for me, when he saw me struggling to fit the bin through it while holding it open by myself.

I was surprised, and more than a little heartwarmed by his attempt to help; it was cute. After I thanked him and took a load of garbage to the back of the store and returned for more, I found that he was waiting for me at the door. He started to tell me about his trip to Kennywood with "mommy" earlier that day, then took a moment to ask me if I needed more help; after I assured him that I would be fine, and thanking him again, he continued, and went on to tell me that he was waiting for "mommy" to bring back some ice cream for him. For those of you that don't know, I absolutely LOVE ice cream -- so that was one feeling that I could relate to, at least in some small way. He kept on chattering for a few more minutes, following me from trash can to trash can as I went about my business, until at last his mother returned and I left to finish collecting garbage elsewhere.

Anyways, the point is, this encounter really made my day brighter, something I desperately needed; it got me thinking, too. Though my job is not exactly one that I would ever want to stick with for the rest of my life, and I get paid very little money, it still has its high points -- and I get paid in little ways that others don't. I tend to complain about my job sometimes, but when it comes right down to it, it has given me some memories that are worth much more than the money I would have made at a higher-paying job by now.

It's been a rough week for me, and I've been feeling pretty worthless; but this incident really made me feel human again. It was reassuring, to know that I could connect with a kind soul, even if it was only for a few minutes.

So wherever you are, my little helper, thanks again for lifting my spirits, making me realize how the most humble jobs can be the most rewarding, and sharing my passion for cold treats. You reminded me that sometimes the biggest help comes from the smallest people.

June 26, 2005

Quotes of the Week: June 20-26, 2005

"Opinions are immunity to being told you're wrong. Paper, rock, and scissors, they all have their pros and cons." ~ Relient K

"A man who can kneel to God is a man who can stand up to anything." ~ Local church message board

"Those freakin' elves, man. They just came out of the trees! ... *Sniffle* Here's to Snap. *Mugs clinking together, in unison* To Snap!" ~ Crackle and Pop, after Snap is assassinated by the Keebler elves (Family Guy)

June 22, 2005

Thriller

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June 21, 2005

Summer Vacation #1 - Ohio

I just got back from my first summer vacation trip -- a trip to Ohio with my family. Officially, the reason that we went was to attend a soccer tournament that my youngest sister participated in; however, the real main attraction was Cedar Point. It was voted "the best theme park on the planet" for the past several years, and it has won numerous other awards and recognitions.

I got to ride the "tallest and fastest" roller coaster in the world -- the Top Thrill Dragster -- which spiraled 420 ft. into the air and reached a speed of 120 mph. My dad was a coward and refused to board with me, so he sent my youngest sister on with me, instead. It was definitely one of the best coasters I've ever been on, and the thrills didn't end there. Cedar Point boasts 15 other roller coasters, too; I didn't ride all of them, but pretty close.

As with all of our previous family trips, there were plenty of memorable experiences...

We ate at a TGI Friday's restaurant (for free, no less) just outside of the park, on the beach, where we met my "twin brother," our waiter. He looked, sounded, and acted incredibly similar to me -- though he was a bit taller. I didn't think it was so funny, because he was actually a really absentminded waiter... But my sisters thought it was hilarious.

In one of our hotel rooms, the shower/bath was actually a jacuzzi, with openings and curtains on two sides -- one of which opened up to a hole in the wall that allowed one to overlook the rest of the room. Nothing like a bathing exhibition, I suppose. Something tells me we got a honeymoon suite by mistake...

At the soccer tournament, I tried an energy drink for the first time in my life: Mountain Dew's "Amp." Although it tasted terrible, it certainly delivered -- I was so hyper I started rocking on an air guitar on the sidelines, and I nearly broke my ankle doing a little jig.

While taking a break, we took a walk on a gorgeous beach -- and saw tons of dead, rotting fish. My sisters are real animal lovers, so they were completely horri-mortified.

After returning home, we wrapped up our trip with a viewing of Madagascar. On the whole, I thought it was kinda stupid, but the penguin mafia gang in the movie was awesome.

June 11, 2005

Overwhelmatization

Hey there. First, I'd like to make a few administrative announcements, and then I'll let you know how it's going here in my little slice of life.

I apologize for my recent absence, but I have been overwhelmed with summer stuff for the past month or so. Anyways, I'm going to try to make a comeback and update more regularly, now.

If it is of any interest to you, I've decided to push my "Quotes of the Day" back to once-a-week postings... Appropriately titled, "Quotes of the Week." I may post just one quote each time, or more than one; however many I write down throughout that week. I'm going to keep the old Quotes of the Day just as they are, to preserve the work I've already put into the endeavor.


There, that's out of the way. Now, onto more personal matters.

I've been really busy working a lot of extra hours and trying to keep my head above the costly waters of the season; I'm getting about 40 hours a week now, at ol' McDonald's, but it's still not quite cutting it yet. I got a raise just the other day, so hopefully my wallet will start to regain some of its lost dignity in the next few weeks.

Sigh.

I really crammed a lot of energy and effort into the last few weeks of my most recent semester at Seton Hill, so when summer finally arrived, I crashed -- big time. Unless I have work early in the morning, I've slept in until at least 1 or 2 PM everyday to catch up on lost sleep. I suppose I should feel guilty, for letting other areas of my life/work suffer, but honestly, I don't. I love it, and I need it -- all of this rest, that is -- because my next year of college is going to be about twice the challenge of this year.

Aside from work, I've had some minor family issues to work out, and most of them have worked out well thus far. It's amazing, how much of a stress college can be, not only on the students, but on the students' friends and family, as well (I'm sure it's a stress on professors and their friends/family, too). All the time we spend on homework and in classes is time we don't spend with them, which is a rough toll when they're used to having us (college kids) around more often.

All things considered, my summer is going great. Drop me a line, and let me know how you're doing, alrighty?

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