Friday, July 01, 2005

Day one as my own boss...

Am I in an office space sequel? You wouldn't think so, being in a college book store. I'm working with the two old guys that ran the place originally and I inherited their employee. Their employee is a cross between C3P0 and Milton. If you think I'm joking, check this out. I thought I'd be a good boss today and I'd buy them lunch for teaching me how this place works. Instead of saying "thank you," what I got was this: "Sir, I appreciate your purchasing lunch for the two of us. You may take whatever percentage I have consumed out of my pay." I told him that wasn't necessary and he said "Well then thank you very much sir. Please understand that my goal is not to deplete your account by consuming free lunches." I gave him Tuesday off. I can only be called "sir" so many times in one day. Normally when people call me sir, I tell them that sir died in 1975 (my grandfather) or that I'm not old enough to be sir. His response - "Yes sir, thank you sir. I'll make a note of that sir."

Outside of that, the day went pretty smooth. It's a lot to learn and I'm going to need a lot of Corona's to try and figure out what it is I just did. Oh yeah, it's finally hit me that I'm not working where I was yesterday. I don't think they've realized it yet because my e-mail account it still active and I'm still getting customer e-mails in it. Well, an old friend is in town tonight and I'm going to take the hot wife and meet up with him for some drinks later on. I hope everyone has a great fourth of July weekend - just remember why we celebrate it, and celebrate it well.


Oh so happy for you! It now seems real. Love the new story about your employee...I'm sure we'll hear more about him.
posted by Blogger Chas at 9:37 PM  
Can't wait to hear more about your new employee. Sounds like a guy that used to work with us. I thought he was going to be a lifer with us, but he left this last spring.

And a college does that mean when I pay an outrageous price for on of my books I can come here and complain? :)
posted by Blogger Chris D. at 8:56 AM  
Absolutely you can. I'm now "the man" as my workout partner told me. I'm the lead oppressor of college students.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 9:52 AM  
Which college bookstore? Never have gotten details...
posted by Blogger Jenn at 12:22 PM  
I wouldn't go so far as to say you are the oppressor of college students, just the prices on college books are a little to pricey sometimes!
posted by Blogger Chris D. at 9:25 AM  
This new gig of yours sounds totally fun! In fact, it's probably something my hubby would like to do one day. Him surrounded by books -- I think he'd be in heaven. :) Too funny about your employee. hehe
posted by Blogger manababies at 9:45 PM  
Christian, believe it or not the margins are not what you think they are. I don't feel so bad having paid for books through college knowing what they cost.

Jenn, e-mail me if you want details.

Manababies, the funny thing about this is I'm not a reader at all. I'm a hard core car guy. I told my Dad what I was doing and he said "You don't read." It should be fun and I think I'll enjoy it, but I'll keep everyone posted on Milton3P0. He should make for more good stories.
posted by Blogger Raul Duke at 11:43 PM  

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