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Quitters

We’ve all probably given up something at some point in our lives haven’t we?  I quit my childhood swim team.  I quit playing violin….heck I even quit a couple of marriges.  But I’ve never just up and quit a job without any notice. 

As a business owner in what seems now like a previous life I hired some folks who I thought, would be more than great employees.  It was always disheartening to get that phone call, usually while I was out of town – that the new employee decided to just not come in.  There’s so much complaining about lack of work these days that I  just really don’t get it.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve thought about just quitting a job before.  We all most likely have.  But I’ve never acted on it.  Office Space is one of my favorite movies and I do love the line in the movie where the main character says, “I didn’t quit.  I’m just not going to go in  anymore.”  Love it.

I am still cleaning at the movie theater and on occasion it’s a pretty brutal job.  You may’ve read why in a previous post.  It’s a workout and I am happy say that I have lost 13 pounds and I got paid while doing so.  I am training people now and so the company hired a girl that had cleaning experience.  I trained her at an office building on Thursday evening and then she was supposed to train with me on the following day – a Friday – at 5:30 in the morning.  I received a text from her about 4:36 a.m. stating that her alternator in her car was out.  I pulled over in Kaliedescope’s parking lot and responded with a text that asked her where she lived.  I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  No response.  Quitter number one.  Not a big deal as I had someone dependable working with me that day.  So the company hired another person.  Quitter number two.

This time it was a dude.  He was a cleaner with a different company and was keeping that job.  He had great references.  I liked him.  We actually cleaned the theater together several weekends before he decided to, um, just quit.  Spiderman had just opened at the IMAX.  I missed the serious disaster because it opened on July 3rd and I only work on the weekends.  For that week I was thankful.  But a lot of people didn’t see Spiderman on opening night and if you live here, you know that it’s been super hot so the movies have been super busy.

On a still busy Spiderman Saturday morning at 5:00 a.m. I found myself all alone.  No. Way.  This isn’t happening?  Or is it?  I texted my partner, the guy, and got no response.  Then I was pretty sure that it was really happening.  Have you ever tried to get a hold of anyone at like 5:00 in the morning?  It’s not that easy.  Especially for people that clean.  We work some weird hours and sleep some weird hours as well.  The theater was a complete disaster and I’m not just talking IMAX here.  It takes two people a good 4 hours or longer on a day from hell to clean the place and to make it worse, 10 o’clock shows were scheduled to happen.  Oh happy day.

I started thinking.  And running.  And thinking.  And working.  I rounded up ALL the trash by myself first like we always do.  Then I back pack vacuumed the IMAX after I got the trash out of there of course.  Not only were the waste receptacles stuffed, running trash left in the theaters can take quite awhile too.  After that I cleaned the small bathrooms at the IMAX and headed east with my back pack sweeper still in place.  I decided to back pack all the theaters first and if I had to I would clean the big bathrooms while the place was open.  Not good because they were bad but I had no choice.  I was halfway through the theater cleaning when I got a text from a co-worker (around 8:30 a.m.) that had just trained for the theater the day before.  He asked me if I still needed help.  I was about to cry and laugh at the same time and I said yes!  He arrived quickly and vacuumed the front common area.  Then he cleaned the bathrooms and mopped the concessions and the bathrooms too.  After that he got all the trash to the dumpsters.  I was busily back packing away.  We walked out of that place at like 10:20 a.m. only after I apologized to the manager.  I let her know if things weren’t up to par, I was totally sorry. 

I think work ethic is hard to find.  I am thankful that I have that instilled into me.  Thanks mom and dad!  I am always on time.  I am quick to learn things and I do a good job.  I know there are a few things that I will never quit.  Red wine, yoga and a job (not without notice of course)!


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Seriously Sushi

I am still cleaning.  And I am cleaning more than I ever thought that I would. 

When I started cleaning the IMAX theater, it was just Saturdays and Sundays.  That’s now turned into Fridays too.  I also clean there on Thursdays whenever needed.  I’ve decided that I have a tendency towards craving and aversion with the theater.  Total love hate relationship for sure.  When I wake up at 4 in the morning and drag myself out of bed, I often ask myself, “What was I thinking?”  But that goes away pretty quickly.

I don’t have to look good and I can wear whatever I want.  I have also lost 11 pounds since I started this job.  Woo Hoo!  I am getting an amazing workout and I am getting paid to do it!  Very cool.  I can pretty much run up and down the IMAX stairs now, without the fear of tripping over a cord and breaking my neck.  I’ve learned what I can and cannot sweep up.  For instance, napkins, straws, soda pop bottle lids, licorice and the plastic that 3-D glasses come packaged in, can pretty much wreck your day.  What I can sweep up pretty much and a lot of, is this.

I mean really.  This is actually a minor popcorn spill compared to some that I’ve seen.  I do realize accidents can and will happen.  I think otherwise.  So bascially, I hate to admit it, but yes.  I’ve developed a bad attitude towards 80% of the movie going public in general.  Some people leave everything they bought or brought inside the theater.  The stuff that people bring in there is mind blowing.  Curious?   I thought so.

Bottles of liquor – all sizes.  I even found an empty fifth of 7 & 7.  If it wouldn’t have been empty, I would’ve been tempted to finish it off.  Granted it would’ve been like 5:30 a.m……just kidding.  Cans of beer in lots of cool and interesting varieties.  Lots and lots of Skoal, in cans and unfortunately in spit cups.  Gross!  Packs of cigarettes, brand new and opened.  Some folks don’t/can’t eat the popcorn shell, or kernels.  So they chew up the popcorn and then just spit out the kernels on the floor!  I know, gross.  The kind people put it in a napkin and leave it there for us.  The really kind people, take it to the trash can on the way out.  Lots of candy, some of it brand new in the box.  All I know is this.  If I paid $5 for a box of candy, I’m taking it with me when I leave that place!  Jackets.  Cell Phones.  iPods.  Hats.  Debit and Credit Cards.  Spare change.  Thank you all for the tip.  Please leave more, we totally deserve it! 

The list goes on.  Wallets.  Hair bows, bobby pins and headbands.  Dirty kleenexes.  Fingernails.  I know.  I guess 50% of the public actually bite their nails at the movies.  I suppose they think that those things just disappear when the lights come on.  Food wrappers from Subway, Steak-N-Shake, McDonald’s (fries still intact).  The biggest and funniest thing I’ve found so far was this.  A round sushi tray, complete with chop stix and two artifical flowers.  Awe.  What a sweet date night!  But really, that thing was the size of a pizza pan.  Speaking of pizza.  One time we tossed out 14 pizza boxes from the IMAX and found pizza slices on the floor.  I often wonder what was the average age of the people who saw the movie the night before.  Is it only kids who trash the theater in this way?  I don’t think so.

Let me tell another little story.  I am in line at the grocery store.  Some ladies are talking about going to the movies.  They said they took their grandkids and just told them to leave all their crap in the theater because it was so incredibly expensive.  Nice.  I was very tempted to say, “Hey.  The theater has to pay a cleaning company to pick that crap up and maybe that’s why the treats are so high!  The longer it takes us, the more it costs them.  But I get paid by the hour, so go ahead, leave it all.  Please drop a $5 with that mess if you don’t mind.”  But I kept my mouth shut.

I like the job.  I do.  I also started cleaning another place, a commercial building.  It is sheer heaven compared to the theater.  I think cleaning anything would be heaven compared to the theater.  But I had no idea because this is all new to me.  Well.  I have seen that film Sunshine Cleaning, so that would be worse I guess!

Yoga is still rockin’.  I drove to Mt. Vernon yesterday and did a restorative class for 2 1/2 hours so that was pretty decent dough.  I am thankful I have yoga and I am thankful I can clean when I’m not doing yoga.  I love the idea of being flexible and getting into something I really never considered doing.  I have met so many cool people through this job. 

For instance.  I clean with one person that’s just about totally deaf.  I’ve cleaned with one person who’s also a probation officer and worked as a corrections officer.  I’ve cleaned with single mom’s, college students, high school students and people with a couple of degrees.   I totally think differently about people who clean for a living now, that’s for sure.

Off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday.  The theater’s clean, but I teach yoga at 4:00.  Did I mention that I don’t have a complete day off anymore?  Big deal.  I am heading to Florida on June 11th and will be gone with my kid until the 27th.  And I am really appreciating the fact that I’m going on vacation this year, much more than the year’s gone past.  My brother is flying to Florida as well and it’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen him so this is going to be a super cool and very fun time.


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Custodian Kirsten

My job search began several months ago.

I love teaching yoga but I was really feeling the need to fill my time with something of a different nature when I wasn’t in the yoga room.  I made one of the nicest resumes that I’ve ever seen with the help of great friends.  I started to think about what I would like to do and what I could do.  I did not finish college.  I do have some classes under my belt, but they don’t really count for anything.  I have a heavy background in clerical, data processing, payroll and things of the office nature.  But did I want to go there again?  Maybe. 

I also have my video store background which is retail.  Not only the standing behind the counter part but the ownership part as well.  When I owned that store I had to hire, fire and train employees.  I did my own payroll.  I paid my own bills and ordered my own supplies and merchandise.  It was an every day of the week kind of job and we were open every bit of 12 hours of every single day of the year.  Massive responsibilty for sure.

I started sending out applications to office type of work places first.  I was thinking that perhaps I could give up some morning or evening classes (if I had to) and snag something this way.  My yoga schedule is so weird being that I teach in the morning and the lunch hour and in the evening too.  Every single job that I applied for that was office related I did not get.  I would receive a “Thank you but no thanks.”  The very first place I applied to called me back immediately.  That was probably just because they needed a 45 year old female in the crowd.  I really thought this was going to be easy!  But no.  I went in with a bunch of other people and sat at a computer.  We had like 12 minutes to do this math and other problem solving types of things.  I freaked out.  I received a big fat “Thanks but no thanks” from that place.  Just as well.  It was full time which would’ve meant ditching most of my yoga classes and purchasing an entirely new wardrobe. 

Onward.  I changed my plan and thought I needed to fall back on retail instead.  I applied at several places retail related.  Nothing.  Nada.   I received many “Thanks but no thanks” once again.  I even applied for some assembly line kinds of jobs.  I started to think that there must be something wrong with me.  Maybe I am too old.  Maybe I am too fat.  Maybe I am too stupid.  What’s the deal?  The deal is, it appears that there are millions of people looking for jobs.  One of my friends who works at a hospital (where I applied) said that over 1,000 applied for just one job there.  Wow.  Amazing.

I decided to post an ad on Craig’s List asking for someone to please hire me for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays since those are the days I do not teach yoga.  I listed all of my massive skills and tried to sell myself well.  The only thing I got from that a were several scam types of jobs.  Bummer.  But.  As I scanned Craig’s List looking for part-time work, I ran across a job cleaning.  Yes.  Cleaning.  I’d thought of it before but I really didn’t want to work from midnight to whenever.  And actually, I wouldn’t have cleaned my own house for what some of these cleaning jobs paid.  This was a cleaning job on Saturdays and Sundays that started at six (or earlier) in the morning.  I sent my resume over right away and got a call back.  Apparently I am qualified to clean. 

Custodian Kirsten.  I took the job and I totally love it.  But I will say the first weekend I thought I’d pretty much died and gone to hell.  We are cleaning the Springfield 11, which includes the IMAX Theater.  I like it because I roll out of bed and I don’t have to care what I look like.  It’s quiet when we get there and we don’t have to deal with the general public.  It’s a great workout and I feel energized and still have the rest of my day when I get home around 10:30 in the morning.  I was never one to leave my trash in a theater but lots of people do.  How dare they?  I have gone from owning part of the entertainment industry to, um, cleaning it.  Oh the irony.  This job has been so far a great eye opener for me on what goes down when the rest of the city is still asleep. 

Sometimes what you need to do, is what you gave the least amount of consideration to doing.  Be sure to read the next blog entry for more insight on that.

And remember, please take your trash to the receptacles next time you see a movie.