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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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Video Store Reminiscing #2

Back in the day, I owned a video store.  Lately I ran across something which I kept, because it was damn funny.  When customers would come in the store wanting a specific film, they didn’t always know the name of the movie.  So they made one up.  We logged their requests in our Alternative Title List and kept it our secret.  OK.  We did share it with those customers that could totally relate.  I’m going to share some of the hilarity with you right now.  I put the name of the film they were actually asking for in parenthesis.

Air Affair  (Air Up there), Johnny Nomadic (Johnny Nmemonic), Jurastic Park (Jurrasic Park), Silkwood (French Kiss – don’t ask me where that one came from), Last Night (First Knight), Tetnis (Tetris), Sleeping in Seattle (Sleepless in Seattle), Shattered Glass (Glass Shield), Timestone (Tombstone), Too Fu Manchu (To Wong Foo…..), Stagecoach (Tombstone), Grievance Dogs (Reservoir Dogs), Farewell My Cucumber (Farewell My Concubine), Shammy (Chameleon), Dust (Powder), Dumb & Dumble (Dumb & Dumber), Bean Bacon (Canadian Bacon), Total Velcro (Terminal Velocity)

Siblank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption)…..Shankshaw, Sharnsharnk, Shimshank…..I can’t even list how many options people had for the name of this film!

The Fern (The Firm), Rapaphobia (Arachnaphobia), Boys From the Side (Boys On The Side), Duhmanji (Jumanji), Don’t Drink Juice In the Hood (Don’t Be A Menace to Society While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood), Saved By The Bell Stripshow (Showgirls), Rural (Juror), Farrow (Fargo), The Fat Boy (Nutty Professor), Liz Claiborne (Delores Claiborne), Winning Exhile (Waiting To Exhale), Multiple City (Multiplicity), That Movie Where John Travolta Moves Shit With His Head (Phenomenon), Leavin’ Minnesota (Feeling Minnesota), Premarital Fear (Primal Fear), Tomahawk (Broken Arrow), 13 or 7 Monkeys (12 Monkeys), Let’s Get Shorty (Get Shorty), Marilyn Marilyn (Mary Reilly), Boys In The Bubble (Bio Dome), Spitfire Girl (Spitfire Grill), Soft & Sensual (Sense & Sensibility), Watercolors (Waterworld), While Youns Ere Sleepin’ (While You Were Sleeping), Young and Famous (Quick And The Dead), Moah’s Art, or Mo’s Art (Amadeus), Color Me Purple (Color Purple), Shoney’s Playstation (Sony Playstation, includes breakfast bar)!

Imagine trying to keep a straight face while behind the counter at a video store when someone was asking for some of this stuff in a very serious demeanor.  It wasn’t always easy.

kg3Me and my sister Jeanine, in front of the Jurastic Park car at a video convention.

kg11That’s me, with Charleton Heston in the early 90’s.  I have a lot of photos of me with famous people and if I ever find the time, I’ll scan and share.  I’ve got some good ones!


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Twilight

mossy-treesMy daughter is so fortunate to attend this alternative school which allows her to do and see so many things!  Awhile back, a guy that has a cool store downtown came to talk to them about fair trade and all that good stuff.  Today, they took a little jaunt downtown to his store, Global Fayre, so they could see the shop, make some purchases and learn more about fair trade.  It’s full of stuff made by artisans from all over the world.  I sent her with $7  and of course, a few kids didn’t bring any money.  She ended up sharing her cash (which is OK with me) but that also meant that she found what she wanted to buy after she gave her loot away.  The lessons of a 10 year old, learned the hard way. 

I’d promised her I’d take her to see the movie Twilight after school today, and the cool worldly store was right by the theater.  What she wanted was only $6.  It was a neat little guy made completely of heavy wire, wrapped with ribbon (Kenyan style) peddling a bike, whose legs actually peddle and wheels actually move when you roll him with the long push handle.  It was cute, it was colorful and she was way happy. 

Twilight was good.  I’m not into vampire films.  But I do remember when Lost Boys came out and I thought it was the coolest thing.   Edward, the main vampire has an Edward Scissorhands way about him.  Kind of creepy, but sexy and mysterious in a no one can get close to me kind of way.  The cinematography was nice and I enjoyed the scenery, as well as the awesome house that the vampires lived in!  Of course it was somewhat predictable but I got attached to Bella and could relate to the way she isolated herself at her new school.  It also had very little gore, and only one violent scene where Lauren did cover her eyes momentarily.  It was PG-13 in case you were wondering.

In yogaland, things will start to sizzle next week when I start teaching 10 classes per week!  MSU requested another class and it turns out, the people wanting it work close to the studio.  Since there are no classes during the time they’re in need, they’re coming over (all 19 of them) instead of me teaching off site at their workplace.  I’m really digging my schedule now.  I’ll be teaching every day at 9:00 a.m. and every day at noon (except on Fridays) and I’m only teaching one night a week.  That would be on Tuesdays (my three class day) so that’s awesome. 

Yesterday was also a slow day for yoga.  Most everyone was in front of their sets watching the Obama action.  I actually had no one show for class yesterday morning and I was kind of glad.  I wanted to check it out as well.  And I did get home in time to see most all of it.  I will say, that was the most TV I’ve watched in quite a long time.  Of course by last night, everybody was sick of it and made it to class!  We offered our practice to the celebration of change and not necessarily in a political way, it was in whatever way you interpreted it.  For without change, nothing would ever bloom or grow, and no one would ever blossom to become the person that they’re meant to be.


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Santa’s Coming……

I admit it.  I love Will Ferrell.  I do.  The film Elf is right up there with my favorite Christmas movies!  Christmas Vacation is still #1.

My brother, can do the best imitation of this scene ever!  I should’ve put it on youtube myself (my brother yelling “Santa’s Coming”) maybe next year. 

Also, there’s a girl that works at the Starbuck’s by my house that looks exactly like Zooey Daschnel.    When I see her, I always think of Elf and all the other cool movies she’s been in!


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Son of Rambow

I took my kids to an independent movie theater, The Moxie today.  It’s a small theater where they serve cool eats, beer and wine.  The movie reminded me of a British “Stand By Me” feel good kind of film.  It was cute, funny and a nice change from other movies we see all too often.  My daughter (who is 10) thought the theater was cool because they have art on the walls and soda pop in real glass bottles!  My son (who is 15) didn’t think the movie was as funny as the preview led him to believe, and it had too much drama.  He also said it was, “too British.”  So much for instilling culture into that kid.  But he did ask if I would take him back to see Morgan Spurlock’s “Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden.”  We might be on to something here.