positivity

movie-theateri talk so much negativity about “the show” consider the fact that i used to refer to it as “shitplace”. my decision long ago was only to just not be so vulgar and then enable me to say some positive things.

so let me tell you at times i dread a busy night, but it was cool to see people come to the show. sometimes it was a drag because not only you got the nice people you also got people who brought their attitudes to the movies with them. i could say the same for many of the employees but this post isn’t necessarily about them and i’ve said what i needed to say about them.

one cool thing about that job was the convenience, it was relatively close to downtown chicago. for a number of years there was little action there as it was located in a shopping center that was all vacant until my eventual departure. it was also the one job i was able to drive to and often park for free in the parking garage.

i was able to watch so many movies during downtime whether or not on an unpaid break. some of the people i met there – especially anthony – i’m still in touch with to this day. can’t say for some of the eligible and attractive young women i met. there has to be some form of effort with that on my part. of course there are many who won’t be worth the time of day.

also in part due to my work history – where i had little to no employment in my 20s – this was the longest tenured job i’ve ever held. a record hopefully to be surpassed by my current employers at a grocery store. even if i spent most of my time at “the show” frustrated it was something of a success and i learned some skill even if the young people around me never took advantage of some of the simple aspects of making sales.

another thing i should learn from this experience is that no one has any right to treat me with no respect and to find ways to quell any disrespect. and sometimes it matters not if they continue to persist which they will. the main thing is to not lose my head in the commotion keep cool and just remove myself from the situation.

another thing to consider is that talking one day with anthony he considered this gig a cakewalk. people liked to complain but it really was a simple job. my thoughts are that there are those who were just there to complain about the smallest issues while not doing a whole lot of work themselves.

of course one of my disappointments about this place was that i was never promoted. one way to fix that is to talk to the leadership. or at the very least find someone you can talk to about it and hope they will put your name forward. another thing to be mindful of is who you work with, you never know what’s going on in their minds and it may blindside you.

another friend of mine learned that with other coworkers but only after i had left and he got promoted to supervisor. he got let go because some of the workers with whom he worked before promotion decided to make him a target. either way another lesson learned.

bottom line i miss some of the excitement of the movie especially being on the inside. although i work at a grocery store now and get paid much better than at “the show” the excitement is of a different type and can’t compare to the theater. in fact it’s one reason i returned to the business briefly almost a year after leaving.

even though i don’t consider “the show” my scene anymore sometimes i return to it just to reminisce. i have yet to go to a movie there since i left, but it would be worth it at some point in the future. another thing anthony liked to say is that it’s not the place but it’s people and i’ve accepted that he’s right. just one thing it can be hard to separate the people from the place.

now i can finally consider from where i come from to where i am today. life is always about growth and there’s still more to do. maybe i’ll cross paths with the theater business again and maybe i’ll move up in that world the day i do. in the meanwhile what am i going to do where i am now?

two week notice

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you may recognize the title of this post. it was written near the end of last year and then took it down. now i rewrite it the last few weeks at my former job with a movie theater – although i have since returned to this business although a different company. it was the most highly anticipate moment and it took me some time before it happened. perhaps one day i’ll tell more stories about the prolonged job hunt while there.

now to be sure, often i talk sh*t about this place and often indicated how bad i thought it was. my issues were at times with both managers and coworkers. especially the ones who were about creating drama and how often i seemed to have walked into it in spite of my attempts to stay away. all the same the drama with anyone ended essentially the moment i put in my two weeks at the suggestion – perhaps mandatory – of one of my managers after i told him i’m quitting.

i told a precious few of my coworkers about my plan to leave. and i told them that i got a job offer, and i finally found one after so much time. it was time to prepare for the ill-fated job at the bank. i was doing new hire things for the bank while i finished off my time at the soon to be former job.

what was it new hire paperwork, fingerprints, background checks, and even oh my God a drug test. a lot of things to fit in before it was time to start the new job.

in the meanwhile time for the victory lap. many of the managers who i felt talked sh*t about me looking for reasons to just write me up or get me in trouble were curious about the fact that i was leaving. they may not have wanted me to stay themselves, but they wanted to know where i was going. i found it really funny…

the scheduling manager was giving me the speech outside of the concession stand about how i was leaving them. i was tempted to give the rundown about why i was leaving and how bad this place was. the manager giggling said don’t say it…

btw, one of the managers was leaving roughly during the same period of time i was. she suggested she’d want to work at a bank and i’d be like i won’t recommend you. while she was a piece of work during most of my time there she was probably miserable too hence she was often the way she was. she found her way out and surely many breathed a sigh of relief when she left.

either way a few of the managers continued to speak about my impending departure with many of them saying “i don’t believe it”. bottom line was that it’s been time to do something more make more money, get some benefits, and more.

the last day i worked people were speaking about it, i was saying my last good byes. shared stares with those coworkers who for whatever reason didn’t care much for me. i barely did any work that night.

so either way at the end of the night shook hands and said my final good byes to everyone. including one of the security guards i knew. next thing i knew off to the bank i went.

to move up

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i asked my manager the other day for a survey regarding a transfer to two new local outposts for the store. it’s something i had considered somewhat strongly when i started what if i moved on to another opening store and even better since i knew they were coming. it would be an interesting challenge to see them develop.

all the same i thought in terms of possibly moving up. am i happy where i am job wise, yes. it would be great to move up where i am now, however, it could happen faster if i moved to another location. that would be fine with me and i’d laugh if it was possible to move back to the place i started.

it seems with me every two years since starting my old job at the movie theater, I’ve had opportunities to make manager or at least somewhere on the supervisory level. i could’ve been a “team lead” at the movie theater and never happened before learning later that they eliminated the position. it didn’t seem like a difficult job anyway as we were leaders just under supervisor, however, not the level and less duties. in fact many of the ones who did take on this position ultimately quit the theater near the end of the first year.

two years later i was put on for a management position at a movie theater which was locally owned closer to my house. there had been some drama – unknown to me when i applied and known in the news afterwards – which let me know that i may have dodged a bullet. this was the first of many rejections that i had dwelled on until i finally started at the bank two years later.

funny thing is two years after that i had the opportunity to do a management position at yet another movie theater – a national chain. this was shortly before getting a job offer from the bank. so while i didn’t get the position ultimately it’s a learning experience and it was great to have had the opportunity to do something else if there was ever something i want to do.

let’s see if these opportunities come around for me this year. remember at this point i have two jobs so it may be possible i can be up for promotions at both jobs. especially at a new store.

excuse me if i cross my fingers at least for this year.

We have a future…

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Roughly this time last year I had finally quit my job at the cinema. Handed in my two week notice and the last day of it was never scheduled to work. So one night in the last week of October was my last day there, I was scheduled on another day however I didn’t report in. I made sure they knew I wasn’t coming in.

While this may in general mean nothing working at a job for 5 years is more than respectable especially a job with no growth at all as it turns out. Of course try as my mother had 20+ years working in downtown Chicago at a bank. For some of my young coworkers who probably already knew this was a dead end they thought I would still be there.

In fact many of those I considered friends though I was still going to be there. One dumb young lady when I said something about retired thought “retired from here?”. I looked back at her but attempted not to dignify it.

Some of the managers that I had tense relations with during my time there even wondered about where I was going. The fact that I was leaving and perhaps the coworkers I never got a long with probably had this stupid look on their faces when they found out I was leaving them behind for something better.

One evening one of my coworkers at the current job decided to make a joke about him working his last week. He says people were shocked when he said that until he revealed it was a gag. His explanation was that they don’t think of him having a future beyond this job.

When he told me this I told him about what was said about me. Many people thought I was going to still be at the cinema and then I left. At the very least though there were people in my corner rooting for me to finally make the change necessary. And the change happened.

What that means is that regardless we have a future…we all do!

Ahhhh forgot to also note that a few months after i put in my notice many of my ex-coworkers had the burning question. How did I quit? One outright thought that due to my then hatred of that place that I put my worst language to paper and turned that in. Didn’t happen thankfully and you know what who knows what would come of the future. It’s possible that I could return…