Closure

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As stated in another recent post the final thought proved to end the storyline with something of a “whimper”. Could it have been better? Totally, however, it seems I have more to say on this subject and for the moment this is the post I’m going with. In that recent post I made sure to allude to this future post about how I think “Ruthless Roger’s” role in my firing was greatly over-estimated. In considering this now that I have returned to the company during the course of the past month.

I’ve said a lot of things about Roger such as he was set up to fail, he was a goofball, or he was by the book. Some who read this blog have referred to him as a d**k and said he rose to his level of incompetence. Yet as I sat at home for roughly the past six months and spent time wandering around Chicago it was just in me to blame him for what happened. In part, I was wrong as yours truly was responsible for the tardies that helped get me out of my job at “Fresh Foods”.

I can call Rog a d**k and say that if it was starting to become a major problem for yours truly he wasn’t that willing to work with me on it. He was very willing to let the chips fall where they may and it’s not because he had a weird vendetta against me (this is something I can’t prove). Also remember I had a train delay slip that I had hoped would allow the final tardy to be excused, unfortunately it fell into Rog’s court.

It’s easy for me to say, Mr. Hot Shot likely did nothing with it and kicked it up the food chain to his bosses. I’ll bet his bosses ultimately made the decision and Rog was like OK. Didn’t think much of it. He probably just knew to do what he was told. His bosses told him to send me to them and he did and quickly ducked right back out of that office. A stand-up guy he was….

As for his bosses what did they care? I wasn’t their direct employee even if they run the store. They went through their procedures and made their decisions based upon what corporate said or if anyone else was affected by it. I did think this was a horrible call, but that’s what it is. Roger probably thought nothing of it though I can only imagine what happened when they pulled him aside and told him he was getting demoted. I’ve learned how he had little issue stepping on people – especially using a real reason – and now his bosses stepped on him. Even more interesting that he only recently left the company.

When I successfully interviewed last month to return I had to address the question of why I left the company with my new reports. My answer was to refer to this as a fluke although I also added that this is something I have to take responsibility for. I didn’t want to make this about Rog. The reality is that it probably had little to with him as far as the tardies. On the other hand I was at the point where it was time for me to return now that he seemed to have become a non-factor effectively.

This is my closure that I believe is necessary. Now if you believe Rog was a d**k who couldn’t handle this job or as I would say was set up to fail perhaps that’ll be a future post. How did this guy get into a position where he lived up to his own incompetence. During the past month I spoke to a number of people who had their opinions. It’s probably as close to a story that I can get as far as what happened and why with him as a dept mgr. It could be said he may well have been a d**k for wanting to be “Mr. Hot Shot” however proving that he couldn’t handle it anyway.

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The return

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The final thought on “Ruthless Roger” is coming this weekend. This will ultimately end the chapter on the odd period which has just ended as I’m currently employed again with “Fresh Foods”. Just more observations and I work with someone who worked with Rog at another store.

* When Roger first started as our boss, he decided to work on a drain near my venue. This was during the day and at that point I was starting to get those weird mid day shifts – remember I had been doing receiving for about two months. My venue had food which is to be served to customers. As he pulled a brush out of drain he pulled a lot of debris up and warned us to back up because of airborne spores. He says these spores could make us sick. He says if he calls in sick we’ll know why.

I feel as if Rog let his OCD get the better of him on this particular day. Who knows if somehow he was already picking on the smell from the drain or it was in an e-mail and he just decided to do it during the day. For the most part when we have to clean drains like that we would normally wait until almost closing to get it done.

I don’t know if this was incompetence or just bad timing, but I thought about this fairly recently. Whenever I talk about Roger – mostly with people outside of the company – based on the tidbits I note it has been said that he “lived up to his level of incompetence”. For some it was based on this one thing I noted from one of my former supervisors, he just didn’t know how to run a kitchen.

* At my new job one of the new colleagues I work with said he tried to get on at my old store. I told him what happened with me and why I’m there and while it’s far easier to say oh my tardies got me out instead my answer was about Roger. The reality was that there were some issues with him, even if I couldn’t know how bad it was other than the morale. I could definitely say with him in charge it wasn’t very good, even if his LinkedIn profile says he improved it.

This new colleague we’ll call Erick said that he came to our store one time probably while Rog was still there. He inquired as far as whether or not the team was hiring anymore people. According to Erick, he was told by a supervisor that he should hold out as they were having some issues with their boss – with Rog. So he remained at his store for the time being. I tell him he should try again now because the new boss there Larry is proving to be a better fit than Roger.

Then I began to go back and forth near the end of my first night on the new team with a young man named Kent who wanted to know how my old dept was. I told him it was dicey towards the end even though it was cool working there before Rog got there. Erick quickly figured out why my then boss was such a problem anywhere.

* Kent seems like a temperamental young man and was really fired up about Roger. He has more history with him than I did as Kent worked with Rog at another store. In fact, the store where Rog was an assistant mgr. Kent claims that on a job review, Rog had put down that he looked confused. I’ll bet it’s because he said something confusing and Kent just made it clear he had no idea what he means.

Kent even gave me another nickname for Rog, “minuteman”. I think I have some experience with this especially when I was doing receiving. Remember on two occasions I had been pulled aside for the receiving. He wrote me up for some of the later tardies. Of course now that I know is m.o. I recognize that anytime anyone isĀ  led to the office with him nothing good comes of it. Roger was looking for excuses probably found some with Kent and of course yours truly.

Anyway that’s how he got his nickname. He always comes to you and says “got a minute”. And I’m sure at some point many of them realize he’s pulling you aside for some BS. At some point many who have been subjected this realizes that nothing good comes from this minute. I was told that he never really says anything to you unless he needs to pull you aside.

Kent told me that Rog had little problem sending everyone home because he likes going home early. In fact one of the supervisors said that about him, he seemed to prefer going home early. He’ll just announce to the crew that they’re all good and they’re free to go home. So in other words, I’ll bet that you could have dirty floors and may not have finished all your tasks before he decides he’s ready to go home.

Kent’s read on Rog. He got what he wanted and it turns out he’s not cut out for this. He probably was on the verge of losing job or getting demoted because he wasn’t making any money or labor was high. I’m not familiar with labor but perhaps it’s not a good thing if you let people go, hire not very good employees, and morale is bad people may not want to come to work. Meanwhile you ask people to stay later because you created a situation where you are understaffed chronically!

* My read on Roger. I think he tried to make his mark thinking he had it all figured out. Instead the situation became far more chaotic which I noted before I got s**t-canned last year. When I asked about the new regime to one of the supervisors his only answer, “they’re working on it”. He hadn’t gone full on negative on Rog, but even he figured out something was up.

What I never minded saying in past posts was he was set up to fail, he didn’t know what he was doing, he just wasn’t the right fit for the team we had, or and this is a bit more subjective most of us just wasn’t feeling him. I found articles that gave list of horrible boss behavior and some of those lists told me as much as I needed to know about Roger. It’s between what I’ve experienced and what I suspected.

As Kent stated, Rog got what he wanted and he didn’t last having been shipped off to a supervisor job in the suburbs. Who knows if I’ll ever run into him again? Would I just be another forgettable person who he made an enemy of unnecessarily. Kent says there are only so many times you can continue to step on people. Hopefully someone at “Fresh Foods” can recognize this.

Meanwhile what if I can reach or exceed Rog’s current level in 6 mos. šŸ˜›

Updates

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My last stream of thought on “Ruthless Roger” will have to wait til next week. As stated my goal is to wind down this latest work drama storyline. Now that I’m back at “Fresh Foods” though not at my original store, it’s just time to turn the page. This means I get to look through “Fresh’s” social network and see what’s what.

Within days of my interview and rehire I regained access and this enables me to set my direct deposit and look over my benefits (it seemed to be something of tradition to discuss my benefits). Of course another background check which is always an ugh!

First, what’s the story with Roger? Is he really gone from “Fresh”? The answer is no. While I may not entirely be certain what happened between January and now, he’s on the social network. He indeed got bumped down all the way to supervisor at a suburban store near his home. Who knows if he actually got demoted and who knows if he really thought he was likely getting s**t-canned. His time as my dept mgr was definitely a rough period for yours truly and anyone else who bristled under his style.

Larry took over the dept in March and posted two supervisor positions. Neither of the two supervisors Rog had brought on the team (through what should’ve been rigorous circumstances) remain with the team. He brought in one from his former store. She got went to another store however it’s not in a supervisory position. The other supervisor who was actually an external hire is no longer with the company as I can’t find her at all on the social network. I’ve only had the opportunity to work with one of these new supervisors and she seemed OK, but then beyond that who knows?

Rog that summer had hired a buyer who quit that fall for another job outside of “Fresh”. He seemed cool, though not entirely what I was used to – or actually what Wil as associate buyer was used to. People seemed to complain about him, however, I had no issues with him. Not to say he didn’t earn his job, I could view him asĀ  a political hire.

One reason I got bumped off the buy/receive team aside from the tardies – if that was the deciding factor as Rog never said for sure – was that he decided to hire on another associate buyer. We already had an associate buyer in Wil so his reason for posting for another associate buyer: “because this was how it was supposed to be done and he wanted to get one before they took it away from him” (huh?). The person Roger did hire according to Wil is working out in his role so another who earned his role.

Arielle is someone you’ll hear more from in a later post. She was brought to my old dept last year to become an assistant mgr. We spoke briefly at my new store as she was on duty moonlighting for this personal shopping service whom “Fresh Foods” contracts with. She used to work at the store where I will be as a supervisor before joining my old team for a promotion.

Most of the cast of characters that I knew when I got s**t-canned are no longer there. Some may have been let go or moved on to other jobs outside of the company. If Rog was proving to be an awful manager who wasn’t looking out for anyone then why stick around unless you really liked it. That would’ve been me, but I certainly was getting ready for other challenges within “Fresh” and outside the company. Besides I hadn’t entirely let go of the idea of being a movie theater mgr.

At least now I know some further facts from Jill’s FB post. Now I know the extent to the changes at my old dept at “Fresh”. Meanwhile as I continue to write and edit the final “Ruthless Roger” post, now is the time to focus on today!

Change

I used to say you can find yourself in a good situation and you can always lose it. You say that thinking it braces you from the impact of what happens, and then it happens. In this case losing your job which happened to me recently at “fresh foods”.

Perhaps i believe I’m more than capable of handling any problem as you see from the body of work on this blog, it’s not always true. In this case I couldn’t handle the new situation at work, a new manager with a new team. I didn’t trust them and they didn’t keep me from losing my job.

In writing this post I could talk about the grumbling from some of my now former coworkers. I can take it with a grain of salt now or perhaps not because it cost me my job. perhaps I was starting to be a grumbler as I had been at “The Show”. When things aren’t going well I can be a grumbler just complain and get in the drama though in this case it’s not little teeny-bopper drama because I don’t know any better.

Today on the train I ran into one of my former colleagues at “fresh foods” and without telling him what happened with me I asked him how’s it going up there. My expectation – genuinely some positive changes – he simply said “same old bullshi*t”. The new regime hasn’t changed yet, the situation hasn’t settled down though he hopes it does for the best – to which I simply crossed my fingers and hoped for the best with him.

What I told him when he mentioned the B.S. is “this is why I’m gone!” though I wanted to emphasize that I had the best job of my life and I blew it. In doing my best to adjust to a difficult situation I still didn’t do my best to adjust to it. I was just another worker at the end of the day that mgmt had to let go. They were right I did place myself into that situation getting onto an attendance probation where I couldn’t be late for six months and it just had to be one more time – which was out of my hands.

I asked my former colleague about my replacement on receiving another colleague who wanted to learn about buying. My former colleague said he’s still doing receiving though they have him back and forth between the sales floor schedule-wise. Supposedly he was supposed to have been given a raise – just as I hoped to get the position of receiver and just like me – he evidently didn’t get it. The new boss who I’ll call Roger didn’t pull through and my colleague who’s a math nerd and a wrestling fan I’m sure told because he can be vocal.

Ao right now what about yours truly? Well I intend to reapply in six months. In light of what happened and how I feel about the new regime because of how it all ended I don’t know if I want to go back to that store assuming things haven’t settled down. It would be OK with me to apply at other stores than the one I had the chance to know. Thankfully I’m allowed the opportunity to return…

Now I do have my feelings about Roger and don’t intend to demonize him. I will say that after perhaps a month of him being the new dept. mgr. I realized that I wasn’t feeling him. Perhaps he had the same feeling about me. There’s a reason I don’t trust him and perhaps there’s a reason he doesn’t trust me.

If I couldn’t be on time, it gave him the ammunition. He may well have had a scrutinizing eye which I feel he had towards me at least. I also recognize that as a new mgr he had the right to make some changes and he made them. I could get on board or get out the way and to be sure some of those changes got me in the situation I was in.

perhaps I’ll talk about them more at length. this post had to be about me tonight! There are some lessons I need to learn from this, and I WILL figure it out!

The one-off foe is back

IMG_0998In continuing to wrap up the storyline about my time at “the show” I’m going to revisit that one-off foe – Missy. Then we may explore one more time what happened with her good buddy Candace who decided that “I need a friend” during her time trying to talk to

For a good number of years Missy had left me with some unease. Missy was a young woman of no more than 19-20 and was aggressive. It would be attributed to her age more than anything however it may just be her natural inclination.

Evidence of her aggression was that she was very take charge and didn’t like pushback. My gut tells me that she wanted to be a manager and someone on mgmt level put that idea in her head. With this in mind she got herself involved in situations that actually required the presence of a manager. Not only that there were situations where I pushed back and she didn’t handle this very well. She would get pissed though remember that she could also run to a manager expect them to handle me not that she was a problem herself. Only thing is the more she engaged in that behavior the more I’d just withdraw from her.

With this in mind one situation that I’ve only heard about from one of the supervisors at the theater involved a call from one of the auditoriums at work. An associate called for a manager to their auditorium and Missy was the one who responded to the call. T about being very take charge and certainly a case of well this is the position she wanted. She was very willing to act the part even if she never got promoted before she quit.

Now this leads me to one reasonĀ  why I thought she started power tripping especially when I used my sarcasm to push back against her. Rumors had been going around not long before or after she had left that allegedly she was having an affair with the house manager. I suppose that when you’re in such a situation some things are said that may or may not happen in this case “I’m going to make you a supervisor”.

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Anyway when Henry left the theater – close to three years after Missy left – he decided to repeat this rumor with me and a newer coworker on a trash run. He was generally talking about the many dramas at “the show” of which Missy was one.

Henry: *to me* you remember “Missy” when she had that affair with [house manager]

Yours truly: *to Henry* Oh that BITCH….oh I’m sorry….I can’t, can’t stand that girl

Henry: The thing is she really was a bitch because she ran to [house manager] for every little issue

Yours truly: *to Henry* It was going around at the time that she was trying to make manager

Henry: Yeah!

Missy was pretty infamous in my mind and is the single most ugliest woman personality wise I have ever met. And with this in mind this was a slow burn. the best part of this story is that if she was seeking something in trying very hard at various points to make me look bad, she largely failed. She may have succeeded in making me look bad but she really got nothing out of it.

One time I pushed back after she tried to tell me that I need to reuse a popcorn bag because they count them. It’s her being take change and I didn’t like that. She didn’t like the fact that I got “smart” with her. And later she told a manager about my behavior. I responded to her take charge behavior, however, she wasn’t wrong that I gave the customer a bag that wasn’t warm. My mistake.

Another time I was returning from a 30 min break and Missy standing outside of the box office area was keen on telling me that I needed to hurry up and clock back in. I was on my phone just as i was about to clock back in, besides there was a reason I surfaced to return to work so I simply brushed by her without a word. Basically she placed her arm across the door letting me know “don’t ignore me”. I was like oh OK uninterested in a confrontation that she wanted to initiate. Later I yelled at her for trying to tell me if I mark a bill I didn’t have to find a manager. Even though my point that could be better stated was that I still needed a manager to check large bills whether or not the bill was marked by me with a marker.

The last and worst confrontation happened later that summer and it was based on an over-reaction. But I really wasn’t feeling her need to be take charge on that given day. I didn’t report her for the aggressive and obnoxious behavior she displayed towards me when a movie let out. It all started when she tried to tell me to collect 3D glasses – and only after everyone else assumed I was supposed to be doing it and the thing is while I did it for those movies I was cleaning no manager told me to collect all 3D glasses. I just walked off on her and she immediately found the nearest manager.

She kept trying to confront me and I wouldn’t speak to her. One of the supervisors starting getting concerned because Missy – told one of them. She even threatened me by stating “I better not see you on roosevelt road!” while outside of an auditorium letting out with customers. Even after that and as I walked off on her and she was looking for things to criticize me – plus she was HOTĀ  The next thing she did was find the nearest manager and say something else and she made sure to watch mgmt pull me into the office.

I wasn’t sure I was in trouble when they did. H.M. and another senior manager wanted to know if I was OK and what was going on. We established that I wasn’t really caring for one of the workers who decided to really target me because I wasn’t going to talk to her on that day. And they were following me around after that until I got off later. Missy had left the building after I paid a visit to the office.

Another time after that Missy had came to the theater to watch a movie and upon seeing me walking back to box decided to speak.

Missy: Hey Jack!

Yours truly: *stops for a second and then keeps walking to register*

Missy: So you’re not going to speak to me Jack….OK it’s cool! *she then proceeds to talk about some earlier incident involving me at that moment to another coworker*

To which, there were nothing but serious tactical errors on my part with her. One major error she attempted to blow up at work was that I poked her on FB and she friend requested me. Man she kept talking about it at work and didn’t mind saying “don’t act like you don’t poke me on fb”. For the most part I never really went there with her although I have told some people I did this without really knowing who it was. This was just another dumb drama she wanted to start and I gave that one to her on a silver platter. Although it more or less upset her when I really did nothing with this.

In fact there was one other incident where she got mad because she was talking to me and I kept walking. We both were doing our rounds one evening when she apparently heard from mischievous coworkers that I didn’t care for her. She tried to say I was funny and tried to engage me, I just went inside a theater to give it a quick check and she comes in after me to confront me. Starting with “didn’t you hear me talking to you” before softening up and quietly leaving.

I interacted with her less in spite of her taking shots at me – for example “This is Jack, he won’t acknowledge me in anyway….see” as I walk away from her with no word as she speaks to a new employee. She often says something about my smart mouth although it stopped after her threats and expression of anger that at this point I had nothing more that needed to be said to her. Eventually she just shut down, no words at all would cross paths between us again. Just as I stopped communicating with her she eventually stopped trying to communicated with me. Nothing she was saying whether aggressively or softly caused me to respond because I knew if I saidĀ  or did the right thing she’d get triggered.

Twice I was face-to-face with her at “the show” before Ifinally left. Once I took care of her as a customer in box I didn’t really speak to her though I more addressed the two friends she had with her. And she didn’t say much to me either almost as if i wasn’t there, but this was better than her being nasty & angry towards me. The last time was shortly before I left in 2014, she was leaving her movie with a group around her she looked at me and then re-fixed her gaze passed me. I backed up not because of her but certainly because there was a crowd leaving the movie at that time.

Remember I said she friended me right, eventually a few years later I’d drop her from fb. She stopped talking about the poking at least where I could hear her. And she never got promoted and the rumors about her alleged affair killed that possibility. Also rumor had it she handed in her two weeks without actually landing a job although someone mentioned that she moved onto a bank.

I have to mention this the one time I took care of her as a customer she made sure to talk to someone she did get along with. First person she asked about, the house manager, almost as if she still had some business with him. I wonder if she was up there looking for him and he was ducking her. Which is funny because someone like her who is angry and aggressive is what he chases, he has more patience with that apparently than I ever would.

petty

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lately i’ve found myself telling this story to some of my current coworkers. this is one that has still got me riled after leaving three years ago. basically what i’ve told them is a shorthand version of this very petty story. they all ask the same basic question “did she try make this as if i did something to her” or “was she trying to imply that there was something sexual”.

the answer to those question is, I have no idea. the basic story is that she ran to mgmt because i bumped into her to basically illustrate the pettiness of this story. and the worst part of this story is that the house manager – the no. 2 honcho at the theater – decided to handle this and this situation escalated. to be fair i was already not in a good state when this happened and the house manager has a tendency to handle things indelicately. this story will illustrate this.

this story started when i had to cook more pizzas due to a picky customer who complained that the pizza given to him was burned. so when i came back from behind the stand to hand him his pizza i was looking for him and he had walked off. just as i was going further into the front suddenly this young lady – we’ll call her kelly – was in front of me with her elbow in my chest. she said nothing and i just simply kept it moving thinking we both knew what happened.

allow me to briefly introduce kelly, physically she had been something to look at as far as personality she was young and often showed it. she often used her high-pitched and occasionally squeaky voice to complain. she may have on at least two other occasions used that voice on me to complain about something i.e. i wasn’t doing any work. one time she used her voice to mouth off on another male coworker who asked me and another coworker if we’d like to trade with him in his words “i can’t work with her”.

it was some time later that i was about to head to bathroom and i walked past customer service and h.m. bellowed behind his perch there “jack, did you bump into kelly”. when i answered in the affirmative his next question was “then why didn’t you say excuse me?” when he decided to start in on my right in the theater lobby while seated i heard kelly state “you’re being very rude jack”. basically this is how well that went

jack: ok how about this? i will say excuse me to you when you say excuse me to me. *to kelly

kelly: no because you were being very rude *to yours truly

jack: WHAT DO YOU MEAN RUDE?!?!?! *back to kelly

h.m.: walk away kelly, walk away

as you saw there i went off on her immediately and as she walked to the back i just simply asked h.m.: “YOU’RE TAKING THIS UP? REALLY? YOU’RE TAKING THIS UP?”. All he said was that well he was giving me the opportunity to make it right as there was no disagreement as to what happened. bad news is that since he got involved in something so petty now it’s taking on a different tone and hence why it got heated real quick. while i tried to remember this is the general manager’s #2 i was talking to i just couldn’t contain how out of line this was.

now granted she had every right to do what she did, this was clearly uncalled for. in my mind who got hurt and what exactly did i do for her not to be able to handle getting bumped into by yours truly. i have no idea if she wanted to suggest it was harassment or if she just had the need to complain about something which is more likely. and also was h.m. jumping on this because she was has favorite employee or had a serious crush on her that she decided to play off of one more time.

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regardless his involvement was a bad trigger and my voice raised to the point where he suggest i watch my tone. eventually after this he pulled me towards the back where i wasn’t backing down and i had no problem telling him “i don’t understand why she RAN to YOU!” and still he wants me to just say excuse me and i tell him what i told her “i’ll say excuse me to her when she says excuse me to me”. finally just to calm things down he quickly and loudly told me to put my hands down i’m being violent. “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING VIOLENT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN VIOLENT?” if i was thinking about doing something when he said that i wanted to just give him a weak slap across the face just to illustrate a dumb point.

at this point, the general manager who for whatever reason was in the background walked up and ushered us into the office, finally. while i won’t discuss much about what was said in the office. i will say the GM approached this neutrally without pointing a finger at anyone. he did wonder what my problem was with saying excuse me to kelly. well here’s the answer i’ll tell you if i was at my wits end with “the show” and why sometimes fingers get pointed at me for some odd reason then how did a simple bump become a huge issue for the top two managers to address. also h.m. i always knew as a d*ck towards me so i saw this as another incident and chose a very small one thanks to a very complaining young lady.

eventually i finally went to the bathroom after being ushered out of the office so that the h.m and g.m. can further discuss the issue. when i got back behind the stand i was called back into the office with kelly so that the h.m can oversee us say excuse me to each other. and without being specific kelly had to say something before being cut off by the h.m. the h.m had to repeat a basic lie he wasn’t able to prove during this whole “fight” of sorts claiming “she said excuse me”. which he only said after i repeatedlyĀ  made my statement that “i’ll say excuse me to her, when she says excuse me to me”.

before this point i had an interview with a bank which i was still waiting on a decision. regardless this was just one sign that it was time for me to go. after this strange incident i made it a point to stay as far away from kelly as possible. was mostly successful until she finally cut her ties with “the show” later that summer.

positivity

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on this blog i sometimes talk about positivity though it seems as if i never practiced enough of it. i’ll admit that it’s my tendency to dwell on some of the negative incidents that have happened in my life. unfortunately “the show” is no different as it took up a significant amount of my time.

so allow me to be somewhat positive about my time at “the show”. as much as i dwell on those incidents with rambunctious and very take charge young people who were very willing to let you know to your face that they don’t value you as a coworker. there are some positives and as often stated i’m often in touch with many of these individuals from “the show”.

some were cool and good to talk with even if on occasion what i may be saying isn’t what they want to hear. and yes some of them – like anthony – has the tendency to want to take advantage of the situation. i’ll still say that it was worthwhile knowing them and even then if it wasn’t for anthony i may never have started looking for another job even if it took over two years to finally leave the theater.

there were many good times there and often with the right people. i also miss the occasions where i drove to work with me sometimes taking alternate route too and from work. also i’m lucky that no one knew to do something to my mother’s vehicle especially if i raised the ire of some many at the job. on top of that many of them decided i wasn’t going to do much about it.

the ones i did well with i try to bring them with me although many have so far not took the plunge. some have found better positions and that’s definitely a good thing. many of them it would be cool to bring them with me to my current job and beyond.

if you’ve read this blog you got to know anthony a little bit. an outspoken older gentlemen who means well but seems to have the ability to talk down to people. on the other hand he’s a bit of a fighter who looks at the big picture. through him i knew about the ways “the show” used obamacare to cut hours. he was good at learning the lay of the land there in ways i never considered. when we first met he came on strong and caused some distance and still can come on strong.

there’s a man named henry who we’ll meet again in another post. he was very good at his job to the point where he often was an usher on weekends and was an unofficial trainer. good to talk about and also knew the lay of the land. on the flip side, he sure had some drama in his life if you judged my his fb page years ago. he left and found another job months before i had.

also there a man name keith who became a manager within months after i left. he gave me the definitiveĀ  low-down on what it’s like to move up to the supervisory level not long after he got fired. the worse thing about his termination was that the people he thought were friends were the ones who turned on him and helped get him out. he probably still hasn’t figured out why they did what they did. as happens with young coworkers in a place with no structure at all!

there’s an older lady name kristi whom i worked with the first two years. i haven’t stayed in touch with her much over the years although i gave her a quick update on what happened at the show since she left. which managers got fired and moved on. she was a cool ally to have and it’s too bad that she left the job due to illness.

those are just some examples. i texted keith once not long after he left “the show” that i’m very glad i never burned bridged with everyone. i began to believe i was that bad, then he concurred with my next statement “the people who worked with whom bridges were burned were just looking for excuses.” so i could dwell on the negative aspects, but what i will choose to do from this point forward is to remember those i worked well with!

also i forgot to add with the many managers and supervisors i interacted with – which does include someone like harve – i’ve offered thank you cards to two senior managers who were helpful during the “streak era”. unfortunately neither are no longer at the show, although with one i have his phone number and perhaps i should just dial him up in the near future.