Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Trials and tribulations

Well all in all yesterday was a pretty crappy day. I got paid on Friday but as I have direct deposit and the pay stubs hadn't come in by the time I left work I didn't worry to much about it. When I looked at the amount that had been deposited on my bank statement it was about $100 less than I thought it should be but I assumed it was an honest mistake and when I picked up the breakdown I would know where the problem was. I didn't work on Monday so I waited and got it yesterday while I was already at work. Usually when you don't pick up your check on Friday it is in an envelope newt to the time clock, but they weren't there so I asked the owner for it as I was leaving. She gave me the envelope and told me to have a good day and I left her office and went back to the chef office to clock out. I opened the print out and saw that not only was my overtime not paid but also the raise I was told I was given over a month ago was not on my paycheck. SO I went back to the owner's office to ask about it and as I walked through her door she said that she had just told my boss and she guessed she would tell me now that she could not do the raise she already told me she had given me because she couldn't afford it right now. I was shocked and angry and on the verge of tears, so I snapped back well then where is my overtime. She had the nerve to say what overtime? I had worked a seven day week on that time card and I wanted my money. I got the money for the overtime from her, and I explained that it wasn't right of her to know she hadn't given me the raise and not say anything because I had spend money over the weekend assuming I had it to spend but apparently I didn't and now I don't have enough money to cover my expenses. Her response was that she would try to make it up to me on the next check. I left the office and went home not saying all the things I wanted to say and not sure what I should do. I felt as if I went back to work today I would be saying that what she did was ok. However if I quit I wouldn't have a job at all and that would be irresponsible. I thought about it and thought about it. Brad suggested that I not quit but tell them that I would not return to work until the money I was promised was returned to mew and that I was working for the wage that had been agreed to. So I didn't work today and I don't know if I even have a job right now but the good news is that I didn't quit and if she doesn't pay me and I don't have a job I can file for unemployment immediately. So I guess that is something. All in all I am upset and scared but only time will tell how this pans out. The other good news is that my boss feels I am doing the right thing and he is actively going after the owner to give me my do. If I don't return it will cost her more to replace me than it would to just pay me in the first place because it would take two people to replace me. All this makes me fell good but I still have a lot to figure out.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Greenday, new finds, and other current events

This weekend Brad and I had tickets to see Greenday both Saturday and Sunday night. We had a great time both nights and on Sunday we were so close to the stage in the pit we got sweat on. I did learn something both nights about people. It seems to me that alcohol isn't always a good idea in having a good time. Night one the lady in front of us was so drunk she couldn't stand anymore and we seriously worried about the poor chap in front of her that seem like he might get more than he bargain for at the event. Night two a woman was so drunk during Greenday's first song she started causing trouble and security had to escort her from the concert thus making her miss the whole thing. Both of these people not only ruined the event for themselves but also for those around them or with them. It seems to me that I had a great time both nights and no alcohol was needed to enhance my experience. I am not saying this because I am in any way against the consumption of alcohol but more in the fact that it should not be used to ruin a good time.

Brad and I both enjoy an occasional spirit and it has been a source of irritation that we do not have a decent liquor store near us. Today however that was changed. While going through Saturdays mail I came across a pamphlet to a liquor store. It looked large and exactly what we had been looking for. I looked at the address and discovered it was only about a mile and a half from the house. So I went over there to check it out and not only did they have the random Belgium beer Brad likes they had it by the case and a lot cheaper then we had been able to find before. We are very excited to now know of a place to get the more random beverages we have been wanting. So I suppose the lesson here is to actually look at your junk mail it may show you what you have been looking for all along.

I have been sick with a pretty bad cold for the last couple of weeks and it was actually bad enough to trigger my asthma that had been dormant for the last 5 years. I went to the doctor today and she gave me an inhaler and said I should be breathing normally within the week. I welcome the relief as I am really tired of coughing all the time and Brad is tired of me shaking him out of bed with my cough. Well that is about it for now I am sure there is a lot I am forgetting but that does tend to happen.