First of all let me just say, I heard from Lawrence and he is having a baby! That’s freaking crazy.
So a couple weeks ago Spencer randomly left a message on my Facebook wall that said “I was walking to class this morning and I was thinking about the time you smashed that woman’s head through the glass. It made me laugh.” So I’m sitting there in shock wondering what I can say to counter that and then it hits me. “I can’t believe you think it’s funny that I smashed your Mom’s head through the glass of the fish tank.”
So I went to the choir concert last week and saw Mr Carroll. And I did wind up going on stage and singing, though I spent most of the time looking at the music and not Mr Carroll, which I regret. But I didn’t need to look at him. It makes me feel so much better just to know it’s Mr Carroll up there and not Mr Neubauer. I could tell that Melody has been reading my Xanga, because when I saw her on stage she said “Did you actually get up on stage and sing?!” Lol. And since it was the last choir concert of the year there was free cake and juice, which is always a good thing.
I opened the elephant on Tuesday and then went out with Melody. We ate at Rainforest (of course), where Sarah waited on us and they both sabotoged me and I had my first drink. I usually get a virgin Rainbow Colada (Piña Colada with strawberries and bananas…soooo good), but Melody mentioned to Sarah that I was CONSIDERING getting it with alcohol so Sarah didn’t even write down that I wanted it virgin, despite my protest. It was good, but I like it better without the alcohol. This is the second time in my life Melody has made me consume something against my will lol. Then we went to go see “Stick It.” I was going to go see it with Caitlyn, but Melody didn’t have anybody else to see it with. We were both expecting it to be really good, since the writer of “Bring it On” wrote it, but we were disappointed. I would not see it again. Then we went back to her new house and talked until almost 1am.
Needless to say I was very tired when I had to open the elephant the next day, but it was so worth it. And actually that wound up being a double shift, because they decided to fire Robert and Caprice over the weekend, plus two other tour guides quit and Chris asked me to pick up three shifts this week. I opened the elephant Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Wednesday, and Friday wound up being doubles, and I also worked last night. Now I randomly have four days off in a row, which is fine, because I have things I need to do (like go to the DMV, since my driver’s license expires in three days…oops), but I requested off two days to go to Ryan and Heidi’s wedding, and five days to go to NYC, and if I don’t get those days off I am going to be just a little upset.
Things have definitely been interesting at work since I have been back. The clock in the elephant broke. The mic in the elephant broke and they had to use a bull horn. They had to shut off the rain because it got out of control and flooded the floor. And the 6500 gallon fish tank overflowed, but I was in the elephant so I missed all the fun. I also found out that Mauricio was taken out of there in handcuffs a few weeks ago for stealing hundreds of dollars from customers. Wow people that I like need to stop doing that. That is the second time that has happened. I also got to train one of the new tour guides, Amanda, in the elephant on Friday night. And of course we can’t forget about all the geniuses that we have to deal with. One woman called in and asked if we still sell live lizards, because she swears her daughter bought one from us. Nope! I had a guy ask me if we sell alligator tail…as in to eat and then told me I should try it sometime at the taste of Chicago. This is one of those times where I say “Thank You, God for making me Jewish.” I also had one guy come up to me as part of a party of seven and he was the only one there, and ask to be seated. It is policy that we cannot seat incomplete parties, because sometimes they wait for like half an hour for the rest of their party and refuse to order until they get there. So 20 minutes later three more people form his party show up and they want to be seated. They were getting angry. Becky Sue said we would make an exception because we were like dead in there. So I sent them back and the guy starts to walk away, but then comes back to yell at me. “Don’t say that you CAN’T seat us, because obviously you CAN. And can’t is a negative word. Don’t use negative words to your customers because it irritates them and you really pissed me off. Do you know what a negative word is?” And then proceeded to explain to me what a negative word is. This is why Spencer left me that comment on my Facebook, because sometimes people make us want to do that. Anyway, after the guy sat down Becky Sue came over to me and asked what he said to me, because he was really mad. So I told her and she just laughed. I love it lol. But my favorite so far is the guy who had just eaten there and as he walked out, came up to me and asked if when you order a hamburger it comes with a side of cole slaw. So I said I have no idea and he pats me on the arm and goes “You gotta learn your job, kid.” And walks away. Guess what, I DO know my job. My job has nothing to do with the food, and, frankly, I could care less about what a burger does or does not come with. You can get a burger ANYWHERE, why would you go to Rainforest and get a burger anyway? I want to find this guy and ask him what his job is and then ask him a question about tight rope walking and when he doesn’t know the answer, tell him he fails at life.
We have two contests going on at Rainforest right now, starting today and ending on June 30. The first contest is dumb so I am not going to mention it. The second contest is, go to any Rainforest Cafe in the country and enter to win a five day, four night trip to Orlando, Fl, for four people. You get airfare, hotel accomodations, passes to the parks, and a $300 Landy’s gift card that doesn’t expire and can be used at any of these restaurants in any part of the country. You also have exactly one year to use it if you win. There will be four winners from across the country. Should you happen to win, you will be taking me. ANyway, the other contest has a lot more to it, but it’s kind of stupid. They had a meeting about both of these while I was at school. What’s funny is the other day when I was on a double, I spent 20 minutes asking for somebody to come up to the elephant so I could go eat my food, which was ready (luckily all I ordered was a salad, so I didn’t have to worry about hot food getting cold, or I would have been pissed). Finally Olga came up. Like 20 minutes into my break she got phone audited about the contests and didn’t do very well. I told her if she had just come up when I asked her, it would have been me that had been audited and not her. Though I would have done even worse.
However, we had a visit from Victor Jones on Thursday. I’m not sure of his exact job, I just know that he oversees all the Rainforest Cafes. He quizzed me on both of the contests. Luckily Kevin had explained them to me that morning and told me Victor would ask me about them. Anyway, apparently I did very well and Victor told me that now if anybody asks him about the contests he is going to have them call Jami at Gurnee. Hehe yay!
Jenny, Neal, and Lindsay are all training to be Safari Guides this week. Lindsay has red hair and it looks terrible. I made sure to let her know that on several occasions. Everytime she comes back into my life she is more and more of a brat. She needs some siblings.
Oh but definitely the highlight of being back so far was last night when one of the two hooks on my bra came unhooked, and we have to wear two shirts that are both tucked in, so it’s not like I can just stand with my back against a fish tank and reach my hand in the shirt and rehook it. I told Amanda it was unhooked and she told me to turn around and she hooked it through my shirt. It was funny. And I told her I would write about it in here.
This entry is long. I am going to post some funny videos now.
The evolution of dance. This is great.
You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend