Saturday, January 26, 2008

Funny stories from the tannery

I feel like every other post is an apology for my lack of blogging. I'm just a very busy girl.

A couple of funny things have happened at the tannery lately:

1) This really nice and innocent college girl(a regular) came in to tan and on her way out, asked if we were hiring. I told her I didn't know if we were, but I would take her info and availability. After that was done, she looked at me and said, "Do you guys have a certain dress code?" I looked down at what I was wearing and just started to laugh, replying "Why because I am always so dressed up?" She also started to laugh, as she realized it was a ridiculous question. I was wearing a hat and a hooded an upscale tanning salon. She tried to cover by saying I looked cute in a hat. Thank goodness we don't have a dress code, because getting up at 5:30am to be there at 7 is brutal enough, however a very fun way to spend a few mornings a week.

2) This customer came in loaded(drugs/alcohol, maybe a combo), quite positive it was a self induced neurological imbalance and started talking to me. All of a sudden she started staring at me(saying nothing), which kind of creeped me out and then blurted out, "You have really nice teeth." I said thanks, but it was a little awkward.

3) The owner came in the other day to change all the bulbs in the bed and was complaining that he couldn't find the key to unlock the beds. I told him it was for some reason in the lost and found box, but that he may not have seen it as it was covered up by a bra. He questioned as to why there was a bra in the lost and found. I replied that I didn't know. I just saw it in there when I was finding some jewelry that another client had left. He asked me why I didn't throw it out, as obviously no one was going to come back looking for it...which is true. People leave their underwear in the rooms all the time. When they are getting redressed do they forget that they had any on in the first place? Anyhow, I left it in, if you are missing some under clothing feel free to come back and get it.

4) To start the bed you hit the button on the wall once. Well, this not so smart, much older man(probably in his 70s) hit it multiple times resulting in resetting the bed. I got in the computer and reset his bed and he did the same thing again. This happened 3 times. Finally, he called his "lady friend" into the room to assist him. I repeated explained what they were doing wrong and what they needed to do, but they just didn't get it. Hit the blue button on the wall ONCE, not that hard, right? Well, finally the lady friend said to me, "Do you just want me to put a towel over his privates while he lays on the bed and you can go in there and start it for him?" Ummm, NO. I told him he could get dressed and I would put him in another bed that didn't have a button on the wall. Sick, I do NOT want to see naked OLD man.

Maybe there will be more crazy stories soon....

Thursday, January 10, 2008

fun fact of the day

The hand shakes original purpose was to check the person you were greeting for weapons.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Happiness... a choice?

...I think so.

Of course there are people with chemical imbalances in their brains that this does not pertain to, but in general, I think people choose to be happy or miserable.

I choose to surround myself with people that are happy and create fun in life. How great is making the most mundane things in life running errands? One prime example that comes to mind is in college we had what we called The Great American Midnight Adventure. In Iowa City, parking is just about as rare as it is in Chicago. You have to alternate the side of the street that you park on every day(unless you are lucky enough to get a spot on the first or second block of Bloomington) and the parking meter maids are VICIOUS. Parking on University property is even worse than just on the Iowa City streets... you have 10 tickets in one year(whether they are paid or not you are still subject to tow). OR you can pay an excessive amount of money to park in a private spot(an option I loved my last 2 years). So, in an amazing discovery my freshman year, we learned that the parking garage behind where I lived didn't employ anyone to take your ticket after midnight and the arm went up automatically and let you out for free. There's a catch though. If you forgot to take your car out and left if in over night...$20 ticket.

So several friends and I stealthly did the parking maneuver everyday and ran our errands in the mornings, put our car in the garage and took it out after midnight. Seems like a pain in the ass? Not really. To make this task more fun, we named it THE Great American Midnight Adventure. It had a theme song that Aaron created, but will not sing it for us to this day. It also included some sort of adventure of getting food or making a run to the 24 hour Wal-Mart or even stopping by to see friends.

So, when you are getting bored with an everyday task, give it a ridiculous name, involve some crazy friends and make it something you look forward to again.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

In family tradition, everyone in my family sets a resolution each year.

This year, I plan to drink more water and less soda. I drink too much soda, but I love it so much.

So, here's to water.