Wednesday, February 28, 2007

This little piggy works at the hospital

It certainly has been a while since I last posted. No excuses this time, just making a comment. I think it has been about two weeks. Wow. That's a long time.

And so on to other stuff. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a little something about how much I love working for Chili's. I still love it. But it's time to move on. Tomorrow I will be turning in my two weeks notice. It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I do this. I'm pretty sure I was made to serve people. I absolutely love taking care of other people and making sure they have everything they need or want; being a waiter is an occupation that comes naturally to me and is a great fit.

However, since I don't plan on being a waiter for the rest of my life, I need to start thinking a little bit more about the future, and that means it's time to start getting my foot in the door of hospitals. I already have a training date set for John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix in the middle of March. It should be a very nice transition from serving people as a waiter to serving patients in a hospital. I will be volunteering at the hospital for about 15 hours a week instead of working at Chili's. Although I'm not exactly sure what my duties will include, I will be having lots of patient contact. It seems a little scary now, the unfamiliarity of it all, but it is definitely a good thing.

I know this is a little discombobulated, but I wanted to write something while I had a chance. Maybe if I have time to think tomorrow, I will post something a little more intelligible.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Aren't you a little short to be a stormtrooper...

I like kids. Really. And I definitely do not condone the trafficking of kids to provide circus midgets for the enjoyment of the uninformed. Have a great picture Tuesday and don't forget to watch your kids.

Monday, February 12, 2007


So I got an informal offer to work for Macaroni Grill this past week. The restaurant is located in a nicer part of town and I would be put on a fast track to become a bartender. They also have a different philosophy concerning how best to care for the guests, a philosophy that I like better than Chili's. It's a pretty amazing offer, and I probably won't be taking it.

My choice has less to do with the fact that I will only be serving for another two and a half months and has more to do with loyalty. I don't know much about being a manager, but I know that I have been blessed with some amazing bosses. They have taken such good care of me as an employee, working with my schedule, treating me fairly and being very gracious and forgiving when I make mistakes. They make the work environment fun and have taken the time to get to know me and my wife and to make sure we feel special whenever we visit the restaurant.

Their kindness has transformed me from an employee into a LOYAL employee. That one little adjective makes all the difference. Because of that loyalty I am going to stick with them, knowing that I am treated well and I am important to them, rather than going to another job which may pay more but may or may not take care of me as well. That one little adjective means that I will go the extra mile when they ask me because I know that they will take care of me when I need that extra day off. That one little adjective means that I'm going to work just a little bit harder, even when no one is watching.

That one little adjective means that I'm going to be sticking around for a while.

Monday, February 05, 2007

A whole lot of not much

So I signed up for Google's AdSense thingy. You may have noticed the ads on the bottom of the page. I figured they would be a little more inconspicuous there and not too much in the way. I'm just not quite sure if I like it yet. We'll see, they are on probation and I can get rid of them whenever.

Tomorrow I'm going to go to the Arizona Science Museum and check out the Body Worlds exhibit. If you haven't read about it in the papers or heard about it yet, it's a pretty cool thing that these people have done. Dead human bodies are dissected and preserved and then posed to show different activities like playing soccer or praying. According to their website, the idea of the exhibit is to help people understand more about their own bodies by showing them in real life situations that they can relate to. I'm pretty excited to be going, and I will have a full run down on the exhibit on Wednesday.