I got my W2 from my bookstore job. For all of my time and energy, not to mention everything I passed up or missed out on because I was working, I was compensated just over $8,000. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. I could have made that much in a week turning tricks.
There HAS to be another way. Does anybody want to be my roommate? Some lowlights from the bookstore this past year:
The customer was in his 60s, bald on top, with white hair down to his shoulders around the back. I asked how he was, and he said, “Better, now that I’m talking to a beautiful lady”. I said something like, “Aw, thanks”, and he said, “But I’m at a disadvantage with this counter in between us”. ICK ICK ICK!! And it got better (or worse). I handed him his bag, and he said, “So what size stocking do I need?”, and I said, “Excuse me?” I was really hoping I’d heard him wrong, because nothing good could follow if I’d heard him right. He said, “What size stocking do I need to fit you in? Santa’s supposed to bring me what I want for Christmas.” And he WINKED!!! I just about died on the spot.
It was slow, and I was finger-combing my hair. I saw a customer approach, and as he came up, I knocked it off. When he was near enough, I smiled and said “Hi”. He was in his sixties or so, reasonably well-dressed. He said, “You have such pretty hair.” I thought he’d seen me touching it, and was teasing me, so I said, “I’m sorry, it was a little tangled.” He said, as he leaned way over the counter, “Where’s your comb – I’ll brush it for you!”
I’d worked every day for 2 weeks, and I was supposed to have a day off on Sunday. My manager called, and asked if he could schedule me Sunday. I didn’t want to work, and was starting to say no. He told me how it was a friend’s first shift as a head cashier, and how he didn’t want him up there alone on his first day without any training, so I agreed to work, making it 3 weeks without a day off. When the schedules came out, I was on the schedule for Sunday, and my friend wasn’t.
Let’s talk about finding a roommate. I asked everybody I knew if they knew anybody who needed to be somebody’s roommate. I have a great house with a spare bedroom/bathroom. When the friend of a friend search turned up nobody, I went to the internet. I tried a roommate matching site, and these are some excerpts from (non)potential roommates. No changes to grammar, spelling, or punctuation:
“i'm quiet , i almost never have people over . talking about pets i love dogs , to be honest with you i never had any cats but i like then too , my mother used to have more than one cat , i never had any cat because i used to have two big dogs and one of then didn't like cats . thank you”
“I am a married w/m 59 seeking a place for 3-4 mo. while my wife and I are working out children issues... married in May and intend to stay that way..... but would need to separate a while to get children issues resolved.....”
“I am a black male from phoenix az, single and not looking for a date. I have a fulltime job that I started last monday. I hope to hear back from you soon”
Do you know of any roommate options better than that for me?