The Nathan Anderson Show and The Family Business
So, this has been a memorable, if not EXHAUSTING, week. By the time I clocked in for my 5th day Friday, I was one hour short of 40! (That's 39, or 3 score and 9 years.) Here's how my week looked:
Monday: Supervised 7a-3p shift, then 2 hours of office work/department head meetings. This was the first day that Aaron, my manager, was gone, and I had things that I needed to have prepared for the next two days. Aaron told me that, during the three days he would be gone, it would be The Nathan Anderson Show. So, just as with any good show, you gotta make sure you know your lines. So, I didn't leave the property until I felt perfectly comfortable. Had a guy tell me he may call out sick Wednesday night. I just looked at him and said, "Dude...You CAN'T tell me TODAY that you're gonna call out sick in TWO DAYS, when you aren't sick right now!"
Tuesday: On property at 5:45am for final checks before supervising a shift 6am-3pm. 550 person breakfast. 310 check-outs. 250 people combined for lunches. 230 check-ins. 100% full Garage. 8 Valets. Our District Manager was there to help out and offer a "Manager Presence". I put him on the top of the garage and said, "Call me when there is one row left." We have NEVER parked cars the way we parked them that morning. It was nuts, but kinda fun at the same time. Got yelled at by an employee who though I HAD to let him park there. I finally told him, "Talk to your manager...He parked down at the library parking lot." Off the ramp at 3pm. Meeting at 4pm. Hotel Manager was very happy with the way things went. (They had been EXTREMELY worried, with Aaron being out of town.) Finished a few things in the office. Left at 4:45pm.
Wednesday: On property just before 8am for meeting with department managers, wearing the same outfit I proposed to Kacey in. (I figured it was good luck!) Hotel GM said, "Aaron should go out of town more often!" I took that as a compliment. 130 Valet Cars departing. Stayed around for an hour and a half to make sure no Valets died. District Manager called to say, "Good job, you were very composed [Tuesday]." Got to see the pretty snow. Came back before 3pm to supervise 2nd shift. Dude called out sick before I got there. He better be glad he's not working next week, or I'd give him a piece of my mind. Then I'd ask for it back...I don't have a whole lot to work with. Worked hard, made good money. Went home to Mike and Sara...and, surprisingly, Kacey. Went to bed.
Thursday: Supervised 7am-3pm shift. The Show is over, Aaron was back, so briefed him. Was a welcomed slower day. Went home. Took a nap.
Friday: On property at 7am, only on ramp for 30 minutes. 3rd Shifter advised us he was moving to South America to teach English. Cool...but today's his last day...not cool. Then to the office, where I fought with the schedule for 3-4 hours. Have one supervisor asking off next week, plus one valet. Gave myself Monday off. Then scheduled myself for 2 2nds, 2 3rd's to cover for the guy who quit, and 1 7a-3p, to mix it up. Also scheduled Aaron for 29 hours, on top of his salary work! With him, had EXACTLY enough guys for every shift. blah. Left around 3:20. Went and saw the love of my life for an hour and a half, then home to catch up on Jericho ON DEMAND and relax. I was ready for some of that.
Now, I head to bed. Getting up in the morning, heading to E-Town and moving the Hughes family. So glad I get to. When I thought I wasn't going to be able to help move them, I was pretty ticked. Just ask Kacey. Some families take picnics, vacations, go to ballgames. Not my family. No, the Andersons...we move. We move ourselves, each other, our friends, your friends. Geez, I've helped people move that I barely even know. I moved many college friends. This is Lesli's 7th move since she's been married. At least one of us was there for each. It's the Family Business. I got paid to pack and move a professor's sister from Abilene to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Money is always good. Food is also an acceptable payment. But for family...we'll take hugs. And, anyway, it's an excuse to see family.
So, I'm glad I gave myself off Monday. Will give me a chance to recoup, revive, and get ready for next week. I think Kacey thinks I'm going to kill myself...well, inadvertently. But I'm tough. I'm an Anderson. We move stuff. And, I've definitely got some Ruffin in me too. :o)