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text 2018-11-09 02:40
Aggravating Work Update

So I have an actual schedule, and codes for the register--it only took a month to get those.  But after being adamant about hating it during my first stint, and being adamant about hating it now, I have worked the customer service desk every day I've worked this week.

 

Customer services is easily a three-person job.  I'm alone.  With only 10% training.  And supervisors who see me working with customers, but won't answer the phones when they're at the desk and calls are coming in like crazy.  Like really?  You don't want me on the phone when I'm working with customers face-to-face, but I'm also not allowed to leave the phone ringing.  And they wonder why people keep quitting. *sigh*  Because they keep putting untrained people in the customer service box without any help.  It's overwhelming!  I am by no means stupid or lazy, but if you don't train me to do a job, how the hell do you expect me to do it and do it with a pleasant smile?!  I will be a very not-so friendly face at the desk, and we'll see how that works out.

 

The phone system is a mess.  I barely know how to work it because I wasn't taught.  I don't know half the people who work there, or their titles, so I'm constantly having to ask who's who when people call looking for specific staff.  I didn't work there all that long the first time, and I have to constantly remind supervisors that I don't know most things as I hadn't work there long, and the time I did work I was only taught the registers.  I don't know the majority of what we sell or which department to call for certain items.  The supervisors are always busy and are almost attitudey because I need help.  Which I keep reminding, I wasn't there long the first time, AND it's been a year so there's a lot I wouldn't remember anyway.

 

But there are a few cashiers that started after I left who can commiserate and are very sweet and supportive of me.  Today all of the normal supervisors weren't there and they had to call someone from the hard-side department to work the front-end.  He was the best.  He was very patient and composed.  And he actually answered the phones when I was dealing with customers.  I have no idea why that's so hard for other supervisors, when he did it without hesitation.  Goodness gracious I wish he was front-end all the time as it seems that there is no end to me being in customer service.

 

And I hate to be a complainer, but it would be more bearable if they actually had one other person (non-supervisor) to help with phones and taking returns and doing damages for used/broke items.  There should be three, but it would run more smoothly with two at least.  And maybe a little actual training would be great.  But that won't happen because people always quit because...LACK OF TRAINING!!!  But I am trying to stay positive, because the pay is pretty good for retail, and the discount/incentives are nice, and there are enough nice co-workers to make the days bearable.  If I can get past the ache in my legs and feet these first few weeks, I think I'll probably stay.  But...Black Friday is fast approaching, so who knows.  And the witch that got on my bad side the first time I worked there is still there and everyone still hates her, so again, we'll see how it goes.  I'm trying to let things roll off my back and maintain a "no fucks to give" attitude.  I'll update in the weeks to come.  Thanks for taking the ride with me.

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review 2018-11-03 13:32
In the Miso Soup (book) by Ryu Murakami, translated by Ralph McCarthy
In the Miso Soup - Ralph McCarthy,Ryū Murakami

Kenji is a "nightlife guide" for English-speaking tourists in Japan. Basically, he takes guys on tours of what the Japanese sex industry has to offer. Although Kenji gets quite a few customers via his little ad in Tokyo Pink Guide (a magazine about the sex industry in Tokyo), the work isn't as good as he expected it to be. He can never seem to save up enough for that trip to America he wants.

Kenji has seen a lot of foreigners, but his latest client, Frank, is different. On the surface, he's a loud and friendly New Yorker who wants to go everywhere and have some sex along the way. There are moments, however, when something dark and ugly peers out of Frank's eyes. Frank hired him for three nights, right up until New Year's Eve, and by the end of their first night together, Kenji becomes convinced that Frank is the serial killer who's been raping girls involved in compensated dating, killing them, and dismembering their bodies (not necessarily in this order).

This book could be divided into three parts. In the first part, Kenji is a guide and translator working with a strange and vaguely disturbing client. This section has a large amount of detail about how the various places Kenji and Frank visit work and takes place mostly during their first night together. I recall them going to a peep show, a lingerie bar (sounded a bit like a hostess club, only with the women dressed in nothing but lingerie), and some kind of club where they ended up going on a paid date that Frank had hoped would end with sex. They also spent some time at a batting cage, of all things. Considering what just the time with Kenji cost, it was a little surprising that Frank wanted to spend it just watching Kenji try to hit some baseballs. But Frank was weird, even at the very beginning.

The first part is surprisingly tame. No sex, on-page or otherwise. The closest Frank gets to having sex is a handjob at the peep show, which isn't on-page. Kenji asks the woman who did it for a few details, hoping for something that might tell him, one way or the other, whether Frank was the murderer. Some aspects of this part of the book could almost be viewed as darkly comedic. Even as Kenji worries that Frank might be a murderer, there are moments when Frank seems clownish and ridiculous.

In the second part, which occurs a little over halfway through, the violence and gore is cranked WAY up. It's basically just one scene, but it is not for the faint of heart. I didn't expect this level of nastiness and ended up skimming it for my own peace of mind. Even then, way more of this scene is burned into my brain than I'd like. There is

on-page torture, as well as a character who is almost forced into necrophilia.

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The third part returns to the pacing and overall content of the first part. Kenji continues to act as Frank's guide, although Frank is no longer interested in finding someone to have sex with. However, whereas the first part was filled with Kenji's suspicions, more a fear of what his gut told him Frank might be capable of that anything, in the second part Kenji is

so far past fear that he's numb.

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The last part also had a sharp increase in Frank's level of self-reflection, philosophizing, and societal analysis. Kenji, too, found himself thinking about what it is to be Japanese. And, to be honest, I really didn't care what sorts of insights Frank had or inspired in Kenji.

I don't know if his explanation of his childhood was supposed to awaken in readers some sort of empathy or understanding for him, but I, personally, just kept coming back to the utter horror of what happened at the book's midway point. Several of those people were annoying, or liars, or scammers, but none of them deserved what happened to them, and Frank made it pretty clear that he planned to continue on as he had been, after he and Kenji parted ways.

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I didn't like this book. I suppose it was intense and focused look at the emotional impact of three nights with a guy like Frank, but I don't know that that time was worthwhile.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-10-17 11:18
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"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently" -Henry Ford
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review 2018-09-18 13:23
well done graphic novel
Rivers of London: Body Work - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

Loved this tale of a man who drowns in the river which leads to a haunted car. The single page glimpses into the life of Peter Grant and his colleagues are also very good.

Peter in this is a bit of a babe... 

 

As Peter is dating a River and also there's a drowning featured I'm going for Fear the Drowning Deep.  It could also have been Spellbound, Relics and Curiousities, Ghost Stories, Genre Horror, Supernatural and Suspense.

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