Man, what a day. I don’t even know the baseball score. I worked until 9, though I didn’t close. I was scheduled late because of an event. It wasn’t CAL but even though it was an event in the store, this one was as close to major as CAL: a fellow named Paul Tough. How’s that for a name? It’s pronounced exactly like the synonym for strong. The title of his book even has the word “grit.” This event was major because he’s a really important New York writer who wrote what seems to me a pretty good book about saving education in these united states where education is prized but never valued much anymore. The event was also a fundraiser for 826 Valencia. I bet you’ve heard of it. I have heard that sometimes Giants like to volunteer there. I have also heard that in terms of kindness, Dave Eggers is hit or miss. It’s ironic that the website of the company I work for has a sidebar for unconfirmed events-in-the-making called “Rumor has it.” Go there, Linc: booksinc.net. You’ll see it. You’ll see that we’re planning to host Lauren Conrad. Are you into blondes? It’s ironic because my total knowledge of you is rumors and hearsay.
I’m behind on my work. It’s terrible. So much was happening today — including a crisis (I want to be cute and say it was only a minor crisis, especially now that it’s over, but I really was in a panic) — that I left behind an incomplete display (a big no-no in retail), among other major unfinished tasks for which I left behind an apology. We have a staff log where we can leave each other messages about stuff like this. Someone reorganizes one of the book sections? Staff log. New policy? Staff log. Joe is trying to piece together all the duties of his new job and with great regret lists the folowing things he didn’t get done today? Staff log.
It’s not like my coworkers are such hardasses that they will come down big time on me. They’re pretty chill. What I like a lot about my job is that I work with adults. They chose to be there. They aren’t in retail because they really needed a job right now. I can safely guess that in their interviews when they were talking about how much they love books, they weren’t bullshitting just to ace the interview. Anyway, I’m the one who’s hard on myself. This is only my second retail job. I’m an office rat. I’m an amateur.
You won! You won big time today! At least one of us had a good day at work.