Friday, August 10, 2007

working for a living

I worked in a different store today, downtown in a large business center, from 7 in the morning (ouch!) until midafternoon. In the morning, while I was by myself, I had the following two conversations, which I wrote down so as not to forget them:

Man: "Can you give me something that says 'I'm sorry, and I don't just see you as a sexual object'?"
Me: "Would you like a bouquet or an arrangement?"

Man: "Do you have any carnations?"
Me: "I'm sorry, we don't carry those here."
Man: "Well, can you make me one?"

The second man was actually looking for a boutineer (which I may have misspelled), not just a carnation, which resulted in my learning how to make them later that day (they're easy, fyi). I also made my first dozen roses in a vase, and a birthday cake made out of flowers :) Despite the early start, today was actually quite good, and I learned more than I have in a long time from the crazy energetic woman I was working with. Then I came home and slept for about three and a half hours, which I'm hoping won't bite me in the ass when I try to go to sleep tonight.
Other things this week: I watched a shit ton of movies, including two that involved factory accidents (Fast Food Nation and The Machinist) and two that involved death by garden shears (Disturbia and Hot Fuzz, which was surprisingly entertaining).

4 comments:

erica said...

i think something that's not made of flowers would be the best way to tell someone that they're more than a sexual object...

ammie said...

isn't that the best thing to have said to you ever? (not, of course, because he must have made someone feel shitty...) And it was really early and felt really scripted. What a day! He also asked me if I had a card that effectively conveyed "I'm a loser."

ammie said...

Oh, and now I see what you mean, seeing as flowers are plants' sex organs... Very true.

Raquel Laneri said...

HA! Man, do I miss those conversations I had with customers in retail...