Thursday, February 08, 2007

New Job

I have been hired at my favorite bookstore. It's a used bookstore in Whittier, but I won't actually say the name in this post in case I ever want to complain. So far I don't. I've only worked four hours thus far, and I'm only scheduled eight hours a week for the near future (1-5 Tuesdays and Saturdays, come stop by!), although the owner is happy to add more hours as I pick things up, even, possibly, to fulltime. I say possibly since I'm not sure yet whether or not I want to do that. It would depend in part how good I can get at this and how much higher I can get my payrate to go. He told me what the maximum was when he hired me. If I could get it up to the maximum, that'd be great. We'll see whether he was thinking I could get that high in a couple years or in a much closer, much more helpful to me time period.

My first day, last Saturday, was good, although a bit tiring. There was a lot of information to take in. Used bookstores can be a bit more complicated than new ones, especially since the computer won't tell you whether or not we own a book; you have to know the store pretty darn well. Sad as it was, my feet were tired when I finished -- after only two hours. Physically, I felt much like I'd been at the mall, and I hate that feeling (includes a sort throat and headache). Fortunately it quickly faded with food and rest.

Last Tuesday was better. I spent a lot of time fixing a section of messy books with the owner, and the time kneeling and shifting from one position to another seemed to help. And reorganizing books is the sort of thing I do to destress. In fact, I noticed towards the end that I had mysteriously acquired a multitude of scratches on my right forearm. No blood, but many many pink raised lines. I guess I got carried away as I pushed, pulled and scooted books? Beats me. They were mostly gone the next day.

So, that's the new job. I'm excited about it, but also a bit scared it's not going to work out. Right now, I'd like to stay there indefinitely. But at my current level of pay, that just wouldn't be possible. We'll see.

3 comments :

luminarumbra said...

Congrats on the new job!

Ron Hatch said...

Silly! We can't "come stop by" at your new job unless you tell us the actual name of the store! Or do you thing that anyone who truly cares about you would be willing to check every used bookstore in Whittier?
;-)

Marcy said...

Actually, I don't think there are very many. But don't be silly -- I expect anyone who truly cares about me to ask me in person! So there.