Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The latest job updates

Hello Everyone,

Today was interesting and fun. I got to drive a convertable. A Mitsubishi Spyder to be exact. And I put the top down. I let my hair flow in the wind and turned up the radio. It was so much fun. I still can't wait to drive a Benz. I am waiting for that day.

I also won a gift certificate for the place of my choice as well as a paid half day off. I chose the gift certificate for Wal Mart.

I also met my area manager for coffee. He called me up and told me to meet him at Starbucks. I even got to take another car. We talked about my job and how things were going. Then he told me that he was gonna transfer me.

I am gonna get transferred to a smaller, less busier branch closer to home, and I will be working with one other guy. So there will be just us two and a car cleaner. I will be getting more personalized training so that I can learn faster and he can eventually transfer me to the busiest branch, which is in the middle of the Porsche and Benz Dealer. Gotta love that.

I am a little happy to get transferred because I worked with a jerk. This guy and I started the same day, are at the same level and he is trying to tell me what to do and boss me around, without being polite and saying please. He tries to make me look like an idiot and tells me that he is only telling me things so that I don't look stupid. And half the time the stuff he tells me is wrong. The funniest thing is that when we first started on the job he sat me down and told me that he is going to do everything he can to help me and that if he gets extra sales, that he'll give them to me. And then I beat his numbers, so I guess he wasn't that happy and has to make himself look better because he knows I don't have the highest self esteem.

But at the same time, I will miss my branch manager because he really has done a wonderful job training me so far, and has done his best to take care of me and make sure that I am okay on the job.

I will also miss the hot guys at the Ford dealership and the mechanic shops, and the firemen that have rented from us. But not all is lost because the new location will be in front of the police station and fire department.

I also wanted to extend my thoughts out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I know that there is a lot of chaos and suffering down there. We should all be thankful for what we have because it can be taken away any time. Health, family and material possesions can all go overnight.

That's all for now. Good night :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hello All,

I wanted to write a nice long entry yesterday but our network was down. And I would like to tonight, but I have a happy hour to go to with my coworkers. So I am off to go talk to my bosses and coworkers, play pool and eat for free.


Sunday, August 28, 2005

Summary and Thoughts

Hello Everyone,

It's amazing how much I sleep on the weekends. During the week I keep going and going and on the weekends I just let it all out. I sleep, I am lazy, I get my errands done and I try to go out.

My branch manager called me yesterday and made sure I was alright. He knows that in addition to everything at work, that I am STILL trying to adjust to living here in the states after being away for a year. I am mentally adjusted. Its just that I still have a lot to do such as finding a place, saving up money to move out, my new car, my new job, ect.........

That was really nice of him. The managers around here tend to feel personally responsible for their employees. And for good reason. The more they care, the harder we work and get them promoted. Because really, if I am not doing well with the company he doesn't get promoted. That's how our company works. And because I know he cares and is trying to help me, I will in return do the same for him.

I also had my first Spanish lesson yesterday. I went to her house for the private lesson. We sat in her beautiful backyard. My God, the weather was gorgeous. She has about 80 rosebushes. She also has an adorable boxer and a black cat. Those two play like best friends.

My teacher was born and raised in Columbia and speaks 7 different languages. I sure would like to be like that someday. Anyways, we spoke in Spanish and she had me read out loud and explain what I read.

I can speak Spanish and write down what people say to me. However reading and immediately comprehending more than a paragraph is still difficult for me. In Barcelona I was always reading advertisements and signs. I did try to sit down and read books, but after all the effort, I would usually get tired, put the book down and go watch Spanish TV instead.

I also got all dolled up yesterday and went out with my friend. We went to Santana Row, a really posh shopping area around here with nice restaurants. We first went to a Mexican restaurant and I had Snapper with green peppers. What I didn't realize was that those green peppers were jalapenos. In Spain green peppers were bell peppers. So my mouth was burning and my lips were on fire. The busboys were having a laugh and telling me to eat more tortillas.

After the restaurant we went to an upscale bar to just lounge around. We walked around and had a nice view out on the balcony and just talked about you know, what gals talk about. But there weren't a lot of people so we decided to go home early. I think that we arrived a little to early. Oh well. But I still had a nice evening. For once, it wasn't cold out.

I forgot to mention yesterday's hospital visit. I went at around 7am to get my eyes looked at and there was no wait. That was sweet. The wait the night before would have been 3 hours. I also noticed that there were crucifixes in every room. I liked that since I believe in God. The nurses were also really nice to me. And that really is a plus in a hospital.

And how could I leave out the EMTs. I have never seen an ugly EMT. They are all so fine, and did I mention muscular ?? Wow. Anyways, my little room was next to the administrative desk so I saw them talking to the secretaries. Anyways, this older Asian woman comes out and yells at them and demands a doctor. "How come I have no doctor"? "Where is he"? "We've been sitting here and waiting?"  She was waiting for less than 5 minutes.

They told her politely so sit down and someone would be with them. But no, she wouldn't take that for an answer. So about 2 minutes later she comes out and bitches again. And the hot EMT tells her in a stern voice to sit down. But she still comes out. And thats when he yells at her like a father and demands her to sit down and wait because she's not gonna die. "You're  in an emergency room for crying out loud !!. The other docs are seeing other people right now."  He is my new hero.

What the fu** is wrong with some people ??!! It's a hospital !! Not Nordstrom or Enterprise where employees are rated on customer service. I am so glad she got yelled at. Seriously, I felt lucky to be in an American hospital. When I was in Barcelona I got good health care, but it seemed like the one I was at yesterday was cleaner and more advanced. Oh, and the staff was nice. You can't ask for more than that. And it pissed me off like this woman DEMANDED to be seen right away. She should have tried to pull this crap in a foreign hospital. But the thing is, is that she is a foreigner. She should know the differences. Or maybe the hospitals in her country wait on her hand and foot. But I doubt it. Maybe she just felt entitled.

My job is based on customer service. I am sincerely nice to people. But sometimes people can get on my nerves and I have to kiss some ass anyways because I am never ever allowed to be rude or raise my voice. I do love my job right now, but Ialso can't wait until these days are over and I get to let ignorant people have a piece of my mind.

Anyways, that's enough for now. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The rest of this week in a nutshell. Long Entry

Hello everyone :)

This week has been busier than normal for me. I had a number of things happen to me this week.

1.) I sold my first car. I recommend buying our used cars when I talk to customers. Especially since I bought mine and I am happy with it so far. So, one of my leads ended up buying. And she loves her new car. That made me very happy.

2.) I got my 30 day review. Everyone gets reviews at Enterprise, so I got mine. So far so good. Best review I ever got.

3.) I went to the Champions Dinner, which is a dinner to honor people who have been doing exceptionally well. I was invited this time because I am a new hire and my boss wants to motivate me to do well. In order to go next time I have to meet some requirements. It was a nice dinner at Dave and Busters. I met with our managers and ate and played games.

4.) I got in a minor car accident on the job. I was turning on a GREEN light and the guy across ran into me because he THOUGHT his light was green. I was driving a new company car. And this guy's car that he hit me with was only two days old. He didn't even have his plates on. Way to go for him, huh? He just hit the right rear. So none of us were hurt and we were less than a block from my job. I nicely demanded documentation up front.

I felt that I got lucky. First of all this guy stopped and didn't run off. Second of all, he admitted fault right off the bat and appologized a million times. In my last accident the guy tried to yell at me. Third, we weren't hurt. I can deal with pretty much anything else if I am not hurt.

4.) I had to go to the hospital this morning because my eyes were burning and swelling on the job from yesterday. I would have gone last night but there was a three hour wait and I knew that I wasn't going to die or go blind.

Anyways, what happened is that I have really dry, sensitive eyes and also I got sawdust in my eyes when I was at a towyard. So I tried to cry it out and it burned like fire. So then I got all worked up and of course my eyes got redder and I didn't know what was going on. So I just decided it would be safe to get them looked at. Praise the Lord for Workers Comp.

5.) I work with all guys. So what happens is that they have their guy talk right in front of me and exclude me. Which is fine, because I understand that they can't talk to me like a man. They can't talk to me about football, their cars or weekend plans.They also can't talk to me about boning another chick, call another girl a cunt behind her back, nor can they call me a dousche bag or fuckface. This means that I am ignored, unless of course we are working on something together. I know that they are not doing this on purpose. They are nice guys and don't mean it. We are all hard workers and just want to do our job right so the boss is happy and we get promoted.

I have a sick twisted sense of humor like they do and what they say doesn't really offend me. It takes a lot to make me mad. But they STILL think that I am going to go to the HR department and complain, despite me telling them to relax. So therefore they just kinda have conversations IN FRONT of my face but ignore me. It bothers me because I went to school with one of these guys so he knows how I am. We worked on our class project and he had no problem talking to me. Now he kinda ignores me when we aren't working on something.

 I am not asking to be one of the guys, I am just tired of feeling like a jackass when I try to talk to them and I get ignored. I can't wait until we get another girl or until I get transferred. Hell, I can't wait until I get promoted so I can just leave. And that's too bad for them because according to my manager I am doing a wonderful job there and as soon as I learn more I will be pretty damn good.

What else? I am just really exhausted right now. I also look like hell. And the funny thing is that after I got out from the hospital and stopped somewhere for breakfast, I ran into 3 people I know. And I was trying to avoid the world.

I am in one of those moods where I just want to hide out like a hermit and avoid people. I feel like almost anything could get my panties in a knot right now. I think that the main thing is that I need to chill out right now.

So, that's all for now. I have a Spanish lesson soon so I am gonna get ready. I'll update soon.


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

My job and memories


Today was kinda nice because I went to one of our locations by the Benz dealer and sat in a brand new Benz. It smelled so good. What's nice about the new Benzes is that they have magnetic keys. Kinda hard to explain, but cool gadgets. Of course I couldn't take it for a spin. I was there to get one of our rental cars and drive it back to our branch. So while the guy was finding my car I sat in the Benz he was working on and just daydreamed a little. The guy found it amusing.

I also had to help an older couple. By older I mean about 83 years old. I picked them up at their house and helped them at our branch. They kinda reminded me of my grandparents so I was extra nice to them.

My boss was very nice as usual, but I could see that he was kinda annoyed with them because everything was moving along so slowly because they had a hard time walking. Even though they were taking up a lot of time, I just wasn't annoyed with them. It was like talking to my grandparents.

Helping them out and dealing with them made me think of what life will be like when I am in my eighties. How will people treat me ? Are people in customer service gonna smile to my face and help me out, but hope I disappear in the back of their heads? Plus watching them made me realize I am not gonna be in my 20s forever. Made me wanna  go home and change into a miniskirt and put on extra makeup.

I also helped another guy in his eighties earlier today. Real nice guy. Telling me stories about what Fremont (city where I work) was like when he moved there in 1957. Also gave me a little bit of his work history.

My favorite time to study is Pre World War II. So I really like it when I listen to older folks tell me about the old days. I also really love women's fashion from the 1930s and 1940s. So glamourous.

I remember looking at pictures of my grandma back in the day. She was so pretty. She looked like one of those Hollywood girls in the cinema. My great aunts were the same way. So glamourous looking. My grandpa tells me that they had diva attitudes to go with it.

Anyways, tommorow is another big day. I have a dinner to go to at my job. I just got my nails done. And I gotta say that my hands look pretty damn good right now.

I will talk to you later. Ciao :)


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

More digs on the job

Hello there everyone,

Today was a good day at work. I got to drive the Cadillac Escalade three times today. That was so cool. I didn't think my boss would ever let me do that.

I also drove brand spanking new cars around. I had to deliver them to my branch because we are getting a bunch of new cars in our fleet. Gotta say that I love the brand new car smell.

I absolutely love Mercedes Benz, but I haven't had the chance to drive one of those yet, probably because they are always rented. So I will really be happy when I get to finally drive a Benz. One of our branches is located next to the Benz and Porsche dealer. So maybe one of these days.

My boss also bought us lunch today and I was so hungry that I polished off the sandwhich like I hadn't eaten in days. But I was stoked that I didn't have to pay for lunch today.

What else? I help lots of customers and am real bad at remembering names. And it kinda makes me feel guilty. Today I had this guy who I helped earlier call me by my first name, and I didn't even remember him. He was asking me how the job was and how things are going and being real nice. I always appreciate it when people are just nice to me. Turns out I put him and his wife in the car earlier and he came back to do a change.

I also dropped this lady off at the mechanic and we had a nice talk. She just lost her husband after 30 years and was giving me advice as a single woman. She was talking about her daughters who are my age and telling me that I should go out and travel. I really enjoyed that conversation.

Anyways, thats about all for today.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Glad the Weekend is over

Hello there everyone,

After I wrote yesterday's entry my horrible date over the weekend called me back to appologize that he was so grumpy. I didn't get the call because I was in another room. But I am not calling him back. He should have stopped me from walking out the door yesterday, but he didn't so it's too late. I didn't yell, didn't argue, nothing. I got up and left after him blowing me off. Had he even appologized then I would have turned around. But nothing. So I said goodbye to his cat and didn't let the door hit my ass on the way out.

 I already know what his excuses are....... He works seven days a week. He's tired. And he tries to make me feel little because I don't work as hard as him. (I work 60 hrs a week. Excuse me for not working 70)  He tells me I don't know what it's like to work seven days a week. Like hell I do (college and weekend job), but I wasn't gonna compete with him. I don't make excuses with him so I won't accept them from him.

He's grumpy because he's hungry. Tired because he didn't have a cigarette. And this was only the second time I went out with him. I don't even wanna know what else would have been in store for me had I stayed longer. Personal insults?

Yesterday I was supposed to have my private Spanish class but the woman cancelled on me for the second time. She did this to me the weekend before last. I haven't even met her yet because she keeps cancelling !!! I am gonna give her one last chance and then I am gonna have to look elsewhere. It's really hard to find a spanish lessons for upper level students, especially since I work long hours during the week.

Today at work was long and rough today, but my boss seems happy with my performance so I guess it was worth it. I work my butt off at Enterprise. At least our Happy Hour is coming up. I also have a couple of other events to go to. I have a breakfast with my managers. I also get to go to a nice dinner this Thursday for people who do well with sales. They are inviting me because I am new so I can observe and be inspired to do well.

I really do hope I do well with the company. They have a wonderful training program and I could really go far in a year or two. Lord knows I need it.

Anyways, that's all for now folks :)

Sunday, August 21, 2005

I am so Naive

Hello there,

Today is just one of those days where I wish I could just call up one of my girlfriends and talk. Someone in my position or one of my guy friends who can just lay it to me straight.

I went out on a date last night. I also went out with this guy last weekend at the concert. Last weekend I had such a blast and was thinking about it all week. Yesterday just sucked. This guy did a 180. Last weekend he was the perfect gentleman and just loaded me up with compliments. Yesterday he was grouchy and tired and I don't even think I got one good compliment. I don't even think he really wanted to be there, despite him calling me up and inviting me. In fact, he was giving me subtle clues to leave, so that I would leave and he wouldn't look like such a jerk.

I am happy that I found out soon. Because although I am disapointed, I am not just gonna let myself get treated this way. So after I got home I erased his number. I would rather spend my free time by myself.

I am not happy that almost every guy I meet ends up like this. That leads me to believe that I am doing something wrong. And I just want to know what it is so I stop wasting so much time.

Anyways, I usually don't make entries like this, but today I am. I don't care how dumb it makes me look that I am just putting this out there.


Saturday, August 20, 2005

Weekend Update

Hello Everyone,

I just got back from my bellydance class this morning. I loved it. I just started back up again with a new instructor. I chose her because she teaches on Saturdays. Although there are basic bellydance moves that are taught, each teacher has her own style, her own opinions of what's right and wrong and her own expectations of her students. I am getting used to her style. And I have to say that I like it.

Last night after work I went out to dinner with my coworkers at a Pakistani/Indian restaurant. My coworker is from Pakistan and he invited us. The food was so good. He tried to get me to eat the brains, but I didn't. The curry chicken, lamb and rice was so good. We also had a mango/ yoghurt drink after dinner.

Tommorow I start my private spanish lessons. I need to keep up with my Spanish, especially since I don't speak it every day.

Anyways, I will update more later. Have a nice weekend :)


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Some useless tidbits about myself

1. What time did you get up this morning?  6:05am

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds :)

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Deuce Biglaow: European Gigalo

4. What are your favorite TV shows?  Sex & the City, Apprentice, and now Desperate Housewives

5.What did you have for breakfast? Starbucks coffee

6. What is your middle name? Christine

7. What is your favorite food? Korean marinated Chicken, paella, chocolate

8. What foods do you dislike? Eggplant, squash

9. What is your favorite chip flavor? Sour cream and onions

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?  Marc Anthony

11. What kind of car do you drive? '04 Nissan Sentra

12. Favorite sandwich? BLT

13. What characteristic do you despise? lying

14. Favorite item of clothing? cute tops

15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Morroco, Amsterdam, Egypt

16. What color is your bathroom? White and beige

17. Favorite brand of clothing? H&M, Dollhouse

18. Where would you retire to? Andorra

19. Favorite time of the day? evening before sunset

20. What was your most memorable birthday? 21 of course ;)

21. Where were you born?  Provo, Utah

22. Favorite sport to watch? Ice skating

23. Who do you least expect to send this back to you? Dunno

24. Person you expect to send it back first? have no idea.

25. What fabric detergent do you use? All

26. Coke or Pepsi? Neither

27. Are you a morning person or a night owl?  Night owl all the way

28. What is your shoe size? 6

29. Do you have any pets? No, but I love dogs.

30. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with your family &
friends? I am pregnant. (kidding)

31. What did you want to be when you were little? Astronaut

32. Do you have any children? Nope

33. What's your favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving

34. What's your favorite day of the week? Thursday and sometimes Saturday

35. Where do you work? Enterprise

Work updates

Hello there everyone,

Wow, I can't believe I haven't updated all week. I have been busy as usual. The nice thing about my job is that I am in and out of the office all day so my days just go by so fast. And before you know it, Friday is here.

Yesterday I had job training at the Regional Office and they took us out to Cheesecake factory. Their portions are so huge. A small ceasar salad is a heaping bowlful of lettuce drowned out with dressing. I had 2 appetizers. I had their grillled artichokes as well as salmon rolls. So good. For dessert I had strawberry shortcake. Even better.

Today I went out to lunch at Red Lobster with one of the guys in Car Sales department.  I have been sending him leads so we discussed how to make each other's jobs easier and how to get more leads.

During lunch, I saw my old boss and a coworker there. It was kinda cool. I never got tired of their food, even after 4 years. I was so full after lunch there. Gotta say that our waiter was kinda hot. He was new and he reminded me a lot of myself when I first started serving. He was awkwardly holding the trays full of food. He also forgot to put in part of my order, which is what I used to do. Of course we tipped him and told him not to worry.

What else? I got my nails done last week. They are looking pretty good. The salon is right next to my job. The ladies there are real nice. They are kinda expensive, but I can't really complain because my nails haven't broken yet. Plus I like someone to talk to while I am sitting there and they always have something to say.

Anyways, thats enough for now. I will update y'all later. Ciao.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Power of the Sun

Hello Again,

Here are some pics of the sun and maybe some rainbows. These pics were taken during my year of travel and continue to inspire me to get out and see the rest of the world. Remember to click the "View Larger" button to see them better.


What a weekend

Hello Everyone,

Normally my weekends are pretty routine. I sleep in, do my errands and see my family. Once in a while I see my friends.

This weekend I actually went out. That was fun. I went out on Friday with my friend to Satana Row. We went to a sushi lounge an then the Valencia Hotel after, which has a really, really nice bar. Not one of those run down bars I used to go to in college. A lot of people to socialize with. I didn't stay too late because I was so tired. But I did talk to a lot of people. It was just nice to socialize.

Yesterday I had a date and we went to the concert in San Francisco to see the Black Eyed Peas and the Dave Mathews band at SBC park. The view was so gorgeous because you could see the view of the San Francisco bay and the Bay Bridge as well as the rest of the city.

At first we went to dinner across the stadium and then we saw the concert. At the restaurant the line for the ladies restroom was soooo long that some girls ended up using the men's restroom, which was what I did. It was funny because while I was in there 2 girls were talking and the other men told them to just shut up and do their business.

I liked SBC park because we had upper seats and we were not crowded by people. It was nice to take a break during the concert to just walk around and look at the city.

I am sad that the weekend is over and that I have to get back into my routine of working hard. But that's life.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Hello Everyone,

Not really a lot to write today. I worked all day as usual. Got paid. Finally!! I have been broke for 2 weeks. Now I can fill up my gas tank and pay in cash instead of charging it to my credit card which is almost maxed out anyways.

 I looked at my check and wanted to cry. So much is being taken out for taxes. And I really need every cent right now.

I am also happy that tommorow is Friday and that the weekend is almost here. I really need a day where I do nothing but chill and lay around like a lazy sloth and watch DVDs.

Okay, enough babbling for now. Ciao.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Barcelona, Spain


As y'all know I came back home from Europe about 2 months ago. I am happy to be back home. It is a nice feeling to be back in my own country.

But yesterday I was looking at pictures of Barcelona online. And I kinda miss it. I just wanna go back for a week and chill out on the beaches and go out and party. I remember this time last year. I was on the beaches. I got a pretty good tan. I remember staying there one night till 3am. Then I got up early the next morning and went to the Dali museum.

 If I were there now, I would go to the beaches and stay out late having tapas on the beach Chiringuito ( like a bar on the beach ). I would also be taking a train on the weekend to visit other beaches or mountains.

I would also be watching movies in the open cinema in the castle on the mountain. I did that last year. I watched a film in a lit castle on the mountain and there was a live jazz band before hand. I went with a friend from Germany and not a word of English was spoken. That was cool.

I would also be sitting by the port and watching the cruise ships sail in, feeding the birds and fish, taking pictures and watching the Morrocans try to sell weed.

I would also be buying bootleg Cds on the beach. I really miss that.

I don't want to go back for a long time. I wouldn't wanna go there for a month. I just want to go back and do all these things one more time. Just a weekend even.

I always spent a lot of time walking around the city. I would spend hours after work just walking around and seeing new parts of the city. Although I feel like I missed out on going to other cities like Madrid, or going to Gala's castle, I didnt miss out on Barcelona. At least I can say that I did not take Barcelona for granted. I pretty much stayed in the city the whole time, but I experienced the real Barcelona, not just what the tourists see.

Of course I have to leave some pics for y'all to see. One of them was taken in Austria, but who's counting ? :)

Monday, August 8, 2005

Manic Monday

Hello Everyone,

Today started out rough. We got two complaints sent in this morning. My manager was pissed. I have no idea what happened but we are gonna find out. Then we got very busy. People flooded in and the phones were ringing like no tommorow. Adn we were understaffed today. Then an old lady decided to bitch me out over the phone because we were out of full-size cars. My lovely manager decided to let me be the designated one to handle her.

Last week I drove all the way to this woman's house and tried to switch her into a bigger size car. But after a half hour of questions she didn't want it anymore because she was freaked out by the gears. I have no idea why because all of our cars are automatic. But whatever. After trying to convince her that I only cared that she was comfortable and was willing to do whatever it takes to help her, I left her alone.

So she calls us up today and wants a full size car. But we don't have any because it's high rental season. I tried looking at other Enterprise locations and they are out. But she wouldn't believe me. So she decided to bitch and moan at me for another few minutes and tells me that she always has problems with us every time she rents with us. And I listened and appologized and kissed her ass some more. And I will do the same tommorow.

Really, this woman doesn't bother me. Despite how she comes across I know she is not trying to make my life miserable. In fact, I don't even mind helping her. It's all part of the job. I know that I will have to deal with much worse. Welcome to Enterprise.

But I did have a good day. For starters I had to drop off three big, gorgeous firemen back at their hotel. I was blushing the whole way. They were in town for the firemen competition in Fremont. Now why didn't I hear about that? I would've watched that. As they were leaving the car I smiled and told them to be sure to send me a copy of their next calendar. I am such a dork.

Men in uniform. I am really not picky. Police uniform. Fireman uniform. EMT. Military uniform. Sailor uniform. Mechanic uniform. Construction gear. Okay, maybe a little picky because I don't really like the UPS uniform. But you get my point. Elisa knows what I am talking about.

Anyways, I am gonna stop here. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.



Sunday, August 7, 2005

Thank God for Weekends :)

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I didn't really do anything. But I did get a chance to workout. I think y'all know that I used to do Tae Kwon Do for about 15 years (since I was 5). And last night I attempted it again after 3 years of not doing anything!! I was hurtin'. But I felt good afterwards.

I also saw my family and we had dinner. That was nice. I remember when my parents used to take us out for breakfast every weekend. And my stepdad would always lecture me on getting good grades and finding a good job. Those days are over because, well I graduated.  Now he "talks to me" about why I should buy a house and the power of buying a house. He's full of advice. He even has a beard to make him look "wiser". I am sure y'all have wise fathers.

But I kinda miss the old days. We'd go skiing or rollerblading and he would never stop talking about why I should take school seriously. We'd have fun, and I got to see him. And I did listen to him. Maybe I didn't get the best grades. However, my GPA isn't bad, I graduated and I have a job. I may not be the best, but I can still  make myself better.

Anyways, today I am going to make a conscious effort to get ready for the upcoming week. This will be my third week at work. I still feel like I am being thrown in the middle of a storm because there is still so much to learn. I am not just learning the basics of how to write a rental contract. I am also learning the business inside and out. Things such as the financial statements, the cars, the legal aspect of it. That's why I like my job. They don't treat me like a dumbass. They encourage me to ask questions and they don't really prohibit me from doing anything. Except maybe driving their Cadillac Escalades. :)

Anyways, I am done babbling for today. I will babble some soon.



Saturday, August 6, 2005

Today is one of those days

Hello there,

Today is one of those days. It is hot as hell outside and I just don't have the energy to do anything. Nothing at all. And to add insult to injury I am bloated like a pig and cramping. All you ladies know what I am talking about. All you guys can just forget I said that.

I have papers to organize and bills to pay and my room to clean and my storage to go to and yada yada yada. But I just don't want to do any of it. All I want to do is lounge around like a sloth and watch DVDs.

I would like to do fun things, like see a movie, get my nails done or get dolled up and go out with my friends. But I don't even have money. That stinks.

Last weekend I was actually productive and got stuff done. This weekend is a totally different story.

Anyways, I just thought I'd share. I hope to God my weekends get better.


Friday, August 5, 2005

Depressing Post.

Hello Everyone,

Is it me or does life just move by too fast ? I felt like it took me forever to turn 21. After I had my 21st birthday my life sped up so fast. I feel like I turned 21 yesterday. And this year I will be 25.

I feel like I am getting old. I know that my parents hate it when I say that. Older folks tell me that I am young and that I still have my whole life ahead of me. I don't understand that. I know that I am still young. But still having my whole life ahead of me?

 Now I can see that one day I am going to get old. As a kid I just couldn't imagine that. Now I can see that it will happen one day. And I cherish the fact that I am still in my twenties.

My grandparents are getting older and one day they will move on while I am alive.I love them all to death and it's hard for me to imagine that. Now as I am getting older I realize that  I shouldn't take my loved ones for granted.

I have a younger brother and we used to fight. Now we bond when we see each other and I really love and care about him.

Anyways, thats all I have to say about that. I know it's sad but I've been thinking about this a lot lately.

Thursday, August 4, 2005

I am so dog tired


Today was another long, but fun day at work. I also stayed a couple hours after to learn about the financial statements. That just confused me more since I only been there for 2 weeks.

I am just glad that I don't have to sit in that office all day. If I did then I know that I would lose my mind. But since I make drives to pick customers up and do drop offs, then I have a little break here and there to listen to the radio for a couple of minutes and chill.

I am happy that tommorow is Friday. It will be a long day, but at least I get to spend my Saturday sleeping in.

I better go now and get some sleep.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Name Brand Dropping

Hello Everyone,

Today I had to get up at 5am for a morning meeting at 6:15. I worked till 7pm even though we close at 6pm. My branch is busy, so I am always doing something. I am either answering the phones, picking up customers, driving customers somewhere, cleaning the cars or checking them into their cars.

Today my boss gave me and my other new coworker $50 each because when a customer was called during our survey, they said that they were completely satisfied with our service. But we got the money also because they remembered our names. That was sweet for me since I am so broke. They filled up my gas tank and gave me the other $25 towards Starbucks.

The reason I am happy about this is because it will go into my file and definitely help me when it's time to prove why I am eligible for a promotion. Every little but counts.

My coworker told me that if I got a 100% on my exam (I took on Mon) that he would take me out to lunch. Well, I also got a 100%, so he owes me lunch. I don't know if he was serious or not. But now I am holding it to him. I am broke and hungry so I will make sure that I get my meal.

What else?? During my lunch break I went to the shopping mall across the street and strolled around. Of course the guy at the T-mobile sales booth was trying to get me to sign up with T-Mobile. I usually try to walk to the other side and igore them, but I decided to talk to him because I was in a good mood. I just renewed my contract with Verizon for the 3rd year so I figured at least I could debate with him.

It's funny how those guys are all in your face and try to convince you that their service is better. They just forget that little detail: $175 termination fee. I told him that if he would eat that termination fee that I would consider it. Because I like their rates and I would be willing to try them.

But I still like Verizon. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have been with them for 3 years and they have treated me well. They have good service and are more reliable. I had Cingular for 3 years and they screwed me over royally. So I definitely will shell out more for good customer service and reliability.

While I was at the Mall I also walked through the Cosmetics department at Macys. I was sampling all these perfumes. I still smell like a department store. I really like the perfume from Sarah Jessica Parker. Estee Lauder also had their promotions going on. If I spend $24.50 with them I get a free gift. I always love their gifts. I want their foundation which is $30. So if I just buy that then I get their gift. I am gonna have to wait for payday on that.

Anyways, I am done talking about my job and other companies today. I better go home and get some rest.




Monday, August 1, 2005

Just another manic Monday

Hello All,

Not much to write today. I am just so exhausted right now. Maybe it's because I didn't drink enough water.

I didn't have to work today. Instead I drove up to San Leandro to take my test for my job. We also had training on Sexual Harrasment and Business Ethics. Then I got to go home.

I also went to the community college to look for language classes. I am either going to sign up for Russian or Chinese. It's always fun telling people that I wanna learn Chinese. They look at me like I am crazy.

Anyways, tommorow I will be back to serving my customers at Enterprise. Gonna be a busy day.