Monday, May 01, 2006

Oops, did I mention religion?

I'm glad to see people commenting and interacting, but I think I am spent for the time being. I didn't think I would be able to put my finger on why, but I think it's basically because I just don't like seeing people upset. Especially when I know that if we were all in the same room together having a real-life conversation, we could disagree, blow off steam, and still leave on friendly terms. Disagreeing is much easier to do on the internet than leaving friendly.

A few directed comments before moving on:
1. Yes, you did go to the same school.
2. I have an answer to your question about how to not be a goat, and I'm content with it, but I didn't reply because I wanted a rest from the debate.

An extra-special welcome to the new readers who have come during the last few days in which I waxed theological. I hope you still like me when I'm boring again.

So, I got a phone call today asking if I could come in to work a few hours early because someone had called in sick. So I ended up working from 2-10:30 at the store tonight. It was a really good shift, and I was given a cool little award because my shift leader thought I did a good job training the new girl on the espresso bar. This made me feel very good; I thrive on positive reinforcement.

I also got a call today from the school where I sub asking me if I could work Tuesday through Friday this week. Unfortunately, I had already told a co-worker I would work her Friday shift for her, but I said I would do Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at the school.

I can't believe how good this timing is, though, because I am going on a road trip to Ottawa with Rachel next Monday, and I was a little worried about the lost income from asking for five days in a row off, but here I have picked up basically five extra shifts this week to make up for it. So thanks, God, for that. Oh, and the day I get back from my vacation, I will be going to a Starbucks "learning coach" class, which I am really looking forward to, because I would then be an "official" trainer and get to do more of what I did today.

We'll see how happy about this I am after working a double tomorrow on the limited amount of sleep that I am going to be able to get tonight. It's already almost midnight, and 6:30 am will come very early at this rate. But I'm practically nocturnal, lately, working almost exclusively closing shifts at the store and not getting up until almost noon most days. Ironically, the reason I am working evening shifts is so that I will be free during the day to sub at school!

"Who needs sleep? Be happy with what you're getting, there's a guy who's been awake since the Second World War."


mr sunshine said...

not to go off on a tangent, but positive reinforcement is something that isn't used nearly often enough. psychology studies have shown time and again that positive reinforcement is much more effective than negative reinforcment, yet our world revolves around negative reinforcement to correct human behavior. insurance rates, credit ratings, and even the penal system are built upon negative reinforcement. in summary, i promise to stop murdering people for the low, low rate of $1,000 a day.

Ryan Platte said...

"Who needs sleep? Be happy with what you're getting, there's a guy who's been awake since the Second World War."

I think that guy taught my 7am Honors US History class in high school. 3 hours of sleep was more like a maximum for him. And, transitively, for us.

My sincere apologies for the...fatigue?...I've caused. Since you picked up the conversation from Nicole's blog, I thought you were game for some more exchanges.

Neither of us are upset here, BTW, nor are we under some illusion that we're going to argue anybody into our church. Just participating in a discussion in a topic of utmost interest to us with our friends.

Rocket Surgeon, Phd said...

I sawwy!

Anonymous said...

Yay for the Barenaked Ladies!!!