Well, I'm off the graveyard shift. Now I am working the 2 to 10 shift and can actually go to bed before midnight. Things change fast sometimes.
It figures, my first official night off I couldn't sleep at all. You can't spend 6 months staying awake all night and suddenly switch in less than 24 hours. I did get to sleep around three in the morning and then slept till around ten am. I'm sure I will be able to adjust soon.
The difference between the afternoon and night shift is you are a lot more aware of time passing. When you work in the dark the artificial light is always the same but during the day you can see the shadows shifting as the sun heads towards dusk. It's harder to not pay attention and time can drag. Plus I have to adjust to working with Diane again. But I'm on the daylight shift!
The one thing that doesn't change are the customers. Some guy came in and asked if we did atm. He had a bit of an accent so I didn't understand what he wanted, he repeated "atm" several times and then I figured out he was talking about ATM cards. It's been years since I heard anyone call them that, instead everyone says "debt cards" these days but I was able to help him after the mistranslation.
A trucker came in and wanted popcorn. He asked how old it was and then went into a long story about going to the movies and getting a bad batch. Some people are passionate about their popcorn. He must have liked the the truck stop's because he didn't complain about our batch.
A customer mixed coffee and coke. I guess he wanted a lot of caffeine and sugar.
A truck driver came in and wanted to fill up so I turned on the pump for him. After he started pumping he wanted me to set the pump for $4oo. I explained that I can't set the pump once it's running so he said he would stop it. He got over $500 and then complained the pump didn't stop so once again I explained that once the pump is on I can't set it to stop. Sometimes I think people don't listen and other times I think they hear what they want and ignore everything else.
A guy came in and wanted a cup of coffee so I charged him the normal amount for it, he didn't get any fuel. After he left Diane told me he was one of the station owners. If he had introduced himself I wouldn't have charged him but maybe he was testing me. Either way he didn't say anything so I'm not going to worry about it.
When Steph came in I had to tell her that she forgot to put the cleaning supplies away and the manager was ticked. When I worked with her I would remind her but now she is on her own. I had pointed out in the past that the one thing guaranteed to tick off the manager was to leave stuff out and to be prepared to be told off tomorrow morning.
After that I went home. The schedule change had caught up with me and I went straight to bed and slept all night long. It's nice to wake up in the morning while the sun is still up, I could get use to this.
Found money 30 cents.
Tonight I worked with A for the first time. Since she will probably be featured in more stories I should give her a name so I will call her Ann, not her real name. We'll see how things go.
Ann didn't do much, mostly painted her nails. She seems to be the opposite of Diane. I don't mind because that means I can do more. Plus she cleaned the restrooms which I dont' mind at all.
A guy came in and wanted to know if there was a town around here. I pointed across the highway. I guess all those street lights confused him.
The afternoon shift is in a way like the night shift. There weren't many customers so I decided to stock the candy and sure enough a crowd of people showed up. I seriously think they are watching and waiting.
A group of kids on a group trip came in. They must have been watching "Finding Nemo" because they were talking in a bad Australian accent, and very loudly. I was happy when they finally left but I felt sorry for their chaperons who probably had to listen to them for the next couple of hours. I hate to say it but I remember being like that.
I looked out the door and some guy was backing up a truck, the problem was he was heading right for my truck. He kept getting closer and closer. Finally I went outside and waived at him to stop, he couldn't have been more than a few feet away. He was kind of embarrassed and when he came in to pay he went straight to Ann and didn't even look in my direction. Oh well, the truck survived.
The new guy came in on time and I got to go home. I'm starting to like the afternoon shift.
Found money $1.51
After last weeks fuel theft the owner decided to install a hidden camera right next to the pump. They spent the entire day installing one in an old speaker box from back when there was an intercom system. The problem was that the morning crew, who usually screws around all Saturday morning, did everything. There was nothing left to do, they cleaned the lot, the counter area, they even stocked the cooler, which never happens. There was nothing left but to hang around and wait on the few customers that came through.
Ann went to bag up some ice and dumped it all over the floor of the office. I guess she didn't knot the bag well enough and when she picked it up it went everywhere. I told her that she was looking for something to do and cleaning up ice counted.
The morning crew had put hot dogs on the new machine. The thing was they had turned it up to high and forgot to turn it back down. There were crispy little shriveled hot dogs turning round and round and it took twice as long to clean off the burned on parts. Gotta give them a message tomorrow.
Some truck driver called, he was staying at a nearby motel and wanted to know how far it was to Salt Lake City. I told him I had no idea and he asked if I had a computer and could look it up. I told him no and he said "Well you're pretty useless" I hung up on him. I could have pointed out that I wasn't going there and he was the useless one for not knowing how far his own trip was but it wasn't worth the effort. Plus it pisses people off even more if you don't fight with them. He didn't call back.
Brent had to close out at his other job so he was going to be late. I stuck around for an hour and chatted with Steph about how things were going. I guess the new guy is going to work out. He showed up and I went home. I guess next week he will be on a new schedule at his other job and I won't have to wait for him, oh well I don't mind the overtime.
Found money 16 cents.
It was another slow day. I was so bored that I got a bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush and cleaned the outside trash cans. They were nasty sticky and I hated dealing with them when I switched out the bags. Now they are all nice and sparkly and should remain that way for about a week.
Two trucks rolled onto the lot. They hung out for a while and then left. About an hour later they showed up again, and I got paranoid. They prepaid for $200 bucks each and pumped up to $195.00 and then stopped. I had Ann call the the owner but he said it didn't sound like the trucks they videoed in the past. Just to be on the safe side I went out to check the trash cans but it appeared they were checking their oil and washing their windows, and were just hanging up the pumps. I guess it was a false call, thank goodness.
The night crew showed up, on time and I went home. It had been a long boring day and since I had changed shifts it had been a long week. But I have two days off!
Found money none.
For the first time in moths I could go for a walk in the sunshine. I dropped by to visit a friend I hadn't seen in a while and caught her up on the going's on at the truck stop. After chatting with her I stopped at the station to talk, they think I'm mad at them if they see me walk by and I don't stop. Then I went home and enjoyed the rest of my day off.
On Tuesday I got a haircut, it was way overdue. The best thing about the barber shop on Tuesday is there is no wait. Now that I'm not tired all day I got several things done, including preparing for my trip. Tomorrow I go back to work but today I'm enjoying the sunshine.
found money, one cent.
Found money for January $14.20