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02 December 2009 @ 08:46 pm
Little bit of funny:

I stopped into my old B&N to start getting ideas for Christmas, and to browse the used books. Ended up chatting with a few people (not long enough with you, adrienne429; what gives with you being conscientious and helping customers rather than shoot the breeze with me? sheesh. :P) and spending far, far too long wishing I still had my discount.

In the time I was in the store, I was asked twice by booksellers to help with a customer recommendation, and paged once to call a specific extension. Which I totally did, by the way. And no one took any notice of me picking up a store phone and helping myself. hee!

Part of me really, REALLY misses working there. It's easy to forget that it was Retail first, Bookselling second (or third or fourth). It's easy to forget that there were problems with management, with favoritism, with scheduling. Easy to forget being expected to do the work of three people because you would, would rather work yourself to injury and exhaustion than not do A Good Job.

Not so easy to forget that I was so plugged in. I knew what was coming, had ready access to ARCs, and kept a keen eye on what came into the store every day I was there. I had fellow book lovers to talk to. I was pretty darned good with the school groups; there were MAJOR gift card sales because of my presentations to the kids (which, by the way, I compiled on my own time). I was seriously good at matching people with books.

I'd think about going back for a couple of shifts a week. Really, I would. But it would have to be on my terms, my schedule, and they'd never go for it. Ah, well. They don't know what they're missing.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on December 3rd, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
I miss you but they don't appreciate good workers like you.
Ratesjul: world booksratesjul on December 3rd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
I think WE all know what they're missing.

tari3: [HIMYM] Lilytari3 on December 3rd, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
I'm so upset I missed you! I heard that you stopped by, but I closed tonight. :(

They don't know what they're missing.

Yes. But then there are those of us who know exactly what's missing, Ms. Bookseller Extraordinaire, and we cry sad weepy tears of sadness.

On a completely unrelated note, have you been watching How I Met Your Mother recently?
Kel: barney hearts tacosladyjoust on December 5th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I'll see you next time I'm there, I'm sure! This was a totally spur of the moment visit.

But then there are those of us who know exactly what's missing, Ms. Bookseller Extraordinaire, and we cry sad weepy tears of sadness.

Awww! That makes me feel warm AND fuzzy AND just as weepy sad. I seriously miss you guys.

Yes, I have been watching HIMYM, and I have very stern words for the writers. Overall, most of the new eps have been decent, but the character stuff has been all over the map. Much better Ted this season. Up and down with Lily and Marshall, and sod-all WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST DO? as applied to Barney and Robin.
Blaidd Drwgfairyrune on December 3rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
This right here? What you said? I'm pretty sure that's exactly how the boyfriend-person feels about B&N. (Only he was a Musicseller, not a Bookseller.)

You are not alone!
harpiegirl4: Forget World Hobbitharpiegirl4 on December 3rd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Before Cody was offered Saturday hours at work and I got some holiday gigs, we actually went to the mall and picked up apps for weekend PT jobs. B&N was one of them. Hearing all this, I'm sort of relieved we never filled them out!
Rennierengirlie87 on December 5th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
yah, I have that working at dicks sporting goods. I can't really handle much with grad school work, but they will take Anything I can give them, since they know I am a good employee, and generally competent and enjoy working with people. well, not all people, but most.

they do know what they are missing.

and you might be surprised, I work on MY own terms, I bet you could too.
Mairearanturas on December 6th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
"spending far, far too long wishing I still had my discount" Ahem......still waiting. ;)
Kelladyjoust on December 7th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
sorry! If I'm not to late, I'll get you my list when I get back from teaching tonight.