Thursday, June 30, 2005

War of the Worlds

I decided to go see War of the Worlds, even though I think Tom Cruise has turned into the new Michael Jackson (perhaps even weirder???). The story was silly but the effects were awesome. Amazingly, I give this movie two thumbs up.

I'm Old

Happy Belated Birthday to Me

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Back to Normal

It wasn't as bad at work as I thought it would be. Granted, the first hour or two was tough as I started out at the casino wondering why I was still supervising. I was glad that people at work were at least tasteful in their comments. A couple of them felt bad because they were so sure I'd get the promotion. Things are somewhat back to normal now but it's going to hurt when I see the new managers. But what can I do but wait until the next promotion.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Life Goes On

I don't know what work will be like tonight. I had lunch with Glenn today and discussed how tough it will be to face my coworkers. I've accepted the fact that I didn't get the promotion, but it's all the comments that I'm sure to hear. How many times will I hear "How do you feel?" and crap like that. I guess I'm afraid somebody will say something that makes me snap. But all I can do is grit my teeth and turn everything off.

A Time to Rise

What better way to drown my sorrows then to go downtown watch one of my favorite movies this year, Star Wars Episode III. Of course my heart wasn't into the movie, but I still enjoyed it. In fact (corny statements ahead), I began to relate to Anakin Skywalker's character. He started off as a cute little kid but was seduced by The Dark Side. I'm not saying that I have a desire to build a Death Star, but I think that in order for me to succeed at my job (and in life) I do need a little bit of "The Dark Side" in me. I have been cursed with being "a nice guy" all these years, and at times I think it hurts me. In business, in life, and heck, even in poker, a little bit of dishonesty (for lack of a better word) is necessary. And so I must learn from this setback and carry on.

I don't hate any of the people who got the promotion. If anything, I hate myself because the top of the mountain was within reach. But I couldn't quite get there this time. But as they say, life goes on.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Wait

The time is near (I think) to find out about the promotion, and I still have no idea. Some people say it is better to think you didn't get it, so when you get it it feels better. Others say if you think you got it, then believe you got it (but then if you don't get it it feels like shit). Right now I must admit I'm the latter. I can feel that the promotion is mine. But you never know. Last time I was fairly sure I got the promotion but instead I went through a big fall. So we shall see.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Too Much Stress

It was an unbelievably stressful night at work. I screwed up the break rotations and the casino was just too busy. I kept worrying that something major would go wrong but somehow I kept my composure. The wait is killing me.

Saturday, June 18, 2005


It looks like I will find out within the week if I get the promotion. All signs point to me getting it (but then again I thought the same thing last time) so all I can do is wait and do my job in the meantime. It's been an interesting year for me. One moment I'm stuck between jobs and suddenly I'm in line to become a relief floor manager. I regret ever leaving the casino industry, but now that I'm back I'm here to stay.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Dark Knight

This week I got Wednesday and Thursday off (instead of Thursday and Friday) which worked out rather perfectly. Wednesday night at 11pm I got to watch BATMAN BEGINS with two coworkers. It was awesome, and I must say much better than Star Wars Episode III. The movie was rather violent but that's who the Dark Knight was.

Today was my interview for the floor manager position. I seemed to do well but who knows. I can only hope for the best. At the end one of the managers said "Jason you have a good chance". I don't know if that's a good sign or just a generic comment. We shall see.

Monday, June 13, 2005


Amazing, not since the OJ trial have we seen an example of the pathetic American justice system. But at least we know that the jury is now rich and will get richer with their book deals.


20 minutes until the Michael Jackson verdict is read. Wow, this is more interesting than the Apprentice finale.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Sixth Day

There I was Friday night at Metrotown on my days off, thinking about catching Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but it was sold out. So I decided to go shopping and see if I could find a suit or jacket. I fouhd nothing so I was on my way home (shortly after 8). Then on the Skytrain I got a call from work to see if I could come in (on my day off) and work some overtime, because it was really short at work. Well since I really had nothing to do anyways I ended up working a SIXTH day at work, but I'll be paid pretty well. No complaints.

I have an interview on Thursday (12pm) for one of the floor manager positions, so I can only get ready and hope for the best. I'll spend the next few days brushing up on procedures and anything that I can find helpful, like preparing for certain interview questions. Wish me luck.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Days Off

Work has been needlessly stressful. I guess I'm just worried about the upcoming interview for the floor manager position, and I'm cautiously paranoid (is that an oxymoron?) that something will go wrong. Luckily I haven't made any monumental blunders yet (unlike my chess).

I was lucky enough to get an early shift today (2:15pm-10:15pm) so I can watch some TV and turn in early (which for me will be 2 or 3am). Let's hope my two days off will actually be productive this time.

Right now I'm listening to my MP3's and working on a project for a website. A friend has done a great project on what makes a good casino supervisor, and I promised to write a thing on roulette. So off I go with a stash of bottled water. Let's see how long I go before the eyes droop. Good night to all.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Damn I'm Lazy

Two days off and once again I didn't spend anytime unpacking. My shit is still everywhere as it has been for two weeks. One of these days I'll get to it; then I can decide how I will decorate/renovate my place. I know I'll need some sort of a wardrobe or dresser to put all my shirts and suits, as well as more bookcases and a sofa (once I get rid of the old one that doesn't fit). But I guess I'm anxious and worried about the impending floor manager interviews (again). This time I want to be more prepared.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Blues at Work

Work can be so frustrating at times. Perhaps it's because I'm already thinking as a floor manager, and I see so much ineptitude at work. Certain people always ask the same questions regarding who they should give breaks to; others are still unsure about procedures that have been explained to them time and time again.

There just seems to be no motivation at work. Nobody seems to care anymore. This sucks because I'm starting to love my job more and more. Unmotivated staff translates to lower tips. These same people are complaining about low tips and yet these same people are doing nothing to improve those low tips. I don't know how to motivate them anymore.