Thursday, June 29, 2006


It didn't take long at work before the clock struck midnight and I officially became old. But it was so hectic that I really didn't have time to sit back and enjoy things. But overall it was a great night despite a lot of things going on. We had to get a lot of staff training for the new game, Texas Hold'em Bonus, which is being set up as I write these words. Overall work is getting easier, but each night always brings a new and different challenge. That's what makes it enjoyable. Is it possible that I'm falling in love with my job?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

---> 40 <---

Yikes. The next time I post on this blog I will be 40 years old. This birthday comes with great trepidation and fear but I have to realize it's a part of life. Maybe it's ironic and fitting that I will spend it at work with my closing shifts. Whether people know or not is irrelevant. If anything, at least I'm fairly content with life. It can of course be better, but it could have turned out much worse.

Meanwhile, work was pretty easy. I took some chances at work to avoid OT and it just worked out. OK off to bed now. While everybody is enjoying the sun I'll be sleeping like a baby.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More Closing Shifts

Evidently I'm going to be closing manager for the next three nights (some sort of training?). As usual, I look forward to them, and with each shift, I strive to learn something more.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Just an Update

And so begins the second of my "weird days off" weeks? Last week was Sunday/Friday off, this week will be Monday/Saturday? There is a lot of stuff going on at work and of course as the "bottom" manager, I must take whatever shifts I am offered. I'm not complaining, as I've had a LOT of managing shifts this month; 4 closing shifts in two weeks, and the usual spattering of relief shifts. It's given me the opportunity to develop that rhythm that I so desired. Things have gone well and hopefully they get better. I have mixed emotions about the upcoming 24-hour opening, but we will see. It will be a challenge to motivate my staff, because a lot of them have let the news affect them negatively.

Once again I might be able to get the financing on a new car. I won't say much this time because it's all up in the air. I wish myself luck.

Work, cars, what's last? Women... Things have been so hectic at work I haven't had time to go out. I haven't had time to think about my future in terms of finding a soulmate/wife/girlfriend. I have to search my feelings and decide what to do. I have a number of female friends, and they are very dear to me. But is it my pessimistic nature holding me back again? Is it worth pursuing? Let's hope I get this car as it will make things easier. I just hope my potential soulmate has a bit of patience.

OK enough rambling. Hope everyone is well.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Shitty Week

Not the best day as relief tonight. I think I'm coming down with a flu, plus I still have that nagging toothache. I'm grumpy.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Great Week

And so ends a wonderful week for me. It's as if I've awakened from a somber sleep and now I'm totally refreshed about work. I still made a few little mistakes but overall everything seems comfortable. I look forward to work again.

There are still personal issues to deal with but to be honest, they can wait. Yes, it's nice to have a car and I will soon. But my life won't end if I have to wait. Same with the girl (did I just say that?). But first things first; when I'm good and ready.

Two days off to relax. Too bad I have the toothache from hell.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Back to Supervising

Alas, after three wonderful nights (and mornings?) as closing manager, it is now back to "boring" supervising for two nights. It has been a great experience that allowed me to develop that "rhythm" that I was hoping to get. It was great to work with Rosey, who let me "do my thing". We had a nice talk about managing and it made things easier. Everything went well. And now the dream ends for the time being, until my next closing shift (which happens to be on Sunday).

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mr. Pink

Tonight was a lot easier managing, even though it was a bit more busier than the previous night. I think I was so concerned about running the casino smoothly that I really didn't have time to screw up. I didn't even get a chance to talk to my shift manager too much. Either she thinks I'm working hard or I'm a snob.

I even got compliments on my new outfit: salmon/pink shirt, silver tie, navy suit, and dark brown shoes. Four different colors combined into a good outfit. People love the music I play at work (80's tunes of course). Now if only I can do my job a bit more efficiently, things would be perfect.

And now, off to bed....

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Who's the Boss?

Yesterday was the first of three nights in a row as closing floor manager. It's quite rare that I get a closing shift, let alone three in a row! There were a few hiccups but in the end everything went pretty well. I had to give one supervisor 30 minutes OT but it could have been a lot worse. Due to the fact that we were 4 dealers short, it was harder to send people home in 8 hours because it was quite busy. But somehow I managed to get everybody out on time (except the supervisor). Let's hope I can do even better tonight.

Monday, June 12, 2006

I Must Be Getting Old

Here's an interesting article from New York Times. Read it, and see if you can listen to the ringtone. Evidently I can't. Johnny? Sam? I bet your kids will be able to hear it.

High-Pitched Ringtone

Sunday, June 11, 2006


There are a lot of things happening at work, a lot of which I cannot say at the moment because they are not "official". Suffice to say that in the next while, everything will be hectic for me. As I've mentioned before, it is time to step up and show them what I'm made of.

Meanwhile, it's been a long week, so I'm going into hibernation on my days off. If I'm lucky I can sleep for 48 hours.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Deal or No Deal

I am so bloody hooked on this show now, especially after tonight.