angst: 0 ; logic: 1

Once again logic was ruled in favor over angst.

So last night Chez Gaudy, which is in general a pretty cool restaurant, called me to say “nevermind.” Again. A story for you:
While looking on Craig’s List for a second job, preferably in serving, I came across a great post for a restaurant I was already smitten with. It’s also only open evenings, so no battling over workable hours, and a whole block and a half from where I currently live. Went in for an interview, hit it off with the manager and the bartender. Went in for a trail shift and rocked it. Waited for a call back. Waited some more. Finally called them a week and a half after the trial run, to be dismayed by the “we’re going to look in another direction” response. Ok, that’s fine. Life goes on.
About a week later, I get a call from the manager. Expresses that it was concern over my hair, but if I’m willing to wear the wig, they would love to have me on board. Can I please come in to train days x and y? Sure! Of course! I rock my two training shifts so hard they say most people get 5 training shifts, but I’m on my own towards the end of my second one. We set up a regular schedule, fill out a time card, do an initiation shot, and I’m invited to the manager’s baby shower. I make arrangements with my first job to make it to work on time at the restaurant, cancel volunteer gigs, kindly bow out of regularly programmed social nights, shave my head to start growing out a “natural” head of hair, and pass up two serving job offers.
Then last night the manager calls me. I figure it’s to come in to cover someone’s shift. Instead it’s, “yeah, we don’t think you quite fit the attitude of the restaurant. We’re going to look in other directions.”
I’m sorry, what?! That’s likely the shittiest thing anyone’s pulled on me in a long time. So I was pretty angsty last night and this morning.

Then I re-worked my budget and realized I can get by just fine on one job, actually quite comfortably. Admittedly I won’t be able to save enough to live off of and pay for law school in a year, but I will also be able to have social time, time for volunteering, time to study for LSATs, etc. And I think my sanity is worth some student loans. And having my hawk back.


10 thoughts on “angst: 0 ; logic: 1

  1. Incredibly flaky behavior on their part. I’m horrified, frankly, and actually a little glad you’re not working there after all. I also told Nathan that I do not intend to give them my business next week.

    Douchebags. I agree that sometimes servers aren’t right for a restaurant, but yanking your chain twice and flitting back and forth between “we like you” and “go away” is garbage.

    Guess it means you’re free to hang out on your b-day, right? At least? :/

    • Yes! This means I will be available all weekend, and I will either take a half-day Friday or Monday, depending on which works better for you and Matt. Unfortuately it makes having my own place by the time you get here a bit less likely. We’ll see how the car thing goes though.

      Yay more time with two of my favorite people!

      (This also increases the likelihood of me making it to Maker’s Fair, at least for a bit)

  2. That sounds like a lot of bait and switch, BS. I’m sure if you followed it up, you could report them to the Better Business Bureau. But it sounds like they’ve already wasted enough of your time.
    My prediction? That place is gonna tank in less than an year. If it doesn’t, I know a tear of pranksters who can make that happen.

    • They’ve been around for several years now, so will likely keep going. I don’t think it’s worth the effort to prank them, and I’m not the type anyway. But thank you for the support. I need a hug from you sometime soon, better get on that!

      • Well, I’m of mixed feelings about ‘cyber’ hugs. So, you’ll have to wait till I get there in person. But I’ll make it worth the wait.

  3. I can’t comprehend the kind of mind that can parse that as making any kind of sense whatsoever. No business for you, jerks!

    Glad to hear you’ll still be doing ok. Of course, there are no doubt other options for a second job should you find yourself desirous of one.

  4. Well, That Sucks!

    That really blows. I’m sorry you had to deal with that. It sounds like they had two people involved with the decision to hire you and the one that said no finally won out.

    • Re: Well, That Sucks!

      Quite possible.

      On the upside, I now have time to hang out. We should meet up. willow (dot) bl00 (at) gmail (dot) com

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