I flew to LA on Thursday afternoon for a class on Friday. The class was good. It was on the payroll module for the accounting software I use at work. The teacher was one I’d had before for other modules, and I enjoy his teaching style. And, yes, on the evaluation at the end of class, I said that Charles is a rock star… but then I went on to explain because, as Sir Richard Steele says, “Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.” On the other hand, the waiter I had at the Crown Plaza next door to the training center was NOT a rock star. I should have known when his response to my question, “which do you think is better, the Ahi tuna sandwich or the Angus burger?” was “I can’t tell you that.” Evidently, he really wasn’t allowed to tell me. When I let him know that my Ahi tuna was so cold there were ice crystals, he had to ask the manager b/c he wasn’t allowed to make his own decisions. If he’d stuck around for a moment, I’d have explained to him that I gave him full permission to make his own decision–which should have been to let the kitchen know. I wasn’t asking for a free meal, b/c I ate most of the sandwich, but I thought the chef would just like to know. By the time the manager came out to see about the problem customer, I was ready to just be done with it. He was pretty unpleasant, but he finally said to the waiter, “oh just give her 40% off her tab!” like he was deigning to do me a favor. Lovely!
I’ve spent most of today hanging out with my sister. We’ve been mostly lazy–watching TV, talking, planning, solving the world for each other. My sisters are completely opposite in personality. I mean literally completely opposite! But somehow I manage to get along really well with each of them. That makes me either a chameleon or just very flexible. I’m not sure, but somehow I’m ok with that. I enjoy time with my sisters, and I’m grateful to have them. Unfortunately, I only had a short time with my older sister… usually, we have a week or so, but between tax season, and my busyness at work, I was happy to get what I could: one day.
Tomorrow I head back to Colorado. I’m going to start looking for a house. Well, I hope I get a house… anyway, a place to live. I’ve never lived on my own, and I’m looking forward to it.
It’s late now, and I’ll have some time at LAX tomorrow. Since they don’t have free wi-fi at the airport (seriously? who even does that??), I’ll write about my thoughts regarding a new home.
In Him, Joni