“Can I help you?” I asked enthusiastically as a young man walked into my department around midnight.
“I need help!” the young man said with a warm smile. “I want a small LCD television and want to hook up all my televisions and cable Internet in one room using the single cable line coming in from the floor.”
“I can help you with that!” I replied, getting to work.
We walked over to the aisle with all the cables. I got him a five way 2400 MHz cable splitter and plenty of RG-6 shielded cable line – perfect for keeping the integrity of his cable Internet signal.
“What kind of TV are you looking for?” I then asked as we walked over to all the display models.
“Something around 27 inches to 32 inches,” he said. “I don’t mind spending money. I want something nice with high definition capability.”
I explained to him the pros and cons of some of our models and we finally decided on a Sharp 32” model. He was pleased and so was I to be able to help. It is customers like this that make my job a joy – sharing my enthusiasm for all things electronic.
“Can I hook up my iPod to my home theater?” he then asked.
“That is easy!” I replied as we walked back over to the cable aisle and I showed him the cable he needed.
“I can’t wait to get home and get this all hooked up!” he replied with an enthusiasm that warmed my heart.
The sale was over $600 dollars and he put it on his Visa card.
A Moderate Am I…
“What are your political leanings?” Jim asked me tonight as he ate his sandwich at my counter.
I’ve been very obtuse about my politics with regards to Jim – choosing just to stay incognito.
“I am a moderate,” I finally replied.
“Is there even a moderate party?” Jim asked.
“If there are Libertarians, then I am sure there is a moderate party,” I replied.
“Why choose a party that will never get in office?” he asked. “It is a wasted vote.”
“No vote is ever wasted,” was my reply. “I believe in meeting in the middle in compromise. The extremes of our two party system are what is wrong with modern politics in America. We can never come to a consensus.”
I gave Jim much food for thought. He didn’t deride me very much as I was expecting. He is very outspoken and a staunch Republican with extremist leanings so I expected to get an ear full.
“Who did you vote for in the last election?” Jim then asked.
“I voted Democrat. Obama,” I replied. “I had great hopes for Obama changing the country for the better, but so far he has disappointed me. It is politics as usual on Capitol Hill.”
“That’s what you get for voting for a democrat,” Jim blurted with a smirk.
I just sighed and wished we could talk about the weather or work. Anything, but politics.
5am and Another Day of Gathering Carts has Started…
I just walked out to check on George. Mrs. Florene had just dropped him off and he clocked in. He was on his own today – left to his own devices. He already had a long string of carts at the ready to bring in.
“Is this all there is to this job?” George asked me kind of miffed at the simplicity of the position.
“You aren’t tired of the job already, are you?” I asked warily.
“No,” George replied. “It is just kind of monotonous.”
I laughed. I reveled in the monotony of that job when I had it. I liked that fact that I had the same thing to do everyday with little deviation. It was very ritualistic and I revel in rituals which grok my obsessive compulsive tendencies.
“At least my boss is hot!” George exclaimed with a laugh. “She sure is a looker!”
She is a very pretty woman. I have no doubts that George would have her in bed at a moment’s notice – George having no qualms about such things. I took some solace in that my old supervisor is entirely not interested in George in a sexual manner. She reserves that for me – with the advances still coming fast and furious. It drives Stacey crazy!