May 5th, 2006

Loon

Busy, busy, busy ...

The Girls and I had dinner last night with my cousin who was in from Seattle to attend some conference. We typically see each other only every 2-5 years (the last couple of times were at his daughter's wedding and my Mom's funeral), so there is some distance. As I recall correctly, I'm right inbetween his and his daughter's age, so if she's 38 (as he reported to my Girls), that means that he's about 58 at this point. He did bring the good news that she just got tenure up at Carleton University in Canada ... so I'm guessing she's going to staying up in Ottawa for the foreseeable future.

While I am still running around filing applications for bartending positions (and a few I.T. ones that have floated past me on the web), I was officially "hired" by this catering group on Wednesday. Unfortunately, they can't promise me more than two or three actual bartending gigs a month, so this would primarily be "serving" at events, although I suspect the hiring manager is looking at bumping me up to a "captain" gig once I get the basics down (he mentioned how he went from busser to server to captain during his first week there). I actually had to take a pass on two things this weekend ... since I discovered that my tuxedo (which I'd not worn since 1998) was in need of replacement, so that's my top-of-the-list project (and trust me, it's not easy to find a size 54 tux jacket). I really hate the idea of doing waiter stuff, but this group has great contacts with all the major hotels, so it might be the "back door" into one of those gigs (which would have stuff like health insurance, which this doesn't), which would in turn be a "back door" into doing something more in line with my actual resume (dammit).


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Loon

What a day ...

The good news is that I managed to get most of my tux pulled together ... I drove down Western from Belmont to 47th street to get to the Value City down there which I'd been told was likely to be my best bet for a tux in my size, and yes indeed, I was able to get a tux jacket for $60 and tux pants for $40, not bad. Unfortunately, they didn't have any vests or cumberbunds. They did have name-brand tux shirts (with ties) for a mere $15 ... unfortunately, maxxing out in a collar size that was about 1" tighter than I prefer to wear, but I couldn't pass up that deal (I ended up finding some "collar extenders" elsewhere). I tried a few other places (like the big/tall shop up near The Girls dojo tonight) but am still in need of the vest. Worse comes to worst, I can get it at a regular "formalwear" shop, I guess.

Once again I got an amazing deal on the car rental ... went out to Cicero & Belmont to get the "weekend deal" (at a measly $13.29/day), reserving a "compact" car ... they were all out of regular cars, so put me in this huge Ford SUV, which is like a 4-class upgrade (yeah, which sucks gas). Good thing it's "comfy", since I spend most of the day driving. I ended up going round-about ways because the main north-south highway through town, 90/94, is all screwed up with construction south of downtown, which is why I took Western 80 blocks south. Actually, I made OK time, the map thing estimated (with the expressway) 27 minutes down there and it ended up taking me about 35 or so. I then took 47th all the way east to the lake and picked up Lake Shore Drive there to get back to civilization.

I got home about 2:15, so was able to run upstairs (dropping the tux stuff and picking up the dojo stuff) before heading off to pick up Daughter #2 right after her nap at 3:00 ... we actually found a decent parking spot, so ran her stuff up to the apartment let her say hi to The Wife, and grabbed Daughter #1 at 3:30, and going right back to the car to head to Dojo.

Tomorrow we have a birthday party in the north suburbs (the main reason we have the car), so I'm hoping that I'll be able to hit something with tux accessories along the way. Yeah, I know ... you're wetting your pants with excitement over my shopping expeditions, right?


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