I have had a monster week of work that is bleeding into the next week and I think the only thing that is sustaining me is the weather and the lightness of my bank account. I am splitting my time between 13th street and 85th which is confusing at times and tiring at others. The trains are so weird and the only way to know which are running express, local, or not running at all is to sit in the station and see what comes. Hop stop, google, and the mta website are useless. I even asked the station attendant if the 2,3 was going to be stopping at 86th (apparently they were all running local this weekend) and he picked his head up out of his hands long enought to say "no." I did not believe him and luckily I was right the 2 stopped at 86 and I my prize was being 30 mintues early for my sunday open shift, yay. Actually, to get the store open it takes that much time right now. If we are understocked (b/c the closers forgot to get something) then we have to go into the dungion where the back up stock is. The dungion is underneath the building and we have to go to an alley, through the metal doors in the ground, and down a hall way from the Blairewitch Project. It is less than ideal and if something were to happen to you then no one would hear let alone be able to get to you through 4 different locked doors that we only have one set of keys for. I of course am being dramatic. We also have access to the storage through the floor. We just cannot access it during business hours because it would mean making people move and lifting 3 x 4 foot panel of the floor up (and our store is tiney). Despite all that it is growing on me. The customers are beginning to realize we are just as human as them...if not more and not dumb as bricks.
In funny news on a day I was not looking forward to going into work I got to make a cappuccino for Keanu Reeves. It was so funny cause the Jonathan was in being our 3rd wheel behind the bar and he said "I have that for you." I looked up and there he was looking puffy, but like some hung over form of himself. I made him a cappuccino while the the customers either did not notice or pretended not to. He said hello and I smiled and said the same all the while wishing he would take his drink as quickly as possible and leave (celebs make me nervous and I actually do not like interacting with them). He got his cap with a heart on it and said "wow you made me a heart" to which I responded "yeah, and free of charge." It was a small interaction, but enough to make my day interesting. Still, I do not like having noticeable celebs in my store. They know who they are and I know who they are and there is a weird space that is then created...it makes me spill drinks on them. Michael Pitt comes in to 13th every day, but he is super unassuming, really nice, and I like interacting with him.
Note: both Michael Pitt and Keanu Reeves took perk cards when they were offered...in my opinion that makes them smart...why turn down a free thing?! Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey looked at me like I was dumb when I offered them ones....which isn't entirely true only Maggie. Look I have to at least "pretend" you are a normal person! You want normalcy as much as I do. (I have only made Parker Posey drinks never taken her order. She is usually on the phone, but smiley....her dog is named Rosey Posey).
In other news, I was rained out at my craft show. I decided to sell my work at Union Square and of got a ticket for not having a tax id. I did not know I needed one to sell my own work. Lucky for me it was the nice cop (accoording to Jeff the vendor across the way). The ticket was only for 50 bucks and the cop told me to get a tax id by my court date and they would probably throw out the fine because I was misinformed about what I needed to sell my art.
I only sold 18 dollars worth of cards, but that's ok. When I get my id I am going to try selling by Prospect Park.
Lastly, things I love about NY so far:
1. running in the park (both prospect and upper central)
2. regulars (who feel propriety over me)
3. Rebar cook book
4. Playing settlers with friends
6. Joe's Lemonaid, dear god amazing.
7. NY times reading on the couch
8. our apartment
9. public transit
10. JJ picking me up from work