Here is Mr. Machine in all his glory.
The other two days a week of "work" at the library are less enjoyable. I work 3 hour shifts in the snack/gift shop ran by the Friends of the Library. There are 3 full time employees and the rest of the time if filled out with volunteers. At first the cash register was a total fear factor experience, but with practice the fear is receding. However......sigh, tis way beyond boring most of the time. I dusted thoroughly my first day, taking gift items off the shelves and dusting the shelf and the items, then replacing everything nice and neat, straightened up the used books for sale, then loads of nothing to do again. The next day was even worse, as nothing needed dusting or straightening up, except for ringing stuff up on the register, there was nothing to do.
The ladies I worked with both days are nice an all, but there is a huge drawback, hugs. No matter what the fresh hells I do, it prompts a hug from them! Oh! Welcome to work today! HUG Great job ringing up that sale! HUG sigh I dont mind being hugged, but they are way to touchy feely for me, and just having met them, its way to soon for me to want to be hugged. Hugs to me are very personal, and an expression of affection, not some social "grease" that most women seem to view hugs.
Its been a while since I worked with an entirely female staff, I forgot all the back biting, the current of frisson running hidden from casual view that occurs. On the surface tis all smiles and friendliness, only to have a sharp comment leveled at the other woman's back as she leaves. Eventually, I'll be asked to take sides, an unhappy thought indeed.
Not going to bail on the snack/gift shop as of yet, but if things dont improve in the next few weeks, I'm going to go to the lady in charge of all the volunteers and request to be moved to a new area. She told all of us at the orientation meeting that it might take a few departments to find a good fit, and it looks like the snack/gift shop might not be mine.