So here it is already, August 16th and the first day of school for the grandkids….I can’t believe they are starting so soon. The summer is flying by. When I was a kid in Toluca, we didn’t start until just before Labor Day. Toluca had one celebration a year. It was the Labor Day Celebration. Carnival rides, games, yummy food, and of course the Parade. Now that was the ultimate time of the year. The suspense and excitement would build all summer. We all couldn’t wait for it to come. But it always seemed like school started on Wed. or Thur. You would see the trucks come in all week bringing the rides and foods. The carnival started on Friday and lasted till Monday. They set it up down town on the streets. I hated that we had to go to school several days, and the teachers even gave us homework….How could they be so mean to us…..lol….All weekend it was an exciting time. The town was full of people, the rides were running and kids screaming in delight. We walked up and down the carnival midway and looked at all the games and the food. I would have to spend my money wisely, because my mom only gave me so much. When it was gone, it was gone. The food was Awesome, Corn Dogs, Lemonade Shake Ups, and Cotton Candy. Then we had the Parade on Monday. Floats representing all of Toluca and surrounding areas, business and church’s, and of course always the politicians riding in fancy new convertibles…..Just waving their hands at everyone….Everyone couldn’t wait for the Marching Bands from through out the area. In high school, I was in FHA. We always made a float. We earned points for doing things so we could go on a trip at the end of the school year. We used chicken wire to mold our design on a hayrack. Then we were supplied with tissue paper to stuff in the holes. They don’t do it that way anymore. Finally the parade would be over, the carnival would shut down early cause they had to pack up and have the streets open by Tuesday morning. I lived about a block from town, and that whole nite you could hear them hammering and noises of tearing down. Tue. morning was school. Downtown was bustling with the usual traffic again. Sometimes the streets still needed to be swept, sometimes it was done. Some of the rides might be parked somewhere all packed up in their trucks, but most were gone. Everything was back in order…..Another year was gone………..Then, time to get back to serious school time….yuck…
The grandkids are growing fast. This year Cassidy is in 8th grade. She is living with her dad going to school in Spring Valley. The 3 little ones are all in Putnam County Primary. Miley is in 3rd grade, and Austin is in 1st. They are Tina and Eds kids. They live in Granville where the Primary School is. It contains Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Here is Carly. She is in Kindergarten this year. Her first year of all day school. Carly and Cassidy are Tammy’s kids. Tammy lives in McNabb. She is a RN so she must have been working and Tina took all 3 kids to school the first day.
This is Carlys 2nd day. She has curly wild hair. It is hard to control unless in a ponytail or pigtail. She is a cutie pie.
And of course we must have the bus pictures. I believe the driver is good friend Kathy. She has been driving for so many years. Maybe even when the kids were in school. She loves her job and her kids. The perfect person you want for a bus driver. Her sister Mary Jane drives also and has for many years. Now that Kathy’s husband retired from Cat., he drives also…….It really takes special people to do this job. This is what Tammy was doing before she became a nurse. She loved her job and all her bus driving friends. Rich also drove part time for many years…..They asked me, …..NO WAY…. no patience.
The other day, I found out some news. I was voted Employee of the Month…..Wow…now that’s another first in my life. I was so surprised. I received a $50 gift card and my name on a plaque. I want to THANK THE AWESOME MANAGERS, for voting for me. They are a GREAT BUNCH. This is sure a morale booster.
I am probably the oldest employee here. Since school will be starting soon, the Box Office will close outside during the week. Tickets will be sold at the Concession Counter. I only work Box Office. So I decided to add more hours during the week, I would try Usher. Now how hard can that be!!! …..Cleaning out the theaters after each show….Stand at Podium, Greet, take tickets and direct them to the right theater. So Ok.
Last Saturday was training …..2-10….8 hrs….. IT WAS AWFUL…..Now keep in mind, we are Cinemark 10…..So each show is shown 3 to 4 times a day…..so 10 theaters x 4 showings????? 40 cleanings……On my shift it would be 31 of those…..”PEOPLE ARE PIGS”….They leave their popcorn bags and buckets. Its spilled all over the floor. Soda cups everywhere. Candy wrappers…..3 D glasses and wrappers. They sneak in Soda in bottles, and candy. They go get booster seats and leave them in the theater when they leave. First you go through and pick up big items. Then with the dust pan and broom you sweep up all the rows. You only have 5 to 10 minutes and sometimes not even that. Other theaters are leaving out. People sit in their seats till the last credits are run. Everything is timed. You only have so much time and everything starts over. It has to be ready for seating for the next show. The bathrooms have to be checked every hour. That means clean sink area. Check and fill soaps, toilet paper in each stall. Flush if needed and sweep up the floor of all the toilet paper that everyone drops…..”Do they do that at Home?????”…..I bet not. Next it is also your responsibility to keep the lobby clean. The popcorn buckets are filled to the max and you can watch them spill as they walk….Its like a trail….Keep the lobby swept and use the push vac on the carpet in the hallways…..It constantly has popcorn spilled on it. Now about 3 hours in to your shift, your big garbage bins are filled. So what ever theater is empty, go out the back exit door and empty your garbage. Just hope its a close theater to the dumpster…..It sure wasn’t last Saturday….The farthest one possible….lol….Now do you still have free time???? Oh yes, so now take your big garbage cans to behind the Concession stand. Their is a sink area to clean the cans. Put on your gloves….Put disinfectant soap and water in the barrels….bend down into them and scrub with a sponge with a scratch pad on one side. The girl who was showing me was down on her hands and knees with her body inside…..OMG…I Tried….Rinse….scrub again and Dry them…….
Now if your closing usher, these are your duties….Go upstairs to the offices and break room. Take out garbage, vacuum the break room, sweep the stairs….It has a stairs, landing and another set of stairs….Then get the mop and bucket and mop all the stairway……Ohhhhh, I was so sore and stiff. My knees were shaking and feet down to my toes hurt. I was suppose to do this myself on Monday. It was going to be really slow but still….That is a lot of activity. I went home and told Rich….I can’t do this…I’m to old.…lol…I fully was going to go ahead and work Monday, but I got up Sunday and decided….NO WAY….I Don’t Have Too…So I talked to the GM and he totally understood. I had to go in and find someone to replace me…..No Problem…On the bottom of my paper for reasoning to not do my shift, I wrote……”TOO OLD”…..They laughed….I Now have a new respect for Ushers. You kids have so much energy and you work circles around me….But I will say,….in all of this, these kids are so nice. They do great training and they are very kind. They knew I was tired, so 2 of the kids let me stand at the Podium for the last part of the evening. They make it all look so EASY….
Its, Not For Me….To Late to Take My Award Away….Back to the Box Office for me on Weekends……