I picked up a couple weeks of work at the Outlaw, the little cafe in Meeteetse, while one of the employees picks up the pieces of her life after her house caught fire during a “controlled” burn. For the record, there’s no such thing as a controlled burn in Wyoming in March. Fifty mile an hour winds, yo.
There are pros and cons to working at the Outlaw.
Pro: I don’t have to drive 64 miles a day to work. This means I’m not spending money on gas. I’m not running Frankenvan to death and I’m not likely to hit a large creature in the mile drive to my house. Anything’s possible, though.
Con: I don’t make as much money as I do working in Cody.
Pro: The place is haunted. This makes for a nice bit of conversation.
Con: The place is haunted. I spend my shifts ignoring voices (these are different than the usual ones in my head), and stifling screams. I’ll get used to it again eventually, but for now it’s one big freaky ghost party because they’ve all come out to welcome me back.
Pro: The owners are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They treat their employees with dignity and respect, and will work out any schedule to accommodate their people.
Con: There isn’t one.
Pro: I work with my drunken roommate. HAHAHAHA! Just kidding. This is only sort of a pro. Even though he’s drunk at work, he gets stuff done and he’s easy to work with. He’s on the bar side of the building, so I only see him when he has a food order or I need drinks. I’ve worked with people who are just as drunk as he is, only much more obnoxious and way more useless.
Con: I work with MDR. He has the ability to become invisible and then reappear without warning. It’s bad enough that he does it at home, but combine his invisibility with the ghosts and I’m in a state of mild terror all night.
Pro: The Outlaw is very casual. Nobody gets too upset about anything, there’s no screaming and yelling, or temper tantrums.
Con: The other word for casual is disorganized. It’s not as bad as it was when I worked there years ago, but there are still a few issues with slackassery.
Pro: It takes me 5 minutes to get to work and I’m home 5 minutes after the restaurant closes. This is an extra hour and a half every day that I have to waste at home.
Con: I can’t find one.
I hope they can find enough hours for me to stay and work because I’m pretty tired of driving to Cody. If I figure in the cost of gas, vehicle replacement, vehicle repairs, risk of accident, and time spent behind the wheel, I probably make about the same amount working at the Outlaw as I do working in Cody. Money isn’t everything.
In Unemployment news, my claim was that I quit because my money was stolen and the owner wouldn’t do anything about it. It was disputed because I was “dissatisfied with my working conditions”, stolen money wasn’t a factor. I replied back that I was highly satisfied with my working conditions and used my blog with comments and my actions as a rebuttal. Now I have to have a telephone hearing on the 23rd because apparently I was “discharged due to misconduct.”
How did it go from me quitting to me being discharged? Do employers get to make up anything they want? His story has changed twice and mine has remained the same. I’m dying to know what my “misconduct” was.