LB log - 20120616
by, 17 Jun 2012 at 12:59 AM (276 Views)
Another new hire in today, which means that I won't have a chance to actually work with him until next week. He works weekends though! Also today featured another new person sent out to assist, and it was yet another young man who couldn't get his dipshit face out of his fucking cellphone the entire day.
The only noise which Tom paid any attention to was the fan which rattled a few inches away from his face. Despite being seated in the shade and having the air flow directly at him, he still sweltered in the late afternoon's head and strained to keep his vision concentrated on the fabric as drops of sweat crept down his forehead and into the corners of his eyes. Each loop through the seam of the seat cover required him to reposition the needle a few times before pulling it through and letting the string follow the guide. He felt himself going slower now. He strove to listen only to the fan, and not any of the other noise which seemed to be come more prominent in his surroundings. The sonorous pierce of heavy metal striking heated metal that once came from the nearby blacksmith is now replaced by the tinny rattle of coins being dropped into and out of machines. The hushed conversations and measured footsteps of fashionable ladies as they arrived and departed from the corner tailor had now given way to younger adults calling for teenagers from the entrances as they dashed down the street. To think that he would actually long for the time when he could hear the elder men spending their idle time in boisterious chatter as they lounged in the barber shop on the other side of the wall. To think that it was all going away for these venues for cheap and frivolous entertainment. Why couldn't these kind of places be build anew on the other side of the river, or further South? Tom remembers what he was told, how the justification mutated with each passing week. The old stores don't make the same money as before. Business would be better if they moved out to where it's less dense so that they could take advantage of bigger spaces. The money being offered to take the stores over was nearly double than what most of the places there bring in now. Tradition didn't pay bills, Tom remembered being told.
He pulled the needle down and then let the pin slip from his fingers, and studied the metal dangle from the thread in the covering. He pinched the side of the seat and the cordring at the edge - everything felt proper and neatly made. Even if it was taking longer to do it today, the work he put in still had good quality. Business was still consistent for him, and he was very thankful that people still at least had some respect for the property which they purchased and maintained for their own home. He was thankful that tradition was still honored in some places. Tom wondered how long something as simple as that could even last.
Rantoul entered the store and held the door open when he noticed Tom sitting in the chair while transfixed by the chair before him.
"Heya Tom, you OK?"
Tom took in a sharp breath of surprise and jerked his head to see him, then nodded with a smirk before looking back at the chair.
"Yeah, Joe, yeah I'm fine. I'm fine. How bout yourself? You gonna sit for a minute?"
"Well actually, I wasn't intending to, in light of last week-"
"Yeah, about that. I've thought about it. Thinking about it now. And I think you'll owe me."
"I owe you?"
"Yeah. Well, you will, that is. I've decided to move out. I'm taking your offer."
Rantoul smiled warmly, then asked to confirm.
"You sure about this now?"
"Yeah - I mean, look around Joe. Look around here and outside. I can look over there and still see Dad pulling out old stuffing from a couch seat and telling me how to look out for the staples in the frame. I can see it like it was yesterday. But that's all it is - a vision. A memory. I can't ... I can't be the only one here from those times, Joe. What's the point. I can sit here and hold out and be mad about how all this shit going up around me is garbage that I don't want to see or know. I could do that. But it's punching a wall. It ain't about to happen; it did happen. So what am I gonna do?"
"All right. Well, I'm glad you come around finally. I was just tryin to help you out in it, you know. You deserve that much."
"So how long you think you gonna need to close up?"
"Oh I haven't looked that far ahead yet. I just thought of this. It'll be a bit yet."
"Well, OK. I'll let them know." Rantoul offered his hand to Tom for him to shake and end the sentence there. The decision was concluded there. Rantoul was happy to have it come this way and kept the hundred bucks intended for Tom in his suit jacket. The pot didn't need to be sweetened after all.
Extra Mode. The Usual.
Logic Board was the only flush of today. My improvement for Radius was rather unexpected, as it is a dense chart. I probably would have done even better with Blame, as it felt like it started without my being prepared for it. I'm rather disappointed with how I played Beautiful Angel today. Overall though, I'm quite relieved to come home after a day of retail work and not perform generally poorly, at least in comparison to this time last week.Code:EX% & Rank EX.p/f pg.gr.gd.bd.pr combo nc onc %+ date dc fish @ 49.85 C 1748.F 614.520.329.84.394 0096 2012-06-17T00:04:43:102Z 0159- 0063- CaptivAte~裁き~ mix @ 55.40 C 1835.F 657.521.304.59.235 0115 2012-06-17T00:08:30:558Z 0135- 0003- radius @ 46.57 C 1658.F 577.504.400.108.390 0239 1780 0986 080.52 2012-06-17T00:11:25:663Z 03.32+ 0118+ 43+32+15-29-92- 0136+ 2012-04-15T01:38:11:577Z blame @ 57.09 B 1642.F 600.442.263.42.228 0069 1438 1105 030.15 2012-06-17T00:16:02:560Z 02.43+ 0047+ 35+23-32-2-29+ 0064- 2012-03-27T23:35:45:926Z albida @ 40.39 D 1640.F 581.478.471.173.758 0069 2012-06-17T00:22:58:086Z 0061- 0016- london affairs @ 52.06 C 1693.F 605.483.319.70.283 0159 2012-06-17T00:30:46:766Z 0002- 0048- feeling of love @ 60.21 B 1527.F 570.3220.127.116.11 0118 2012-06-17T00:33:50:704Z 0063- 0007- levitation @ 68.11 A 1226.F 462.302.96.9.39 0265 2012-06-17T00:37:11:334Z 0010- 0035+ buffalo @ 51.12 C 1414.F 520.374.303.32.235 0087 2012-06-17T00:40:00:375Z 0207- 0023- 桜 @ 61.59 B 1360.F 510.318.104.22.168 0063 1104 1047 005.44 2012-06-17T00:44:18:319Z 05.12+ 0086+ 88+90-47-4+34+ 0126- 2012-04-09T00:22:59:758Z lucky days @ 55.68 B 1754.F 639.476.312.43.199 0077 2012-06-17T00:50:54:822Z 0171- 0097- water cube @ 53.29 C 1571.F 562.447.326.27.181 0161 2012-06-17T00:53:56:695Z 0059- 0024+ dm star @ 32.53 E 1625.F 520.585.766.233.817 0030 2012-06-17T00:57:58:584Z 0181- 0011- beautiful angel @ 40.96 D 1805.F 615.575.510.167.711 0076 2012-06-17T01:01:29:799Z 0424- 0014+ beautiful angel 43.69 D 1925.F 658.609.500.164.603 0067 2012-06-17T01:04:50:880Z 0304- 0009- brightocean @ 70.05 A 1366.F 529.308.84.12.73 0107 0975 0624 056.25 2012-06-17T01:12:04:494Z 02.67+ 0052+ 30+8-37-1+30+ 0004- 2012-05-04T00:26:41:072Z
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