|What a week, sort of
||[Mar. 16th, 2007|01:57 pm]
Like I said before, California was a blast, as always. Even if things aren't too cracked up, I still have a good time. lol
I loved finding out Tampa International had free wireless access. LOL Anyway...
Friday, after I was picked up by Rachell's girlfriend Novim from the airport, and after Rachell got home from work, we all went out hiking. We must've been walking for a few hours or so. Afterwards we went to the "Great Mall". It's pretty big, but I'm not sure it's comparable to Sawgrass Mills in Fort Lauderdale in terms of size. Bigger than most malls, though.
Saturday, we sort of went hiking again. We went an hour south from San Jose to Carmel, to go to the 'beach' within a nature reserve. It was so beautiful out there, I took a couple pictures of the scenery. The beaches are much more scenic on the Pacific coast in general compared to the Atlantic side. Later that day, I went to a new LUSH store that opened in Santa Clara. :) I swore I was just going in to look... ehhh, didn't happen, haha. After that, we went to go see '300'. I thought the movie was better than I thought it would be, but I just wished the ending had been different. lol
Sunday, I went to go visit my buddy Dave. I originally met him here in Clearwater back in the summer of '03, but he was down here on business at that point. His residence was in Maryland then. Somewhat recently he moved out to the San Jose area, and I hadn't seen him since '03, so I had someone else to visit while in the area. We didn't do much, just watched "You, Me and Dupree" (I actually saw the first half this time, as I'd only seen the second half before) and I guess had a good time. lol Didn't really do much other than that on Sunday. Got some food and met up with Rachell and her g/f after a hockey game Novim was playing in the downtown area.
Monday, I spent the day in San Francisco. I finally got to ride my first train(s)! :) I took a bus to the Caltrain station, and rode for an hour to SF. I didn't have much cash left to spare after paying for round-trip bus/train fare to pay for transit within SF, so I just walked. It took me an hour to walk from the station to Japantown there. I had fairly straightforward directions to get there, so I was alright. I ate sushi and udon, went walking around the three connected buildings full of shops, took a few pictures, and went back to San Jose. There were some loose stores scattered around those buildings, but I already purchased things I shouldn't have charged, so I was like "Fuck it, maybe next time". Next time I'll also go to the San Jose Japantown, there's one store I like there that has nice knick-knacks, books, yukatas, and kimonos. The SJ Japantown is arguably a lot smaller than the SF one. I also need to explore more of SF the next time around.
After I arrived back in the area, I took the light rail to Rachell's. My phone had died just as I was getting onto the light rail, so I couldn't confirm where she was. I got off a couple stops too early from her place, so I did quite a bit of walking, but I managed to find my way to her place. She wasn't there, nor any roommates or her landlady. So I got back onto the light rail to downtown, and went to her g/f's parents, knowing they'd at least be home. They were, so I went onto Novim's PC, hoping to find either of their #'s stored on it, lol. I never thought of asking her mom for her #, because it'd been off all day so I figured it would be fruitless getting the #. But I found both numbers, and Rachell's phone had evidently died. I tried calling Novim again, and to my relief she answered. She told me Rachell's phone died, and her car also died somewhere, but that she would be coming home and picking me up. She left her car at home while at college, so she had to come back anyway. I was so relieved. I was anxious because I was supposed to go watch her play another hockey game. Rachell ended up meeting us there (late), with a "new" car her dad had gotten from someone he knew, I guess.
There were a few people I talked to while on mass transit that I had interesting conversations with, and other than that and what I said above, I won't go into any more detail (not like it matters haha, some things are better left unsaid anyway)... but I had a good time compared to my visit last year. Last year wasn't bad, I still managed to have a decent time, but this year was a lot better. :)
A few weeks ago, or so, my mom found out (through wind from a higher-up co-worker) that BCBS was going to do company-wide layoffs in it's Medicare division. Luckily (for her and her office at least), the only layoffs were done at their corporate HQ in South Carolina.
I guess their office had a meeting today, and I think she said it was a corporate guy leading the meeting..? Anyway, one of her co-workers stood up and asked "Since no one else has the nerve to ask, I will: Are you planning on closing our office?" He said, "We'll let you know in a month." The thing is, they said "We'll let you know", which means it's a 50/50 chance, not 100%. But the woman who had stood up put in her two week notice. With this scare and the last scare, employees have been quitting at a scary pace, for something that isn't certain to happen. It could, but also couldn't happen. They've had a hiring freeze for 1 or 2 years now, so when somebody quits, they don't hire anyone else. What they do is shove those former employee's workloads onto those remaining. My mom isn't the type to jump the gun in situations like this, she sticks it out until she knows for sure. Whether that's a good trait to have or not, I'm not sure.
I'm scared, though. My mom is a tough cookie, this would probably hurt her financially just for a little while... but likely there's a good possibility she'd have to hold two jobs again (she finally went down to just one around the time I moved to WPB). Selfishly for me, it sucks that this may happen to her, because she was going to pay for my car's paint job next month... but obviously that will go on the back burner if they close her office. She also has been helping me pay my bills since January, especially, because at this new store I'm not getting the hours I'm used to getting, despite my repeated requests for more hours. Hopefully the new department manager I'm getting will be more helpful about that.
I was talking to my ex about this earlier today, and he was saying that I should stem my turns with Olivia for a while, only so I could get a second job (like I've been wanting to but was going to put off until the end of summer) to help my mom out if it comes to her office being closed. I dunno... I'm just hoping this turns out to be only a scare, but with employees running for the hills and no new hires, yeah, probably will end up being wishful thinking. *pulls hair out*