I am finally starting to get back into the work routine and I hope I will have more time, or maybe I should say more energy, left for doing other things, like writing this blog. We are working a 48 hr week again this year and that means standing on my feet at a counter for 9 1/2 hrs a day. We work 4 10's and 1 8hr day. These old feet have been carrying me around for almost 75 years and some days they let me know they are feeling abused. I am usually up by 3:30 a.m. because I have to leave for work at 5:30 and I am not one of those annoyingly chipper people who are wide awake and ready for the day 5 minutes after their feet hit the floor in the morning.. I am more the "don't expect anything from me until I am on my second cup of coffee" types.
Many of our bowlers come to the tournament year after year and they are always happy to see a familiar face on the other side of the counter and when they say "I remember you. You helped me get my teams straightened out last year." it makes me feel good too. For the most part, I really love my job. It is interesting to get to talk to people from all over our country and other parts of the world as well. The teams that come to the tournament from Hawaii always bring us boxes of macadamia nut chocolates...mmm so good. The teams that come from other countries like to exchange pins and we have accumulated quite a collection. Most of the bowlers will leave this year with a smile and a wave and a "see you next year in Baton Rouge". It makes me have second thoughts about retiring so.... "hush up feet, maybe you can survive one more year."