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But You Can't Stay Here

Monday was a slow day at work. I spent most of it making progress on my teacher "contact database", just to take a break from inventory. I'm gathering all of the available contact info for local teachers, adding it piece by piece into our database and also a printable/shareable Excel spreadsheet, and then transferring everything to Gmail so it's accessible to everyone in the company. Should be useful to someone.

After work I went home and cooked, something I usually do on weekends but didn't have time for this past busy weekend. I made fish in the oven while listening to Jameson teach his online class.

Tuesday, Kristy and I called some repairs that had been hanging around our store for longer than the norm. Then a young man that Matt has recently hired showed up to "job shadow" Kristy and Eric as they repaired various things. I wondered if it made them nervous to have someone watching their every move, but they certainly handled the scrutiny like it was no big deal. Meanwhile I spent most of the day kind of working for others...Kevin (brass repair) called in from the factory and had me process a payment, then Ralph (Rent My Instrument) called a few times to have me prepare a flute for shipping and look for some other awol instruments, then Joel called to follow up on some customer emails, and then of course there were customers coming into the store to work with. We've already sold out of all the Yamaha trumpet primers, so I had to order more, and then we found out that mallet percussion needed to use the flute primer, not the percussion one...

Although I didn't feel like I "did" much, it did seem like a pretty busy day. After work I stuck around to practice, but wrapped it up early as I was feeling tired.

Wednesday was a little odd because Kristy wasn't around (family emergency). Matt, Eric, and Dirk were there, but then Matt and Dirk left for a meeting and Eric and I were left to our own devices. I listed several trombones that Matt had brought in. It's nice to be listing instruments again, I much prefer it to rentals. After work I stayed late again to practice, and found out that the XO 1236RL-O trombone is actually pretty decent. Like, decent enough to make me consider buying it. We'll see.

Thursday was pretty slow business-wise. Matt and Eric were there all day. The guys mostly worked on repairs, and I continued listing instruments and processing payments and such. It was an exciting day because we got a new company vehicle! A big deal as the old one is kind of a beater, and there are just so many schools to service. Now we can cover twice the ground. Awesome.

After work, practice again. I'm on a roll. It's so nice to be able to stay at the store and practice, it saves me having to get up at the crack of dawn. I've only been doing it for about an hour at a time this week but would like to have two, one with the large bore and one with the small. Today I spent more time with the XO trombone, and while I still like it a lot, I'm having doubts about whether I should buy it. There's no question that it's easier to play, but when it comes to the sound it produces it's quite different from my Bach...just "different", not necessarily "better". I need to consider whether this horn would be a step up, or just a step in a different direction.

Friday, normal day. Except I had to kick a homeless person out of our store. He had been in the shop three times, and kept camping out in the corner and playing guitar. Which might have been ok, except that wasn't all he did. He kept interrupting our work with questions about how to play this or that, spent an excessive amount of time in our bathroom, attempted to get us to give him lessons, and made some fairly rude commentary. All that aside even, a retail store is not a place to hang out for hours every day of the week...even if one is not homeless, if you're not going to buy anything, at some point your reasons for being there will be questioned. So on the third day when he showed up again, I finished working with my customer, dialed OP Police on my phone in advance, and confronted him. He threw a little fit, but when I held up the phone with the police already dialed he literally ran out of the store. It makes me sad and frustrated to have to do that. But I'm not a psychologist, and this isn't a charity. He was a fairly young guy who should have had much in life to look forward to, and probably deserved better than what he was dealt.

After work I did not practice because I needed to do laundry.

Saturday was a short day. Eric and I were the only ones in the store again, and we only had two transactions. I made a tuba/euphonium collage and that was the big excitement.

After work I tried to go to a U-Haul to get estimates on a moving van, but unfortunately the "U-Haul dealerships" in my neighborhood are actually just car dealerships with a few trailers out back. I'll have to do a bit more research and find a real dealership within a reasonable distance. Back home, I ate dinner and booked flights from Florida to KC, and from Orlando to Atlanta.

Why, you ask?
Because I've been preparing to move to Florida.

I haven't said much about it because I wanted to wait and see if anything would change. But now we're nearing the end of September, and if I'm going to really do this I can't stall any more. At the end of October I'm taking an audition for an orchestra in Florida...which I will not win, but as a musician I'm supposed to try, right? And I figure I can also move some of my furniture to a storage space near Jameson that same weekend, hence the U-Haul. Then I'll fly back to Kansas City. And then, probably in mid-November, I'll move. It would be nice to have a job lined up by then, but so far nothing has popped up. It may seem stupid to move without a job at the other end. Maybe it is. But if I'm losing money at my current job, staying put is also no better. At least if I'm going to have to work long hours at multiple jobs again, I can do it where there's someone to look forward to at the end of the day. I don't know what the right decision is. There doesn't seem to be a clear solution or a clear path.

Anyway, on Sunday I cooked some pork chops. I had planned to pack a little, but without boxes (and with stores that sell The Best Moving Boxes closed on Sunday) I decided against it. Instead I looked for jobs. Again. Like I've been doing for two months without result. Just keep swimming...

Later in the evening I had rehearsal with Midwest Winds. This time I was a little more confident in my playing, but still amazed and kinda annoyed at all the adjustments I'm having to make because I've forgotten how to play in an ensemble. Oh well. It's a lot of fun and a great experience.

After that I came home and had dinner, and made tea and tried to think about anything but work, because all I've been dreaming about lately is running out of rental instruments and haggling over tubas and searching for missing things.


Sep. 25th, 2017 12:08 pm (UTC)
I am happy to hear that you have decided to move to Florida. Break a leg at the audition, I hope it goes better than you expect.

There are so many entertainment venues in the Orlando area, Something will come up. Have you or have you considered applying at Disney? If not as a musician then just in general. They always seem to be hiring cast members for one thing or another.

Sep. 26th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks. I will do the best I can. It is likely that 50+ trombonists will show up for the audition, so my odds are terrible. Not to mention they may have already chosen someone but are required to have "open auditions". Always a possibility. I'll just be glad to get the experience.

Hmm, biting back a bit of sarcasm here...yes, yes I have considered Disney :) Sorry to be a snot, they're just one of the largest employers in the state! But in all seriousness yes. Thank you <3

Speaking of, have you been to the Disney casting/auditions site lately? I have been checking all of their employment pages daily since January 15th. They aren't even hiring regular positions, much less live entertainment. It's amazing how many of their "open positions" right now are internships. There is currently a single opening across all of their parks for one musician. Keeping in mind that the audition page includes all Disney parks, international and domestic, and and cruise lines.

With the Shanghai Disney build getting delayed and costing way more than expected, and the renovation of 90% of the Orlando park for Star Wars and Avatar lands, Disney has been in what seems like a hiring freeze since 2016 at least. Jameson worked for Disney for six years, and saw ALL of his friends in live entertainment in the park get laid off, not to mention other types of cast members. I notice that recently they've started posting more "normal" job positions, most of which are seasonal but some of which are full time. I hope this means that things will start picking up again. The holidays will be a good time to be around and networking...my timing might not be too bad.

Thanks always for your support and suggestions. I hope things are well with you.
Sep. 26th, 2017 12:08 pm (UTC)
I kind of expected that you had already tried Disney, but there are some people who wouldn't think of them at all as an employer for a few reasons. I had no idea that they hadn't been hiring. My BiL worked for them for a short time, he got canned for drinking on the job. He was playing a Captain Jack Sparrow character at one of their pirate themed restaurants. I asked how could they tell he'd been drinking. :)
I assume since you are checking the Disney employment that you have looked into all the other parks in the central Florida region as well. I think it would be cool to be able to visit and run into you in a park working!

I'm a huge Disney fan and if I were younger I would love to move to Orlando and try to get a job, any job, with them. We are going to Disneyland California in January next year. I have never been to the California park.

Anyway, there are so many entertainment venues in central Florida, I am confident that you will find something.
Sep. 28th, 2017 12:51 am (UTC)
EXACTLY haha you beat me to the punch. Isn't it IMPORTANT for Jack Sparrow to drink? Hilarious!

Yes, I check the parks frequently. Busch Gardens recently had their holiday season auditions, which I was sorry to miss but it couldn't be helped. I have been applying for mostly full time openings, but if I have to take part time over the holidays it'll be better than nothing. Certainly I will find something even if it's scraping gum off the sidewalk. Entertainment may be my only poor skill but there are other jobs out there than anyone can do. I'll just need like three of those :P

Thanks for the support! If I break into Disney as a gum scraper or whatever I'll let you know!