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Posted on Tuesday 7th November 2006 at 00:00
And so I return to you, dear reader, once again, with tails of dangerous dodging of hot water, devilishly delightful desserts and death defying feats of coffee making. That's right my friends, today I started my job as a bar worker! The bar in question is situated in the staff block of my university and is subsequently the favoured eating and drinking hole of many lectures, tutors and admin officers when they need to escape the confines of their offices.

Much to my surprise, although drinking is done much more frequently than eating, alcohol is apparently not on many tutors? wish lists at lunch time. Indeed, it seems that coffee is preferred by all but a handful of employees above all over drinks. It is for this reason that the first thing I was taught upon arriving was how to use the coffee machine, and more importantly, how to make all the different types of coffee that are now a regular feature of any outlet of that productivity improving, highly addictive yet highly legal stimulant: caffeine.

Personally, I don't blame them for their high levels of demand today. The city was saturated with fog and therefore subsequently also by cars being driven by drivers rendered blind by the weather. There were a lot of accidents in Bristol today my friends, make no mistake about that. If my own driving was anything to go by, there were probably twice as many near misses as well if truth be told. I certainly felt the need for a pick me up by the time I got in and I wasn't even having to face any students that day!

I started work at 10 o clock, long before it really got busy, which allowed me maybe an hour to be taken through everything I needed to know and another to practice the skills that would serve me so well later on. The two main areas of brain power focus seemed to be the coffee making (as already mentioned), and operating the till, which again was explained to me at super fast speed and in such a way that I succeeded in taking in exactly nothing of what was said. Like the coffee machine, the till is simple enough to operate, but knowing about all the products that need to go through it and the million different options for each one takes some getting used to. My personal goal is to have it all figured out by Christmas.

The highlight of the job, from a staff point of view, is that you are allowed to have any drink you like from the bar as and when you fancy it (provided you aren't too busy at the time) and as much of it as you want. The same pretty much goes for food, as I discovered on my lunch break when I was allowed to go into the kitchen and make myself a sandwich from whatever I fancied. None of this has to be paid for and seems to be considered a perk of the job, similar to Cadbury allowing their employees as much chocolate as they want I guess. Speaking of which, I have a massive block of Cadbury Dairy Milk with Caramel just sitting in the fridge waiting to be consumed! I bought it earlier on the assumption that I'd be able to sit and eat it while watching Spooks, in a bid to achieve an even greater joygasm from the delightfulness that is 9pm on a Monday than usual. In the event however, I sadly forgot I even had the chocolate, and so will have to save it for another day. I wonder what is on TV tomorrow .....

The outcome for today can be summed up as follows:

Cars nearly hit in the fog: 2
Pedestrians pissed off because I cut them off on a Zebra crossing because of the fog: 1
Friendly work colleagues met: 8
Glasses broken through no fault of my own: 1
Types of coffee discovered: 4
Free drinks scored: 3
Number of coffees made: No idea, but 30 sounds like a nice round number
Most popular coffee: Cappuccino
Number of customers served: Probably about 10 on the till and many more with drinks
Number of my tutors served: 2
Number of my tutors ordering very strong drinks: None sadly :(

Ok, getting really bored of the bolds and italics now. They really slow down my typing, so I shall return to regular prose instead. I've yet to be registered on the till system, but hopefully it won't take long. A bloke I worked with said he'd been there over a month and was still being signed on as 'Lucy', which rather took the wind out of my sails until I learnt that he was an agency worker and so presumably wouldn't be put on the system anyway.

At the end of the day I discussed with the boss the possibility of working on Thursdays as well, given that it is my other day off and I need as much money as I can earn/borrow/steal right now. She agreed to it, so I shall be taking on the extra day as soon as I am free to do so. Sadly this doesn't look like being until December now, as I appear to have booked up every Thursday this month in order to work the graduation ceremonies.

I apologise for the change in writing style by the way. When I started this post, it was early evening, about half 8 in fact and I was in a good mood and bursting with energy. Now, 3 hours later, I'm more than a little tired, have a hell of a lot of work to get done by tomorrow and don't really feel like taking the time to make any of this flow.

I'll try and do better tomorrow, I promise.

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