Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Was it Merry?

Unbelievably, Christmas 2006 has passed into the annals. It came and went so fast that I didn’t even have a chance to eat its dust.

Things are going abominably at the café again. Last week was almost passable. We had a great little Christmas party (which I planned and provisioned in the space of about six hours…) and the week’s business was much better than I expected. Things seemed to be looking downright satisfactory as I locked the doors Sunday afternoon and prepared to take off for Eugene.

I should have known it couldn’t last. Not only was business in the crapper today, but I had two, count them—two employees no show/no call on me today. One of these I was fully expecting…and I was feeling pretty smug about calling it right. But the other one completely blindsided me.

I feel like a flat tire.

I’m going to sit down now and try to make up a new schedule that primarily consists of me.


  1. It's good to hear about the Christmas party, but I'm sorry about the staff problems.  Just remember January is a big time for job hunting.  Not only are there more jobs opening then, there are more people interested in finding something new.  I know that networking is a nightmare for you, but have you thought about maybe calling some acquaintances and seeing if they know anybody mature who might be interested in working for you?

  2. What a Christmas present. NOT!


  3. Damn...you just can't seem to get a break with these unreliable employees.  Reading on....I hope that the situation improves DRAMATICALLY!

  4. One of my best friends here in Dallas started a pet-sitting business a couple of years ago, and now has 9 employees, albeit some of them part-time.  Her biggest headache is trying to find reliable people, with a good work ethic, and when I read about your experiences with employees...well, they mirror hers, many times...dunno if that's helpful or not, though.