Friday November 1 2013

Chalermphol Harnchakkham.[i]

Waking up 40 minutes after my alarm clock goes off. I was super tired.

Strawberry Toaster Pastries. Orange Juice.

All day shift at China Wok.

Fiberful Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bar. Egg Drop Soup.

At some point around 6 p.m. it begins to rain and along with that comes an ever-cascading number of orders for delivery. I just go. I drive. I grab as many bags as I can and fit them in the passenger seat floorboard. The humidity outside is high so I have to keep the defroster/air condition constantly on. After getting a new alternator installed yesterday I was told by my mechanic the problem of my car not starting would be solved. But amidst all the chaos I go to start it and to my dismay...nothing. I jump start it with Ming's car praying it doesn't happen again.

About 80% of the orders I deliver are late and I have to soft talk the disappointed customers with excuses about the rain, the lack of drivers, and blah blah blah.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Apple.

Delivering to Saw Grass. A guy answers the door, "So what took so long?"

Me: "Oh. Um...I'm sorry. Yeah we're very busy tonight."

All of a sudden a guy gets up off the couch and interrupts, "How many drivers do you have tonight?"

Me: "Well, just me and the cook. One of the drivers called out sick. So two."

Guy: "Yeah I'm a pizza delivery guy."

Me: "Oh well then you understand."

Guy: "Yeah but its Chinese food. It shouldn't take that long!"

In my mind I'm scoffing as loud as I can, Huh? What kind of argument is that? Is Chinese food expected to be delivered faster than pizza? Whatever I have nothing to say about it because the guy tips me $7. So moving on to the next one...

Finally that moment has come: the end of the night. It seems I've made $111 in tips. While signing in my notebook for the wage money I notice the date is November 1st (11/1). Here come the elevens again. I used to see them all the time. I had a severe case of apophenia. I pull up into the parking lot of my neighborhood and realize the time is 11:11 p.m. No way. That's three instances.

Fried Tofu with Broccoli, Onions, Carrots, and Rice in Garlic Sauce.

Watching Pain & Gain (2013).

Cleaning up some stuff downstairs.

Sleep at 4 a.m.

[i] Chalermphol Harnchakkham.

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