Friday, November 01, 2013
We returned to work with the Osborne’s again this year but at a different Pumpkin Station. This year we worked at the Chula Vista one that we worked the trees last year.
What a huge difference in so many ways!
The location was so much nicer. Being out in the middle of a Mall parking lot had its many annoyances which being in an open area by the college had its perks. It was quiet for the most part, the only noise we heard were sirens since we were located by a hospital and fire department but we would take that over the shopping carts being picked up and parking lot being cleaned at the wee hours in the morning.
It was busier, but then again this year’s numbers were way up across all of the stations but it did more business than last at either location so it was nice.
The clientele was so much better to get along with, not that everyone was but at least there weren’t as many grumps as there were last year.
The employee pool was far better than we could have ever imagined. Yes, we had a few where we had to let go and a few we had to continuously tweak but it was so much easier managing a big percentage of well-adjusted workers compared to the opposite percentage of incompetence we dealt with last year.
There was one time where there were no customers on the lot so we decided that Jerry and I would make it down the big slide…Jerry did once...
As for me...well…I hurt my toe instead…
Then we just let young ones have some fun until customers pulled up and it was back to work.
Having bosses that get it and who care about us is just so much better than what we dealt with the other Pumpkin/Christmas lots we worked and we are so grateful for finding these guys.
The physical part is next to nothing, especially in comparison. We get our deliveries and they unload the pumpkins, set them up and price them. If they were behind schedule and our workers were available we would have them assist them. Yes, there were several times I still needed to remind Jerry about that since he still has it in his head that we need to work physically hard if we are to have our dreams come true.
Of course that is not entirely true and we are learning to adjust our stinking thinking ways to be more aligned with how it really should be in the work place. We had fun, we worked and we made some money…what more could we ask for?
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