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Friday Up And Away


What Do I Expect

Most people in my work dread Fridays

In the restaurant business

Friday is one of the busiest days of the week

I treat it as any other day

As I go into work

I plan on having a good, smooth day at the job

If it turns out different than that

Then I handle it as it comes up

There all types of things that can and do happen

We run short handed and have to make it work

Other times we are so busy

We hardly find time to breathe

I keep telling myself one more hour

Then before I know it my day is half way through

Then I get excited because the bulk of my day is behind me

Managers are happy because they are making the company money

They end up with quarterly bonuses when meet their goals

They tell employees it is about time we got some business

They down play everything

No matter how busy it gets

They remind us why we get paid

They sometimes even put pressure on us

To make sure things get out fast

Which is impossible

More orders take a longer time to do

I keep a very steady pace

Doing what I do at all times

I work very good independently or as a team player

Keeping on my toes when a rush comes

If something goes wrong

I try to fix the problem as soon as possible

I have experience under my belt

Learning to handle all kinds of the unexpected

The funny part is when the day is over

It is one big blur

Tomorrow is another day


DREAM ON (author) on March 15, 2018:

Tamara Yancosky Moore I have seen many variations of my job done exceptionally well and sadly done horribly. Some how a new day begins and all the past is left behind. Over time even the worst of days mix with the incredible days and it becomes a wash. Another Friday will soon be here. Thank you for your nice compliment. I hope your day is going fine.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on March 15, 2018:

A wonderful description of your work day, on Friday. It sounds like you have it nicely under control. A pleasure to read! Nice that you work well independently, and also as a Team Player!

DREAM ON (author) on February 28, 2018:

Kenneth Avery Over the years you must of seen many changes. Certain jobs phased out and new jobs created that never existed before. I have noticed that young workers of today feel they are entitled to everything. When I started you had to earn the respect of your coworkers and work your way up. Learning as you go. You showed great respect to those who were teaching you. Not today. I can't figure it out. Thank you for reading and sharing.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 27, 2018:

DREAM ON -- selling display ad space; develop film and make prints to run in the paper; design ads; delivering papers, etc. I can say this with no chance of being corrected: the newspaper business is an animal completely out of the definition of "average." And when you work for the newspaper for more or less than 10 years, and leave to work elsewhere. you will miss it everyday because there is a truth: ink gets in your blood. Even now.

DREAM ON (author) on February 26, 2018:

Kenneth Avery For the twenty three years you worked for the newspaper what jobs did you do? Did you always know that is what you wanted to do? Well be safe and take care. Have a terrific Tuesday.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 26, 2018:

DREAM ON -- northwest Alabama; 60s. Yep.

DREAM ON (author) on February 26, 2018:

There is so much to enjoy every day. Your hubs continue the fun. Are there tornado warnings where you are? In Maine the weather is in the fifties. Real nice. Talk soon.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 26, 2018:

DREAM ON -- thanks much for the interesting comment. As for (your) hands healing me, I know of ONE who does that and I am in communication with Him every day and drawing closer to Him as time goes by.

But . . .thank you sincerely for your comment.

Yes. You keep on writing and staying YOUR course--not (a) course said of some mortal, but YOUR course.


DREAM ON (author) on February 26, 2018:

Dora Weithers I try to compare last Friday to the Fridays before. I prepare myself to mentally stay focused if things go awry. Then as I feel the confidence in action knowing what I am doing is right. Other coworkers like short cuts and have less of a concern for quality. I take great pride in each and all food I put out. I honestly feel that attitude spreads over to other areas of my life. You can't be good today and I don't care tomorrow. Good habits last a lifetime. I don't stress about the problems because all my energy is focused on the solution. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. Your words help shape my future writings. Have a wonderful night.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 25, 2018:

" The funny part is when the day is over It is one big blur." This made me smile like "much ado about nothing." Your controlled disposition would help you get through any day--any thing.

DREAM ON (author) on February 25, 2018:

I already have to do a retraction. I am at the same company, my first real job and never left. I made a misprint and said I started , not I started working for, I didn't want to mislead you to think I have my own company which I don't. When I went to edit it time ran out. This is how my day goes. I try to do something right and the unexpected happens. It makes me humble. Thank you for understanding ahead of time. I usually lose people after a few lines. Now that is from previous past experience which I learned is no indication of future events unless it turns out to be the same which I am doing everything in my power to change that. (lol) You have come for a long and wild ride. Do you want to make a phone call and let people know where you are. This might take awhile. Did you pack a lunch ? This is my kind of humor. I call this off the cuff good humor. I don't need swears or nasty words to prove my point. Just a few well placed words with an exclamation point at the end!!!!! or a few more for emphasis to give meaning. (lol)

DREAM ON (author) on February 25, 2018:

Kenneth Avery I had no idea. I remember years ago reading some of your writings and thinking here is someone who loves to write. How does he find the time. I try to squeeze in a few minutes every day to bring all my thoughts together. Even after I write my hubs people think my thoughts are scattered and not professional compared to other hubs here on HubPages. I know my potential and my limitations. I keep on playing with words here on HubPages because this is the first writing site I found and made friends. I have a tough time competing with everyone else because I don't have a field of expertise. I am a slugger. I am the guy who gets up at bat and swings at all the good pitches hoping to get a single maybe a double if I am lucky. I am not that homerun out of the park fabulous hitter. Many times I ground out. No all star here. One of the many baseball players that have just o.k. stats. I am an just an average fielder too. I have good qualities. I show up to every game and play my heart out. I go to every practice and play like it is my very last game. I don't get the spotlight. I use to be the water boy and worked my way up to bat boy. Now I am a baseball player. At least in my mind. I wish everyone the best and love to win. If we lose we will get them next time. I am more like a team mascot. The motivator to the coach and the players. I turn that baseball game into my life. In real life I was more a bench warmer than a player. I struck out more times than I hit. I played right field because that's where I could do the least amount of damage. Second string when someone else couldn't make it. So now you can see I get my drive and inspiration. I create it myself. Out of thin air. I use my imagination because that is what no one can take away from me. I am physically healthy. I am blessed. I have always been the middle of the road kind of guy. I am still working at the same company I first started thirty four years ago. I have seen so many come and go. Most of all I keep showing up that is my strongest asset and my biggest downfall. Many of the people I have worked with moved on to bigger and better things. I carry on... I wear my heart on my sleeve. I feel real emotion for people that are struggling. I always feel someone needs something more than me. I have a treasure chest of patience because when things don't work out I pull out some good old patience and wait until the dust settles. I will be here unless God has other plans. I feel bad about all the things you had and are still dealing with. It just doesn't seem fair. When there are cruel people in the world that are perfectly healthy and could give a damn about anyone else. I say it is not my business to know Gods plan only to do my part whatever that may be. I love that you have written so many hubs. One big congratulations to you!!!! I hope to read more of your hubs if you don't mind. I hope you receive this when you are a sleep. So maybe you can have a dream during the night. That a cure for physical health comes in many different forms. The old remedies that are passed down from generation to generation. Family secrets. Then there is the traditional doctors who tell you take this medicine and that drug. I am the unconventional medicine of the future. Where I can heal you with words. I am one of a few people in the world who practice what they believe. I am here to take away some of your small aches and pains. The bigger ones we will deal with later. I call it a healing practice that starts in the mind. Because everything starts in our mind. So here goes. Today we are going to use an affirmation I just made up for this special occasion. Hi Kenneth, Do you have a nick name you like to be called. Something that relates to you on a more spiritual level. If not you can make one up. I am here to heal you with words. I believe it is possible but the more important thing is you have to believe it is possible and are you ready to be healed. I have never done this before and you will be my first. Are you o.k. with that. You are my guinea pig so to speak. If I fail, but I won't you will be right back here where we started. It is a long slow process. I am not going anywhere are you? So I start with simple things that we both can agree on. Then as we expand our which is your possibilities I am just making you aware of them and you are also healing me too. So it is not a one way venture. But a two way success story. I am going to hit comment now because in the past I have seen it all erase in a split second with one wrong stroke of a key.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 24, 2018:

Hi, DREAM ON -- I was amazed (seriously) by your comment. I had to take a Disabled Retirement in 2003 with Fibromyalgia which is incurable and every doctor I was sent to said the same thing, no cure. I can only take med's for my natural life.

I worked 23 years in the newspaper and I loved the work and the people, but in a matter of 72 hours, the day that I went down with my appendix ruptured, that was my last day of work.

I have had more mental things to cope with other than physical ailments, but I can always get ready for my body really hurting when it rains or turns cold.

Thank you for letting me talk.

I will keep an eye out for you too.

DREAM ON (author) on February 24, 2018:

Kenneth Avery I am amazed how many times we go to work every day and don't realize all we accomplish. The next day comes and goes and it is if we aren't suppose to think about it or mention it. I spend more time with people I work with than anyone else I know except my wife. I think we are trained sometimes to be like robots. I like the thrill of something done right every time it works. People remember all the bad and cut short all the good. Then when we do experience the bad how great is it when we rise to the challenge and get through it. I appreciate all your thoughtfulness and complements. I think we all have a story to tell. Most the time there is nobody around to listen. Writing is the perfect outlet. Hubbers are some very special friends that keep us writing time and time again. Hopefully we will improve and share something with other people that makes them also appreciate their day to day life as well. Many days look like the same old routine until I pull out the microscope and look very closely. Then I see all the changes and bits and pieces that I almost missed. Have a good night and may the morning light wake you up with a smile.

DREAM ON (author) on February 24, 2018:

Kari Poulsen We know and feel it will all work out. We have been through the ringer and back not much more they throw at us. Things change. It becomes different people and slightly different circumstances. By next week it is if it never happened. I love when things go smooth and I ride that wave as long and high as it goes. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. Happy Saturday night.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on February 24, 2018:

It's so nice to have experience. It helps us to not worry so much about every detail. :)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 24, 2018:

This piece was so real and honest, to be frank, I loved it.

I could see your work developing through your day.

Thanks for publishing such a fine hub.


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