Work is becoming more taxing and more fun.

I’m pretty much completely off the training schedule at this point. I still have two more yet-to-be-scheduled training shifts to go: one as expo on Sunday morning so I can learn the brunch menu, and one as S.A. on a weekend night so I can learn how to close bars. Other than that, it’s just repetition, repetition, repetition.

The weather here has been completely unpredictable. It’ll be 95 with humidity comparable to that back home one day, and then I’ll wake up freezing because it’s 40 out and I have my windows open and my fan on full blast. I can’t get it right. Neither can anyone else, though. Welcome to the Midwest. Wear layers.

Speaking of “anyone else,” I’m continually just completely overwhelmed with how friendly and cool people are here. I’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t fun to work with or talk to. Surely this will change when I go to the DMV to change my driver’s license, as difficulty with somebody within a DMV building is pretty much a universal truth, but still – everyone has been great.

The Badgers have won their first two games at home 45-0 and 48-0, so things have gotten pretty crazy one neighborhood over the past couple nights. I live about 2 blocks from Langdon Street, which is where most of the frats are. Last Sunday night, after the Packers had also lost their season opener, there were a bunch of drunk frat guys out on the lake, and I would assume that their boats were pretty well-stocked with Milwaukee’s Best, because they only got louder as the night went on. This was the first and only instance of it being a nuisance to live near the frats. I can’t tell that I do about 95% of the time. It’s almost nice to have the somewhat humorous reminder.

I’m also happy because I’m not working next Friday night (I have the morning shift), and the last Live on King concert is next Friday night. One of my favorite indie rock bands out of Philadelphia is headlining – Delta Spirit – and I’ve really been hoping to make this concert ever since I found out it was happening. So, I’m pretty happy that I can. Live on King concerts are free – they close off the block of King Street between the Great Dane and Capitol Square, wristband you if you’re over 21, and let you enjoy the music. I know what I’m doing next Friday night, and I think some other people from work are interested, too.

The Smith Westerns, Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, and Reverend Horton Heat are some past headliners at Live on King. Madison is a pretty cool place.


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