The Diary of a Nobody/June 5

Of course, it’s Read Free Sunday (RFS) at The Diary. Enjoy. 

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Saturday, June 5
Amy is off to the early lead in the June reward club signup race at the hotel, leading Assistant Front Desk Manager Q 3-to-2 after the first few days…I took advantage of the opportunity to jab the knife in a little further that Q’s reign as monthly signup champion is probably coming to an end, what with Amy moving to five PM shifts a week now, instead of three. 

So, Q, what do you think your chances are of retaining your title this month? 

The question was rhetorical…I knew the answer before opening my yap, of course…Everyone in town knows the answer because Q has been weeping and rending garments over this for two weeks: the answer is slim and none…Q did point out that Amy can generally be counted on to have some of her signups thrown out because they have incorrect information, but Q isn’t too hopefully, frankly. 

There were a couple of interesting things in my hotel email, the first interesting things in months. 

First off, vaccinated personnel – like ol’ Sparrow, for instance – no longer have to wear masks unless were in the presence of a guest who is also wearing one…This means yours truly will have to make a decision about the falsies: to keep them in or continue to leave them out while at the hotel…On the one hand, I see so few people over the course of a night and they probably don’t notice but on the other hand, I know from experience it’s bad for morale to see someone serving you without a full complement of teeth…I left them out tonight because there were no arrivals waiting and it was otherwise slow and unlikely anyone would pester me and the only guest I saw needed a new key for his room and he didn’t recoil in horror at the sight of me. 

The big news, tho, is dogs are no longer allowed to be brought to work here…The problem, as noted in GM Andy’s email, is that front desk clerks are spending no small amount of time breaking up doggie scuffles or calming an anxious dog and taking Fido out to crap, all of which results in a less than completely professional experience for guests and evidently there have more than a few complaints about this from both guests and vendors. 

Even more big news is there are new sundry stand items!!!…I am not making that up…Joining the roster are those Push-Up deals we used to eat a lot as kids but which yours truly personally hadn’t seen for ages and a new ice cream cookie deal, this one featuring M&Ms…Good gravy, that looked good…I resisted the urge to field test one – to ensure a quality product for our valued guests, of course – after looking at the label: the cookie is a sugar cookie and the ice cream has added sugar and the whole shebang has 23 grams of sugar, something that’ll spike your blood sugar just writing about it. 

It was slow enuff tonite and ol’ Sparrow was tired enuff to make project work a chore so he finally called to get the refund due him from April’s canceled vacation, specifically the flight from the big city to London…Recall I had gotten a credit from Air Canada for a future flight, but last month they sent me an email saying I was now entitled to a refund, just call your travel professional. 

So I called Priceline and all told it took over 90 minutes to process…There were a couple of long waits that would be long enuff so that it would be better for the lady to call me back and she was knowledgeable, patient and diligent – keys to first-class customer service – and eventually she got the good folks at Air Canada moving and in the end ol’ Sparrow was refunded $235…I asked because I was never entirely certain of the price…Recall ol’ Sparrow got a package deal, the flight and four nights lodging for $585, but the exact breakdown was never known.1

Sparrow’s Sleep Log: 1130 Saturday until 2130 Saturday, 10.0 hours for day and 48.0 hours for the week, a great start to the new sleep month. 

The hours slept were adjusted to reflect ten hours actually slept, but yours truly was actually in the sack and sleeping an hour or so earlier…However, after using the can around 1400 or so it took a full hour to get back to sleep for some reason. 

The Diary of a Nobody is a novel. All elements are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Anything else is a coincidence. 

It was inspired by the 19th-century British novel of the same name. 

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