The Independent Variable - Matt Haugland

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

First Night at New Job

I got the job. Thursday night was my first night as a delivery boy for Jimmy John's. It was very interesting.

I made sandwiches, sliced meat, mopped the floor, cleaned stuff, and delivered sandwiches to interesting people -- mostly at dorms and fraternity & sorority houses. I got tips! On my first delivery, I was offered a $14 tip (it was a $6 sandwich and she gave me a $20 and said keep the change), but I didn't accept it. It almost doesn't seem right that I'm getting paid at all, as I'm doing it just for fun.

It was very humbling -- not so much because of the kind of work, but because I have no skill at it. I'm just the new guy who doesn't know anything. I was asked to work the cash register but had no idea how to do it. After slicing a big pile of meat, I put it too close to the edge of the table and half of it later fell on the floor (don't worry, it didn't go into anyone's sandwiches). I cut the bread the wrong way, put stuff in the wrong place, and did a few other things wrong (and needed a lot of help!). But I'm learning.

Now that I have a little bit of a clue how to do my job, I'm really looking forward to next time (Thursday night).

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fast Food Job Opportunity!

Several months ago, I wrote about my dream of working at a fast-food place or delivering pizzas. That dream may soon come true!!

I have an inside connection (friend who is assistant manager) at Jimmy John's, a sandwich place near OU. It's kinda like Subway but they deliver. It would fulfill both 'dreams', because I could make fast food and also do deliveries.

I'm filling out an application now. If I get the job, I could start as early as this Thursday night! It would probably only be for a few hours a week, just on Thursday nights. It's so exciting! It'll be my first "real" job. I just hope they don't reject me because of my lack of experience.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Trip to Guatemala

I'm planning to go on a "mission trip" to Guatemala next month. I just finished the paperwork/application and will send it in soon. Don't worry, I won't be spreading any heresy to Central America. I'll just be helping out with various service projects.

I've never been to Guatemala but Central/South America is the part of the world I most want to go to. After my trips to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, I've been wanting to find a way to learn more about people in that part of the world -- specifically, what their needs are and if there might be any way I could help. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity. And I'll be going with a friend who I haven't seen much in a long time -- one who's spent the past couple years traveling even more than I have.