Can You Say “Uno”?
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written a weblog… but I was waiting for some really special, wonderful reason for me to… As of today, March 8, 2008, I have been with Southgate Coins for a full year! (And you guys thought I’d never make it!)
(The traditional first day picture taken on March 8, 2007.)
So here’s my story: Once upon a time, early in 2007, I was unhappy with my job. So, I decided to look on UNR’s job board to see if anything looked even somewhat interesting. There were a lot of very bland jobs posted, all having boring descriptions that didn’t really give you a sense of what it would be like to work there. As I sifted through, and “crossed out” the ones I knew wouldn’t suit me, I came across Southgate Coins. Immediately, the company name struck me as something that should be looked at. I didn’t know anything about coins or valuables, but as I read on I found out that you didn’t need that kind of experience. I searched this strange new company’s location on the internet, and found that it was right smack-dab in the middle of where I wanted to be, so I emailed my resume, which was attached to an email that expressed my interest in the position.
Within days, I was called for an interview. I was kind of nervous, and was worried that I might be giving up a good job for one I wouldn’t enjoy. My doubts completely disappeared when I arrived at the interview. The coin shop was nothing like I had imagined- it was clean and organized, and run by very friendly people. Amy came from the back to greet me, and I was caught off guard by how young she was, and the fact that she (not the owner) was going to be the one interviewing me. Bells went off in my head saying, “hey that means they actually promote people here!”
My interview progressed, and apparently Amy liked me enough to usher me to the back to meet the big bosses- Marie first, then Rusty. They each met me separately, and came to the conclusion that I would be suitable for their position; they just wanted me to think it over for the night before I decided. Well, I did so, and I spoke with my family and friends about the transition. The following day, I emailed Marie and said that I would be happy to take it on. Now look at me!
Now, nothing in this place ever goes un-celebrated, but I didn’t have any idea what to expect. I arrived at work yesterday morning, and as I got to the back, there was a giant poster board sign on my desk that said “Way to go, Maya! Celebrating one year at Southgate Coins.” The usual pictures were taken, and I have to say that it definitely made my day start off on the right foot! We did our work as usual throughout the day… but I got busy with customers toward the end. Of course, that was quite convenient for Rusty and the crew; that gave them enough time to get the surprise cake out and put it on my desk… now, how did they know I like cake??
When I finished with my customers, I walked into the back, and noticed right away that something delicious had appeared on my desk. At this point it time, there were a bunch more pictures taken- of me, of me and the cake, of the cake, of everyone around the cake… You know the drill by now. The cake was a sinful flavor- chocolate with raspberry in the middle, covered in white butter-cream frosting. Yum, yum!
I always knew that eventually this day would come, but I didn’t realize it would come so soon. For me, it is so strange that a year has already passed, and it doesn’t even feel like it. I’m aware that I have learned so much in this little store, but yet there is still so much more to be learned… Not only that, but everyone who works here is a real person, who has a sense of humor and enjoys life.
I can certainly say that this past year has been filled with joys brought from those I love, at a job I love, where I always know that I can show love for them in return. I’m happy to say that I have grown as an individual in the time I’ve spent here, and as long as the bosses are okay with it, I will continue to grow and grow.
Thanks you Rusty, Marie, and Amy. You guys are my family away from home, and I hope you know how privileged you make me feel to be apart of this biggest-little coin shop in the world.
Here’s looking forward to next year!