I'm fairly certain I have gone over my allotted quotient of posts talking about my boring ass craps class (not boring to me because I'm going through it, but boring to all y'all because it doesn't really add up to a whole lot of interesting to read) but here we go again.
Today I got stuck being the dealer (second time for the day) when a "hot roll" occurred. I'm fairly certain that the moment I went to the back to be the dealer Mariko set me up to test me.
Here is why. We have one older Asian guy who has showed up randomly and he obviously knows what he is doing. I have never seen him get on stick or even deal, he usually places bets and helps instruct people on what they are doing wrong or what they should be doing. Today when I went to deal he mysteriously ended up on stick and ushered the game along at a pace we have not dealt with during class yet.
He was quick to make his calls, he was quick to get the dice back out again. He went efficiently and briskly and he kept me working like a son-of-a-bitch.
I started with 3 players on my side of the table who all were playing place bets and come bets and field bets - the usual. Not too hard to keep up with. Then Mariko ended up on my side of the table and threw out some more bets and another student came up beside me and threw out some bets that we had never "practiced" before but I was able to catch on. So, now I was up to 5 bets, people were pressing, throwing me odds, throwing other bets out there. Playing the don't come just to f'me up, etc.
For the most part I kept up pretty well. Once or twice I accidentally paid money to a wrong player. Once (maybe twice) I put odds on the wrong persons come bet and I did not pay one player for one bet though I acknowledged it at the time I missed and I know 100% why it happened and how to avoid it in the future.
During this "hot roll" with the quick stick man I think I was dealing for about 35-40 minutes before a 7-out which let me clean up the rest of the bets, pay the don'ts and the last comes and then clean up to be tapped out.
I was tired, I was sweating a bit from being worked so hard and I needed a small break to get a drink.
As I walked away to get my water Mariko followed me and pulled me over to a Black Jack table and had me practice shuffling cards for my last 15 or so minutes. She gave me pointers on how to do it properly and sent me on my way with two decks so that I could practice and get used to shuffling up to two decks.
I believe over the next couple of classes she will probably be giving me a crash course on how to deal Black Jack so that when I do go for an audition (next week or the week after) I'll have another game up my sleeve and won't be limited to just Craps. That is all 100% speculation right now but I don't see any other reason why she would now, randomly, show me how to shuffle cards when I have never signed up to learn to deal any other game than craps. Either way I appreciate it and getting lessons on anything else is a huge bonus.
As far as my job situation I'm approaching a snafu and I'm not entirely sure if it's going to work itself out properly or not.
My co-worker is going to be going for surgery on the 30th (yes, Next Friday - but not staring Ice Cube) and she will be out for probably 2-3 weeks.
It is impossible for the office to run itself during the day without someone being there. Me coming in at night will not allow things to get done properly and timely - Somebody has to be there during the day.
Installers call during the day, customers call during the day. All the issues are generally reported during the day. All of the installs leave the building between 7 am and 2pm most of the time and I don't show up until 3pm right now. This is a problem without a currently solution and I don't get the sense that management is taking it seriously.
Yesterday my Store Manager asked me how much longer I need to keep this availability because of the situation approaching and I reminded her that she signed of for two months and I haven't even completed 3 weeks of it yet. Though I did say that if things work out well I might be able to go back to mornings quicker - but no promises.
I just have a feeling that sometime next week they will be asking me to change my schedule and work the mornings again with the other person going on a temporary leave of absence to take care of her issues. Not really looking forward to that conversation!
I still don't own proper "audition" clothing. I really need to go out this weekend to buy the white button up shirt. I should have black dress pants and dress shoes, but I might also need to pick up some black dress socks. Also, I'm probably going to have to shave which I hate. Hoping that after I get hired they at least allow me to keep a nice trim beard because I sure do hates-a-shavin'!