They can sod off – 1st September 2000

Friday 1st I’ve had a really boring day which just turned really bad this evening but only cos I had to go to work. They’ve put up the new rotas and I’m working every night next week except Wednesday. They can sod off cos I can’t and won’t do that. I do have a social life plus college work and there’s no way I can fit it all in. My A levels are much more important than a job at the moment and I told them I can’t work Friday nights. It’s probably going to be the only time I’ll get to see Jake from now on so I don’t really want to give that up. I got told in that interview that I’d only be working a couple of nights a week and then at weekends. Four night plus weekends is not on!

Sarah reckons that’s too much and when I told Jake tonight, he said the same. I’ll have to speak to that Sandra woman about it tomorrow. She wasn’t there tonight and she’s the one who does the rotas apparently. I’m not sure what I’m gonna say but something needs to be said.

I think I must have done something wrong today cos this Julie girl dragged me off to one side and told me that when I put the checks with orders on in the kitchen, I have to do something if they’ve got certain things one them. I didn’t have a clue what she was on about but she just repeated what she’d said so I just nodded and she assumed I understood and wandered off.

If nobody tells me how things run, how am I meant to know? I’d ask but if I think I’m doing it right then I assume I don’t need to. Somebody should’ve gone through everything with me on the first day but instead they just showed me the odd thing and left me to it. Sarah said that didn’t seem right either. I’m glad I’m not the only one with that opinion!

Anyway, Jake just phoned me at about 11:30pm, cos he’s reached British waters now so he’s got signal. He’s really not pleased at the idea of The Green Dragon people trying to make me work Friday nights. He didn’t have a lot to say really cos unfortunately his phone battery was going.


Today’s emails →

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Cleaning menus and folding napkins – 28th August 2000

Monday 28th Grandma S and Auntie G came today but I didn’t see much of them cos I had to work from 5pm until finish (which was about 9:30pm tonight). I spent all day worrying and getting upset cos I really didn’t want to work there again but I decided I’d be stupid to give it up after just one day.

Then I got even more upset cos Jake texted me and said he couldn’t ring me today and I realised how much I am actually missing him! He sent me my horoscope though to try and make me feel better cos it said something about getting noticed at work and that luck’s on my side. That was sweet of him!

Today’s emails →Jake cruise email 9

Reply to Jake email 9

I did actually speak to him at about 1am this morning cos he still had a signal. That was really nice but I had to whisper so I didn’t wake anyone up!

Work wasn’t half as bad as I thought it’d be! I don’t think I’ll quit just yet! I got paired up with Gethin and got the exciting job of cleaning menus and folding napkins again!


Customers kept whinging at me – 27th August 2000

Sunday 27th I started work at 2pm today. I was absolutely wetting myself about it all morning! I went in and Gethin spotted me and took me to a manager type person called Sandra. She took me upstairs and gave me a shirt that’s about 5 sizes too big which she found on the floor in a cupboard-style room.

I then had to follow some woman round so I could get the hang of it. I did quite quickly but once she left me to it, I couldn’t get the cutlery right! The children’s knives and forks are almost exactly the same as the adult ones! I don’t think any customers would’ve noticed though. Some food doesn’t need any but she didn’t tell me that.

I spent most of the day either folding napkins (I think that was the best bit!) or cleaning away people’s mess. Then there was ages when I had nothing to do (cos I wasn’t serving food) so I was wandering round feeling like a spare part really cos I had no idea what to do with myself!

The main problem I had though was when customers asked me questions and I couldn’t answer them cos I had no idea of the answer! Luckily there was usually another member of staff about at the time. Customers kept whinging at me that the food took ages or asking when it’d be ready. I know it’s part of that job but I didn’t like it!

Gethin was working today too. He was a right pain! He thinks he knows everything already and kept trying to help but it either confused me or made me feel stupid. Everyone also kept telling me how quickly Gethin’s picked it up and how well he fits in. I think they’re expecting me to be the same but I’m not half as forward as he is so I don’t think it’s going to happen somehow.

The only thing that made me feel a bit better was when one of the girls told me she hated her first day! Let’s hope it gets better!

I was sooo glad to finish and I really don’t want to go back tomorrow. I’m on from 5pm ‘til it closes but I’m not sure what time that is.

Jake phoned me tonight after we’d exchanged these e-mails. →

Jake cruise email 7

Reply to Jake email 7

Jake cruise email 8Reply to Jake email 8

Jake and dolls

He still had a signal cos he was still near land. He’s asked me to ask if there are still any jobs going at the pub cos he wants another one to fill the time between now and Canada.



It’d all been a dream – 19th & 20th February 1999

Friday 19th I’ve only just got in from doing that waitressing for that catering company. I got £10 for it and I actually quite enjoyed myself. There were a few of us doing it and the blokes eating weren’t too pervy. There was me, Hayley, Pamela Rhodes, Leona Wright, Ste Rollinson, Charles Kincade, 3 older women and 2 girls called Dawn and Leanne who I don’t know. I think I’d do it again if I was ever asked.

Charles and this little Mark lad (Lyn’s son) made me a bit paranoid at one point. I went into the kitchen to do some drying with Hayley and Mark nudged Charles and said, “Look, turn around. Behind you.” Charles sort of gave him a “shut up” sort of look and got on with what he was doing while Mark was grinning. I dunno what it was all about though.

Well, now that’s done with, there’s nothing else coming up in the near future for me to even slightly look forward to.

I’ve just remembered, this time last year would have been my last full day of skiing and I’d probably be at the disco now or walking back with Ferny wearing his fleece. Ahh, memories!


Saturday 20th When I woke up this morning I was really content. I was best mates with Emma again, I was friends with everyone else, I had at least 3 parties or other social events coming up in the near future, I was in with a chance with fit lads, I was getting on well with other lads and I was generally happy.

Then I realised it’d all been a dream and life was completely the opposite. I was so disappointed. It must’ve been some sort of flashback to this time last year. I’d have been sat on the coach again now, coming home from skiing with Ferny sat behind me being nice.

It was different but like that dream in some ways. I was best mates with Emma, I had lots of friends, I went out loads to the cinema and stuff, I was getting on very well with Ferny, Ralph fancied me, I was getting on well with Ed, Dougie, Jez, Graham, Freddie etc. and I was just generally happy.