Monday, April 30, 2012
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Friday, April 20, 2012
I ran into Jordan while he was promoting Apple computers and I-Pads in front of the DU Bookstore today. Jordan worked in the DU Bookstore's computer department last year, before becoming Apple's student representative at the University of Denver. The Bookstore has not been able to sell Apple products since it was outsourced to a private company at the end of February, but Jordan tells me a contract to once again make the store an Apple dealer will be signed shortly. All that remains will be to have the Bookstore staff sign the loyalty oath, apply Apple tattoos to all employees, and have everyone attend the mandatory 24 hour nonstop Apple indoctrination session. In other words, it is a done deal.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I chatted a bit with Dave R. at the DU Bookstore this afternoon. His new job as Merchandise Manager is keeping him very busy, and he says he is looking forward to me coming back to the Bookstore in a little over a week so that I can help him out. My new title at the DU Bookstore will be "Sales Floor Team Lead." I assume that will involve getting the sales floor staff all fired up using such morale building techniques as waving pom-poms, singing the company song, getting everyone to do the wave, etc. If only I had been a cheerleader in my youth like George W. Bush, the road I am facing might have been much easier. I wonder what George is doing these days? Maybe he can come out here and give us some lessons. Perhaps we can even tie it in with the Presidential debate to be held on campus. Send in the Clowns!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I took maybe 15 or 20 photographs of Noah today. Only one captured him with at least one eye open. You can only do so much with what you've got, I always say. In any case, Noah tells me the new management company at the DU Bookstore does not allow web access, so he is no longer able to check out my blog each day. This is intolerable. There is, however, an informational site for all Bookstore employees called "The Quad. " I suggested to Noah that he request - even demand - that my blog be made available on this site. Even though I was told quite emphatically never to mention the name of the new management company on my blog, this doesn't necessarily mean the new management doesn't think my site is a great source of information for Bookstore employees, does it? I'm sure my blog will be available on "The Quad" by next week. Thanks for doing your part, Noah!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wally (pictured above) is adjusting to life in the "new" DU Bookstore's stockroom, working for Noah, the store's new Stockroom Manager. The only negative is that it appears the upcoming remodeling of the store will not be as extensive as originally planned. The original idea was to expand the sales floor into the stockroom, adding space for more merchandise and a coffee bar. Noah and Wally were going to be the cafe's baristas, making coffee drinks between unpacking merchandise and checking in stock. Don't worry, guys! When I rejoin the DU Bookstore in a week and a half, I will push for the cafe idea with everything I've got. Time to order those new barista/stockguy outfits!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Chris (on the left in the photograph above), Darrel (on the right) and I celebrated Darrel's 10 years at the DU Bookstore this afternoon. Darrel's 10 year gift arrived a few weeks ago, and we waited until today to present it to him over lunch at Jordan's. Of course, the University of Denver outsourced the DU Bookstore in February, so unfortunately Darrel will not see an 11th year at the store. He is now the Budget and Office Manager for DU's Chemistry Department, having had to leave the Bookstore in order to stay with the university, but that is looking at the glass as half empty. At least you made it 10 years at the Bookstore, Darrel! Congratulations!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Today was the second day of Doors Open Denver Weekend. I took advantage of this by visiting the very beautiful Bosworth House - a Victorian masterpiece - at 14th and Josephine, taking a guided tour of the Vance Kirkland Museum, and having a pint or two at the Wynkoop Brewery. And no, the latter was not one of the featured sites, but it definitely should have been.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This weekend is "Doors Open Denver," when many of Denver's buildings and museums are open to the public free of charge. One of these museums is the Vance Kirkland Museum, which I visited this afternoon. Not only was Kirkland an artist, he also founded the University of Denver's School of Art. He was the head of the art department from 1928 until 1932, left after a dispute with the university, and then rejoined the school as head of the art department a number of years later. It is nice to know that the University of Denver has consistently maintained that love-hate relationship with its faculty and staff over all these years. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Trish tells me that I am getting pretty mouthy these days, now that I am working temporarily in an undisclosed location while closing the books on the "old" DU Bookstore. I don't think this is true at all. Don't you remember all those times when you told me you wanted to give me a good sock? I think you're losing your memory, Trish.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
My friend Stuart and I had a philosophical discussion tonight at the Old Chicago Restaurant in Lakewood. It is amazing how much easier it is to figure out the problems of the world after two or three pints. In any case, I am currently reading "The Geography of Bliss," and mentioned how happy the people of Iceland are. Stuart countered that if possible, he would move to Hobart on the island of Tasmania tomorrow. Stuart cited the friendliness of the people, the lower cost of living, and the beauty of the countryside. I suggested that Lincoln, Nebraska would provide exactly the same benefits, with the added bonus of being 5,000 miles closer. Stuart wasn't convinced, and won't be house-hunting in Lincoln anytime soon. Go figure.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I had lunch with Roddy, the University of Denver's photography professor, this afternoon. Roddy is doing well and is looking forward to a fall sabbatical, when he will begin working on a new photography project. I mentioned to Roddy that I too was considering a new photography project, which might involve a trip to the Philippines in the month of August. Roddy was very enthusiastic about this, telling me that Manila in August is an absolute paradise. There is no way that Roddy could be putting me on, right? Right?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I ran into Dave R. (see photograph above) at the "new" DU Bookstore this afternoon. As faithful readers know, Chris, Darrel, and I are closing the books of the "old" DU Bookstore this month, working out of an undisclosed location on campus. I mentioned to Dave that we have decided to leave our colleague Marty's name on all our correspondence and paperwork (Marty was acting Director of the DU Bookstore before the store was outsourced). If mistakes are made in closing the books, at least we now have someone we can blame. Dave thought that was a great idea. Thinking "outside the box" has always been one of the "old" DU Bookstore's greatest strengths.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Today was Opening Day, the Colorado Rockies first home game of the season. I went to the game with my friend Stuart. The streets were filled with thousands of happy people, there were food vendors on every corner, and bands were playing everywhere. The Opening Day ceremony was very festive, and then, unfortunately, the Rockies began to play baseball. These guys stink! Final score: San Francisco Giants 7, Colorado Rockies 0. At least the weather was nice.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
I was invited by my sister Susan and brother-in-law George for Easter steaks - Easter steaks? - up in Fort Collins today. I arrived early enough that I could actually take a photograph of them in natural daylight. It has been months since I last saw them in daylight. And they aren't even vampires! What a great Easter!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Valarie and I had dinner with the entire staff of the "old" DU Bookstore tonight, by whom I mean Darrel and Chris, along with Darrel's wife Linda and Chris' husband Jim. We ate Italian at Patsy's, one of the oldest restaurants in northwest Denver and a true neighborhood gathering place. You know it's a neighborhood joint when you see a 10 year old working behind the bar. Beats working on a farm, I always say. Afterwards, Valarie and I stopped for a drink at Lou's, a former dive and current yuppie hot spot on 38th Street. It was a nice mellow evening, exemplified by the fact that Valarie actually liked the photos I took of her. Another first!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Tony says he has been extremely busy at the Quick Copy Center (located in the DU Bookstore) lately, and has even received a bottle of tequila as a tip. Since he doesn't drink tequila, he gave the botttle to a fellow staff member, who no doubt is now curled up in a distant corner of the Bookstore. When I took Tony's photograph today to put on my blog, he complained to me that the last photo I took of him was awful. Hey Tony, I'm a photographer, not a miracle worker. Deal with it.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I visited with Wally at the DU Bookstore this afternoon. Like everyone else, he wanted to know when I would be rejoining the store to take up my new roll as "Sales Floor Team Lead." And no, I don't exactly know what that position does, but I assume it involves pom-poms. In any case, Wally says he has more gray hair after this past rush, and feels he is "losing a step" these days. Of course, Wally is working for Noah, the DU Bookstore's new Stockroom Manager, which could explain Wally's aging so rapidly. And under no circumstances do I mean that in a negative way.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I ran into Joe at the "new" DU Bookstore today, and found out that he is multitasking like crazy. This afternoon, as I talked to him, he was running a cash register, helping out at the information desk, and also restocking the shelves. Plus, he was also very interested to know what I was doing these days that was keeping me from returning to the Bookstore. In point of fact, I am working very hard at closing the books of the "old" DU Bookstore, trying to do everything as carefully and as slowly as possible. We'll get those books closed in no time, Joe. See you in 2014!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I ran into Dee at the DU Bookstore this afternoon. Dee is still working with the Spirituals Project here at DU and enjoying it very much. I told Dee it was her turn to be featured on my blog, and that it is considered by many to be a great honor. She had to think about that one for a while before consenting to have her photograph taken. And in point of fact, I don't think I convinced her that appearing on my blog is that great an honor. OK - sure I occasionally compare a DU Bookstore employee with Stalin, but hey, who would take that the wrong way? Right? Right???
Monday, April 2, 2012
Noah is enjoying his new position as the DU Bookstore's Stockroom Manager. Although he still tends to blink when his photograph is taken, Noah has begun to assert his authority, consolidate his control, and build alliances for the future. Coincidentally, this is exactly what Stalin did in the 1930s. Not that I am implying anything.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Spring has sprung, and it appears that the city's canine population enjoyed the nice weather this afternoon just as much as their owners. Walking through the park, checking out the scene, Denver dogs are living life large in the city. And why not - a recent news story reported that pet owners spend over 100 billion dollars a year on their pets, versus 2 billion on their kids. Or something like that. You could look it up!