The drive down to KC went much faster than the drive back, which seemed to take FOREVER. Even photographing (or attempting to, as the case may be) decomposing barns of rural america and knitting couldn't make the hours fly instead of crawl. Here's what a I did manage to accomplish during the trip:
1. Keyhole scarf! More on this later - but I wanted to get this off the needles.
In other news, Tyler showed up to work on Monday morning, only to be told he was fired. It's a long story, full of pettiness and stupidity. Basically, the reasons they gave him were things he'd a) not actually done (such as avoiding work by leaving the counter - something I've seen his coworkers AND boss do countless times, sometimes in the middle of a lunch rush, leaving him and maybe one other unlucky person stranded at the counter) and/or b) never been mentioned to him. Not only that, they forced him to sign some bogus piece of paper before they would hand over his paycheck. Nice, right? To top it all off, it was the day before his birthday. Tyler was actually relieved that he didn't have to deal with such crappy people anymore -they'd been making his life hell these past months. A few hours later, he even had a job interview! Even though he had to file for unemployment on his birthday, Tyler still managed to enjoy his day - we went to Hot Doug's, drank some beer, and had band practice for our upcoming show this Saturday night. Last night, Tyler was offered a job and will probably start sometime next week - so when they say that the best revenge is living well - perhaps this is what that means. Sure, I'd love to punch a few key people in the face who really, REALLY deserve it, but instead, I think we'll just be glad we don't have to deal with them ever again. It's kind of a shame, back in the day, Beans and Bagels was my safe haven - when I was having a crappy day at work, I'd walk there for a sandwich or some coffee, and in the mornings I'd meet up with my friend Sam and we'd knit together before we had to report for duty. I miss those days, but they're definitely gone. It's not the same place it used to be - the place Tyler and I both would make a point to go to while the Montrose Brown Line Station was closed for renovation (the then-manager Susan, who now owns her own coffee shop in Logan Square, claimed we kept them open during that time), before he ever worked there. He was a barista there for three years, and a hard-working, loyal employee at that, but I guess that doesn't matter much to some people.
I'm excited for this new phase for us, though - it sounds like Tyler will actually have some benefits, which in our world is quite the concept! Also, I never want to eat another bagel ever again - for a while, I was eating bagels every day - yes, multiple meals (I had to impose a two-a-day limit). I'm so glad we don't have to subsist on unsold bagels any more.
I think 2011 can still be salvaged...Tyler is right, this is the year of rebuilding.