Monday, February 16, 2009

Last orders

Friday 13 February 2009. I worked my last shift at 3010 Main Street. It's been almost 4 years since I started my job with JJ Bean. What originally started as a short-term gig between jobs, turned into the second longest job I've ever held.

I've been trying to write about those 4 years for a few days now, but I'm failing miserably, so I'm just going to list some highlights.

  • I started about 3 months after the store open. By the time I left, I was the only one left from the original crew.
  • In the time I was there, I worked with five different managers.
  • At the time there were 4 JJ Bean stores, now there are 7.
  • We didn't have a son when I started, Nate is almost 3 now.
  • I learned new things about myself, like I'm a much more social person than I ever thought I was.
  • For most of the time I worked there, I was the oldest person on staff.
  • I met so many people, and some of those people have become good friends.
  • Working in the neighbourhood I live in, has connected me to this neighbourhood and made me feel part of a larger community.  
  • I got to work with some amazing people. In many ways they are like family to me, and I will miss them terribly when we move.

When it finally came time to leave, I found I didn't want to at all.  

My thanks to all the people who made this the best job I have ever had.


Jesse said...

I only worked with you during the 'final' year (and a bit) of your time at JJ Bean. I always looked forward to working shifts with you. We're all happy for you and sad to see you go at the same time.

Justin said...

I'm happy for me and sad too. I feel like I'm leaving behind two homes. I always looked forward to my shifts with you too.

I still find it hard to believe that you've only been there for a year and a bit!

Kevin said...

Dude, well summarized. It must be hard leaving, but I'm sure you'll find similar family links once you lay roots in Halifax. Here's to your new chapter ...