Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dear Reader.

So, the best way to get into writing is to write about something you know.  That's the approach I'm going to take today.  And the topic I feel I know a bit about is my job.

I've been working at the Salt Lake International Airport for a company called HMS Hosts for just a touch over eight years now.  We manage about half of the food places throughout the airport, but I think I've got one of the cake jobs.  I'm in Accounting, where I stay in an office setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the travelers and other workers out there.  I don't think I'd trade that job for any other, inside my company or out, for anything. 

And while there are lots of perks to my job... one of the best things is just watching people.  There is the potential for lots of drama while people are working their way through TSA screening, but once their through, they can settle down a bit.

That said, I have seen the police throwing the handcuffs on unruly passengers.  Don't be fooled, TSA is one thing, but those police officers are full-fledged enforcers of the law, and they will send you to jail if you deserve it.  Nothing will ruin your vacation or your business trip faster than having to bail out of jail before you even get started.

And lastly, I'm routinely the only person in my office.  This is awesome because I can listen to the radio or whatever music I wish.  This means that I can... and have listened to the "Hamilton" soundtrack more than is probably healthy.  But I do it and sing along with no shame whatsoever.

Can you do that at your job?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Last week, the Accounting Staff had lunch with our Fearless Leader.  She picked her favorite place to take us in the Airport, and we sat down for an hour+ and hung out, ate some really good food for airport fare, and talked.  Lunch can seem like a really formal affair, but when it's just us, it's pretty laid back.  Fearless Leader takes a genuine interest in us.  I guess it can be a fine line, between boss and employees, but I'd say that our crew is as close as real friends as our working relationship can allow.  That sounds odd, but I hope that idea conveys correctly.  Anyhow, when Fearless Leader asks me what interesting recipes I've tried lately, or if I'd done anything with my blog lately, she really cares about my answers.  I told her that I'd just let Sinister Coffee sit and do nothing for an awful long time, and she just accepted that answer... no judgement.  But this time, I felt a little twinge of guilt.  So, this is an attempt to try and get things going.  I'm going to try and make this work again.  I'm really going to try.

The trouble, or maybe the opportunity I face is that I don't have a good focus on what to write about.  I think of who I was when I started this blog... sooooo many years ago... and I've changed quite a bit.  Some of the changes, I'm pretty comfortable and happy with, and others, I'm a little unsure of or maybe scared about talking about.  Hopefully writing about what I'm happy or comfortable with will help me understand the other stuff, too.

So, while I play around with some ideas, take a moment and check out this song... Be As You Are, by Mike Posner.  This song is wonderful and beautiful and quite likely uncharacteristic of what I usually listen to.  But a good song is a good song...