Hard to believe that 2006 is just a few short hours away. Since I'll be working tonight, the chances of repeating my usual New Years Eve tradition of drunken buffoonery and waking up with a stranger are slim at best. I feel a little bit cheated, kind of like that time during leap year when that extra day made my 'Countdown to March Madness' even longer. Oh well. At least I'll make some money tonight, if not gettin' some lovin'. (Now if I could just figure out a way to do both...)
That 10 to 6 shift really kind of sucks, although it was so slow by 5 am that they cut about 15 of us loose. We had about twice as many dealers as we had open tables, so unless we did 20-minutes-on, 20-minutes-off, there was no reason to stick around. So Jen and I hit the bar for our own 5am happy hour this morning. Not much going on there--we were about the only ones there. We only stayed for about 45 minutes and came home, just hanging out long enough to have a drink and lose $20 to video poker. (I don't know why I even bothered playing that--I hate video poker). At least we got our drinks 'free'.
The highlight of the night, however, didn't happen at the bar, it happened around 4am when the gal at the top of the Extra-Board list (that's the roster of all of us part-time peons at the casino) found out that she'd gotten promoted to Full Time status. Nice!
And then there were three.
Yep, I'm the fourth one down now. My time is coming. Hopefully soon I can start shopping for a replacement for the ghetto sled. Although, as long as I don't need to use the air conditioner, it's a perfectly fine car. And it miraculously stopped leaking all fluids as soon as I started parking it in the gravel turnout instead of on the driveway over a month ago, too.
While in the break room towards the end of my shift, I was talking to another full-time dealer who has a pretty good gig going. He does his 40 hours a week here at our casino, and gets all the great benefits from our company, and then he's extra-board over at the Venetian, working three days a week and getting $600+ each week for his efforts. Not a bad way to make a living. And he reminded me that the Venetian is doubling in size (hence that giant crater on the corner of LV Blvd and Sands) with it's new expansion in 2007 and will be looking for a few hundred more dealers at that time. Hmm... Might be something to consider when the time comes. I just hope the economy stays strong for the next few years. That last recession really kicked my ass and I have no desire to go through that again.
Anyhow, I guess this is the last post for 2005. It's been a helluva year! I hope y'all enjoyed it as much as I did.
Happy New Year everybody!