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Monday, February 28, 2005

A Day In The Life 

Saturday, Feb. 26

9:00--In light of the fact that I will be going to a party populated almost entirely by gay men, and bears at that, directly after work, I decide to wear the pants that make my ass look good and a perverted t-shirt (underneath a sweater).

9:10--I must leave for work or be late.

9:20--The gas station only has the expensive gas available. It is already not shaping up to be a good day.

10:00--Despite the gas situation and the compulsive need to stop for coffee, I manage to get to work precisely on time.

10:10--Start shifting titles around on the shelves to eliminate spaces where comics sold out.

10:15--Spend five minutes on the phone with a gentleman looking for reprints of newspaper strips.

10:20--Search for missing Vampirella magazines.

10:25--Have to clear off every available inch of counter-space to make room for a large collection someone has just brought in to try and sell to the boss.

10:28--Mike disappears into the back room, leaving me holding an armful of box lids that needed to be taken into the back room. See, I told you all Mike's a jerk.

10:30--Observe to Mike that in the last two days I've rung up, maybe, one copy of Seven Soldiers of Victory.

10:45--Put the Street Fighter comic published by Ocean Comics in the same section as all the comics called Street Fighter based on the video game in the hope that someday we may actually be able to sell the Ocean series. Yes, I'm shameless.

10:50--Find the first evidence that someone who works for the game store we sublet space to has messed up our shelves out of carelessness.

11:05--Wonder if there are any X-Men comics from the 90s that didn't have Wolverine, Gambit or Colossus on the cover.

11:25--Find an error in Krause's price guide. It lists Robotech: Return to Macross from Academy as lasting only 32 issues. We have up to issue 37. Overstreet doesn't even bother to list the title.

11:30--Prompted by putting an Oingo Boingo CD on the store's stereo, Mike and I try to remember what Jaye P. Morgan was famous for.

11:40--The first (of about a dozen) people waiting for the game store we sublet space to shows up to wait for the game store to open, loitering on our side and reading comics they do not intend to buy.

11:47--Mike utters his first "feh" of the day.

12:04--Asked if we carry jigsaw puzzle mats.

12:33--Help a customer looking for Captain America dolls, t-shirts, posters...anything with Captain America on it that isn't a comic book.

12:43--Finally sell one of those .25 cent Trigun comics.

1:00--"How old is Captain America?" Well, the character first appeared in the early forties. "No, he's at least a hundred years old." (Not the same customer who was looking for Cap merchandise, incidentally.)

1:18--Overhear a customer compare Y: The Last Man to Strangers in Paradise.

1:32--While picking up lunch, over-hear the Hispanic clerk at the counter speaking Japanese to an Asian-American customer.

1:48--Mike decides to put on the Skidoo soundtrack. Yes, he is straight.

2:01--First "kids come running for the great taste of" joke of the day is made, in regards to X-Force. It is amended to include the phrase "moms like it too 'cause it's low in calories."

2:23--First reference to Tom of Finland of the day.

2:31--The necessity of processing a huge pile of Vampirella magazines for sale causes me to curse the name Warren.

2:58--Find a cover of Vampirella with a half-naked man on it, which I decide to scan.

3:00--I express disbelief that Warren magazines, despite the many protestations made to the contrary, were actually intended to be read by adults, even given that it was the 70s.

3:22--"What's the name of the character that's green and shoots arrows?"

3:37--We run out of Sin City trades. Again. Express doubts that we'll be able to get any back in stock before the movie opens.

3:45--Sell a large stack of Archie comics to a little girl, for the third time in as many days. Remind myself that we must be doing something wrong, because everyone knows that kids don't read comics, and if they do, girls certainly don't.

3:50--Note that the credit-card machine is feeding paper out crooked.

4:15--While scanning items for the store to sell on eBay, observe that Viggo Mortensen has a very affected autograph.

4:25--"Is this from the 70s?" The lunchbox, or the film depicted on the lunchbox?

4:44--I find an unintentionally dirty Detective cover to scan.

5:13--Asked if a comic that's really, really bad is any good or not.

5:30--Take a short break to check my site and see if anyone has left a comment.

6:02--The last customer of the day finally leaves, without spending any money.

Oh, and by the end of the day we went from having too many Seven Soldiers left to probably not having enough, given that we ordered enough copies to last a year.


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