RECORD STORE TALES MkII: Getting More Tale
#370: “I use that bucket for everything now!”
Am I ever glad that I started journaling 10 or 15 years ago. Most of what I recorded is nonsense that I can barely relate to, but every once in a while I stumble across relevant entries from the Record Store. Just a glimpse of Record Store life — the bad times, the good times, and a laugh or two!
Date: 2004/06/01 16:57
God I’m tired. I slept well but work has been non-stop since I got here. I hate that kind of day, you need to breathe some times! And Matt is late, so I can’t eat my lunch. I am having a Bad Retail Day. Everything and everybody is making things worse.
Date: 2004/07/30 12:47
I am expecting the new Pearl Jam to arrive today (late). [That would have been Live at Benaroya Hall, released officially on July 27.] I can’t wait to hear it. Two discs of unplugged Pearl Jam? Count me in. The best “grunge” bands weren’t “grunge” at all. What’s so grungy about Pearl Jam? Nothing. They are just good rock rooted in the 70’s and in the willingness to try anything once. Hence, Eddie Vedder doing drunken covers of ridiculous stuff onstage. I love it.
Date: 2004/07/30 16:15
An actual conversation at work today between myself and the accountant Jonathan. We were talking about staying in hotels on the road:
Me: I like to steal bars of soap and shampoos from hotels. I mean, I’m paying like $120 for my room, I want some goddamn soap!
J: I hear ya, man.
Me: Last time I even stole the little tea packets. Like, fuck, I want tea! Coffee, too.
J: I stole the bucket that you put the ice in.
J: Shit yeah. I use that bucket for everything now!
Date: 2004/09/30 21:32
Doing a bank run to get change for the register and do deposits. On the way to the bank, this one kid asked me to buy a candy bar today. I told him I had no money. Then he asked me again on the way back from the bank. I told him I still had no money. Then he went into my store and asked me to buy a candy bar. I told him I still had no money!
Just one more drop in the bucket.