Saturday, November 05, 2005

Curiously Strong

Another day of closing, which is pretty tiring, but it's way better than getting up at 6:30 so that's okay. I arrived at the deck for the start of my shift at 1pm, and it was chaos. One of the elevators was down, so capacity had to suddenly be halved, which meant we were very quickly sold out about an hour into the future. None of the staff knew how to deal with it so people on the street level were telling guests they would be able to go right up, and when they got to the box office they were then told next available timeslot in an hour and a half. naturally some people were upset. On top of that, there's a street campaign where 2 for 1 coupons are being handed out. Some retard was standing right outside the box office exit handing them to people who had just paid full price for their tickets, which meant those same people were turning right around and haranguing the cashiers at the box office to know why they'd been charged full price and they wanted a refund right now. Chaos. Whoever placed that guy at the door should be shot.

Anyway, we sold a record number of tickets today in the end, so it wasn't all bad. Don't let my venting confuse the issue, though. If anyone reading this is in NY now or is planning to come here any time, you really have to see the deck. It is absolutely worth it. And i'm not just saying that because they're our clients. Sure, it's the first week and we're ironing out training issues and operations issues and all sorts of things, but the deck and the view speak for themselves. Look around online for some photos and you'll see what i mean.

So, some more things i learned about America today:
  • Americans will do anything to get a free ticket or a discount, including be unreasonable, illogical, stupid, and even just plain rude. Even when they know they're being unreasonable. Probably especially then. If you bought two tickets to an attraction, and went up and saw the attraction, and later that day you got a coupon for 2 for 1, would you go back to the attraction and demand that they refund one of your tickets? To me it seems completely idiotic, but it seems that to the majority of the americans visiting the deck, this is perfectly normal behaviour. The foreigners don't seem to have a problem with it. In the real world we have a saying: tough luck.
  • Americans really think south africans live in the bush. They are continuously surprised to discover that we have buildings, cars, jobs, clothes, and don't ride around on elephants and get chased by lions. Seriously. I am getting tired of saying things like 'yes, we live in houses'. So to clarify: the wild animals are in game reserves, we have cities and wear normal clothes and have mtv.
  • Starbucks is king. hazelnut cappucino is the shit.

Seriously, if any of these are misconceptions, they have only themselves to blame.

I succeeded in my mission to try altoids, they taste exactly the same as Wilson's XXX mints. They are not 'curiously strong', they are exactly as strong as i would expect a mint to be. disappointing. Oh, and i took a walk in central park. Saw a rat, and the park smells like urine. Also disappointing although the pond was quite pretty. I think i'll take some photos, which won't include the smell.

Tomorrow i have the day off. I am going to try and visit the museum of natural history and the planetarium. I might also invest in a pair of flat shoes. my feet are sore. Let you know more tomorrow.


Blogger zenstar said...

funny... from all the tv i've seen i expect there to be rats and urine in central park.
did you see any homeless there?
what about people pretending to be statues?
enjoy your day off :)

November 05, 2005 7:08 PM  
Blogger totalwaste said...

err... unless i'm mistaken, that was a samoosa: "i offer you my beef". did i forget another incident? nooooooo!!!

November 05, 2005 7:54 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

i may misrecall the exact wording, but i am pretty sure it revolved around the hot beef roll on rye at that jewish deli at centerpoint in milnerton.

November 06, 2005 12:31 AM  
Blogger totalwaste said...

you're right - there was definitely that one too. there was a lot of beef being offered those days.


November 06, 2005 8:00 PM  
Blogger schpat said...

Although "as strong as a mint should be" is a pretty good slogan, it just doesn't have the same omf as "curiously strong", marketing wise ofcourse

November 07, 2005 10:03 AM  
Blogger moonflake said...

naturally, i probably wouldn't have tried them if it weren't for the good marketing. and the fact that americans keep talking about them on tv like they're something special.

November 07, 2005 7:34 PM  

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