Eileen – Chapter 5 – Rings and Things – Part 1

Eileen works Thursday and Fridays.

It was Thursday night and Eileen had a test at Drexel so she said she wouldn’t be able to come in until 5:30. I was fine with that because even if it got busy I could handle it.

It did get a little crazy between 4 and 5 but like I said, I’m accustomed to being by myself and running around doing it all. I was happy when I saw Eileen appear. She approached the counter.

“Go put the towels in the dryer.”

Realizing the place was swinging, she sprung into action.

A few minutes later when we got caught up, I came back to the counter after clean a few of the beds.

“Hi Eileen. Busy tonight. How was your test?”

“Good. Can’t wait for Spring Break.”

“I can imagine.”

I am so grateful to have found some solid help for our busy season. Amelia and Eileen are truly a blessing. I really like them both.

I try to keep Eileen working primarily on the register. She needs to learn the system and the different transactions. Once I get these girls fully trained I can get them scheduled on some Saturdays so Achilles and I can finally get some time off.

The night is going well and we’re busy. At one point this woman who had been sitting in the waiting area approached the counter.

“Hey guys, it’s been awhile and I just wanted to check how much longer it will be.”

We ask her name and find out that someone is already tanning under her name in room 9. So that’s weird.

I immediately rectify the situation by sending her to one of the premium beds under the house account.

Later, when the woman who went into 9 comes out we tell her what happened, she tells us she thought she heard her name called by Eileen and just went to 9.

It was so busy and there’s so many people coming and going at the salon, it’s hard to keep track of everybody. Plus, Eileen is new and doesn’t know anybody yet. For all she knew the woman who tanned in 9 was the right person.

The woman was apologetic and we told her things happen and not to worry about it. We all had a laugh and I went back to clean the bed in room 9. But when I got there I noticed the little sign we put on the bed that says it’s been sanitized was missing.

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Did the lady that was in here steal someone else’s tanning session and our little sign?

Weird. I looked all over the room for it but couldn’t come up with it. I go back up to the counter and tell Eileen, but we’re too busy to worry about it now.

As the night goes on Eileen and I are chatting when the crowd slows down. I see that she’s been texting a lot (Which I don’t like at work) but I don’t really mind. She says she’s texting her boyfriend back at home and that they’re having a “jiffy.” (Which is her word for a spat)

“What can you possibly fight about when you’re not even together?”

“Just stupid stuff. I think we both get frustrated that we have to be apart for long periods of time.”

“You’re going to see him in three days.”

“I know I’m so excited. It’ll be fine once we’re together.”

“I’m sure it will be. You’ll get to be with your man every day for a whole week.”

“I know. It’ll be great. He’s the first boy I ever kissed and fell in love with. We’re going to get married when I graduate college before I go to law school. I have everything I want for my wedding on Pinterest. I even know what kind of ring I want. (Whips out phone and shows me photos of diamond rings) You’re invited to the wedding.”

I think all of this teenage love stuff is absolutely adorable. I’m rooting for these kids. I imagine young Danny going to automotive school to become a mechanic. He met the sweet raven haired doll in high school. They fall in love. Lots of making out and dates. Then he finally relieves Eileen of her virginity and the die is cast.

I hope the relationship survives. Four years at Drexel is a long time in a young woman’s life. The college years are critical. She’s only 18 years old. I’ve seen pictures of this guy, Eileen is clearly the prize. If she meets someone else or if he gets tired of waiting and hooks up with some of the local talent out in St Louis, the relationship will be devastatingly destroyed.

I don’t meet many 18-year-old girls, but I remember little Haley when she worked here. She had a boyfriend. When I asked her about when she was supposed to go off to college in Hawaii how it would affect her relationship.

“I’m not sticking around here for some boy. I want to go to medical school.”

Even my daughter Lorelei doesn’t think about marriage. She’s been in a relationship with her boyfriend for three years. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t want kids either. (Huge savings there) But I picture Eileen and Daniel married when she’s 22 years old. Does he get her pregnant after she finishes law school or during? Probably after. Law school’s another four years so she’ll still only be like 26 years old.

I’ve never met a teenager that was so set on getting married to the first guy she ever fell in love with. Usually young women burn through a few guys to find what works for them. Or at least find out what they don’t want in a man. But maybe Eileen has hit the lottery right out of the gate.

Can you imagine that? Meeting someone as a teenager and marrying them and it actually working? I would never let my teenage self make a decision for my adult self. (I wouldn’t even let my thirty-five year old self make a life decision for me now!)

Eileen is a bright and beautiful girl. I love working with her. I wish her much happiness and look forward to working with her if she returns every year to work here at the salon.


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Sun Stories: Amelia – Chapter 2 – Finally

So I wasn’t sure about Amelia at first. She came through one of the trainers at our gym and was an Achilles hire the morning before I got Eileen. So I had some concerns.

Amelia came in and we made our acquaintance.

She’s 24, new to Philly. I thought she was gay. Works at a gym in Midtown. She’s about to be certified as a personal trainer. Which is awesome because she could bring her clients to our gym and train people and pay us.

She’s blonde and cute. Irish Catholic and from a family of 10. She’s number 8. Wow. What the fuck is that college bill like? I told Achilles and he was like, “That many fuckin’ kids and you can never get divorced.” (He is absolutely correct in his answer)

I don’t know anything about Amelia, but once I met her I liked her.

Solid citizen. Air Force Reserve, and fit. Seems nice and personable. I like the military aspect. Maybe she’ll actually be on point unlike all of the other knuckleheads that have worked here.

First night is always the same. Here’s where to hang your coat. Here’s the bathroom. Just clean the beds when they get dirty.

I’ve got her Monday through Wednesday. The days are busy. I give her the skinny on all of the characters. We build report. I love getting in the heads of everyone I know. Young people are easy. I need to get to know her.

I show Amelia what to do with the basic functions of the salon and she immediately adapts like a good soldier.

I’m happy at my good fortune. Initially I was cross at Achilles for hiring someone I didn’t know. He told me to hire who I wanted. I really wanted Eileen. I wanted her to have all of the shifts. I couldn’t believe my good fortune. But now I have the Achilles hire I have to deal with.

But Amelia is so good on night one I start to question my own choices.

In the three days she’s here, Amelia is really on top of the cleaning and the laundry. I notice at 24 she’s taking the initiative with everything.

Her military training has taught her to think ahead and be preemptive. I love that.

My buddy Church stops in and we’re going to grab dinner after work, and I introduce them. They hit it off because he’s Navy and she’s Air Force. That’s a good connection and he needs practice talking to women in general. Amelia’s a lovely girl.

She’s a natural beauty new to Philly, that lives on her own with a cat which in everybody’s opinion isn’t good. (But she’s young and stop it you y’all.) Amelia’s great and does a great job cleaning.

It’s early in the training and she really takes to the vacuum. I like that. We’re all about the cleaning at our salon. She loves our new cordless vac so much she says she wants to get one for her own apartment.

I really like Amelia.

She’s so good I start to question the Eileen decision.

Could we have finally found not one but two girls that are absolutely amazing for our salon?

We have as a team waded through oceans of shit for so long, could we have finally found a couple of seasonal girls that will actually be good?

I loved Summer, and Haley, but could we have actually found good people that would stick around and work hard for us?

Amelia has a solid week and actually stays ahead of the laundry. The towels can make or break your night. It’s all about service and timing.

But I ask Amelia about it and she tells be they’re in the dryer or coming out in 20 minutes.

I like her!

I’ve been dreaming of good staff for our salon.

I think we’ve finally hit it.

Achilles is oblivious because he’s so wrapped up in the daily grind and the gym now, but I see it.

I’ll train these girls. Not just to clean beds, but to perform every aspect of this business to make them more valuable to us and themselves.

Eileen is Criminal Justice at Drexel. Her dad is a professor, so education is free, but she’ll have to deal with law school later.

These are great girls we have wiping down our beds at the salon this season.

I love them both. I’m happy we finally found good staff!


Oh, one side note: I had to tell Amelia about Eileen. I didn’t want to and I wanted to keep them separate, but since Amelia works here she gets free tanning. She said she was going to come in on Thursday and I knew Eileen was working so I told her about how Achilles hired her in the morning and I hired Eileen that night. She was cool with it, but when she came in it was a moment.

“Hey, Amelia.”

“Hey Charles. I’m ready to tan.”

“Yea. It’s been two months, I need to do that too so I can look like I work here.”

“Oh yea…Totally.”

“This is Eileen. Achilles hired you the same day I hired her.”

(Eileen, beautiful with a firm handshake) “Nice to meet you!”

So, worlds collide but my girls have to eat it.

They do and are fine because women are awesome.

“I like your make up it looks awesome.” (Amelia to Eileen)

“Thank you.”

“Maybe I should do more.”

(Me being the dick I always am) “Yea maybe you should. I point to Eileen) “My hire.”

I know I’ve made a joke here. They both like and respect me. But I’ve divided them and I like it.

Amelia’s great, but she has to stop biting her nails. (I’ll help her) I want to.

We all chat and I find out that Eileen likes to drink. She’s not any good at it but I like that she likes to drink.

I thought Amelia was the bad one but I love that Eileen likes to party.

All I think of is how I can take these girls for free drinks at all of my hookups around town.

Not to bed them of course, but I know these girls are my saving grace. It’s so busy at the salon. I’m so happy that I’ve met these women. They can’t even fathom how valuable they are to us right now.

Entering our most busy season. We can’t live with out them.

I’m just happy I’ve had the great fortune to meet two girls who are absolutely amazing. Normally, we get the crazies at $9 an hour under the table. But for some reason I’ve met two girls who are amazing and really work hard and get the system.

I just need to train them right so they don’t lose their shit on a Saturday.

I think we finally have a couple of winners and I’m betting on both of them!


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