I thought that Covert was bad...but at least he gave more than 2 minutes notice that you won't be working that day... I actually left early to get to my kettle and the phone rang as I locked the door and was two doors down... I went straight to the bus stop as I was late getting out... Needless to say...it was the corps trying to screw me out of a good day's kettle...trying to install a volunteer that was only going to be there for TWO HOURS... Not only that...but it was the worst two hours of the day... I got there...picked up the kettle and started ringing... It was full even before the volunteer arrived... By then I was steaming mad thst I received no notice of any volunteer working my spot...

After I got home...I wrote a request they never put another volunteer at my spot unless it's a Monday or if yours truly wants to do it on a more permanent basis in the near future... I also let that lieutenant know this kettle makes 1/4 the total of all the kettles and it hurts the corps if anyone else is at my spot... Also included was the fact that my move is stressing me out to the point where I'm almost ready to snap if asked to move to unfamiliar territory...even to the point where I requested that if they want me on Monday...it will have to be my Smith's... I also mentioned that I might want to go one more paid year at the Smith's before going there as a full time volunteer...and to imagine how good it will be without wages taken out...

I even mentioned some history at the spot...both good and bad...but also said this is more a test of faith than anything... I mentioned two incidents where the power of prayer can at times be better than any donation you see...including one where a child was so ill that the doctors didn't expect him to live a week and his mother was a nervous wreck... She asked me if I believed in the power of prayer...and I told her that not only will I pray for him...I'll send out the heavy artillery with the prayer request from my corps as well... TWO WEEKS LATER...the child came to my kettle and dropped in a donation... FOUR YEARS LATER...I saw him again...now 11 or 12 years old...and dropped in another donation to my kettle and thanked me for the prayers from four years ago... I got him laughing when I said.."Who says God doesn't answer prayer???"... Of course...I didn't put that last line in the email...

I did mention the little quirk that I had to chase runaway shopping carts of donators so they wouldn't hit cars passing the store due to a slightly steep slope... They already knew about the wind tunnel effect this spot has... You also have to keep your ears open here because, if you don't, you will miss a foreign dialect or one of the 14 languages spoken here...

I also mentioned that major quirk in donation times that could discourage any other ringer... At times you'd go one or two extremely good hours and the rest of the shift...you'll be lucky to see a penny...and STILL have a good kettle...if not the top kettle... You;re in doubt in how good it is as well...

Overall...it was three quarters praise...one quarter venting my frustrations... As well as that list for any replacement ringer to look forward to at my spot in the future...