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I AM THE MAN! [Oct. 11th, 2010|05:03 pm]
Travesti d'Action
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]
[music |The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio]

I'm good at fixing things, solving problems and massage! Read the review "Massage Therapist meets Massage Therapist" and feel free to vote for my spa for the appropriate spa/massage/esthetician categories:

http://brooklyn.citysearch.com/profile/7331563/brooklyn_ny/providence_day_spa.html
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Weirdness [Apr. 7th, 2010|10:33 pm]
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[music |Pearl Jam - The Fixer]

I went for a run in the evening Monday. During my run some weirdhole walking towards me mimed like he was running. If that wasn't bad enough, he also mimed rooting me on. I don't know what the heck this was about. Unfortunately, my experience with him was not over. On my route back I had the misfortunate of seeing him on my last sprint home. He didn't have to, but he pulled himself over and stood aside. I should've kept sprinting because somehow he caught up to me. I didn't think he was following me, but I happened to turn back and there he was. Just a few yards away from me. Fortunately, I was at my building. I turned onto the path that leads to my building and looked over again, and there was the dude again. He was walking away, but he decided to wave goodbye to me. What strangeness.

That was creepy. What happened today was just slightly weird. I got off my subway stop home and some girl approached me and asked me to buy cigarettes for her boyfriend. I wondered why her boyfriend couldn't get them himself, but I didn't care. I decided just to be a nice guy. Did you know that a pack of Marlboros in NY state is now $9.50?!?!?! I'm glad I'm not addicted to cigarettes. She told me to keep the 50 cent change for my troubles, but I didn't care. I wouldn't have kept it even if it was more money.
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One of Those Days [Dec. 8th, 2009|09:45 pm]
Travesti d'Action
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Little Boots - New In Town]

I find it interesting that people only use the expression "one of those days" to remark on a day that's mundane or going comically bad. People don't seem to use it for those days that are ridiculously good but I will right now. Today was one of those insanely good days. Much of it was pure luck. Everything just went right for me today.

It started in the morning with the mail. It may as well have been Christmas or my birthday as the mailman came early and I received many things today; each of which individually would've helped to make my day. One letter was a money order paying me in full (inclusive of overdraft fees) for services that were done in fracking September!!! My sister paid me back through the mail. In addition, I got my Little Boots CD that I had been anxiously awaiting. And even better than that, I got a Christmas present in the mail that I was expecting through UPS, but instead it was delivered by my mailman. I don't know why, but I don't care because I would've missed it if it were being handled by UPS. I did get my cell phone bill in the mail so not all my mail was ducky. Regardless, it was a great way to begin the day and it pumped me up to run to the bank to deposit my money and then go for a nice run afterwards.

My very good fortune continued when I went to work. The bus was running late and I had to make a quick decision to take a taxi or not in order to make my train. The bus was already 5 minutes late and I needed 5 minutes to get to the train station or else I would've been really late to work. That would not have been good at all as I had a 3PM client. I didn't have enough cash but thankfully NYC cabs take credit card now so when a taxi pulled over I asked them if they would take plastic. They answered in the affirimative, I got in and they drove me the few blocks to the train station. I tried paying, but there was something with the machine and it wouldn't let me pay by CC. The cab driver couldn't figure it out and said that the ride would be for free since he just had a fare to the La Guardia airport. I told him I only had $3 cash and I was willing to give him that. He was really nice as he didn't even take that. I felt like I was in Cash Cab because I got a free ride. :D

From there, my luck just got even better. I ran out of the cab, to the corner, down the stairs, through the turnstile and kept on running as I noticed the train was right there; ready to close its doors and pull away at any moment. I hustled and made it with seconds to spare.

I got to work on time. My client ended up being late. It didn't matter because I didn't have any other massages booked afterwards. I was nervous initially because her notes all said that she liked very, very deep, strong pressure. Ironically enough, my pressure was good throughout and at times she could barely stand a finger. She ended up being a real pleasure to work with. I even convinced her to let me work on her for another 30 minutes which meant more money for me. But my story gets better!

She felt great and due to a brain freeze and bad math skills in both my spa coordinator and my client, I got tipped on my client's credit card what they thought was 20% for a 90-minute customized massage. 60-freaking dollars!!!! That's a whopping 40% tip. Unfortunately, I only had her, but I made over $100 before taxes for only 90 minutes worth of actual work and 4 hours total shift time.

As it's barely 9:30, my day has a while to go considering that if today is anything like last night, I won't be able to fall asleep until 4. I just hope my day doesn't take any dramatic turns. So far, things are good. I listened to Little Boots' debut CD, Hands, on the way home, and it's really good and upbeat. Perfect for today as it has furthered my happiness. Plus, my brother isn't home yet. I'm very happy right now. Whoo hoo!!! :)
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What the hell?!?!? [Nov. 9th, 2009|04:26 am]
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[mood |awakeawake]

It's almost 4:30 and I cannot fall asleep. This is ridiculous. Is it because I slept for over 8 hours last night and then napped for another 2 hours during the day? I needed that sleep because I only slept 3 hours the other night. Grr. It'd be less annoying if I didn't have a job interview to get up and prepare for in 3 and a half hours. Otherwise, it wasn't a bad weekend.
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Compliance with my Acupuncturist, Part IV [Jun. 23rd, 2009|01:03 am]
Travesti d'Action
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Placebo - Battle for the Sun]

Nothing really new to report. At work, I arrived with three clients, but one person cancelled so then I was down to two. One of them was an employee of the company and a cheap tipper!!! They should've known better, but it was balanced by my other client who used the promotion and upgraded to an 80-minute massage for free (which means $15 extra for me), tipped me a very gracious $25 and booked with me for next month in order to get 15% off. Whoo hoo! Go me. Saturday I only had one client, but they were cool and tipped me appropriately. For those not in the know, standard tipping of massage therapists in NYC is $20; approximately 20%.

You know, I am not sure if I used that semi-colon appropriately because I don't know when exactly to use them. Will skywalker_child please inform me, please?

After work on Saturday, I went over to my sister's and got my brother-in-law an apple crumb pie for Father's Day. It was very nice being there, especially since my favo(u)rite nephew was there. My other nephew was all up in my butt, but he finally went to sleep Saturday night around 3:30. I quickly crashed on the couch afterwards.

I eventually returned home quickly before going off to tutor Sunday night and I actually just got back home from tuturing not too long ago. Hooray for tutees and for me being a night person and not minding tutoring from 5:30PM to midnight.
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Compliance with my Acupuncturist, Part III [Jun. 19th, 2009|01:36 pm]
Travesti d'Action
[mood |sadsad]
[music |M.I.A. - Paper Planes]

Yesterday I had a four hour shift and no clients. People seem to like me as a person and like the massages I give though because numerous people I've worked on were pleasant enough to say hi to me, ask for me to work on them, and some alluded to wanting to book me again. One lady said I was very sweet and that if she didn't get a massage from me she'd recommend me to someone else. Another woman said she'd book soon. I worked on her previously - both on a chair and a table, so I'm happy that she wanted another chair massage and wants me to work on her again in the spa. Not to be pessimistic, but we'll see what happens as people always say that they'll book but they don't. Despite not having any bookings and being really bored at times, I guess yesterday wasn't bad from what I was able to do.

Outside of my professional life, my social life has been non-existant. That's not surprising considering that the only day off I had was Tuesday and I had worked more than a week straight. Not that I'm complaining about working so much. I'm just laying the fact down that I have been unable to hang with people due to my work schedule. What I do have a problem with is finding out through looking through Facebook profiles that one of my classmates was invited to a birthday party of another classmate. Upon further perusal, I find that other classmates were invited. Perhaps I wasn't invited because, for whatever reason, I'm not friends with the birthday boy on Facebook, but I sent my usual birthday regards to people I consider a friend and I got a nice reply back, but it contained no invitation. This makes me feel socially rejected. I loved massage school, but I did feel socially unwanted and awkward at times and this just brings up those feelings again. I feel so uncool.
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Compliance with my Acupuncturist, Part II: Work Sucks! [Jun. 18th, 2009|03:10 pm]
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[mood |relievedrelieved]
[music |Spinal Tap - Big Bottom]

I really don't want to write this entry due to the emotional storm that was work yesterday. The day began fine enough. It just went downhill when I got to work and discovered that I had no clients! 4 out of my last 5 shifts at this particular location began with the knowledge that I had 0 clients booked. I know I am fortunate to just have a job regardless of the fact that if I make no money for the spa, I get paid $7.25 an hour, but my performance has been severely lacking. Not just from personal opinion, but from a professional one as well. When I was hired by this Equinox I was told by the general manager of the gym that they expect their therapists to be booked at least 40% of the time. I thought this was absolutely fair and reasonable. However, considering how I was treated at my home spa, I was scared that I would once again be robbed of a fair chance and a fair evaluation.

To give anyone not familiar the backstory, I started working at Equinox in March and was given a couple of shifts. The first month was pretty freaking slow, but I was told that it's expected for things to be slow for me since I'm new and male therapists have to work harder. Anyway, at about the 6 week mark, my performance was evaluated and I was told that, in addition to economic reasons, I would have to cut my hours. Again, since I was new and male, I didn't think this was cool. Of course, I told them that I didn't think that was reasonable, but told them that if they had to, they could cut an hour or two from my Tuesday shift. A week after that discussion, I was told that I'd be tried out with some new shifts that cut Tuesday shift 3 hours but given 4 hours on Thursday. I tried this for one week when they decided to cut my entire Tuesday shift.

So when I found out that my spa manager wanted to talk to me in order to talk about my performance, I got really nervous. Talking about it now still makes me queasy. Even my boss said I looked like I was going to hurl. Sometimes I forget how naturally expressive I am, especially when I don't want to be.

When I went up to his office to finally talk with him, I was still hella nervous, but I think I was relatively composed. He began objectively, saying that most things were fine, but (and it was a big but that I was expecting) I was not performing to the level that they want their therapists to be at. According to their numbers, I am booked only 25% of the time. I was asked what I thought was wrong and what I felt could be improved upon. I was pretty open with my feelings and told him that I didn't really know. I initially thought it was because I was new and that I was male, but as I've grown to be less busy over the last month, other new therapists (even newer than me), both male and female, are getting busier. We both brought up that everyone realizes the fact that I'm a hard worker with the fact that the GM, the assistant GM, my boss, and the trainers have seen me constantly do chair massage when I'm not scheduled for a session at the spa as a way of promoting myself and the spa.

It was a tough process for me, but my boss opened himself to me for any help I needed to make me a better and more productive therapist. We pretended as if we didn't know each other and I performed my usual intake, did a half hour massage, and an outtake with him that he evaluated and discussed with me afterwards. I changed things a bit by trying to sell more and I was nervous so had a hard time grounding myself during the massage and forget the fact that I was being evaluated, but otherwise, I was my usual self. He said I have the touch, but he made a few good suggestions, especially about my demeanor and what to say during intakes and outtakes, that I found very helpful. He also made a bunch of things about my massage that were hard to swallow, especially since whenever I'm evaluated, one person tells me something different from the previous person. I told him that these differences of opinion bothered me and leave me not sure at what to do, but I now realize that I will just have to be myself and when I have to, I will adapt. For instance, he told me to use my thumbs more and not to be so afraid of fucking them up. I ended up having a session later which I tried to do that, but it made my thumbs uncomfortable since they hyperextend. I will use my thumbs more in terms of evaluation, but probably not nearly as much as he suggested. My thumbs just can't handle it.

Anyway, I had a session after working on my boss and that was a difficult session as my energy wasn't quite right. The client seemed to still enjoy the massage as he wanted my card for his wife. Also fortunately, I ended the shift with another client, so the day ended up working out thankfully. And my boss, while a bit of a hardass seems to be a really nice guy as he wants me to be better and more productive and wants to give me the fair chance that I don't think I've gotten from Equinox until yesterday. He said that he wants to work with me and is willing to work with me every week so we can all reach our goals. I told him straight up that I was afraid of being fired and he said that he'd rather invest his time in working with me over trying to find another therapist, so I can relax a little. In fact, he told me to relax more and have fun and not be so serious. I guess I can be now that I now have a chance to improve and I now feel more secure that I will not be canned anytime soon.
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Compliance with my Acupuncturist, Part I [Jun. 18th, 2009|02:06 pm]
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[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head]

A long time ago, my acupuncturist wanted to see if she could do something about this discoloration on my arm that I was either born with or have had since early childhood. Additionally, there are small cysts underneath some of the markings. We finally talked about it on Tuesday during my appointment and she said that these features of my arm are along the lung, heart, and pericardium meridians - meridians which have been the focal points of my treatments lately.

We discussed the nature and possible origin of them and both concluded that they could be from the result of emotional holding since childhood. I suffered some emotional trauma during my childhood and, as I've grown, I have not suffered anything like what I had gone through, but it would appear that I've continued living life holding on to things inside me in order to protect myself. As a result, my acupuncturist stated that I've developed these features as "reservoirs" for protection. This was evidenced by the way one arm being much less sensitive to the treatment I received than the other arm.

As part of the treatment, I was told that a lot of emotions may come up, both during the treatment and following. Therefore, as a way of furthering release, my acupuncturist suggested that I keep a journal every day.

I obviously didn't write on Tuesday or yesterday, but I will make up for those days and write about every day until my next appointment or indefinitely. We'll see what happens.

So let's begin with Tuesday. Tuesday was good emotionally. As previously stated, the treatment made me feel the happiest I had felt in a long time. It was more than that, though. I felt that I was in a state of bliss. I stayed in this bliss despite the fact that I was thinking about people I've been romantically/intimately involved with. I don't think think this meant anything more than I've really been wanting some sexual gratification and was just reminiscing about times when I got some.

Fortunately, the bliss stayed with me for a few hours after treatment. I went to Best Buy and got the new Spinal Tap CD for $9.99 at Best Buy. It comes with a DVD in one of the coolest CD packages ever created. Check it out at http://www.spinaltap.com

I was supposed to meet a friend from out-of-town, but they fell ill, so I just went home, relaxed, crashed for a couple of hours, and relaxed some more as I had the home all to myself.

During the evening, I watched the DVD commentary for the film "The Lookout." I highly recommend it even though it's a bit of a melancholy film with music to match. The music was good and stayed in my head and, unfortunately, the mood of the film and the music also lingered, so I went to bed feeling slightly morose. However, it was still a really, really nice quiet day.

In King Tommy's next journal: I will write about yesterday, later today. Much of it has to do with the rollercoaster of an emotional day I had at work.

Sidenote: One other important note about the treatment that made me less skeptical of Chinese medicine was the fact that as I had my lung, heart, and pericardium meridians on my arm treated, I felt extremely happy and a lot of physical and energetic release. I've been dealing with a lot of mid and upper back pain since October and despite my back not being touched at all, I felt release in those areas as my arm was being worked. This makes sense from a Chinese medicine/shiatsu viewpoints because the areas of my back where I've been suffering extreme stiffness are the lung, pericardium, and heart zones of the back.
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Hooray for moi! I am a massage therapist! [Mar. 9th, 2009|08:36 pm]
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[mood |crushedcrushed]
[music |Silent Clock for Bill Buchanan]

I could have sworn I posted not too long ago about how I got hired a few weeks ago by a chain of gyms called Equinox, but I guess not so I'll do a short recap.

While awaiting my license to come (which came February 28th in the mail and February 25th on-line), I got hired by Equinox. I gave a 10-minute massage on one of the therapist and based on her opinion and the fact that I was able to instantaneously take her advice and get better, I got hired on the spot by the area manager who placed me at another location which happens to be more convenient for me.

The only caveat was that I could not work until I got my license. Regardless, the day I was hired I was given a tentative full-time schedule of 24 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday.

So I waited anxiously, checking my mailbox multiple times a day even though I know the mail generally arrives by 11:30, because I've been so desperate for a regular job. Almost a couple of weeks passed and on the 23rd, I got my results of my exam. I got a 91. According to my calculations, that's 127 out of 140 questions right. Go me. Whoo hoo!!!

So I told my spa mananger the news in order to try to get working, but then I was told by her that, according to the guy hired me, I needed my license.

D'oh! Then I called the state department that deals with this stuff and asked them about the status of my license. They said that as soon as it's up on-line that I can start working and that I'll get a paper copy next week. Fortunately, the license number went up a couple of days earlier than I was told and the paper license came at the end of the week as opposed to the next week.

As of February 25th, I am officially a massage therapist licensed in the state of New York.

Unfortunately, Equinox suck in some of their policies or their lack of consistency considering. I didn't start working until last Tuesday. This was very frustrating for me because I have a fellow friend who was a classmate of mine and who graduated at the same time and he able to work for Equinox without his paper license.

What sucks even more is that because so much time has passed, I'm only regularly getting 12 hours a week. Fortunately, my spa manager has been pretty cool in finding me random shifts to work so I'll be working full-time hours (18) starting this week. Hopefully, after she comes back from her vacation sometime during the first full week of April, I'll have a solid full-time schedule that will allow me full benefits.

Since Equinox pay sucks and I'm just starting out, I also have another job lined up at a hospitality service company (or something like that). I go in tomorrow to fill out some paperwork and give them some references and for them to have a copy of my license. The job will be on-call. Hopefully, I'll get a lot of hours from them and it won't conflict with my Equinox hours.
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Licensing Exams, Asian People, and the Hunt for a Job Continues [Jan. 22nd, 2009|11:16 pm]
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[mood |distresseddistressed]
[music |Nirvana - Sliver]

I knew there was a reason why I decided to enroll at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy as opposed to going to some other institution and that reasoning helped me kick ass (I assume) on my state licensing exam today. It was really easy. I would even say too easy. If you had a modicum of knowledge and some decent reasoning skills it would have been ridiculously easy to just use the power of the process of elimination to get the right answer. It wasn't very challenging at all. No wonder 90% of Swedish graduates who took the test in August passed. The SI over prepares you, but you get a really good education from the oldest school for massage therapy in North America and graduates from the Swedish Institute are highly valued.

Has anyone else found a licensing exam to be relatively easy? If so, then I definitely think they should be harder - especially if it involves health or education.

Speaking of education, for you non-Asians out there, I have a story for you about the work ethic and the importance Asians generally place on education. As we all know (if you don't know, how is it that you are my friend? Did you recently come out of a coma I didn't know about?), there's a new President of the United States as of Tuesday, January 20th. While my mother and I were watching the news of the inauguration, they showed the Obama girls, to which my mother asked me, "Obama's children didn't go to school?"

As for the job hunt, it sucks. I am still looking. I have one job training on Saturday in Jersey, going to an Open House for American Apparel on Sunday, and seeing if my friend's job has a position for me. As a last resort, there is one job I definitely have lined up, but there are a lot of reasons why I'm not interested in it.

I'd first have to go through 3 days of training (19 hours total) that I would not get paid for until I have completed a week of work. Unfortunately, a week of work would mean working from 3:30 to midnight for $7.25 an hour on weekdays and $8.25 on weekends. Then I'd get my $100 bonus for going through the training. If you're not good at math, the training works out to be less than minimum wage!!! I don't mind the hours so much. I am nocturnal after all. I just wish the training didn't interfere with my graduation ceremony on Monday. I'm okay with not going, but I'd feel bad considering I've invited four friends, one of whom is coming all the way from Philly and skipping out of work early. I don't know. I'm desperate for a job. I may still take it. Let's hope something better comes along.
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