Thursday, April 02, 2009

First Faux Pas...

Never, ever, under any circumstances offer to shake a dealer's hand! Big no-no, people. Never touch a dealer on the casino floor. I found that out the hard way, naturally. Me being me, and all...;)

But that's okay, because at least I learn from my mistakes.

I love my new job, by the way. Yes, it's late at night and I'm tired, but it's so much FUN! Even though I have to deal with rejection, frequently I might add, it's still fun to wander around the casino and massage people on the spot. You get to meet very interesting folks this way. Oh, one other thing I've learned over the past two days nights: Drunk people are very, very funny!

Let's see...I've been shown baby pictures and asked my opinion of them, been complimented on my braces (by a guy who told me not to make fun of him, after I laughed when he said, "I smoke weed, cut me some slack!" I couldn't help myself...)
Also, I've been asked for directions oh, fifty million times already. Sometimes I've been able to help, and if not, I've known whom to ask. One lady asked for directions to the Strip exit of the casino, because she wanted to go to the New York, New York...she looked at me like I was crazy when I told her she was already standing in the NY, NY...she thought she was at the MGM Grand! *lol*

I also met two tourists from Stuttgart and got to flex my German muscles a bit, yay! My shift started pretty slowly, so I did chat with them for a while. The roulette dealer (or is it croupier?) looked at me like I was a freak! That was really fun. Not so fun was the group of older gentlemen hanging out at the circle bar who looked me up and down when I asked them if they'd like a massage and then laughed and said, "Not from YOU!" Assholes. If anyone ever comes right out and says they want a prettier therapist, I'm gonna say, "Gee, I never realized the pretty therapists massaged clients with their FACES." Oh, well. It's just another thing I'll have to get used to.

We therapists are also encouraged to get to know the dealers, pit bosses, and bartenders who work during our shifts, because they can really help us get business. So it's perfectly okay for me to stop and chat with a black jack dealer if neither of us is busy. I've also learned it's a good idea to tip the cashier who cashes our chips in, it's just nice to acknowledge them in that way.

Massaging in a casino and massaging in a spa are like night and day. You can't even really compare the two, that's how different they are.

For example, it's perfectly okay for me to sing along with the music playing in the casino, as long as the client doesn't mind (heck, most of them are too drunk to even notice, anyway!), and ditto with chatting away during the massage. I do have to get used to the often tight quarters, it makes the massage that more challenging.

Well, that's it for me; it's almost 2:30 in the morning, and I'm beat.

14 comments:

Buck said...

Never, ever, under any circumstances offer to shake a dealer's hand!

Why is that? Enquiring Minds™ wanna know!

Sounds like you're having fun, Christina. Good for you!

Christina LMT said...

I guess it's a security thing. The casino doesn't want anybody passing the dealers anything or vice versa.
Basically I introduced myself and held out my hand to a dealer who was standing behind her table, she got a horrified look on her face and blurted, "I can't SHAKE YOUR HAND!"
We settled for an "air high-five"...;)

Zelda said...

This sounds fascinating. Sorry about the assholes. Some hooker will rob them blind and they'll die alone on the toilet covered in shit and blow.

Too poetic?

Christina LMT said...

Zelda, I LIKE the way you think!

Buckskins Rule said...

Glad your enjoying yourself. Don't pay the jerks any attention.

Zelda is probably right.

Christina LMT said...

B.R., as a people watcher, I am enjoying myself. My shift flew by yesterday! Yeah, I have to stop letting things like that bother me.

TallyAngel said...

Your new job seems very interesting.

TallyAngel said...

Don't listen to those jerks, btw.

Christina LMT said...

Tally, it IS very interesting, and I'll definitely try not to let jerk-asses bother me.

Buck said...

Ah... the security thing makes sense. Thanks for that!

Christina LMT said...

No problem, Buck. They definitely don't want any cheating or stealing going on, that's for sure!

kvegas911 said...

Yeah, I'm thinking Zelda has that wrapped up in a nutshell. Like you would want to touch them for free? I think not. Glad you're having fun, and glad you're enjoying the drunks....that part may get old for you reeeeeeeeeal quick-as long as they're happy I guess that's good, when we get them they're usually not LOL. *hugs*

phlegmfatale said...

I get it, but the hand-shakey thing is weird!

Sounds like a good time, and a nice change of pace from the salon!

Christina LMT said...

Kvegas911 - I hear ya! I spoke with my supervisor a little while ago, and a very drunk man threatened to punch her in the face last night! I'll be careful.

Phlegmmy, it truly is fun!