November 1st, 2014

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Graphic Design

Hey there again TQC,

So I have pretty much always been interested in graphic design, but never seriously got into it. I think I'd like to give it a go cause I'm prertty obsessed with having various icons for LJ. I see that there are graphic makers on here perhaps if I get good enough, I could be one as well. So my question for you is what kind of design software do you reccomend for a newbie? Something easy to figure out and, hopefully not ridiculously expensive.

I have an iMac and a PC lap top. So I could use either, if your suggestion isn't compatible with both.

Side note: I'm really glad I've joined this community. It's proven to be a pretty great resource. :)

How Early is Too Early?

We can all expect those holiday commercials to start soon. I can't WAIT to decorate for Christmas this year, so I ask you, when is it okay to decorate for the holidays/when do you decorate?

EDIT: OP is from the USA.

How early is too early?

As long as it's after Halloween.
I'd wait until the second week in November.
I wouldn't decorate until the week of Thanksgiving.
The day after Thanksgiving is fine. "Black Friday".
December 1st sounds good.
I don't decorate until the week of Christmas/my holiday.
I never decorate for the holidays/I don't celebrate any winter holidays.
Anytime is fine with me! Whenever I feel like it.
My family usually leaves the stuff up all year ("Easter Tree" anybody??)
Hey brother!

(no subject)

Situation: you have just entered a public restroom stall. One person is waiting behind you. You VERY OBVIOUSLY leave more than just a liquid deposit.

What is the likelyhood of you wiping only once?
Matt Sanders&Jimmy Sullivan

Am I In the Wrong Asking for a Raise?

I've been with my company for 4 years. It's a kids party place. I started as a party coach, $5 an hour plus tips. (working parties, watching kids, serving food, etc) and now I am the 1 of 2 desk managers here. Getting paid $15/hour no tip. The other manager, paid salary...whatever that is $1500 every two weeks or so If i was to guess. There used to be a third woman who was a desk manager, she quit because she moved out of state and quite frankly was making too many mistakes making the job harder for the me as well as the head manager. When this third woman was hired, she was paid on Salary too, once these mistakes were made, the owner put her on hourly paid. (I'm assuming $15/hour)

The head desk manager and myself run this place, along with the owner who is here during the week, never on the weekends when we are busy. But of course he doesn't have to be.

Now I've been managing for 3 years- hardly make mistakes and what mistakes I have made, they've been very mild or I've never made them again. The job really isn't terribly difficult taking in payments, getting customer information, giving tours, using party software, and taking in orders for food or cake requests. It does get crazy busy, the hours on the weekends (sat and sun) are usually 9am to 8pm or 9am to 9pm.

I am however very friendly with my co manager as well as the owner. They're both very nice people. Mind you again, I am not here full time hours, I don't expect to be paid salary, but I've felt for a very long time now that a raise was due. I'm not the most confrontational person, but I do work hard, doing the job of at least another person, possibly 2 since that 3rd woman has left. They haven't hired anyone else (money most likely being an issue)

This might sounds completely selfish/arrogant, what have you because i know i get paid a pretty good hourly wage, but I'm currently paying off 3 student loan debts (i haven't even graduated yet, that's another story) i have car insurance and other bills and im currently in the process of going BACK to school to finish up my degree. Money goes quickly, but who doesn't know that. It just is crazy how successful this business is (singly owned party place, too. not a chain) and i feel like I struggle with money yet I'm only 21.

Should I
A. Talk to the owner and see if there's anything that can be done.
B. Suck it up- I get paid almost twice of minimum wage.
C. Quit and find something else (NOT likely ha)