Submitted by Cody Hoyt on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:02am
Last week: wow! My time at HOTLIPS has gone by really, really quickly. As this is the last blog post, I’m going to do things in reverse order this time around going through my weekly recap day by day and then writing general takeaways afterwards.
My day actually started on Memorial Day, Monday. Because I had only been in the office two days the previous week (zoo trip and state track meet, our 4x400 team came in 6th) I felt it would be appropriate for me to try and make up at least a little bit of time on memorial day. While the business office was closed, all five stores were open for business. This was a perfect opportunity to finish up my store photography. As an added bonus I didn’t have to pay to park downtown because it was a federal holiday. I visited the three Westside stores: Pearl (Ecotrust), Civic (next to JeldWen Field), and PSU. It was really nice to finally see all the different stores as well.
Tuesday was highlighted by two events. The first was Aline’s site visit. It was pretty simple, but it was fun to bring someone into the office and break up the routine (if you can call it that). The second thing was the completion of my “HOTLIPS Soda in 60 Seconds!” video. I added a shot of a bowl of pears and a shot of Jeana drinking some of the soda bookending the other footage I had finished editing over the weekend. You can see the final product here. You might need to A) log into Facebook or B) like the HOTLIPS Soda page to watch it (I’m not really sure) but everyone should like the page anyway ;)
Wednesday was spent doing almost entirely one task: Labeling Soda Bottles! A while back in the bottling process, HOTLIPS has run out of labels. Rather than waste all the brewed soda the bottles were packed without labels. Enter the intern. I labeled 744 bottles this past week. I got VERY VERY good at it too. I got down to being able to do a whole case (24 bottles) in about six minutes. This was all the more impressive when you consider that I only messed up two bottles out of 744. Not bad at all. I also went to Hippo Hardware in the afternoon with Janet to look for a new toilet tank lid for the PSU store. If you’ve never been to ‘Hippo’ it’s like the Powells of Hardware stores.
Thursday and Friday weren’t much different than Wednesday other than the fact that it was the last day of the show. * I stacked a pallet of soda for a customer, I took video of food prep in the commissary, and of course labeled more soda bottles.
One of the coolest things that happened though during my entire internship materialized on the final day. Earlier in the week Matt, Lou, David, and Jeana were trying to resolve a problem the had arisen with customers confusing the new bacon, chicken, and artichoke pizza with the older smoked chicken, bacon, and spinach pizza. They decided that the former pizza was in need of a name. “How about ‘The ABC Pizza’?” (Artichoke, Bacon, and Chicken). The name stuck, and it’s now on the menu. To reiterate, I named a HOTLIPS pizza! I ate a slice of it for lunch on my last day. It is excellent. The pizza itself is actually way better than it’s name.
I don’t want to spend too much time reflecting right now because it’s very late at night and I have to wake up very early. I will say though that I have again been amazed at how versital and flexible you must be to run a small business. While my experiece of doing everything from writing press releases, to painting chairs, to making movies, to working spreadsheets is partially a byproduct of simply being an intern, it is not dissimilar from what I have watched my paid counterparts doing themselves. I feel far more prepared now having spent a month working for an organization not-named Catlin Gabel.
Finally I realized that I never wrote a lymeric last week, so I’ve provided a bonus lymeric this week. Enjoy!
The intern type work has returned
I wish these pear labels were burned
But it’s best to embrace it
Remember it’s worth it
When the name of your Pizza’s confirmed
I’ve had a great time at HOTLIPS
I’ve painted and edited clips
I’ve taken my bow
So Ta Ta For Now
I’m off for the 8th grade class trip(s)
*Senior Play reference :)