JEFBOT.277_Love and Video Gameson September 24, 2010 at 12:35 am
Hmmm… love and video games. I can certainly think of worse things to work for. And actually, I’ve worked for far worse. Being a graphic designer, there was a time when I did a lot of freelance work, and many payments were based on a barter system that most often did not work in my favor. There was one job I did for colored markers, and another I did for a jacket. A used, green jacket from a car rental company, that wasn’t even in my size. (I still have it and will wear it until I feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth.) Needless to say, I would’ve much preferred Love or a pristine copy of Chrono Trigger. Anyway, I’m sure many of you have stories about crappy payments received for services rendered, although I’m hoping to hear a few where the payment exceeded your work and expectations. Anybody?
Thanks for all the responses to my question about your favorite arcade games in the blog post for last Tuesday’s strip! I’ll be tallying all your favorites up and putting them in a poll for you all to vote on, then I’ll illustrate the top 3 games into the strip. Look for that poll in the JEFblog soon!
First! *happy dance*
woo! looks like these are the “Shaydes” of Firstness this time! here ya go:
CF is a little slow on the uptake here, isn’t he? LOL
And I love Cel in the first panel.
no terms were discussed when bot and the Cornfather got roped into servitude, Shay, so the Cornfather’s concern is somewhat justified. jefbot just doesn’t seem to care, as long as he’s in the arcade around cel, though. heheh.
glad you liked cel in this one! she’s been looking a bit haggard from all the running around she’s been doing, so i wanted to give her some of her “heat” back. 🙂
When Cel just tossed the aprons at them and money wasn’t mentioned, I assumed that they were working for free… but then I know that new businesses are short on money and help.
That must not have crossed Cornfather’s mind.
And Jefbot looks more frightened that Cel might through them out if she hears CF talking about pay… after all, they’ve already cost her money with the quarters & the pretzels!
Of course, it could be that Jefbot is afraid that the video games will overhear… after all, don’t want to hurt the feelings of those precious precious arcade games by making them think that money is more important than the game itself!
When cute girlies are involved, boys get stoopid LOL!!! (FYI I just censored myself LMAO, I took this statement from PG-13 and made it totally G, I can be taught!!)
ah… so true, ESQ. boys just don’t know how to act around the cute girlies.
(and thanks for G-ifying your comment!) 🙂
well, when i’m in your town at a comic convention selling JEFbot stuff (hopefully by next year!), i’ll know who to throw the apron at, Shay! just hope you give me the same deal as the Cornfather and jefbot gave cel. 🙂
and you’re right – jefbot definitely doesn’t wanna lose this job. it may be his last chance to really make a go of it with cel.
heheh. yes, we don’t want to upset the machines, lest they become sentient.
that is true jb. that is a small price to pay for love n videogames. if humans do not need material wealth to live happily, i would happily work for free to a hot gaming mistress. pheww. all this talking about lovely gaming mistress makes me so horny. off to the toiletmobile. hehehe.
very true, jf#300 – love ‘n videogames are awesome, but they don’t pay the bills. heheh.
and what’s a “toiletmobile”? sounds dangerous! anyway, hope you had fun in there. 😉
it’s all about the love…of video games!!
always, t_d! 😀
Hey, now: Bot said the L-word! Voluntarily!
When I was working at my uncle’s restaurant one summer, I had a double-table of people who ran me ragged for two hours with specials and extras and trying to switch drink refills (“I”ll have a refill of Coke this time.” “That’s extra.” “How do you know I didn’t have Coke before?” Um, because I have a memory and you said, “This time.”) and so on.
And after all that . . . I got a $3.00 tip.
I know every waitperson has had this happen at least once, but it was an eye-opener for me.
As a former wait staffer I know what a thankless job it can be. And theytables that run you the most ragged are the ones who tip you the worst. It’s all about a power trip for them. They suck and we hate them! So of course, the next time one of those tables would come in and sit in my station I would let them know that I would be happy to find them another server because I was not about to waste my time running around for them for a lousy tip. Yes I shamed them into tipping at least 10-15% Which to me is the BARE minimum unless your server just sucks.
Which is why now, I am probably one of the easiest and most patient customer any server can have. Unless you comepletely screw the pooch, I’m pretty laid back with servers and I tip well. If they are excellent I tip big. (not bragging please understand.) I think everyone should have a wait job at least once to see what it’s like and to understand that you are NOT the only person that poor person is dealign with.
*blinks* Well darn! How’d this soap box get under me? *hops down and hides said box*
Lecture away, girl! I’ll be over here applauding. XD
One addendum: I’ll take the lousy tippers over the gropers. I dumped a pitcher of water on a guy, once, while his wife was in the bathroom. I was wearing a turtleneck for cripe’s sake. Luckily, my uncle believed me—and so did the guy’s wife. Come to think, she tipped pretty well . . .
wow. gropers!? jeez, waitresses should get an automatic 5-10% tip bonus just for putting up with us guys.
SOOO true, Pixie – the people that require the most maintenance tip the worst, 90% of the time.
and i’m the same as you – i’m totally laid back and patient with servers. i really hate making people feel bad, an especially good rule when it comes to people who have access to your food. (as evidenced in JEFBOT.206). 🙂
*Yanks the soapbox out of hiding*
What the heck does the cost of the meal have to do with the size of the tip? A lobster meal doesn’t take any more work than a stack of waffles, so why does one server get more than the other?
I may be a cheap so-and-so, but at least I am low maintenance. (that’s what I keep telling myself)
’tis true, Sarah W – bot did say the “L” word, but not to cel so it doesn’t count! heheh.
and that sucks about your bad experience at your uncle’s restaurant. i always leave at the very least 15% (normally 20%+), even if the service is bad. if the waiter/waitress was downright rude, i might go 10-15% but that’s rare.
For free?! FOR FREE?! The games and the love better be worth it.
In other news, I once got “commissioned” to make some sort of small video presentation by a school my mother works for. I fully expected not to get paid, other than the usual free lunch by my mother.
Well, I got paid. Made me happy.
Most often than not, I don’t get paid though. So the money was a nice surprise.
yep, for free! jefbot has it bad, Jaeh! poor Cornfather, though.
and thanks for bringing up the other side of the coin – getting paid more than expected! doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. 🙂
I’d work there for free if I got free reign over the games when they close.
hells yeah, DJ! even though i don’t have a lot of free time, i’d do the same if given the opportunity. 🙂
*gasp* Bot! Did you say Love?! OMG OMG OMG!
Awww Poor CF. No noms, no $$$, no lovin. They better get free video game play!
LOVE the colors, specially the purple aprons. I might need one.
yep! jefbot did say “love” – but more in a general sense than “Love” as in “in Love,” if that makes sense, Pixie. plus, he didn’t say it to cel’s face. at least not yet. heheh.
“No noms, no $$$, no lovin.” – yeah, the Cornfather’s being a very good friend to jefbot so far!
glad you liked the colors. i’ve been pretty happy with the way the purple blended with everyone’s color schemes, too. 🙂
Ahhh I see. The location of said Object of Affection, is directly affective to the terminology? *blinks* Oh Sparklies!!!
So til his says he’s “IN love” with this crazy alien person who kidnaps pets, there is still hope for him? (Yeah not a fan of the whole furry kidnapped thing) Wow…Is that putting too fine a point on it? Am I over analyzing it?
I await the whole story arc to end with them just being friends. I don’t think there is a love match there.
i like your formula, Pix! that’s exactly what i’m sayin’! there’s no way jefbot would refer to the situation as “love” if cel were anywhere near him at this point.
and sorry to hear you don’t think there’s a love match betwix bot and cel, and that you’re not a fan of Mu’s disappearance. hopefully when all these storylines get wrapped up i’ll be able to turn you. 🙂
there was one time when i was working for a fast food company. a dude complained that there was no cheese in his steak burger. he tried to ask for one more burger as a compensation. we told him to present the evidence but he said he had already finished eating it. so i politely declined. he left the restaurant later but not before he messed up a table with ketchup. i memorizes his face just in case i meet him in a dark alley. talk about being a douche.
i worked in fast food too, jf#300 – and (as i’m sure you know) – you do not want to piss those people off! not that i did anything bad to anyone’s food of course, but i’m just sayin’. 😉
i understand JB. wink wink 😉
All is fair in love and video games…timeless quote right there, sir! In my little head I can totally imagine that while Cel is going through her speech, the boys are totally great big puppy eyed…and then snap to attention!! LOL CF with the smell of pretzels on his breath and ‘bot with geek love in his heart *sigh* hehehe
“All is fair in love and video games.” and how, ESQ!
and glad you could see the action of the strip playing out in your head. this is one of those comics i would’ve loved to have animated, since i can see cel pacing back and forth like a drill instructor, and – as you said – bot and Corn snapping to attention. would be fun to do, but way too time consuming. 🙂
Excellent reasoning on the part of bot
As far as employment goes, I usually only have a summer position at a Scout Camp. The pay is crap but it’s like you’re playing one, 8 week long game. Like monopoly, but fun.
glad you liked bot’s reasoning, Crazy Pyro!
and your Scout Camp gig sounds like a great deal – you’re having a lot of fun over the summer, earning a bit of money and helping kids out! perfect job. 🙂
i enjoy the occasional barter for things I actually use, like or need. I trade my retail value for equal retail value of their goods, and am happy with that. We agree to terms of trade in advance, I do not trade for random stuff. Good trades this year have been a decorated summer straw hat for the the same value of homemade baked goods from a friend at the farmer’s market, and a crazy top hat of mine with hand drawn fabric design, for photos of light paintings.
To answer the question, what are light paintings, see Jeremy’s web page:
http://www.tackyshack.net/ (His shack may be tacky, but his light paintings are way cool!)
sounds like you have a good system going there, Peg! and you bring up an important rule for bartering: agreeing to “terms of trade in advance.” now that i’m older and have a decent source of income, i can turn projects down that aren’t worth my time, which is nice.
and i was just about to ask you what “light paintings” are when i saw you provided a link. wow! trippy, cool stuff! 😀
Hmmm. I would have to say that the worst “payment” for services ever is working for your teacher parent. Dad would have me “writing” down the gradebooks for his students since the day I could write numbers and when I apparently showed some math knowledge he got into his head that I could do his taxes as well. This went on for years, lemme tell ya! Until finally he got himself an accountant and told me that he couldn’t believe that I have made so many mistakes! I glared at him and called him a “cheapster” that didn’t want to pay for what he should have done right from the start. Serves him right. But like hell I’m getting anywhere near Dad during taxes time!
ha! not sure if they didn’t trust me, but both my parents were teachers, Sonitan, and they never asked me to help them with the work they would bring home! (not that i can remember, anyway.) i’m going to have to find out why at the next family dinner. 😉
and you actually did your father’s taxes? impressive! i can barely even do my own. heheh.
Heh, this past summer I was a pool attendant at my *ahem* Mobile Home Community’s community pool! (I am trailer clutter, not trash, trash does not wear a tiara) Anyway…the pay was actually better than the horrible, abusive boss job that I already had, so I quit in a spectacular fashion and took the pool job. Of course, now that it’s fall, I’m out of a job…but it was fun while it lasted…
I would have done the job for free…most of my time consisted of sitting and watching people swim…occassionally mopping a bathroom/shower stall area, or yelling at kids to not run, or picking weeds on the cooler days. I’m a people watcher, by nature, so this was perfect. And I got to swim whenever I wanted!! I wasn’t a lifeguard, that wasn’t the idea, just a rule enforcer, cleaner upper kind of person LOL. Although, I am proud to say I did save one child from drowning…the proudest, scariest moment of my life!
ooh, a job by a pool, ESQ? nice! i wish getting a tan while working was one of the perks of my job!
and saving a kid from drowning is all sorts of amazing. i think that justifies you taking the pool job over your other job by like, an infinite amount! it also earns you another jewel in your tiara. 😀
ESQ you are not clutter. You are simply gracing the masses with your presence by bestowing your sheer awesomeness on them.
I really need to write an Empress Instructional Manual or something.
It’s not eas being the Empress of the Known (And UNKNOWN) Universe…But I press on!
Silly boys. It figures Bot would do anything for Cel. I mean, I probably would too, if i wasn’t already taken. Bahahaha.
I hope they don’t screw the pooch. That would suck hard core.
yeah, cel has jefbot wrapped all the way around her finger, TCG, whether she knows it or not.
and i think bot and Corn will be on their best behavior from now on. but with those two, you never know. heheh.
“Free is a small price to pay…” I LOVE that line! You continue to shine Jefbot!
…and I’m thrilled that Cel is back!
thanks, Funnyshaffer! glad you’re enjoying cel’s return to this webcomic so far!
Jefbot and the Cornfather may find themselves in the same situation as Kramer when he went to “work” at that finance company. Like Kramer’s boss, Cel may find out why firing people who don’t really “work” for you because they don’t get paid is especially hard…and kind of sad. 🙁 Heh heh.
’tis true, Sean Luke! let’s hope it doesn’t come to that… 🙂
Ha! Love and videogames. Jefbot is in HEAVEN!!!! Really funny, bot. Short, sweet and to the point. Cel is looking hawt, too. Can’t wait to see where this goes….
gracias, MC! now let’s hope the Cornfather doesn’t get jefbot tossed out of “heaven” by causing anymore trouble with cel! 😉
Ah HA, ‘bot comes clean that he’s in “LOVE”!
jefbot hasn’t quite said he’s in love yet, Stan, but yeah, what’s not to love about cel!? bot needs to step up his game!
Love and video games. That sounds like my world…I’d do anything for video games… I’m kind of put out with love right now… but still…I’ve done some stoopid things in the name of love in my past…
hmmm… am i sensing you’ve had somewhat of a rocky history with “love,” Eptha? always nice to have video games around when that happens. heheh. they definitely carry you through until the next time love rolls around. 🙂
Cel looks cute in the first panel.
was hoping to make cel a little hotter in this one, Shion963, even as she’s scolding the guys, so i’m glad you dug that first panel. 🙂
cel does definitely look great in that first panel. That one (like the pixelated Jefbot eyes pic) is crying out to be an avatar. I really had to giggle at the second panel. She’s definitely got them in line there. I never thought I’d see Jefbot or the Cornfather looking at all military-like!
Interesting that Jefbot used the L word there…
Wow! That might be my first ever post without any smileys! 😉 Whew. I feel much better now.
Cool new avatar, no? I didn’t realize it changed them retroactively too! I didn’t have it until this post.
I second that it’s a cool avatar.
You bring tears to my eyes. Serious case of Coolenvy.
He he. I’m glad you guys like it.
i agree with Anime fan and Maryz here, Shanna – i LOVE your new avatar! very cool. i should really make some avatars of the JEFbot characters for readers to use. glad you did it on your own!
also happy you liked that second panel – not sure what the inspiration was, but having the scene play out in a military fashion just seemed to fit. 🙂
Heh heh, whos not a tool JB?
ah, sad but true, Anime fan: jefbot can just not be cool around cel! hopefully he’ll get it together before she starts thinking he’s a tool. 😉
I’ve had both the joy of being underpaid or not respected for my work and being over treated.
When I first started my new job at EB Games/Gamestop back in June I was called in to cover shifts for one guy for about two weeks. This meant on top of working my own shifts I was doing his full day shifts. Admittingly the job isn’t that hard, and I didn’t really mind. I just thought about how sweet the pay cheques would be. The final day of the calling in I stopped by the store early and my boss gave me a card. Then he pulled out a bag of PS2 games to give me for my ‘new’ PS2. As someone who’d never received thanks before that I think that working those extra shifts was worth less then 10 games that could be sold for a lot more then what I made, stands as a good show of what sweet bosses can be. On another note he also brought me back a Kirby shirt and Sonic Hat from the last convention. He’s pretty sweet.
And that is my story.
great story, Desiree! always nice to hear when good things happen to good people.
sound like you had a great experience working at Gamestop due to a cool boss. i’m surprised i’ve never worked for a store like that since i’ve been into video games all my life, but i know how uncool some gamers can be. what was your experience? were most of the people that came in from the cool side of the gaming community, or were they like the teenage haters that run rampant on say, XBOX Live?
I got a day off for singing the National Anthem back in February… Does that count as a cool thing for someone to do?
that sounds like an awesome thing for someone to do, Eptha! where was this/what was the occasion?
So… Not a stable income?
Have to agree with Jefbot though.
ha! yeah, video games and love are definitely not stable incomes, Maryz! which is really too bad for jefbot. 😉
Yes, go for the love and video games. Or at least the video games.
yeah, i guess video games would be the more stable of the two choices, Fijiman.
Plus, video games only require two things of you. One: pay the electric bill. Two: play it until you need to stop.
what happens when you can’t stop, Fiji? 😉
Simple. The power goes out because you didn’t stop to pay the power bill, or you pass out from not eating or sleeping.
I did once get paid for a job in halibut.
nom nom nom
hmm… your salary sounds fishy, Woggy.
sorry! had to do it! heheh. fact is, i love halibut so i’m nom-nom’ing right there with ya. 😀
This is sharp dude and funny as always. lol
Payment exceeds expectations…Yes, my first job as a nanny (super easy job) I make a HUGE paycheck. And when I babysat a friends kids for about 5 hours he paid WAY more than was necessay. Plus the money he left for me to order food for the three of us was Insane!