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I've been so insanely busy with life (food and restaurant related as well as school), I haven't been in! I stop by occasionally to look over stuff or find a recipe but it's been awhile since I've posted. I hope everyone has been well and I can't wait to get back into the forums. I missed y'all tons.

- Gummy
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Hey Gums - know what its like - we moved from the little island to the big island recently and it has been hellacious.  Still can't find stuff I need grr.

Glad to "see" you again :)
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I got promoted to assistant manager at my restaurant this summer (at 17 years old!) and started my senior year of high school in August. All of September was used to find a good Culinary program and October was used to get accepted and set with that. Then it was the holidays and I'm just now finding the time to sit down and catch up with all the posts. Hopefully I won't be gone for so long again, I think I was actually going through withdrawals.

I hope you are settling in to the big island with ease, moves are hard.
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Hey congrats on the promotion - that's huge!  How are you finding it?  Wondering if your age may have issues with the older staff - you finding any probs withs that?  You could probably update your title here to another level now too :)

And all that on top of everything else - you have been busy :)

Yeah our move was not a bundle of light and laughter, but, settling in and getting to know where, what and how here.  All 3 cats have made the move and not run off, kids are making new friends (kids have not run off either) and still in contact with old ones, all good.  (BTW Tasmania is the little Island, and mainland Australia is the big island).  Funny story about that - in a Commonwealth games held a while back, the little island was actually left off the map in the opening ceremony.  Oops.  A lot  of wrists got slapped for that.

Good Luck in your new endeavours GB
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I was scared of the promotion at first, I hadn't asked for it and didn't feel at all ready for it, and my manager (who is also the owner) pretty much came to me and said "I'm going to China for a month and you're the only one who can possibly run this. I have 2 weeks to train you to run a restaurant. Sound good?" And it did. It was bumpy at first, I was in charge of all the inventory, ordering, directing prep work, opening, closing, money stuff, and more. It was traumatizing the first week, and it seemed that even the smallest mistake was HORRIBLE.

And yes, my age and gender both gave me some problems at first. We have both Chinese and Hispanic employees and in both cultures women don't have very much say and the younger generation are supposed to be seen and not heard. But my kitchen staff is great, half of them have been there since I started working there, so it was easy for that half. The other half stopped giving me problems after a couple of weeks.

Is Tasmania different from Australia in culture as well as being a separate island? I'm curious because in the Caribbean, every island has their own culture, it's fascinating to me. I'm glad everyone made the move successfully, both kids and felines are against change that drastic, always a breath of fresh air when everything and everyone settles in.

Thank you for your luck, always much appreciated (and needed) and I wish you the best of luck in your new adventures as well.
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How can you say no to your manager, employer and the owner?  Ha!  Yeah being young and female in the environment would be hard, along with coping with the much higher level of responsibility and duties.  Well done for getting them in line.  Bet there were (prob still are) some "fun" times.  Hope you get a nice present from China - you deserve it.  Or a nice fat bonus.

Tassie is much more countrified than the mainland, tourism and not industry is its main source of income.  Contrary to popular rumours, people don't have 2 heads there, although many are closely related.  Too closely at times lol.  Timber and fisheries are some of the biggest industries there, followed closely by opiates (pharmacutical).  Lovely poppy crops everywhere, very pretty in spring.  Lots of lamb and Angus cattle as well, and potatoes coming out of your ears there,

But I can't say I was sorry to leave it - education is very lacking there, the system is just not getting it right, sad to say.  And it reflects in the population.  That's one of the main reasons we moved, with our teens going into Uni and College. Plus I'm closer to my family now which is great.  Been away too long.

Plus now I can get to the beach
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