ostarella: (Holidays)
Real screwup at work last night. Managers wanted to wax the aisles in Frozen (why, when it means closing off those aisles to customers!) so we had seven pallets to work through - in two hours! Usually an all-night job. So we had the Dairy folks over to help, and since the other Frozen guy was late (as usual) I had to organize everything. Kicked into my Blue Zoo mode (as Cornell calls it) and started hauling out pallets, downstacking into aisles so the others had something to work on while I hauled out the next pallet, downstacked, etc. We were finished by 12:10am - and THEN the manager says they finally came to their senses had decided there was too much customer traffic so they weren't going to wax after all...

And I got my truck back - finally! Turns out the starter burned out as well. Total bill was over $1200 - but if it lasts me another year, that's equivalent to $100/month car payment. Can't buy a new one (or even a used one) for that! And it's so nice driving now - the steering's better, and with the new tires I'm going through stuff I would've just slid around in before - and that's without putting the weight in the back yet!

So, since my son and brother had to go up to the Cities early this morning, as soon as I picked up the truck (and took a nap after work) I headed back up to the city to get groceries and pick up the last Xmas stuff. I don't know why, but I bought a big box of Christmas cookies, a bigger box of assorted chocolates, AND a cheesecake. This, along with ice cream and the mixings for the requisite pies... Good Lord, I'm going to hell in a handbasket, healthwise (because you know damn well who's going to eat most of that crap!). Ah well. A few more days and it'll be the new year and I can get a fresh start - in a lot of things.

Anywhoooo... presents to wrap, house to clean, baking and cooking to do - and that's just tonight! LOL

If I don't get online before - Merry Christmas to all and to all - good luck! ;-)
ostarella: (Holidays)
Real screwup at work last night. Managers wanted to wax the aisles in Frozen (why, when it means closing off those aisles to customers!) so we had seven pallets to work through - in two hours! Usually an all-night job. So we had the Dairy folks over to help, and since the other Frozen guy was late (as usual) I had to organize everything. Kicked into my Blue Zoo mode (as Cornell calls it) and started hauling out pallets, downstacking into aisles so the others had something to work on while I hauled out the next pallet, downstacked, etc. We were finished by 12:10am - and THEN the manager says they finally came to their senses had decided there was too much customer traffic so they weren't going to wax after all...

And I got my truck back - finally! Turns out the starter burned out as well. Total bill was over $1200 - but if it lasts me another year, that's equivalent to $100/month car payment. Can't buy a new one (or even a used one) for that! And it's so nice driving now - the steering's better, and with the new tires I'm going through stuff I would've just slid around in before - and that's without putting the weight in the back yet!

So, since my son and brother had to go up to the Cities early this morning, as soon as I picked up the truck (and took a nap after work) I headed back up to the city to get groceries and pick up the last Xmas stuff. I don't know why, but I bought a big box of Christmas cookies, a bigger box of assorted chocolates, AND a cheesecake. This, along with ice cream and the mixings for the requisite pies... Good Lord, I'm going to hell in a handbasket, healthwise (because you know damn well who's going to eat most of that crap!). Ah well. A few more days and it'll be the new year and I can get a fresh start - in a lot of things.

Anywhoooo... presents to wrap, house to clean, baking and cooking to do - and that's just tonight! LOL

If I don't get online before - Merry Christmas to all and to all - good luck! ;-)

Lovely

Dec. 20th, 2010 06:35 am
ostarella: (Bah)
Well, Xmas is turning out to be the same crap as usual. Wanted to get all the shopping done Sunday so if anything needed to be ordered we could do that without hassle, but no - nobody felt like making out their lists yet, let alone shopping. So supposedly going to do that Tuesday and hope we can find stuff (the City tends to have the same items in every store and not a whole lot of variety at all). Then I went out to dig out the truck since I'm supposed to take it in today to get the brakes fixed and guess what? Someone nabbed the radio out of it. Plus it wouldn't start which means getting it towed to the garage. And we're due for yet more fucking snow today and tomorrow...

Next year I'm hitching to Texas and not even getting a tree. Swear to god...

Lovely

Dec. 20th, 2010 06:35 am
ostarella: (Bah)
Well, Xmas is turning out to be the same crap as usual. Wanted to get all the shopping done Sunday so if anything needed to be ordered we could do that without hassle, but no - nobody felt like making out their lists yet, let alone shopping. So supposedly going to do that Tuesday and hope we can find stuff (the City tends to have the same items in every store and not a whole lot of variety at all). Then I went out to dig out the truck since I'm supposed to take it in today to get the brakes fixed and guess what? Someone nabbed the radio out of it. Plus it wouldn't start which means getting it towed to the garage. And we're due for yet more fucking snow today and tomorrow...

Next year I'm hitching to Texas and not even getting a tree. Swear to god...
ostarella: (Default)
Sometimes it seems that the only time I post here is when things are going badly - but then it also seems that things are either going badly or just not going anywhere at all...

So last night at work, I found out that the manager told Omar that, even though we worked our asses off due to management mis-management, it "wasn't good enough". The manager was disappointed that, after we found out they weren't going to wax anything, we didn't continue at our breakneck speed. No, Mr Bossman, we dropped out of hyper-drive to the normal too-much-to-do-in-the-allotted-time pace. But thanks for your appreciation of our efforts due solely to your not knowing how the fuck to manage!!! So yeah, another nail in the coffin of Why I Love Working for WalMart...

I did get my 90 day performance review the other night - the highest 'score' they give on everything. They do have one higher score, but (according to other associates) they never give that to anyone so they have an incentive to work harder. Typical management logic. But it was nice to pass that milestone, because now I get the employee discount. Plus, it reminded me I'm one third of the way through to my goal of quitting come December. Which is good morale-wise, not so good when I look at the bank book. But then I've been catching up on financial things the last three months - the next three I'll be starting to build my "Drop Dead" fund. :D

And, on the way home this morning, something went wrong with the truck - the idle is extremely fast in the first 3 gears. I drove through town at 35mph and didn't even have my foot on the accelerator. Plus the 'check engine' light came on. So it's now in the shop - hopefully just a sticky accelerator plate, or some other small adjustment and not something major. At least I have the money to pay for it now.

One really nice thing - when I was on break last night (out in the truck having a smoke) I looked up and there was Roger! Roger, my 'knight in rusty armor' from the Blue Zoo. He's the guy who would fix my vehicles at work, and we always were joking around about sex things :p Bear in mind, he's got a long, long beard and even longer hair that he wears in a pony-tail - and he's my age. Our initial common ground was that we both bought junky vehicles because they were cheap :D He got his from junkyards and then fixed them to run; I bought mine from used car lots and drove them till they died. LOL So anyway, I called out to him and he came over and gave me a big bear hug, which with him means my feet were about a foot off the ground (it's been over a year since I saw him last). So we chatted for a while until I had to go back in to work, and he came in with me and started hollering hello's to all the people he knew at the store - which, apparently, added to my "prestige", being his bud and all. LOL Cool guy, really. And a very good friend.

Today is my 'one day' off - and I had so much planned! Then with the truck, it kinda took the wind out of my sails. Plus it's hot and muggy again, though not as bad as yesterday. So I just said fuck it and went to bed. Now I'm up again and trying to salvage what I can, but I think I may just work on Covenant and some other writing stuff and call it a productive day. Oh, and look through the myriad of employment sites to see if there's anything going on around the area (like that's going to happen). Mainly, if you're in the medical field somewhere, there are jobs (what with Mayo being here); otherwise, good luck, turkey! Gawd...

All in all, just another fucky day. Ain't I fun, though? :p
ostarella: (Default)
Sometimes it seems that the only time I post here is when things are going badly - but then it also seems that things are either going badly or just not going anywhere at all...

So last night at work, I found out that the manager told Omar that, even though we worked our asses off due to management mis-management, it "wasn't good enough". The manager was disappointed that, after we found out they weren't going to wax anything, we didn't continue at our breakneck speed. No, Mr Bossman, we dropped out of hyper-drive to the normal too-much-to-do-in-the-allotted-time pace. But thanks for your appreciation of our efforts due solely to your not knowing how the fuck to manage!!! So yeah, another nail in the coffin of Why I Love Working for WalMart...

I did get my 90 day performance review the other night - the highest 'score' they give on everything. They do have one higher score, but (according to other associates) they never give that to anyone so they have an incentive to work harder. Typical management logic. But it was nice to pass that milestone, because now I get the employee discount. Plus, it reminded me I'm one third of the way through to my goal of quitting come December. Which is good morale-wise, not so good when I look at the bank book. But then I've been catching up on financial things the last three months - the next three I'll be starting to build my "Drop Dead" fund. :D

And, on the way home this morning, something went wrong with the truck - the idle is extremely fast in the first 3 gears. I drove through town at 35mph and didn't even have my foot on the accelerator. Plus the 'check engine' light came on. So it's now in the shop - hopefully just a sticky accelerator plate, or some other small adjustment and not something major. At least I have the money to pay for it now.

One really nice thing - when I was on break last night (out in the truck having a smoke) I looked up and there was Roger! Roger, my 'knight in rusty armor' from the Blue Zoo. He's the guy who would fix my vehicles at work, and we always were joking around about sex things :p Bear in mind, he's got a long, long beard and even longer hair that he wears in a pony-tail - and he's my age. Our initial common ground was that we both bought junky vehicles because they were cheap :D He got his from junkyards and then fixed them to run; I bought mine from used car lots and drove them till they died. LOL So anyway, I called out to him and he came over and gave me a big bear hug, which with him means my feet were about a foot off the ground (it's been over a year since I saw him last). So we chatted for a while until I had to go back in to work, and he came in with me and started hollering hello's to all the people he knew at the store - which, apparently, added to my "prestige", being his bud and all. LOL Cool guy, really. And a very good friend.

Today is my 'one day' off - and I had so much planned! Then with the truck, it kinda took the wind out of my sails. Plus it's hot and muggy again, though not as bad as yesterday. So I just said fuck it and went to bed. Now I'm up again and trying to salvage what I can, but I think I may just work on Covenant and some other writing stuff and call it a productive day. Oh, and look through the myriad of employment sites to see if there's anything going on around the area (like that's going to happen). Mainly, if you're in the medical field somewhere, there are jobs (what with Mayo being here); otherwise, good luck, turkey! Gawd...

All in all, just another fucky day. Ain't I fun, though? :p

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