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    Saturday, November 27th, 2010
    1:29 pm
    Just to note....
    ...all is relatively well with me. My situation at work stabilized. My boss was smart enough to realize he'd heaped too much on me. He brought in a highly experienced and capable assistant manager from another store to help out. I knew her slightly from before and had a favorable impression of her. Thus far she has been a sweetheart to work with, so my job stress has been hugely reduced. I'm still putting in long hours. I will have had three pay cycles in a row with over a hundred hours on each. Hopefully, that will change soon. Other than that, not much else to report.
    Sunday, October 24th, 2010
    1:58 pm
    This is irritating....
    .....as hell. Yesterday, I learned of a book which should contain some historical information of use to me. The price was reasonable, but it's on ebay where I can't seem to register an account for some odd reason, and what's worse, the owner won't ship outside the United States. What the hell is up with that?
    Monday, October 11th, 2010
    8:51 pm
    Maybe I amuse too easily....
    ...but this LOTR fanfic had me laughing my guts out. Go Elrond!
    Monday, October 4th, 2010
    4:26 pm
    This, needless to say....
    ...was totally fucking unexpected. I can't say I saw THAT one coming.
    Friday, October 1st, 2010
    7:04 pm
    Everything seemed so normal....
    ,,,when I went to work this morning.

    Today was the transition day for a new manager taking over the store where I currently work. I am currently scheduled to stay there for a week helping to train new staff. Then I was supposed to return to the car wash site. That was this morning.

    This evening? No so normal any more.

    My old manager (who had just given up this store to concentrate on running the car wash site) informed me she was giving notice and quitting in two weeks. We couldn't exactly talk freely under the circumstances with a half dozen other staffers hovering in the vicinity, so I was left wondering what the fuck was going on. I left work still clueless as to the reason for this sudden resignation.

    I go home, goof off a bit. I go back out to grab dinner at the mall. I come home and told my soon to be ex-manager had called. I return her call. She's obviously upset. All I can get out of her is that she quit this afternoon and walked off the job. Not only that, she took her sister the assistant manager with her. And two others staff member left with her. So now the car wash site staff is um...pretty well fucked to hell and back as far as I can see. There's basically no one there anymore. Whatever happened must have been ugly.

    Now I don't know what the hell is going on, or what the fuck is going to happen. I have no real relationship with the owner of the business (she knows my name, but not much else), no chits to call in from her, no nothing. My old employer would have went to the wall for me, but this one, not so much.

    Christ, I haven't felt this vulnerable about work in over a decade.
    Monday, August 2nd, 2010
    11:28 am
    Today, I learned
    ...that my sister Brenda died of cancer. She'd been ill for months but of course no one made an effort to tell me. She was 49. Brain-damaged from birth, she required supervised care throughout her life. My oldest sister was her legal guardian. We never had much of a relationship but I had hoped she'd enjoy a peaceful old age. I guess that was just too much to ask for.
    Thursday, July 29th, 2010
    3:03 pm
    And in other news....
    ...been extremely busy at work. had like only three days off this month. I'm just getting over a nasty cold as well. I am somewhat anxiously awaiting the return of my manager from her vacation. Beyond that, not much to report.
    Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
    8:58 pm
    I've been following....
    ...the crash & burning of Mel Gibson with some interest. I was an unabashed fan of his years ago, but suffice it to say, that's long since done with. I thought this bit I found linked to on CBR summed up my feelings quite nicely.
    Saturday, June 19th, 2010
    7:35 pm
    I have beem a fan...
    ...of a Western comic called Jonah Hex since like forever-nearly three decades now. And for all those years, I waited patiently for Hollywood to turn it into a movie. Which they did, releasing it this week. And of course, the thing was a complete horrible bomb. The reviews are terrible. Every single person I know of who is aware of the movie is ignoring it. Plot summaries reveal that any similarity to the original source material was purely accidental. Movie-going audiences at wide are ignoring it. It's dead in the water, projected to clear less than nine million dollars on its opening weekend. Three decades I wait for a movie to come out and it's an utter fucking disaster. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to see it on Youtube or something because I sure as hell am not going to waste my money on it at the theater.
    Thursday, May 27th, 2010
    7:18 pm
    I am so sorry....
    ...I forgot to wish my dear friend [info]cashew a happy birthday last week. Many mea culpas.
    Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
    8:12 pm
    Status report....
    ....last month I got transferred to another store. I'm still working for the same manager and I had helped train some of the people working there, so that's good. And it's in an infinitely nicer neighborhood (right across the street from the University of Alberta Experimental Farm or whatever they call their agricultural facility) populated mostly by seniors. No bars, no cheap sleazy motels and very few transients. And most joyous of all, no fucking pain in the ass car wash to worry about. And I'm working all day shifts, so I get to be home every night, so I can't complain about that. Still, I miss a couple of my old co-workers and I can't help but feel I've been sidelined somehow. Oh well.

    Beyond that, same old, same old.
    Sunday, January 24th, 2010
    2:29 pm
    I feel compelled...
    ...to ask this question:

    Was this mean?
    Friday, January 15th, 2010
    1:50 pm
    Status report....
    ....work going okay. Not too demanding at the moment, but for some reason business has spiked sharply upwards lately. Car wash sales in particular are going up, up, up (I did a hundred yesterday, a record for me). Had to let co-worker go after he disregarded numerous warnings and reminders to shape up. I felt very sorry for him, but there was nothing I could do to save him. Hopefully, he will display more common sense on his next job.

    Nothing much to report on my personal life (not that ever is). My dormant research project/hobby has been showing a little life lately. I eagerly await the latest bunch of reports from the National Archives. Very interesting stuff.

    Jonah finally upgraded CBR forum software to a newer version. Something went wrong with the installation of course, as is traditionally the case. Forum has been down for most of the last day. I wonder if we're gonna lose everything again and have to start over from scratch. I sincerely hope not, as my forum is only 52,000 posts shy of hitting the 2,000,000 post mark. It would irritate the hell out of me if the forum got wiped out when I'm like only a couple of months away from reaching that mark.

    I suppose that I should start making the arrangements for my holiday in June quite soon.

    Beyond that, not much else to report.
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    7:15 pm
    I think the computer gods....
    ...have me on an official hate list. My computer has begun to malfunction again. Leopard is not certain why, but he suspects some sort of memory issue. My computer apparently does not like certain threads at CBR. Clicking on certain threads (four so far) causes my browser to go down. There was also an issue with adware, but that appears to be fixed. Why must I be cursed like this?
    Saturday, October 17th, 2009
    10:19 am
    Okay, I HOPE....
    ...that today is the right day to be wishing [info]tanithryudo a happy birthday. :p
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
    10:01 am
    Still here....
    ....but not much to report. Finally got off nights. Wonder how long that will last. Probably not long enough. I made a nice chunk of change over the summer, though and kept my credit card balances to zero, so I'm doing okay.

    Scheduled first vacation since 2001. I will get a couple of weeks off in June. I plan to spend them in my old hometown in Ontario. I'll fly out and back, though, because I ain't ever taking the Greyhound anywhere again. One of my friends from high school volunteered to put me up during my stage. We've roomed together in the past, and I actually spent three weeks with her during my last vacation, so I anticipate no problems. I can't wait to get out there.

    In CBR-related news, today marks the start of my fifth year as a mod at CBR. Never thought I'd last that long.

    I guess that concludes my status report for the time being.
    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    11:24 am
    Boy, been awhile since....
    ....I was last here. Hope you girls don't think I've forgotten you. Far from it. It's just that work is keeping me bogged down. Still on nights, no end in sight. Not much else to report.

    And for those of us who like to keep score, I turned fifty today. Man, that's all kind of depressing.

    Oh well.

    I'll try to get back here a little more often in future.
    Monday, June 8th, 2009
    1:51 pm
    Quick update here....
    ...got my old computer back up and running again at long last with a replacement hard-drive. I shouldn't have to buy an entirely new computer after all.

    Work very demanding right now. I am on ongoing nights again, with no end in sight. That's just so sucky in so many ways. On the bright side, I am mostly working during the week, rather than weekends and i get paid extra for these night shifts.

    Managed to have dinner with my co-worker again, twice in the space of eight days (we went out after work on successive Fridays). Of course, under the new schedule, she's either working evenings or the weekend midnight shifts that I don't catch, so our current schedule totally precludes any more social outings for who knows how long. This does not please me in the slightest.

    And just to make life a bit more interesting, Cougar's mother moved in with us.

    Le sigh....
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
    9:48 am
    Happy birthday to my mad scientist friend....
    ...AKA [info]cashew

    Hugs and affection and all the rest.
    Friday, May 15th, 2009
    10:47 am
    Saw Star Trek yesterday....
    ...and can describe my reaction in just two words.


    I loved it.
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