Black Friday

25 11 2006

Well it has come and now finally gone. Black Friday! This was an excruciating 15 hour work day for me. Up at the crack of dawn, shower, feed the dog, out the door. I don’t normally write about work on my blog (for good reason) but today I will just to give you a taste for what I deal with.

Today I came into work and there was not a single parking spot to be found. Lucky for me, as an employee, we get special places to park so I didn’t have to worry about it. When I got inside the store was packed. This is what retailers dream of. A full store, lines at every checkout, and people streaming in and out of the store. Without going into a lot of detail, the store did better today as a whole than we did last year. My department, while strong in sales today, served only as a lure to bring people in. We didn’t make any money for the store due to the type of products we were selling. That’s the way it is sometimes though.

Here is some video. This is NOT where I work, fortunately I don’t have to deal with this kind of insanity. This is a prime example of greed, consumerism, and pure egotistical hysteria that drives Black Friday each and every year. I love making money off you dip shits.



23 11 2006

Having been raised in a scientific household, I’ve always been a big fan of the science discipline. What happens however when science goes wrong? See for yourself.


Analogies from High School.

23 11 2006

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

You need to check out this web page. If there is one thing that I think I’m fairly good at, it’s writing coherently. I can thank my boychoir school English teacher for most of that and my father for giving me the creative mind to put things together (the Santa letters need to be assembled into a book). Anyhow, this web site will give you some insight into the minds of current day high school kids and their writing skills. I can comfortably say I’ve never made analogies like these.

The 25 Funniest Analogies (Collected by High School English Teachers)

Leelanites and Kriptonite?

20 11 2006

Alright folks, this is going to be a bitch week. Hopefully one of only a few that I will have in the near future. As my previous post indicated, I’m a little irritated with some of you rotten bastards who think it’s somehow my single most important job in life to ram my face up your ass. Thank GOD this season comes only once a year. When it’s over you all can go back to your usual, more pleasant selves. Yes, work has been a little crazy lately. Not only do I get to put in 12 hour days for the next week (while the rest of you enjoy vacation), I get to deal with the craziest of them all on BLACK FRIDAY. (That’s code in retail meaning come in to my store and let me rob you blind). I love being a enterprising capitalist sometimes.

Now, back to my real reason for writing today. Who taught people to drive in this county anyhow? Are your necks so red that the fundamentals of driving completely elude you? Why do I have to be the one to remind you looses to DIM YOUR LIGHTS when you approach other cars? Do you really think other drivers want to be blinded by anything OTHER than your arrogance? If you can’t see at night, please for the sake of humanity, STAY OFF THE ROAD!! Second, why do you believe it’s ever OK to tailgate anyone on icy roads? Some dork decided this would be fun this morning as I was headed to work at 5AM. Well, rather than get there any faster than he would have had he just stayed behind me, he passed, did a pretty impressive fishtail right in front of me and then suddenly had a revelation that maybe he should just slow his ass down. Funny how that works.

Really, I mean no harm to anyone but really folks, driving is NOT difficult. Watch the video to see some crazy drivers….

A Moment

18 11 2006

My day in a nutshell. Retail sucks sometimes. Wouldn’t you just love to hang up one of these posters behind your desk?

Close Call

15 11 2006

It’s been a few days since the fall election and I wanted to take a little time to reflect on the results. First, go DEMS, they swept the house and regained the senate again after 12 years on the national level. Everything is still a far cry from any sort of mandate but clearly voters were intent enough to put a cap on the corruption in Washington (not that the Dems have a great track record).

On to the local scene since ultimately that’s why I write this blog.

A mere 90 Leelanau County voters – fewer than one percent of those casting ballots – made the difference in Tuesday’s vote to approve a 1-mill property tax increase for two years to support county operations and 9-1-1 emergency services.

The above is quoted from the Enterprise. That only 90 people made the difference on this one single issue shows a great deal about where the priorities are for people in this county. I hate taxes just as much as the next guy but DAMM, if I happen to have a stroke or a heart attack in my home and I need medical or emergency help fast, I want to be able to call 911 and get someone on the line to help me! Apparently there are lots of folks up here who think nothing will ever happen to them. That somehow they believe that if they need help, it will magically just show up at a moments notice. As it is all the public services in the county are still volunteer. My Grandfather might have lived a few more years had it not taken 45 minutes for help to arrive when he had a heart attack.

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the people who provide the services we do have but come on folks. It WILL happen to you. Shame on those of you who voted against this millage. Fortunatly you lost but had you mustered just a wee bit more support, you could certianly count on a premature death if you were to get into an accident. I’m always shocked by the complete arragonce and ignorance of people in this county.

Anyhow, congrats to all of you who managed to save your jobs. At least there will remain 29 of you who actually work in this county in the winter to provide services and programs to residents.

Crazy Cat

13 11 2006

No animals were hurt in the making of this video.

Funny cat, check this out!

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