Changes Ahead

26 02 2008

Well, it’s been an interesting week. Pretty busy this weekend at work, people have spring fever so they are coming out to shop which is fine by me. I need it to be busy or I get board.

There are going to be some changes ahead for this blog. I am likely going to be moving it from a hosted service over to my own domain/web service if I can get the site to do what I want it to do. I have had a hosting account with for a number of years now and have never really developed any sort of web site. Turns out that WordPress (the host of this blog) has a standalone application similar to this platform that I can host on my own web site. I’m going to test it out and see if I can migrate everything over there. If I can, it will allow me a LOT more flexibility in so far as design, features, and fun things that I can make the site do. We’ll see what happens, if I do move, I will try to keep it seamless.

As I’ve been writing this I’ve been playing with the new web site and it looks like there will be a switch over very shortly.  I’ll put a referring link up here once that happens.  I’ve got to make sure it’s going to be something I want to spend the money on.  Stay tuned!


Blizzard Conditions

11 02 2008

Well today sure was an intersting day.  It started actually last night when I fell asleep on the couch and woke up with with a horriable back ache around 1am.  I transfered that to the bed where the dog had been keeping my spot warm and decided I needed to get up at 4:30 so I could leave early for work.  I don’t have to show up for work on Sunday until 7:30 but becuase it was 30 below zero with the windchill and snowing like a bitch, I figured I had better give myself lots of time.  Good thing I did.

I managed to get all the way out of Leelanau and over by Traverse City West High School before out of nowhere (well not really) I could not see anytying in front of me on the road.  I was going quite slow to begin with so I did as I would normally do when you can’t see, slow down more and keep the wheels on the car straight.  As I slowed down, I must have hit some ice in the road becuase within 5 seconds the front of my car was heading over the side of the road and into a ditch.  There was no way I could stop the situation at this point so I kept my hands on the wheel, put my foot on the break and just let the snow stop me.  For the first time since I’ve lived up here, I ran myself off the road, or Mother Nature did anyhow.

No airbag explosion, no damage to the car, just a big fluffy pile of snow with my car burried under it.  I had to get my balance since I was sitting at an angle.  I flipped on the light in the car and started looking around for a phone number for a tow service.  This would be interesting I thought at 7am on a Sunday morning out in the country.  Called Mom and Dad, thankfully not to inform them that I was calling from beyond the grave, and they got me a tow truck phone number.

I sat there in the ditch with my car running for about 45 minutes before the tow truck came to haul me out.  In that time I’d say about 10 people stopped to ask if I needed any help.  I’m very grateful that people actually stopped but I could not help but notice something about those who did.  80% of them were women and of the 2 men who stopped, 1 was a county snow plow driver who was not allowed to use his plow to tow anything and the other apparently lived near where I was.  Again, I am thankful for those who stopped, if I had needed help, I know I would have received it.  My question though is for all the people who just kept on going.  Why did you slow down, look, and then speed away?  Next time, do people like me in this type of situation a favor.  Don’t stop, don’t look, don’t gawk.  If you have no intention of helping or asking if anyone needs help, get the hell out of here.

Anyhow, by the time the plow arrived it was light outside so I was able to take a look around.  I’m actually lucky to be alive and writing this.  About 10 feet behind where I went off the road the ditch kept right on going….down about 50 feet.  Had I been going any faster and that white out happened any sooner, I would have ended up parked in the top branches of several old cherry trees.  They might have broken the fall but they would have never been able to support the weight of my car and thus I would have ended up at the bottom of the ravine, likely in pretty bad shape and out of sight of the road.  Call it what you want but I call it luck.

So tomorrow, I get to wake up again at 5am and do it all over again.  I just love working for a company that doesn’t care what happens to you on your way to work, only that you get there on time.  Like I said in my previous post, I’m about done risking my life just to get to work and sit on my ass because EVERYONE in their right mind is at home and not out driving in the first place.   This is the reason I need to be closer to town.  This is the reason I will not be saying at this house past August of this year.


Weekend Off

8 12 2007

Finally, I have a weekend off.  I’m not sure what I’m excited for, I have tons of shit that I have to get done around the house but I’m pretty board right now at work, I’m glad to get out of there when I can.  This is going to be a dreadful winter for retail.  Just based on the really pathetic sales we’ve had so far I don’t even want to think about what January and February will bring.  There are no holidays in those months to bring people in, nobody is going to start building, hell, nobody even goes outside unless they absolutely have to.

Jirar was home for a couple days this past week.  Now he’s off in Canada.  He’s been able to get a lot more work lately and that’s good because money is tight.  I miss him though, seeing him only once a month for a couple days is a little hard especially considering I’m the one stuck with a difficult roommate (I won’t even get into that right now).

Well, not sure I will write again until the first part of the week but I’ll leave you with a couple of funny pictures.  Rather than blogging, I’ve been surfing the internet for random shit.  I’ve amassed quite a collection of funny pictures lately.

What’s Wrong with America?

What the hell is wrong with this country?



I just thought the above was crazy funny!

The Run to Black Friday

20 11 2007

Well, the holiday season has officially started for me.  We have received all the merchandise slated to be offered to the consumerist drones the day after Thanksgiving and I am running around at work trying to make sure things are ready to be set properly to achieve the highest efficiency in gross profit dollars.  Well, not really.  The shit in my department just pulls you in.  Since you are already there, why not buy…. pick your highest gross margin item and push it.  I’ve got the sales thing down well but I’ll never be a car salesman.

Anyhow, the family is off in Iowa as Sarah is making a valiant effort to cook a bird this year.  I just hope they have a large enough oven and that the bird is dead first.  Yes Sarah, even for a PETA sympathizer, you must kill the bird first, then eat it.  I joke.  I get to spend Thanksgiving SLEEPING finally.  I’ve been god awful tired lately and I’m getting a little burned out.  I like my job but I hate the hours I’m required to work.  12-14 hour days are not good on my body not to mention my mind.  Unless I want to demote myself, that type of schedule won’t ever change either, it will only get worse.  Oh well.


I am always reminded of games during the holidays.  Found this on the net the other day.  This one (although the box was different when I was a child and didn’t look like the above which was before my time) was fun.  I had the electronic battleship game that made all kinds of noise.  I won’t be playing games this Thanksgiving but I’m sure we will get around to them over Christmas!

First Snow

7 11 2007

Well today we had our first snow!  Nothing stuck to the ground but it did snow none the less.  Now that I’m a non-smoker I didn’t get to go outside to enjoy it at all (not that I tolerate 50mph wind very well anyhow) but I did watch it for a little bit out the back door at work.  Things have REALLY quieted down at work lately.  I’ve been running solo nearly all day every day and I hate that.  Nothing like feeling you are an overpaid stock boy (when your title says manager).  When you are the only one there, you do all the things that have to be done.  There is nobody there to delegate to, nobody to check up on, nobody to talk to.  This is the time of year I wish I was in an urban market that stays busy all the time.  Things slow down everywhere but up here they come to a screeching halt for 4 months out of the year.

So I should explain perhaps my previous post.  Since Sarah called me on my rather sour attitude.  I’m not sure what my problem is except that I hate being separated from Jirar for such long periods of time.  It makes me irritable.  I hate even more that when he comes home for a couple days the roommate has to consume him for as much time as she can from what I can only believe is a jealousy problem.  I hate it that money is VERY tight even with a roommate and that I can’t get ahead right now and going into winter that is very problematic.  I hate it that I always have to be nice to people and that you, my  readers, get screwed because this is the only outlet I have to bitch about people, places and things because I would never say half this shit to anyone to their faces because I’m too nice a person.  I guess people should feel fortunate that I do vent here because at least when I see you in person, I might smile at you rather than yell at you.  SO, do I need an attitude adjustment?  Ya, I likely do.  Do I think I’m unjustified in being an ass every now and then?  No, really I don’t.  Clearly I’m not in this funk all the time so just give me some time, I’ll get over myself.