Friday, July 31, 2015

Mission Accomplished

If I  don't talk about it, it has a better chance of happening, it seems.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Feeling a Bit Better Today

I'm still a little tired though. Hoping yesterday was just food poisoning, or just some random flukey thing. Either way, I think it's time for better insurance.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I haven't been this sick in a long time. Don't know what it was, but it was fierce.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Just helped someone at Ultra spell the word announcements. I knew that English degree would come in handy someday.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Movie Monday

Years ago, I wrote an article for a website called Viewshound. They offered prizes every day. I won $50 for my article I wrote about how to be a better retail customer. It was published right around Black Friday about three years ago, I think. I planned to make a series of videos based on the tips I listed in the article. Here is a brief video on one of the points I wrote about. If retail associates seem out of it, or look very tired, it is probably because of the scheduling. "Clopens" are when you close the night before, and have to be back in at 5 or 6 a.m. I also remember one time when I worked nine days in a row before I had a day off. Nine days of working first, then second shift can wreck your sleep schedule.

There are mornings where I had to open and I have no idea what I did. I mean, I did the opening stuff I had to do, but I really don't remember anything else besides that. There are times when we screw up. The customer can tell us specifically what type of paint they want, but there are times when I made a whole gallon when they just wanted a quart. Or, the wrong color was scanned in. It happens. But I've never accidentally made pink paint when a customer specifically wanted flat black.

And the managers work grueling schedules too. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015


So many questions--about everything, and no answers.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Forty-three years ago today...

I was released from Parkview Memorial Hospital following knee surgery. I was going through some papers in search of a picture, and came across the bill.

The damage? $637.75 for a nine-day hospital stay.  Paying .75 a day for TV (three whopping channels!) was probably a bit much, but I was probably just a bit spoiled.

By the way, the knee has held up quite nicely.