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Monday, October 31, 2005

Monday. Load day. 83,000. What a day.

We finished it around 9pm. But it wasn't really finished because we had to take some/most of the darn stuff to our warehouse. I couldn't feel my legs, throbbing headache and darn hungry. All under a surprisingly early sunshine (and heat) that never let up since 8am.

Shorthanded and a load of freight. Yep, sure sounds like a Monday.

Just found out that I'm getting the movies I'm supposed to get on Netflix. That's a relief. Something to look forward to during the week.

Oh yeah, that lady from corporate is coming over tomorrow to ask management a bunch of questions about the stuff that happened before that made someone really "uncomfortable". This should be interesting because tomorrow, one of those fluke kinda days, all managers are present.

Need to sleep now. Gotta wake up at 4:30 to do some stuff.

When I'm gonna watch Star Wars 3 tomorrow, that means the mad ordeal I had to deal with during the day is finally over and probably put a little closure on a couple of things that have been hovering over my head.

Gotta sleep... still can't feel my legs.... they're all cold and tingly... numb's the word...

Sunday, October 30, 2005

What a game!!! Well, its my first LIVE game, I thought it was awesome. Unfortunately, the 49ers didn't score a touchdown. A battle of defense and punts and field goals. I was satisfied. I wasn't able to buy that thing for the license plate.

The traffic afterwards was baaaad. I told my sister that if it were a blowout, we'd be leaving early. The game turned out to be good. We left after the sack with 20 seconds remaining.

I'd say this, the lady cops there are really tough. They pulled a couple of guys who, apparently, were throwing something to the field. They asked for the guys' licenses and told them to stay put. One of the friends of the drunk tried to give his 2 cents, the lady cop told him to mind his own business strongly. There was another guy who was getting too close to the other lady cop. This other lady cop got really pissed and shoved this guy aside. I'm impressed with these cops. They sure know how to hold their own. It kind of turned me on.

Anyway, watching the game was addictive and exhilirating. I'd watch again and again.

They honored this old lady with the Fan of the Game. She is a season ticket holder since 1941. Unbelievable. Even before the 49ers had Hugh McElhanny and Tittle. If you need a some 49er history, you gotta ask her about it.

I'd really love to watch another game but I know thats really doubtful.

Let's count it down. I've watched an NFL game and NBA game. I'll probably not watch a baseball game because of the speed of the game. Probably watch the Sharks play, they're getting better. But I doubt it though. Chances are, I'd be watching a Warriors game before I watch a Sharks game.

I love sports....

Thursday, October 27, 2005

It's a typical Thursday... we're short-handed. I had this one guy, who called-in sick for 3 straight days ("vomitting" apparently), was told to bring a doctor's note explaining why he was gone for so long. Apparently this guy, who had "odd jobs, nothing permanent" in his application, had no idea that we were serious about the note. After 3 days of calling-in, he had 2 days-off, and still he showed up today without a note. I guess he doesn't want to work here anymore.... but that's just me.

When I came into the store, store looked kind of dark. Probably the lighting or lack thereof, or we had a lot more merchandise out on the floor that physically blocked the lights. I don't know. It just looked dark but not gloomy.

I saw my regular customer who's always there everyday. He invited the whole store before to a party in his place but, unfortunately, got cancelled because he had to take the red eye to NY. Was looking forward to that... belly dancers or was it strippers, I'm not sure but surely it involved some dancer doing provocative moves.

It's just a few more days till I watch my first 49er football game live. My boss is giving me tickets to the game. Not sure if he's screwing with my head though. He mentioned today that he lost the tickets!! Mind games. What can I say, I am at his mercy. We'll see tomorrow if he found them or he's just jerking my chain.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I love Ice cream. I also hate Ice cream.

When will I acknowledge the fact that I am lactose intolerant. It just screws me up. My body adjusted to Mocha Frappuccinos so why can't it adjust to ice cream? I called in because of this crap.

Anyway, I finished House season 1. I really like the DVD series. I just thought that producers of the DVD should've put a little more thought into adding more features into it.

I believe they just added 20 minutes of "extras" in the 1st season. No blooper reel, no alternate endings, no in-depth look. They just took this for granted and instead, put the series at the forefront. Which I think was the right decision but after watching the series, you would like to immerse yourself more into the series. But that's just me.

I missed 2 games of the World Series because of this. I know, I should've TIVOd it. Well, for one thing, I don't have TIVO (went to Cable because the trees are blocking the line of sight of my dish), and I just found out the DVR of my cable box got busted because my genius of a brother was watching one of his recorded shows and left it on pause for the longest time. I was able to fix it by doing a hard reboot of the system. (just unplug it and wait 5 seconds). I missed my wrestling too because of it.

Anyway, I should be able to watch game 4 later. Should be a good one considering Houston is hanging by a thread and Chicago wants to end it today. I really don't care who wins, I just like to see all the festivities of the winner and how the losers cry and all that.

Again, thats just me...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Just your typical Monday. Load day. One of the most hated, dreadful days of the week, as far as working at my store is. We get to unload a truck full of merchandise and work them to the floor. This should be easy but we don't have what you would call a generous warehouse. Sure, we got one but its a mile away. Its helpful, but on days like load day, driving there is a chore.

We finished ahead of schedule. I was the "captain" today. Getting me ready to run the show once the other assistant transfers to his new store. I thought I handled it pretty well. We were going fast (lunch kind of slowed us down, tremendously). I only have two guys who work the load with me (aside from doing customer service), so its a testament to these two, that the load gets done, not me.

Well, aside from the load, we were waiting for THE CALL. It never happened.

Our previous assumption might be changing direction. We kind of talked about the possibility that our first choice was the wrong choice. Instead, we developed a new angle that is kind of pointing towards the right direction.

Makes me wary though. I still think the former is the one. But my other guys think its the latter. "You never know" is my line to the both of them.

Because, its true.... you never know.

I really like those tacos though. Just a couple made me full.

More luncheons on Monday is all I can say

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Investigation

The RM called yesterday and mentioned that the team will be investigated because of "not following company policy and hinted at sexual harassment".

WOW!!!

This is gonna be the fist time ever in my working experience that I will be part of an investigation of sexual harassment.

When I first heard this, it just ruined my day. This kind of talk, especially sexual harassment, ruins a very cohesive team. Not to mention, destroying the trust that took a while to get.

But I question the person who accuses management of such a despicable act. I am assuming that the person who did this, is in fact the person who did this. In the years that I've been with the company, no one accused anyone of sexual harassment. I take it back, there was one instance but it was taken care of internally and never reached corporate. There was also an instance where this group of employees ganged up on this manager and accused him of harassment, even though nothing happened. They were able to get him fired, without proof undeniable. I digress. Going back to the person, I believe this person is trying to get back at management because said person did not get what they wanted (cost of living increase and the like). If this is the route that person is going, it is the wrong way to go. Not only will that person be proven wrong, but the scars that such an investigation will carry, will haunt the very essence of the store. The store will not be the same again.

Next week is D-week. Some corporate person will do their investigation. I believe I would be part of the questioning.

I just hope that the whistle-blower I assumed, was indeed the right one.

If its not, then its a curveball I really don't want to face.

And the week was going on smooth to boot....

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

House

I've been waiting for the longest time for House M.D. to be available for rental in Netflix (it was but I had a queue that was just funny). So instead, I did the next best thing, I bought the damn DVD.

I know the show was good, but I didn't know it was THAT good.

After every episode I viewed, it leaves me with a feeling that I can't really describe. I guess you can say, satisfied.

Its the same feeling I get after watching the West Wing. You're not being left hanging and (although there is a lot of hollywood in the series) it just ends the episode (like the X-files)

Anyway, back to gambling. I should say I'm on a good streak of placing in sit-n-go's. I sure know how to hold 'em and fold 'em. I've won the 1st place twice, which I can't complain about. I just got lucky the last one.

I guess you could say, I learned how to play tournaments. No more table games for me (unless I hit Vegas or Reno; chances are I won't be able to go to Atlantic City in the near future).

Just catching up on the WSOP main event on ESPN. My brother is watching it so might as well...

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Days off

Haven't been posting the past few days on account of my taking advantage of days off. I get the weekend off, which is kind of ironic because the 49ers aren't playing.

Well, i've been playing and placing, so that's a good thing.

Saw a few videos recently. I saw Crash, Kicking and Screaming, Unleashed and Practical Magic. I was supposed to do a Lost marathon but that didn't work out (I balked at the idea of buying the DVDs and just decided to wait for it in the mail).

Crash was an interestingly good movie. The interlacing of events and shots were not complicated but reminiscent of that Soderburgh movie with Michael Douglas. The views and reactions from the actors/actresses were heartfelt and sincere. It almost touched home.

Kicking and Screaming is your traditional coming of age story. I would be pleasantly surprised if a good comedy would do away with any dance numbers. I was not that satisfied with the movie although Will Farrel was entertaining in itself.

Unleashed is just Jet Li showing his martial arts artistry. Apparently he brought in his choreagrapher/teacher since he was a kid. The movie was also a coming of age story which is untraditional in the very sense of the word. I liked the Morgan Freeman character but thought that it was doting of a father figure.

Practical Magic is a delight. I thought Nicole Kidman was really cute in the movie. Of course, that was the only reason I rented the movie, then I remembered about Sandy Bullock, who I thought was also charming in the movie. Nicole is cuter as a blonde than a redhead. Yet another coming of age story.

I guess that was my theme for the last couple of days. Coming of age. Should I, too, come of age and live this world or do I just churn out words here in my blog and just follow the events that happen to other people while listening to my ipod? Do I dare not live my life to the very fullest and just veg-out to oblivion?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The streak is over...

After a lot of time spent, bad beats and heart-breaking moments, the streak is finally over... I finally won. Well, not really at first. I placed. I was in the money. That was cool though. It was a step in the right direction. Of course, stupid me, with this rejuvenation that I'm experiencing, I played again. This time with more players but with same buy-in.

I WON AGAIN.

I couldn't believe it. This time, I was number 1. I didn't just place, I won the tournament. I tell ya, it was breath-taking, as well as heart-stomping action.

At any rate, I decided not to tempt fate and quit while I was ahead, so to speak. I had to eat dinner anyway.

I think you can say that I felt it. The last two days were a blur. I was on top of my game. Work was easy and time was flying. You can say that I was in the zone. Not Britney Spears in the zone, more of Michael Jordan in the zone. Its like I'm puking my guts out but I'm still making 3s and you can't stop me kind of zone.

It was sweet.

I'll play my usual game again tomorrow. Hopefully fate will still be smiling at me and grant me another time in the zone.

If not, I always have the weekend to look forward to.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Commander in chief

It's been a rough couple of days. Monday was load day. We were able to finish with a few minor setbacks. Today, the RM was in the store. It's been a while since I've gone on a store tour with someone higher, but this time it was the RM. I was used to DMs but in the end it was pretty much the same.

Anyway, I've been following that new show Commander in chief. I gotta tell you, I'm impressed. Of course, you're gonna get the occasional comparison to the West Wing. Let's do that.

I haven't seen any recent episode of the West Wing, but, with the show moving to a Sunday, shows that the audience has already lost some interest in it. Here comes this new show, Commander in chief. A lady running the White House. I have nothing against that road.

If I were to compare the two series, I'd say that the West Wing was far superior to Commander in chief, especially on its first season. If they were going head-to-head, Commander in chief would've been cancelled. Which is why, I liked the move of ABC to push this series. Strike while the iron is hot. Or in this case, lukewarm.

West Wing has seen its better days, so in comes this new series which talks about the presidency and the typical coming of age theme. I've always enjoyed politically themed shows.

I believe that the thing that separates the two, is the way the show makes you feel after an episode. In Commander in chief, although the writing is good, it feels so Hollywood. I don't feel that. The West Wing, in its glory days, makes you want to join politics and get involved. It moves you. I don't get that with Commander in chief... I probably won't get it, but it won't stop me watching it.

On a totally different subject, I'm on a downward spiral in my poker game. I'm on a losing streak just like my boy Daniel N. Hope he wins. Thats my cue to winning too.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Sirius baby!!!

I bought a Sirius Visor!!! Looks great. Well, the reason I bought this because the FM modulator of the dang thing reaches till 107 on the frequency. The others just have the first 10 frequencies starting at 87, so I said, screw it, get this. Plus its so small too.

My mistake was I should've gotten the other kind which requires a boombox. But then again, it would boil down to, can I play it in my car with just too little frequencies.

So I chose this one. I hooked it up to my surround system. It sounds great!! I might just buy a cheap second hand surround system to set-up in my bedroom so I could hook it up there. Chances are, thats gonna happen.

I tried to do the setup in my car. I don't know where I would put the frickin' antenna. That's my dilemma. I know where I'm leaving the system, but the antenna has been the biggest problem. Another problem I'm looking at is that there are too many loose wires hanging about.

Anyway, that'll take care of itself.

I wasn't able to watch Bagger Vance last night. I totally lost track of time. I was playing poker and watching a movie and having what I thought was a not so late dinner. After eating and playing, I checked the time and it was 10:30pm!! So I said, SCREW IT, I'm sleeping!! I had to wake up early to go to work.

Like what the 49ers said last year, there's always tomorrow (or next year... but I'm not waiting that long)....

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Interpreter - my review

Saw the movie today. I didn't know Sydney Pollack directed it.

Anyway, there was this one scene that bugged the hell out of me. It was the first time that Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman met and he was interviewing her for the first time. The thing that bugged the hell out of me was the cutscenes. The continuity sucked big time all because of Nicole's hair. It kinda gives her away. On one shot, her hair was blocking a quarter of her face, then on another shot, her hair was clear from her face. You gotta tell that hairdresser, "Listen, just tie the damn hair up or to the back, just let's take a clear shot of her face with dialogue and move on. They probably had lots of takes during that whole scene. I wouldn't be surprised if it took all day.

At any rate, the movie was ok. Not the best, but kept me on my chair without dozing off, which is good. I took a peek at the bonus features and I saw that there was an alternate ending. I never saw the alternate ending but if I were the writer, I would've actually had Nicole's character shoot the president. But that's me. Then again the original draft of the story probably had that kind of ending rather than your old cliche kind of ending, but of course, you had to satisfy the movie company as well as your feedback from your test screening. Plus, you really can't picture Nicole Kidman shooting someone.

Sean Penn was doing his usual acting. Above par, as ever. Nicole Kidman just has to stand there and let her beauty radiate. She looks great!!! Makes you wonder what Tom Cruise didn't see in her.

On another note, my boss recommended seeing "The Legend of Bagger Vance", because he saw "The Greatest game ever played" and mentioned that Bagger Vance was far better. I said "really"? So, I rented it and will probably watch it tonight. I'll give my review for it.

Anyway, the Yankees are playing and the Red Sox lost. Gotta watch the game and look at snippets of pained expressions on Boston's fans.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

First Road Trip

I had to go to Sacramento for a meeting. It's either go their using my other assistant's car, which is an old Mercedez that uses diesel, or my car. I chose the latter. I don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, in the heat, waiting for his car to heat up to get the pistons going.

A few things I noticed about my Accord: I got good gas mileage out of it. On a full tank of gas, in city driving, I was able to drive it for 2 weeks at almost 250 miles on a full tank. I drove to Sacramento, drove back, reached elk grove, went back to Sacramento (to pick up a cellphone that my Asst. Head Cashier forgot at the restaurant), then back to the store. It took 265 miles on just under the halfway mark of the gas indicator. I was happy!!!

Finally, I noticed that driving there was a breeze. I mean, even on a 4 cylinder, it packed some punch. It sped up real good and driving through the valley, had no problems.

Anyway, the meeting was informative. I liked the lunch buffet, but it made me sleepy.

When I got home, tried to play a couple of tournaments, busted out with a lot of time remaining. Chances are, I'll just sleep and call this a day. But knowing my stupid nature, I'd probably tempt fate again and lose more money.

Wish me luck.