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Sunday, December 31, 2006

What a PPV! All matches that were aired were knockouts. Non-stop action all the way. Liddell really deserved to win that belt. He was giving Tito a chance to come back and he did at times, but it wasn't enough for the defending champion. What's next for Chuck? A match against the Dean of mean looks inevitable. Then there's Rampage Jackson to look forward to. If Chuck wins that rematch against Rampage, there's no one else to face. Unless Vanderlei or Shogun transfers to UFC from Pride, there really is no good match for Chuck.

Anyway, just a few more hours till New Year. A lot of people make a big deal out of it. You know, going to all these places to watch fireworks and stuff. Thats not me. I don't really much care about that. Am I the only one that feels like its just another day? I should've gone with my brother to LV, but what's the point? I'm gonna lose money there anyway. Money which I don't really have now.

Looking forward, there is one thing that should go for me. Thats the imminent move to a computer job. My brother is trying to set me up with their company. I'll be in sales, but not exactly. I really don't know what the job description is, but I'm stoked about it. I believe I need a change from the retail industry. All the bickering and problems and the mad stress is getting to me. Not that I can't handle it, its just that no one seems to be on my side. Feels like everybody's against me. It is true that I'm everybody's boss and no one's friend. Mere acquaintances. But looking back, I seem to have made all the right decisions before leading up to my promotion here at the store. This little hiatus I took brought some persepective to me. I need a change, badly. I sure hope this change of job description would highlight my strengths and help the company in the long run.

Well, those are my hopes for the New Year. Now, thats how you "celebrate" the new year. Looking for your self and trying to guide yourself in the new year. Not with fireworks.

But thats just me...

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Today is UFC 66. I can't wait for the main event on that, Ortiz vs. Liddell. That is a way to end the new year, I tell ya. My sister's here and we'll be watching the PPV event later.

We're watching "Goal" on Blu-ray right now. It looks good and the movie is crisp.

I couldn't believe I needed to go to the grocery again. I'll probably go as soon as I come back from the New Years at my Mom's. She asked for me to drop by. So I guess I'll be spending it over there.

My birthday's on the 3rd. I'll spend it here at home. I'm used to being alone. I cherish it. Its me-time.

I'll give a quick update as soom as the PPV is over. This time I plan on keeping my promise of giving an update, unlike last time.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Closure: A feeling of completeness; the experience of an emotional conclusion, usually to a difficult period.

I've been carrying this torch for almost 4 years now. It has to end. I think it did. And I will use this forum to end it... I'm sorry...


I'm sorry if i'm always out of sight
Or fail to kiss you goodnight
I never meant to leave you
I'm sorry if i've taken you for granted
For the crazy things i've said
I'm sorry I should have loved you instead


I'm sorry...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I'm on my 2nd day of my self-imposed vacation. Whoo-Hooo!!! Time for me to relax. I was supposed to head on to Vegas but I changed my mind. Do you know how much they charge for a plane ticket to Vegas this time of the year? Its crazy...

I spent Christmas eve with my mom and sister. My brother showed up Christmas day. He sure is getting big. I liked going to Mom's. Home cooking at its finest. Our version of soul food.

Anyway, I gave my gifts. I got what I expected in return. It was nice.

Oh yeah, I got the new Blu-ray player from Sony. I'll tell you what. I like it better than my Toshiba HD player. For one thing, it played my really old discs. That alone is already a plus. I haven't really looked into the BD discs. But the ones I bought were the ones I really liked considering they won't be available on HD because they were released by Disney and Lionsgate. I might watch Kingdom of Heaven or Black Hawk down later. I'm really impressed about the Sony BD player that I made it into my main player in the living room and moved my HD player to the bedroom. Main player is kinda relative since I do most of my viewing in the bedroom. The colors the BD player generates or pushes from the disc is awesome. I should say, they're about similar with the HD player.

Its been a while since I've been posted. I'll try to write some more since I'm on vacation. I got no excuse not to write.

Oh yeah, UFC 66 is coming up. I guess that is whats gonna keep me from going to Mom's this weekend. Have to watch that live. Its gonna be cool. Can't wait.

I'm liking this series Bones. Not because Emily Deschanel is cute, she is. But the story and science behind it is awesome. I always like series involving science. I have this fascination towards it. Maybe because I always wanted to be one when I was young. What can I say, what could've been....

Anyway.... I need to keep in touch with my guys at work...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Last Saturday was my Mom's birthday. I didn't ask her how old she was... but since I'm in my early 30s, I could only assume. Anyway, I was dumbfounded when I changed the channel of their TV to one of the HD channels. It wasn't as bright as mine was. Curiously, I did some research. It was easy enough. The morons from the cable company gave her the wrong cables to connect the box to her TV. They should've given her compnonent wires instead of the regular coax cable. For a month and a half, they were under the impression that what they thought was HD wasn't really HD. My mom wasn't impressed at all but when I told her that they got duped. She got pissed. So I told her I'd go to CC to get some cable for my Blu-ray and she could use it for the meantime.

So off we went. We first went to this grocery. Then off to CC. I had my navi so I told them, we wouldn't get lost. My navi said to take a left and a right and go straight. So thats what we did. A 5 mile trek which should just be a couple of blocks away went straight to the mountain top of San Jose! We went through the frickin hills. Did I ever mention that I was afraid of heights? The road became narrower and narrower. It was the worst driving experience of my life! And through it all, I was following the directions of my Navi! When Lola (my navi) said we reached our destination, it was a dark house in the hills. We all started laughing because it was probably a hundred yards straight down if we went forward, we'd have landed on top of CC if we did that! It was a crazy adventure.

All in all, the trip to my Mom's was a treat. Bonding as usual. I love these family get togethers. I don't know, call me old-fashioned but I still value that family closeness. I may like my space, but still I yearn for family stuff.

I get to spend my Christmas there again. After Sunday, I'm on a two-week vacation from work. I can't wait to relax a bit and not think of work. I'll take that...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Yesterday was looking-for-old-acquaintances day. Like a man dying in a few days, I was purposely looking for the past on the internet. It took me a while but I found them. I looked at myspace and googled the heck out of them, but I couldn't find them at first. Then I thought about the root of all networking... no, not icq. Friendster! Sure enough, there they were.

I, like the movie Lake House, am finding about stuff years late. If I knew that they were here in the Bay Area two years ago, I would've mended ways... but I didn't. I, like a stupid moron, found out late, and am now kicking myself profusely.

Closure. The search for it drives people to the hills and hide in seclusion. Which is what I did, I guess. I couldn't think straight. I couldn't get into new relationships. I'm textbook. Let me share something with you: I, like a handful of people in this world, believe that there is only 1 woman for every man. I believe I found that one woman, and I let her go. And now, I'm chasing Amy. Even though you try and psych yourself up to go out with this person, you know that they wouldn't hold a candle to THE one. So what's the point? That's my life in a nutshell. Everything else, my job, my friends, my toys, are all background noise to this delirium that I'm in.

Until I get a hold of these people, I go head-first in this downward spiral that I'm in and will continue to lose faith in all that is good.

Yes, yesterday was a good day... It felt almost fulfilling... like a chapter of my life was done, well, almost done.... still need to finish it though...

In times like this, I resort to song....


In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.
You can have all this world, give me Jesus.
When I am alone, give me Jesus.
You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.
When I come to die, give me Jesus.
You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.
- Jeremy Camp

Monday, November 27, 2006

Its been more than a week now since I last posted. I was supposed to post as soon as Manny won his match against Morales. I was too tired, so sorry. What a fight though. It was fast and it was a good thing that Morales quit because if he even tried to finish the fight, he would've been hospitalized for a long time. It was that brutal.

Black Friday came and gone. Our store did good. We were busier than last year. More stuff to offer, of course, but our sales were up there. We could've used more ESPs but what are you gonna do? I always chime in on the fact that, historically, our store is not known for that because we always blame our customers. But, I believe that we just don't want it more, like the other stores. It just drives me crazy.

The company auditor is at my store right now. He was due 3 weeks ago. Of course, he comes in on my days-off, but again, what're you gonna do? Now I gotta come to the store tomorrow and find out how I did on my audit. I'd say we maintained our score, possibly gone up. At the very worse, we could lose a point, due to new personnel handling the paperwork.

I'm having second thoughts whether I'm cut out for this position. The stress is getting to me. All I'm asking is to let me cook the meal. Too many chefs will spoil the broth. Thats how I feel. Too much meddling with my job. I asked my brother if he could hook me up in his company. He's real tight with one of the VPs there. Being in that sector is totally different from where I'm at right now. Retail isn't for me anymore. Before, it was all about customer service. Now, even the customers don't give you the respect that you deserve... I could go on and on. I'm fed up. I want to leave but I want to leave to go to somewhere else. I want to know that when I jump, I'm gonna land on my feet. I'm just sick and tired of all the BS.

I've had it.... I just hate going thru the motions just to finish the day... I'm not cut like that.

Hopefully, I'll hear from my brother tomorrow, definitely within the week...

Wish me luck

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Its just a few minutes before the start of the Pacquiao/Morales fight. So this will be a short blog.

This afternoon, I finally gave way and bought a 360. I was in awe of the graphics of this game, Gears of War. I had to get it, since it was an exclusive game for the 360. I went to Best Buy to just buy games for the 360. I was planning on buying it at Circuit city. Anyway, I noticed a queue of people by the door. They were in line for the Wii which was going to be released tomorrow.

Anyway, as I hooked up the 360 to my TV, I was having a hard time with the output to my TV. I wanted it to be HDTV, I didn't notice the little switch by the plug. When I switched it from TV to HDTV, I quickly noticed the difference when the logo came out. Wow! The graphics were incredible. I bought 3 games: Gears of war, Call of duty 3 and Raw vs. Smackdown 07. What can I say, I'm a wrestling fan. I played the rasslin' game first, the graphics were unreal. And this game wasn't even pushing the video card to the max yet.

All in all, I'm satisfied with the 360. I was too eager to get the ps3, but I can wait till next year when Sony decides to release more units for the US public.

The pre-fight is starting right now... I'll probably be back later tonight with news of the winner. If I'm back, Manny won. If he didn't, you'll probably hear from me tomorrow.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

After a rousing day yesterday in ESPs, we fell back to earth. The reality of maintaining such a lofty dream burst our bubble. We're back to where we usually are, under 1%. It blows but what can I say? We're a hit or miss kinda store.

Anyway, the new Spiderman 3 teaser is out. They left out Venom! Oh well... You get to see him in the movie anyway. I thought it was a nice one. Looks like another blockbuster.

The days are counting down to the release of the PS3. I want to get one but with the limited quantities out there, I really doubt it if I could get it. From what I heard from my brother, the lines are already starting. From the reports I read from Japan, the console was overheating way too much. The upside, of course, is that the Blu-ray player has no problem and is probably the best blu-ray player in the market right now, beating the stand-alones. I'll probably get one next year when the bugs are all fixed and the madness diminishes. But then again, Halo 3 is coming out soon. And thats only available on the Xbox 360. Hmm... maybe I should just get a 360. I sure as heck won't get a Wii.

Yeah, I still have that gift card for a C note so I might use that for a 360....

Either that or some new movies...

I have way too much free time...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Well, I guess coming back from lunch drunk just gets you a final write-up. Go figure. One of the guys got a verbal reaming from my HC. I'll handle the other guy. I'll make sure this doesn't happen again. And if it does, I'll make sure it'll go off without a hitch, like a another write-up. That would be ludicrous.

Historically, my store hasn't sold any ESPs even if we're giving it away. Today, we're having a heck of a day. At around 3pm, we were at 3%. Which is a guaranteed 2% day. Then we got this guy who bought 2k worth of merchandise and almost $340 worth of ESPs. The store is sitting at 6% right now. Unreal! I haven't been involved in any store that hit that high. 3% the most. Not 6%. I left the store happy. Hope we keep up the momentum. We ride this wave right and it'll carry us for the whole month.

Anyway, looks like the Everywhere man is going on a road trip again. I'm heading up to Visalia on Tuesday for a meeting on Wednesday. An almost 4 hour trip. I don't mind. I like driving.

Well, the midterm elections are over. I like all the coverage I saw last night. all with maps and different colors and pictures. The networks were giving a lot of information. Any more bright colors and I might go into an epileptic seizure. the Dems won the house, and it looks like they'll win the Senate too.

A change would do us good...

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stupidity, thy name is coming to work drunk...

We sent 2 guys home today. They came back from lunch a little tipsy. Idiots. They were trying to hide it by chewing gum to mask the scent. I wasn't surprised about the other guy, but the newer one, Tony, I expected more from his sorry ass. Considering he was kinda strapped out for the dough, he hung around with the wrong people. A couple of idiots.

The last 2 weeks have been breakthrough kind of weeks for us. We killed the truck last Thursday within one day, albeit, for a couple of pallets that could go out. But still, it was a better showing for us compared to the 3 months since I've been here.

Looking forward though, I need 2 extra bodies. I'm in this desparate mode again. I might end up hiring people with no good background because we're going to be shorthanded. Finding good minions, thats a tough job.

Oh well, at least I still have a job to worry about...

I was watching Howard TV a couple of days ago. I couldn't believe Artie would turn down that porn star's publicist. Leah, was it? Dang, that was a piece of ass. Plus she was coming on to Artie! I couldn't believe that fanook for not giving her a call at the very least. See, Artie and I are on the same boat. We're in denial. If I'm not mistaken, he's trying to get back with Dana. But dude, if its over, its over. Stop clinging to that which is done. You have all these girls' #s. I would call them, no doubt.

But thats me...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Today was truck day. It felt different waking up. Like something was gonna happen. We weren't able to finish our truck, as far as checking it in. But we were a few more steps to organizing our wall of case packs. Yes, the dreaded wall where no one wants to go because you'll just get lost in all the numbers. With the help of 2 assistants from the N. Fresno store, we're getting it all organized.

I received a very helpful email from a colleague in Visalia. He showed me a different way of looking at ESPs and how to present it to the crew. I read it, used it and am surprised it worked. Not only did it work, but you could actually see it in the eyes of my guys. They were into it. This day was one of the more productive days since I've been here!

A few days in hell is worth all this trouble. I swear that if anyone screws up that nice thing that they're doing in the warehouse, I'm gonna fire their ass! I'll be honest with you, its been a while since I fired someone. I'll get the hang of it again. I believe that everybody is on the same page. They better be. I will hold everybody accountable.

My sister just took her Med exams today. Step one, I believe. She said that the first step is always the hardest. After that, its all gravy. There are 3 steps before one becomes accredited or is allowed to become a resident in a hospital. I sure she passes. She's due. I still consider her to be the doctor in the family. My brother is the computer whiz in the family. I'm just entertainment. I handle all the film/music in the family.

I guess we all have our calling in the family.

Talking about my brother, he moved to his new pad together with his girlfriend. I ought to pay him a visit. I like to see that new TV he got.

One more day of hell....

What the hey... its all worth it...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

We're back to normal today. Not much happening and not as busy as yesterday. We barely survived in ESPs. I still need to keep an eye on these guys, as far as ESPs go. Need to stay on top of them. That's okay, thats why they brought me over. I believe we'll make the week again. Won't make the quarter though. I'll end up 10k short. Thats not good though. The week that I was out on vacation was the week that we were down almost 20k for the week. Unacceptable but what are you gonna do if there are no customers shopping?

We're gonna be getting a truck thats not that big this Thursday. All of us are anxious about it. I think we're gonna be able to work the backroom much better since we don't have that much merch to deal with. Plus, next week, we'll be getting help from another store. That should take care of the back for me.

Its been a slow day, but for some strange reason, the crew feels that it went by so fast. It did go by rather quick. I'm not complaining though...

It should be something, at least, I should notice first is all....

I hate slow days...

Monday, October 16, 2006

When I woke up this morning, I had a feeling that today would be like no other day. Boy, was I right. Everybody in the store was on their game. We made the day and our ESPs were up there. I already saw the figures for two other stores and I noticed a trend. All three of us were up in sales, although the ESPs was the difference, it looks like we're gonna be swamped for the week.

That's okay though. I like to make the sales. If we make the sales, they wouldn't worry about the hours we're burning. Hours. That's what we need to change, we need, as a group, to curb that OT and everything we'd end up doing is gonna be golden.

Man, I need to change my spending habits. I'm spending more than I'm earning. No more extravagant stuff. Just the bare essentials for me. Food, gas and thats it.

I'm watching the MNF game between Da Bears and Cardinals. Its officially over. I can't believe it. When I got home, the Cardinals were up 23-10. When its all said and done, Da Bears won 24-23 on a missed FG attempt by Rackers from the Cardinals. Unbelievable. That punt return by Hester was unreal. You had this feeling that the Bears would win, thats why I wasn't changing the channel. True enough, they did. Matt Leinart sure showed he belongs in the NFL by doing what he's supposed to do. He didn't lose that game. Great defense by the monsters of the Midway. Just unreal that game. Wow!

I heard about the brawl in Miami but never really looked into it until now. I couldn't believe the stupidity that went through that field as the melee was going. ESPN also aired the comments made by a hometown announcer that was truly incredulous. This guy was saying that "if you do that in our house, you deserve that beating". The guy was later fired. And now, indefinite suspensions were made to players from both college teams. I thought I saw a bad brawl with the Pistons/Pacers, but this one just takes the cake. If I were the Dean of both schools, I would not only suspend these fools, I would kick them out of the school. These guys are supposed to be, not only representing the school, but also serve as ambassadors of the sport at the collegiate level. And here they are, stomping on players on the ground and players removing their helmets and using them as weapons. Pure insanity. I'll be honest with you, I don't know whether the referees stopped the game or not, but they should've. What a disgrace.

I think I'll have that cold one now, Gracie...

Here's to another great day...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I was just watching the Detroit Tigers' Mags Ordonez hit a walk-off homerun at the bottom of the 9th to win the ALCS and send the Tigers to the World Series. Thats Oakland for you, choking again.

Anyway, I'm back from a week in Vegas. No, I wasn't on vacation. The company had a big Thank You Conference there. They gave away a few stuff. I couldn't believe I didn't win a single thing. But that figures. Since I became a SM, I've always been an underdog. I lost at the poker tournament. I believe there were 28 of us, and I lasted only an hour.

When I was playing cards, I noticed a lot of things. These guys play with any cards they're dealt with. They just pray they get something on the flop. Another thing I noticed, you could see a lot of tells. Even I couldn't hide it. Our hands were shaking. You know they got something, probably not the best hand, but something to show. I went all in with an A 6 unsuited. I just had 400 chips, I was in the big blind and nothing left to shoot for. I saw an ace, and just prayed to flop an ace. The winner of the hand, Jason, was playing with a J 8. In the end, he got a full house. Unbelievable! So this is what Phil was complaining about. I could believe it either.

Anyway, not that much problems at the store. The guys just need to be focused on the job at hand. I'm still gonna be short-handed, as far as assistants go. Not to mention my HC is going on vacation. I guess he deserves it.

The story of my life as a SM. Lots of stuff to do, and a couple of days behind. Its a constant struggle. And after talking to a lot of SMs there, I will strive for the best, be the best, even though the crew might be a few steps late.

I guarantee a noticeable difference when I go to Vegas next year!

If I stay here, that is....

Monday, October 09, 2006

What a long week!! It culminated with our 3 day Sidewalk sale. That sure was hell on earth. It was my first time having a SW sale outdoors. It was also my first one as an SM.

The first day was hectic, not to mention my DM being there, which proved to be more hectic. She was barking orders here and there. So, that was what we did. We survived by making the day.

The second day, was kinda slow the first hour but picked up the pace. We didn't make the day but almost equalled our performance yesterday. We also got a visitor, the merchandising manager of the company, Derek G. He gave a few notes, promised to deliver pictures of what a SW sale should look like, and took pictures of my store. Now, I have no idea if those pictures would show up in the Vegas conference, but I have my hunches that they would. He also noted that we needed new fixtures as our store was turning south. What a day...

The third day was like a typical Sunday. But with a lot of drama... The crew was ready to go to mutiny against my assistant. He does not have good people skills, I'm sorry to say. His approach to everything is the total opposite of how I deal with things. I guess that's why I'm in this position and not him. By the end of the day, I was happy because we made the week. And then the phone call came... My DM calls me and asks me what the hell is happening in my store. I should back up management and nip this problem in the bud. Ok, I said. But what problem? I went outside and sure enough, the guys were ready to go to war against each other. Unbelievable. I am really pissed off with my assistant for calling my DM. He was basically ratting out what "attrocities" were going on in the store. He ratted me out. That is unacceptable. Borderline, insubordination. I should fire his ass. But I'm not, because right now, he is the flavor of the month of my DM.

Anyway, I'm excited to go to my first Vegas Conference. I don't know if I would last in this company anymore. I know everything, sure. But this bickering between my assistant and the crew is causing me my rep. They went over my head by talking to the DM instead of me, undermining my ability. I know I should just shrug this off but its just gnawing at the back of my head. I guess, thats why I got a haircut today.

I'm all packed and ready to fly to Vegas in the morning. I just hope the crew holds on and doesn't come unglued while I'm in Vegas.

I'm gonna relax and take it easy and be happy with colleagues and friends...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Its been a while since I last wrote on this blog... Its been kinda busy at work and my free time is getting caught up with chores at home. I was able to catch up with my shows too, though.

Even with all these new shows showing a lot of promise, like Heroes and Studio 60, I still love my favorite...



After 4 episodes of Season 3, they'll take a quick hiatus to make room for the baseball playoffs and World Series. I don't mind that. Like I said, there are a lot of other good shows out there.

Anyway, just a few more days till our big SW sale! It only happens 3 times a year, 9 days a year, but boy, those are really very stressful days. The planning, staging and the actual sale itself. Not to mention the cleaning afterwards. I'm not complaining. I expect a big sale. My store's been struggling this last month. This would help us get back on the right track. After this week of hell, comes a few days in heaven at Sin City. The annual manager's meeting at Vegas will take place after the SW sale. 3 days of meetings, fun, networking and culminating with a golf tournament and a poker tournament. I believe I'm in the card game. I may be wrong. Either way, I'll be having fun. I get to see my friend from Kent. We'll be reminiscing, of course.

I can't wait...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Just finished watching the latest episode of House... Man! That blonde was a cutie!



Unlike in the show, she IS already legal, although, not legal to drink... I apologize for the pic, I know its a litte out-of-date, but what the hey...

She's in a good arc right now of the show, next week's episode looks promising as well. A little "fatal attraction", or is it "The Crush"...

Either way... I'd tap that...
Some breaking news...

My inside source just sent me a text message. Good ole NW has a new SM. Well, its about bloody time. Its the best time to head on over there. Its barely the start of the fiscal year, he's got a good crew, ESPs are rocking. The downside, of course, is all the drama that was left behind by my ex-boss. Its tough, but workable.

So, I guess my help won't be needed anymore. I can concentrate on my problems, not that there are any, and not that I'm thinking about my old store.

I got enough on my boat already...

The brightside is that I finally have my flight itinerary to the Vegas meet. I'm so stoked about it. I'll be meeting a lot of my colleagues, some old acquaintances I've made throughout my career with the company. I can't help but be nervous about it. Of course, the pain starts first in the form of the SW sale. But after that, its Sin City baby!!!

I can't wait...

Monday, September 18, 2006

I finished watching Season 2 of Grey's anatomy... Yes, all 27 episodes... Its a good thing I was on vacation. I must say, I thought that when Meredith slept with George, that would've spelled the imminent doom of the series. They still developed new plots and twists after such an episode. I was impressed with the writing crew there. There were also some instances where I got goose-bumps...

Anyway, back in the homefront, my new DM has just called my store today. Unfortunately, it was my day-off. Can you believe that? After a week's vacation, I start off with a day-off! The power you get when you create the schedule. I just love it. Apparently, she was looking for me and asking how our ESPs were. Well, of course, it sucked. Historically, the store I'm in, hasn't done well. Its not for lack of trying. Its just that our customers weren't trained about the benefits of our ESPs.

That will change. On our monthly meeting, I will address that issue with the crew. You know me, I always like the spotlight to shine on me. I'll give details some other time...

I'm starting to notice something... I am getting plumpier... I need to cut back on stuff... I was hoping all this stress would help me lose weight. Boy, I was wrong. As a matter of fact, I think its helping me gain weight. Maybe I'll just resort to smoking more and eating less. Either way, its gonna kill me....

One last thing, something totally off-topic, Courtney Simpson is supposedly retiring from porn...



No relation to Jessica, folks. She's this cute ex-cheerleader of ASU. She caused quite an uproar because she wore her cheerleader uniform in one movie (I haven't seen the movie yet), and the school was screaming about it. Quickly dis-associating themselves with her. She wants to go back to school and further her studies. Well, with the money that she saved, she could go anywhere. Hope she doesn't get turned down by some school because of her profession.

If all else fails, I could teach her... I was supposed to teach in a university before but instead went into the radio industry. I would never even hesitate to teach that cute-ass a lesson...

That came off wrong...

Friday, September 15, 2006

I just finished watching Brick.

All this time, I thought that femme fatale was Rachel Bilson. I was, of course, wrong, as I saw the credits. It was Nora Zehetner. I thought she was this new actress who wound up in a sundance-indie movie. Boy, was I wrong...

She's been in a number of shows, not to mention some features. Okay, so she wasn't the lead, who cares? She was still in it.

I can't believe I'm defending my mistake.

Well, it took the director of Brick almost 6 years to start principal photography. That meant that he shopped his script, which was awesome (I thought the dialogue was perfect), for almost 5 years. You have to listen to the Commentary of the DVD to find out.

Who knows? When I finish this screenplay of mine, it might take a little longer than usual, I might ask Nora to read for a part in it. She might be perfect for the lead in this primary screenplay I'm writing.

So, if I didn't make it clear a while ago...

My apologies, Ms. Zehetner, for mistaking you for someone else....

Thursday, September 14, 2006

This is my second post in the same day... You know somethings up if that happens...

Anyway, I need to head on over to the store, probably on Sunday. I need to send my picture to Nancy. They need my picture to show-off in our Vegas meeting. Well, at least she sent me a sample pic. Some guy from Fargo. Well, at least, I know what they're expecting...

Anyway, back to the blackballing....

Oh wait, I can't divulge that info...

I need to ask Barbara, or at the very least, Don, why the heck they were asking for my information. Its best to play the fool rather than be fooled.

Get my drift...
As you've probably noticed, I'm experimenting new stuff with my blog. Trying to add stuff to this once plain looking blog...

The World Cup is gone but it sure left a lasting image to me. I have been religiously following the Premiership, and now, the Champions league. I'll be honest with you, at first, I thought the game was too slow, but not anymore. Its all about strategy and defense. A friend of mine was always a Man U fan, I didn't join the bandwagon. I'm torn between 2 teams, Liverpool, which has one of my favorite players, Steven Gerard, and Chelsea, probably the NY Yankees of the Premiere League. I like the quiet leadership of John Terry.

I have both the new football games, College and Madden '07, but I still play Fifa '06. EA better release the new version with all the updates. Can't wait for that release.

Anyway, I'm in the middle of my hiatus from work. I'm enjoying the free time. I'll let you in on something, this vacation is slowing me down, rather than recharging my batteries. I should relax a bit more. Enjoy this downtime. I'm getting constant updates from my assistants about my store and my old store. I like the former, not interested in the latter.

Not anymore...

I'll just worry about my current stores' problems rather than others... Coming back from my vacation, I know the problems that I'm gonna have to deal with. I know which one to tackle and give more attention to...

I'm gonna be ready for this...
I always am...

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Well, the day of reckoning has finally come... The higher-ups have made their decision...

They have, officially, terminated my former boss.

I knew it was going down but I didn't know that it was gonna be that quick. Like J said, I, again, missed the drama. But there was no dog and pony show. J is now the interim SM of my old store.

The powers-that-be just asked for his keys, take your personal stuff and they escorted the guy out of the store.

Can you imagine that? This guy brought this store, which before he came there, was considered the armpit store of the whole company. Turned it around and became one of the top 30 stores in the company. This guy, who was being considered to be a DM at one point, was getting escorted out of this store. I may sound that I'm defending this guy, but I'm not. I don't blame corporate for what they did. The guy brought it to himself.

He was stupid enough to do all that, he deserved all that he got coming. No one benefited from what he did but himself. I'll be honest with you, its about time!

You may think that corporate doesn't know what they're doing, or they just don't care about whats happening to your store. But.... they do. They DO know what you're doing and if they send the dogs to your store, only one thing happens, and its not good.

I may still be in the doghouse, but the spotlight is not lit towards my direction just yet. I'm not counting on it though. As long as I stopped doing what I did before, everything should be ok.

I now feel sorry for the crew over there at NW. I promised J I would be over there during my vacation to help him out during this stretch. I'll mention that to my RM, he might take my visit with a grain of salt, but I come with good intentions. I want to help J succeed. Its his store now.

I'm happy where I am. I'll handle all these problems at my current store. I'm in a much better shape right now than they are over there....

Thank you Lord for guiding me... Even though I can't see, I still believe...

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I probably saw one of the best games of tennis. Andre Agassi winning a 5 setter against Marcus Baghdatis, the 8th seed. The game was full of emotion, drama and an ending that could be fit for Hollywood. Too bad its happening in New York. Then again, they shot a lot of movies there. I honestly thought the match would've ended in 3 sets. I was planning on watching the Sentinel. Now, after the post-match interviews, its almost 10:00pm. So much for watching that movie. This kid, Baghdatis, will be a good one for years to come. Too bad, he went up against, what I think is the new Cinderella man, Andre Agassi.

Oh yeah, as a sidenote to my day today, I got a call from my RM. He said that my DM is no longer with the company.

That just came as a shock to me. Wasn't this guy just in my store yesterday? Matter of fact, he called me on my cell and was asking to meet for lunch. I don't know what I feel. Its too bad to lose the guy. He's got too many issues in his life, to add this, I honestly don't know what's gonna happen to him. The guy that gave me a chance, lost his chance. My crew and I were in agreement, that he had this coming since last year.

Not to mention the upcoming drama next week where my ex-boss will meet the head auditor. Oy! I'll be honest with you... I really don't think that he's gonna keep his job... but that's me... They sure are building a case against him. And almost his whole crew turned on him. My friend there said it all. He's gotta be really thick to ever come back to that store from his vacation. Imagine, everybody talking about you while you're not there. Everybody knowing what you've done. Everybody, including the part-timers, know your schemes. The worst part is that once he walks thru the store doors, he may not know it, but everybody in the store, has lost all respect towards him. That is probably the single worst feeling a person could feel. I know its hard to trivialize it, but I can compare it to being A-rod right now. Here's this MVP from last year, having a slump, and being booed in his home court. Every at-bat, he's getting booed.

Ok, A-rod just had a hitting slump, my friend did something worse. Respect and morale is definitely low in that store.

I have been very deep in prayer these last days.... These truly are the dog days of HFT... I sure won't forget these last 2 weeks....

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I think this is some sort of record.... this is my second post OF THE DAY!!! Just felt like it though...

It has been years since someone took a picture of me. I think the last time was the DMV for my driver's license. That was it. I just don't like the idea of getting my picture taken, especially with a digital camera. You never know when your picture is plastered on the world wide web.

Ah, the power of the internet. I was just googling something about this lady I read about and one of the queries that came back was this site that got thousands of pictures of ladies. All pictures were candid, not the professional kind, and some were taken using their mobile phone!

In my amazement, I went over each and single photo. Ok, sue me, I was curious. There are guys out there that save your picture, and use them for their own!

No way am I having my picture taken... hold on... Crap!! I need to have a store manager picture up for my store!!! Crap....

I have a couple of months.... I'll take it then...
The promise of writing blogs on a daily basis is a failure. I have failed to do that... I will not promise anymore to do it on a daily basis... Rather, whenever I get a chance or not too lazy to post.

Anyway, I recently got a GPS navigation system. It cost me under $500. It was sooooo worth it though. Had to go to Modesto to help with their inventory variance day. If I just relied on the map I printed out on google, I'll tell ya what, I would probably still be driving all around that farm area. You could easily get lost there! With this little device, it helped me take whatever turns I had to take. When I drove there, there were valleys and it was foggy. Not to mention, early morning, which means I had to deal with truckers on a two way lane! If I were driving, looking at the driving directions on my printout and trying to swerve against these drivers, I'd get lost! Not with this Navi I got!! I was so thankful and grateful. It was worth every penny.

Well, they had a good inventory. Their store looked nice and organized. Jason did a great job with that store. He deserves all the credit. Then again, when the employees decide to turn against you (Jean) or lose all respect for you, the store would be in shambles. Jason has this positive vibe with him, everybody just gets along with him.

I have lightened up, compared to my darker days. I still retained my firm belief in getting the job done thru delegation. If this doesn't work, then I will try another way: an on-hand approach to the situation. I'm sure that won't work either.

What's really getting me all anxious is the fact that BH is in the neighborhood. Albeit, a 2 hour drive, but nonetheless, its still a hop, jump and a skip to my store. I'm worried for my ex-boss and friend though. He's done some crazy stuff and just when you thought everything was going as planned, BAM! They hit you. I guess I should be happy I just got the talk from FM. If she showed up, I'd be pissing in my pants. She would be the last visit I want to have in my store. Why? Because there is no reason for her to be at any store, unless you're doing something stupid. He was for the longest time, and now he got caught. Its convenient for him to be on vacation for this. But according to my sources, they'll be back next week. Oy! I hate those kind of confrontations. Nothing good comes out of it.

I hate to even put here what might happen to him. Well, it only boils down to one thing. Pay up AND get out of here. Incredible.

I learned a lot from that guy. That's too bad though....

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

As promised, I'm back with a few short musings...

Our physical inventory is done. I must say, it was a rousing success. True, our shrink, went up from .38 to .40. It was just a few minor outs and true out of stocks. They were just a bunch of ghost items. The day didn't start with a bang though. We were a guy short when we started variances. He doesn't have a ride. That's a lame excuse which I'm not buying. Out of all the days you could've pulled that stunt, not on variances. Anyway, I'm gonna have a sitdown with him tomorrow. I will tell him that if he turns up late again, I won't write him up anymore. He'll be receiving his final check before that week ends. I don't care if he's a good worker. He got promoted on Monday, he ended up short in cash, stoned and utterly useless on inventory night. The second day, well, you know now....

Its been awhile since I fired someone... I'd like to recapture that feeling....

Anyway, I'll be responding to an article made by this certain blog, which I really thought was entertaining. It mentioned "Why we need sex". They start to enlist a lot of reasons why we need it. Well, I couldn't agree more. But, with this great enjoyment we're getting out of it, we should realize that our body goes through a lot when we climax. I would have to direct quote the great philosopher Cameron on this:

Sex COULD kill you. Do you know what the human body goes through when you have sex? Pupils dilate, arteries constrict, core temperature rises, heart races, blood pressure skyrockets, respiration becomes rapid and shallow, the brain fires bursts of electrical impulses from nowhere to nowhere, and secretions spit out of every gland, and the muscles tense and spasm like you're lifting three times your body weight. It's violent. It's ugly. And it's messy. And if God hadn't made it UNBELIEVABLY fun, the human race would have died out eons ago.

Now, with that in mind... would you really enjoy sex now?

Well, I guess you should... It is unbelievably fun...

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Its been almost a month since my last blog...
Damn...

I believe I'm ready to start updating on a nearly daily basis...
I just have to get through inventory... one of the most stressful days of the year.

They found out!!!! The powers that be found out my scheme and I was talked to by one of the big guys!! If I was in a mob, I'da been whacked already!!

Now, I just need to do a sitdown with the don himself. Already got a talk from the consiglieri....

I hated that talk, and I sure will hate this talk with the boss.

More in the next couple of days... If I get to update everyday, that means I got fired already....

Monday, July 24, 2006

HEATWAVE!!!

I decided that during my long weekend off, I visit my mom and sister. Boy, that was a bad idea. It was 20 degrees hotter in San Jose than it was in Salinas. I should've invited them to my place. No, I take it back. I needed to deposit this live check I had.

I just got a call today about an ongoing problem about store operations. It is my first real problem that I have to deal with. I have to look at it at a totally different persepective. This is MY store now. I don't have to rely on J to take over the reins nor do I have to clam up and let the dust settle. I have to be Action PJ. Do something while the issue is still simmering. You don't want to let this thing get out of hand...

This totally ruined my 3 days off. Thats ok. Price you pay for being the boss. And I like being the boss. So far....

You're not stupid... you're gorgeous... if you were a few years older I'd tell you to leave your s.o. and have a go with me. I'll take care of you...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

I finally got my first paycheck as a manager.... I wasn't that impressed with what I had, but what's a guy gonna do?

We're currently feeling the pinch that is summer. It's unreal. I thought it was warm at where I was (Salinas) but when I reached San Jose, oh my God, it was like I was in a furnace. My goodness. I hate the heat!!

A little revelation on my part.... I haven't been really following my schedule. I've been leaving early. I've been doing my job and the last hour of my sked was just for killing time. So might as well spend that hour at home. At least I'm available to my guys, unlike my DM who is nowhere to be found. I want stuff done to my store but this guy is preventing me from doing my job. That's why I'm gonna be getting quotes one at a time.

I'll just enjoy my days-off here... in the heat...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My first full week as THE store manager of my store is complete...

It wasn't that hard. I don't know what these other guys are saying (or complaining) about. I guess thats because my crew and the management staff is solid, apart from a few bad apples, which can be corrected.

What I thought was a bad move was, in fact, otherwise. It was a smooth transition. I now inherit all of the other store managers' problem of communicating with the DM.

Today was load day in our store. We were short-handed (stupid rodeo). Our truck wasn't that big, compared to what I'm used to at my old store. The only difference is that I had more people to kill the load with. Here, I have 2 doing the bulk and the rest, the casepacks. And by rest, I mean 5 people. It was a struggle. But, out of all this, we learned to trust each other, rely on one another. I value this teamwork. Geez, I sound so cheesy.

After 20 days of being on the job, I finally get paid! Not as much as I thought I was getting but, nevertheless, a paycheck I can be proud of.

I just subscribed to FSC. After watching the WC, my interest in Football (stop calling it soccer, for f's sake!), has increased. Now, I crave for the EPL and whats going in with teams on the other side of the pond. I've always liked Man U but now that I have FSC, I can decide for myself which team to root for. After watching Green street hooligans, my fascination for the Hammers has piqued. I wanna watch a game. And now that the EPL is gonna start on September, I'm stoked!

Anyway, last night I happened to check on my past writings, as far as my screenwriting phase is concerned. I found one that was really showing a lot of promise.

As a sidenote, I finally won a Sit and go tournament! I got 2 bills for winning. It lasted almost 4 hours. The guys were good. I almost lost and settled for 3rd place but the tables got turned and I started to get great hands so I won.

I need to really go to a bank. I need to cash or deposit this live check that I have. F'n corporate, sending me a live check. What's up with that?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Finally!!! I have DSL!!!

Yeah, thats right! It took that long to get some internet connection to my place. Anyway, a lot has happened since I last logged in. Moved in to my place, my mom and sister paid a visit to my crib. They thought it was a nice dig.

I got a key to my mailbox. Finally recorded those DVDs that were in there for a week or so. I'm a week late, as far as rentals go, but I think I can manage. No really good movies came out so I'm ahead.

I'm finally realizing too that my cashflow is seriously dropping. I am finding out that I'm dipping into my savings account. That totally blows. I got a few stuff coming in though. Sold my car, my brother still has a balance for me plus a few other ideas I might throw around.

Tomorrow is Jason's last day at the store. He's been a lot of help to me. Just a few things to take care off and I should be ready. The key, as to everyplace you go, is you have to work your butt off and the rest of the crew will follow suit. If you slack, they will slack too. You lead by example. I came from a totally different school where the manager is THE manager and does absolutely nothing. They don't bust out a sweat but they take care of everything else. This situation I'm in is a totally different beast. Unlike the store I came from, I gotta bust my ass but the crew is top-notch. They will bust their ass for me too. I just got to show them the way. I just need to keep up with them. I need to re-adjust my way of thinking and way of working.

TIME TO LEAD....

p.s. jojo's hot

Monday, July 03, 2006




You Are a Seeker Soul



You are on a quest for knowledge and life challenges.

You love to be curious and ask a ton of questions.

Since you know so much, you make for an interesting conversationalist.

Mentally alert, you can outwit almost anyone (and have fun doing it!).



Very introspective, you can be silently critical of others.

And your quiet nature makes it difficult for people to get to know you.

You see yourself as a philosopher, and you take everything philosophically.

Your main talent is expressing and communicating ideas.



Souls you are most compatible with: Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul

Its finally done....

I have officially moved out of my apartment to my new apartment!!! It took one day of moving but it was all worth it. I gotta give my 2 guys some props. They sure delivered. I owe them a lot, considering they were coming off their day job!

After we took all my stuff (which was the whole living room), a lot trash was left. And I mean trash! It was just unfinished sodas, paper, clutter and shirts, I even saw a brief stuck in between the couch (which I think I brought along with me).

This is the first time for me. I have a new apartment and am staying at a hotel at the same time. Seems like overindulgence to me, but, who would've thought that I was all moved by Sunday? Not even I thought that it was possible. I was gearing towards an Independence day move. Good thing I jumped the gun on my move, because the SM was planning on using that day to paint the floor. Lucky me, huh?

Said goodbye, for the last time, to the guys at the store. My boss seemed appreciative and sincere in his goodbye. The rest of the guys also said their goodbyes. I just had to leave early because the afternoon people were too emotional, they might not let me leave the store.

Anyway, I was trying to figure out whats the best possible way to maximize the space of my new apartment in relation to my big screen TV and home theater. I tried a lot of possibilities and ended up with a configuration that seemed ok to start but it didn't involve my lazboy. Of course, I want to use my Lazboy when watching movies or a good sporting event in HD. But I guess, I may have to rely on angling the TV to my chair, as it is impossible to figure out.

I just remembered, its Independence day tomorrow. There's no mail. I was wondering whether I'll get my new movies tomorrow, which is a problem since I still don't have a key to the mail slot. Now, since its Wednesday. Cool.

i still have this hotel till Friday, the 7th. I wonder if I check out, would it matter? I want to sleep in my new crib, especially when the cable is installed.

First day starts on Thursday. I don't know. I feel kinda lazy, my DM owes me 2 days of work. If I cash that in, it might be a wrong move. But considering the mental state of my DM, he might forget that he owes me days-off. I am already in my store's payroll as an SM. Hmmm....

No, Screw it! I want to get back in the groove.....

Time to Lead...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Finally, its come down to this....

I am now, officially, in another store's payroll. My Payroll! It becomes official on July 6th. I start my apartment hunting tomorrow. I'd leave the confirmation here but that would be just stupid. All it took was my boss' boss to show up at our store...

I got the call at 10:30 a.m. from my SM (now my colleague) saying that our DM just walked into our store. After a night of playing Head Coach on my Xbox, I slept really late. But that call was like what Atell said which wakes you up. Its like someone licked your ass, there's no snooze there pal! You're up, in your karate stance, whole body shakin. The day has begun!

So I strut my butt to the store and say my usual hellos to the masses, then I did my entrance. I was taken care off in an instant. Its like, everything was put aside and I was taken care off.

I gotta admit, that the reason my DM gave me was believable because the process of turning over the reins or even a move by an assistant to their new store has changed from the last time he worked. I envy the next guy that gets a store because now, there should be no problems, no heartaches, no late-night anxiety attacks, nothing. It should go smooth.

After a couple of phonecalls, I have a hotel room to stay in for a week to look for a place, I get paid to look for an apartment. How can you beat that! Bottom line is, its all coming out of my bottom line. But I don't care, I want to feel that rush that every SM feels. I wanna tell that story sometime of what I experienced before being taken care of. Whatever doesn't kill you, right?

So now, instead of me coming back from the movie theater (I was supposed to watch Superman Returns), I came back from the store with new stuff to deal with, like what to pack, where to rent the u-haul, when to rent the u-haul (definitely before July 4th). You know, moving stuff.

Well, thats all good....

Now, there's only one thing left to do... what Hoynes told Josh to do....

ITS TIME TO LEAD

Monday, June 26, 2006

Where's the love? That's what this former employee used to tell me because I was always getting on his case. That's the same question I'm asking to my DM who needs to show me some love because I'm gonna be transfering to his store. Well... planning on transfering. No, I really plan on moving to that new store. But all these wrong signals I'm getting is just clouding my head from making the right decision.

Anyway, I just found out that J.K. Rowling is planning on killing 2 of the main characters on that final book she's writing. I think its gonna be Hermoine and Ron but come to think of it, if Harry were to end Voldemort's life, he would also have to die, because they are interconnected, in some wierd way. But that's just me...

I'm still counting on the days till my DM actually talks to me....

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Well, just got back from a weekend with my mom and sister. Also got back from a trip to Salinas. It was their monthly meeting and the Jason was nice enough to invite me and meet the group. It wasn't really a typical meet and greet. It was more of me observing them, trying to stifle them. But it didn't work. I guess I have to make my mark sometime. Their crew is half the size of my current crew! And they accomplish a lot too. Then again, they aren't that busy compared to us. Heck, we make as much business as Modesto, which is twice our size, so go figure.

I think I know where I'm gonna be living in Salinas. I just need to call them and figure out a nice time to visit and finish the whole moving situation. I'd like to get that accomplished before I start over there. But it looks like thats not a possibility.

Anyway, I just watched The Kid with Bruce Willis in it. If I were to choose any actresses to be in MY movie, a couple come to mind: Emily Mortimer (the look she had in the Kid was so refreshing) and Kate Beckinsale (when she was in Serendipity). I know. I have this thing for British ladies. Its not the accent, I think.

I take it back. Its all about the accent.

Talking about British accents, England just won their quarterfinal match with Ecuador, on the heroics of Beckham. Apparently he bent that kick to hit that corner of the goalpost. Finally, he showed up! Its about bloody time that he did. Ecuador was a tough opponent but I guess now, they would need the same heroics from someone else to get through Portugal.

Anyway, enough WC talk. I'm supposed to talk to my DM tomorrow about my apparent move and his "absence". It'll just add another spin to the ever growing stories I can tell about this zany DM of mine. I bet his stories are gonna be something else. But that would just be a distraction from the day that is Load Day.

I just can't wait....

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Weekend at Mom's... home cooking at its best... I will be missing this as I get ready to move to the Central Valley. What I'm not gonna miss is the hot weather here. I did a comparison, weather-wise, between Salinas and Fremont. It is almost 10 degrees cooler there than here. Unbelievable!

Anyway, I got an invite to go to Salinas and attend the monthly meeting they have. Its a meet and greet with the new crew and their new boss. That was a classy thing Jason did. I really appreciate this. Some other clown, who didn't care, wouldn't have done the same thing and would probably just let me figure stuff out by myself. Not this guy. He cared. I like that.

Tomorrow is also a chance for me to size up the area and possible places for me to stay. I don't know... My resources will definitely dry up as this process goes further but it sure is worth it, I guess...

With me going to Salinas tomorrow, means I'm gonna miss the England WC match. That's ok I guess. I'll surely watch the next match...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Another longtime post... It'll probably be awhile till I do a back-to-back...

Anyway, finally talked to my DM about my apparent transfer to another store. He wants me there on the 5th of July. My independence day. It's still kinda hard talking to my SM about me moving. Bringing up the subject, it feels like he brushes off the topic.

Anyway, thats less that 2 weeks from now. I gotta find a place over there now.

I'll bring my sister with me and we're gonna be hunting for a spot for me. I might bring my mom too, since its her weekend off this week. I might go on Saturday. Road trip!!!!

My mom would probably like it because she does not drive on the freeway. She just hates it. This way, she gets to go somewhere else, plus, she's gonna help me decide on a place to live in.

As far as I'm concerned, its a win-win situation.

Since my brother isn't moving, its also a good situation for me. I can slack off on changing my address or at least not worry about not getting my mail because my brother is still living here.

Did I ever mention that I hate moving? All the hassle and agony of moving/packing, and then the unpacking and the waiting for the cable guy situation. I just hate it.

But at least I get to watch shows on my big tv sitting on my cozy la-z-boy.

Worse come to worse, I'll probably end up staying in a hotel till I get to move. Everything considered, I must definitely start there on July 5. That means that my last day at my old store is July 3, granting, I don't get the week off for moving.

It gets real complicated. But hey, cramming gets me going.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Yet again, its been a long time since I posted... I'm getting lazy man...

Then again, I've been busy. The SW sale is over and now its full-on recovery, as far as the salesfloor is concerned.

Couple of days ago, a funny thing happened that really got me laughing loud. Our PC quit his job. He couldn't hack it. We're asking for all this stuff, and he couldn't deliver. I believe last Saturday, when he grabbed his check, he asked my boss when he was coming in next. When my boss mentioned this to me, it was hysterical laughing afterwards. Imagine the balls on this guy! Quitting his job and having the audacity when his next schedule is. What is this nursery? He wasn't that good to begin with, if he was good, we could've doubled-back, me and my boss. We're glad he's gone, plus we don't have to deal with EDD. I sound so cold.... I warned him before. Not only him but the rest of the crew, that it wasn't easy to get a job. He took it for granted. He thought he was "untouchable". Think again, douche.

Just a couple of more weeks till I officially move to my new store. I'm stoked but my DM is leaving me hanging. I know, for sure, that its July 1 but do I start there on the 1st or after the holiday? Is it really definite so I can make plans to move? I already contracted a couple of guys to help me move. I just need to get a u-haul truck to load my measly stuff. The only hard shit is my 2 TVs, a sofa, my la-z-boy and a bed. Aside from that, I can probably borrow my sister's SUV to transfer most of stuff.

To add to all this drama, my boss' GF is about to deliver their baby. They're due any second now.... So he's gonna be gone for a week for sure. I'm not holding that against him. I'll tell my DM that the earliest I can get there is after Independence day. How ironic. My independence from one store to the next.

Ironic....

A lot of stuff is gnawing at me now.... My bank account is not dry, but drying up. And I still have to do that move... This should be an easy move... but then again, I'm no expert...

I hate moving....

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I know its been almost a week past since I came back from my first ever vacation. It was a blast. Although I blew away $300 on my first 2 days there, it was still great. I got to see a lot of places, went to Downtown Vegas and all.

My first days back from vacation, I get the call from my DM saying that he needs me at Salinas. I say, ok, as long as I get that little pay hike. He calls back after a couple of hours to tell me that its all mine. I said cool. So I'm heading over there by the first of July.

That was quick. Its sort of crazy ironic because my brother and I were talking about me moving to his line of work. How they were looking for a few entry-level people. The thing was though, it wasn't right now, its down the line this year. I told him I'd take that offer granting I'm not given a store in-between. Too bad, the offer of the store came first.

Like what Hoynes told Josh in the West Wing, TIME TO LEAD. It is my time to lead. Not that I don't lead people here in my current location. This time, its all me. No one to back me and all that.

We'll see if I sink or swim... which is bitterly ironic because I can't swim...

Monday, May 22, 2006

Today is an historic day. It is the day before the start of my first ever vacation. No long weekends masquerading as a vacation. This one is a real-life vacation. One week. Can you imagine that? That is huge. Its like Michael Jordan taking a day-off playing for the Bulls in his hey-day.

Anyway, I feel bad for the guys though. Today was supposed to be load day. But, unfortunately, the truck driver got into an accident last Friday and our shipping company didn't know where he was nor did they know where our trailer was. So, load day got postponed till the next day. Somehow going on vacation should be the last thing on my mind. But I could hear my sister and close friends would tell me, "you deserve a vacation". "Don't worry about it, we'll take care of it for you." So with that in mind, I just brushed it off and will enjoy my vacation as I get ready to go to Vegas during the weekend.

I need to go return this backpack I got for my laptop. My new laptop is HUGE! Finding a bag sure is a chore.

I'm gonna watch that Davinci Code movie tomorrow. It should be a hoot. Get some buttered popcorn and enjoy the ride....

Now during this self-imposed hiatus from work, I will try and brush up on my writing, screenwriting to be exact. Not more of blogging... It sure is easy to say, but kinda get lost in the shuffle of my "long" day...

Tomorrow, I will try...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

It sure felt like a long day today, but it wasn't really... I didn't get that much sleep and my sprained wrist is slowly getting better. That's always good. I couldn't wipe my butt before but now I can do it, although it still hurt like mad.

I sure am enjoying my new laptop. It sure is fast but I still need to read more to this new RAID technology. It says I can configure it to mirror my primary drive. But that means, instead of having a 200GB HD, I'll only have half the size. Its secure and safe and all, but I'd rather have another HD.

Nothing sexy happened at work today. Nothing strange or out of the ordinary.

Although it probably started in your part of the world, but tomorrow is the first day of the Da Vinci Code. I read the book. It was fast paced but I got lost towards the end. And according to the viewers at Cannes, it was slow-paced and "laughable". Too melo-dramatic for its own good.

Now, comments like that would normally kill the momentum going into the States. I doubt it though. The movie would make its run for sure, but it would not last a couple of weeks at #1. X-men is coming out the week after.

I love going to movies. I still haven't seen Mission impossible 3. Maybe thats what I should watch tomorrow instead of the Code. At least there won't be that much people watching.

There are people who want a big crowd while watching a movie. I get it. They want all the reactions and everything that goes with watching a movie with a group. I'd prefer it being quiet. Less people the better. But it looks like that won't be happening since MI3 is enjoying a good run and the other choice of the Code is definitely gonna be a full house.

When I saw the Inside Man, the theater was kinda full but I didn't have anyone beside me. I like my elbow room.

See you tomorrow at the movies....

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Today is probably one of the longest days I've worked at the store. My goodness... The truck load was huge and there was no help in sight. I gotta feel for my guys. They were doing all the dirty work, I was just managing. But the worst thing happened, of course, minutes before we called it a day. I tripped and fell on my wrist. My wrist feels so sore, I couldn't believe I'm typing this up.

Anyway, I bought a new laptop yesterday. I got that new Toshiba laptop with the HD-DVD player. Damn, this thing is gorgeous. I still gotta get myself accustomed to all the buttons and shit....

I'm not complaining though... I am stoked as hell....

Gotta go... Aside from my wrist being sore, I gotta get up early tomorrow. Its a 4am call time...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Just finished watching that Ricky Hatton dude in his US debut. He won. I was very disappointed with the decision. Ricky was facing the reigning champ. Sure he was aggresive. By aggresive, I mean he was constantly going forward against the champ. He was connecting, sure. But at the end of the match, Ricky's eyes were swollen and he sporting a very big "mouse" on his left cheek. The other guy, Collazo, sure was beaten but he got Ricky good in that last round.

The referee was letting Ricky hold Collazo and hit him at the same time. He never warned Ricky. I guess he didn't know what to expect since this was the ref's big fight. Plus, the judges had no big fight experience. The veteran judge's big fight was last week's fight between a couple of nobody's.

And the thing that confused me the most, the HBO announcers seem to be favoring Ricky Hatton. It got me more confused. They didn't see the holding. They just took notice of his constant "attack". He wasn't attacking, he was going forward, throwing a couple of punches then holding the guy.

Anyway....

Today, I'm spending my mother's day weekend here with mom at SJ. Its great. I always love coming over. Homecook meals. And they were watching this Filipino channel. We spent the whole day laughing and eating. I love coming over but I also try not to, because of the eating.

I'll try to catch up with rest, but I really doubt it....
Yesterday was one of those days that I could live without...

It was supposed to be my day-off, but NAY!!! We had visitors drop by, they were expected. But damn, it happened again. My SM was nowhere to be found. Well, I gotta admit, the guy had a good excuse. But, for crying out loud, not again. I don't mind being the frontline of the store, but da guy gotta step up. I know he's got issues but c'mon!

Anyway, the visit turned out well. We were THE best looking store in the district. I may still get the same store that was offered to me!

No complaints. Its all good...

Oh crap! I forgot about dat boxing replay today...

I'll be back....

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Trying to stay in touch with my writing....

I'm beginning to feel very uncomfortable with my current laptop... it sure is heating up awfully fast. I guess I need to call the techs over there at Alienware. This thing heats up.

My sole purpose of buying a laptop before was to further my screenwriting skills. That has stopped. I need to regain that feeling and stay in touch with it...

I've had a few concepts but forgot them as the day progressed...

I'm starting to despair...

Don't mind me, just ramblings from someone in a very humid room...

Friday, May 05, 2006

Its Cinco de Mayo!!!

Today is our 6th year anniversary of arriving here in the States. We need to go a little bit further to the time when we first came here, which also happens to be Cinco de Mayo. That was 1990. Time sure flies by when you're busy working your ass off...

Nothing much to do today... Just catching up on old movies on my new dvd player. God, they look so much better...

Last Thursday was poker night. We haven't been doing a regular poker night. But this might be a start of a regular gig. It sure feels nice to bluff my way out of a pot...

Anyway, gonna catch up with my sister tomorrow... probably watch some feel-good movie and that Dela Hoya match...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Damn! Its been almost a month since I last posted. That is total insanity!!!

A lot of stuff has happened, of course. I got my Toshiba HD-DVD. Loving it, although, now, I can't just live off computer speakers for it. I need to get a home theater system but buying one is overkill for my room. So I said, screw that.

My RM visited the store again and promised a store, yet again. But this time, they are looking to give me a brand new store. They are giving a virgin to quell the thirst of the beast. Bwa-ha-ha-ha.

Anyway, we're losing employees like mad. Although I still don't consider it as a problem. We still have the key people we need.

Come to think of it, not a lot of stuff happened...

Oh yeah, just my two cents...

They made so much talk about this spanish version of the American national anthem. I have no problem with it, just as long as they TRANSLATE IT WORD FOR WORD into spanish and not add their points of views to the song. I'm all for that. But what I've been hearing is that they're tweaking it for their own benefit. That's nice and dandy but I'm not buying it. Its a song and not THE spanish version of the anthem.

If I get my citizenship, finally, I won't drastically record or write the American anthem into my tongue and throw in my views there. That is just stupid. Then again, I could do it and make money out of it.

See, somewhere behind this idiotic version, lies a person who's invested his time and money who's out to get what's his. They're out to make a quick buck.

Sure, Jimi Hendrix did his own version, Whitney Houston had her own during the superbowl, but in essence, nothing has changed. If this guy singing the anthem in spanish is changing it, then, its not the anthem anymore. Its HIS anthem.

Makes me wonder about all the translating going on all over the media. Are we really being fed the right translation? When I'm watching boxing and this interpreter is translating the trainer's words from spanish to english, is this translator really doing a word-for-word translation or is this guy embellishing the truth and giving us something else?

I'm not questioning their honesty, integrity and all that. Just translate it if you're translating it. Do a spanish version of the anthem and not add anything to it.

If by spanish version, they mean changing it to something totally different and not verbatim, then just give me the original. Nothing beats the original.

Thats just me.... my two cents...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Just got word from my DM...

I'm not getting the store...

The other SM changed his mind about moving. Don't know why but... hey... I'm still here

Just keeping it short and sweet...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Yesterday has to be one of the wierdest and freakiest days of the year, bar none.

We had an early start, we came in at 4am. At around 6am, we had to throw away the trash, you know, to dispose of the evidence. When I opened the back door, I noticed this object, at first I thought it was a plane. It was flying low, and I had the impression that it was flying backwards because of the "headlights". The lights were at the front but the object was moving backwards. It wasn't a foggy night but, remember that scene in "Independence day" where the alien craft was entering the atmosphere and they sort of parted the clouds, it moved in such a way that you know that there was something coming out of the clouds. It was that kind of imagery. Well, anyway, I pointed that image to my co-worker. He noticed the lights. They weren't flashing or anything. It was like a spotlight. He saw it, then headed inside to grab the garbage cans. As soon as he left, I kept staring at this thing. After a few seconds, this thing blew up in a cloud of mist! The light that it was producing was gone. All that was left, was the remnants of the white smoke it generated. I quickly shouted for my guy to come back out. I pointed to the spot where there was this visible white spot in the clouds. I told him, it might have been one of those shooting stars. He quickly quipped that, if indeed it was a shooting star, it should've been moving faster, plus there shouldn't have been any spotlight coming out of its ass.

What we saw was something different. It was a sign of wierd things to come.

We were visited by our DM. It was the usual stuff. We scored a 100% in closing standards. That was cool. We've been doing it religiously, to finally get recognized for it is a major score.

What happened next was totally unexpected...

My SM comes in, after a closed door meeting with my DM, and asks me if I want to hear something juicy. I, being the gossip that I am, said yeah-heah. My SM said that the DM will be offering me a store by the End of the day.

You should've seen the look I gave my SM. It was of bewilderment, amazement and awe.

I think I said "its about time" or something cocky. It was surreal. My SM then gave me tips on how to negotiate for a higher salary. I listened intently. I think my SM would be disappointed if I did NOT take the job.

Anyway, true enough, the DM talks to me. Asks me if something came up, would I be interested in taking this store. I said I was interested. How much? I ask. He didn't know... He was out of the loop for a long time. He didn't know. I believed him.

Later on that day, he would tell me how much I'll be getting. I told him I'll call him back after researching the apartments at the new location. It was a quick research.

Then this wierd thing happened... I told my DM that the apartment rates are not that high, he agreed too. He did some research as well. As soon as I told him that, he took it that I took the job. I quickly asked him if it was ok to get a few Ks increase. He said he would to the RM about it on Monday. I doubt it though. But I'll sure find out on Tuesday for the meeting.

Like I said, a freaky day it was yesterday.

Now, I have to deal with my brother....

I hate to leave him hanging....

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hot damn! Has it been that long since I last posted??? That'll never happen again...

Well for the last week, I've been running the store. I'll tell ya, it ain't a picnic. Lots of egos to deal with, no help from same-ranked people, lots of help from others... its a potpourri.

One of the laffable things that happened in-between my hiatus were the 2 complaints about the music we play in the store. I loaned my Sirius radio to the store. Of course there were uncensored channels, my bad. I didn't lock them. As soon as I leave, these clowns change it to other channels. True enough, they left it on this hard rock channel and had all this cussing. Customer complained and it reached our RM. The manager that got the call from the DM said, which is what he also said to the customer, he could barely hear the music because he "got hearing loss and couldn't hear". My DM, as well as the customer, got peeved at this. DM ordered to turn off said radio. We were going music-less for the last 5 days, I reckon.

My friend and I decided to just listen to jazz. There's no singing there, so less chances of profanity. I swear, if they change that channel again, I will pull everything there and all they'll ever hear is static.

When you enter our store now, its like going inside a bookstore instead of a tool store.

I don't care... at least most of the songs on the jazz channel got a lot of recall on my part. I love it. I dont care what my toolpushers say. Its better than the deafening silence in there.

My mother and sister moved places. They moved from this great looking apartment to this ghetto-like apartment complex. Whenever you light a fag, these people start coming up to you. They're like frickin dalmations! They don't want you to put the smoke down, they want to bum a fag! From a place that couldn't stand a cig to a place where they're dying for one. The only bright side is that they've got lots of parking! The great thing about visiting Mom is the home cooking. I havent cooked a meal since my brother's girlfriend moved in.

Another great thing about going to SJ is the possibility for some booty action. At that time, I lost my ATM... so sorry, no booty for me...

I got a replacement now, although they haven't sent the PIN yet, that's cool, I can wait...

There's a lot of booty out of there....

Saturday, March 25, 2006

I'm in day 2 of my extended long weekend vacation, so to speak. I'm recharging but not really finding what to do. I hate not moving or doing anything.

Saw Inside man yesterday. There were a lot of people. I'm not surprised, really. Although, yesterday, was the first time that I didn't buy any popcorn while watching a movie. The line to the concession stand was too long plus there were a lot of people. So I said screw it!

I liked the movie.

I'll be back later for more.... feeling a little drowsy....

Thursday, March 16, 2006

My previous post did not go through....

There's something wrong with the java thingy and eof thingy...

Whatever those are, I have no idea... hope they fix it.... either that or I find another blog space thingy that is not myspace...

After restarting my laptop, the screen got better, its not acting up and now I get to publish my blog....

It's not Bloggers fault after all... stupid laptop...
Felt like a Guidance Counselor today. Lots of people with problems, some asking for advice, some just want to be heard. I should charge them for my time.

For some strange reason, I feel that we accomplished a lot this week. As far as the store is concerned. We made lots of headway. We're going in the right direction. With me saying all this, watch us get a visit from our DM tomorrow. I don't care, bring him on! I am ready for the guy.

My laptop is acting funny today. The screen is acting up. Is it telling me to retire him and get a new one? I don't want to spend another 3k to get a new one, dammit! Its just acting up...

I need to do something....

Where's my root beer, dammit.....

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Today is finally my day-off. After 14 straight 12-hour days, I finally get one. Yesterday was one of THE worst days I've ever had at the store. Yesterday and probably my first days ever at the store. The DM and his trainer was at the store. The word for that day was nitpick. That was all they did, all day. Don't get me wrong, I totally understand what they were saying, from a business standpoint. They were just doing their job. They didn't know I was going on 14 days. Its not their fault. But its good to look good in their graces, you know? The DM was constantly reminding the trainer that I was running the store on SW. He was saying that I got those numbers up. I like praises and the props. But it felt like, it wasn't mine. And, I'm not the kind of guy that takes that kind of adoration. It's not my style. Its a team thing. He still did it anyway.

I just wanted to go home afterwards, get a massage and do something. Well, I went home and thats it. The massage may have to wait.

I'm trying to recover some lost energy. Its already spent. But seeing her.... its like instant rejuvenation. Like a drink of water in the long marathon of life....

Its just me I guess.... perception is the key.... its everything....

I'm just babbling.... I need to get a grip of my life. Feels like something is taking over me.... Don't know what it is.... I feel like I'm drowning here....

If she could only read this....

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I was able to get some semblance of sleep yesterday. I still woke up early though. Its either force of habit or that stupid alarm clock my brother has (I could hear it from the next door). My body feels relaxed though. I like it.

We're supposed to get visitors this week. This is my test. The boss is out of town, and this is my show. What I show to these guys is a mirror to my abilities to run a store. This guy thats coming is the DM trainer. If I had what it takes to be a SM, he would know. Our store is one of those stores where you just open the doors and it'll generate revenue. All you got to do is ride the flow. If you can't do that, you have no business running the show. I've done this in the past but I got someone else to share the blame. This time, all the blame will fall on me, or at least I'll take all of it because I'm the next senior one.

I like the pressure. I thrive on it.

All thats missing is the ONE. You know.... that one you share with all the BS you went through in the day. I know. Call me a romantic or whatnot. Like that great poet Nalick said "someday love will find me in the rough, love will finally be enough."

Who knows? We might've passed on the street already. She's there. Its just a matter of finding her.

The only problem is... I should start looking and following up on the finding, it won't look for me if I don't look.

How it went from being able to sleep to looking for the ONE is beyond me...

I need to sleep... yet again...

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I've been too busy getting the store ready for the SW sale. Today was day 1. During the first hour, it was dead slow. Apparently a miscommunication. Most of the employees mentioned an 8am start time, when it was really 7am. We were too slow, I thought it was gonna be a disaster. Boy was I wrong. At the time I left the store (I left early because I already did 12 hours), we were #2 in the whole district. That's saying a lot considering we were beating store that are three times the size of ours. Plus our ESPs were outstanding. I got to give mad props to the guys, they did an exceptional job today.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, its not gonna be as busy as today was. But busy nonetheless. We might run into arguments with customers who decided to wait a day before prancing into the store, hoping to find what they were looking for. Lazy-ass morons. And they have the balls to complain to corporate about it. These are the kind of people who just want to get stuff for free. These people should be audited by the powers that be, saving their own money and trying to wreck another working man's day. They ought to be castrated. But thats just me....

My body, surprisingly, is still not feeling the pressure of working non-stop yet. I'm glad that I'll be coming in late during the week. That means a lot of sleep and possibly doing the laundry. But for me to do that, that means I wouldn't get any sleep. Ah, the dilemma.... sleep of clean clothes....

I should catch some zzz's now. Try to take advantage of a little late start the next day (we're starting at 7am).

I did the sked for next week. I was trying to avoid not getting the weekend off (just for the reason that, because I'm doing the schedule, doesn't mean I get the weekend off, kinda deal). The boss made me do it. Instead of working 6 days (had to be there on Friday, apparently we have a VIP coming in), he told me to take the weekend off. I said, cool! I'll take it. I don't want to screw myself anyway...

My head's beginning to feel heavy.... my body is telling me to sleep....

I have to listen.... my brain might send shock waves to my balls and render it inoperable... why I chose that analogy, I have no idea.... my fingers are doing the talking now.....

Friday, February 24, 2006

I can't believe I'm enjoying my 2 days-off. I got a lot accomplished on day 1, everything I do the next day is all gravy.

I still can't get this fascination over myspace. I'm sorry, I don't get it. A friend of mine "introduced" me to friendster. Sure, I see my old buddies there but, chances are, they're not there anymore. They've moved on to myspace. I just don't get it. They're just making it easier for the FBI to incriminate you of something (not that I did anything in that nature).

I was watching Showtime today and saw Eminem's concert in NYC. Lots of lipsyncing. I noticed a lot of white folk too. Sure the camera decides to pick up a few black folk and 1 asian during the whole concert, but it was predominantly white. I'm not saying anything.... A lot of hotties that's for sure, but damn, those record execs know it right. They sure are targeting the right demographic for Em. I like his music and all, but I'm just saying.... too much lipsync, dude. If I was like that guy, I'd sue those that didn't sing live. I don't care if its rap or rock or opera, I paid for a live show, I'm getting a live performance. If I'm gonna listen you lipsync, might as well bring my ipod while you're performing up there and tell me which track you'll be prancing to and I'll switch to that track. The kids may be young to notice, but us old folk know the difference between a studio version to a live version.

All I'm saying.....

Saturday, February 18, 2006

After every single peg was counted and every box turned over to see what's under it, our interview turned out to be great. It was one of the best since I've been at the store. I'm not telling you how we did, but we did good.

The frustrating part was that no one helped us to do variances. Usually during varinaces, the DM would ask help from his district to help with variances. No one came. We had 6 people who were rookies and a part-timer who was considered a veteran. This pissed me off as well as my boss. We vowed not to help them either. Screw them all.

I feel for our auditor though. He left the store at around 2am on inventory day and came back at 6 am. Dude had no sleep in his body and was still up. He had a flight the next day (variances). Our slow counting compounded his worries that he won't catch his flight. I'll probably see him in Kent (that is, if the boss agrees to fly me to Washington state and help for 2 days, which is very doubtful and remote).

After variances, boss told my other assistant and myself to have the weekend off! That was welcome news. I, of course, in a very chivalrous mood, offered my services to help him on the weekend. "Just call me" I said. I knew he wouldn't call me. He's got too much pride. And believe me, if I did get that call, I would call rather late. Plus, my feet were so swollen and hurting that I might beg-off from the offer.

I'm enjoying my free weekend pass. I know that the coming weeks would be hell again as we get ready for the SW. But not as bad as inventory though.

On something totally different, I got an email from a friend from the past. My buddy in radio sent an email to join his friendster list. I was surprised of course. Its nice catching up with old friends. If he lived a little closer, I'd visit in a heartbeat. But he lives in British Columbia. Damn, he better cross the stupid border. His kids looks so cute.

Anyway, I'm just waiting for my sister. She's supposed to visit me this weekend. My brother flew to Vegas to blow away more money.

I like these little visits. I should relish this because when I get my own store, I won't be seeing them as often....

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I'm really getting exhausted at work. I'm really close to burning out. All I want is a little rest time, but I know that's not gonna happen. What with inventory coming and the frickin SW sale...

Makes me wanna do that Boston song, you know...

I think I'm going to Boston
I think I'll start a new life
I think I'll start it over
No one knows my name
I'll get out of California
I'm tired of the weather
I think I'll get a lover
I'll fly them out to Spain

I think I'll go to Boston
I think that I'm just tired
I think a new town to leave this all behind
I think I need a sun rise
I'm tired of the sun set
Here it's nice in the summer
Some snow would be nice

I might check if there are openings in the East Coast. I need a change. A change would do me good. Snow would do that to a person...

I know its not gonna happen. I know its not like me to say this, but they need me at this store. I know I'm gonna get that SB store or if the boss decides to go after the DM bid, might get the SJ store, which I think is even better.

I just need a sunrise, too many sunsets....

Friday, February 10, 2006

What a long frickin week this was... Screw inventory!!! But really, this should be one of the better inventories we had... I'll put some money on that statement!

Anyway, I know for a fact that I'm on the radar of my RM. I just turned down an "offer" to manage a store. Although he's not the kind of guy who would take it against me. He said so. Anyway, the point of the conversation, as far as I was concerned, was me getting first dibs on that SB store. He said I would get it. BUT, if I were looking for something sooner, I jump on this offer, which I found out today, was already given to somebody else. It kinda hurt a bit but thats fine. I'll focus all my attention on inventory and then the SW sale. Plus, he promised me that SB store, so cool.

I kinda noticed that every morning my head goes into this cycle of migraine which isn't funny. I guess my head is just adjusting to the sudden change in timeslots. It was freaky. I couldn't think for a second. Add to that this lingering sore throat, which of course, is not gonna get well because of my constant smoking. That's okay, I'll pay that price.

Did I mention that I hate inventory.... but its one of the more fulfilling events in a store's life... I don't know how to explain this, but the satisfaction of getting a good score despite the odds and obstacles surrounding the 6 months of business we were in, it just makes me wanna celebrate after a good day.... Makes me wanna start drinking again... which of course, I will never do, ever again....

But that's a different story....

Saturday, January 28, 2006

I got my W2 early this year. Entered in the info already and am expecting a little more this year. Damn straight. They took a lot, now its my turn to take some back.

This year, I plan on saving all of it. Not like last year when it went to whores and beer. This year, well, I swore off beer. As far as the ho's, I don't know. That got me thinking....

On a totally different subject, I saw the replay telecast of that boxing match last week that everybody I know was talking about. Talk about a lot of action. I got to give it to Morales though. He stood there in the ring taking all that punches and never gave up. Sure he couldn't feel his legs anymore, but he was still trading punches with Manny. Unbelievable! That's why I got a lot of respect for those Mexican fighters. They really have a lot of heart. I guess Barrera was watching the fight because he said he wanted a rematch with my boy Manny. Now everybody wants some of the action. I saw my favorite boxer watching the match. Pretty boy Floyd. Now that's a helluva boxer. He was rooting for and shouting tips to Manny. He wanted more action. I guess if it were him, the match would've been over after the 5th round.

The next PPV I'm gonna be buying is probably the UFC event feating Liddell and Couture 3. Now that's gonna get a lot of buys!

I feel that my body's talking to me... Its saying get some rest... drink liquids... stop jacking off... you know, those kinda things...

Its telling me right now to lie down and get some rest...

And like everybody else, I just told my body to shut the hell up....