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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....