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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....