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Monday, July 24, 2006


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.


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...