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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....