Saturday, July 26, 2014

11th day out of 12.......

Today was my 11th day of a 12 day stretch of work with out a day off.

Grrr.

Thank God I get paid hourly.

I came home Thursday afternoon, got a shower, had dinner and then had a beer. That one beer pretty much  put me out of commission.....I was in bed and sleeping by 8 PM.

Before I nodded off......I was watching a BBC show about how bad smoking is for you. I smoked for almost 25 years....I quit 15 years ago.

Smoking will kill 1/2 of the people that do it.

I'm not sure why the fuck I ever started smoking, but I'm glad I stopped.....but I also know that the urge to smoke never goes away entirely.

I don't know if it's a similar addiction like alcohol, but I do know that if I chose to light up- I'd be hooked all over again....that ain't never gonna happen because I can't stand the smell of cigarettes....it makes me gag when I smell it.

I don't put myself into situations where I am around cigarette smoke because I am one of those asshole former smokers that will tell you to put that shit out if you are smoking someplace where you aren't supposed to.
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Looks like there are a few assholes in Congress. I'm shocked. Not really.

We damn near had a situation. Today's forecast.... 800 degrees with magnetic storms.

Best headline ever.......I just hope the damn thing doesn't land on my house. 

I don't get into politics a lot on this blog.......but this shit is just insane. I'm not taking one side or the other, but there are way too many innocent people getting killed.....and that ain't right.

Sunday should be a fun workday......gonna chip out about 8 inches of frozen ice from our rear storage freezer.

till later.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This has been one long week....

I don't think it's a big secret......I am a bakery manager at one of the local supermarket chains. We have close to 200 stores, I started working here in October of 1976 and 95% of the time-I enjoy it quite a bit.

I have some great staff with years of experience, most of the time while it can be a little stressful because it's retail....it's almost fun to come to work.

This week.....not so much. I have 3 people on vacation and one part-timer decided to quit at the end of last week giving me no time to replace the shifts.

Adding to this stress, we had a major case reset this week. We got completely new frozen and refrigerated cake display cases and all new display tables. My boss spent the day with us on Wednesday helping us get everything switched over.

It gets better..........

I came into work Thursday morning and every single new refrigerated case was empty. Some brain surgeon HVAC tech purged all the Freon out of the wrong system Wednesday and all our product had to be pulled and put into shopping carts and placed in one of the rear storage freezers. It took our head decorator 3 hours to re-do what she did already 2 days ago.


I'm not a big drinker, but this beer tasted really good. My only problem........it's 5 PM and I'm ready for bed.

till later.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nerd.

Our family owns........

-3 iPads

-4 iPods

-A i7 chipped laptop with 8 gigs of RAM and a 1 gig video card

-3 older PC's...one is media server, one is an old XP my wife plays Solitaire one and one runs Ubuntu.

-A netbook I am in the process of wiping and installing Ubuntu to use as a take-anywhere laptop that make me cry if it gets dropped or something.

-Our son has an Alienware water cooled PC.... a unlocked i7 ,16 gigs of RAM, 2 video cards 2 gigs each with two 24 inch monitors.

-I have a new custom built PC with a 6 core processor, 16 gigs of RAM, a 2 terabyte hard drive and I also run 24 inch monitors.....complete overkill for web browsing and blogging, but I can have 50 tabs open and it doesn't slow down at all.

-3 Kindles....one second gen, and two 3rd gen.

-A 2010 13 inch MacBook Pro.

-Assorted speakers, extra monitors, keyboards, cables, power supplies, fans, extra RAM.....just about anything and everything.

My point?

I can't get my mom's Verizon DSL to work.....and it's pissing me off. I'm not a computer genius or anything, but I can work through 99% of the problems I come up against.

Network a Windows PC, a Mac and two different printers together along with a media server? Piece of cake. Hardly anything gets me over a barrel......I tried 2 PC's and my Mac, reset the modem, did a cold restart on everything.....no bueno.

Solution?

A few years ago, I paid 150 bucks for a Sprint aircard.......all I had to do is make a phone call and rent me some bandwidth for a month....gives me a little time to mentally prepare myself for dialing in Verizon's voice activated tech support.

I dislike dealing with Verizon DSL so much, I don't take on any new clients that use it. It's only redeeming value is that it's cheap. My mom pays something like 20 bucks a month for 768k service. For checking email and browsing websites....that's all you really need.

/rant over.....

Been super busy at work this week....3 people on vacation and one person quit and we had a complete case and table reset in my dept.......I have an awesome boss, it took her 3 hours to do what it would have taken me all day to do. 

till later.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Next Great Baker......

Anybody else watching "The Next Great Baker" ?

The top prize is you get to manage Buddy's new bakery in Las Vegas. I don't think many of the "bake at home" contestants have ever stepped into a commercial bakery with the exception of one or two of the teams.

I know that if I worked in his bakery and some TV contestant winner came in as the HMFIC....I'd have a problem with that.

Earn your turn.

I started at my company when I was 16 and made it to bakery manager by the time I was 19.

Would that happen now, 38 years later?

Probably not, back in the late 70's our company had less than 30 stores (we have close to 200 now) and it was kinda being in the right place at the right time and busting my ass. Sure, I had to drive 35 miles to my store everyday, but it was a foot in the door to prove myself.

Things are so different nowadays.

Back in the 70's, we didn't have computers.....no bar scanning- the cashiers had to input the price of each item by hand.......

Now?

Somebody can sit at a computer terminal 35 miles away in our corporate office and see how many fruit tarts I sell in a 24 hour period ...or even a 1 hour period of they wanted to get that granular.

One thing is still the same, you still gotta show up everyday, work your ass off and be a team player.

Some links.......



I could have fun with a roll of these.

I bet that left a mark.

This kinda sucks if you work for this company. Could something like this happen to me? Probably not, but if it does, I could probably find some sort of job in food service pretty much the day after I was laid off. On of the few advantages of learning a blue collar trade.....not many folks know how to make pastry, breads, pies and donuts.

I don't wanna rag on the Chinese....but they seem kinda shady if you ask me. Yeah, I know you didn't ask me....but that's what I think. Don't believe me? Check out some Chinese cars as they do crash testing. Talk about folding up like an accordion...holy shit.

I own a 2014 Hyundai Elantra.....sure, it isn't the raciest car in the world, but it has a shitload of airbags, nice features for the price and it's build quality is miles ahead of anything the American automakers offer at the 18K pricepoint.I think my favorite feature is the Bluetooth integration....whenever I get a phone call- it goes right to the stereo and I can have a conversation hands free.....on second thought-it's my second favorite feature.....heated seats for the win in the wintertime. I'll never own a car without heated seats again.

I'd say this guy wins "Corporate Asshole of the Year". What a dick.

This article reminds me of my dad.....I used to tease him about him parting his hair about an inch above his ear and combing it over......he finally embraced his lack of hair and went with a crew cut.....good times.

Give yourself a headache.......


till later.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Migraine............

Another one of my hidden talents is that I get great migraines.

Of course, I'm being somewhat facetious....but I consider myself lucky as Imetrex usually makes them go away or at least turn them into regular headaches.

It's kinda hard to describe what I migraine actually feels like except when I get a really bad one....any light hurts like a MF'er it's like being in a pain cave.

A really bad one?

I rarely get serious migraines (from what I've read...they get much worse then what I usually get) but when I get a really bad one makes it hurt to see if that makes sense.

Anyways......feeling much better.

Back when I writing this blog a few years ago I used to discuss a lot of political stuff and world events.......gonna try to keep it lighter this time...beside that shit over in the Ukraine and Gaza scares the crap out of me.

You know how to open up a web browser if you wanna depress yourself.



If you want to read dumb shit.....stick around here.

It doesn't get any dumber than this. Seriously? A caffeine inhaler?

Megatoad? Are you fucking kidding me? Competitive eating? They even have their own freaking league.....I had no idea.

The Situation has a TV show......I made it through the first 10 minutes before deciding that having less Situation in my life would be a good thing.

I smoked until I was 40.....been smoke free for almost 15 years. This kinda seems like a dumb idea if you really want to quit smoking. I tried probably a dozen times to quit until I woke up one day and decided it was a dumbass habit and quit cold turkey. The first 72 hours were difficult and even now 15 years later....I still get the urge to light one up every once and awhile, but I don't because I'm a non-smoker.

In case you were wondering, I'm one of those asshole former smokers.....blow smoke in my face and I'll probably embarrass the shit out of you in public.

When asked by the 911 dispatcher if any weapons were involved, the father said “my foot and my fist.” I'd say the dad used some pretty good judgement and restraint.....that dude is lucky that all he got was a beating.

Any many books as I want for 10 bucks a month? Sign me up. Between my wife, our son and me.....we read a shitload of books. There are a few limitations (you can only "borrow" ten books at a time) but for 10 bucks a month-it seems like it's a good deal if you're a reader.

If this isn't in your personal top 5 of movies.......you need to seriously re-evaluate your life.

My top five movies?...Yeah, I know you didn't ask but here they are in no particular order.

-Animal House
-American Graffiti
-Smokey and the Bandit
-Dirty Harry
-Bullit

Yeah, I can hear you know.....Smokey and the Bandit? That movie was a piece of shit with no social redeeming value whatsoever.......and that's exactly why I like it and why me and my buddies went to see it like 4 times when it was in the theater back in 1977.

I had 4 or 5 friends that had Trans-Ams back then......
 
......Me?

I drove a little VW Bug.

till later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Went for a little ride this morning.........

I was planning on riding my mountain bike this morning......by the time I was ready this morning at 7 AM-the humidity was already oppressive, so I went for a road ride on my trusty road bike.

I figured that riding road, I'd be able at least be able to go 10 or 12 mph so I'd have a breeze going the whole time I was riding versus riding mountain bike in the woods going 3 mph with no breeze.


I love taking pictures while I am out on rides, I like old derelict buildings best of all.

I took this panoramic picture of corn east of Hellam......there is a shitload of corn growing in York County.....if you get off the main roads-you'll see it.

I ended up riding about 1 1/2 hours and did about 22 miles....sure, I didn't set a world record for time or distance, the way I look at it- any bike ride where you don't end up in the hospital is a good bike ride.

I took a few hours after my ride to detail my car........I usally wash it once every week or so in the summer and I do a more detailed cleaning maybe once a month.


Here's most of the cleaners, polishes, etc I use to clean our cars.

When I do a complete detail, it takes 4 or 5 hours....starting with the inside.

-Vacuum carpet and floormats, then scrub carpet with carpet cleaner

-Clean all interior plastics

-Clean dashboard vents and cubbyholes with Q-tips

-Vacuum head liner and seats and clean if needed

-Apply low gloss protectent to all interior plastics and vinyl

-Do a final vacuum

-Clean glass

Sounds like this would take a long time....I can get the interior done in about 1/2 hour or so because it never really gets that dirty.

The outside takes a little longer if I am doing a wash and wax....the first thing I do is rinse the underside, then....

-Apply Simple Green to the wheel wells, wheels and tires. I let this sit for a minute and then scrub the wheels, tires and wheelwells. I empty the water bucket I am using and put in fresh soap for the rest of the vehicle.

-Rinse all loose dirt off the car, then starting from the top, wash the entire vehicle with car soap.

-Use a clay bar to remove any surface contaminants.

-Dry car including hood,trunk and door jambs.

-Apply car wax with my DA polisher.....I also hand wax all the door jambs. I've tried lots of waxes....this one seems to last for at least 4 months (any wax that says it last for a year is bullshit) and looks awesome especially with darker colors.

Once a year, I will polish the car with my DA buffer and a mild polishing compound. Polishing is different than waxing, when you are done polishing your car- it has absolutely nothing protecting the paint/clearcoat....that's when you apply wax to protect the paint.

-While the wax is drying, I apply this stuff to all my exterior vinyl trim. Yeah, it's expensive as hell, but this tiny bottle will do the trim on an average car at least 4 times and it lasts 6 months if you follow the directions and let it cure properly.

-After the wax has set for an hour or so, I'll put a microfiber pad on my DA polisher and take off all the wax residue and do a final wipedown with a microfiber towel and this paint detailer.

-Last thing I do is the glass and I always use wadded up newspaper (no lint) and Invisible Glass.



Yeah, I'm just a tad anal about how my car looks, since I'm gonna have it for at least 10 to 12 years- I want it to look brand new as long as possible.

Some links.............

What an awesome daughter. I'm sure he was an awesome father as well....

Service dog....or not a service dog?

Charlie Sheen...drunk at Taco Bell. Who woulda thunk it?

California is running out of water.

I'm not gonna explain how to Bit Torrent foreign TV shows on this blog...(this is a good site to get foreign TV torrents ....wink,wink, nudge,nudge)...you'll have to figure out how to unrar them and what software to use to watch them) but Masterchef Australia is 10 times better then Masterchef US.

I'd like to see this shit go down.....

Anti-Virus.........I've had to explain this concept to more than one person.....

till later.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day off..............

When you work retail.....your days off our usually in the middle of the week. Most weeks I work 5 1/2 days a week (half day Sundays) and I usually take either Tuesdays or Wednesdays off.

Advantages of having a day off in the middle of the week? When you have to run errands, it's nice to not have to fight weekend traffic.

I plan on taking an early mountain bike ride at Lake Redman Wednesday morning, I'll probably ride 6 or 7 miles of trails and if it's like it normally is....I won't see a soul my entire ride. Seems kind of simple minded, but riding singletrack is a great way to clear your mind. When your riding trails....nothing else matters except being able to clear the next hill, keep your bike on a narrow foot wide trail or clearing the next tricky part of the trail without crashing.

I'm just glad I am able to ride once again without crushing knee pain.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention my knee....last October I got a knee replacement on my left knee. My left knee had deteriorated to the point where I had to take a massive amount of pain medication to make it through an 8 hour work day......I got to the point where I didn't want to take that much medication on a daily basis (120 mg of morphine every day) and decided to have my knee replaced. Getting off that much morphine on a daily basis, that's a story for another day......it wasn't a whole bunch of fun.

Now that I have two functioning knees......life is a whole lot better.

I talked to a very good friend of mine tonight, he was rear-ended 6 months ago and has been laid up since with a host of injuries. I thank my lucky stars everyday for the life I have, even though my friend Mark is fighting the good fight to get back to where he was pre-injury...I'm pretty sure he would still think he's lucky as there are folks out there with way worse issues they are struggling with.

What point am I trying to make?

I pretty much hate complainers....Mark and I talked for 45 minutes tonight and he didn't complain once about his situation. He's a good guy with a wonderful wife and daughter....he's got a lot to live for and he knows things will get better.

........so, unless your arm just got cut off and you might bleed out in the next ten minutes-STFU and get on with life.

Stuff I saw in the news today..........

Evidently, having a higher then room temperature IQ isn't a job requirement to work for the TSA....how the hell can someone not know that Washington DC isn't part of the country?

Since I am an only child....it is safe to say I am probably more on the introverted side.....I like people, but only on my terms.

Never argue on the internet......I pretty never argue on the internet because, basically-I don't give a damn what anonymous people think about anything I am currently pontificating about.

Folks on welware shouldn't be able to buy cigarettes with my tax money. I understand that shit happens and folks need a helping hand, but they don't need to smoke with taxpayer money.

Assholes like this make me want to pass a law forcing everyone to work behind a retail counter one week a year.

My son-in-law works for Comcast....so, sorry Bob- but in this instance....Comcast sucks hind teat. Back in the day when I had AOL and it got to the point where I had to cancel it......I just told them I was moving out of the country.

Think it's a good idea if the Israelis bomb the Gaza Strip back to the Stone Age or that Hamas is justified in doing the same thing?

Guess what?

I really don't give a shit what you think.

Do I have an opinion? Sure, I have an opinion, but what's the use discussing such a highly charged situation with people I have never met in person?



See?

I just won the Internets.