Tuesday, December 30, 2003

We shouldn't be doing this

The other day at work, I ran into our specialty team leader in front of my seafood case. His name is Jeremy and he always calls me "Jefe' (pronounced "hay-fay") and I called him "Ron Jeremy."

He says, " I hear he's got a show now on the WB."

Eric, my ATL says, "Really."

Me: "Well nobody's watching the WB."

Jeremy: I think he plays a judge.

Jim (front end TL): A judge?

Jeremy: He's had the longest career of any man in the industry, since what, the seventies?

Eric: Well, Peter North, but he's also a producer.

Jeremy: That doesn't count.

Jeremy: You know, we shouldn't be having this conversation.

Friday, December 26, 2003

Friday Five

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?


2. What was your biggest disappointment?

Repeatedly getting turned down for better jobs.

3. What do you hope the new year brings?

Peace, a new president, a better career for me.

4. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions? If yes, what will they be?

Run 2000 miles, learn more geek stuff, make more money, play guitar more often.

5. What are your plans for New Year's Eve?

Spend it with friends.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Well, Merry Christmas

A career in retail, not exactly the stuff of Rimbaud or even Blue Oyster Cult (who pioneered the use of umlauts by Rock bands)

I always find myself taking stock this time of year and once again, I find myself falling short of my hopes and dreams. Even my most meager of aspirations has not been met. (Thanks W) Seriously, I often feel as though I am missing something that others take for granted. Like there is a key on their ring which I don't have.

Monday, December 22, 2003

My Life Obsession

I remain frustrated. I mean, I love my job and the company for which I work but I make around half of what I used to make, maybe 60% but nonetheless. I've tried to avail myself of opportunity to advance but have been rebuffed each time for a legitimate reason. I don't really resent the people that get the job but I am beginning to feel like its going to be my lot in life to fail or to stagnate. So I'm frustrated. I don't want to be throwing ice until I'm 50. I want to grow. I want to expand my mind. I want to be home on weekends or at least free. I want a desk job where I'm doing more geek stuff.

I mean, where is my life going? What kind of a career can I hope for?

Friday, December 19, 2003

Friday Five

1. List your five favorite beverages.

Boulevard Pale Ale

Virgil's Root Beer

Spring Water

Odwalla Green Stuff (I don't recall the Name) Superfood

Orange Juice with Soda Water

2. List your five favorite websites.



Google News

Paul's Page


3. List your five favorite snack foods.

Kettle Chips



Tortilla Chips

Mike and Ikes

4. List your five favorite board and/or card games.


Trivial Pursuit


5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.




I don't really play many games. I'm afraid of getting addicted.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Things I don't get. Part 1

Brand loyalty - I get buying the same thing all the time because you like it or it meets your needs. I mean, years ago, a friend told me about Scott tissue in the bathroom because it lasts a long time before you have to change the roll.

And I've converted Laurie to it. Fortunately, Costco sells it in like, 30 roll packages, so I can buy about 3 times a year.

I don't understand trumpeting the brand by purchasing and wearing the clothing with the brand logo on it or adding additional logos to your car or something. Like the pissing Calvin on the blue oval for Ford. I drive a 1995 Ford Ranger. It's been reliable; it meets my needs but I haven't made a pledge to Ford Motor Company. In fact, our next vehicle based on an assessment of our needs and the products available was a 2003 Toyota Matrix and I haven't added an additional Toyota logo to the window. They get enough advertising with their name on the damned thing.

I may drive a Chevrolet some day but I don't earn my living from them so I probably won't wear the Chevy bowtie on my person and I can't comprehend doing so. That's just me.

Okay, I'll see if I can get this Squawkbox thing working tomorrow

Father, it's been a week (9 days) since my last blog entry. I've had impure thoughts but not enough energy to get them going.

I've worked early mornings 5 days in a row, 7 out of the last 8. No wonder I'm so f#cking tired.

Chester is recovering nicely. My Prozac (or rather its generic equivalent) has finally arrived. I've failed in my most recent foray into the next echelon of my career and been rejected by my peers as their representative.

So it goes.

Monday, December 08, 2003

See if it's working Now

Like more Americans than actually voted for Bush, I use Prozac (or rather its generic equivalent). Due to the fact that I can't get an appointment with my doctor until January and I am running out. I've got an order in but they can't confirm it with my doctor.

Things could get interesting.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Maybe it'll work now.

I'm trying out this comment thingy.

Chismus LIst

You can talk to me

Thoughts on Monday Morning

It heartens me to see Chester recovering from his knee surgery and I enjoy the short walks we're taking. Gives me time to think. Wanda Brussell once told me she did all her thinking while she washed dishes and when she moved into a house with a dishwasher, that was lost. So, when I take my dogs out by myself, it gives me a chance for reflection. I seem to do my best thinking then. Chester and I walk over to Harrison, about as far as Matt and Kelly Sue's apartment. He is the lord of the neighborhood.

Laurie mentioned a story about Joey Ramone getting a street named after him in NYC. I must go there someday. Whenever I think about Joey, it encourages me. I saw the Ramones back in 1978 at One Block West. I thought I would lose my hearing that night. They set up, it must have been 10 Marshall stacks and block chorded through 30 sub 3 minute songs. The melody came from feedback and overtones and Joey's sour voice.

On his last recording, Don't Worry About Me , Joey opens with "What a Wonderful World" and he sounds like he truly means it, even though he's dying of lymphoma. I hear the kids that work with me talk about punk-rock this and punk-rock that, meaning you've got to dissipate, have to die young, commit suicide, be nihilistic. And here comes Joey, singing about watching Maria Bartiromo on CNBC and living. And Paul Westerberg sings about getting older and smoking cigars. You CAN grow up and still rock and roll. I've got to go listen now.

You can talk to me