Monday, November 29, 2004

That didn't go so well

The job at the video game retailer is over.

It wasn't the fact that people treat retail workers like total garbage, and it wasn't the fact that they put me in the busiest store possible. It had little to do with the total absence of training given, or even the lack of respect that everyone in the store had for their coworkers.

It wasn't even the twelve-hour days that forced me to walk away from that job. It was the fact that we had to eat our lunches during our fifteen-minute breaks in an awkward place.

The bathroom.

You know, even dogs don't crap where they eat. That's just wrong.

Update later when I see what's going on - I may head back to my previous job. Heck, after working retail sales, it's less demoralizing. Taking people's homes who fail to pay is downright honorable compared to the distasteful things my store was doing on a regular basis.

Until next time, don't forget to wave!

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a happy, fulfilling holiday. I'm stuffed, and off to take a nap.

Tomorrow's "Black Friday", the hardest day to work in the retail world. Wish me luck. I'll let you all know how it goes...

Until next time, don't forget to wave!

Monday, November 22, 2004

First night at the new job

Well, my official first night at the new job went really well.

I really enjoy working for the manager of my store - he's a funny, sarcastic guy who runs a fun store. I feel like I'm really going to fit in at this place.

As for the old job, I've heard through the grapevine that things aren't going quite so well. There seems to be a lot of chaos, and the (two) workers they hired to replace me seem to be having some problems. Hopefully, they'll get everything sorted out.

I managed to pick up a copy of "Corvette" for the X-Box. This was after I managed to pick up a new X-Box this weekend. Hey - it's a job requirement, so there. As for the game...it's pretty cool, with lots of information on the cars, and it's pretty accurate, with year-specific dash displays for each car. The gameplay seems a little questionable, but hey, it was under $10 - what more could I expect? All in all, worth picking up if you're a fan of the car.

Well, it's going to be a busy week - Thanksgiving seems to be the 'official' start of the holiday retail season. Wish me luck...I may need it.

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Eve of the dream job

Well, tomorrow night I get the first taste of my new job.

I will be the Assistant Manager / Manager In Training for one of the local videogame retail stores. I used to work in the retail sector; I was the assistant in a small electronics shop - but I haven't worked a retail job for over four years. I'd say I'm nervous, but I'm not in the least.

Maybe I should be; I've had no training at all, the store is one of the busiest of the chain of stores, and I can only work a couple of hours this week as I finish up my obligations to the law firm. Still, I'm excited, not scared. I've had many lessons on this subject, but I think I've finally learned - life's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

I'm ready to embark upon this new, exciting journey. I can't wait.

Until next time, don't forget to wave!

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Leaving a job...finding a dream

I quit my job .

Maybe I should explain and give a little backstory. In January of 2004, I started working for a law firm in Downtown Columbus, one that specialized primarily in foreclosure proceedings. This firm wasn't content with just being a foreclosure firm with a solid, dependable reputation; they wanted to be the best. They became the best very quickly, too - I like to think I had something to do with helping them along.

I took over the copy room job when I started with the firm, and quickly organized and streamlined their mail and copy processes. Hey, I'm a Process Management major, it's what I do. Things went well for a long time. Business expanded rapidly, but through effort and the hiring of a key helper, I was able to grow and evolve at the same rate as the law firm. There were bumps in the road, and occasional conflict with coworkers, but for the most part, I think things went well.

Still...now I have a chance to manage people...and I have to take it.

More on the new job tomorrow. Until next time, don't forget to wave!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Blast from the past

Here's a picture from the past...a shot of my first Corvette, a 1985 Corvette Coupe.

1985 Corvette...

It was white with a red interior, which is the exact same color scheme as the first Corvettes from 1953. It was a great car, and way too much for most kids. However, I was 17, I could afford the payments, and I was actually responsible enough to handle owning such a great sportscar. It was about 230 horsepower, had 330 ft/lbs of neck-snapping torque, and a cool removable glass top (although I prefer the ease of the T-Tops on my current 'Vette).

It was a great car - I miss it sometimes, but my current 'Vette is more fun.

They really are amazing cars - I'd reccomend one for anyone who is a car enthusiast at all, or someone who just loves to have fun while they drive. I know I sound like an ad for Corvette, but I assure you this blog is not an ad for Corvette.

This is, though. It says it better about my '79 than I ever could.

Ad for 1979 Corvette...

Until next time, don't forget to wave!

It's what's inside that counts

I think it's more than past time for another car-related post.

My 1979 Chevrolet Corvette was not blessed with the most power of any Corvette out there, but it has a few things going for it. First of all, it's still all original. Considering that my car was built just one day after I was born, it's held up amazingly well. More than I can say for me.

As you can see in previous posts, the car is VERY red. But surely, that red is muted by a nice black or tan interior, right?

Now THAT is a red car...

So we've established that the car commands a bit of attention. However, it's not all show and no go. In 1979, the emissions requirements forced Chevrolet to restrict the horsepower of all their cars, but the Corvette suffered more than most. My car is equipped with the L-48 engine, which was the smaller of the two engines available that year. It may only be rated at 195 horsepower, but isn't it sweet looking?

Look back in time...

So actually, the car is mostly show and not so much go, but really - don't the looks make up for the lack of raw power? I certainly think so - and I can still torch any boy-racer out there (at the track, of course). That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

And just like that...it's over

I just finished watching John Kerry and John Edwards give their concession speech to the nation. I do not agree with Bush, and I'm sad that the election went down the way it did, but like Kerry said, it's time to move forward.

Never stop trying to make the country a better place.

Enough politics - it's over for another four years. Time to get some more gratuitous car pictures...look for them in the next post!

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Ohio = Florida 2004

Here we go again.

Bush is going to declare himself the winner. Kerry refuses to concede the loss. And my state is right in the middle of it.

Between that and the passing of Issue 1 (the aforementioned ban on gay marriage) I think it's safe to say...

At 9:38 AM, on the Third Day of Novemeber in the year 2004 of Our Lord...Ohio is one seriously screwed up state.

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Monday, November 01, 2004

Get out and vote

I'm sure everyone else who has a blog has posted something about this topic (at least, everyone with a blog in the U.S.) but I figured I'd drop my narrow Ohioan view of the election.

First of all, I hate the fact that Ohio was a battleground state. If I have to hear one more political ad from either Bush or Kerry, I think I'll scream. Or smash the television/radio/protestor. I understand wanting to get your point of view across, but there's a limit to the lying and distortion that should occur. Try none - it might work.

As for Issue 1 - it just shows how backwards we still are here in Ohio. For those who don't know, Issue 1 is the marriage amendment on the ballot - it's supposed to put a ban on gay marriage into the Ohio Constitution. However, not only is that wrong (why make it an issue again, it's already against Ohio law...) but the amendment also causes tons of problems for people living together without being married.

Kerry v. Bush. Is this even a choice? I'm not a big fan of John Kerry by any means, but they could have put some nobody up against Bush and I would have voted for him. Now before you all complain that I'm a hardcore Democrat and that's why I won't vote for Bush, hear me out...

Bush has lied throughout his four-year run. He lied about Iraq, he's run a more secretive presidency than any administration in decades, and we've lost so many jobs in Ohio that it's not even funny. I'd vote Republican if they had an honest candidate, but Bush hasn't been honest yet.

Besides, he didn't win in 2000. Why elect him again?

Until next time - don't forget to wave!