Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BLINKY RETURNS

A new kitten has started coming around to be fed. Thing is, he looks almost exactly like Blinky except smaller. Also turns out he's a nipper instead of a licker, but damned if he don't get underfoot like Blinky did. Trying to convince them to let me fill the vacancy by taking him in.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

BLINKED OUT

Thursday, one of gma's cats, Blinky, wasn't acting right. Over the years he lost his teeth and became very thin, but was still very active and lovey. Not lethargic like we found him. We took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with diabetes. We then had to get him to an ER downtown. They took him for 2-5 days of treatment and observation before he was supposed to be released with a twice daily insulin treatment regiment.

Well, didn't work out that way. They found a growth in his stomach, something wrong with his brain, and he was unresponsive to treatment. Basically came the hard decision to put him through torturous treatment that had very little chance of working, or putting him down. We had to go with the latter. It wasn't an easy decision and not a pleasant experience all around.

Blinky was a good cat and a sweetheart. I'll miss him.

Friday, June 18, 2010

END OF A REGIME

Today was the last day for the current management. After we had gone up in the rankings for the district, the district manager decided to pluck out our management team and spread them out to various other stations. Albeit, the majority of them ended up at one, but still. Since then, morale has been low and the station has been in a steady state of decline. Now, after 2 years of complaints, the managers are out and two of the formers are back in. I don't get the logic behind all these moves, but hopefully this is the positive change everyone thinks it is. I'm just a little worried about the new senior. If he comes and tries to make all the immediate changes he has planned they're gonna backfire right nicely in his face. He needs to sit back, observe, then go medieval on some asses. The only smart way to do it.

Monday, June 14, 2010

APPEARING EXCEPTIONAL AROUND MEDIOCRITY

It's not hard to appear exceptional when surrounded by mediocrity. I came in this morning to hear horror stories about the parker's inability to handle the parking on her own. Not really surprised, especially considering I told her how to save herself a lot of effort (which she didn't do). The trucks were apparently a mess on Friday. Ah well, as long as we have such great people working here I'll never be out of a job.

Friday, June 11, 2010

ORDER IN THE COURT

My time has come. Jury duty. And this was the GRAND JURY, which, as I learned, apparently meant I could be stuck from 2 weeks or up to 3 months! At least, the 3 month thing if I postponed for another time, which I contemplated given all the crap I have to do. But, I bit the bullet and threw my hat into the ring.

The result? I wasn't selected for one of the three juries they had. Instead, I was relocated across the street to Surrogates Court where I sat, except for lunch. And then dismissed! The whole room cheered when the lady in charge said all their juries were full for this round, and it'd be 8 more years!

Luckily I loaded up with plenty to do. I brought several Archie digests to read, as well as my Index work (so I could be ready for a weekend-long bang session in case I got held up with this crap). Also had internet access so I was able to talk to Miranda most of the time. So, it wasn't a totally painful experience and I did get somewhat ahead on my Index work.

Lemons and lemonade.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

DIFFICULT

I had two truck parkers these past few weeks. One was the one who got the job originally, the new courier who was a former employee from a year ago. The other was a handler who had just started the past couple of months. With the primary learning to do other things, the handler ended up taking 3 days of the week from her. But, he has since gone nights leaving her all by her lonesome.

Now, let me tell you about this girl. She whines and complains whenever she has to do any work. And when I complain about HER to management, I get shut down because of some kind of "woman thing." She knows her job and she knows what she has to be done.

Today was the station meeting like every Wed, and she decides she HAS to go to that one. The meeting started at 6:40, she punched in around 6:20 and had several trucks to move. She proceeded to tell me if they weren't done by the meeting they weren't getting done. I told her she shoulda started earlier then. Later, when I finish my route, I get a bit of a "lecture" from Damien about talking to the women of the station after he leaves. I don't really see how what I said was wrong, but whatever. I'm always wrong when I complain about her work, especially her spending the first 20 minutes of her shift in the bathroom.

Monday, June 07, 2010

CATCHING UP...AGAIN

Who knew becoming a professional writer would mean I'd have so little time to write? So here's what's been going on:

At work, I've upgraded myself from taking just straggler stops and helping the other route to taking my stuff, giving him whatever he needs to make his numbers, and then helping whoever calls. Thanks in part to our volume going back up. We're also back to a 2-floor line-up which thankfully means I no longer have to split packages all sort. However, this has led me to being bounced around all over the place since my route isn't a "loading" route (which means someone else is supposed to load my truck). So, I do the recycle (bringing the missed packages back to the start of the belt), scanning or unloading.

As usual, the challenge comes in the trucks. All the shuttle drivers' trucks are out of service, which means they help themselves to whatever's on line. Which means I have to go frantic trying to find suitable replacements (which, for the most part, don't exist). Especially since my truck parker isn't much help.

The CAG books are proving quite the challenge. It's one thing after another, the least of which is stuff coming in late. Really, I think I'm taking a short break once they're all done. The Marvel stuff is still going strong. I have another TPB to map out (not one I wanted, but whatever). Also got my comp copies of the Iron Man collection after buying one already. Fastest I ever got my comps.

That's all for now. More to come!