So, I promised a bit of a life update, so here goes.
Well, it should be known that I am no longer working at Crown Liquors. It got the point where minimum wage went up to a mere nickel below what I was making and my pay didn't get scaled alongside it. That was the final straw and I found a job working for Pepsi as a Tel-Sell representative. The job seemed like a good thing, small sales, fairly easy to do, and not very stress inducing save for a few memorable phone calls. However, a few weeks into the actual job, after the three weeks of training, things started to get very dull and very repetitive. I was good at the job, I could sell what they wanted me to, but I wasn't selling what I wanted to.
Well, it so happened that I wound up with a nasty sinus infection that I didn't get diagnosed for a few days and missed a bit of work. They have a system of what they call occurrences and buybacks. Well, I hadn't been working long enough to build up any buybacks to take away some of the occurrences and they had neglected to tell me that being sick for more than one day in a room had a snowball effect causing another one third of an occurrence to build up. Well, anyway, I was given three days off without pay. It was good, because I was able to figure out that I didn't really want to do that job anymore. There was a lot of policy bullshit that was really holding me back from really selling the product and actually enjoying the job, so I just decided I was done. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do at that point, but resigned. Needing a job, I applied to become a night merchandiser at Sam's Club and thanks to rooming with the Night Team Lead, was able to talk to HR right away and get an interview set up. I started working that next week. The job sucks, but it's work right now until I find something with day hours that I can really do. Hopefully I can find an entry level accounting position here in the next few weeks, because it's just getting to the point where I don't want to go to work anymore at Sam's. The night hours are killing me. And it sucks that I barely see Nateal, which you know, is made even tougher by the fact that we live together and sleep in the same bed, just at different times. So here's hoping something works out in the near future.
So that's the nature of work right now. I throw up some more updates later.
After a little sitting and pondering about elements I've always thought needed to be changed and how I kind of envision the campaign working, this is a short list of things this new Star Wars universe that are going to be changed.
- A shattered imperial order of days gone by, still holding on to the outdated dogma from when they were in power as well as the tenets of their official religion, an adaptation of the basic principles of the Force.
- Groups of Mandalore selling their services to the highest bidder, most often being contracted as private security forces for travelling dignitaries or companies that have money to spend.
- Orders of Force users who view the basic principles of the Force and the Jedi and the Sith as religious principles. This leads to many religious factions all based around the same ideals, leading to sects with differing and even opposing principles. This has made many of the clashes between these sects and indeed, the Jedi and the Sith in general, mostly religious in nature instead of political.
- Primitive tribes of peoples such as the Ewoks and other such races are going to be very untrusting of people who suddenly start showing up on their planet and moving heavy machinery around, probably to the point where they’re not going to wait for a small rebel strike force to reach the planet’s surface through an Imperial blockade before taking some action against the invaders. Yes, this means that there are going to be decidedly fewer cuddly teddy bear races as they will have been wiped out a good while back.
- Criminal syndicates play a much bigger part in the everyday goings on instead of being a way for a writer to bring in a character to take Han’s place while he’s frozen in carbonite. Also, they will be on planets other than Nar Shadaa.
I should really just purchase a paid subscription so I feel a need to actually post here more often. This is bad. I stop by here ever few days to read what every one else is saying and occasionally comment, but never actually post myself.
I'm thinking that's going to change. There's been a fair number of changes in my life (that seems to be the way things go this past year and a half), some for the better, some for the worse. Whatever, they are what they are.
Now I'm off to tear the Star Wars universe a new asshole and make it my bitch. I figure is George Lucas can do it, then so can I.
Blow some shit up and be American dammit!
Drank some good wine tonight doing the wine tasting... and now, despite all efforts to remain good at the tasting, I'm dealing with a headache that's a possible combination of wine, caffeine, and sinuses.
So, in other words, meh.
That is all.
Maybe I'll go and play some Age of Empires 3. Finishing off the Aztecs might make me feel a little better.
So I promised last night a gripe about work, specifically the owners. My actual boss that I deal with every day is awesome. Chris is a great guy who will bend over backwards for you if you do a good job for him. I've never had a problem getting a day off from him when I've needed one. However, as of yesterday, everyone's hours are going to start getting cut back.
Well, Jim, one of the two owners came in yesterday to see how the month was shaping up. And then he yelled at Chris for having too many hours on the payroll.
So this gives Chris one of two options. Either he cuts hours back across the board or he lets one or two people go. I'm not gonna lie, there's one or two people who I wouldn't necessarily mind seeing gone, but at the same time, then most everyone would be working 5 to 6 days a week. That's not exactly ideal either, especially since for most of the other guys, especially the night guys, this is a second job.
I know they've dealt with that reality for a long time, but they need to pull their heads out of the asses and realize that some people aren't working at the liquor store because they need a second job. Some people are working there because they truly enjoy the work. That store is my only job and my only source of income. I've tried doing the two job thing and I just can't handle it, so kudos to those of you that can hold down two or even three jobs at the same time. I've had plenty of opportunity to leave the liquor store for something more financially beneficial to me but I've always stuck at the liquor store. Why? Because I truly enjoy the work, even more so now that I've gotten into a position of management and started working with more of the numbers.
I've said time and again that if Rick and Jim would simply pay their employees a little better or give them some other sort of tangible benefit (or even a benefits package period) it would solve a lot of their problems.
One of those problems we have is Minnesota liquor stores. For some reason or another, I'm not really sure, their cost on product is a fair bit lower than ours is in North Dakota. While, being right on the border, we have a fair number of people for Moorhead coming into the store. Now, we've price matched ads since before I started working there and get a fair number of those ads. It's been alright, because we get a fair number of Minnesota's customers, since all the package stores have to close by 10 and can't be open on Sundays. So, it's been a balancing act. We end up selling some product at reduced or sometimes even negative profit but we sell more at regular or our sale price when they need beer and can't get any in Moorhead.
Well, how do Rick and Jim compete with Minnesota's pricing? They run ads that are detrimental to our profits. The prices are so low that we make minimum margin on a lot of products. I won't go into any more detail that due to business reasons, but suffice to say it doesn't help our profit numbers all that much.
It stands to my reason that if they would pay a bit more, they would be attracting the kind of people to the liquor store who would be willing to work more than a handful of nights during the week. This employee gets increased interaction time with the customers, who eventually know this employee by name and look forward to going to the liquor store when he's working because he or she makes them feel welcome in the store. They're willing to pay a little bit more for their liquor because the shopping experience at our location is better.
Increased employee happiness coupled with better training (which they don't pay for either by the way, everything I've learned has been on my own), makes for happier customers. And happier customers make for repeat customers. And good employees start to get to know their repeat customers and get to know their tastes. Then when they come in looking for a nice bottle of wine, they can walk out with a $40 bottle that the employee knows is good and will match their tastes as opposed to just the $12 that the employee has tried at a wine tasting.
It makes sense to me.
Does it make sense to anyone else?
And don't even get me started on this new smoking ban starting next week...
So I'm rapidly starting to get used to the touchpad mouse on my laptop. That doesn't necessarily mean that I like it, but I can use it with reasonable proficiency at this point.
Other that that, nothing new to report.
Worked some today, came home, spent some time online.
Next two days off though. That'll be nice. However, I'm going to be looking forward to more time off probably, as one of the owners came down pretty hard on my boss about the amount of payroll hours that's been coming from our store. I'll have a rant on that tomorrow probably. Right now there's a cuddly little Nateal lying next to me looking for a wookie chest.
So here we sit at 9:15 this morning... dirty dishes and empty beer bottles all around...
It went well, everything went pretty smoothly. The taco bar was demolished, much of the beer was drank (though I still have over a 12 pack to myself), and there was much rocking out as a band. All in all, a very good time.
We should really get to cleaning... but I have to be to work in about an hour and neither Nateal or I is feeling very well. Her's we're hoping isn't the bug that Paul and Randi just had go through their house. Mine could be a combination of whatever she has and maybe one bottle of beer too much.
Other than that, not too much to report.
Yes. Once again the march of years is upon me. I turn 23 today.
So my birthday present to myself?
I bought a laptop.
That's all for now. I'll be updating more regularly on this. I promise. Now that I don't have to be in the library and on my piece of shit desktop anymore, being on my computer may be something more of a pleasure than a task.
Now I'm off to celebrate. Jake's taking me to Get Smart and then after that, it's going to be tacos and beer (Corona and Land Shark) as well as Rock Band after that. Should be a good night.
So yes. Happy birthday to me indeed.
So I dug up a show from my past that I had forgotten about until I was reminded of it yesterday. Mortal Kombat: Conquest. It was a live action Mortal Kombat series that aired on TBS in 1998. Overcome by the nostalgia during the first episode, the only thing I could think of when Shang Tsung and Jade were overlooking the hundreds of warriors trapped in Shao Kahn's cobalt mines was the following.
Jade: Shao Kahn has trapped many warriors here before.
Dear gods am I a terrible person.