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Well! Ian and I went out tonight as planned, and had a most enjoyable time. We ran to the mall shortly before the film, for dinner at Sakkio and to obtain aforementioned beverage "for when the sun goes down" from Hot Topic. Ian also saw a postcard featuring Siruis Black in all his madness - it's a copy of the Wanted poster. We also ran by Software, Etc. because Ian saw a bin and is compelled to look. It was just DVD movies on clearance, no games, so he was a little dismayed, but we ran across an anime that looks vomitously cute: Puni Puni Peomy.

I discovered that H.T. still carries the innertube/bottlecap/seatbelt-buckle belts of which I'm so very fond. The Medium fits me perfectly now. I remember when I couldn't even wear the largest size they made...and those things have some give! Next time I splurge on something both useful and chic, I think that's going to be it. That'll be awhile, but worth it, methinks. There were some other very lovely postcards by Amy Brown, too. I'm rather fond of her tattered faeries.

The movie We really enjoyed it - cut for potential spoilers. )

I was glancing through the paper on break the other day, and happened to see that The World's Fair is next year in Aichi, Japan. Wow. I so want to go. The tickets for the event itself are el cheapo...3900 yen, which works out to about $35 by today's rates. The worst expense would be the plane tickets. This is something that I would seriously consider going into deep credit card debt in order to do. Paying it off would be worth every dime of interest for the richness of the experience itself. The World's Fair is only held about every 25 years, and what is the likelihood of it being held in Japan again the next two times? I'd love to see the sakura for my next birthday, perhaps.

*ponders the possibilities of it being a way for dad to get Aardvark Screenprinting's name to Japan*

Finally...quotes from the day:

Ian: Here you go, biznatch.
Me: Thanks, pimp daddy.
Ian: No, it's "Funkmaster I".

On driving through New Orleans to meet Alyce (as opposed to taking her with us) if we all go down there for the next Crescent City Con
Ian: That would suck. I hate driving through New Orleans.
Me: Yeah, no kidding.
Ian: It might even be The Suck

On tasting Vamp for the first time:
Ian: You can TASTE the caffiene!
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I really AM going to post something for real soon.

Random quotes from Sunday:

Ian: The Dutch are working on low-carb potatoes.
Me: Oh good. That'll really take off all over the world.
Ian: Oh, but it will!
Me: Yeah, just like their wooden shoes.

Me: It's like spitting in someone's drink.
Ian: (finishing the thought): You can't not do it!

On being bitten as punishment for tickling me:
Noel: Look what your little rat teeth did to me!

Game Night

Jun. 10th, 2004 06:14 am
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Well, we went to the rents' house tonight for dinner and Mechwarrior clix with the boys.

Any evening with my brothers promises to be amusing, because we are all completely insane. Quotes follow:

Noel: Your nose is too big to be Xellos.
Alistair: Yeah, well your ugly is too big to be ANYTHING!

Ian: Sometimes Pocky is just Pocky.

Noel: The best things in life are Glico.

On being attacked:
+Kyle: If you continue in your current course of action, you will live to regret it!
Noel: Boring! Let's fight!

On Pocky:
Noel: I need a 'G'.
Alistair: This is the last one. Here, you can have half (meanwhile breaking the stick).
Noel: I don't want half; that's losery.
Alistair: Then you can have less than half! (throws him the smaller piece)

We use pennies to mark which pieces have taken a turn so we can click the heat dials as needed. +Kyle picked up three or four and tossed them at Ian.

+Kyle: I'm throwing money around like it's candy.
Me: Oh yeah? (Tossing a piece of Pocky across the table) Well I'm throwing candy around like it's money!

Noel: When would I be stupid and -- (everyone burst out laughing)

On our considering dressing up as a party from The Slayers for the next anime convention. First Ian said +Kyle should be Red Priest Rezo, and the conversation deteriorated from there:
+Kyle: Let me be the invisible man. The mute invisible man, so you can just pretend I'm there and I can stay home.
Ian: +Kyle can be the deaf mute blind invisible man who has lost his sense of touch and smell!

On Christopher Walken
Ian: Beware of the Anti-Walken!

Someone requested that someone write a haiku about killing oneself, and I started to, but +Kyle asked that I don't, so I changed it to being about killing someone else:

I wish you would die.
I will shoot you in the head.
Ha, ha. I killed you.

On 30+ year old people who live with their mothers:
Alistair: ...and if I do live with mom, it will be because I have a failed art career!

On Super Mario World 3:
Noel: Half the fun of that game is playing it!
Me: Only half?
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Well, my first night at work was rather amusing. The time clock doesn't have the noobs registered yet, so I had to get someone to override the clock so I'd be in. Lou, the main manager over everything (near as I can tell) at night, is one of those "Do it my way, because that's the only way" guys. I don't think we're going to get along very well. He just switched from nights to days, and everyone is saying he's not going to last long.

Tommy is a manager under Lou, and he's pretty cool. I was supposed to work with Jennifer, but she was off, so he put me with Becky, and we hit it off great. Similar senses of humour and whatnot. Another guy there is known as "Pitts" (sp?), which I can only assume is his last name. He's quite a large fellow, but 'jolly' comes to mind, and he's definitely that.

Logan was leaving just as I was getting there, so we stopped to chat for a second. He looked exhausted, but he's always in good spirits. I gave him our number so hopefully we can get together with Ian sometime and go out. I smell a bowling team! ^_^ (Ew?)

For the first hour, they had me doing CBLs, which are boring as sin, but I think I'm caught up until the 16th. Then I joined Becky in chemicals (laundry detergent, cleaning agents, etc.) to put the freight out onto the floor. She's a trip to work with. We had 3 pallets to do, and she said that was a light night. It took pretty much all night to do, and I'm sure most of that was me digging around, finding where stuff went, and Becky having to stop and tell me how to do certain things. It's not a difficult job by any stretch of the imagination, but it's going to take some getting used to. There is a LOT of lifting involved. Not heavy stuff (except for some of the huge jugs of laundry detergent), but many many smaller items. She said you build up muscles rather quickly. Yay!

Zoning is rather satisfying, and we just did that as we went along. Zoning is where you take all the products on the shelf and bring them to the front so they are easy for the customer to see and find. Our shelves looked great when we left for the night.

She showed me the bins in the back, as well. These are huge green metal shelves that hold overstock for 7, 14, or 30 days, depending on how the item is designated.

We compacted many boxes, but the machine wasn't full enough to make a bale, so I don't know how to do that yet. It's just as well. I probably only retained about 60% of what I was taught tonight, and she kept telling me, "this is a no-no, but we do things around here to make sure they get done." about various things.

I can see where it's going to get tedious, but the night crew is definitely a different breed altogether, and everyone kept saying, "Oh, you're going to fit RIGHT in!" when I'd crack off with something humorous.

I sense many opportunities for Quotes of the Day.

Becky said tonight there will be 4 trucks, which is a dreadfully large number, and that things are going to be way busy. She's off tonight, so I'll be working with Jennifer instead. She cackled, but said that Saturday/Sunday she will probably come in because she'll feel sorry for everyone. I gather we're going to get behind tonight.

Well, +Kyle and I are going to run to get his paycheck and take some games to the mall to see about exchanging them for Freelancer. Me needs to change.

More adventures to follow, no doubt.
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I am really not sure what to make of this... I'm doing the best I can, but it's going to take time. +Kyle has been morose for the past few days, and I can do nothing to comfort him, though I have tried. We have good moments, but they are scattered.

In perhaps happier news, orientation went well. My schedule is as such: 10:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. Thursday - Monday, for the next two weeks. I'm not sure that it will stay those same days, but it's nice to have a "weekend".

The largest problem with this is that +Kyle and I are going to see very little of each other unless I can get on 2nd shift. That may have to be awhile, because we really need the shift premium I'm getting for graveyard. I'm glad they're working me on Sundays, though, because it means $1/hour more, too...something I was not expecting.

In light of the fact I had to get off-schedule to go to orientation, I must now get back ON schedule. D'oh. Hadn't thought of that. :P So, I'm up for the next 12 hours. I woke up at 7:00 this morning for the day's events. Yeah, I haven't successfully pulled an all-nighter in awhile, so I'm thinking it's off to the store for some Red Bull in a bit. I need to take the movies back, anywae.

I absolutely love my Assistant Manager, Gwen. She's black, about 6 feet tall, and the sort of person that many would find rather scary, but I can tell we're going to get on famously. I haven't met my Sponsor or Co-Managers, but the Store Manager, Lori, is really involved.

Today, I got there right at 8:00. Thought I'd left in plenty of time, considering it's only about a mile away...hadn't thought about morning traffic, though. :P D'oh! I'll do better next time. Fortunately, others were running late, including Vivian, so it wasn't a problem.

Cast of Characters:
Christian (F) - Cashier
????? Quiet girl with forgettable name - Candy
Mariah - Cashier
Pamela - Cashier
Quentin - Buggy Pusher
Chris (M) - Buggy Pusher
Raymond - Unloader
Dana (F) - Cashier
Helen - Cashier

We filled out paperwork for an hour or so, and discussed things with our various Assistant Managers. Gwen took us around the store, showing us different things, and explaining things like zoning and what to do about spills, etc.

Around 10:00, everyone was called to an impromptu meeting about events taking place on Saturday. A 5-year-old girl with cancer (Lymphoma? I can't remember) made a wish for a 19" TV for her parents and a new bicycle. The foundation involved (It's not Make A Wish, but it's like that) is giving her something like a $1,000 shopping spree at Wal-Mart, and locally, the store is giving her a party. She's going to be dressed like a princess, and she'll be paraded around the store on a throne of sorts. Also, the store is donating the TV so none of her wish money will have to be spent on her parents.

Also on Saturday, someone is having their Wal-Mart... I'm sure that's really sweet, but it seems SO very cheesy. I can only hope the happy couple didn't meet at Wal-Mart as's just too Hallmark ABC Movie Special. LOL!

Additionally, there's an event out a Joe Wheeler State Park: Take a Kid Fishing Day.

Employees are encouraged to attend one or all events possible. I doubt I'll be able to make any of them this weekend, but I hope to get involved in more community type events in the future.

So around 11:00, Vivian sent us off for lunch, and I came back to the house. Made it back in plenty of time, and we watched interminable videos about the founding of Wal-Mart, and why it's such a great company to work for, and how it's anti-union... Oh's not anti-union, they just feel that there's no need to pay other people to represent you. :P (I'm anti-union, so this is funny, to me, anyway...) They warn of the evils of signing off on a union card, and how recruits will come up to you all the time and try everything to get you to sign.

After that, we did CBLs (Computer Based Learning programs) for an hour or so, and then got things finished up - our lockers, vests, nametags, schedule for the next two weeks, etc... Not having had a locker in high school, I had no idea how to work the combination padlock. Chris' locker was closer to mine than anyone else in my group, and during my third try, he said, "Do you want me to show you how to do that?" LOL! Boy did I feel stupid. This kid is *maybe* 18? What I was doing wrong was, when turning the dial to the left, you're supposed to go all the way around past the number a second time before turning the dial right. D'oh.

We had been told we'd be done around 4:00...not so. I walked in the door at 4:57. Ah well. At least we get paid for it. ^_^ Also, I have to finish reading this enormous manual, and we get paid for that, too. They pay you for everything - even if they call you in and you're on the phone for a minute. It's almost insane, but I am not going to complain. The bennies are good, too.

I have a very good feeling about this. I hardly think it to be the career path I wish to follow, but who knows? I may do better with something like this, because then my creative energies are not spent at work, and I can use them to actually do the things I want to do...

Anyway, I suppose it's time to find something else to do until noon. I need to take the movies back. I need to read that manual. +Kyle and I have been talking, but he needs to go to bed soon. I need caffiene or something, because now it's 2 am and I'm bloody exhausted.
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On former nicknames:

Noel: Freakboy!

Me: Noel, he's not 'Freakboy' anymore, he's 'Son of Father of Freakboy'.

+Kyle: Geesh, Noel, you don't even know who your own brother is!

Noel: I'm getting some Tomato Pretz
Ian: Tomato Pocky?
Noel: It's not Pocky! It's Pretz!
Me: Tomato Pocky?
Noel: Ian, you've started a chain reaction of stupidity!
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+Kyle: You know, Capcom used to be cool, but then someone told them about fighting games.

In other news, this site is hilarious. Please check out the Strong Bad Emails.
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Have had some decent recall of dreams lately - the past three or four days, anyway. This seems to be a good thing, expecially with how erratically I've been sleeping.

Here are some funnies from our (probably last ever) D&D session of the 12th:

+Kyle: "You've got roadies!"
George: "Yeah!"
Scooter: "Is your name Meatloaf?"
+Kyle (in-character - a rowdy Dwarven Rogue): "We'll see what happens after the demi-lich gets finished with you!"

...and later...

On who is better between Kirk and Picard:
Corey, wiggling fingers a la Homer Simpson: "Woooooo! I obey the Prime Directive!


May. 5th, 2004 12:47 pm
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Dreamed and remembered for the first time in ages this morning.

Niki once again reaches my prized (Hah!) Quote of the Day status...

On the high carb content of fast food:

Niki: *holds out a breaded stick of something* "They're pizza sticks...want one?"

Me: "No, but thank you for offering."

Niki: Oh, that's right, I forgot...They're carbonated...

*shakes head and giggles* I am so going to miss you, Niki. Can I kidnap you and take you with me?

Edith came in wearing a long bright pink wig and cowboy hat this morning. That was an absolute riot, and I wish I'd had my camera today...too too fun. See, last week she came in with this adorable pixie cut, dyed beyond red. (Red #36, I think she called it. :P) Marsha and Clara liked it, but gave her all kinds of heck about it anyway, so it was funny. Edith decided to 'show them' this week, and we all had a giggle over it.

I'm going to miss that woman and her antics. I hope she writes down all her stories someday...they're too wonderful to lose forever. Jay, too, for that matter. They've both been through so much.

Well...after dreamjournaling and blogging here, my lunch hour is gone, so...back to the grindstone.
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From Wednesday:

On the mutt:

Niki: "The's thmart... The thaid 'I'm a wolf and a dog, so I'm a dwolf...or a wog...'"

The child is not right.

From one day last week...

On the thinness and pale quality of the skin on my inner arm (i.e., REALLY easy-to-read roadmap):

Niki: Wow! You have a needle freak's dream!"

From another day last week:

Niki: I'm so fertile you could sit beside me and I'll get pregnant...

Now if THAT isn't a disturbing image, I don't know what is...
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This may be the funniest thing I have seen in a very long time.
Freaky Franks!

Of course, The Sneeze is delightful anyway, but that particular section is too too funny.
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From the illustrious Niki!

Niki: "You know what they say about guys with big feet..."

Me: "Ahh...yeah..."

Niki: "They gotta wear big shoes."

I hurt myself laughing. She's just not right, but I love her.
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...that the rumour mill about me at school is that I'm Wiccan. LOL!

I laughed when +Kyle told me last night, and he said, "That doesn't bother you at all?"

"No!" I giggled. "People are going to think whatever they want to about other people. No one's ever bothered to ask me if I am." No one directly avoids me, so, ya know... *shrug* Maybe next time I should wear that big honking cross I have. Nah, they'd probably accuse me of witchery or some such nonsense. :P

I'm not exactly a Bible-thumper around these people, but *this* is highly entertaining.


Jan. 26th, 2004 05:30 pm
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J.B. quit. It's horrible to admit, but we were all practically taking bets on how long he would last - not because of him personally, but because of the job itself. No one wants the position of ad salesman. Shelly was the longest-lasting ad manager they had, to my knowledge - she was there for four years.
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I haven't laughed so hard in a LONG time. We're talking tears-rolling-down-face laughing.

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