3 Strikes and Your Out

Let me make this cut and dry for everyone here. In just about anything in life I will give you three shots to accomplish something/get on the same page as me. There just aren’t enough hours in the day and some situations don’t allow for a learning curve.

To be honest if we are coming down the pike to strike three with me you have most likely been given more time than deserved and its also most likely strike seven because I am a glutton for punishment. Seriously people, step up to the plate and take a cut. If I at least see you go down swinging not all efforts will have been in vain and I’ll more likely to keep you in the rotation.

Laughter is the Best Mediciine

Even in the shittiest situations I will find a way to bring laughter into a situation. Sometimes I’m looking for a way to swing the pendulum up from a low point other instances its to defuse a tense situation. Occasionally, it is to some peoples annoyance. Either way it normally works out.

My co-workers understand this the best. Since I walked in the door for my shift until about 20 minutes before close we were working at a high tempo. It took some effort to not annoy each other, but at turning point in the evening we both had had enough and the dumb jokes started flying. The evening went better and life progressed as normal.

Look for the positive in any situation and exploit it. Sometimes that the only way your going to survive.

Give Me A Sign

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the “Your Mother doesn’t work here. Clean up after yourself.” sign hanging in the lunchroom. I always chuckle at this, but it saddens me that adults can’t behave as such and make this sign necessary. What makes things worse is when a sign has to be posted multiple times. Recently I had come across an example that has gotten out of hand.

A sign on a faculty bathroom reminds everyone to make sure the bolt is turned to lock after using the bathroom so that it rests ajar so it doesn’t lock itself. Fair enough, but the sign is posted several times over on the inside of the door as well as above the toilet. The straw that broke the camels back for me was the additional sign posted on the mirror right at eye level.

ADULTS not children use this particular water closet. One sign placed directly next to the lock should be more than sufficient. Here’s a better thought. Instead of having a lock on the door that is self locking how about a standard knob and internal lock. That way the entirety of this stupidity could have been avoided.

My Dad

My dad is sometimes a pain in the ass, but he is still my dad and I love him. Our relationship is no where in the ballpark of those you see on sitcom’s and I wouldn’t have it any other way. To be honest it could probably be better, but we both work on it now and again. As I progress further into my own adulthood we do a better job of being father and son.

As I watch the world around me progress and I move forward with my own life I realize how good of a job my father has done and continues to do of raising both me and my sister. Although I don’t have my own kids yet, but I watch and hear other fathers, I realize that my dad did do a lot. More than most probably. It’s when these other dads fail to measure up to even the minimum that my mind becomes boggled.

When it does become my turn to be dad I have already resigned myself to the fact that I’m probably going to screw up. There’s no amount of classes, books, or lectures that can help prepare a parent. Learn on the fly and take what you know worked from your parents and figure out to improve on what didn’t. At the end of the day it’s about minimizing the negative and reinforcing the positive.

Alright I’ll just stop here before I give myself a case of the “feels”.

School Zones

School safety zones exist for the exact reason of safety. Get traffic to slow down so that students can come and go from the school quickly and safely, but also to allow buses and parent pick up/ drop off occur in a quick and safe manner. However, today I have found one caveat to that.

For the second time this month I made the trip to our district office. In order to take that trip in a timely manner I have to drive up a fairly large and busy mountain side. On said mountain side is a school and with that comes a speed safety zone. Inside the safety zone the speed limit is 15 MPH. Having a line of traffic drop to that speed on an incline turn is not a difficult task however trying to accelerate on the other side of the safety zone is not an easy task.

The incline at that point increases by another 2 degrees and if you have a large truck at the head of it forget it. There are two lanes of travel both ways, but its not always easy to negotiate that pass and the stress on the vehicle is unwarranted. That aside this does create another safety issue.

Some people just aren’t able to compensate quickly enough to slow down. Especially if they aren’t aware of the school zone up ahead. Yes, I am aware that any driver should be aware of their surroundings at all times, but not everyone is perfect. To bottom line it this particular schools safety zone doesn’t need to have the speed limit reduction. At no point in time will students ever be crossing on foot. The only vehicles coming in and out of the school other than the employees is buses and other district transportation vehicles.

I may just be bitching here people, but after watching a dump truck almost monster truck a smaller car for the second time in same area in a less than one month time frame I think my words hold some weight.

Critical Systems Error

For greater than 24 hours now my pharmacies primary operating system has been switched into a different mode which allows us to still function, but not anywhere near full capacity. At the moment out IT department has it listed a systems update error that is being fixed as quickly as possible. Now this issue started late in the evening yesterday. At that time the impact on operations was minimal.

Come in the next day and the issue remains but is now worse. Originally, we only had limited use of our integrated store network. Now it expanded to affect issues beyond that essentially stymied forward progress and causing unnecessary work to be done. I’m sure someone is going to point out to me that major computer issues happen from time to time especially in a large integrated network like ours.

True enough, but given that I work for a multi-national corporation that posts a ridiculous profit margin I expect something a damn sight better than what is currently happening. We had an issue similar to this around this year last time which had us picking up the pieces for almost a month afterwards. Our IT department sucks at field testing upgrades. They either do minimal testing or none at all.

It’s All About The Benjamin’s Baby

If you are going to pay for goods and/or services with large bills, 100’s, 50’s & 20’s to a certain extent, there a few things to consider. Please be aware that you are most likely going to screw the cashier because of the amount of change that they are going to have to hand to you. Especially if we are talking about the weekend as well.

Yes, I know businesses should be able to calculate correctly for larger bills, but lets be honest here. Businesses aren’t banks and shouldn’t be expected to break your large bills for you. It is with this in mind that I have come up with some rules or general social conventions that I believe should be followed.

First off, let me reiterate any given business is not a bank, unless it happens to be a bank, and the expectation that we should break a large bill is not realistic. I know I mentioned 20’s earlier and the reason I bring it up is because of the jack offs the use a 20 to pay for something that costs 58 cents. In most instances this shouldn’t cause an issue, but if you hit that magical time of day where there mostly 20’s, 1’s, and change in the draw and one of the managers hasn’t had the chance to do a bank break yet. That’s where it gets you.

Second, if you are going to use a large value bill for your purchase your total should be at least half of what the bills value is. That way you won’t zap the drawer of all its change. Let’s be honest here, if you hand me a 50 for a $1.73 total you have earned the stink eye.

Finally, it will not cost you anything to ask if the large bill can be broken. (Normally the answer will be yes and we will just call to the office for change.) Whose the bigger asshole if you hand over the large bill to the cashier and they just say no. Like I said before, there is a sweet spot in the daily grind of things where there just won’t be enough change to go around.

Tis the Season

No, no it isn’t. The pharmacy I work at has begun the process of bringing the Christmas items out for display and sale. I like Christmas about as much as the next person, but we need to put the brakes on the early start to holiday seasons. The first frost hasn’t even hit yet and corporate is going to start shoving Christmas down everyone’s throat. Before I dive head deep into this issue let’s rewind the year a bit.

About a week after the fourth of July back to school stuff started popping up everywhere. The kids are barely out of school a month and we are going to remind them its right around the corner. I could see that going well.

I never really took a lot of notice to it before, but after having more than a decades experience working in a retail pharmacy setting I have picked up on the store fronts trend to kick off “seasons” earlier each year. Let me illustrate my point further, as soon as the initial back to school items had cleared the shelves Christmas items arrive with the replenishment order. I’m all for being prepped for future events, but that stuff could have sat in the warehouse until later this year.

The early start nonsense really does need to stop or just be adjusted to a more reasonable time of the year. The frenzy for Christmas some people experience is truly mind boggling sometimes and having it appear early doesn’t help.

I’m not trying to throw Christmas under the bus here, but due to corporation’s desire to squeeze every last penny out of people during this time of year it becomes the biggest offender. Just for sanity’s sake lets worry about the holiday that’s going to happen in a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months.

Perfect Timing

Just a quick disclaimer. As I have blogged about in the past I do not believe in perfection, but it is something to strive for. That being said I had hit my mark today. Normally it takes some doing, but I was able to pace out my work today so that when I finished all necessary and secondary tasks there wasn’t much of the work day left. Somewhere around 15 minutes remained.

Some of you may be asking what is so special about this. Well when the normal is one of two extremes:

A. Complete and total cluster fuck and I have no idea if I’m even going to get the primary tasks done.

B. All primary tasks and a majority of secondary tasks are completed before lunch thus leading to standing around for the last few hours of the day.

It was a good day today people. Carry on.

The Dryer Ate My Socks

Can’t remember who uttered that phrase to me first, but its kind of what I always thought as I would have the one rouge thought after doing a load of them and couldn’t find its mate. However, after starting to gather up the dirty clothes to start this weeks laundry I had an epiphany and decided to move the hamper from against the wall. Eureka!

Behind said hamper were some of the missing matches to socks that have been sitting on top of the dryer longingly waiting for its match to show up. Some have probably been sitting there for a few months as well.

The moral of the story here is people take an extra second and have a second look at where you last put things. Chances are it right where you left…..honestly just don’t be lazy and move the dam hamper.