Facebook Memories

For however long now Facebook has been giving people a daily notice of their memories. Essentially  a look back at the same day for up to about five years ago. I like this feature and find it to be useful.

I think the original intended function was to give people a look into the past so they can relieve fond memories and laugh at themselves a bit as well. I do this myself as well, but I also take some time to purge some things from my wall as well.

Mostly things that just have horrible spelling mistakes or nonsensical posts that I haven’t the slightest recollection as to why I put them up, but also don’t get rid of things from people I don’t associate with anymore. Some people will probably say that I shouldn’t try and erase my past and I agree with said people. However, I have learned from that said incident and moved on. I don’t need a yearly reminder of it.

Work Footwear

When I buy a pair of sneakers for working in the pharmacy I tend to drop a few extra sheckles on them for both comfort and performance. I will be in them a minimum of 7 hours a shift. I also resign myself to the fact that they will most likely start falling apart within 8 months. I’m going to be honest with you. If you work foot wear doesn’t do the same thing you, you either have a cushy job or your not working hard enough.

However I’m not going to replace my footwear on a yearly basis. Just from a budgetary stand point its not feasible. At the minimum I require two years of service from my work kicks before I can even think of retiring them and relegating them to house knock arounds or yard work status.

Since starting college I have learned to repair my footwear as needed. Sometimes it’s a simple glue job while other times it requires some stitching. Luckily, this time it was just a glue job in most spots to get some of the loose pieces back together. Once that was accomplished I noticed an increase in support as well so I most likely strengthened them in some fashion.

The sneakers started breaking down a while ago, but the prognosis at this point is that I’ve probably got at least another 6 months of consistent use on them providing no major failures.

Black Friday

As many of you started your Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving (which is a Thursday by the way) and promptly forgot what you are thankful for once you hit that store(s) parking lot I did not. In fact I didn’t even leave my house. I waited until exactly 12:05 with my virtual cart loaded all I had to do was apply the Black Friday code and I had all my sales prices in addition to free shipping on most things.

For those of you suckers who got up insanely early to hit the stores opening at 6am or earlier for the gangbuster deals please have imagined me laughing manically because I will have been at home in bed snuggled warm in my blankets still staring at the inside of my eyelids. (Sleeping for anyone who is confused.)

I am done with my Christmas shopping for the most part. I will have to venture to the mall at some point to pick up a few odds and ends, but I will never venture out in the crazy ness of a Black Friday shopping experience. And honestly if I can check off my list come Cyber Monday…even better.

Salary Caps

So upon awakening today I give Facebook a quick check before arising to officially start my day and I see a friend post about how one of the individuals they know thinks there should be a cap on how much a working person can earn. The second I saw that I knew I had a BLOG topic. Just to be clear I mostly agree with said persons thoughts. Before you decided to try and shout me down please be sure to read all of my BLOG so you can make an informed opinion.

There should be a clearly defined salary cap for jobs for a variety of reasons. Just so that an employee has an idea of where their potential total earnings can equal out to is a great for starters. Said employee may be happy with hitting their salary cap and can make a comfortable living when they hit that point. I know exactly what my salary cap is and have figured out that I can live comfortably off of that for the rest of my working career.

However, I will not be happy once I reach said cap level. I believe that if I continue to work hard and meet/surpass the standards and goals set out before me that I should be rewarded with a raise each year. With that being said though I also understand that putting caps on certain job levels or positions makes sense in order to motivate the employee. Yes, employers are literally saying that this is what we think this positions yearly max worth is.

It is at this point that if you as an employee want to earn more, you will need to figure out a way to advance yourself. In most instances it will be through a combination of additional hard work at your job and through education/additional training. That way you can say to your boss, “Hey, I’ve been working hard and added some tools to my bag of tricks. I would like to talk about getting a promotion.” Both of which I have been doing and am on track for a promotion/job change of sorts.

Let’s be honest here though. I know that salary capping is also a money saving tool for any employer. Most companies don’t want to shell out any more cash to their employees than they have to. Again though, this should be a motivating factor to figure out how to advance one’s self either up through the ranks or taking your experience somewhere else for better pay.

Consistent Volume Levels

I have zero knowledge on how sound engineering works. but I’m a little confused by the lack of consistent sound levels in some of the podcasts I listen to. I’m not going to sit here and name names, but all of the podcasts I listen to are by people who have made successful careers in other parts of the entertainment industry and have either decided to expand their brand into the podcasting universe or reboot their careers in said universe.

It is here that the inconsistent sound quality baffles me because all of these people either would have learned at least a little something about it or have access to a person they could hire or at least consult on how to do it properly.

The main podcast network had the foresight to hire 3 sound engineers/ sound board technicians. The only time I ever hear an issue is when a piece of equipment fails which is promptly fixed/replaced by switching to a back up. On the opposite end of the networks is a comedian whom does a weekly podcast and does zero sounds engineering.

Yet I know this person has access to sound engineers through one of their 13 gigs so why the set aside a few sheckles to pay for their services is beyond me.

Finally is another comedian who essentially falls into the middle of the road. They have hired on a sound engineer, but whomever they hired is not consistent. It’s either amazing quality with clear consistent sounds levels or just total shit with sometimes subpar clarity and sound levels that jump all over the place.

If you are going to be producing a professional product then it should be as such. Shit like this is armature hour. If I didn’t care about what these people had to say or they made me laugh on a regular basis I would have cut off the podcasts along time ago.

There’s 24 Hours In A Day?

There are times when if I want to complete every single thing I wish to accomplish in a day which includes my minimum amount of sleep 24 hours just isn’t enough to accomplish it. Since not sleeping at all isn’t an option for me because a level of anger I’m not comfortable with due to sleep deprivation. I have to figure out where to make cuts in my schedule.

Normally I find myself cutting out my daily recreational time. I try to just cut back the time, but it just ends up getting eliminated all together. Unfortunately this BLOG is included in that recreational time a lot. Sorry kids, its just the way it is.

Without turning this into a multipoint lecture Ill just say that this adulating thing is hard. There are days where I feel like just going and building a tree fort somewhere and never coming back. On the kick side of it there are times where I feel like I have the world by the tail and I am it’s master.

The struggle is real people. Put on your helmet and dive in. Sometimes that’s the only way to survive.

Sorry, Were Out of Stock

When any proprietor of any wares states they are out of something, please don’t ask if we really are. If anything the next questions should be, “When will you have more?”, or “Do you know who else might have it available?”. We will be most happy to provide those answers, but circling around for a second pass is pointless.

In the pharmacy universe there’s never a point in time where we want to be out of something. It’s a pain in the ass for us and we don’t enjoy delivering bad news to patients. That being said when you ask me, “Are you sure you don’t have any?”, I immediately stop giving a damn. At the point in time you will receive the bare minimum of service from me.

This is like going to a gas station and finding out the ran out of premium and then asking the attendant are they sure they are out. No they are hiding the tanker truck around back hording it all for themselves. What the hell people.

Carry A Damn NotePad

I’m fairly certain that at some point in the last year I covered the many reasons as to why everyone should carry a little notepad/book on them at all times. Feel free to go back and reread. However, I have forgotten to take my own advise.

Somewhere along the line during the last few weeks I had lost my little flip notebook. I didn’t find it to be a big deal at the time and it didn’t really matter until today. I wrote myself a list of things I needed to accomplish after I left work and left the damn list at work. I was able to remember most of it, but I’m sure once I get ahold of it tomorrow I’m going to kick myself for not accomplishing something semi-important this evening.

Not having the notebook has also stymied my writing….a lot. I used to write down at least 3 ideas a day in it. Mostly to cross two of them out later, but I literally lost my muse. My date book has tons of sticky notes in with things I wrote down, but it just isn’t the same. Starting tomorrow a new notebook will be accompanying me daily again. Hopefully get this show back on the road.

Guitars & Stars 11

Yesterday the Fiancée and myself enjoyed this years Guitars and Stars performance put on by the local country radio station. Just another night of good acoustic music and about 5 grand was donated to cancer research.

Now just to be clear I don’t know much of anything about how the music Industry works at all. What I do know is that each year at the Guitars and Stars shows is that they normally get some country stars who are starting to break out and become noticed, at least from my perspective, and at least one person/band who is a slightly bigger name than everyone else. I think this is great because it’s great exposure for all musicians involved in general because a concert goer might be there because X is there and now they also hear Y and become a fan of them there as well.

That thought aside I was kind of amazed at how many of them started out as just song writers. Essentially selling their art to an established name. Some of them had been doing it for 5 or more years before deciding to strike out on their own. It just struck me as kind of odd. I don’t know where I’m really heading with this thought. Just needed to express it here.

Use Your Words

Recently I’ve been struggling to find something to write about/be inspired by so I decided to pull another one out of my personal archives. On a side note apparently I have been doing this for a year now.

Another phenomenon that is becoming more prevalent in the pharmacy drive thru is patient’s not using their words. When the drive thru was put in one of the best directed speaker systems was also installed so as to minimize background noise and allow for ease of communication. Although it is over a decade old now, the technology has not degraded that much.

It is normally only isolated to a drop off situation, but when I ask, “How, can we help you?” some patients will give me a slight wave with a piece of paper in their hand. Now, I know this means that they are most likely dropping off a prescription, but since I assume nothing I will ask if you are. For all I know that paper being waved at me contains Minute Man Nuclear Missile Launch codes.

Ladies and gents it is a matter of respect for the people who are going to service you. I don’t go into a restaurant and just wave a piece at my server with my order on it. I communicate with words to convey what I desire. I expect the same from everyone else,

On a quick side note, we do have patients that are hearing impaired so using verbal language really isn’t an option. However, these patients are some of the best ones we have and communicate with us via an interpreter, written word, or when I have time through sign language. My skills are shotty at best, but given a minute I can coble a sentence or two together.