Throwing Out The Rules

Occasionally when I am partnered with my stores staff pharmacist we get into some interesting conversations. It normally ends with one of us going ” never really thought of it that way”. We’ve been working together for over a decade so our conversations either end up in the realm of philosophical, bizarre, or life lessons. Today’s conversation ended up in the life lessons category.

Among the litany of things parents teach their children don’t talk to or take candy from strangers being near the top I would think. We are also taught not to eat a ton of candy, go into strange places, or go running amuck like the hooligans we are through the neighborhood especially at night.

Yet, when Halloween comes around the youth of America dawns their various costumes and these rules go right out the window for the night. Not that anything truly bad happens on Halloween night. There are always parents roaming the neighborhoods watching their own children and the rest of the neighborhoods youngins as well. Everyone also knows enough to stay from crazy old man Jenkins’s house.

I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade here just one of those things that made me go, “oh yeah”.

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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.

Thanksgiving

I’m not going to go into a long diatribe here about the origin of the Holiday and what it means. Let’s keep it simple. Thank you……….Thank you to the military members serving both near and far. Thank you to the emergency service and other medical services personnel that will be working tomorrow. (I know someone is gonna try and deep fry a turkey.) Thank you to the people I work with for helping me maintain my sanity during the daily grind. Thank you to the people who are being required to work in the many retail outlets. I know it sucks and its not fair, but take some solace in the fact that someone appreciates your hard work even though your corporate masters do not. Thank you to family and friends for being the people you are and being part of my life.