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Ohhh, what PUNishment! I just couldn’t help myself though. Anyway, this was a photo op at work today. Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been busy, busy. There will be a long rambling post tomorrow, but for now, sleepy time.


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* Not From Concentrate; crude art, sublime humor.

Well, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the orientation meeting and training seminar I had today. I was expecting the standard ‘show some videos and throw a bunch of buzz words around’ type of thing I’ve seen so much of. Instead, I got something that was well put together and actually informational. They also did a good job having everyone participate, so it wasn’t just eight hours of being lectured at. I really got the impression that they believed in what they were saying instead of just reciting the corporate spiel.

Not only that, but one of the people I met has been with the company all of two months and has already been promoted past Assistant Manager. That’s very encouraging to me. Maybe “We’ll work with you to advance your career” isn’t just a line I’m being fed…. for a change. It’d be real nice to work for a company that actually kept promises they made to me. There’s some other encouraging stuff as well, but I’ll go into that when I have more time.

I’m honestly feeling much better about this. There may even be a little optimism trying to peek through. Tomorrow, I’m going for some actual in store training, so we’ll see how that goes.

Well, it finally happened. After a year of searching, sending out resume after resume and filling out online applications by the truckload, I have attained the holy grail that is employment. Behold the ceremonial finery that they have bestowed upon me:

It ain\'t easy, wearing green

Yep, I have been hired by a local convenience store chain. I won’t mention them by name for obvious reasons. My feelings about this are extremely mixed. On the one hand, it’s a job. I’ll be earning money and no longer dragging myself and my father deeper into the pit of debt. Also, according to my manager, the company is about to start a major expansion, so the opportunities for advancement are good….. Uhm, I’m trying to think of another positive, but I’ve got nothing.

On the bad side, this is exactly the type of job I went back to school to avoid ever having to work again. Also, while the position they were advertising for was Assistant Manager, they start all new hires at the bottom as a store associate. It turns out Assistant Manager is third tier, which means I’ll have to get promoted twice to get to the level I applied for. So, the company has already started out pulling the old ‘bait and switch‘ on me. Staring out any relationship with a lie is always bad news. Also, I’m making far less than I wanted to, less even than the minimum I wanted to accept, but desperate times call for desperate choices. I’ve done the math and what I’m making should cover my monthly bills and leave me with a whopping one hundred twenty dollars left over….. Which will then be sucked into my gas tank. Of course, that’s theoretical until I see an actual paycheck.

But… I’ve made the commitment. All I can do now is my best. I’m setting a goal for myself to get my first promotion within ninety days. I think that’s realistic. Meanwhile, I’ll keep my eyes open for something better and also look for a second job to supplement my income.

Tomorrow is my first day. Good thoughts and positive energy are always appreciated.

Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Goodbye ::Sweet Love
  2. Cage ::Coffin
  3. Buddy ::Holly
  4. Magic words ::Presto! Change-o!
  5. Library ::Card
  6. Fall in love ::It’s never to late to
  7. Tense ::Past
  8. Work! ::Smarter, not harder!
  9. Empty ::Headed
  10. Heat wave :: Burnin’ in my heart

…. To say that the Game last night was fan-freaking-tastic! I had a lot of fun and it was just the kind of outlet I needed. On of the goals of a Dungeon Master is to make the game challenging without being overwhelming. It’s not fun being crushed by foe that totally outmatches you and just chopping your way through a bunch of weak creatures gets old quickly as well. Not that every battle should be epic, but it’s much more dramatic if your players have a real sense of danger.

Without going into too much boring detail, we had a battle last night that went down to the wire. Life and death for the whole party hinging on a single die roll. The player’s were fighting a Mohrg, which is a particularly nasty form of undead (check the image below), and almost everyone was either unconscious or paralyzed and helpless.  One party member was still conscious, but struggling in the fiend’s crushing grip and about to die, when the druid‘s animal companion, a wolf, managed to dart in and land a killing blow on the undead abomination to save them all.

Ahhhh, to see everyone crowded around the table, practically holding their breath watching the die roll that would determine the result of that last fateful attack…. That’s some gaming goodness right there.


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*Get into The Devil’s Panties! You won’t regret it.

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“It’s the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he
doesn’t know — and the less a man knows, the more sure he
is that he knows everything.” –Joyce Cary

Ugh, I am not a happy camper right now. Yesterday, I had a meeting with my case worker. She called me in (supposedly) because they had a “new evaluation procedure” and she needed to re-interview me. It didn’t take long. She had a little booklet and asked me a bunch of personal questions. No, I’m not on the crack. No, I’m not being beaten by my pet gerbil. Yes, should I be offered a job, I can get there consistently, etc, etc. After we did all that, she told me I had to come in today for a job search workshop. Last time I had to do one of these, it was a three hour meeting where they told me a bunch of stuff I already knew and suggested doing a bunch of stuff I was already doing.

So, I went in this morning expecting to have to deal with a few hours of tedium, but figuring I’d just grit my teeth and deal with it. Alas, so simple my life was not to be. It turn out this “workshop” in a mandatory ten day torture-fest. I had yet another interview with yet another person who started out assuming I was (at least) an idiot, then I spent three hours taking evaluation tests for my English and math skills. The kicker was, after all those tests, I sat down with the counselor again. She asked me what kind of work I was looking for, then opened up the newspaper and read me the help wanted ads!!! Seriously, I couldn’t make this crap up! I spent the rest of the afternoon online applying for jobs. Which, y’know, I couldn’t do at home or anything.

Now I’ve got to be at this place from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon for the next ten days. If I don’t comply, they yank my benefits!… And it’s not like I’m getting anything extra for this. No carrot, just the stick. Don’t get me wrong, if they were giving me some sort of resources I didn’t already have, I’d be grateful for the help, but I’m quite capable of reading the want ads all by myself. I don’t need to be in a room full of loud, annoying people to search for jobs online either. If you’re going to force me to do tedious work and deal with a bunch of irritating strangers, you should be paying me, dammit!

After all, that’s pretty much the definition of a job, isn’t it?


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Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Purchase ::Impulse
  2. Squeaky clean ::Goody Two Shoes
  3. Blended ::Whiskey
  4. Wednesday :: ‘s Child is full of Woe, Thursday’s child has far to go
  5. Function ::Form Follows
  6. Look down ::Turn around
  7. July? ::Fireworks
  8. Raspberry ::Smoothie
  9. Assertive ::Aggressive
  10. Cracker ::Jack