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I'm Mike Rowe, and this is my job.

I'm loving the 4 a.m. shift, I must say. Granted, it IS four a.m.; however, the fact that there are no customers until 8, 9, or 10 (depending upon the day) helps this factor immensely.

I ran my ass off today, and sweated buckets. I'm not a sweater, usually, at least not THIS much. Wowza. I'm thankful that I remembered to slather on the deodorant this morning (and so are my coworkers.) I lifted many things, threw lots of freight, climbed lots of ladders with the freight. If I were eating healthy, I'm quite confident I would lose weight in no time.

I was also hazed today.

Yancey calls me over the radio, "Aubrey, can you meet me in receiving? I need help moving a box." I head back and see Yancey standing behind a giant box. "Ted was helping me, but he had to go to the bathroom real quick." I opened my mouth to make a snarky remark about Ted and his bladder as I walked up to the box... and Ted jumped out of the box screeching "RAWR!!!" I squeeled, we all laughed, I remarked that now IIII needed to use the bathroom real fast. As I went back to what I was doing on the floor, I said over the radio, "It's okay, I know you wouldn't do it if you didn't CARE."

Apparently, we're getting in trucks that are about three times the size that they are normally, as our back to school season is starting. The last two years, they had seven - SEVEN!!! - associates working their tails off to keep up with the freight and merchandising resetting, and this year, we have THREE. Granted, I think that if anyone in the store can do it, it's us three (toot toot my horn, yesh.), but still. In the middle of all of this, I still need to find time to do all the price changes coming through, the defects, the known thefts, the corporate recalls, the vendor returns, the ... GAH. Apparently, they're going to give me one - maybe TWO! - days a week so that I can work on that stuff exclusively.

They had BEST give me one helluva raise. I find out next week (hope!) what and if I get one.

Oh how I love it when cats are suddenly clumsy, fighting tooth and nail to keep their footing. Unfortunately, Bacci jumped on my chair arm and slipped.. her nail just went so deep into my arm that it pulled my arm down to the floor when she fell.

Yes, I'm bleeding now.


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Jun. 16th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love it when cats think that people are just something else that they can use to get traction from. :)

Fortunately, although ours still plays a bit, she's old enough not to go climbing anymore. (She's ~16 we think.)
Jun. 16th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
four ay em???
For a couple of months, while I was managing at Petsmart, I had a 4am to 2pm shift every Thursday (truck day). I, also, loved it. It was almost like having a day off, when I got home... and while I was there for so many hours without customers... Well, you know. There's a ton of shit that gets done even while there is a ton of fun to be had.

I always opened with the same two associates - the two that were the most like me in the store. It was funny, in way, because one of the things we had in common was our extreme tendency to be late. (Like, 5 to 10 minutes nearly every day - but better than 30+ on a frequent basis which we were also capable of.) We also read a lot, though not the same things, and watched a lot of the same movies.

I do really miss them, and kind of miss those Thursdays, can you tell? The other managers even stopped giving me shit about going to lunch with those two, after a while... *sigh*

And the bleeding due to cats thing? I understand that very well. Our new kitten likes to launch himself from the back of the sofa onto my back when I'm leaning forward. I haven't figured out what his goal truly is, but I have bled on my uniform shirt several times already because of it. He's so adorable most of the time, that it's totally worth it.
Jun. 16th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Bacci will never develop an aversion to these of you only get the tips of her claws. Just keep her nails blunt - not short
Jun. 16th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
oops again

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