Friday, November 23, 2012

fast braining

Your brain is fantastic in how fast it and calculate and compute.
No computer on the planet can operate as well and good as that slab of meat sitting between your ears!
For instance: let’s just say you are putting you cellphone into your breast pocket and for some reason or another you miss.
Your brain immediately screams “GRAB IT”
It then sends the necessary instructions to the arms
“45 degrees and grab… NOW!”
“33 degrees to port and grab on my mark…NOW!”
However, sometimes your brain is moving so fast that the impulse coming back from the fingers saying
Well that crucial information just gets lost in the melee.

All of this in just a matter of nanoseconds

So the end effect is you end up standing there having what looks to be a cross between a mild seizure and demonic possession. You stand there beating at your own person like you are putting out a small fire as you slap ineffectually at your bouncing phone
This all ends as you finally watch in horror as your own arm, the arm you have known all your life and who you thought was your friend, ends the fight by flinging your phone across the room to smash delicately into the far wall.

Or as I like to all it


Friday, November 16, 2012

Black Thursday

This year, Walmart, Toys R Us, Kmart, and Sears are all opening their doors at 8 pm Thursday. Together with Target, that's two to four hours before they kicked things off last year
Reached for comment, Target spokesperson Molly Snyder told NBC News: "Targets opening time was carefully evaluated with our guests, team and the business in mind. Across the country, team member preferences were considered in creating our store staffing schedules. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest of the year, and we appreciate our Target teams flexibility on this weekend and throughout the holiday season
Synder told NBC News that Target employees always receive time-and-a-half pay for working national holidays. Workers clocking hours during Thanksgiving and Black Friday also receive additional pay bonuses, she said. Only one-third of Target's workforce is scheduled to work on Thanksgiving.
We have heard from many stores that they had more team members volunteer to work than they had available shifts," Snyder said.

Is this really necessary?

Thanksgiving used to be a time of holiday
A time of coming together as a family and enjoying one another company.
Times change though and that sweet and nostalgic memory is gone.
A few decades back the day after became BLACK FRIDAY and now it is bleeding over into Thanksgiving itself.
For those outside of the retail community they are told that this term, BLACK FRIDAY, means that today is the day that the retail outlet gets out of the red and into the black.
As someone who has worked more than his fair share of BLACK FRIDAY’s from inside of the trenches, that is bullshit.
It is just some marketing ploy to steer any negative connotations away from the day.
This is a dark and dismal day where everyone who wants to save 2 bucks converges on a local retail outlet like locusts and act like the rude, selfish herd mentality humans that makes up all the worst traits of society.
It’s a bad, bad day.
After leaving retail I wanted to see what this day was like from “the other side”
After fighting the crowds and traffic for hours and hours I was left with a final decision.

It’s a bad, bad day.

Now, in pursuit of the almighty dollar, stores are opening earlier and earlier
In the article Target exclaims that they have had more people request to work that day then they have shifts for.
Gee I wonder why.
Could it possibly be that each person is in such dire need of the money that they are willing to forgo quality time with their families just to have the chance at making a few extra bucks?
That can’t be it, can it?
It’s gotta be a strong desire to see the multi-billion dollar company grow and thrive.
Maybe it’s a sense of duty and wanting to help out their fellow man in purchasing the last ipod on the sales floor.

Nah I think it’s the cash thing.

I swear the only thing that is going to save the human race from itself is an apocalypse.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

gilded lead

Pretty drained still today
You see, in my adoptive hometown there was a young girl of 15 who recently passed from leukemia
She was a strong spirited young woman whose sickness brought a small town closer together. As a parent, and as a person, the unimaginative rolling waves of grief are just smothering when you are lucky enough to just be off to the side, so it has to be just unbearable under the full rolling waves. It is just so horrible and wrong for any parent to have to bury their child and I have a fervent wish and prayer I never have to experience. It did make me think though.
How many people were here for the support of this ailing girl’s family and celebration of her life and how many were just the cattle climbing on the train with everyone else?
Was she just the flavor of the month to some or did she really spark a fire within full of community spirit and empathy to your fellow man?
Does it really matter what the long term effect may have been when, for that brief moment in the town’s history, everyone was bonded together under 1 small sick child?
Maybe it is just the pessimistic skeptic (skeptimisstic?) in me that drags these thoughts across my mind.
At her service on Saturday she played to a packed house. There were over/around 300 people there all there to wish her well on her next journey. This was a nice thing to see, this young person’s small little 15 years on the planet had really touched so many people’s hearts. I counted up everyone I would expect at my funeral if I died immediately and was struggling to hit 50.
I guess regardless of why it is just nice that it was.
Just take the good at face value.
If you scrape too deep you will find that it is just gilded lead.