Saturday, July 31, 2010

Still no storms this year....

With the year over half done now, I am still waiting for that one good thunderstorm here. Several times we have had one slip by less than 3 miles to our west or east, but it completely misses us. We can hear it loud and clear as it moves by, but our ground stays dry. It is like there is some kind of bubble over our area that deflect storms away from us.

We are now in the summer, and any hope of severe weather is low during this time as it tends to be more dry and hot outside. Maybe something will happen this fall, who knows. I hope we get something soon though. Every time we dodge the bullet, it annoys me. My wife knows all about this.

Keeping my fingers crossed for later this year when it starts to cool down again. Maybe there will be a battle in the atmosphere between the hot and cold air above us. I'll probably make some kind of blog when it finally happens.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Monday, July 12, 2010

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Yesterday, my family and I went to a family reunion / Easter Get-together just north of Weatherford Texas.

The weather was perfect, some sun and clouds and 80 degrees, light winds. It was a good day. We had a lot of food there and there was an egg hunt for the kids afterwards. Many people I don't even know were there as well. This is all my mother-in-law's side of the family and this event happens once a year on the same weekend.

Scott, my wife's grandson, and mine too, benefits the most from this. He is 7 years old and Easter is a fun time for him, with all the candies and treats. I remember what it was like when I was young, with the egg hunt in the house and chocolate bunnies.

To me now, just like Christmas, these are holidays that are meant for spending time with family. Enjoying what you have in life, because there is nothing more important to have than family. You could be the richest person in the world, but if you don't have family at your side, it all means nothing. I am just very thankful that my schedule improved at work, because now I can enjoy these times more in the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

The next step for my wife and I, is to have our own working schedule, and center work around our life, instead of our life around work. This time is not far away.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Event at Work

Today at work we got to celebrate a good year last year. In our Customer Focus program, we finished 8th place in the district in 2009. This meant we got to have a car give-away and a bit of a lunch party.

The car is a brand new Chevy car or truck. I think it's a 2010 model, loaded. The way it works is they draw 10 names of workers in the store, they all go up on a stage. Then, those 10 people have their names drawn again, and whoever is left up there at the end, wins the vehicle. It's not bad odds, with basically a 10/100 chance of your name being called, and about a 1/100 chance of winning. My name was not called unfortunately, but the girl who won this year, deserved it in my opinion. She has had a tough time the last couple of years with her life, so it made me feel good that someone won who deserved it.

The downside to this is the whole lead-up to the event. The entire district management staff comes to the store and does a "walk" before the fun. This means, for the last few days, they have been driving everyone crazy with cleaning up the store to perfection. Our store looks better than most other stores in our area, but it's never good enough. I am just glad I don't have to close anymore. Last night, they were there until about 1am, when the store closes at 10pm. I have done that before, and I am very glad that I don't have to again.

All-in-all, it was a good day and everyone had fun.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Silly contest at work

At work this week, we were informed of a new contest between departments. The department who gets the most calls to corporate about how good they did, gets a free steak dinner. The department who gets the least, has to cover the other department while they go to dinner.

What they want us to do, is hand out a card to every customer and ask them to call head office and tell them how great we did today. Am I the only one who thinks this is stupid? I am not going to hand a card to a customer and beg them to call and tell some people how good I was. If they want to do that on their own, that's fine. I will not solicit a customer to try and make myself look good. If I was in a store shopping, and someone came up to me asking the same thing, I would feel very awkward. I would likely not call at all, and I may not go back to that store again for a while because that employee put me on the spot.

This is really one step further than being expected to leave a tip when you go to dinner. It is supposed to be a courtesy thing based on how well you did. We get so many customers that some of them may call anyway, or tell their friends to come shop here since we were so good. This is the real goal, not telling our "parents" how good we are behaving at work. That won't get us more business.

With any luck however, I will be gone from this retail working environment within the next year and my wife and I will be free of this kind of thing.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Love Spring!

Today, it was a very warm day here in Texas. It was about 76 degrees F (or 24 degrees C). Back home where I am from in Canada, it was 54F (or 12 degrees C). Not a bad day for Toronto, but I love the warmth here.

Back up north, spring wasn't officially well underway until late March or Early April. Sometimes it was not even feeling like spring until May. Here it is already in full swing. The grass is turning green again, flowers are showing up in gardens, some trees have begun to bud. Life is returning to the plants and it puts a great smell in the air that is not present during the winter.

People were coming in all day at work commenting on how great it felt outside. Contractors can finally start to get some work done and it is putting them in better moods. This is good because I have to deal with them all day.

I am hoping the spring has some good storms hiding in it this year as last year, the spring was lacking in interesting weather. It cam for a few days at the end of the spring, including a big hailstorm, but that was all, and the summer was HOT.

This weekend, the clocks go ahead an hour, which means I lose an hour of my weekend. Sucks, but at least the sun will be setting after 7:30pm once again. The only thing I am not looking forward to right now is I am going to have to cut the grass this weekend. Ah well.