Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

LOL funny

If you can get past the actual lyrics, this is really actually danceable. And you get a JT cameo to boot.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Day of "Rest"

Wake up at 6:30 with Jack

6:35 Fall asleep
7:30 Wake up and kiss Sweetie who is on way to work
7:35 Fall back asleep
9:30 Wake up and have cereal (Corn Pops) and read the paper
10:30 Shower
11:00 Get out of house and go get haircut
12:30 Drive to library and return Christmas music and pick up more
1:00 Head to Half Price books for some stocking stuffers and gifts
2:30 Stop at Blockbuster to look for game
3:00 Leave Blockbuster and run to local music store for cds and games for Wii
3:30 Run to Big Lots to check on item for gag gift (they were out)
4:00 Race home to start dinner and clean before Hubby gets home.
4:30 Get home, chat with neighbor, unload car and feed dogs and cat.
5:00 Load and unload dishwasher, start preparing potatoes for soup
5:30 Kiss hubby when he gets home and set soup to cooking while I start cleaning dning room
6:30 Fix soup with potato flakes and serve
7:00 Start cleaning room to set up tree
7:10 Get sucked into The View, then Kitchen Nightmares, then Rachael Maddow, then Top Chef
10:15p Potty break
11:00p Start newsletter

That about brings us to current. I also ordered magazine subscriptions for gifts, paid bills, and answered Twitter msgs and Facebook messages, and recorded cds to my laptop.

Productive? Yes. Restful? No!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Roomba Driver

Okay...cats are just amusing as all hell.

Survivor: Gabon - Secret Scene: Corinne

She's...somethin'. Klass with a capital K.
I pretty much knew I'd hate her from the beginning because nobody should revel in being so completely negative and bitchy with, like, no redeeming qualities, but she is 2nd to the Bitter Videographer on my list of people I danced a jig for when they got voted off.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) TRAILER

I. Can't. Wait!

Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show (part 2)

The 2nd part of his interview.

Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show

One of the many reasons that I love Jon Stewart.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Loving the holidays

I haven't posted in awhile and I thought I'd jump right in again and something. I'm a bit overwhelmed at the sheer volume this store does during the holidays, but also the number of visits in the last 30 or so days. I believe we are at number 6 and we were on orange alert for number 7. Each one interrupts the regular flow of business for the sake of visit prep and stress. Sooooo, we are constantly freaked out by the possibility of a new visit announcement. Meh.

I am trying to get my wits together to develop a podcast of fun and my opinionated self. I'd love to do a show with the hubby, but I think the show might be funnier and freer if I did it with a friend. I don't rightly know just yet. Inertia is a bitch.

sigh...

But I am listening to some great holiday music and two new great CDs, Pink and (gasp!) Britney Spears. If You Seek Amy and Sober are my new favorite songs. I'll post when I get home.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Straight No Chaser - 12 Days

In the spirit of the holiday season, my new favorite Christmas song.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wal-Mart Worker Killed During 5am Store Opening Stampede

Okay...so really there are 2 people dead.
Reason #2,425 to get out of retail.

Toys R Us Shooting Leaves Two Dead On Black Friday

Reason #1 to get the HELL out of retail.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Los Vivancos, Seven Studs, Flamenco, Dancing With The Stars

Reason #1,482 to watch Dancing w/ the Stars this season.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I hope this works...why Survivor is more eye-opening than ever!

Apparently, you can't keep a hot man down (or in his boxer briefs). CBS ran an unedited clip of Survivor Gabon contestant Marcus Lehman (the hottie) in one of the Survivor challenges, when his penis flops out of his shorts. Check it out here:

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/28217153.html#cutid1


So guess who's getting a spin-off?


Former WILL + GRACE co-stars MEGAN MULLALLY and SEAN HAYES are set to star in a spin-off of the hit comedy.The pair will reprise their camp double-act in Karen + Jack, which is currently in development at network NBC.According to sources, Hayes was keen on a spin-off soon after Will + Grace ended in 2006 - but was put off by the failure of Matt LeBlanc's Friends follow-on Joey.Plans were then derailed when Mullally landed a talk show - but that flopped, throwing the pair back together again.The insider tells the National Enquirer, "They feel there is still a lot of life left in their characters and a lot of comic possibilities."If a pilot episode is successful, Karen + Jack could be on the air in the U.S. next autumn (09).

Australian Boy Breaks Into Zoo, Feeds Animals to Crocodile

Really?!?
Where were his parents?
His nickname will forever be Damian.
Check his scalp for the mark of the beast.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin -- Sarah Palin Spoof

This week SNL began its season with one of the most hilarious skits I've seen in awhile. Of course, pundits and strategizers are calling the skit sexist and offensive to the candidates...

What do you think?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Christina Aguilera Live At 49th Grammy Awards!

This makes me smile and want to sing (probably badly) and sure that Xtina is the baddest singer in the world.

Christina Aguilera [[VMA 2008 Performance]]

Reason 4,823,726 to love Christina Aguilera...

Ike beats up TX like Tina when she talked back


Well...less than 24 hours until the storm reaches Dallas. As you can see, Galvaston may be a wash in the next few hours (and people actually heard the words "certain death" if you stay, and stayed). It's a category 2, but it's still a freakin' hurricane!!!! Get out of the way. My prayers are with my friends and their families who may be in the path of the storm still. Be safe.

Remember...FEMA is NOT gonna be a source of relief if the worst happens.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Because it's funny...


Fossil Rim, Dinosaur park, and the reason we always need a spare.









So, this morning my hubby and I have the weekend off together (I know, right?!?), so we decided to take a drive down to Glen Rose, TX and visit Fossil Rim, which has a Dinosaur Park with large replicas of dinosaurs and fossils of the dinosaurs for tourists to walk over and stuff. So we packed a bag and jumped in the car. Woo hoo!




An hour and a half later (due to a shopping pit stop and a stop for energy drinks and to pee), we arrived, changed to our swim/hike gear and jumped into the murky, but cool waters of the Paluxy River. (Sorry no pics...water and digital photography don't do well.) The hike along/through the river tested both of us and our ability to balance, look graceful, and not smack our heads on the slippery rocks below. On more than one occasion we called each other "Grace" and just prayed no one broke a limb. We swam for awhile (all the while looking out for water moccasins...it's all fun and games until some adult across the river tells his child to look out for snakes...), hiked a bit, then a few hours and miles later, we packed up and headed off to find some food. The first pic is of the view as we entered the campgrounds. The next pics are of some of the sights we saw on the road.




Hubby had been to Glen rose before, so he knew of a wonderful BBQ place. As we drove, we hit something in the road of substance, but never actually saw anything in the road behind us or on the tire when we got out, so we parked at the restaurant and forgot all about it. No damage, no problem. We had a wonderful dinner at Hammond's BBQ (Hoo-rah!!! Chopped beef, baked potatoes, and sauce!). Then on the way home we went. Chantal (the GPS in hubby's car) said we had 73 miles to get home and we started out on the highway when a mile down the road the car made an unGodly thumping sound and Jack pulled us over. Apparently, whatever we hit sliced the tire just enough to let us drive, then it ripped the inner portion of the tire until it popped and shredded. Rah.

Luckily, a car can go at least 50 miles on the donut.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Thanks for the memories






On this day in 1996, my partner and I met and began a journey that has lasted 12 years and hopefully will continue well into our old age. I just wanted to thank him for 12 years of love, growth, tears, travel and joy.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Puakenikeni - Nicole Scherzinger [New Single]

Again...where is the solo album?!?

Steam - Nicole Scherzinger

Soo...where is the album?

Nicole Scherzinger feat. Timbaland - Physical (2oo8)

Ohhhhh Myyyyyy Goooooodness!!!! Nicole is amazing!!!

Death returns to Williamsburg

Death is a cruel bitch.

For the last few days I've been worried that my mother, who fell ill with a kidney/UTI infection, was in really bad health and not going to make it through. She had a fever last Saturday, then was rushed to the hospital on Sunday by my uncle Tim and Grandma. She is on the mend, but her continued fevers have me even more concerned because that still hasn't been controlled. Mom is resting in a hospital, and my uncle Tim drives from Virginia to North Carolina and has a heart attack and dies.

Really?!?

Just how effed up is that?!? I know, I'll have to get used to this as I get older and forget that all of the adults in my life are even older than I am and will start to pass away, one by one, like some kind of deathmarch, but I always like to think of people passing away after living a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGG long life. Not some quick death in middle age.

I may be flying home to Williamsburg in a day or two, but I'm dreading it. I'm glad to get back and visit my family, but I really would love to go back and not be visiting for a funeral of a family member. Plus, I don't want to go back and be thinking the entire time I'm with Mom in the hospital "what if she doesn't make it?"

Friday, August 15, 2008

Janet Jackson - So Much Betta ft Effrem (OFFICIAL REMIX)

Uhhhh....Janet is amazing!!!!!

Bus Killer Carried Victim's Head

How freakin' crazy is this?!?!?

OFFICIAL Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer 6

I am SOOOOOOO there!!!!

Heroes Season 3, NEW TRAILER (HQ) : Villains.

I'm so ready for the new season I could bust!!!!!!

richard simmons on whose line

This is actually the video I wanted to share with you. Laugh at will...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Again with the trial and error



Been trying to add YouTube videos to my blog all week, but I think I finally figured it out since the whole "click here and it magically appears" thing isn't working. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oldish post on the new blog

Our local paper is running a column by 2 of their features writers, one Black and one White, on the topic of race in society today. They are friends and are trying to tackle the touchy subject of race in a friendly, non-confrontational way, while still touching on hot buttons and going "Ow." The first question was basically why can't you Black people stop being your own worst enemy? The response was one where the Black author, rightfully IMHO, defended Blacks in America for the historical blueprint that has helped create the fabric of Black America today, then casually mentioned that there are many things we need to do in our community to fix ourselves, but to not "blame the victim." I was okay with his response up to the point of not pulling Black folks up short for the many things we do that are self-inflicted and go only so far as to make the efforts of the many Black people who are trying to make the American Dream a reality more difficult. So here I propose a short list of things we as Black Americans and you as White Americans can do to help us all get along...

Commandments for Some Black Americans

Respect Education in your homes and outside of the home. (Music and sports can make you money, but they can't take away what you learn; and if everybody could be Jordan or Usher, they would.)

Get a job/career that respects you and the community. (Remember, a hustle is not a job and if you can't sell it to a cop in the police station, then it doesn't count as "sales.")

Raise your children with love and respect. (Treat them better than you treat other people's children and speak to them like they might be taking care of you in your old age.)Learn how to make money work for you and your family. (Save. Invest. Put money away until you need it. )

Stop treating "hood" and "ghetto" like it's a model to live by and not a place you'd rather move out of.Place more importance on the things you do and the lives you affect than the things you have and the cars you drive. (If we spent half the time we do flossin' doing something...anything to improve our communities, fewer people would be struggling today. So go volunteer.)

Respect your elders. (Listen to them. Talk to them. Live your life like the hard work they put in to give you the life we often take for granted means something.)

Stop acting like the things we do and say don't affect the way we are viewed in the world. (Nigger isn't just a word, gold grills don't look good on anybody, and if you walk into the store looking like a gangsta, hell yes they are going to watch you when you shop.)

Call it like you see it. (Once upon a time, we watched out for one another and took each other's children to task if they got out of line in public. Stop letting our kids today run around thinking that the stupid things we see them do everyday is okay.)

Reparations: Unless you have the receipt, nobody owes you anything. (You won't see a penny of it anyway, so get over it, move on, and just accept the fact that we got an apology, which is more than we ever thought we'd get.)

Everything isn't racist. (Stop crying wolf at every turn or when we DO need to use it, the effect is gone.)

Commandments for Some White Americans
Racism does exist: stop saying it's gone. (It's usually dressed up in a nicer package and often surrounded by liberal guilt, but it's there. Until you've had a woman clutch her purse in an elevator just because you got in it, you have no idea.)

Get to know people by the things they do and not the color of their skin. (We should be people first.)

Stop complaining about quotas, affirmative action, etc. They would not be an issue if the playing field were leveled in the first place. One day it won't be necessary. Consider it a form of reparations and get over it.

Just because we say the word doesn't give you a pass to say it. Ever. (We're trying to get our own to stop using it, so you just add insult to injury.)

Interview people because they are qualified and don't disqualify a person because of their name. (Just because the name is "Shaniqua" "Flozelle" or "Alize'" it doesn't mean the person is any less right for the job...it just means you'll remember the name.)

Don't fall for the racism card. (It does get played for effect and if you cower because if it when you are completely right, you cosign the claim.)

Treat your children with love and respect and let me do the same. (I was raised differently than you and my methods may work just as well. If I spank my unruly child, CPS usually does not need to get involved. I just want my kids to show me the same respect out in public that I did for my parents.)

Teach your children the value of being colorblind. (If they start to see each other as friends instead of colors, we might just live to see a change. Don't pass your bigotry on.)

Stop acting like every action done by a Black person is representative of all Black people. (9 times out of 10, we are staring at the news and shaking our heads with you. Conversely, we all can't rap, dance, or be like Mike.)

Don't underestimate us. There is value in everyone.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Construction Zone

Okay, well...we've done it. We hired someone (a friend of mine who works construction while he's on summer break) to come and put some finishing touches on the bathroom. We are simply tired of 1) flashing the world with the glass block window that doesn't block, 2) showering with a draft, and 3) showering with a plastic sheet over our window.

I'll post before and after pictures soon.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Today was a good day-ish.

Got up and made it to work vaguely on time (mental note: set alarm 1 not alarm 2). Managed to get most of my projects done, whether it be by myself or others. I only had one moment where I might have had to cuss a customer (please don't ever presume to tell me how to do my customer service job...if your geriatric ass is too tired to politely wait until I resolve the issue of the customer in front of you, then maybe you should have reconsidered shopping today).

I got home and my baby was working hard on the upstairs remodeling project. I got a contractor lined up to come visit us next week and give us an estimate on work. We had lasagna for dinner and now I'm fixin' to crawl into bed with my snugglebunny. The pups are nested and all is well. Looks like a pretty damned good day around here....

Sadness prevails...


YouTube isn't posting my video additions to the blog. That makes them big pooheads.



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ipod love

I love my iPod nano. I think I use it more than any music player I ever owned and now that I can get podcasts on it, I don't know what I'd do without it.

Podcasts I love:
Savage Love
Pod is My Copilot
QCast Connections
The Adam and Matty Show
Confessions of a Southern Boy in Yankee Land
Terminally Single
Dial H for Homo

Most of these shows have the same hosts interchangeably thrown together, but they make me laugh out loud and I enjoy that. (smile)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Gay Chicken

And now for something totally bizarre...

Straight guys taking chicken to a whole new level. A drinking game (of course) which involves 2 guys moving in for the kiss and the first one who backs out is the chicken. Now, the rules on some of the pages (because there are other variations which are more sexual and more WTF than just a kiss) include allowing groping, tongue, headlocks, and anything else which makes the other guy uncomfortable in the kiss, if there is actual connection and the two guys (or girls) are stubborn enough to actually follow through.

I don't know if it's just hot or some game a str8 guy came up with to feel another guy's junk and swap spit.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Old but it makes me laugh...

This video was obviously done a few years back, but makes me laugh out loud everytime...

http://www.youtube.com/v/CTxkxG3DF4k&hl=en&fs=1"> name="allowFullScreen" value="true">http://www.youtube.com/v/CTxkxG3DF4k&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344">

Nothing but a good time...

We (Carroll, Teri, and I) took Jackson out for dinner tonight for a belated birthday celebration. After some discussion, we decided to try a new pizzeria in Uptown. When we arrived, it didn't seem to bode well that we would have to wait outside in the Dallas heat for a table in the open air restaurant (and by "open air" I mean the front of it was like a garage and they had fans blowing all over to try to make it comfortable).

I've been talking to Jack for awhile now about wanting to do a podcast, basically discussing our lives and the lives of our family and friends and I listened to how freely our conversation flowed at dinner (despite the blaring music from the restaurant) and wondered why it wouldn't work. It was natural, funny, and the conversation never really seemed to stop. And it didn't seem forced. I wonder really if it would be something we could do or something I could convince other people to do with me if given the chance.

Time will tell.

Dinner went well and we headed out to Chocolate Secrets for dessert. Let me just say, the strawberry crepes there are a wonder to behold. Yum!!!!

Gonna go get ready for bed, but just wanted to try to maintain some semblance of regularity to my blogging.

SYTYCD

This week I kinda knew who would go home, but it still is sad to see.

When Will was sent home last week, I knew it was going to be about the personalities this year as much as the dancing, so as far as the girls go Chelsea was a goner and while Twitch was weaker, Mark had a less entertaining solo and was less entertaining overall than Twitch. So next week is going to be a killer week and the guys are going to have to be as good as the girls (who are amazing!!!!!) to win. I'll say it here, if Twitch doesn't win, it's because Katee danced the floor out from under him.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just one more reason I love SYTYCD

The show is amazing and the dancing is incredible. Don't think so?

Go to these clips and find out yourself.

Twitch and Katee doing "Mercy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yObGXQfDP-E

and

Joshua and Chelsea's tango
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7QiPeoUncE

This is a quick post but enjoy the dances!


Bonus: Mia Michael's girls dance last week
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXiPJRXQD6g

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance

OMG!!!!

This week is going to be tough! There were some REALLY amazing routines tonight and I can't imagine who really is going to be going home. Mia Michaels! Dmitry!!! Salsa! Tice!!!!! I mean, they threw everything at them this week to make them shine or fail and they worked it out. Well, most of them did...let's look at them by couple:

Comfort and Mark (who had to be thinking in the back of his mind "Fuck...I mean, smile and act like this isn't the last week.") had hip-hop and foxtrot.
Hip-hop went really well, but you'd never know it judging by the way the judges delivered their remarks. The routine by the new hip-hop couple was fun and funky and they danced it really well. Mark has got a little flava in him! The judges were giving rave reviews in the most understated of manners. I mean, they didn't even get a Mary yell and she's been handing them out like gumdrops this season. They got annihilated for the foxtrot. And when Nigel started in on the choreography, you knew the bomb was dropping.

Anyway, expect them to be going home tomorrow to practice for the tour.

[side note: Toni Basil does go on, doesn't she? I mean, the guest jidges are a little long-winded this season.]

Will and Courtney
(little sigh for Will who is my pick to win this thing outright, if Katee doesn't)
They had slow hip-hop and samba. Okay...Will is pretty damn flawless in anything he does, but the samba didn't make him look natural. He actually looked a little awkward. The hip-hop routine was another amazing routine by our new hip hop couple. The samba was Jean Marc and P!nk, I mean his partner/wife. They got RAVE reviews from the judges and Toni Basil is still talking about it. really...right now, she's somewhere finishing up her review. I love Courtney and I wish she wasn't being outshined by some of the other girls, because she really is a great dancer.

Katee and Twitch
They got contemporary and Broadway which means they got to work with two of my favorite choreographers on the show, Mia Michaels and Tice D'Orio. (Let's take another moment of silence for the brilliance and hotness that is the two...) Mia gave them a contemporary number to "Mercy" by Duffy. It was the best number of the night. They worked that routine out!!!! They kissed. They fought. They swung on doorways. It was unreal! I will find it on YouTube tomorrow and post it if you missed it. It was that good. The Broadway number was done to "Sweet Georgia Brown" and I have a hard time reconciling a dance to something I associate with the Harlem Globetrotters. They did a fantastic job and the judges agreed. Katee is freakin' fantastic and really doesn't know just how good she is. Twitch is a surprise every week as to how talented he really is and then you remember...damn, he really can dance!

Chelsea and Joshua
They had a couple of impressive routines to tackle: the tango and disco...the dance killer. The tango was choreographed by Dmitry from season 2. No open shirt shots, but a hot routine. Nigel and Mary even spent time examining the junk in Joshua's trunk. The disco number, for me was a little tired and even though they did a billion tricks (lifts, flips, spins, oh my...) they seemed to be a little off. Still, the judges, having already decided who they wanted to go home this week, gave them raves on the technical skill involved in the routine.

This was a great show and the dancers are stepping it up to stay in the competition. Just be prepared to say goodbye to Comfort tomorrow.

Memphis and other 4letter words




Hi all!

The hubby and I just got back from an 8 hours drive from Memphis, TN to Dallas, TX. Memphis is pretty much suffering from hot as hell summer temperatures exacerbated by the humidity coming off the Mississippi river. So of course we leave the 100+ degree weather of Dallas for the balmy 90s of Memphis to visit hubby's aunt. The aunt is doing well for a woman on oxygen, managing her health one day/step at a time.

We had some time to kill in Memphis, so we did some sightseeing.

Okay people...repeat after me... Elvis is dead. He has left the building...for real. Go home. And by home I mean your home, not his. It looked like a line at Six Flags waiting to get into Graceland.

Hubby and I skipped that and ventured out to Mud Island, a strip of land great for golf, biking, hiking, etc. ...especially on a summer day. 3 hours and 10 miles later we'd riddin around Mud Island and basically become sweaty messes. Beale St. was fun but not nearly as entertaining as it would have been in the Fall or Spring when the weather makes it manageable.


Oh...and apparently the panhandlers there have my number. I got approached by just about everyone since my Southern sensibilities make it hard for me to ignore polite approaches, even if I know it is the prelude to begging.


The next day we visited Sun Records and stood in the recording room where Elvis, Chet baker, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash recorded. It was kinda cool to see the preserved history.

We then ventured out to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, sight of the assassination of Martin luther King , Jr. I don't think I've ever been so moved by a museum. It truly is one of those places every child should visit, especially Black children who may feel like school is something to be taken for granted.
Memphis was fun. Just bring your GPS if you drive because I know we inadvertantly drove over the 2 bridges no less than 5 times because we got stuck in lanes that only led to the freaking bridge and once you are on, you go for MILES before you can turn around, and by miles I mean you enter a new state before you can come back.
Bye y'all!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Okay...what the hell is Jesse Jackson thinking?

I've been pretty much stewing on the comments Jesse Jackson made about Barack Obama this past week and wondering...

Really? Is that the legacy you want to leave the world? You couldn't get the presidency, so you say some stupid shit that has all the class and dignity of high school lunch table? I mean, isn't it bad enough that you and Al Sharpton are lumped together as the Dynamic Duo if Black American outrage EVERY time somebody has been "wronged" and is in need of a soundbite?

I mean, do you really want to be remembered more for this and illegitimate children than your presence in the fight for Civil Rights in America? Really?

Let's not even discuss the use of the "N" word while you spoke to the reporter. Classy. A word you fought to have erased from the language of Americans, a word that was beneath your legacy...until now. Fabulous. Watch it on YouTube over and over so you can see the moment you became not only a joke, but irrelevent.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wipeout...my guilty pleasure

Okay, so Boo and I have a TV addiction. It brings us closer together and allows us to spend some quasi-quality time together (quasi meaning sometimes it's the History Channel and sometimes it Japanese gameshows). We record a bunch of shows to watch together and get to hang out while people do stupid things for money or we learn what Oprah's favorite things are (one day I'll be in that audience, dammit).

Anyway, our newest guilty pleasure is "Wipeout." It's like "American Gladiators" if done by Bart Simpson. You must watch this show. If you want a giggle for hours, this show will make you cringe, then guffaw all at the same time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIDm66yS-Vw

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another Day in Retail Hell

Hi all. A little bit more about me. I work as a retail manager for a discount retailer of mainstream to high-end fashion. Sundays are generally a big ole biatch of a day to work in the store because 1) you are working by yourself and there is no break from the store to be had and 2) the store is generally overwhelmed with customers who sem to have forgotten all that they learned in church 5 minutes prior. On an average day the store is busy here and there, but it's summertime and from literally the time we open the doors to the time we give last call we are wall to wall screaming children and crappy customers [ed. note: the views expressed by the blogger are his and his alone and only refer to those customers he describes as crappy, pissy, bitchy, messy, or thieving].



Today was no different. My scheduling manager, we'll call Felicity because...I can't come up with anything clever at the moment, has the tendency to schedule the b a r e m i n i m u m of associates to work in the store on my days to work. I had just enough people at store opening that I could have bought breakfast from the dollar menu with a $5 and had change. Never enough. The associates trickled in slowly until I had 7 people to clean up after the hundreds of shoppers that were waiting to get in the door.



Sundays tend to bring out the fraudulent returner. "No ma'am we never sell Prada handbags at our store. Ever." "No ma'am...your receipt says you paid $150 for the suit...the regular retail on it is $49.99." "If you never wore the shirt, sir, how come there's a chili stain under the deodorant ring on the inside?"



Plus, our part of town brings in the "family shopper" (i.e. one person shopping and a 15 person entourage that destroys the store while they wait.) One half expects paparazzi at the door when they leave.



I'm sure future posts will discuss shopping etiquette with an emphasis on parents and children who shop. Right now, I'm thrilled to have the next 3 Sundays off. My Boo (who may get a clever nickname in the future) and I are planning a short vaycay to Memphis to visit some of his family and do some sightseeing. I look forward to it before I delve into Texas tax-free weekend and Back to School. Hope this finds you all doing well. Going to hit the sack and dream of a clean department and quiet children.

Is it wrong....




to think that this picture is fabulous?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

First Blog

Hey y'all! Just a quick note to say that I'm doing this blog thing now and am looking at doing this on a daily-ish basis from now on. I'll be writing about the stuff that usually happens in the life of a happily married gay guy in Dallas who works retail and is a man on the verge. (smile) So keep checkin' back. I love music and movies and all things entertainment-wise, so I'll try to also hip you to some great stuff out there. Gotta go get some sleep...the crepes are giving me the itis.



L8r

Joe, Joji, J or whatever I'm being called for the day