7-25-10 Sunday and 7-26-10 Monday

Sunday:

We got up at a decent hour and took advantage of those AMC theater popcorn/soda coupons I shared the other day.  The 10:30 am showing of Inception was very early but always worth it.  On a Sunday morning, the theater is always empty. 

We enjoyed this movie.  Brilliant.  Lots of action.

Look at this weather today.  It doesn’t feel 102.  I love the LACK of humidity.

Weather


Monday:

I spent a lot of the day job hunting.  I filled out 2 more user profiles on-line.  Entering previous employment and such can take a while.  I did 2 assessments.  I’ve mentioned assessments in previous posts.  I captured a few screen shots of the type of questions an assessment will ask.

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Click each one: A new window will open and the photo will be larger and readable.

I have such a hard time with these sometimes.  I’m never quite sure what the perspective employer is after.  Are they considering my insanity, independence, customer service, scruples? 

Within 3 days of my last grocery shopping, I suddenly had a list of 10 or more items.  What’s a house-husband to do?  Oh yeah, go to Walmart.

I’m not quite sure how I didn’t manage to get my ass kicked but I picked a fight with a fellow shopper.  If you know me by now, I hate litterbugs, people who toss gum, loud music playing, etc.  It’s typically things that I feel are inconsiderate of others.  It grates on my nerves.  I’ve scolded a man for littering a cigarette wrapper, a woman for tossing her cigarette butt on the floor, etc.  It’s not like I do it every time because let’s face it, some might kick my ass, pull out a gun or I’d just simply spend all day angry at the world.

So, the story.  I was online.  A woman in front of me and a big guy in front of her.  When I say big, he wasn’t necessarily fat nor muscular.  He was just a big guy.  He pays, puts his bags into the cart and stands there sorting through money and looking at his receipt, looking at a cart that had go-backs in it (looked like he was scoping it out to steal something).  The lady in front of me couldn’t move up.  I couldn’t get my stuff on the conveyor belt.  My thought was “MOVE!”.  The guy takes his 4 bags out of the cart and just leaves it right smack in the way of the lady in front of me.  The guy gets about 6 feet away and I grab his cart and angrily move it away commenting, “Thanks for blocking everyone guy.”  He responds with, “Obviously it wasn’t such a big deal since you moved it.” to which I said, “You’re just lazy.”   I couldn’t believe I said that.  Yes, I felt that way but to actually say it?  I walked back over to my groceries where it was now my turn at the check out.  He got all puffy chested and asked if I wanted to take this outside.  I said I don’t need to take anything outside.  A Walmart manager guy comes over and asks HIM what the problem is.  A few words were inaudible but it quickly ended with the man saying he’d never be back to this store again.  The cashier apologized.  I was thinking to myself, self, cause I often call myself that, I started it.  Was him leaving the cart in the way enough to piss everyone off and take my side?  Best I can tell, maybe he had some troubles at the register right before I got there.  Maybe that’s why he kept looking at his money and receipt?  The man walks out.  I’m thinking, “shit, I gotta walk outside.”  Luckily the door closest to the Jeep is not the same door he used.  As I exit, and load my groceries, I take notice of my surroundings without “looking nervous”.  I see that there are cameras and one of those portable police towers like:

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I made sure I was alert, finished loading the car, got in, locked the doors and went on my way.  I still have no idea what set me off enough to get lippy.  Or why I thought it was OK to say something to this guy of all people. 

I get daily deal emails for the Charlotte area.  Some are just Charlotte, while others are National such as restaurant.com and AMC theaters.  Here’s a national deal on Cold Stone Creamery, Baskin Robbins, McAlister’s Deli, Bravo! and more.  None for me thanks – I’m dieting.  Sigh.  Each deal is in a separate link, click which place you’re interested in.  The website I get all this from didn’t have a link for the actual full page.  If you click here it will be for whatever day you click on the link.

Go get savin’!

4 comments:

  1. You can make healthy choices at McAlister's. And they have unsweet tea that is very good.

    The Wal Mart story is scary!! I don't usually hesitate to say things, either. Maybe you can look back at the situation and come up with a different way to handle it next time and what the outcome might have been if you'd done something different?

    Those assessment questions are ANNOYING. I can look at them and answer 1 way for my current job and a different way for a retail job, and another way for a different desk job... it totally depends on what the employer's expectations are!

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  2. I've already relived the Walmart experience in my mind. I think my tone was the issue.

    The best healthy choice possible is not to eat out. Even salads are tricky sometimes. BUT I will say McAlisters probably has a lot more healthier options than McDonalds or the like.

    That's how I felt about the assessment. Some choices were about giving a discount to the customer. Am I authorized to do that? I had so many questions.

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  3. If more people had the cajones to do what you did in WalMart, perhaps the offenders wouldn't be so quick to get all pissy about it. I applaud you, Garret. I think you were not only assertive but justified. What an ass that guy was. Do you want to "take it outside"... Sheesh. NOT cool.

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