September 25, 2004

I guess "soon" is relative

So what's been going on Johnny? Well I'll tell you.

Work has been a little hectic, what with inventory and all. The count took place on the 23rd, so we weren't supposed to get any product in the day before. You see, the trucks are unloaded at night, and the product is taken to the floor and set on the shelves during the "third shift". Since everything essentially freezes for the twenty-four hour perios that it takes to count everything in one of these stores, no trucks with new product were scheduled to arrive. Meanwhile, two trucks and 3500 pieces later...

The "Kicker" here is, that due to the seasonal nature of the Garden Center, our product has dwindled down to just a few items that are actually garden related. We are essentially storage for other departments, and waiting to transition into being the Christmas Department. On the two trucks were ten pallets worth of Christmas items. All of this had to be placed into our storage trailers, and "inventory prepped" for the next morning. Now prepping this stuff is not difficult, but it's time consuming. You gotta print these little stickers to put on the boxes that the stuff comes in. The bitch is that a lot of this stuff has multiple bar codes for items in the same box. Different bar code, different sticker. That means a long day.

Inventory day really sucked, because I was not allowed to move anything in the store. You all know that you've picked up some item from one corner of the store, and had a change of heart about it in another part of the store, so you just set it on the nearest shelf and walked off. Normally I am really fastidious about correcting the "errant item effect" and pick the stuff up and either put it where it goes, or take it to a holding area for someone else to put it where it goes. Imagine twenty-four hours of this happening and I can't do a thing about it. It will sure make a department store look like Ass, let me tell you, and there I am, shuffling like a junkie, unable to put it to rights.

So what else? Well, my Dad's birthday was today. Over the last couple of day's I've been playing around with an airbrush that I just got in order to create a gift for him. As you all know he has his new car, but he was getting a little tired of having the dealership's license on the front of the car. I crafted a new one for his last vehicle, and I did the same for this one. The last one stated unnequivically that it was "Ken's PT", but this time Dad wanted something that befitted both his age, and his new jet-setting sportscar lifestyle. It says "Life begins at 60 (mph)", what the hell, I like it, you should too.

So Dad and I went for a ride the other day up on the absolutely beautiful Foothills Parkway. As we were getting ready to jump in his car, he asks if I wanted to drive. I believe I answered with "Hell Yeah" or something along those lines. I drove that fine piece of machinery with assertion, but not to excess (the owner of the car was sitting right next to me). The best part of this scenario is that after I drove his car, he registered nearly a mile more per gallon than when it was just him. So who's the hot dog, huh? Not me.

Anyway's, this is the sort of stuff that I've stored up over the last few day's. More to come...soon.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at September 25, 2004 11:51 PM

Wanna see pictures of Dad's B-day gift!

And wish him a happy birthday from me :-)

Posted by: Harvey at September 26, 2004 12:54 PM

Will do Harvey. I tried to take a picture, but it was too dark. I'll get another pic took as soon as I can and post that mother.

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at September 26, 2004 07:22 PM

Happy Birthday to your Dad. What a great day! How Fun.

Posted by: Tammi at September 26, 2004 07:50 PM

Cool license plate! I LOVE that!

Posted by: Boudicca at September 27, 2004 07:50 PM
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