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Jun. 29th, 2006 05:56 pm
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Well, ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who have been following my misadventures at Sears Holdings, Inc, those misadventures are nearly over.

That's right. No more annoying half-witted employees (well, maybe not)

No more annoying, overly demanding managers.

No more semi-trucks full of merchandise to unload by myself. 

No more running up and down to our warehouse because my freaking managers can't make up their freakin minds.

Yes, I have a new job. Not a teaching job yet, but I'm still looking. For now, though, I am slated to become the Assistand Manager of Entertainment Cinemas, the local 6-screen movie house here in town. Pay's about the same, but there are free movies invovled, and a lot less stress (I'm hoping). 

So, wish me luck! I start training on Saturday, and I'm going to be going in at odd hours to train while I'm not at Sears. 

Other than that, life is pretty good. Got three teaching apps out this week. Fighting with the newspaper company (they can't seem to find our new address.), Cable issues are resolved finally, phone service is up and working. Sara's doing well. I'm tired all the time, but I hope that will change soon.

Can't think of anything more to say. Later all.

Howdy all!

Jun. 18th, 2006 08:18 pm
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Yep. Me again. Bruised battered, and really tired, but Sears inventory is over for this year. 

It went down on Wednesday, and went pretty smoothly. 

If you discount the part where I grabbed the inventory control seal on our delivery truck and slit my finger open, requiring two stitches. 

I hurt still. But aside from that. We had a wonderful weekend, just kicking around, hiding in the air conditioning of our bedroom...(it's BLOODY HOT UP HERE), and watching some TV.
We have discovered Firefly, and man, why didn't they make more shows??? This is a great series. We don't want to wait inbetween Netflix discs, so we ordered the whole shebang, including the movie Serenity, from Amazon, and we're anxiously awaiting it's arrival. 

Other than that, I'm having trouble with fanfiction motivation, hopefully an issue that will be resolved this week now that inventory is over. 

But life is good, I guess. We're moved in and settled. 

I'm still looking for a real job for the fall. Something...anything, other than staying in retail through the holidays. 

Pray.
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Hi gang!

I bet you thought I'd gone away, didn't you.

Nope, still here. Moved. Not Unpacked. Hoping to finish up most of it tomorrow. 

Anyway, the reason I'm here is because I had a brush with greatness...or at least filthy richness today. 

I'm at Sears today, and I'm flat out busy. Store inventory is this comming Wednesday. Most of my staff is gone. One guy got injured on the job. My high schooler took off for the weekend because he graduated Friday night. The other guy is next to useless and the store manager wants to fire him. Oh wait, that leaves....me. Me, myself, and I. 

Anyway, back to my story. So I'm hauling out a pallet of batteries to restock the floor, and the Manager is fawning over these two guys in business suits. So I look over at Andy in Lawn and Garden and say "Hey, Andy, who are the suits?"

"I think the tall black guy is the owner."

"The owner of the plaza?"

"The owner of the store...you know...Sears."

Well $h!t. 

The owner of the whole freakin company was in our store today. Our piddley little rump-store. Who've thought? I guess, accoring to people who actually got to talk with him. (Andy), he spends his weekends visiting Sears and Kmart stores around the country. Must not be married.

Anyway, wanted to share. 

Back to unpacking!

FREE

May. 24th, 2006 01:44 pm
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Paint's gone. 

I've worked 40 hours since Sunday. 

I don't have to back at Sears till Monday.

Thank God!

Part Deux

May. 23rd, 2006 10:50 pm
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Of my road trip.

I don't think I could possible hope for further advancement within this Sears district, since I've now pissed off three differant store managers, HI managers, and Receiving managers at stores in our district.

I didn't get the truck out of our store until nearly 5 pm. Got to Concord around 6:45. Store Manager: Not happy. 

The Manchester store manager went spastic on me. I didn't realize they could chew out Recieving Managers from other stores in front of their own associates. I thought you were only allowed to chew out your own managers.

But it's done. The paint is gone. The truck is returned. And I've earned myself a three day weekend...granted, it's Thursday, Friday, Saturday, rather than a traditional weekend, but I'll take it. I'll  reach my forty hour time limit sometime tommorrow, which means I can't work again until Sunday. That's right, between Sunday and Mid-day Wednesday, I put in 40 hours. 

Going to bed now.

ROAD TRIP!

May. 22nd, 2006 08:19 pm
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So, my store is discontinuing our paint department. We're losing money on it, and it's taking up space. We haven't sold paint in quantity since Home Despot went in down the street. So for the past week we've been packing and palleting paint.

We're transfering it to differant stores in our region. Today, I took 10 pallets of paint to Burlington, MA. 

For those of you who don't know, paint is freakin heavy. Getting the rented 24 foot Ryder truck up out of the Connecticut River valley was the first challange, accomplished by liberal use of my hazards and crawling along interstate 89 at 35 miles an hour. It took me 3 hours to drive from  Lebanon to Burlington.

The Home Improvement manager at Burlington forgot to tell the Recieving Manager that I was coming. He hit the roof, because he hadn't made any space for 10 pallets of paint. That was freind not made number 1. 

Friend not made number 2 was the HI manager, who was hoping for primarily exterior paint. She got mostly interior.

Friend not made number 3 was the Store Manager, who refused our inventory transfer paperwork because it was filled out incorrectly. So the paint is physically in Burlington, but theoretically in Lebanon, because the paperwork hasn't been processed.

The truck drove a lot faster on the way home...once I got off 128, which was a parking lot from Burlington to where it meets 93. 

I've had a very long day. Tommorrow, I may be taking paint to Manchester and Concord. Closer, which is good. 

Other than that, life is otherwise busy, and I still don't have a job for the fall. Please pray for me. I can't do retail indefinetly. It's killing me.
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Parts of New England are currently underwater as one of the worst rainstorms in my own memory drenches the region. On the bright side, it's May. If this were Febuary, we'd be buried under several feet of snow right now. 

Fortunetly for me, my house is well elevated and dry. My parent's house has some basement flooding, and many streets are closed in Salem, but I don't think there's going to be any serious loss of property, at least in Salem. I'm sure it will be worse other places. 

In other news, Sara and I have a new place to live, finally. So we'll be moving after June 1 to a bigger place, halelujah! I wish the rent wasn't also so correspondingly bigger, but what can you do? 

Sears continues to suck my will to live.

Lastly, I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there on my Flist! You rock!
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Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to announce that Sara and I have a place to live next year. It's campus housing, it's much more expensive but we won't be out on the street.

In other news, I'm seriously considering leaving Sears. The whole place feels like a rapidly sinking ship. It's a bad sign when two Asistant Store Managers leave in the same week. There are changes in the works, and I'm no longer having fun at work. Before, I was having fun. But now, I dread going to work. There's a lot of pressure on the Leads to somehow turn the employee situation around. My old manager, Frank, was made to sign a paper saying that he'd hire two new people by the 15th or he'd get written up. That's absurd. Like it's his fault no one's applying. If they come to me with something like that, I really don't know what I'll do. It's totally unethical, really. I feel bad, because I've only been in the Lead position for less than a month, but the fact is, the place is really going downhill in a rush.

I'm considering Borders...anyone ever work there? Hear anything about how they treat their employees?

I'm still waiting to hear back from Plymouth High School, but I expect that will be sometime in the next three business days. If I get the Plymouth gig, I might just go find summer work at a golf course. Obviously, if I don't get a teaching job, I'm going to need to be employed through the fall...hence Borders.

It's been a stressful couple of weeks, obviously. I haven't been sleeping well, which has contributed to my stress level. Uncertainty in our housing wasn't helping either. Maybe things will clear up, I don't know. I just feel really tired. Worn down. Burned out. All of the above. Hopefully, things will get better.

Babies galore, lately. Our friends Jon and Angela had a daughter, Sabrina over the weekend and  [personal profile] aggiebell90and  [profile] wamfofhad Birddogette today. Congrats to all!

(I want one...in a hypothetical sort of way. Our lives are way too stressed right now to even consider the real thing.) 

(And the Red Sox win! And the Red Sox win! 2 of 3 from the damnyankees.)
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Oookay. Things I learned today:

1. When enjoying your day off, the day after you put in a 12 hour shift at the store, unloading two differant semi trucks full of merchandise, climbing on your bicycle for the first time in God Knows, might not be the worlds best idea.

2. Riding a bicycle with two flat tires is difficult. It becomes even more difficult going up and down hills.

3. Never expect a gas station air pump to be functioning when you need it to be.

4. The first time you ride a bike in years, your trip should probably NOT consist of very steep hills.

5. You can be sore in places you didn't know you had muscles.

It is a beautiful day today, and I did ride my bike up to the Dartmouth green and met Sara for lunch, but now I hurt. Even more than I did when I woke up. And I'm really annoyed about the whole non-functioning air compresser thing. I don't own a bicycle pump, so I don't know where I can get air for my tires now.

Anyway, I'm sore, and sleepy and this chair is really comfortable. Maybe I'll take a nap.
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Welcome to Sears Recieiving! How may we help you today?

Bernie, Manager: A young, proactive, hands on manager, who aspires to be doing just about anything but what he's doing. But he'll continue to give you his best effort so long as you keep paying him his 10.50 an hour.

Employee #1, The Guy Who Lost Out To Bernie For the Promotion: Little bit older than Bernie. Fairly hands on. Attitude needs a little work, and the next level of education wouldn't hurt either if he wants to move up a little. But all and all, a nice guy who gets the job done.

Employee #3, Tall, Dark and Scary: Older than everyone else. Beard. Tatoos. Speaks in monosyllabes that are usually profane. Level of education unknown. Not the kind of guy you want to meet in a dark alley. Scares Bernie, who half-wishes he'd follow through on his muttered threats to quit.

Employee #4, The Kid: High School Senior. Not a whole lot of grey matter between the ears. Attitude you could cut with a knife. In desperate need of a belt, or a lesson in how to use one. Slacker. Requires constant supervision in order for him to get anything done, which pretty much negates one's ability to do anything else. Would benefit immensely from Boot Camp.

And that's it. We have four guys to cover all the hours the store is open, 9-9 M-S Sunday 10-6.

Priority Numero Uno for incoming manager: Find A Way to Convice New People to Work at Sears Starting at 7.70 when Foodstop is starting at 8.00.

Job News

Apr. 18th, 2006 11:14 am
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Two tidbits of Job news for you.

1. I have an interview at Plymouth High School on 3 May. They called me, before I even got a chance to call to confirm my resume had arrived. Promising sign.

2. I bit the bullet and accepted the promotion at Sears, after much heming and hawing. I go live as Receiving Manager on the 23rd. I'm excited, nervous and anxious all at the same time. I'm going to be in charge of people who have been at the store a lot longer than me, as well as older than me. And the department is in a shambles. It's like I've been made manager of the Kansas City Royals and tasked with making them a World Series Team. So wish me lots of luck.

Off to go to manager training!
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…somebody goofed. It snowed here today. Not, much, I’ll grant you, but snow nonetheless, and there are actually several inches…INCHES…in the forecast for tonight. Where did Spring go?

My life has been a mess of confusion lately.

Job Situation #1: Salem has reposted the vacancy I applied for. Now, I was told this was going to happen, so that in itself didn’t mean anything. I spoke with the Humanities Director, who said, and I’m quoting roughly “We have one candidate from the first batch we’re interesting in moving on with, and the rest are going back into the pool and as we get new people we’ll be setting up second interviews for some people when the time comes.” And THAT delightful piece of bureaucratic double-talk was in response to the questions “So when will I hear something definite?” Tell me, did he answer my question? Didn’t think so. Sara has taken to calling this particular administrator, “Mr. Poopypants” for his inability/unwillingness to communicate clearly. Personally, knowing him as I do, I’m leaning towards inability. It seems to me he’s probably thinking he IS being helpful, rather than deliberately obtuse. So, we’re in a wait and see mode. I’m also trying to figure out what I can find out “unofficially” through my contacts in the district so I can find out WTF is going on down there.
I wish I knew what was going on, really, because if I’m not going to get the job, I want to call up or visit one of the teachers who was on the interview committee and find out what I did wrong, or how I can get better at interviewing. He’s an old friend and I really think he could help. But I don’t want to contact him while I’m still pending, you know?

Job Situation #2: The Woodsville High School interview went well. I like the people in the department I’d be working with (all two of them). They’re both young, and excited. The school itself is much smaller than I anticipated (total enrolment: 300 students). But I think I could like it there. Even if a part of me feels like I’m being exiled to the back of the beyond because I’m not good enough for the big leagues yet. (Sorry, kid, you’re being sent down.) They told me they expect to hire in mid-April, so THEY at least gave me a time frame.

Job Situation #3: My boss at Sears told me they’ve got a Lead position opening up at the end of April, and he wants me to go for it. Half of me wants to laugh in his face, half of me is slightly intrigued. Half of me says, I didn’t waste four years of American History and Education studies to be the Receiving Manager at the West Lebanon Sears. The other half wonders if God’s trying to open a window for me, or something. I just don’t know.

In other news, the Sox opened the season with a win for the first time in like…forever. I’ve been missing my favourite baseball buddy, Doc Merchant. I should give him a buzz, or something.

Timothy Zahn’s new book, “Outbound Flight” is out in stores. I’ve already finished it, it was very good. I hesitate to say spectacular, but definitely very good. [livejournal.com profile] kadath, you need to read it, it gives some very good background on our favourite Grand Admiral. [livejournal.com profile] jedione you will enjoy it also, if you’re reading this.

I’ve purchase the complete three volume set of “Lee’s Lieutenant’s” by Douglas Southall Freeman. Finding them fascinating. Yeah, I’m that much a history nerd.

That’s about it, I guess. My frustration level with the Salem School District is high, but I’m trying not to lose hope. Really, really, trying.
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"...next question please?"

"Mr. Campbell, can you tell us where you've been the last several weeks?"

"Well, I can tell you that I've been very busy. This is a very busy time of year for me, with job listings being posted. I had a job fair interview last week."

"How did it go?"

"It went very well. It was for a position at my old high school, so I'm hoping I have a good chance of getting called back for a second interview. I aslo have an interview lined up at Woodsville High School at the end of the month."

"What about substituting, how is that going?"

"No comment. Next question, please."

"How is Sears?"

"Sears is going fine. We've just completed a major store realighnment, and I spent several days moving the paint department. The result of moving all those gallons of paint has me sore in places I forgot I had."

"How about your personal life, Mr. Campbell?"

"In general it's good. I entertained my sister and my parents at my house this past week, and both visits were very sucessfully."

"The important part, Mr. Campbell, your writing. Your readers want to know when you're going to be back."

"I'm currently working on two projects right now, the next chapter of Redefining and the next chapter of DTR. I hope to have both finished before the end of the week."

"So, in general, you'd say things are going well."

"I think that about sums it up. No more questions, please."
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So...somebody was complaining I hadn't updated in a while. So here's an update.

Got some snow this week, which was nice. It temporarily hides the fact that it was all brown and muddy before. I had school vacation, so I worked some extra hours at Sears.

That job is actually turning into something that approches enjoyable, depending on the day. The people are nice. The store manager, Gene, is a bit of a tyrant, but he's a NICE tyrant. He has that talent where he can tell you to go to hell and make you feel good on the way. My immediate superior, Frank, is really cool, and fun to work with. Thursday this past week was inventory, and I was at Sears from 6:45 am, to 6:30 PM. LONG day, but we got a lot accomplished, and I got some compliements on my work ethic.

This past Saturday, I got to drive the big shuttle truck back and forth from the store to the warehouse with stock up goods. It started out as a "quick job, just two or three lawn tractors". It turned into an all day project where I brought stuff and assembeled it and put it out on the floor. THat's okay though, I like working with my hands. Although, it was snowing, and that made driving the truck a bit dicey.

My neice's postponed birthday party was Sunday, so I got to go back to Southern NH for the day. Saw my folks. They're repainting my old room, that was a bit of a shock. In a good way, I guess. I didn't really want them to erect a monument to my memory anyway. Had a good time at my sister-in-law's for the party. Wiped the floor with my 8 year old newphew at Madden 2004 on the PS2. This is a remarkable accomplishement, because he cheats like there's no tomorrow. He alters players stats and so forth, and doesn't warn you ahead of time. But I got the better of him this time, with the ARIZONA FREAKING CARDINALS whomping the Kansas City Cheifs 42-21. He was really nasty about it in the end. Didn't want to play after the 2 minutes warning. Almost shut the machine off, but Sara snapped at him to play to the end, so he just started hitting random buttons. I could have scored again, because he wasn't paying attention, but I just the knee. Something he wouldn't have done, had the roles been reveresed. My newphew needs good sportsman lessons.


I've dissapeared from PS again, but with DTR 18 in the pipeline and well on it's way to being posted, I'm going to try to get back in again.

That's it for now.
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My life proceeds apace.

Subsitutiting is the bane of my existance. I've been in a middle school the last two days, and these kids give new meaning to hell on wheels. I had one swear at me. A middle schooler! I told him to move his seat, because he was talking to the kid next to him, and looks up at me and says "What the hell for, I ain't done sh-t." "Office! NOW!" I roared, and the class went dead silent so as for pin to drop, but the kid just sat there, pleased as punch, and then sauntered off to the office. Arrogant little peice of...*ahem*. Oh dear Lord, I pray thee for the ability to snap my fingers and land anyone of my choosing in US Marine Boot Camp. Hoo-rah.

Sears is going better. The final body count climbed to 9 firings and four arrests. And it's funny, the store runs just as efficently now as it did before. Overstaffed much? Well, at least I'm getting paid by the hour. I actually enjoy the work, which is good, since it means I no longer have a day off. I work 7 days a week. I realize of course, lots of people do, because they have to, and they don't complain, so I shouldn't go round feeling sorry for myself, but man, I'm tired lately. No rest for the weary, I suppose.

Think I picked up a mild cold. THat's not helping. And I've done *Something* to my right leg. I can't seem to lift it above my knee. Like, when I go to get in my jeep, it sets off excruciating pain. Must be a muscle pull, or worse, tear. I hope its just a pull and it will fade in time. It's lingered long enough though, that I'm seriously thinking of seeing a Doc.

Trying to hook Sara on Sherlock Holmes. Read her Scandal in Bohemia last night at bedtime. She seemed to enjoy it.

Enough about me. How about the rest of y'all?
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Job a Sears goes well, after transfer to in-store marketing. No pressure to make sales now, just filling shelves and pricing. Managers like me. But then, I work a hell of a lot harder than those idiot teenagers they're currently employing at the same hourly rate. Don't know if this makes me dumb or more mature.

The waste part is this: Yesterday, I got to work, and the store was crawling with mucky-mucks. You could cut the tension with a bloody knife. The Managers were all closed up in the office, no one in, no one out. People are taking statements. People are getting called into the office. The senior salesman is running the store, becuase no one's answering phones in the managers office. Finally, people start emerging.

That's when the cops showed up.

And hauled away more than half of the staff of shipping/receiving. Four kids, ranging in ages from 16-22 (he was the receiving manager) the charge? 82,000 worth of merchandise, smuggled out over the last several months.

These kids are going to jail now. They've ruined their lives. I don't know them that well, I'm new, but I just feel so sad about the whole waste of it all. The wasted potential, the wasted dreams. What's ahead of these kids now? Nothing.

It makes me sick.
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Well, it’s been a long time since I updated. Here’s a brief summary: I’m really busy.

Sears goes well, I guess. I’m still doing computer training, which is about as exciting as watching cement cure. (Not the quick dry stuff, either, the real, slow cure McCoy). I’ll be finished soon, though, and then I can get out on the floor and get to the real stuff. I’m still really nervous about how I’ll do as a salesman. They really push those “consumer protection plans,” which I like to think of as selling snake oil. Who wants to oil a snake anyway? But I digress. I haven’t got a set schedule yet, but it will likely include weekends. We’ll see how it goes.

Teaching…substituting remains blah. I’ve got some security in the sense that Mascoma Valley will take me every day, but that’s for mainly SPED work, which I find really frustrating. The other downside is that Mascoma isn’t going to have any Social Studies openings this year, so I’m getting popular in the wrong place. I really need a job next year. I can’t do this another year, I’ll go nuts. One bright note, I got my NH license in the mail the other day. Yah! I’m licensed to teach! Have books, will travel.

Speaking of next year, Sara and I are having housing issues. I think I may have mentioned that Dartmouth is tearing down our building at the close of this school year. Well, the new buildings that are going to be available for us to move into are twice the monthly rent. We’re not sure we can afford that, so we’ve been looking into other options. I’d REALLY like to buy a house/condo, because mortgage payments would be cheaper than rent, in many cases. But we probably wouldn’t be able to get a loan if I don’t have a full time teaching job. It’s like a vicious circle.

I’m really slacking of my online life. I haven’t responded to my reviews on PS yet, and I haven’t posted on the message boards in ages. I feel so detached. I’m getting ready to put up a new batch of pictures on Two Roads, which is about the only online productive thing I’ve done lately. Sara and I are going to try to submit to the PS Valentines Day challenge. I’ve started the next chapter of Redefining, and I’m tinkering with Summer in MacPherson’s Valley again. I really want to finish that last, because then I can publish it and be a multimillionaire and devote all my time to writing.

I haven’t had time to transfer the registration on the car yet. Dad’s after me to do that. Had to drive to Salem on Monday to straighten around an issue with Sara’s cell phone. It zapped out for unknown reasons. That was a pain in the proverbial neck. Getting Sara’s name changed is an endless process. Assuming all the rights, duties, and responsibilities of married life is a harder process than one might think. Sometimes, it still feels like we’re only playing.

Other than the above mentioned “bummer” things, married life goes well. I enjoy coming home to Sara, even if it isn’t until 9 pm on nights I work at Sears. I realize of course, all things are relative, and that some people have it a lot worse, so I’m counting my blessings.

Till the next time, my dear friends.

New Life

Jan. 5th, 2006 12:39 pm
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Well, things are new and different.

I'm here, in my own home, rather than in my parents. It's different, yet nice. Being with Sara everyday is incredible, and I love every minute of it. It's a bit strange though. I still have this nagging feeling I should be getting home, or that this can't last. But it can, and it will. :-D

Unfortunetly, I haven't been called to sub yet, so I haven't earned any money yet. I'm also getting bored, sort of. I have my writing, and I have the history channel, but I'd like to have something to do durning the day while Sara's at class.

On the plus side of the ledger, I found a part time job, and I start next week somtime. I'm going to be a Lawn and Garden Salesmen at Sears. I'm going to sell on commission, which I once swore I would never do again after a bad experiance selling computers at Circut City, but I feel better about this, because I feel Craftsmen lawnmowers are a much better product than the crappy computers they had me selling at CC. Of course, I'm older too, and I might be a better salesmen this time around.

Anyway, that's about all for now.

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