Thursday, August 9, 2012


It's been a pretty busy week or two, but I figured I'd post something short and sweet before going to bed. I've been living in Enola for three months now, and working at the new job for just over two.  In that short period of time, I've received more Customer Appreciation comments at my current job than I have since I worked for Verizon 7-8 years ago.  When I was working for my last job, which I will now refer to as "the big red barn", I had begun to think that politeness and kindness, and putting customers first was all for naught, since the only ones that got any kind of recognition for their work were the slackers and brown-nosers. I remember one in particular that really set mine and my friend Lena's hackles on end. This person, that I had sarcastically come to refer to as 'Miss Congeniality' because of her extremely poor customer service skills and reluctance to do her job, had received TWO awards in one week, and she really did nothing to deserve it, while we busted butt and even worked overtime when she would call off or just leave early for no reason.  Fast forward to new job. I have, as I have said, been there slightly over two months, have gotten to know quite a few of the customers, if not by name, by their regular orders, and have received praise from customers at least five times, and been mentioned on the monthly Customer Service Update a couple of times. What am I doing differently? Nothing, and I just don't get it. It just feels good to be appreciated for doing my job. Anyway, I just thought I'd get that off my chest. Have a good week everybody.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Life, Work, Weather, and Star Trek Online

It's been a couple of weeks since I last updated, but things have been rather hectic at work (losing an assistant manager, losing a coworker to a new [better for her] job, store reorganizations and schedules changes, etc), that I just haven't felt much up to posting once I've gotten home. But, I'm back with yet another post. (Yay!)

So, what with working 6 day (36 hour) weeks at the Turkey Barn, and everything else, I finally get another day off (the second in three days) so I feel a bit more relaxed. The weather here has been nothing short of crazy for the past couple of weeks. It's been in the upper 80s to early 90s, temperature-wise, and we've had some pretty stormy days as well. Three days out of the week, I got drenched while leaving work. By drenched, I mean I was literally soaked clean through to the bone just getting to the car upon walking out the door. One night, I believe it was last Friday night, I had to drive to my parents' to move the car back into their newly repaved parking lot so that they could go get my aunt's medicine early the next morning. Well, it was 9:30 in the evening, and the sky was so dark, it looked more like midnight. It was raining so hard that I could barely see fifty feet in front of the car, and made three wrong turns because I couldn't tell where I was going. Thankfully, the rain had stopped or let up by the time I arrived. Saturday and Monday were more of the same. The past couple of days have been fairly decent, although it's still HOT! We may get a storm or two later in the day today or tomorrow, but the best chance is Sunday with a risk of severe storms.

In my spare time, I've been playing Star Trek Online, and helping my Trek friend, Sam Cummings (Fleet Admiral Emeritus of Maquis Forces International) and the fleet of Deep Space 7 in game build a starbase. It's pretty tough going for such a small fleet with few active players, but we're making progress. I just fear that we will run out of resources before too long. It does keep me occupied and out of trouble, though. If you or anyone you know would like to play the game (it's free to play now) and join our humble fleet, send me comment here, message me on Facebook, or simply download the game at the following link:  and send me a friend invite ingame once you've downloaded (my name there is @shikyrie) and I'll toss you out a fleet invite.

Well, that is all for this time. Until next time, be well, and be wary of strange people and their even stranger blogs. ;)

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