A Day Out

Since Prime had an appointment and we were taking in a Brewers game this evening, Prime took a day off and we spent it together. We had to get up early to head out but once done with that business, we had breakfast, hit a local Target, then caught a movie.

Oh yeah, we saw Deadpool. I won’t go into too many details, but it was hilarious. Seriously, it was an awesome change of pace from Infinity War. So if you haven’t seen it yet, go. You’ll enjoy it.

Once the movie was over, Prime headed back to the Target and had me grab a Marvel Domino figure for him. (I think he might have a slight crush now.) Lunch was at Fazoli’s, then it was wheels up as we headed to Milwaukee.

We got here early, as you can see. That’s the Diamondbacks taking batting practice. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the batting cage on the field. Cool, no?

Now it’s time to settle down and watch a game with my Crew. It doesn’t get much better than that.


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And Today in “Things We Already Knew”

Call it a “no shert, Shitlock” moment but Wal-Mart is suspending the Scan and Go program. From the article:

Apparently, the technology didn’t work for Walmart’s customers. “It took Walmart almost a year to figure out what the rest of us already know: you can’t convince customers to do the job of a cashier just because you don’t want to pay for the work, especially when eliminating cashiers doesn’t result in more convenient shopping,” says Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) director, Randy Parraz.

Now, that’s probably a big part of the problem but I’m also on a number of Wal-Mart groups on Facebook and the sentiment has been this: the amount of shrink that most stores have been dealing with has gone through the roof ever since this idea was introduced. But that’s not the only problem.

And it might have added to the retail giant’s customer satisfaction problem, which remains at record low levels recently.

I’m pretty sure I know why Wal-Mart is having that problem. It’s because most of the associates don’t care, aren’t paid enough to care or are treated like such utter shit that they give up caring. You think I kid? I did a thirteen year stint in that hellhole and I can tell you; most managers in the store would rather fire you than look at you. A good number of managers will manufacture ways to fire someone, if given the chance. That’s not a joke.

It also doesn’t help that the Walton family does not like the idea of paying for a “professional” cashier.

Meanwhile, Walmart has to take a close look at the three tenets of its business model of large stores, low-paid labor and everyday low prices – tenets that may no longer be compatible with each other.

They will, eventually. But by the time they do, it’ll be too late. Just trust me on that one.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening to Voyagers! from NBC. I have a few memories of seeing an episode that was based on the Salem Witch Trials but that’s about it.

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Friendly Chatter

It’s been a shitty week, so we’re gonna make it a kitty week. So here is a cat, chatting with a chicken. Enjoy!

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Another Friday Night Under the Lights

Really good view, if I do say so myself.

Another Friday night, another Timber Rattlers game. Tonight is Lego Night, which is a bit of a misnomer; the giveaway figure is actually an OYO. I don’t know why, but they make that mistake every season.

The Bratzooka is up now, firing brats into the stands. I can’t say that I’m not tempted, but I never get lucky enough to catch one.

Currently, the Rattlers lead the game 2 – 1. It’s the Burlington Bees tonight; here’s hoping that they’re a worse team than the Snappers. We’ll see.


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Here is a Thing that I Must Purchase

Bumblebee is getting a prequel comic. From Transformers Luxembourg:


Paperback | $14.99
Published by IDW Publishing
Oct 02, 2018 | 96 Pages | 6-5/8 x 10-3/16

Fan-favorite Autobot Bumblebee is recruited for a top secret mission, and 1960s London won’t know what hit it when this robot in disguise goes undercover.

It’s high-tech, high-octane, high-clearance spy hijinks in From Cybertron with Love.

Some call him Goldfender, but the name’s Bee… Bumblebee. On loan to MI6 and teamed with a human partner, Bee’s trapped in the middle of a Cold War plot to disrupt British Secret Intelligence. But when their base is destroyed from within, it’s up to Bee to discover if there’s a traitor in their midst…and, in the spy world, allegiances can change just as easily as a Cybertronian.

From long-time Transformers writer and British super spy aficionado John Barber (Optimus Prime, Action Man), From Cybertron With Love is the official prequel to the new Bumblebee film, in theaters December 2018.

So John Barber is writing this one. He’ll make it work, trust me on that. But this looks like it’s going to be a darned fun read.

I also have a new nickname for Bumblebee. Awesome. 😉

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Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These

Strange days indeed.

Prime and I headed out to the new Meijer this morning; we thought that it would be open at 10:00 but it was quite open when we got there at 8:43. We both took a cursory look around; I can’t see this store as major competition for Costco but definitely for Wal-Mart. Meijer is more of a Wal-Mart type store anyway, whereas Costco is straight-up a warehouse/club store. But if I was still employed by Wal-Mart, I’d be very worried.

Our trip was a bit of a bust, as Prime was looking for Prime Masters and Rodimus Unicronus but could find neither. At least we saved a little cash on what we purchased, thanks to a coupon found in a flier. At least it wasn’t terribly busy while we were there. I’m betting that changed as it got closer to 10:00.

Remember that whole “Scan and Go” thing that Wal-Mart was hyping? Yeah, both of the kiosks are sporting “Out of Order” signs and the bags and scanners are gone. I had already heard about the massive amount of shrink that one store had dealt with so they killed the program. It looks like the same thing happened here with the same results.

I’m not sure as to why, but I took a walk down the travel aisle. I looked at the luggage and the various accoutrements and felt that ever so familiar pinch, that tightening in my stomach but I had to swallow and let it pass. It was that familiar feeling of excitement, of being mentally ready to go on a flight or a road trip, heading to yet another BotCon. But that feeling is gone. And I miss it. Primus, how I miss it. My urge to travel peaks in warm weather, which is when most of the conventions were held. I’d have my plans in place about a year in advance; my suitcase would have been packed and waiting. My vacation would have been approved months prior. When I got home, I would have thrown myself into planning for the next one. Now I don’t have that anymore and it stings.

The people behind TF Con must be dancing with glee. They have no real competition from HasCon. BotCon is gone. They pretty much have the market cornered. Hasbro only has itself to blame.

I’m working until 22:00. I don’t know exactly why, but it makes for a long night.

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