No Joy in Green Bay

Maybe some ivermectin will help.

Green Bay lost by a field goal. Congratulations, Packers. But if I’m going to be brutally honest: I didn’t think the Packers should have been in the playoffs. They would have a commanding lead, only to piss it away. No, Aaron Rodgers, you do not deserve the MVP. You’re not an MVP. You’re a dipshidiot who put your entire fucking team in danger because you took medical advice from Joe goddamn Rogan. You’re a joke and a bad one at that.

On the bright side, I won’t have to hear about the Packers quite as much. We’ll have a slight lull in the cycle. Me? I’m looking forward to baseball season. If it’s still coming.

Friday and Saturday were both busy. Both days can be summed up in three words: chips, dips, and sips. We had 2,800 members on Friday and 3,485 on Saturday, most of them buying beer, appetizers, snacks and the like. I have planned on both days being busy; Packers games are big and playoffs are bigger. So I expected crowds. I was hoping Sunday would be quieter. But I was wrong.

We were still fairly busy and I was stuck mostly at the front end. No big deal, right? Well, I was on carts for an hour and my knee took severe offense to this, so it screamed at me for the rest of the evening. On top of that I was scheduled until 20:30, which made a long shift feel even longer. But that’s not the worst of it.

Apparently, our new manager wants me on the front end more than the doors. She’s putting the pressure on everyone to “send me up front” when I’m “not needed”.

Massive problem: the moment I’m up there, I’m needed back at the door. Because of a break. Or a procedure. Or something. But I’ll be up front for five minutes then I’m sent down to the door. It happens nearly every day.

So hearing that bullshit seriously pissed me off. So I’m thinking of some malicious compliance. Sure, I’ll stay at the front end. But if the procedures aren’t done or someone’s break is late or there’s a violation for a late lunch, tough. Our manager wanted me up front. If shit goes sideways it’s literally not my fault. The supervisors or management or whoever can pick up the pieces and deal. I’m done.

It’s a long time until BotCon. I hope I can last.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening and closing to The Partridge Family. I have dim memories of this being on TV Land, but I don’t think I caught it.

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Cat’s in the Cradle

It’s been another shitty week, so we’re gonna make it a kitty week. So here’s a cat, giving her opinions on two different beds. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Zuc a Fat One Edition

1) Current mood:

2) This is your weekly reminder that #FacebookIsTrash. In this case, the trash took itself out. Good fucking riddance.

3) Thought for the Week: You can’t compare Mark Zuckerberg to Data. One is an emotionless machine that vaguely resembles a human being but has no understanding of decency or humanity and the other is a Star Fleet officer.

4) Next week, I’ll have an extra day off for the MLK holiday which makes me happy. I’m getting three days off in a row, which is a nice little vacation. I’m going to need it, as I will be back up to forty hours the week afterwards. Great paycheck but I’m going to be exhausted. I hope my knee doesn’t hate me by the time I’m done.

5) I have been posting non-stop for the past five years. I’m a little surprised, to be honest. My previous blog was sporadic at best, so to have a streak like this is stunning. Let’s hope I can keep it up.

6) We’re down at least two people at the door: Wiesia and Kathy both are getting knee surgery. Kathy is probably going to come back, but Wiesia is going to retire, which means we may just have a full time position opening up soon. It also looks like Mary will be retiring later this year, so we’ll have a part time position to fill. So that means we’ll have two spots open. Currently, we have an offer for cross training in Pharmacy and I’m a little tempted to go for it. It’s a thought.

7) It’s official: IDW will lose both GI Joe and Transformers at the end of the year. Apparently, these two properties are headed to Skybound publishing. My Little Pony and Dungeons and Dragons are staying with IDW but the two best known properties are not. It seems that IDW had stories planned out to the end of the year, but they’re going to have to wrap it up early. I quite literally don’t know what to think about any of this. I had heard the rumors last year, but I was hoping they would only be rumors. I hope Hasbro knows what they’re doing because I’m certainly confused.

With that said, I’ll stop for now. But don’t fret! I’ll be back in just seven days to let you know all that’s not happening in this train wreck I call a life. So until next week, have a great weekend, stay safe, and I’ll see you then!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 48

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s time once again for your Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, leave a link in the comments!

One of the World’s Wealthiest Oil Exporters Is Becoming Unlivable (from Bloomberg): “For wildlife, it almost is. Dead birds appear on rooftops in the brutal summer months, unable to find shade or water. Vets are inundated with stray cats, brought in by people who’ve found them near death from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Even wild foxes are abandoning a desert that no longer blooms after the rains for what small patches of green remain in the city, where they’re treated as pests.”

The Dallas QAnon Cult Believes JFK Was Disguised as Trump at Arizona Rally (from Vice): “At the beginning of November, Protzman managed to convince hundreds of people to travel from across the U.S. to Dallas based on the prediction that JFK would suddenly reappear and reappoint Trump as president. The prediction, and multiple others in the weeks that followed, failed to come true, but Prtozman has convinced several dozen people to remain with him in Dallas, as he continues to promise that some major revelation is coming.”

They’re Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump’s Rally (from Rolling Stone): “Protzman, who sometimes goes by Negative48 online, built a notable following through his Telegram channel and has drawn dozens of people to the large scale gatherings in Dallas, which has led one major influencer in the QAnon community — QAnon John, the organizer of the For God & Country Patriot Roundup — to call Protzman “crazy” and his followers “cult material.””

Spiders in the car: Check this one spot before driving to prevent a crash (from ABC Everyday): “It is important in these moments of panic to remember that the last thing the spider wants to do is try and bite you, says Dr Seeman.”

The Most Popular Hot Sauce In Each State (from the Huffington Post): “Instacart also identified the states that buy the most hot sauce (North Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, California and North Carolina) and the ones that purchase the least amount of hot sauce (Hawaii, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Rhode Island). “

Genetic risk factor found for Covid-19 smell and taste loss, researchers say (from NBC News): “After comparing the genetic differences between those who lost their sense of smell and those who reported that they did not suffer this effect, the study team found a region of the genome associated with this split that’s situated near two genes, UGT2A1 and UGT2A2. Both of these genes are expressed within tissue inside the nose involved in smell and play a role in metabolizing odorants.”

The pitchforks are out for Kohl’s (from CNN): “For the second time in as many months and third time in a year, an activist investor is putting pressure on the department store chain to make changes or sell the company.”

Cold case team believes it has solved the mystery of who may have betrayed Anne Frank (from NPR): “Their answer, outlined in a new book called “The Betrayal of Anne Frank A Cold Case Investigation,” by Canadian academic and author Rosemary Sullivan, is that it could have been a prominent Jewish notary called Arnold van den Bergh, who disclosed the secret annex hiding place of the Frank family to German occupiers to save his own family from deportation and murder in Nazi concentration camps.”

New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie (from The Daily Beast): “The full scope of the Uihlein’s anti-election and extremist funding is actually far more sweeping. According to the foundation’s latest tax filing, the supply chain mogul contributed more than $4 million to groups affiliated with efforts to overturn the election and other acts of far-right extremism.”

How Karl Marx Influenced Abraham Lincoln and His Position on Slavery & Labor (from Open Culture): “Lincoln and Marx became mutual admirers in the early 1860s due to the latter’s work as a foreign correspondent for The New York Daily Tribune. From 1852 until the start of the Civil War, Marx, sometimes with Engels, wrote “over five hundred articles for the Tribune,” Blackburn notes. Fiercely anti-slavery, Marx compared Southern planters to the European aristocracy, “an oligarchy of 300,000 slaveholders.” Early in the war, he championed the Union cause, even before Lincoln decided on emancipation as a course of action. Marx believed, writes Blackburn, that ending slavery “would not destroy capitalism, but it would create conditions far more favorable to organizing and elevating labor, whether white or black.””

That’s all for this week. But I’ll be back in another seven days with more linkage than you can shake a cursor at. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe and happy reading!

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Still Haven’t Found

Weird if they called it the Yankovic variant.

I’m still looking for those shirts that Prime got for me. I know they’re here, but things have been moved around so I’m not sure where I should start looking.

I shouldn’t worry too much. I have nearly eight months until BotCon. I’m pretty sure I’ll find them by then.

I know I need to hit Walmart and Meijer to grab some supplies. Honestly, I feel that I should just go to Meijer first; Walmart has been a huge letdown when it comes to selection. Part of it is from the supply chain issues but I know the bigger issue is the associates don’t care. They aren’t paid enough to care. I should know. I used to work there. It was SOP not to give a damn.

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Pending Further Review

Yesterday was a perfect storm of suck: it involved a doctor’s appointment, an argument about my Covid vaccine card, having to pick up a prescription at my Costco, needing to get a jump because of a dead battery, and a very frustrated Prime who didn’t want to deal with any of it.

It could only go up from there, right? Today would be a much better day, right?

Wrong. Holy shit, WRONG.

This morning, Prime hopped on his phone and discovered that my Facebook account has been suspended. I can’t use Messenger. I can’t post anything. My page is absolutely blank. In other words, my page is gone.

What triggered this? A post from November that we can’t even see. So trying to find it to delete it is damn near impossible.

Nevermind that I keep reporting things that absolutely break Community Standards, that are hate speech, and that are violent. Nope, all those racist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-vax, QAnon, flat Earth, conspiracy theory bullshit posts remain. It’s perfectly okay to threaten someone with violence. Or wish death on their children. You can dox someone and nothing happens. But calling them an ignorant potato? Well, that’s a bridge too far. 🙄

Prime’s already started an appeal. It’s taking a while so that means it might be seen by human eyes but who knows? Zuc the Fuc seems to love his badly programmed algorithms, so for all I know, my account might be in the not-so-capable hands of a bot who has no understanding of satire, humor, or nuance. So there’s a damn good chance I might be locked out forever.

Before you ask: I have no plans on making another account. Facebook is a fucking toxic waste dump and I don’t want to get re-involved in that toxicity again. So I either get my account back or I walk away from Facebook forever.

Am I upset about this? Not really. As I mentioned, Facebook is fucking toxic. What has me upset is I can’t let my friends know what happened or where they can contact me. To be honest, the only thing I plan on doing if I get access to my account is to make a post letting my friends know about my blog. That will probably be my absolute last post on Facebook. I have zero use for it.

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Do-Over

Let’s just forget that today even happened. Because it was pretty terrible. So we’ll have a comfy kitty instead. I’ll be back tomorrow with an actual post. Until then, see you!

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

“I Don’t Want to Live Without You” by Foreigner. The first time I heard this, it made me think of Bumblebee, which is a little ironic. Mostly because I found the love of my life because of him! ❤

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Hiss Off

It’s been another shitty week, so let’s make it a kitty week. So here’s some extra spicy, hissy feral kittens, who think that they’re tough. Enjoy!

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