Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening to the All-New Dennis the Menace, which aired on CBS. I never got the chance to watch this.

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Oh Deer

It’s been a shitty week, so we’ll turn this into a kitty week. So here are some cats, perched on a plush deer. Enjoy!

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Turning Pages

A few days ago, I was walking to the bus stop near my home and I passed by one the houses nearby and took a look in the Little Free Library that was by the sidewalk. Normally, there isn’t a lot in there that will interest me; earlier in the summer, I managed to snag a poetry book. Last year, I grabbed a copy of Raptor Red because, well, it’s something I’ve been wanting to read.

This time, I spotted something that I had to grab: When the Emperor was Divine. The title was enough to give me pause and once I read the jacket, I knew I had to take this one.

This is dealing with the interment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. Yeah, a must read for yours truly.

I’ll probably start up on this one after I get done with my read through of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and a take down of Doreen Virtue’s Healing with the Angels. Once I’m done with the second one, I’m dropping it in the Little Free Library, as I have no use for the darned thing and I don’t even know where I got it.

Yeah, I went through a bit of a metaphysical phase. I have plenty of books that I can drop off at that Library. I just need to scare ’em up and start dropping ’em off. All they’re doing is taking up space here.

So those are a few things you can look forward to in the coming weeks. I may write up a small review for my latest pull–this book is only five chapters long–but it’ll be pretty brief. As for the C.S. Lewis book? That’s a reread, as I loved it as a kid but I’m wondering if that same love will hold up now that I’m older.

The love isn’t as strong now, I hate to admit. If anything, the characters are coming across as rather bland and the dialogue is downright clunky. It’s more than a little sad, when I think about it.

But once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to greener pastures. Can’t wait to see you guys then!

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おやすみ よいこ

When I was young, it wasn’t easy for me to fall asleep at night. I’d have nightmares or worse, it was just the darkness that bothered me. This proclivity drove my parents more than a little crazy but they may have actually been somewhat at fault.

A few years ago, a study showed that religious children had a harder time distinguishing fantasy from reality than nonreligious kids. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense: you’re telling children that certain fantastical things that happen aren’t real, but that others–a talking snake, a talking donkey, using a stick to part a sea–are perfectly rational events. It’s confusing, to put it gently.

It also might be why I had a devil of a time sleeping when I was a child.

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You’ve probably seen that hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. You are probably wondering what it may mean. What #MeToo deals with is sexual harassment and assault. Some are adding details. Others are simply saying “Me too” and saying little else. Those two words are enough, as the memories are overwhelming.

I know this because I have dealt with it as well. As you can imagine, this may be a bit much for some. If you are bothered by this subject, do not go past the jump.

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Chance Encounter

Yesterday, as I was walking to work, a truck driver waved at me. I froze at first but then smiled and waved back; it was Sean, who had been a cashier at my old Walmart until he was fired about five years ago. It happened around Halloween and the exact cause seemed bogus. But it seems that since he was fired, he’s finally been able to get a job; getting his CDL has certainly helped in that respect. He can handle just about any load, any truck and he’s making good money doing it.

He also told me why Gary is no longer at our old Walmart and why Frank, the manager who worked Asset Protection, is gone. It seems that both of them were doing things that weren’t exactly ethical.

They were both firing employees without vetting it through corporate. Apparently, they had both let go of a shitload of people and corporate was beyond pissed about it. So they showed up at my old store and took these two guys out. In the case of Gary, he was forced into an early retirement and moved to a different store. In Frank’s case, he was terminated.

I really can’t feel sorry for either one of these guys. Truly.

We chatted for a little longer but we both agreed; Sean and I are doing better now that we’re out of Walmart. We can’t really say that we miss the place but we do miss some of the people; however, it seems a lot of them have moved on. We both admitted that we don’t recognize a lot of the cashiers or the CSMs; most of the faces there are brand new and change every few months. People who had been at my old store for years have transferred or quit; they couldn’t handle the BS.

I can’t say that I blame them. I’m kicking myself for staying as long as I did. Why the hell I didn’t run from that toxic sewage I will never know. The only thing I can think of was needing the money and not wanting to screw up my credit rating but those were really pathetic excuses. I could have gotten out sooner, maybe saved a little of my sanity but now, we’ll never really know.

I am glad that Sean is doing well. He’d had a helluva time trying to get himself a job right after he was fired. He had wondered if Walmart hadn’t blacklisted him or if the management, upon getting calls from potential employers, were sabotaging his efforts. But now, he’s in a better place than he was several years ago, as am I. I almost want to thank the Waltons for doing us that little favor. But that might be just a little bit spiteful.

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Not a Gas

So lately, Prime and I have been noticing the smell of gas when we walk near the passenger side of our car. It seemed to be getting stronger by the day, until the point where Prime said, “To hell with it!” and took the car to a mechanic. We’d had problems with the fuel line before; Prime thought that this might have been the main issue again.

Nope. Fuel filter. Mechanic thinks that we might have hit some road debris and possibly caused the damage that way. It makes sense to me, as we’ve been to Milwaukee a couple of times and the interstate in that area isn’t exactly clear. (Oh yeah, a good portion of that stretch is under construction/repair. Hitting a chunk of asphalt makes perfect sense, trust me.)

At least it didn’t cost much. There’s that, at least. We won’t be worrying about road debris for the next few months; instead, we’ll have to deal with ice covered roads because the state won’t plow anything worth a damn. Gotta love Wisconsin.

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