I’ve been on a tear lately. I’ve been buying socks. Yes, socks. A number of socks. Let me explain.
Walmart is selling pop culture themed socks right now and among the choices is a set of Transformer socks; the designs are an Autobot sigil, a Decepticon sigil, Optimus Prime, Megatron, and of course, Bumblebee. Needless to say, I needed these in my wardrobe yesterday, so I’ve been grabbing a set every chance I get. (It should be fairly obvious as to why.) Before you ask: no, I won’t be wearing these on a daily basis, as tempting as it may be. Which leads me to another question: if not now, when?
These would have been perfect a few years ago, when BotCon was still being held on a yearly basis. Sure, I would have needed to round out the collection with some plain old boring socks but for the convention proper? Oh, I would have been absolutely styling every day. The day I got an autograph from none other than Frank Welker himself? I’d have been rocking Megatron. Dan Gilvezan makes an appearance? Bumblebee. I get to say hi to Peter Cullen? Optimus. The Autobot sigils would be the kick off for day number one and the Decepticon sigils would be the closer for the con’s last day. I might not have a pair reserved for either tour, but that wouldn’t have mattered. Wearing them during the convention would have been my top priority.
But I don’t have that option anymore. Because I don’t have BotCon anymore.
Making things worse is the fact that I now work at Costco and they pretty much want me to take vacation; it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ situation. Basically, I had to put in for a week in July and a few days in August off so I could use some of my accrued time rather than losing it. (Only forty hours will roll over for the next year and I’m very close to my anniversary date.) So I’m facing a bit of crunch, as you can see.
I’ve never had this problem before. It’s a recent development. You probably know why.
When BotCon was held on a yearly basis, this simply didn’t happen. Every year, I used my vacation and in some cases, I used personal time and a combination of unpaid days off as well. (Walmart began to get somewhat restrictive with their vacation time; associates can only ask for five vacation days in a row. More than that and at least two of them must be regular unpaid days. No, I don’t get it either but that’s Walmart for you.) But I didn’t have to worry about not using my time off, because I was using it every single year.
This year, the fact that I had unused vacation sneaked up on me, because I had no reason to use it this year.
I miss BotCon. You have no idea.