Archive for February, 2008

I am…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2008 by abraxus

Iron Man. Watch this…

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Dear Ms. J

Posted in Blogging Related with tags on February 23, 2008 by abraxus

In case you don’t happen to see the Post I made to my old LJ Account I shall ask again here because my curious nature compels me. When did you send me that Parcel in the mail?

Monday Meltdown ™*

Posted in Health, Life, Rants, Work with tags , , on February 11, 2008 by abraxus

Ah so we begin with a nod to milady Pandora over at her blog for giving me the impetus to Rant this fine Monday morning.

Our Renovations are thankfully almost over now but the sort of insanity we have had to deal with (which should NEVER have been staff concerns) has been phenomenal to say the least. Ideally we should have closed for the entire length of the Renovation but our Owner has partners and they wanted us open the whole time. So we have been dealing with the mess of a Renovation while trying to serve people decent food this whole time. That in and of itself is stressful. I take pride in my work and stand behind the food I sent out of the Kitchen but with all the mess everywhere it’s like walking through a mine field to send it out without it getting contaminated by Drywall dust, dirt and general crud from the Renovation.

Now that half the Restaurant is done and open with its new look a new set of problems has arisen. Cleaning the new place is becoming a chore because of the rules involved, new paint means no washing walls for 30 days, new tiles means we have to wash with sponges and not mops because the grout has to set, workers leaving tools and materials EVERYWHERE for us to trip over. Owner and her Partners trampling all over the place to whine and moan about speed, looks, details and a myriad of other things.

Topping them all though is Valentines Day. In the Restaurant business you have Two or Three Blockbuster days. Mothers Day, New Years and Valentines Day. When is Valentines this year? The Last scheduled day of the Renovation. Which means we have to help the Contractors in every way possible to get the other half of the Restaurant finished, dressed and open for the throngs of people that show up on Valentines every year.

In their rush to get things done things are getting broken and forgotten. Yesterday they tripped three breakers in the Kitchen at different times during the day. I don’t know how many of you have ever worked in a Kitchen before but when one thing goes down during a rush it gets overlooked for a long while until the noise dies down and someone realizes there’s a problem.

All day yesterday the Owner was in the Restaurant, she’s a lovely woman that I have MUCH respect for, getting in everyones way and generally being the wrench in the machine for us. We KNOW how to run the Kitchen, let us DO it for crying out loud. YES the Quality Assurance Inspector is one of the guys coming down to “help” (holy loose terms Batman!) us get things done for the 13th & 14th but he’s NOT going to be doing a QA report on us. There’s no need for us all to be in scrubbing the nooks and crannies with toothbrushes on our hands and knees when we have more important things to be doing.

Last night was almost the straw that broke my back. Mid-Dinner service and we get a visit from a Manager saying, “You guys need to make sure you’re not just standing around when you’re not busy, there’s lots of work to be done so find something to do.” I’m sorry but the Dinner service is the busiest time of the day, our task is to get the food made, cooked and out to the customer as fast as humanly possible for the three hour period that the rush usually lasts. Coming into the Kitchen in the middle of that to tell me I am not doing enough? That’s a damn ass fast way to get told to fuck right off. If I have two minutes between bills where I am not running to get more stock or helping someone else to stock their station I am sure as bloody hell going to take a moment and do what relaxing I can. Making matters a little worse the Manager who came in to drop that little gem of wisdom is a DAY shift Manager who hasn’t worked a Dinner service in over a year meaning she has no clue what it’s like these days. (Business has grown for us every single year I have worked there…I’m sure it grew before I started there too..not trying to be all “I’m the reason this place does so well.” hehe)

Enough about work, on to the personal Ranty sort of things.

I have, in the past, had trouble with my eyes and apparently nerves if you ask my Doctor. A few year ago I lost alot of feeling in my extremities for a period of about…2 months or so, which was accompanied by some visual issues like one eye was focusing on things at a different range then the other giving me a sort of double vision. I made an appointment to get checked out, was referred to a specialist when the “usual” suspects were ruled out and unfortunately in the time it took them to get me an appointment for an MRI my symptoms had alleviated themselves so the MRI turned up very little of interest and thusly my Doctor shrugged and threw up his hands (paraphrasing of course). Well a couple times in the last two months I have had a new sort of visual problem, sort of a kaleidoscope effect obscures a small portion of my visual field.

It’s similar to what happens when you get a sun-spot on your eye from looking at something bright, that little point of light that takes a while to go away and gets in your way of seeing things properly for a short time. Same idea but this ones is a cascade of colors as if I were looking partly through a kaleidoscope. In both instances I had not had enough sleep and was suffering from a fairly severe headache so right now I am writing it down as perhaps a minor migraine.

Scary though, have to say that… while it is happening I tend to get very depressed and worried, which leads to anxiety, lack of sleep, the Dark Side..you get the idea. I made an appointment to get in to the Doctor again though just to keep him up to date. Course it’s next week at the earliest they can get me in so of course by then he’ll have nothing to see. Ah well.

Ok all done!

*Trademark is just me being amusing 🙂

Book Ends

Posted in Books, Noteworthy with tags , , , on February 5, 2008 by abraxus

About 6 months ago I was in need of something fun to read so off I went to my local Book Store aptly named “Lots-a-books”. I have much love for that store. A little over 10 years ago when my family got sent up here (my Father was Military at the time) I had literally nothing to do because we were stuck in a Hotel room for almost 6 weeks due to our PMQ being fixed up. There was nothing much on TV, I did not know a living soul in town and it was Summer Holidays so I had no chance to meet other kids my age at school. Not knowing where anything was did not help matters either.

Thankfully my Mother is also an avid reader and was in much the same boat so we would walk downtown to see what was there quite often. That’s when we found Lots-a-books nestled in it’s little spot on Main Street. In our old town of Alsask there wasn’t even a bookstore so I was ecstatic that I would have access to a bookstore that wasn’t a two hour drive away. As it turned out the tiny little building was actually the towns very first Bank way back in the day. It still even had the old Vault with its massive steel door though it now held a children’s reading section.

I explored the place as only a bored to death teenager could and quickly found my own personal mecca in the form of the Science Fiction/Fantasy area. Those are some of the fondest days of my life, I even remember the very first book I ever bought in that store. Robotech #1. In the end I had an awesome summer eventually reading the entire series of Robotech in our six week hotel stay before we finally got into our house on the Base. In fact I was such a fixture of the little store that when I did not come in the next weekend (due to being about a 15 minute drive away instead of just down the road) they actually phoned my Father at work to see if I was alright.

To this day I still have the entire Robotech Series on my bookshelf.

Now that I have digressed you into a sleepy haze dear readers let me get to the meat of this entry.

Gail Z. Martin

It’s safe to say that I read ALOT of Fantasy books, being an avid player of Dungeons and Dragons for over 18 years now, so I have seen my fair share of “Cookie cutter” fantasy settings. It’s hard to be original these days in a specific setting so a really good Author, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, draws you in with the setting and the characters.

It’s been a long long time since an author had me so eager to read that I actually hid myself away for the chance to pick up the book again and Mrs. Martin has done that and more. Very rarely do I actually seek out an Author to gush about how much I enjoyed their work. Gail however has turned out to be easily approachable and immensely friendly in every aspect.

I won’t take up any more of your time but if you are any sort of fan of High Fantasy and lovingly crafted characters I highly recommend Chronicles of the Necromancer and it’s Sequel which has just arrived in stores (though not MY store yet…blasted cold weather has wrought havoc with shipping to my tiny town).

Kratos

Posted in Adult, Games with tags , , , on February 4, 2008 by abraxus

Those of you that happen to follow Video Games in any amount have no doubt heard of a young angry man named Kratos. For a time he was the God of War. Young Mr. Kratos is coming to the Playstation Portable! Today I was fortunate enough to be offered a Demo of the new PSP God of War game and since I was a huge fan of the first two I could not pass this up.

As brief as the Demo is I have to say it is definitely a game I will be picking up for the PSP when it releases. I was a little suspicious of the games potential on a system with only one Stick to use but the PSP does it excellent justice.

Unrelated to this in any way is my ongoing research into the relationship between being horny and being sick/injured. I am not feeling very well today…and it is driving me nuts because out of nowhere I am ridiculously horny today. Poor wife… hehe she’s in for it tonight.