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This is just sad…

Posted in Games, Noteworthy, Rants with tags , , , on November 3, 2008 by abraxus

While I was making my rounds of the Daily Sites I check out I came across Woody’s place over at GU Comics and what I read brought back some old and unfriendly memories. For those that don’t want to head over to the link I will sum up. Gen Con, a yearly Game Mecca sort of thing, hold a Fund Raising Auction every year during the Convention and donates the proceeds to a worthy charity. This year it was held in honor of the passing of Gaming Legend Gary Gygax and they raised $17,938 which was slated to be donated to the Christian Childrens Fund. They help starving kids in Africa among other things.

However…when the CCF learned that some of the proceeds of the Donation came from the sales of things relating to Dungeons and Dragons they refused the Donation. I’ll let you all decide for yourselves if that is a worthy reason to refuse a Donation for such a cause.

How it relates to me is that back in the day when I ran Dungeons and Dragons games for a group of like minded kids I had to sit down with Parents on occasion to ensure them that Dungeons and Dragons was not Satan Worshipping. I kid you not. At age 11 I was sitting down with 30 year olds to explain that if they let their kids play a Role Playing Game with me that they would not turn into Satan Worshippers. All of this because Rev. Gary Faldwell and his 500 Club had been spamming the airwaves claiming that is exactly what would happen if they didn’t stamp out the evil of D&D.

I had thought the worlds Social Consciousness had advanced since then but apparently I was wrong eh?

Link to the Original Article @ LiveGameAuctions.

I wish…

Posted in Life, Rants on September 18, 2008 by abraxus

that I could trust my wife.

that she actually wanted to spend time with me.

that she cared enough to notice what she is putting me through.

that she didn’t care more about having fun with others than spending time with her own husband even when I am sitting right there next to her.

that she wouldn’t force me to take up her interests just so I can have some social contact with her.

that it didn’t take me exploding into an arguement to make her see how upset I am.

that I could handle this all better without being depressed and hurt and angry every minute of the day.

Work..oh dear lords above…

Posted in Rants, Work with tags , on August 20, 2008 by abraxus

So I get two days off a week now that I had to fight for. This is the good thing in this Post.

Today was my first day back to work after those two days off which I enjoyed very much despite the fact that I had to go in to work briefly on one of them. It was my choice so I did not mind.

Today though..I think everyone took their nasty pills. Linda was her usual self, whenever things get a bit stressed she comes off with, “Ugh I don’t wanna be here…” which I have grown accustomed too. But then it turned in to “I hate this job, it’s always the same” and the ever popular “I need a vacation!”. Now anyone who has talked at length with me about my job knows that this woman gets more time off than anyone else in the entire frigging Restaurant. She just got back from two weeks Vacation not ten days ago. She takes every other weekend off plus her normal days off…so twice a month she gets a four day weekend.

Our Food Order Company is all screwed around now, new Distributor has changed our delivery days which takes a man out of our Kitchen on Monday and Thursday now..we are already short staffed those days as it is. On top of that I found out one of our long timers is looking to move on. Soon. As in a couple weeks.

Now in the past I would have been thrilled for her…but right now we have a rough crew at work, many of them are brand new and have to be watched all night to make sure they don’t screw the pooch. Now is not the time for us to be losing an experienced Cook.

I swear though..there is only so much more of Linda bitching and whining that I can take. She’s a great person but she’s ALWAYS complaining. A STAPLES just opened in our town and I am seriously considering putting in for work there…which sucks because I love cooking…just these damn people can’t ever seem to be pleased with what they have.

I like my job…I just have a hard time with some of the crabbing my co-workers do. I guess that’s as simple as it gets.

These are the days of our lives…

Posted in Rants, Work with tags , on July 9, 2008 by abraxus

As you might have guessed from the Topic this Post is going to be all about the sublime Soap Opera that is my workplace. Flee now unless you wish to be baffled by the goings on at my place of work.

This past week has been pretty rough, past 10 days actually but I don’t want to split hairs, with a few days of really short Staff on hand due to injuries (a bad back and one Doctors Appointment) and people who can’t seem to get out of bed on time coupled with one young man from Fiji who decided it would be fine to lie about why he could not come to work on Saturday by saying he was ill when we ALL knew he was in the City with his Brother.

Of course my Employer found out about all of this and it was pretty much her last straw for that month hence the Staff Meetings. Ostensibly it was about rising Food Costs, 1.5% to be precise over the last month which translates into an increase of around $4500. This is unacceptable. There is no reason for it. Many of the Staff have gotten lazy and do not use the Scales provided to weigh out food portions and that is where the cost starts to creep up. 1/2 an Ounce here…3 Ounces there and before you know it $4500 is gone.

That was legitamite and I have no problems being told to get my shit together and do it right. That was the first 10 minutes of the meeting. Unfortunately the next 50 minutes turned into our Boss nearly bawling her eyes out in frustration over the childish crap people are pulling, a few feuds between friends and her general frustration at having to baby sit her staff as if she was Mommy. Something she should never have to do of course. We heard about how in the City this sort of thing would just get you fired, and in other Restaurants if you didn’t bring in a Doctors Note explaining why you were not at work you were fired on the spot.

Basically the grass is always greener on the other side sort of thing. My beef with that was I have NEVER been a problem for her…ever. I hardly ever ask for time off, I show up for my shifts. I don’t cry and whine every five minutes. I have a good time with my co-workers and the Front of House staff. I am pretty much universally liked by all as far as I know because I don’t panic, don’t get angry and can usually be counted on to be the village idiot/smartass whenever tension needs to be released.

Aside from generally knowing that something was up I really did not know any details, nor was I in any way involved in the whole mess yet I had to sit there as she re-hashed the same point over and over and over and over…for almost an hour.

One of the guys that is being a pain lives with two of our other Cooks, they used to be fast friends and now they won’t even talk to one another. Why? They’re KIDS…hardly 21 years old all three of them, out on their own for the first time in their lives, making good money, saving on Bills by living together and full of piss and vinegar. They are very much in the “Screw You Too!” phase of their lives even over the smallest of things. THat is all that this problem is. Schoolyard Bullshit.

Why am I annoyed? Because I got lumped into this crap against my will. I’ve told these guys all repeatedly in the past. Don’t Fuck Around. If you have a problem go straight to the Boss with it and get it done with. Don’t piss off in the middle of the night and vanish from the face of the earth for two days. Act your fucking ages and have some respect for the woman who went out of pocket to the tune of $9000 for EACH of your sorry asses to get you over here and give you a job and a place to stay. Not to mention she is acting on their behalf with the Government to ensure that they all get their Permanent Resident status. Not because she is obligated too but because she wants to see them get ahead.

Fucking ingrates…geezus.

Anyway, that’s some of the drama from the last couple days. I feel better getting it out of my system. Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

What Irks Me – The Day Off Edition

Posted in Blogging Related, Life, Rants, Work with tags on June 3, 2008 by abraxus

A little backstory for the new people. Up until about 6 months ago I had been working 6 Days a week on average around 10 hours a day at the Restaurant. This led to me having essentially no life to speak of. My one day off was consumed utterly by Bill Payments, Grocery Shopping and spending time with my wife. Unlike most people I worked (and still work) Split Shifts while my wife works regular day shifts and the occasional evening.

That meant I dropped her off at work, went in to the Restaurant, came home in the afternoon for 2.5 hours then went back to work about 30 minutes before she got home. I’d get back from the Split shift around 9:30 most nights, later if it was really busy, eat dinner, do laundry and pretty much be ready for bed.

That was my life for almost 3 years. Yes the money was nice, yes my wife understood that I was sorely needed due to lack of staff at the Restaurant but none of that helped me when I took a good long look at my wife and realized I had no life. I had work and a day to catch up. That is not a life.

My friends hardly ever saw me, I missed pretty much every single get together any of them had and I worked every weekend so when I DID have some time it was on a Monday when everyone else was getting back to work themselves.

About 6 months or so ago I went to my Boss and said I could not do it any longer, the toll it was taking on me personally was just getting to be too much. Thankfully she understood and I started to get two days off. It’s been nice for the most part, having one day to do my running and another to just do whatever I felt like doing.

Now we get to my problem (sorry it took so long…) I have SO much saved up to do, books purchased along the way that I wanted to read, DVDs with the same intention, Video Games for various consoles and things of that sort. What this has led to is a bit of paralysis. I have free time and I guess too much I want to do so I end up getting to do nothing while I try to figure it out.

I used to be part of a great PBeM (Play By Email) game a long time ago but the demands of work forced me to retire from it because I could not uphold my commitments to the game. Unfortunately I also lost a valued friendship as a result of all that. I miss the participation in creating something larger and now that I have the time again I have looked around for something else to invest myself in as I did once before. Sadly I have yet to find anything that has given me the same ‘buzz’.

I’ve tried to just pick one thing and do that exclusively but it’s not as easy as it might seem. Not for me at least. So I turn to the people I have met on the Interbaun. What do you do to help you make up your mind when you have multiple things to do?

I need something to occupy my mind and videogames just can’t do that for me, nor can the Movies.

Longwinded…Sorry =/

Allow me to sum up…

Posted in Rants, Work with tags , on May 28, 2008 by abraxus

the events of my most recent Staff Meeting at work. Set to happen at 3 P.M. we all show up on time (a minor miracle in its own right) and the meeting begins promptly. Some of the Major Cleaning duties in the kitchen haven’t been getting done on time, this needs to be corrected. We all agree.

Next point regards Staff worrying about their Pay Rates and thinking of leaving for greener pastures (this is entirely the Immigrant workers the company has brought over to fill positions.) up north. We dispense information explaining that yes, they make up to $5 more/hour than we do here BUT the cost of living there is almost 60% more than it is here so all of that amazing wage goes to simply living there.

And that dear readers is it. After that it was just a constant re-hashing of the prior points…for the next 50 bloody minutes. In total the information we were given took all of 10 minutes to impart and then it was like moving through some sort of demented timewarp/groundhog day sort of thing.

I COULD have been home about 20 minutes after I left but no…that would have been a good thing.

Grah.

Work Drama Part Deux

Posted in Rants, Work with tags , on May 12, 2008 by abraxus

To further enlighten the curious I have learned a few new things since my last Post on the subject of the co-worker who is giving us the proverbial shaft. Last week he had asked our Boss to sign a paper saying that he was now allowed to work wherever he chose and was free of ties to her company. At this time he was claiming that his contract with her was up. She was reluctant to sign a legally binding document without consulting her lawyers and said she would sign it when her lawyer got back to her.  That was Friday.

Cut to Monday when our Boss comes in to work and gets in touch with her Lawyer who tells her that he has an entire year left on his contractual obligation to her. So he tried to pull the wool over her eyes once right there. Then we inform her that he is moving to the City on Wednesday (also he hi-jacked another of our employee’s to help him move leaving us short handed today) AND is taking all the furniture in the apartment as well.

Our Boss furnished the apartment completely, right down to silverware and linens for them so they would not have to do anything when they arrived. So ALL of the furniture is hers and she has not been paid for it at all. So as of today when he started taking loads down to the City in a rented Truck he is guilty of theft. Not to mention Breach of Contract.

Even after ALL of this she is reluctant to take legal action against him. She asked my opinion and I told her the following, “Let him go to Edmonton, let him get his family settled in. Then you call your lawyer and you tell him what happened and you go after him for Breach of Contract as well as Theft over $1000. You don’t want him to come back to work here because you’ll both hate it. So you take him to court and let the law do the work for you. At they very least you should be able to have his wages garnished to compensate you for the lost income as a result of having to replace him here and I don’t doubt that you’d be able to get a cash settlement out of him for the theft of your furniture. See how he likes living in the City when a good chunk of every paycheck he cashes comes straight to you for the next year.”

That’s going to be my last Rant-ish type Post on this matter. Any future mention of this will just be basic updates so I can keep it all straight in my own head down the road.