Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Weekend Update

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. I think of Labor Day as a fake holiday, but you'll never hear me complain about a day off of work! Rusty came home this weekend, so on Saturday we went out for dinner and then back to her parents' house to help her pack some stuff. On Sunday I went with her family to the Chinese buffet which is their (much-hated) Sunday ritual. Afterwards I tagged along for a trip to Wal-Mart, where I followed my over 1.5 years' boycott of not buying anything at Wal-Mart. Although now that I think about it, I did eat some Oreos that Rusty's mom bought there. Does that make me a pawn in Wal-Mart's master plan of corporate greed and global domination?

On Monday I did absolutely nothing of consequence except enjoy how beautiful it was outside. Yesterday I had off as well for a dentist appointment and a hair appointment. My teeth are clean and my hair is shorter. Now I'm back at work. I was sort of dreading it because whenever I take off I end up getting screwed with the amount of work I have waiting for me when I get back, but this wasn't too bad. I couldn't sleep last night though, and I massively overslept (as in I woke up at the time I should be leaving). Oops. I had to shut the window because my neighbors were outside talking, so then I was hot with the blankets on and cold without them. Then, around 2 AM, my other neighbors were vacuuming something. I don't know what the hell kind of vacuum they have that is so powerful that it can be heard through my closed windows, but it was unmistakably the sound of a vacuum, and it was loud and annoying as hell.

Enough crappily-written rambling. I hope everyone has a good week!

9 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

Have you read the Walmart Effect?? I can't remember the name of the author right now..They gave it to us here at work, it was recommended by the CEO.

The vacuum thing would annoy me to the point that I would've gone over there and asked them what they were thinking doing that at 2 AM.

9/06/2006 1:43 PM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

every year i make my kids listen to my 5 minute lecture on the reason for labor day. they can probably say it by heart at this point.

also, maybe you can enlighten me: not that i'm a big wal-mart shopper, but why is this the most hated organizaton in the country? are they torturing kittens and i don't know about it?

9/07/2006 6:24 AM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Caroline: No, but that sounds like a good read. Unfortunately they're white trash and probably wouldn't care.

Hotwire: What is the story behind Labor Day? I don't even know why it exists. Wal-Mart squelches unions, drives small companies out of business, ignores prices set by companies, causes light and air pollution, treats its foreign workers horribly, doesn't provide benefits, etc., etc. We have 4 Wal-Marts in York County and they're trying to build another one less than 10 miles away from an existing one. You should check out the documentary "Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Price."

9/07/2006 10:12 PM  
Blogger oMeSSiaHo said...

"Hotwire: What is the story behind Labor Day? I don't even know why it exists. Wal-Mart squelches unions, drives small companies out of business, ignores prices set by companies, causes light and air pollution, treats its foreign workers horribly, doesn't provide benefits, etc., etc. We have 4 Wal-Marts in York County and they're trying to build another one less than 10 miles away from an existing one. You should check out the documentary "Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.""

I've said this so many times it hurts. ALL COMPANIES DO THAT! Hell our govenrment follows the same idea. The real story behind hating Wal-Mart is its the trendy thing for pseudo libs and faux activists to hate. The sucky thing is they are destroying people with smart and well thought out ideas. If I say a corperation is wrong for doing something people always just imagine me as Lindsey Bluth.

As for the whole "treating the workers bad" thing I have news for you, all American companies are doing that. Just because you lucked out and landed a job with a progressive company dosent mean everyone else has. Retail is the shitties job you can work, everything I saw in that joke of a movie I saw every day at CC. I guess I dont get any empathy because hating CC isnt cool.

The true story of Labor day is this:

Workers are mistreated pawns to companies and the government. They are also stupid and complacient morons who are easily distracted. If you give them a day off they think you care and are more willing to put up with your bullshit. Unless that is you work...RETAIL! Then everyone elses day off work becomes one of your busiest days AT WORK! But I'm not a Wal-Mart employee so I guess you dont care.

9/08/2006 1:37 AM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

let me be a bit less over the top than omessiaho.

it is correct that it seems that picking on wal-mart seems to be a very trendy thing to do. i suppose the same people who complain about wal-mart could do the same about starbucks, but then they'd have to get their lattes somewhere else. wal-mart is breaking no laws, legally does not have to pay benefits for the hours their people work, can set pricies where they'd like to (all stores do this, and many times offer items as a loss-leader), does not have to let unions in to their workplace. i don't like that smaller business get screwed, but again, no laws are boing broken. this country was built on the concept of 'builing a better mousetrap' and wal-mart has.

if people don't like it, don't shop there, and if the employees don't like it, quit. if this happens to a great enough degree wal-mart will change, but i don't see that happening.

9/08/2006 6:10 AM  
Blogger oMeSSiaHo said...

"if people don't like it, don't shop there, and if the employees don't like it, quit."

Ok, its time to pull your head out of your ass and look at the real world. Jesus, judging by your picture you should know better! The last I checked its a bit harder then that to give up your source of income. If you add to the fact you're getting paid shit and living paycheck to paycheck it makes it kinda harperphery!d. Shit through in kids and you have people depending on your income. I swear this country is so fucking blind to the world outside of their housing development!

Ohhhh, I pointed out that somebody made a dumbass coment. If you want replace the "mean" parts Jen, please dont delete my whole statement.

9/08/2006 1:25 PM  
Blogger oMeSSiaHo said...

Actually I'm still kinda pissed about that statement. Five seconds of logic and common sense will tell you its not that easy. People walking around willfully with their heads up their asses is dangerous to our country! You wonder how wiretaps, secret prisons over seas, Gitmo, "I follow the laws I want" happen?! Its people refusing to look outside of their comfort zone! Wake up and have some fucking sense! I think you'll be more then amazed of the shit you chose to ignore.

Damn, I need to stop typing without my glasses while getting ready for work. I cant read a single letter! =D

9/08/2006 1:32 PM  
Blogger oMeSSiaHo said...

Damnit, this is my last post, I swear!

Lets play a game! Its called "Lets use this dumbass statement in other areas of life".

Mary is abused by her husband of 14 years. Its ok for him to abuse her because she could just leave.

Little Billy has a gun pointed at him. Its cool because little Billy could just run away.

America is getting dry fucked in the ass by people with too much power. Its ok because the victoms could just change their lives.

Seriously, dont you think if it was as simple as quitting everyone would do that? Do you imagine that every Wal-Mart employee or every employee with a crappy job are masocists?!

Actually the Wal-Mart hate is a great example of how America prefers movies over actual content and news. There are a million jobs where the employees are stuck with no benifits and no chance to move up. The real problem dosent lie with Wal-Mart though, it lies with us. Why pay $100 for your shelf when you can buy it at Wal-Mart for $10? Jen mentioned there being four Wal-Marts in York. If we werent so fucking lazy we wouldnt mind driving the extra 10 minutes to get to the one Wal-Mart. Once again, its complaincy and convience that are the true evil. If you're gonna hate Wal-Mart you better take a good look at yourself.

9/08/2006 1:50 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

This has gotten out of hand and I don't tolerate insults directed towards my blog buddies. You need to learn that it's possible to disagree with someone without making personal attacks. Discussion closed; take a fucking chill pill.

9/08/2006 5:42 PM  

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