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Feels Like The First Time
2007-06-14 - 12:03 p.m.
Last night was a night of firsts for me.
I worked my first Grad Night last night. Due to scheduling conflicts with other employees, I got scheduled to help with the prep work (which I do every year) and I got to work the first few hours. The only thing was...I was the prep staff. Just me. I had to do my own work, and still be Johnny-on-the-spot for the people setting up the Grad Night. There were a couple "fires" that needed to be dealt with - most of them having to do with where-can-I-plug-this-in - but it was just enough to be frustrating.
While this was going on, there was a training session I had to attend. As I mentioned a few days ago, we got some mini-bowling lanes installed. The tech taught me how to do some of the maintenence. It's actually pretty easy. It's just going to take some time to get used to it.
There's an old Bob Newhart routine where he talks about his days as an accountant. He gets trained at new jobs for a couple weeks, supposedly learning about what to do when problems happen. But invariably, he says, the first problem that happens is something that was never covered in the orientations.
Can you see where this is going? The first thing that happened to the bowling game was never covered. Fortunately, they left the manual where I could find it, and sure enough there's an entry in the TOC that says "How to reset after the pins tangle". I left the manual open to that page, right next to the pinsetter. You can bet I referred to it a couple times.
They really are nice machines. We need to do a little more work on the enclosures, but I will post pictures when it's all done.
Anyway, I wound up making it home about 2am. Brin, down here for a visit, insisted on taking the armchair so I could sleep, for which I am very grateful.
From the I See Dumb People Dept.:
From The Daily Drivel comes this news of this future Darwin Award winner:
Timothy Rouse, 19 and who had been charged with assaulting an elderly person, was matter-of-factly released from the Kentucky Correctional and Psychiatric Center in LaGrange in April after jailers accepted as official a crudely written, ungrammatical fax ordering him freed, supposedly from the state supreme court but whose originating line clearly showed a local grocery store. Furthermore, it took the jailers two weeks to realize they had been scammed. Fortunately, Rouse was easily re-arrested at his mother's house.
Three things here. One, you'd think someone would realize that a fax from a state supreme court wouldn't be "ungrammatical". Two, you'd think someone would have read the origin line. Three...TWO WEEKS to notice this??
(There's also a Four, kinda: if Rouse knew that it wasn't official, he should have fled the jurisdiction instead of staying at his mother's. Maybe he didn't know, which is why the Four may not be legit.)
Well, it was the Kentucky Correctional and Psychiatric Center. Maybe the lunatics have taken over the asylum (ah-HUM).
Seems there was a raid at the Del Monte plant in Portland, OR. The raid collected 165 illegal immigrants...who were using the Social security numbers of dead or elderly Americans.
How about those law-abiding, hard-working immigrants, huh? [/sarcasm]
Plan for today: food and groceries. And then, work.
Be seeing you.
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