How should an employee behave?

If you’re a reader of my blog, you may remember a post a couple of months ago called How Should a Manager Behave?   In a store, the expectation of proper behavior is not a one way street.  It’s not even a two way street.  Actually, it’s not a street.  It’s a store with many interactions […]

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Priorities

Today was a typical spring day in Iowa.  That is to say, tornadoes.  I was lucky enough to be by myself in the gas station while a Tornado Warning was issued. (A Tornado Warning means there is a tornado on the ground near you.  It means stop what you’re doing and take cover.) When the […]

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Waste

The place I work, which will remain nameless until I finally leave it, is a gas station that serves hot food.  This hot food has to be ready for any customer whenever they want it.  The majority of this food is pizza slices, and they can only be left in the food warmer for 90 […]

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Some moments from yesterday

Moment 1 I was at work yesterday (yes another work story), and Boris the Soviet Love Hammer was there again, buying his 40s of Bud Light and a handful of scratch-off tickets and lotto tickets.  It’s difficult to communicate with a person with a thick accent.  It’s doubly difficult to do it when he’s drunk […]

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The Wrong Trousers!

In most jobs, there is some kind of dress code or even a strict uniform.  Mine is no exception.  The uniform is: white button-up shirt, tie, khaki pants, name tag, shoes of some kind. Last night, I was expecting to be working alongside a particular coworker.  This coworker was the same one I described in […]

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A little bit of everything

I know that I promised to write up a review of Stephen Blackmoore’s new book Dead Things, but I still need a little more time to think and edit the post so it looks all profound and stuff. Instead, I’ll tell you what I made last night.  Well, that’s not entirely accurate.  This is something I […]

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Casualty of Job

The following post is just to catch you all up on my story, so you’re not left wondering what the hell I’m talking about in my future posts. My previous job, as an engineer in a corn ethanol facility, was filled with danger.  There’s the inherent dangers of any industrial environment, like big heavy things […]

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The people I meet at work

I’m going to mainly talk about the few people who I remember and come in at least once a day.  They may be specific people, or they may be a specific type of person.  I don’t know anyone’s name yet, because I haven’t worked there long enough, and because my interaction with them is so […]

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I’m back from not caring

A couple of years ago I stopped making posts on this blog (you can see exactly how long ago by seeing the date of my previous post), because I was pretty sure I had nothing to contribute.  At the time, I was right about that.  I can’t be sure that I’ll be any better this […]

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