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Posted on 2006.10.04 at 13:05
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: James Blunt: Goodbye My Lover
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Had a new guy start today, and have been having fun with him ever since. He's a new guy, so he's not really going to know how to react, and he's certainly not going to disagree or disapprove of anything I tell him on his first day. I had just returned from a service call out in that seething cesspool of users we keep here and checked my watch. "I'm sorry I'm late." I announced. Everyone looked up. "New guy." I say aloud, "Please join us. Every day at 1300 we have storytime. Today is bigdog_etc's day to start. He so loves telling stories." Everyone gathers around. New guy looks up in anticipation. "Nah, I'm kidding, we really don't have storytime. Everyone get back to work!" Heh. Then later, the Project Manager called to tell him he would start training users on Office 2003 later this week. We were all on a conference call with the FNG in my office. "New guy, front and center!" I commanded. After her spiel I announced, "I gave in last time, this time I'll fight you - he wears the funny hat during training!" He says he thinks he's going to like it here because we're so laid back and have a lot of fun during work.

Last night. Wow. Last night I was on a conference call from the moment I left work until about 45 minutes later. This was in follow-up to an emergency in which I had "volunteered" to drive to KC. Thankfully, that didn't have to happen. Picked up the wife and sole remaining child and off to the Galleria I went. I've got some pretty odd distinctions, and I follow them, as a rule. I find a pair of slacks I like, and I buy six of them. All in the same color. I've had the ones I'm wearing now five years. It was time for new slacks. I shop at Dillard's exclusively, and that's where the problem began. Usually, I walk in, attach myself to a sales person, and have them do my bidding. These salesmen were ineffective at best, and downright hostile other times. "We don't carry the Savane brand, and never have, sir." Bullshit. I bought these at Dillard's. "No department carries six pairs of anything identical." Bullshit. I bought six identical pairs at Dillard's when I bought these. "Dillard's has closed the Hilfiger department." Fsck! When I bought my Savane's 4 years ago they came in two 'finishes' I don't know what you call it. One pair was $19.99, the other was $24.99. The saleslady explained, "The $24.99 is deep-dyed, so it won't fade. You should get those." I told her, "They're light stone colored khaki's. Who would even notice if they faded? I could see getting the deep-dye for the darker colored slacks, but not for these." She looked at my wife, "Is he always this logical?"
"You have no idea." She said.
So I ended up with five pair of Polo's at $70 each (YIKES!) I bought the sole pair in my color/size and had four more shipped to D.C. Pleats, but no cuffs. *sigh* Why can't things just be easy?

By this time I was too tired, it was too late, I got too hungry and ate too much. Then I went to bed way too early and too soon after after eating. So despite my 2130 bedtime, I spent three hours digesting instead of sleeping and was too miserable to rest well.

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galinda822 at 2006-10-04 22:11 (UTC) (Link)

He hasn't met me yet!

I leave the men in the office alone for ONE day and it ends up being a circus!!!!! :)
Sounds like I missed a good time today.

Look at the bright side...if things were easy you'd have nothing to post about!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-05 12:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: He hasn't met me yet!

Interesting point. But believe me, I'd rather my life be easy and having nothing to post about.
galinda822 at 2006-10-05 14:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: He hasn't met me yet!

I don't believe you really mean that!
If your life were easy because nothing ever happened...you'd have my life - which is boring and dull!
(Don't tell me "The grass is always greener" either.)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-05 04:57 (UTC) (Link)
dood! I swear. Somedays it just sux to be you.

This is why I don't shop at department stores. I try to buy everything online. If I do have to shop at some department store, I want to shop somewhere where they don't change anything. Ever. This is why the furtherest I could make it working for Dillards was the training class. There was no way in hell I was going to meet my sales goal convincing people to buy shit that I wouldn't buy if it meant the salvation of my soul. Do you hear what I'm saying man?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-05 12:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I believe that about you and online shopping. However, I am very particular about what I wear. It's hard to determine 'feel' and 'weight' of fabric online.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-05 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
I know. I don't buy clohes online. I thought I blurbed about that. The exception, of course, would be those T-shirts with the funny sayings, costumes or hats, no of which I have yet to purchase online or in real life.
irulan_amy at 2006-10-05 15:29 (UTC) (Link)
Well that's a little more than aggravating! At least you did get clothes, but grrr. I like that strategy though - just one store and fini. I really don't care for shopping for clothes. At all. I'm picky about cuts and styles, so if I find something I like I usually buy different colors. I think that cutting my clothes buying trips to maybe two or three stores would help with my general shopping mood. Going to the mall makes me frazzled...I do not like the browsing. ;)

And every office should have storytime!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-06 01:29 (UTC) (Link)
It's not so much malls I have an issue with...it's people!
Renegade
leonardii at 2006-10-08 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
People suck!
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2006-10-05 16:15 (UTC) (Link)
I hate shopping for clothes, they rarely fit right. I tend to buy several pairs of the same pants when I find ones that don't suck. I love L.L. Bean but since shopping online is no good (I don't know how they'll look on me! or feel!) I always bring a few hundred bucks up to Maine when I'm up there to shop.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-06 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
L.L. Bean kept me clothed in Korea. That and J.R. Cigar, thank goodness for shipping to APO addresses!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-06 06:12 (UTC) (Link)
J.R. Cigar sells clothes? Interesting.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-06 06:12 (UTC) (Link)
Can I get a link to this private post of which you speak of?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-10-06 08:37 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, "No." As it's protected 'Friends Only.'
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-10-06 08:44 (UTC) (Link)
but I am on your friends list. I have read your protected posts before. Therefore, I do not undertand why I can not read this post of which you speak.
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