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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What a fricking mess!

This morning at 5:25 when I left for work, it was just starting to snow.  The front yard was mostly grass.  And, I had a boss.

4 hours later:






NOAA says we got 4 inches in two and one half hours.  At work, the lights went out at 7.  The big boss from corporate was there to let us know he was relieving our plant manager of duties.  Apparently he was happy with his in-house management but the out-of-house duties "weren't coming along as fast as we needed."  Which roughly translates to we haven't gotten that second customer, and he gets the blame.  Still, even with lights out and our cars buried, he wouldn't send us home until our production mgr called from our one customer saying, "the lights are flickering here, you may as well send them home." 

So at 8:00, we hit the parking lot.  I had an 8 inch drift in front of my car and 4 inches on it.  Trying to get out of our lot, we were hung up by some idiot who got stuck coming INTO our area.  Once he was free- and the dozen cars he had backed up got through- it was nasty but not OMG- yet.  Honest to God, there was some moron on a motorcycle two cars in front of me, and I was running my wipers full blast just to see!  Coliseum (AKA the main drag) was slow and slick but passable.  In front of the mall, both sets of traffic lights were down.  Washington Center (AKA the road to our apartment complex) was actually down to a lane and a half in many spots.  At Clinton, two cars were side-by-side at the light and when they took off, the one nearly fished into the passenger side of the other.  About halfway home, a car was dead in the street.  I couldn't find the turn in to the complex until basically I was in it.

Of course, Laurie had her adventure too.  She let Scrappy peek out the door to see the snow coming down, when a cat came out of nowhere.  She had to chase him down in her slippers.  Fortunately, Scrappy is a typical hound with ADHD, and thus forgot about the cat quickly... but also forgot about coming back in.  She said he was very busy sucking up afterwards.

So now everyone's safe at home, we're listening to people calling in to WOWO telling how bad it is, Scrappy made sure to suck up to me as well.  And I'm desperately hoping that they find a new plant manager with the same people skills our old one had.  And yes, I described my boss at my old job and said, "If you get an application from this man, THROW IT OUT!!!"

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Anyway, I figured up the countries we hadn't hit on our "(fill in the blank) wants..." game, so let's take one last trip down what everybody wants.

Most of todays contestants are from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, and as usual there are a good deal of them that apparently don't want anything.  And Chad only gives you what Chad (formerly Ochocinco) Johnson wants.  And, of course, we have the "usual" wants:  Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru want One Direction; Chile also wants Bieber, and Paraguay also wants Coldplay.  There is hope, though, as Peru wants to KILL Bieber.  Ecuador wants its gold back, as does Venezuela, and South Sudan wants its oil back, Libya wants to trade its oil for gold, and Tonga only wants your money.  Panama and Morocco want to join the EU- or at least get on the Euro, and Egypt wants its treasures back.

Among the new requests:  Argentina wants the Pope to get them the Falkland Islands back; Bolivia wants Chile, or at least access to the ocean.  Well, if you hadn't started (and lost) that war with Chile in 1879 (see War of the Pacific), you'd still have access.  Colombia wants candy.  Costa Rica wants "that big time rush", but will settle for a rematch with the US of A soccer team.  Cuba wants to be a state; failing that, to have the embargo lifted and trade with the US of A; failing that, they want Gitmo back.  Hey, hasn't Obama taken care of that yet? 

Guatemala wants to legalize all drugs (you might wanna wait and see how it plays out in Colorado, guys); Haiti, another one of those geography challenged nations apparently, wants to join the African Union- oh, and to get rid of the UN and all that nasty food aid we send them; Peru wants to forget about suing oil conglomerate Repsol and just buy them; Venezuela wants the movie The Wolf Of Wall Street to pay up; Egypt wants to extradite Obama for war crimes (be my guest).  Libya, not surprisingly, is a bit confused- they want both democracy AND a Muslim leader and Shaira Law.  Sierra Leone wants British rule, while South Sudan wants independence (hey, you already got it!), as well as EU troops.  Morocco wants a consensus resolution on Syria (good luck with that).

Oh, and the US of A?  We want Mexican druglord "El Chapo" Guzman, Uganda's oil, and to swap tailban losers for hostage Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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And 5 hours since leaving for work, we now have a hair under 8 inches of snow.  Hope your either missing this, or safe at home.

22 comments:

  1. What is your total snow fall for this winter? This winter has been a long one. Hope your new boss is even better than the previous one.

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    1. I'm not sure, but we broke the record about two snows ago!

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  2. We're in about the same shape. This is the winter that makes me wish I owned a 4-wheel drive jeep.

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    1. Yeah, we are pretty much the "audition house" for what you guys get. Hope you were able to stay in.

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  3. I think everyone is tired of winter. Well, not me. I live in Florida. But everyone else.

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    1. Coming in, I would have said, "Yeah, but it beats hurricanes." That line of logic has taken a severe beating, though.

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  4. Chris:
    Cripes, that's one helluva horror story regarding work, but that manager MUST have had it coming, so good riddance to bad rubbish (imho).

    I was also following the WOWO reports and had the scanner on (for what it's worth THESE days)...was picking up LOTS of radio-chatter with ALL the road problems and the people who caused them.
    Never a dull moment out there.
    Even had a plow run off the road!

    I had to drive in this crap once...45 minutes out from Philly...wipers froze with icy-snow build up, the interstate (NJ I-295) was practicallty impassable (not even a state trooper was out).
    Took me OVER TWO HOURS to get home.
    (never again...and I DO mean "never"!)

    Those "want" lists are wonderfully outlandish.

    And yes, we are both AT HOME (awaiting the next round of shoveling)...thanks for asking...lol.

    Good post.
    Glad all of you are safe.
    Stay warm up there.

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    1. Actually, Bobby, I'd take him back in a minute. He always chose people over production, and maybe that was a part the corporate guy ( also a nice guy) left out. It was all about wanting someone a bit more proactive on the business end. We are going to miss him badly, I fear. I sent him a text, but I get the feeling the cell number was a "work phone" that he had to turn over.

      As for the chatter, did you hear the guy who said he watched a dude on 469 with his head out the window because his wiper blade came off?

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    2. Chris:
      Well, if he was a PEOPLE person rather than a PRODUCTION person, THAT might be part of the reason WHY he was canned.
      (been there, had that happen to ME.)
      I dunno, but maybe if your company had better SALES and MARKETING people to get more accounts, ergo more BUSINESS?
      (just a thought)

      I missed the chatter about the guy with his head out the window (and obviously up his alimentary canal).
      THAT is why you CLEAR your wipers...so they DON'T come the heck OFF!
      (no bright crayons THERE, hmm?)

      Stay safe up there.

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    3. Ive been kinda wondering that, too. But big boss said, "I'll be happy to set time aside to talk to any one of you about what happened, and have done so with about a half dozen of you already. At the end of the day, though, just trust me."

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  5. For the love of Pete. I can't believe they didn't send you guys home sooner. I'm glad everyone is safe and sound. Let's hope you get a snow day, a full one, tomorrow.

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    1. I really think if they hadn't fired our boss, we'd have never came in at all. The dude from corporate was desperately trying to find ways to keep us there- for one thing, part of the retinue was the head maintenance guy, and he "had a hotel with a hot tub and a 30-pack" he was looking forward to.

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  6. There you go bragging about all that neat snow you're getting. I look out my window a see barely a trace of snow in the mountains. Here in Los Angeles it's a perfect day as pleasant as it can be. If it weren't for the government, most of the people, and the traffic they could change the name of Los Angeles to Heaven. I guess everyone here prefers hell though.

    And yeah, everyone wants something. I want a billion dollars so I can start my own country.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. It ain't bragging if you can prove it...

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  7. Damn, just when the celebration of spring started. Turns out that celebration may have been a jinx.
    What's with the dingus riding the motorcycle? How does he make it 5 feet? Kind of admirable if it wasn't a defiance of logic and nature.

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    1. And today I saw a blue caddy with about a foot of snow on both hood and trunk lid, just enough scooped off the front to see straight ahead, going down the road. We have some real winners.

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  8. Well, all I can say is that there is snow business like show business --- and that ain't no snow job. Now as it relates to the affairs of the world, I plead the fifth -- a fifth of vodka, a fifth of gin, and given this time of year - a good fifth of Irish whiskey - Happy St. Patrick's Day (coming soon to a theater near you).

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    1. I can see you in a top hat, tux, and walking cane typing this, doing that Jimmy Durante sound as you tap on off the stage.

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  9. We ended up with maybe two inches, but the 40 mph + winds did me in today (see post). Have to admit... I saw the picture and almost didn't click over... I've had enough snow this year. THEN I got here and read "had a boss" and thought, "OH SNAP. Did he lose his job?"

    Thankfully, you do... but un-thankfully you will need to go out in the snow again to get it it. *sigh* Here's to thinking warm thoughts!

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    1. I saw the post all right... but you know that by now.

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  10. stay safe and warm! you and laurie and scrappy need to hang inside and pretend you're camping or something.

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