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[Nov. 4th, 2007|11:59 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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This has not been my weekend.

Surprise Call
I was at work Friday night and got a collect call from a friend (who shall remain nameless)...from the Blount County jail! At first, I thought that he was incarcerated in the great town of Juanita, but that was not the case. It turns out that he was in Blount County Tennessee! I owe him some money, the sum of which is exactly 10% of his bail...we got cut off as he was attempting to make a collect call to my cell phone and the Blount County Correctional Facility has decided that they shouldn't pay for inmates' calls. From what we did get communicated, it didn't sound like he wanted his family to know.

I called all of the bail bond companies in the town of incarceration and they all said that the wouldn't bail him out. So here I am stuck in the middle. Court on the seventh; even though I don't know exactly what went down, if I could, I'd go up for court and support him. What would you do in my situation?

No Light
My headlight went out on me when I got to work Saturday. Every time that's happened, I've taken the car to the dealership. When I was a Domino's, the guys there couldn't figure it out. I didn't know what to look for nor did I have tools. When I called Auto Zone, they said that they had the part but that they couldn't install it. When I got there, the hick that was assisting me didn't know what he was looking for either. He pulled a big cap off of the back of the light but that was the wrong bulb. What he was fooling with was for the high beam.

I called work to tell her that I was coming back to check out since I wasn't going to be able to resolve the issue. At that point, the other sales associate grabbed a flashlight and changed the bulb for me. Turns out there's a cap for each bulb. The dumbass hick had tried to convince me that I was going to have to take the entire headlight off in order to swap the bulb. I was of course in my Steak Out uniform and so the obligatory comments about eating good tonight were exchanged. I made sure that he ate good that night because he not only saved me and helped me make money that night, he also saved my manager.

All work and no Product Makes Jack a Worthless Boy
In order to help the expedition of recovering borrowed funds for miniMax0r, I have found a buyer for the Wintel laptop. I meant to get it cleaned up this weekend as well as my apartment, but neither happened despite the time change. Another day, another dollar. Speaking of, it's been over seven months that I've held down two consecutive jobs and put in an average 60 hours a week with the exception of the week of Sidewalk, yet I have little to show for it. One day I will have a real job.

Tinsel Town does not Glitter
There have been very few great movies come out this year. The irony is that most of the good movies this year have been smaller, independent movies or have been movies backed by major studios that didn't stay in my local theater for more then two weeks. I now need to add American Gangster to my list of movies to review.

Getting a Raise
How does one correctly go about asking for a raise? I'd like to explore this issue more in a later post, but I thought I'd share this story:

Late last week, my boss pulled all of us into one our offices and said that some of the prospects that had 50 - 100 schools in their districts had been calling not the administrators but rather the people who actually currently use our software to get references. My manger said that everyone had responded with high praise for the software (which is currently very buggy) but had especially glowing review for our tech support department--so much so, in fact, that there were no negative reviews at all. We were given an 'atta boy. When my manger's speech was over, I said "That's great! Just do me a favor and remind the powers that be that if we help get them their Christmas bonus, make sure they help us get ours."

Now I'm one for doing a good job, going unnoticed and then suddenly and unexpectedly get praised, raised and promoted, but that's never happened for me in a corporate setting. It seems like no matter how hard I work, no matter how many hours I put it, it's never enough. That's fine, I can deal. But when we're talking millions of dollars here, the least that could be done is to see a small, one-time bonus on our checks, and so much the better if that does happen in time for Christmas. It's not like I was being selfish or anything; we're all a part of the same team and my comment recommended that everyone on the team get a little something out of the deal. We shall see.

I plan to stick around for a year. At that point, I will have held down two jobs for a year putting in an average of 60 hours a week. After that year I expect a little something for my troubles.

Your thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-05 06:10 am (UTC)
Surprise Call
What would you do in my situation?
I have no experience in this.

No Light
I was of course in my Steak Out uniform and so the obligatory comments about eating good tonight were exchanged.
Cab you see the light? CAN YOU SEE THE LIGHT? I have no idea what "Steak Out" is as we do not have one in Texas, nor have I run across them in my travels. Due to, perhaps the obvious stalker-ish nomenclature of this place of employment, I guess I never really thought about it being "fine dining."

All work and no Product Makes Jack a Worthless Boy
...yet I have little to show for it.
What do you expect to show for it? What do you think happens? The only money I ever see is enough to fill my car and enough to eat lunch with on a weekly basis. Woo-hoo! Living large!

Tinsel Town does not Glitter
There have been very few great movies come out this year.
Your measuring stick is different than eveyone else's. This is good when you look at something critically. This is even better when you dismiss looking at something critically because it fails to meet your pre-defined standard of worthiness. This is fucking retarded when your pre-defined standard of worthiness is, "If everyone else likes it, it must be stupid."

Getting a Raise
How does one correctly go about asking for a raise?
You mentioned that this has never happened to you in the corporate world. That is right. They are few and far between. Before you were hired, you were probably approached by HR (unless you are a contractor) who discussed your annal merit increase. That was your raise. Even if you invent time-travel, the time for your raise will be during your annual assessment. This is pretty standard. There are two exceptions I've used to my advantage. One, is if they want to increase your responsibilities. You don't "ask" for one then, rather, you provide them sufficient evidence on why it would be irresponsible of you to take said position without a salary review. Two, if you are requested by name to change jobs. Same rules apply. Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-06 11:44 am (UTC)
Cab you see the light?
I don't know what this means.

I have no idea what "Steak Out" is as we do not have one in Texas, nor have I run across them in my travels.
We've had this conversation many times before. Of course you could start with their website but we are not part of the franchise. We are independently owned and operated by the guy who started the restaurant.

Due to, perhaps the obvious stalker-ish nomenclature of this place of employment, I guess I never really thought about it being "fine dining."
You claim not to know who Steak Out is and then in the next sentence you claim that you don't consider them fine dining? How can you make this claim if you've NEVER eaten there?

What do you expect to show for it?
Getting out of debt and coming into my own American dream: a house, a car, a picket fence and a beautiful, loving caring wife.

What do you think happens?
I think that hard work and value added to a company is rewarded with a return on the value added. I further think that labor should be able to come to the marketplace and compete and that longevity of just getting by should not be rewarded by tenure in either academia or in corporate America.

The only money I ever see is enough to fill my car and enough to eat lunch with on a weekly basis. Woo-hoo! Living large!
Most of the time I don't have the money for lunch.

This is fucking retarded when your pre-defined standard of worthiness is, "If everyone else likes it, it must be stupid."
Agreed, but if you think that's my measuring stick, you're fucking retarded. According to the theory you espouse here, Titanic is the best movie ever made because it made so much money and wouldn't have made so much money if people wouldn't have went to go see it. Furthermore, you theory also suggests that no small budget film or a film that did not make money is a dud through and through. Are you retarded?

Before you were hired, you were probably approached by HR
No, I was delivering food here. They said they had a spot open, I exchanged cards and the rest is history and documented on my blog.

who discussed your annual merit increase.
That was never discussed and I have the feeling (all in all) that with the way the minimum wage is inflating the economy this number has a minus sign in front of it.

Even if you invent time-travel, the time for your raise will be during your annual assessment.
Those don't happen around here.

There are two exceptions I've used to my advantage
I almost had one, but ultimately lost out to someone with more...on paper? Either way, neither of these will ever happen.

The only time I ever got a raise was when I was working for my Dad and he didn't just give out raises.

One of my cousins was graduating in Birmingham. I didn't want to go because I knew the whole damned thing was going to be pretentious and that I would be miserable. This was during the summer. I had been working to get the chicken houses set up so that we could get birds. We had four 500 ft. houses that had to have feed put out, and that has to be done manually, one scoop at a time. (When you first get the chickens, you start in half house, but either way...)

I was drug in for dinner. Mom and I had a fight. She wanted me to go, knew I didn't want to go and that there was work to be done. She left in a huff and I stayed behind scorned. Dad said "Let's play cards. We can finish everything tomorrow" I said, "No I've got to get work done."

Three hours later, I had put out two houses of feed by myself. I was going to do the other two, but at this point, it was something like close to 2300. Dad was finishing up A River Runs Through It. I told him that I was sorry that I didn't get the other two houses put out. He said that he was impressed that I did the two by myself even when I didn't have to and then gave me a $1/hr raise.

I would prefer a similar scenario here, but that's not going to happen. The more you do, the more you're expected to do. I can't live with myself if I do just enough to get by, so here I am.

Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the Right
Here I am
Stuck in the middle with you.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-06 01:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know what this means.
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How can you make this claim if you've NEVER eaten there?
One word: Delivery.

According to the theory you espouse here...
You use fallible logic to craft that theory you credit to me.

I can't live with myself if I do just enough to get by, so here I am.
And THAT'S the right attitude! Be patient and it will pay off. That I can guarantee.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-06 01:35 pm (UTC)
And THAT'S the right attitude! Be patient and it will pay off. That I can guarantee.
"Yeah, like some damned bank's gonna lend you money when you're no longer in debt."
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From: irulan_amy
2007-11-05 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm poor, so I wouldn't be much good to someone who needs bail. Can you call him and get in touch? Maybe you can find out if you tell his family who might be better able to help him?

Hehe, I was able to get AutoZone people to change my headlight with a nice smile. ;)

Money stuff - by following some good advice, I was able to pay down debt slowly and currently have a couple of small credit card payments other than things like cell, rent, car ins. I finally have a little extra cash to save or splurge. Not as much as I used to since I'm still catching up from being unemployed, but still. To this note, I recommend a book called the Cash Flow Quandrant by Robert Kiyosaki. He really puts finances in plan languages. When I read his book, I finally understood how I could pay off my debt successfully and it made total sense. And it may be obvious to other people, but it wasn't to me. I'd be glad to tell you about it if you're interested. I don't know if it will help, but the offer stands.

I haven't seen many movies this year at all, but I know I have not been impressed by previews. I miss having a reliable Indie movie theater like I had in Ohio. I adore indies. But I can also appreciate big, overdone things like 300.

See Eric's advice regarding raises. That has been my experience too.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-06 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm poor, so I wouldn't be much good to someone who needs bail.
That is my situation as well.

Hehe, I was able to get AutoZone people to change my headlight with a nice smile. ;)
Yes, but your sexy and attractive and shit. I'm not.

Money Stuff
I'll have to check that book out. If you have any additional info to pass along, please don't hesitate. You have my email address.

I have not been impressed by previews
Have you even had time to watch previews?

I miss having a reliable Indie movie theater like I had in Ohio.
It's funny. We have an indie theater here in town that's part of a large chain of "industry" theaters. The ironic thing is I never go. :(

But I can also appreciate big, overdone things like 300.
Can't we all?

See Eric's advice regarding raises. That has been my experience too.
See my response.

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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2007-11-06 11:49 pm (UTC)
Get a new job.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 01:06 am (UTC)
You ain't just whistling Dixie out of your ass.
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2007-11-07 07:38 am (UTC)
Not my fault you can't get a new job easily. :P
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[User Picture]From: jaceman
2007-11-07 08:35 pm (UTC)
As long as you continue to have real bills having a real job won't help much.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 08:39 pm (UTC)
Real bills suck.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 09:21 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, but a real job can be teh awesome!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 09:26 pm (UTC)
If I had real friends, maybe I'd get a real hookup with a real job. That way, then I could be Teh Awesomecakes!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 09:41 pm (UTC)
There is nothing you could ever do, that would ever cause me to call or refer to you as, 'Awesomecakes.'

*shiver*
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank God yours isn't the only opinion that I'm concerned with here.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 09:45 pm (UTC)
Its just sounds so darned gay. If that's your thing though, more power to you, gay-boy.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 09:47 pm (UTC)
Are you calling melancthe gay?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 09:49 pm (UTC)
Are you retarded?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 09:52 pm (UTC)
You want to be an ass and deflect? Two can play this game Sir!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 10:11 pm (UTC)
[implied] Its OBVIOUS that I was calling YOU gay. NO ONE mentioned melancthe at all - ever. Ergo, there's something seriously wrong with you what could it be? Suggestion! [stated] ARE YOU FUCKING RETARDED?

(thank you for allowing me the opportunity to clear that up - your implication that it was deflection is also seriously flawed, we can cover that next if you like.)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 10:27 pm (UTC)
You said: Its just sounds so darned gay..

First of all, the correct word to use is it not its. Secondly, as you did not qualify your statement. You said that the word itself sounds gay; ergo, anyone who has, is or is going by that name must therefore also be gay.

Additionally, when I asked if you were calling melancthe gay, you deflected the question by asking me if I were retarded. Now, perhaps that was a clever way of saying "The answer to both questions are the same" in which case the answer would have been no, but given that this is just another one of our classic banterings, I assume that the question was a standalone with no implications, ergo you did not answer the "yes" or "no" answer. And I don't want any horseshit about how there are shades of grey here because there are none.

So now that I've proven you wrong on all accounts, there's nothing left to say on the issue.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 10:28 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew what you were talking about.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 10:30 pm (UTC)
Are you ignorant, arrogant, illiterate or all three?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 10:32 pm (UTC)
Neither. Calling you "Awesomecakes" sounds gay. Period. What's so hard to understand about that, and why do you have to bring in other livejournal users?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-07 10:35 pm (UTC)
So are you changing your tune now? It's not the word itself, it's the object?

why do you have to bring in other livejournal users?
Because you did!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-07 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not changing my tune. Let's review: "Its just sounds so darned gay. If that's your thing though, more power to you, gay-boy."

I didn't bring anyone else into this. Let's review: "Its just sounds so darned gay. If that's your thing though, more power to you, gay-boy."

Fini
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-11-08 08:23 pm (UTC)
I think I'll start calling you...Goldenrod.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-11-08 08:55 pm (UTC)
Go fuck yourself, freak!
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