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Monday, 26 May 2008

Frustrations [2008]

Filed under: Life — mikewb1971 @ 7:35 PM (19:35)

OK, I’ll admit it, going back to school is fun. Still, the last few weeks have been a royal bitch.

In mid-April, I needed a new head gasket in my car. That set me back 770 bucks, throwing off my credit card payments. Immediately after the head gasket job was done, I noticed that I need to have my front brake pads changed out, as the old ones are down to bare metal and squealing. I tried to do it myself, but the caliper pins are on way too tight — I’ll probably need an impact wrench of some kind to loosen those. After that, the job will be easy.

Next, at work, my schedule was recently rearranged at almost the last minute. That’s not bad per se, but I was supposed to have Sunday, 25 May off, as well as Monday, 26 May. Lo and behold, I find out that I now have Monday, Wednesday and Friday off, and that I’m doing double-duty (CSM and LP) on Thursday night (1PM to closing). This sudden rearrangement was done to give the store’s resident backstabber and incompetent, unreliable asshole four days off in a row. This is the guy who goes around telling anyone that will listen (and half of those who won’t), “Mike’s worthless,” “Mike stands around doing nothing.” This is when he takes a break from saying “I can do any job in the store, including the store manager’s.” He’s got at least five no-call-no-shows on his record, and seems to think that he can write his own schedule, disappear for an hour or two every so often, that sort of thing. Why wouldn’t he think that — he gets away with it.

Let’s see him take on being CSS for a month. I’ll just stand back and watch — after all, he can do any job in the store, right?

In the mean time, every so often I get the impression that he wants to take a swing at me, as in assault and battery. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he did it from behind, and/or used some sort of tool or fixture part as a weapon.

Next, I didn’t have the cash to go to the Libertarian Party National Convention in Denver. Really wanted to go to this one, to see old friends, among other reasons. Anyway, maybe it’s good that I didn’t go, as the LP’s nominations for president and vice-president have me wondering if I’ll still be a member of the LP come this time next year. More on that later.

I wanted to see the Iron Maiden concert at the Journal Pavilion this year (Sunday, 25 May) — the two previous times they were scheduled to play in Albuquerque, they cancelled. ARGH. Yeah, I know — how would I go to the LP convention in Denver and still make the Maiden show in ABQ? Hey, I know it’s a long, long, long shot, but a guy can hope, right?

And with school — if I arrive before 7:30 AM, I have no problem finding a parking spot. If I get there after 7:45 AM, I have to drive around for ten minutes looking for a spot. One of my instructors seems to think that the students are incapable of reading on their own, as he reads verbatim from the course’s textbook.

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