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More On The Topic Of Self Improvement

Posted by Makaru , Sep 16 2006 · 61 views
I'm using Comic Sans now as my default font. In fact, this was so important, I felt I had to tell you all in this blog. Hooray for bandwidth I sorta paid for. I'm also working on an entry so awesome, I had to split it up into three parts. And I'll post them all tomorrow. Or later today. Whenever I feel like it.



The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - G. Lightfoot

Posted by Makaru , Sep 15 2006 · 47 views
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.

With a load of iron ore - 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconson
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ships bell rang
Could it be the North Wind they'd been feeling.

The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the Captain did, too,
T'was the witch of November come stealing.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it's been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the words turn the minutes to hours
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.


Lady Kopaka, Omicron...

Posted by Makaru , Sep 14 2006 · 55 views
Blog Related Business
Yeah, I'm totally ripping off your idea. But I'm adding my own little spin to it. I'm not sure why. The teal's probably getting to my head. Which I'm keeping by the way. I rather like it. In fact, I hade Valenti make me some garbs in said shade of awesome. You yourself can have designs like these if you visit The Teahouse, managed by two good folk, IXI and Valenti. Tell 'em I sent you, and they'll knock 50% off a cup of Earl Grey.

Some examples:
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Anyway. Free coffee and donuts. Cheers.


Colour Change Up For No Reason.

Posted by Makaru , Sep 13 2006 · 70 views
Today I feel like posting in Teal. Because Teal is just as awesome as purple, and very few people post in it. So that's what I'll do.



Work Just Became Awesome

Posted by Makaru , Sep 12 2006 · 76 views
In this blog entry, I told you all how much work relatively sits low on things I want to do. Now, it's still down there but some events arose that made it just a little more sufferable.

I got more. See right now, a lot of my co-workers are going back to school. And because of this, we just went from short-staffed to something I call "Code Sacre Bleu!". Not to mention we had a couple of people leave, another couple fired, and only two hired on since. So with me out of school temporarily and the Gas Bar needing workers, I get bumped up from casual shifts (part time) to a guaranteed 40 hours a week with unspoken almost guaranteed overtime, which is pay and a half.

I love having nothing better to do with my time.

Limiting Service
Now I told you how understaffed we are, right? That's because there's a job boon in Alberta. People are grabbing higher paying jobs left and right, leaving the service industry practically empty, not to mention kids going back to school. So in lieu of this, we're switching from 2 Full Service islands and 1 self Service island to 1 Full Service island and 2 self service islands (there are 4 pumps per island). Which means not only are we going to be properly staffed for once, there's going to be a weeklong transitionary phase. We, as the pump attendants, get to sit there and look at the new self serve pumps.

"Sorry, we don't serve gas at self serve. You will need to do it yourself or pull into full serve."

And when you work in the service industry, no matter what you do, you fantisize about refusing service to customers. It's just human nature. It's sick, deranged, and I love it.

Cash Training
This is the best part of all. After I got back from my vacation, my manager immediately told me that I was to go in for cash training. See, one of the guys to leave was a cashier. And in his infinite wisdom, the manager decided that I, with no actual cash experience before hand, should be the one to take it on. But I don't mind. See, working cash isn't the same as being a Gas Bar Attendant. There are different responsibilities, different tasks, and best of all, different pay. I will be making +$11/hour, where as a gas attendant I'd be making around three dollars less.

And I'll always be guaranteed work seeing as there's only a few cashiers as it is. Not to mention it looks exquisite on a resume. Especially when you want to work for
Ken Borek or WestJet (Google 'em). Because I certainly ain't gonna be working at a gas station for a year, let alone for the rest of my life. ESPECIALLY under a union like theirs. Or as I like to call it, the legal Mafia.

So yeah, I'm really looking forward to this month, work wise. It's gonna be bearable and it'll help pay for my second year college tuition come January. But as a result, you won't see me much on BZP. My staff duties will take up most of my time here, which means I'll have less time for this blog o' mine. Solution? I'll be posting random song lyrics from songs that either mean a lot to me or that you've never heard of.



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