Posts tagged Work

A Change Of Coffee

Friday of last week I enjoyed my final Costa Cappuccino from the WHSmith at work.It is undergoing a two week refit. I like the taste of Costa coffee. Starbucks tastes awful. Other large coffee chains I can’t say I have sampled enough to form an opinion on.

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6.5 Years

It has been a long wait, a day that I never thought I would see. This week I was finally able to obtain a parking permit and actually park on-site at work during the week. 6.5 years I have had my name on the waiting list. For all those years I have had an additional commute to a off-site parking spot, walking from and to the car before and after work.

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4AM

4am is a time of day I don’t often experience and after this morning I know why. Note to self: When agreeing to take people to the airport make sure they have their travel times worked out.

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Pockets

The past few weeks have been troublesome. A constant scratching on my thigh as my keys pushed though the pocket wall of my work trousers. The temporary fix of micro-pore tape had worked for the last time as the fibres parted ways never to join again.

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Time To Relax

It has been a busy few weeks and plenty of overtime worked. This has lead to less time doing interesting development/research things and posting online. The good and bad news is that its end of overtime for a while. Those upon high who count beans have decided the stalk has been harvested too much and needs time to recover. So I will find myself with more time and my dream of sound insulation and carpets will move steadily into the distant future. I suppose I can’t complain about being able to lie in an extra morning.

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Portable Apps & Portable Python

So I wanted to do some programming in python whilst at work I could have used my netbook but its size can make it difficult to work on for serious code generation. So my decision was to use Portable Apps from a USB memory stick, Portable Apps does not include Python in its package listing. A quick scout about with a popular search engine showed Portable Python as a solution a current Python version bundled with some handy modules.

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November Update

As usual it has taken me until the end of the month to get round to posting something. Normally this is just an update of the mail server saga or something about a site update. Not wanting to miss out such information that will follow. More interesting news is that I am changing my job, moving from a Field Engineer covering the entire country to something a little more localised. It should mean that I have a bit more of a life outside work; about time too.

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May & Mailservers

May 2008 has been somewhat uneventful on the traveling front, work has mainly taken my to and from the office (3 miles a day). On the plus side being based at home I have invested some time into trying to setup a mail server. Now setting up a mail server was never going to be an easy task, the fact that I still don’t have a working setup after several weeks of attempts is testament to this.

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Time For Another Update

It has been many weeks since my last post, as usual I have been busy with many things and often away from net access. So time for a little news. The site has been upgraded to the latest version of WordPress. Given that its taken me less than a week to apply an upgrade isn’t bad for me.

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I Hate London

On Friday afternoon I needed to visit a surgery, walk in, pick up two items and walk out. Parking was not available so i stopped in a residents parking bay. I wasn’t going to be there long and it was a quiet street. After being in there 5 minutes and returning to my car I had picked up a parking fine. I was not a happy bunny.

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Big News: I Have A Job!!!

After much searching I have accepted a position at a local company. Long hours though for what they will be paying me. I will have much to say about this soon. Currently I am holding back on details to see how things pan out.

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More Job Applications Away

Well the hunt for a job is all the more desperate since the failure of my primary desktop machine. Its taken me all day but I have crafted two applications with all the trimmings (to please the HR department no doubt, they have to justify their existance some how). I bet I will never hear from them again, the usual scenario with this type of thing. Lets hope anyway.

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Company System Administrators Are Gimps

My PC was taken away from me at work Friday morning for an upgrade. I was told it would be back later that day. It finally arrived back this morning about 11am.

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What I Did During March

Well March was a bit more interesting than other months. I went to CeBit 2004. That was an experience. I’ve got some pics of all that. One day I’ll get off my lazy ass and put them on the site.

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Finished Somerfield

Yesterday I finally finished working at Somerfield. I knew it was time to leave as I was given a sign. The sign was the spliting of my work trousers. Twas rather emabrassing. Lucky for me I wasn’t wearing my flourescent yellow briefs (If any of you actually think i own flouescent briefs you are quite, quite mad). It was otherwise an uneventful day. At least there will be no more early Saturday mornings for me from now on :).

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My Last Saturday

Today was my last Saturday at Somerfield Ilkeston. I awoke feeling as awake as I usually do at 5am on a Saturday morning after only 4hrs sleep. The temperature in the room had hit over 30 degrees during the night. The window found itself being flung open, I was engulfed by the cold morning air. After shouting at an irritating airbourne pest I needed an injection of world news and political events. BBC News 24 was as usual informing me of all the boring events that are never interesting enough to make the regular daytime news slots. I organised myself and tooled up my pockets, it was time for sustinance.

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A Helper

Today at work I was stunned that for once I had a person to help me. You may think this is nothing to get excited about but you would be wrong. Very few people actually like working with me. This is mainly due to the fact they end up doing some work. Today however I had the lovely Heather working with me :). Whilst she may not be the strongest of workers she did her bit to help and did it well. It’s surprising what one person smiling at you can do to boost your feelings for a day.

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No Mike

Well today I told deputy manager Andy that I would soon be on merry way. Just need to put it in writing now.

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This Is Gonna Be Chaos

I spoke the other guy who is doing a technical placement at Hitachi. We agree to share a place together if we can find one. Then he tells me he is out of the country from June 30th till July 12th. The placement starts on Jult 21st. Looks like if I want a place to live I gotta find it. Lucky me.

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About Saturday

I was supposed to be working a 16hr shift at Somerfield. It was going as planned till about 5pm, 11hrs in. This is when the manager had a panic attack about legality of me working and how he didnt want to kill me.

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Not Quite an Epic

ALthough I decide that writing an epic each saturday took an excessinve ammount of my time, I decided thayt today requires a mention.

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The Saturday Epic In Pics

Hollie didn’t want the pic of her posting, which is a shame. Heather ran away as soon as she saw the imaging device. I will get a good pic of her soon enough.

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Captured Again

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The Saturday Epic 3

The day began with a high pitched tone oscillating my eardrums. Swinging my legs out from under the duvet I achieved a sitting position. The offending alarmed device had its operation terminated via an interrupt request to its keypad. I was conscious at last, well sort of. It was time for some mental stimuli. I proceeded to engage the audio visual media centre via the infra-red link. After a brief discharge the cathode ray tube began to charge to operating status. The steadily increasing brightness made me avert my eyes in much the same way as opening the door and finding the sun in direct line of sight. My sitting position could be maintained no longer. My spine relaxed leaving me lying on the bed once more. My eyes began to close, I tried to stop them. I thought I had won only to discover that 20 mins had passed and it was now 5:20am.

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The Saturday Epic2

Another Saturday another early morning. Looking across the car park at 5:55am I was surprised by two things. The first was that the store had been opened up and secondly that the only vehicle in sight belonged to Lee Owen. This puzzled me as Mr Owen isn’t usually vertical at that time in a Saturday morning.

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I’m A Stalker!!!!

Whist at work tonight I had the pleasure of seeing two young girls. I’m assuming that one was Rachel, the little sister of Hollie. I later observed Rachel’s friend peering round a stack of pringles in an attempt to see my face.

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The Saturday Epic

Today started off badly when I saw John arriving to open up the store. As nice as he is John gets seriously on my nerves at times. But Manager Mike thinks he’s the bees knees. With John on the scene my usual routine went straight out the window, not a good start. John has one way of doing things I have another so having the accept the John method did not please me grately. With the delivery arriving the conflicting views were dissipated for a short while. The agency delivery driver was too cheerful for that time in the morning. Nothing pisses me off more at that time in the morning than an overly cheerful person. One thing of note though, this driver could count. He knew how many cages had gone off the back of the lorry and how many went on. “So what” you yell. Well its an odd occurance for a driver to be able to keep track of everything. Not to say that they are thick but normally they are not the brightest of people. The bread arrived albeit quite a few loafs short(155ish). So as has been requeste of me in previous weeks i began to put it out and reduce old stock as needed. John didn’t like this. Not my department John said. So I basically gave him a look to say “Does it look like i care what you think”. He didn’t pick up on it. I was then going to help out on Dairy but another member of staff had been called in. I was going to aid futhur but oh no John wasnt having it. I was shoved into the hell hole which is the warehouse. Once again I got the same section to work with all the products which never go out and taunt me week after week. Bec wanted to know why I looked depressed. How do I condence down my inner turmoil into a manageable soundbite. I managed anyway and said I was generally down, which is always true of me. Still she kept smiling at me as I went past and just that did wonders to lift my spirits. A general lack of energy and enthusiasm made the morning go slow and this stressed me out. It was nice however to see Hollie on the shop floor for a brief time. About time they let her out from behind that evil till. Exchanging a few word with Hollie, Emma and Jennah raised my happiness lever furthur. This leads me to formulate the expression that “Tunks happiness is proportional to Female contact”. Several more hours of working myself silly I was about ready to have serious words with Rajiv. Rajiv, the fat bastard, does all he can do to not lift a finger. It shows on the great lard bucket too. He has been there 4 months and thinks he owns the place. So what happens to these people that stand around doing as little as possible? They get a pay increase at a rate greater than that of my rise. Yongsters today never had it so lucky. So now he can waste time and even more money doing bugger all. Not that Rajiv is the only one. There are many members of staff that take the piss with how little work they do for their money. Lunch time arrived and I consumed a cheese and pasta salad (You would’t see Rajiv eating it, nor fat Matt). I ended up in the canteen with Gaz and the security guard. Now Gaz is fine and I get on well with him. The security guard just asks stupid questions or tells everybody about what he has or is planning on purchasing for his house. After the first few weeks of this you get fed up of him. Not that he is too bad as I get his extra dohnut whe he has his lunch (today a pastie and pack of dohnuts). In my final hour I was set a task by Mike. Mike being another overly cheerful person at the end of a long day. This did not go down well on the tunk level of satisfactory mind status and irritability meter. I kinda dragged out the task as much as possible trying to reach the Rajiv level of idleness. I failed by a long way. During this task I had to emmpty a split can of Murphys, the sink enjoyed something that resembled chunks of stewing steak. The biggest chunk I named Rajiv on the count of its large presence and it not doing very much at all. 4 o’clock arrived and I was out that door sooner than a Security Guard wanting a free dohnut. Mother didn’t appear to be anywhere instore or outside. So I walked home. On arriving home I discovered she had been there and I had walked all the way home for no reason at all. Not the best end to a day at work but and end atleast.

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I Hate That Place

I don’t know why I agreed to work today but I did. No sooner had I got there Andy H (Deputy Manager) was on my back about not working hard enough. I felt like turning round and saying “I am here cos you asked me to be, if your not happy with my work then its your fault, live with it” but i didn’t. After Bread/Dairy and freezers it was time to advise on the computer problems buggin’ the staff. Firstly it was the ancient EPOS system I suspect to be running either a custom OS, syncom or Unix. Whatever the OS it wasnt responding properly. You know its usual operators are not trained when they dont know how to enter the ‘*’ sign using the shift + 8 keys. That done i was needed again to show Andy H how to shade in a cell in Excel. You see how little computer skills you need to get by in a supermarket management position. The grim day was lightened by Hollie being around. Although she hasnt been speaking to me online of late its still nice to speak to females and get a response from general conversation.

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How Dare You Tell Me When To Eat!!

In a day that started out bad it soon got worse. The Friday night BBQ left me feeling shattered. The task this Saturday was to sort out the warehouse. Not a bad task in itself but neither me or gaz counted on the Mike factor.

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Interview

Today I went for an interview at Transmitton. Hopefully my outgoing and friendly personality (yeah right) will have impressed them enough for them to offer me a placement. Twas very relaxed and it was an enjoyable day out with a free lunch :).

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Quite A Lengthy Day

Today was Stock Take at Somerfield. I had to do 3 hours extra as my contribution. Instead of working friday night I extended my day from 10 to 14 hrs. I was there when the store opened and there when it closed. I had much eventfulness in my day.

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Get Moving Monkey Boys

Today was a day for people around me to be lazy little chimps. If they spent more time focused on their work rather than idle chit-chat more would have been accomplished.

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They Hid Me Away

Today I have been mainly hidden away in a cupboard orgainising alcoholic beverages. “Yeah, sure you did”. Don’t mock me people its the truth. I spent hours sorting out stock to be sent back to the depot, the company as a whole is corrupt and organised like two rabid dogs in a pit with only one Tesco Employee to sink their teeth into.

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Busy Day

Today has proven to be a very busy and interesting day. It all started to kick off when I poured soya milk down myself due to it leaking in the package. I was whisked away from my usual routine business to help in the reorganization of the biscuit section. This involved climbing over stock cages whilst not too badly crushing the contents. “Why did you do this?” I did it so i could get some shelves from behind them. Several trips over the top of the cages resulted in a lack of the correct parts. I was dispatched to Focus to get a Hacksaw. (It only cost 78p and was of reasonable quality). Using my tool I abbreviated some perspex edging, Is there no end to my talents? My hulking great mass was then required to maneuver the security box for emptying the cash out of the till. But being me I was heavy handed with the wrist strap and set off the internal alarm. I went a deep shade of red :oops:. Twas then time to wreak havoc in the warehouse with the moving of shelves with stock on them. Myself and 7 others used our combined skill to rotate 24 feet of connected shelving through 90 degrees and reposition it. Add on a spot of cleaning/stocking/reducing and that’s my day really.

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Clueless

Mike Chadwick, manager at Somerfield hasnt got a clue when it comes to managing a supermarket. He wants things done but he doesnt like people doing them when they could be doing something else. Card for example must be bailed. He doesnt like anybody bailing the card as it is using up their time. He wasnt happy that the usual tasks were not completed last week but was happy enough for me to be outside collecting litter for 2 hrs.

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“I’ll tell you where you can shove it!”

It started out like any Saturday, 5am. Nothing odd about that. It was the usual routine for the first few hours. Then it was decided that some tidying was required outside the store. Nothing odd about that I thought, just picking up some bits of card, move some empty cages about and a quick sweep. How wrong I was. Kitted out with some rubber gloves a brush and metal dustpan I was herded towards the bushes around the store. My Nemesis awaited, thorny bushes, rotting matter and bags of things which were not describable. After filling a huge green bin to the brim i was finally done. I proceeded back inside and gave the manager a look which would have killed him could they do so. I was none to pleased after my experience.

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No More YIMI!!!!! :)

Good news people. Yimi has finally quit Somerfield 😀️ (now they don’t have to find an excuse to sack the waste of space). Its gonna make my life easier and we shall get more done on a Saturday. On a sadder 😥️ note Emma will also be leaving soon as well. We shall all miss her and hope she gets on well with her new job.

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Why Bother?

Its full steam ahead this week to finally clear the warehouse of all the crap that finds it way in there. But is it really worth it? I think not with a new SUPER Tesco opening just around the corner and the merger between Morrisons and Safeway. Our little Somerfield is on its way out of waterside retail park.

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Another Day Over

Another productive day at work over. After careful planning (as if) I was able to ensure the minimisation of the caged stock chaos. Whilst still requiring more work twas a definate improvement.

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Going Back

Going back to work tomorrow after a relaxing break since last Saturday. Hopefully it wont be the busy mad panic rush of people that have been there over the xmas period. Will the quantity of stock cluttering up the warehouse have been reduced? Like hell will it. The monkey people will have put there tiny minds together and in the resulting chaos will have over ordered as usual filling it to 150% capacity. Looks like I’m gonna have to work my usual magic and try to make as much of it disappear as possible.

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Christmas Time Sux

Its that time of year again where the shop (Somerfield) fills with customers 😢️ who rush me off my feet. Not a moments peace as they demand you find the goods which are missing from the shelf. To make things worse 😈️ they demand their tv’s and hi-fi systems which tie up the staff fetching and loading them. Yes i have had a bad day at work and there will be many more on the run up to christmas.

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Night Shift

Well the night shift at Somerfield went very well and much was achieved 😃️ The management wont appreciate it though. But then again thats just what they are like. On a more interesting note, we managed to injure somebody.

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Facing Up

Who’s bright idea 💡️ was the new method of facing up. It sux. If I ever find out which members of the company elite chimp force came up with it they will feel my wrath. By which I mean I will write a strongly worded letter and report letting them know they don’t work in the true shop floor environment and should stay behind their desks where they belong 😠️

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Uniform

Tried my new uniform on today. Shock horror the 38 inch waist was a little more snug fitting than I would have liked. Still it will do.

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If A Jobs Worth Doing..

If a jobs worth doing its worth doing well. That is unless you work in Somerfield. In Somerfield a job maybe worth doing but they want it done fast and within a certain time. The certain time however is never long enough for the job in hand. This evening I was asked to work the wine and spirits isle. They let me get started and get my system of work into full flow, they then tell me to stop as they dont want it doing any more.

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5-10!!!!

Damn the relaunch saga. It seems my usual wednesday night of work has been hijacked and extended. The store is to be made “Packet Perfect” (ie things will be taking longer than usual to do the same task). My usual 5-8 shift is now 5-10, not that bad in itself but I like routine. I like to know what I am doing and when. I suppose I just have to think of the money.

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GET SOME STAFF

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Busy Few Days

Well my new CD-RW has arrived along with my 120GB HDD. They have been installed and hardware swapped between my machines. I will need to update my system specs on this page.

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Management

I would have thought that out of all the people at Somerfield that the Deputy Manager would have an idea of who was working when. I got a phone call tonight asking where I was. The thing is I was at home as usual as I work Wednesdays.

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Somerfield Refit

The refit of Somerfield Ilkeson has begun. I turned up today to find the produce department missing and a big hole in the roof. Still it will all be sorted in a week or two. But its Saturday i’m not looking forward to. Rumour has it that on our busiest day of the week they plan on removing two freezer and two chiller cabinets. Quite how they plan on doing this whilst maintaining customer satisfaction is beyond me, but hey, it aint my fault.

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