Saturday, July 28, 2007

Since my last post I’ve done a few things I guess. I’ve watched countless hours of anime, I’ve upgraded several of the programs in my computer, I’ve harvested my back yard, and generally been pretty lazy.

I’ve been watching anime from both the web and library and am currently watching 5 series. I’ve been watching One Piece as the episodes are subbed and released and am currently on episode 226. I started watching Full Metal Panic on recommendation from one of the people in my History of Animation class and have enjoyed it so far; I’ve watched the first two seasons and am working on the 3rd this week. I’m also watching Witch Hunter Robin, Tsubasa Chronicle, and Ranma 1/2.

My entire family is going on a cruise next week up to Alaska, eighteen of us in all. I honestly have no idea what to do on a cruise that I can’t do at home anytime I want. Nor have I ever had the desire to go on a cruise before, and probably won’t plan on going on one again. So far the things I’ve been told there are to do on our boat include: eating good food, shopping, eating good food, watching movies, working out, eating more food, and gambling. I watch movies all the time, eat whenever I’m hungry, and don’t enjoy shopping. There are three casinos within a 5 minute drive from my house so that’s no novelty either. I’ve bringing enough books and DVDs to keep myself occupied during the week and will probably bring a camera to take pictures of random glaciers and stuff from the boat. I also get seasick fairly easily so I’m not thrilled about being dragged up north on a boat.

Anything else new, yeah but I don’t feel like typing anymore. I’ll probably write up a few posts this coming week and one or two on the boat when I’ve got nothing better to do.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Done with Fireworks

Once again I’ve spent my entire week working at the fireworks stand for church. I got to sleep two nights at home and camped out at the stand for security the other five nights. This year didn’t seem nearly as crazy as years past but I think we did better than we did last year.

The stand a few blocks down the street from us was burglarized Monday night but I never heard how much was stolen. There was also a shooting in the same parking lot as that stand the night of the 4th.

The thing I don’t understand is why people get angry when I say that I’ll only sell them fireworks for the price on the tags. Tons of people start giving sob stories about how they need to bring home huge and cool fireworks or their kids will think of them as the failures they are, but they are unwilling/unable to spend the money for them. And yes, fireworks are too expensive which is why I don’t buy many for myself. One lady started crying because she wanted to buy $90 in fireworks but only had $20 and I wouldn’t sell to her for that price. She went on about how her kids needed the really big and cool fireworks but she couldn’t buy them because she was a single, 25 year old mother of 4 who didn’t have enough money for expensive fireworks. Granted I was willing to make some deals with people that late in the evening since everything I didn’t sell would need to be inventoried and packed back up, but I wasn’t willing to lose money just to make someone happy.

I’ve never seen any of these people harassing the attendants at the gas stations saying they need 10 gallons of gas but only have $10 to spend so the attendant should sell them gas anyway or they won’t be able to take their kids to the movies later. Or seeing people at Fry’s saying how much they need that 60” 1080p TV for $2000 off the sticker price or their neighbors would suspect that they’re too poor to own one otherwise.

Yes, I’m tired from working around the clock for a week and slowly recovering. I’m still saying “Never Again” when it comes to running a fireworks stand but a heavy bribe could change that again.