Thanksgiving, Lockin, General Ease/Unease

So Thanksgiving was on Thursday. As was Keen’s birthday. Before we actually got to Thursday, though, we went out to Tony’s on Wednesday night and enjoyed some brews. We met this nice woman named June (?), who although not 21-23, was smart and hot. That was cool. So we got a little buzzed, went home, and passed out until Thursday, noonish. That was so nice. You have no idea. Went to my parents place and got to enjoy a lot of turkey, a lot of casserole, and a lot of pie. Mmm, home cooked food. I hadn’t had any in so long that I nearly forgot what it tastes like. My sister and my bother fight like cats, seeing who can claw the most fur off in the least amount of words. It’s humorous, but gets old really quickly. It didn’t seem like the food-spread was as big as usual, though. All in all, it was a rather enjoyable day – lots of time talking … which I’ll write about in a bit. We threw a lockin on Friday night. And Saturday night. I was off Friday night so I could attend James’ party, which did not happen. I’m still really fucking pissed about that, you bitch. I took time off and inflicted vast amounts of stress onto myself to make sure that I could go, and 3 hours before it’s supposed to happen, I find out that it’s off until next Friday – precisely when I can’t come. I’m mad. Still. Argh. Anyway, the Lockin on Friday night went pretty well. I slept. Then I got to work around 9:30am on Saturday. And didn’t leave until ~9:45am on Sunday. It was long. Too long. Although the lockins went really well, I am unsure if I’ll be doing the whole 24-hour shift thing ever again; I can still feel the exhaustion now, even after getting sleep (never enough). I got an IM from Janelle tonight saying that she’d be home in a week. I don’t know what to say about that, but it was nice that she thought of me. I thought Tore was here for Thanksgiving, but I didn’t see nor hear anything from him. Either he didn’t come, or he has other priorities. No biggie. On that same vein, issues persist with Steve. He is still mega pissed. He came by to pick up his Call of Duty CD and I got the total cold shoulder. I had figured that this would have blown over by now, but apparently it has not. There isn’t shit I can do, either, because it’s his grudge. That sucks. It freaked me out the other day. I was at the store, talking with Keen about Japanese culture, and I very much regurgitated the things my mother said on Thanksgiving. I wanted to rip my tongue out with a pair of meat tongs to cleanse myself of such an attrocity. And to think that I’d kinda locked away that 18-year-long chunk of my life. It seems like I’m losing people. Like people are slowly drifting out of my life and I’m not stopping it from happening. And by not stopping it, I’m helping it. I feel that way about nearly everyone, except for the few people that I associate with on a daily basis. It’s very, very frightening. Cowboy up and chalk it up to life, or hang on for dear life and don’t let people slide? Toughy. [b]Update[/b] – Just because I have them laying around, here is Playboy’s December 2003 Women of Wal-Mart spread (not work safe) : [L=][/L]

2003-12-02 05:32:16 – reverend
dude.. that first chick works at walmart here? Damn… i’m going to walmart more often!
2003-12-02 13:44:46 – Master Ha-reed
Care to elaborate on your comments on Japanese culture? And I think that "Women of Wal-Mart" thing is bullshit. With the exception of that Katie girl (because she’s not that great), I’ve never seen anyone that good-looking at Walmart. Ever. And I’ve been to Walmarts in 3 states.
2003-12-02 14:32:39 – The Disco Nova
Dude again, I’m sorry, I forgot to tell you. I don’t usually apologize more than once for something. If I can make it up to you, let me know.
2003-12-02 16:59:53 – rand0m
They are some hotty wal-mart people in Texas. Mostly because the huge majority of girls there are hot. IMO, of course. As for the Japanese thing, it was about how our cultures are different when it comes down to morals/ethics/right/wrong. Here in the West, things are (generally) clearly defined as Right or Wrong, and Good and Bad. Yay for Stereotypes and Judging! My mother makes the argument that in Japan, there is no "right or wrong" per se, but a lot more of shame & honor – which are nearly absent qualities here in America.
2003-12-02 19:53:24 – Master Ha-reed
From what I know about Japan (and this has been confirmed by people who have been there), your mother is generally right. There is a right and a wrong, but blame is shared more among perpetrator and victim – no one is ever totally in the right. For example, if your car was stolen, the guy who stole it would be in the wrong too, but you would also be in the wrong for making it possible for your car to be stolen (by parking it in a bad area, or leaving it unlocked, or not putting a car alarm, or … etc). On the honor thing – thats true at least with traditional culture, but is less prevalant among younger, more Western-influenced generations.
2003-12-03 17:16:38 – Emrikol
Is it just me, or are there three pictures that aren’t working for Katie in the Wal-Mart spread…and when is it McDonald’s turn for Plaboy? 😉
2003-12-03 20:08:10 – Netheus
yeah, I kinda started to feel the same way (about friends drifting off) so I called Carolyn, she is graduating this spring and said she is going to come out here afterwards. Still has no idea what she is going to do with a fine arts degree (McManager? 😛 ). sez she is going to Germany for x-mas. I wish I was graduating some time in the next two years…
2003-12-05 20:37:14 – Netheus
do I kill conversations, or what? Damn.
2003-12-06 21:20:03 – WC
No.. it’s because [u]nobody[/u] ever posts back to what other say. Sure they read the post but they never respond. BASTARDS! ok so … no you didn’t kill the conversation.
2003-12-08 08:44:35 – Manuel
Just would like to say that we still read your weblog all the way out here in Boston, as an everyday office enlightener, so no Randal, you are not forgotten. Boons and plenty on yo ass, MoFo.
2003-12-08 09:45:45 – The Disco Nova
2003-12-08 10:23:44 – rand0m
Please god, shoot me now.
2003-12-08 19:17:56 – Siaokh
Shoot you… Why? With what? Many varibles here Randal… ENLIGHTEN US! *Punch* -Tim
2003-12-08 19:34:12 – Master Ha-reed
I cannot believe I just wasted two minutes of my life watching that. I hate you James.
2003-12-09 21:49:23 – fourdegrees
I know what you mean about people slipping away over time. It’s one of the worst things to have occur to you. And no need to go shooting yourself over badgers. You should check out some of the other toons on that site. Some funny, some just disturbing. Oh, and that last girl’s breast are fake.
2003-12-09 23:18:59 – PasserBy
I don’t think anyone cares if the boobs are fake. tits are tits. and besides, it made for some great entertainment when my room mate and I convinced some drunk guys that they’d enjoy walmart chicks more than online pictionary = ]
2003-12-10 03:55:29 – reverend
great… now that f*n badger song will be stuck in my head for days.
2003-12-10 16:07:16 – garfunkalow
well.. at least you finally got some well deserved sleep out of the weekend!
2004-11-30 12:53:06 – Union4WalMart
Hey all, how yawl doing, Good I hope. So for all my fellow associates out there that work for walmart, I’ll get straight to the point. If you don’t like walmart coercing you, breaking your rights, following you around, etc…. busting your chops drop me a line or visit and speak with one of the Union Reps. tell em what’s going on, and start filing your charges, don’t just sign union cards, it means nothing to the NLRB, File your Charges!.
2004-11-30 13:05:40 – Union4WalMart
If yawl need to contact me: or Thanx and have a Great Day.