July 16, 2013

The Gleam Is Off... um... EVERYTHING

Look, I know I occasionally whine and complain about stuff here at The Pond.  Stuff happens, and sometimes you just have to react.  But today... today, I have a legitimate cause to complain, and there's no way anybody would disagree with me.

My assistant manager gave her two weeks' notice today.

Classes start in four weeks.

No way I'm getting a replacement in time.  I'm going to be working open-to-close all the way through Rush, which'll take us into September.  I'm actually scheduled for 57 hours the week before classes start.

I'm doomed. 

And if that wasn't enough, my DVR appears to have coughed up a hard-drive and died.  Thankfully, I just rent it... I think.  But I lost all the movies and stuff I'd recorded.  Like the entirety of Firefly in HD.  Don't let nobody tell you different, "Our Mrs Reynolds" is worth watching in HD.  Oh yes, yes it surely is. 

I'm already there, I think.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:53 PM | Comments (14) | Add Comment
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1 Ah.  That was the scream I heard echoing earlier today.

I curse out loud in commiseration.  Unfortunately, I can't do more. 

Posted by: Ben at July 16, 2013 08:56 PM (/Mdmg)

2

Get yourself a series 3* TiVo and hack it. Then you can download anything you can record (not to mention upgrading to 2TB drives so you can store every Good Eats episode with tons of space left over).

No suggestion about your assistant manager though

* TiVo Series 3 or TiVo HD.

Posted by: Kayle at July 16, 2013 09:32 PM (OLxpT)

3  What show is that third picture from?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 16, 2013 09:43 PM (+rSRq)

4 Steven, you haven't watched Ep02 of C3-bu yet?

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 16, 2013 09:55 PM (NOm0f)

5 I bought a new DVD recorder to clear off my DVR when I was considering dropping my DirecTV.  Unfortunately, the DVR advanced my decision by a couple of months by dying on its own.  And the drives are tied to the players, so you can't swap them out, and they're encrypted, so you can't get your shows off.

(Also, the DVD recorder, even though it was made by a different manufacturer than my previous one, apparently used a variant of the same software, which is horrible as a player.  For example, A-B repeat must be selected from a menu, each time, which takes three or four button presses, AND can not be set unless the player is PLAYING.  No pausing and advancing to just the right frame.)

Posted by: Mauser at July 17, 2013 04:37 AM (cZPoz)

6 Aw, MAN. Seriously, who thought it would be a good idea to have a year ending in the number 13 anyway?

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 17, 2013 07:33 AM (CUkqs)

7 I watched it once, but my main memory of that character is her gainaxing in an evening gown.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 17, 2013 11:44 AM (+rSRq)

8 Yup, that's the one.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 17, 2013 04:23 PM (rY5SD)

9 Alas, I have retail and bookstore experience, but no assistant manager experience. But maybe you could ask other bookstores in the area if they know anybody?

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at July 17, 2013 07:07 PM (cvXSV)

10 Oh, wait. You probably have a big bureaucratic hiring process.

Maybe you can get a temp assistant manager? Maybe alums of your bookstore can come and do a tryout?

Maybe you've already thought of all these things....

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at July 17, 2013 07:09 PM (cvXSV)

11 Banshee, do you live near Duckford?

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 17, 2013 09:29 PM (rY5SD)

12 I'm a couple of states away from you, actually. But if you're really really desperate, I could come!

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at July 19, 2013 04:54 PM (cvXSV)

13   The pony in the pile.  Three words.  Comp days, Tokyo......

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at July 22, 2013 06:40 PM (Omb+U)

14 I'm salary.  Comp days are not something I get.  Ever.

Actually, I didn't get comp days when I was hourly, come to think of it.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 22, 2013 06:51 PM (F+CeQ)

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