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That's It
ChuckWriting
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Hey,

That's it. I'm not making any more plans for my days off anymore. Why you ask? Because it seems whenever I HAVE plans (be important things like working on my resume or whatever to just wanting to relax or visit a friend I haven't in awhile) somehow the ShopKo KNOWS through some psychic means that I would like to keep my day off and DO what I would LIKE to do instead and therefore calls me into work. Lo and behold, today is such a day. I was going to relax after working from 4 AM to 1PM yesterday (I am still rather tired, thank-you), only to get woke up at 9:30 this morning and asked "Can you please come in and backstock our apparel stuff today?"

Now, I'm not really upset about working, considering I'll only have about 20 odd hours this week, but I must say that I'd rather have 4 or 5 days where I work a good 7-9 hours a shift than have these piddly shifts EVERY DAY where I am always gearing up to go in because I'm not nearing the magic number of 40 and can't go over it in hours. Considering that I already work tomorrow, it's just like I would like to have a breather, but no. At least it's on MY time and MY will. They told me come in when I want and stay as long as I want, so I shall do that. It really shouldn't take me long to backstock most of the stuff, but again, I'm left with the burning question as to why no one else seems to know how to do this most mundane of tasks. It's NOT hard, after all. You go into the backstock menu on the ol' scanner, you scan the item, you put it on a shelf, you scan the shelf's sticker. Voila, it's located. Everyone's happy. I suppose it's job security, but you know, I still have this dream of going to a job that is in my field and doing something I somewhat, kinda, actually, oh I don't know, LIKE doing. Ah well. Someday, eh?

What also baffles me, though, is when we get a truck, and everything has been worked to the floor and what doesn't fit is in the back, the general merchandising people cannot leave until they backstock that. Apparel? They tend to either have to call ME in or just leave it sit for WEEKS. Like, umm, why don't the apparel people work a bit of the stuff, backstock what didn't fit, work some more stuff, backstock a bit more, etc.? Is that because it might, oh I don't know, MAKE SENSE? I'm just amazed by it all, I guess.

Speaking of that, perhaps I'll get to work on that resume Sunday? I'm off Sunday...right? I mean, just because I get there this afternoon and decide to backstock for only three or four hours at most doesn't mean they won't wheedle me into staying till only God knows when. Trust me, it can happen. I will be astounded if it doesn't, actually.

Actually, you know what, I probably won't work on the resume today even if I get home early, or if I am off on Sunday. I will, when I get home today, ORDER a book on resume writing that will allow me to fix, on my own to the best of my ability, the mess that is my resume. Then I will send it to the career services people and let them help me again. Maybe, just maybe, I'll finally get a decent enough resume to actually APPLY to jobs in my field.

I might actually get unlazy tonight, after warming up on the Happiness drabble, to work on a bit of the next Journey chapter, and gasp, an original story I've got a bit mapped out. I need to research stuff. Does anyone have any information about small pox, say around the turn of the century, mostly about how people were treated/quarantined? I only ask because it's part of the story, but not really the actual plot. I'd HATE to write a story that is all factually wrong. How embarrassing, you know?

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes aka Backstock Girl

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I can dig up some of the medical protocol, I suspect 1890s? ca. 1900? Location might matter...for instance there was a smallpox outbreak in 1900 in Roane County, Tn. City fathers of one of the communities tried to keep people from the infected communities out.

(I do that type of research for fun. History buff.)

Sometimes, you wonder about work managers.

Well, it's a detail of the story that's important, but isn't a main focus. The idea is that someone ended up contracting the disease because they were a Good Samaritan and wanted to help people in need (I'm thinking a moderately well to do family). The actual story takes place some time afterwards, but all the information I could dig up on the internet just babbled about the small pox vaccine or gave me vague dates of various outbreaks. The library search was pretty hopeless, too. I tried every thing I could think of that might give me information on the topic, but again, all of it was about the vaccine. It's good to know about, but not helpful for my story.

The basic plot I have in mind is this: A son is going home to visit his mother (the one who had small pox and survived). She is blind (one side effect of the disease from time to time) and does not know how disfigured she is. (Or does she?) He is trying to speak with her in a manner that won't betray that. It's sill, I guess, to put so much research into a "small" detail like that, but then again, if you get it wrong, you look dumb and the story that you worked hard on isn't any good.

If you do happen to know any good articles/books/anything that might give me some detail on how this stuff worked as far as if people who did not have the disease could in any way get close to those who did, I'd appreciate it.

Doing some preliminary work about smallpox I have learned that in many locations about this time, people who had smallpox were often put into specialised isolation hospitals, and then the public health authorities would come in and start vacinating.

Some information I noted was that immigrant populations tended to resist going to the isolation hospitals. (so a person who works with immigrants, of which there were a huge number at that time) could have a heightened chance of catching it.

Haven't yet found good articles; this is mostly culled out of abstracts.

But it is quite possible that a person who was doing volunteer medical care, such as nursing or working with the poor could have picked up the disease, if they had not been vaccinated.

I will poke a bit more.

(I found out last year that I should have been a research librarian and cataloger. This is the type of stuff I like to do, just for fun. Funny that at 50 you find you missed out your true calling! LOL)

That's what I figured, that a lot of the immigrant population would have been breeding ground for the disease, and that anyone who happened to work with them might catch it, too. It's mostly that idea, cause the actual story will take place quite awhile after the actual contraction of the disease. Thank-you for looking into it some. I wish I could have found more but all the sources I could get around here were so vague and spotty on this.

I am a googling queen...and enjoy it. What surprised me was that before 1900, they were already using some tried and true tactics that would help eradicate small pox. Minimize the chance of contagin by isolation then swoop in and vaccinate.

But there were some noticable outbreaks of small pox in 1900, so if that's your time fix, historically you're solid. It's also in the range of peak immigration, too.

The story itself might take place ten years or so from that actual outbreak. I just wanted to make sure the timeline and details of the spread of the disease and the manner in which people contracted it was feasible. I kinda got a bit of the idea from a couple stories, like Little Women, the way Beth gets Scarlet Fever from being in contact with the poor immigrant children. She's "poor" but not so poor that she can't even help a bit. That's why I thought moderately wealthy or just borderline what we call "middle class" so to speak. The woman in my story would have wanted to help and just happened to get sick from doing so. I'm glad it has some solid ground to stand on. Perhaps I'll actually get to start it sometime soon, then. Yay!

It's damned if you do, damned if you don't. I guess you probably are reliable, which is why the keep calling you. You might tell them ahead of time that you really have plans for Sunday, and won't be able to come in. It may not work, but at least you warned them. Maybe someone will remember you might need a day to rest.

Good luck with the story. I'm still plugging along on mine, and trying to finish this next chapter so I can go back through it, and then send it off. I get more inspired when I'm headed towards Inu/Kag fluff...

I can believe that about your inspiratation...

Been my experience that people who are always there when they call will be expected to be always there.

You said it. Before I walked out the DOOR, I got called in to work Tuesday morning at 4 AM sharp. Yay. And before I left this afternoon, I almost got swindled out of my Sunday. I got out of that one by saying it'd leave me with one day off, cause lord knows they'll call and drag me in on Wednesday to backstock Tuesday's truck. It's nice to have the money, but then again, I can only take so many days in a row of the same crap. It's not a big deal to work a few days for four hours or so in a row, but when it's almost going to be a week and then you throw in a huge 9 hour shift that is really, really early to start with, it gets OLD. I already work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in 5-6 hours at the most. I don't know if I'll get stuck working that Sunday just yet.

Thanks. I hope to get another original piece going and finished for the portfolio (and in general). I'm also hoping to get a couple drabbles, the Journey chapter, and those requests from the last porn party done sometime. Sigh.

I did actually buy the resume writing book (and two books on Buddhist history because). We'll see. Maybe, when I can actually get the time and energy, I'll actually get my resume done and someday a job that actually is suited for my degree. I could have done without the $19,000 in debt to do what I'm doing if that's what I'm doing the rest of my life (which I swear to god I will not. I don't wanna be there 15 years from now doing the same stuff. Hell, five years from now would be too frightening to think about).

No.. it isn't just you and work.. It has happened to me many times.. Especailly after I just had one of my Sexual Assualt sessions that I was dragged into work and I had a small freak out at work.. why.. the poor QA guy sat down next to me when I was expecting it and I didn't see him I saw my attacker..

I'll have my fingers crossed that you get time to write that Resume and get out of there with your sanity intact!!

Hey, little one, I didn't know that it was your birthday.

HAVE A HAPPY ONE, AND MAY IT LAST ALL WEEK!!!

Luv ya & leave ya, Ja Ne.

Thanks! I'm really thankful to get the birthday wishes...

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