Date Archives December 2006

This changes EVERYTHING!!!

Amy brought home some tapes her mom had recorded, and mentioned to me that there were a couple of things on one of them that she thought I’d be particularly interested in.

The first, from the History channel, was about the history of toys and games. YES.

The second, also from the History channel, was about the history of robots. OH FUCK YES.

I settled in to watch these television masterpieces, when I saw something that particularly excited me: the robot show featured commentary by a robot historian. A WHAT? I didn’t even know that sort of job EXISTED. Obviously, somewhere along the line, my guidance counselor really fucked up, and luckily, I think I can explain exactly where everything went awry.

In high school, the guidance counselors made a big deal about going from classroom to classroom, administering a test that would clarify, without a doubt, what our future career paths should be. A few weeks later, we received the results, and I tore mine open, excited to see what my future held.

This test, this infallible test, proclaimed that I should be: a mime, a puppeteer, or a horse breeder. A what, a what, and a WHAT? Perhaps the test detected some self-loathing and wanted to maximize its potential. Even combining all of those things wouldn’t make for one GOOD job. Dressing up in stripes and pretending to jack off an imaginary horse doesn’t sound like fun to m–ok, it sounds like fun for approximately 10 seconds. You were wrong, test! Where the fuck was ROBOT HISTORIAN on my list?

While I was furiously pondering these things, Amy mentioned, “It’s really too bad that robot historian isn’t cute, because you guys would totally hit it off.”

I’m inexplicably attracted to him, anyway. Robot Historian, if you ever read this, come do me. Might I kill you and take your job afterwards? Well…isn’t that the risk everyone takes?

Disney Lied–Where Are My Happy, Helpful Forest Animals?

Occasionally my work sends me on little adventures. Sometimes these adventures are awesome, like the one I had on Wednesday that I’ve yet to write about, and sometimes these adventures SUCK.

Today, they sent me to Wal-Mart. Can you guess which category this trip belongs to?

I really, really hate Wal-Mart. Not only does the place just suck in general, but with the office located where it is, I ended up at the Wal-Mart in Renton. And Renton BLOWS. Their Wal-Mart is crawling with the scum of the earth all day long. I know this, because although it was early in the morning, the store was still completely filled with (a)screaming, filthy children, (b)people very obviously stocking up for their home meth lab, and (c)people who stand with their cart completely blocking aisles, staring in a slack-jawed yokel way at the things on the shelves (my personal favorite). Why is the store so busy during the day? Don’t these people have JOBS? Oh wait, nevermind.

WHY was I being sent to the Wal-Mart, do you ask? Why, in order to purchase cleaning supplies! Whatever do you need cleaning supplies for, Mellzah? Why, in order to clean bird shit off of every surface of our warehouse!

I was already in a foul mood when I was sent out to purchase these items. I knew in my heart that when I picked out rubber gloves, they’d best be a size small in order to fit the hands they were intended for. My hands. The sea of yokels did not part for just my scowling face, however. Oh, no. The sea of yokels did not part until I was holding a mop in one hand in what was apparently a menacing manner, and an industrial sized container of cleaner in the other, which could be swung as a weapon QUITE effectively, PLUS the scowling face.

Why was I the designated cleaner instead of the cleaning crew that comes in every weekend? They wouldn’t do it. They’re Lasians. Half the time they don’t even empty the trash, clean the bathrooms, or even reset the alarm when they leave. What is the company paying them for, again?

My mood did not improve as I was slopping cleaner all over the warehouse, and crouching in order to scrub with a handbrush all of the spots that couldn’t or wouldn’t come up with a mopping. Why does anyone spend money on glue when it’s quite obvious that bird shit is nature’s toughest adhesive? The tech who is particularly good at getting on my nerves always found something to do that was right next to where I was scrubbing, gloating surreptitiously about the fact that I was cleaning up shit, and he was not.

I found a way to ‘accidentally’ hit him with the sullied mop end.

Later, my boss made his way back to the warehouse. “Well hello there, Cinderella! When you finish this task, then you can go to the ball!”

I didn’t dare slop poop-water on him, so I just calmly informed him that I had a finger for him, and he was free to take a guess as to which one. He laughed at me. That’s why I make the big bucks–I make jokes about giving the finger, instead of actually giving the finger.

Time to go home and take a VERY LONG, lobster-boilingly-hot shower. And then I’m applying for a crow-hunting license.

I Know Where the Caged Bird Shits

and the answer is ALL OVER EVERYTHING IN THE WAREHOUSE. I’ve posted before about the scourge of crows (or rather, a murder of crows, which seems shiveringly appropriate, in an Alfred Hitchcock sort of way) that is visited upon our office building every winter. On Friday, three giant crows flew into our warehouse and we could not get them to leave. My boss made several attempts with some creative football-throwing, but the fact of the matter is that with a ceiling over 30 feet high, nothing you toss will have much effect on them. Eventually, everyone involved gave up and resolved to let them stay in through the weekend.

When I arrived at the office on Monday, I learned that not only had they set off the alarm three times over the course of the weekend, but that for their relatively small body size, they contain OVERWHELMING amounts of matter in their bowels. Even though there was no food or water for them to consume back there, they managed to shit on nearly everything. This, to me, was unacceptable. So I carefully walked to the back, remembering my unpleasant encounter in April involving a bird, my hair, and Pike Place Market, hoisted open the warehouse door and encouraged them to leave by calling out such things as “Fly away little birdies! You’re free! Free! FREEEEEE!”

Instead of leaving as I’d hoped, another, smaller variety of bird flew in.

I shut the door in frustration and decided to wait until the sun came up to make another attempt.

An hour passed. Always ensuring there was never a bird directly overhead, I again made my way to the warehouse door, and hoisted it up. The small bird flew out immediately. Score!

..and then a passing seagull made a banking turn, heading straight for the open warehouse door.

“OH NO YOU DON’T, YOU SON OF A BITCH!” I cried, jumping up and down and waving my short, stubby arms in the most threatening manner I could muster. Apparently it was quite threatening indeed, as the seagull immediately changed course, looking for less shouty pastures.

It was then that I noticed the neighbors behind us laughing at me.

I am awesome.