Archive for August, 2009

In memorium of Admiral Oldsmobile

August 30, 2009

Ted Kennedy was buried and honored today. Somewhere amongst all those well wishers was a card. This card came from the SEIU.

For those not in the know, that stands for the Service Employees International Union.

That card was posted online for people to write in comments to have added to the card. All they required was your name, an e-mail address, and your zip code. Since I know I’m already on a few lists, I figured my being on one more wasn’t going to hurt anything at all and added my comment.

“Rest in peace Mary Jo. Justice has finally been served.”

Some of the other comments are priceless.

“So many notable people have told stories about the life of Ted Kennedy. Sadly, Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.”
“I guess a rich family and swimming lessons couldn’t get you out of this one huh Ted?”
“Chappaquiddick Ted sleeps with the fishes.”

Some of the others submitted were a bit… crass even for me.

But yes, this is truly an awesome thing.

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A new joke about Ted Kennedy

August 26, 2009

Ok, probably not a joke, or anything that people find funny…

But the name I typically call him is “Swimmer”.

However I found a new name for him today “Admiral Oldsmobile”

I’m gonna use that from now on.

The Passing of Ted Kennedy

August 26, 2009

Some people will talk about Ted Kennedy’s life and how great a person he was. Some people will mourn the loss of a senator of his caliber while others will use his death to trumpet a new health care bill.

Personally I will do a small happy dance and hope he burns in hell for eternity. This was a man who got a woman pregnant, got drunk, took her for a moonlite ride, and then dumped his car into a river with her still inside.

He got away with it because his name was Kennedy, and for no other reason.

Fuck you very much Ted Kennedy.

Rest in peace Mary Jo Kopechne.

Today was my anniversary

August 15, 2009

Technically, yesterday was, since it’s currently 1 in the morning of the day following.

It was a good day for the most part. Spending the whole day with just the two of us was good, taking time to be nice and happy with one another was really nice. I’m really happy being married to her and I love her with all of me heart.

I still find it hard to believe that we have been married for 5 years, and together for 9. I can’t believe she has put up with me for this long.

A study in turnover…

August 13, 2009

So, an almost three month retrospective of working at a car lot.

When I started, we had a different management team of three managers. Since that time, two of those managers have left us, and four more have joined us.

When I started we had one finance manager, now she is gone and we have two who replaced her.

When I started, we had ten salesmen counting myself. Since then, we have lost six of those ten. We have since then picked up fourteen new members, and of those fourteen… three more have left, with about another two or three with one foot out the door. Of the four of us left who worked here when I started, one is a flake who wants them to fire him, and thusly never comes to work, and one never does anything while he works.

I guess there is a lot of turnover in car sales, which is why, me, at almost the three month mark, am one of the longest time sales guys here. Most of the people I work with consider me steady and reliable, my managers typically compliment me because I have my act together and I come prepared to work and bust my ass to make money. Others do not have that method, it seems they want to work as little as possible, make a fast buck, and get out as fast as possible.

I guess it takes a certain kind of person to work a car lot as a salesman. So far, it’s working alright at times, and not so alright at other times. For the most part however, I find myself enjoying it far more than I had thought I would, especially the people who stick around for the moment.

That said, I do with that the work was less hit or miss and more steady, ah well, such is the life of a down turned economy and a salesman.

‘Ard Boyz Semi Finals

August 7, 2009

So, Sunday I take my Imperial Guard to Louisville and test my hand against other people who placed well at their local game stores during the first round. Unlike my previous list which I took to the ‘Ard Boyz round one, this one will requires a lot more effort on my part, along with a different playing style. Typically I play either a hoard of Guardsmen who exist to only soak up bullets fired, or I bring along a dead hard gunline, again, with lots of bodies to soak up the incoming fire.

This time, I am doing neither. I’m going fully mechanized this time, Fifteen tanks, six of which are transports. Six Leman Russ MBT’s and three Hellhounds. As I said, this is an armylist utterly unlike any I would normally play, but I think it may prove to be a fun list, and from initial examining of the list and it’s strengths and weaknesses, it’s good enough to take that first turn of nasty fire from Drop Pod Marines and come out ahead on points after the return fire. My only concern is how two of the scenarios play which requires me to hold onto my end of the field against my enemy.

I’m also kinda concerned about the terrain and the tables. If the tables are close to bare, without much LOS blocking terrain I’ve got problems as I maneuver into position. That said, fifteen tanks does have a lot going for it. I just have to play smart, play hard, and play to my strengths. I can seriously hurt a hoard army with my massive pie plates and template fire, and I can drop the incredibly armored lists with my fire again. Drop pod marines are going to be a problem if I face them, as will an Ork hoard or Nid hoard list. I think I can deal with Chaos fairly well, and I’m fairly certain that I can take Tau and similar mechanized armies with some small losses. My real problem is going to be the possibility of another Ork biker hell list like last time. If I get that shit again, I’m going to call foul from the get go especially with slow play or similar schenanigans.

I hope that other people are min maxing their army lists to include troops in the ways that they should to be compeditive, because that I can probably deal with easier if most people are bringing lots of elites, heavies, and fast choices.

I think my 5 troops may be one of the largest troop counts out there.

I have reached an epiphany

August 6, 2009

So, I have reached an epiphany. I have discovered a way to help protest the current lax immigration laws of this country while still going to work and not wasting my personal time protesting. I think some of us need to go to Home Depot and hire some day laborers (preferably Hispanic ones), and give them signs to hold up in front of the other day laborers that say things such as “GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY!”. Those same day laborers should also be paid to shout at the others various things such as “LEARN ENGLISH!” or “GO BACK TO MEXICO!” and similar slogans.

Best of all, while I have these mexicans doing my protesting for me, I can go to work and try to make money!

It’s the best of both worlds! The mexicans get yelled at, I get to go to work, and somewhere someone makes a few bucks! Capitalism in action!

Wiggle room? I’ll show you wiggle room…

August 3, 2009

Long work hours suck

August 2, 2009

So, this past week, I worked Sunday, 6 hours… Not a bad day. Monday, 12 hours, Wednesday, 12 hours, Thursday, 12 hours, Friday…

Are you noticing a theme going on here? Because I sure as hell am. Long hours, no hourly salary, and strict comission work. If I don’t sell, I don’t get paid, but I really like the people I work with, and even the people I work for are all really cool people. I just wish the hours didn’t suck and that like every other car lot, we got paid at least something hourly.

Ah well, the life and times of a car salesman.