Monday, January 17, 2005

Today's blog is sponsored by the word "Strange"...

I'm sitting here listening to Keith Green, (Christian seventies piano stuff, bit like Billy Joel) which is totally the opposite to the Heavy Rock band Pillar that I listen to also.

Yet I really like it!! Is my taste in music strange or wot?!

Today was a strange day...

The shop was really really quiet, and we had about 50 customers in total, probably to do with the fact it's been raining and windy most of the day, and top temperature was about 43 degrees farenheit, and wind was at least 18mph! (details, details!) So, that said, I'm not that surprised we were quiet!

We have our bi-annual stocktake at the beginning of February, (oh joy!) so we have to do stupid mind-numbingly boring things to prepare that are definitely totally neccesary, but a complete pain in the derriere!!

For example...

Instaed of unpacking parcels, placing orders, and answering the phone, mostly, today:

I matched up CD's with their cases on the shop floor, using the "coloured sticker" method...

Because we get a few scalli's coming in, we have to take the CD's out of their cases, and keep them somewhere else other than on display. This is a pain! It means twice a year we inevitably have to find the CD's that have gone missing, and the cases that don't match, etc...

So, muggins here had to match all of them up today, placing a coloured sticker on the plastic holder of the CD, when I located its case. I've nearly finished the shop, just got two more sections to go tommorrow. It's SUCH a depressing, morale-crushing job, but has to be done, so I figure it's better me getting depressed by it that the rest of the staff!! (see, I am a nice boss!)

After five hours of sticking stickers on, you do reach a "sticker overload" and need to go and make a cup of tea before the world becomes a strange surreal mix of strangely coloured customers of bright hues...

I've been having alot of decaff coffee lately, as I've been trying to cut down, and I forgot today and had "proper" coffee....

Oh dear.

I had the shakes, and my mouth felt dry and my legs wobbly, and I suddenly realised after not having it so long, my body was reacting nearly straight away to the caffeine, and craving it again!! I swiftly tipped the rest of it down the sink, fearful of what would happen next!! After about ten mins, I returned to what boring people call "normal"...

Ah well!

The rest of my day was spent in the company of the coloured stickers, and, even worse, my train home was delayed by 20 minutes, so I didn't get home till 6:50!!

I never did find out why the train was late, or why it stopped between two stations, and the announcement came over the tannoys apologizing for the delay, but offering no explanation. Personally, I think it's all a big conspiracy, and the railway track that you see doesn't actually exist, it's a clever trick fooling your eyes, and really small purple coloured impish-like men are laying down the track every few yards, changing the direction ever-so-slightly every day, till one day we won't notice the train pulling into a strange bright white light, and stopping completely, and aliens will experiment on our organs for hours when we good, british "queue loving" passengers (blissfully unaware) think the train is experiencing a "track failure"...

Ahem.

Anyways...

However, my lateness was appeased by the fact that my WONDERFUL parents had ordered Pizza in, and not just any Pizza, but Pizza Hut Pizza which is the best in the world!! (Hope "P.H." bosses are reading this impromptu advert an give me a free one... ;) ) So I enjoyed a very unhealthy but delicious tea of Pizza and Chips... Mmmmmmmmm....

Has anyone noticed it's even more delicious when it's cold?!

Now that's strange but true!!

Anyone born just before or just after 1974 remember "World Of The Strange" with trev and simon?! On Live and Kicking on a saturday morning???! Now they were strange but very funny at the time...

Ah the memories...


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