Sunday, June 28, 2009

Chronicle Issues

Our carriers, for the most part, deliver the SF Chronicle, as well as the host of other papers we distribute. We take the papers directly to our dock, so I see their drivers every day. They're Teamsters like we are, they're even in the same local.
I had mentioned a while ago that the Chronicle print operations is going to a new company called Trans Continental, a Canadian outfit. They're scheduled to go on line within a week or two. In fact, their insert crews are already working. That's why our local was out picketing at the new plant over the last few days. They're protesting that the mail room workers are not Teamsters, like they are at the old Chronicle plant and here at the Merc for that matter.
The point I'm getting at is that one of the drivers told me tonight that they were told by Teamster officials that they have to honor the picket line at the new Transcon plant. Now, Transcon has spent a lot of money to build from the ground up a new print operation with state of the art presses and mailroom machinery. There's a lot at stake here. So, if the Teamster drivers have to honor the picket line, how does the Chronicle get its paper out of the plant and into the field? This should be interesting.

Isn't This The Truth

How Is That Spelled?

Isn't it s c h o o l ?

This Kills Me

This Is Cool

Look at the cool little helmet for the dog. Ara has a helmet for his dog Spirit, which is cool.

Not My Job

No matter how I feel about my dispatch job (suffice it to say I'm happy to be moving to another job) my job isn't as shitty as this one.

Go Bull Go

I always like when the bull gets his revenge.

Friday, June 26, 2009

I Like Stuff Like This

By now you should have figured out that I admire the female form. Its rarely warm at the Golden Gate, this model must be freezing.

One More

This is "Open Fire" also by Y&T. One of my most favorite bands.

One Of My Favorite Y&T Songs

If you don't like guitar solos, skip to the 3:11 mark and listen to "Hell or High Water" One of my most favorite guitar pieces is in this song.

One Of The Greatest Bands Ever

This is Y&T singing "Dirty Girl" What a great band. I don't mean a great local band or a great bar band, I mean a band on par with AC/DC and Van Halen. I poached this from Tails and Gills.

Wiki In Print

Gotta love imagination.

This Is Cool

This is Spy Vs Spy out of Mad Magazine. I don't think I've seen anyone dressed up as this ever.

Even I Draw The Line

Even I have limits as to what is funny, and this is the first thing I've posted that I thought was over the line.

This Kills Me

I'm Rooting For The One On The Right

I Think I've Got It

It looks like I'm going to change jobs here at the paper. I'm high bidder and though the job bid comes down on Monday, they're already scheduling me for training on Tuesday and I'll take over Wednesday.
Sandra and I spoke about it this morning and I went over the pros and cons. She was all for it. She's worried that all this stress is going to give me a heart attack. My mom is worried as well. At our weekly dinner last night, I told my parents that I've had a chest pain for two days and they were not happy to hear that. Even my boss and his wife are worried for my health.
In fact, my boss and I discussed it tonight and we both agreed it was a good time to make a change. On my way into work I went over it with Sandra after she had all day at work to think about it and she told me that she would be disappointed if it didn't happen.
I don't know how much time I'll get to spend on the blog, certainly not the time I have now. But, I can probably devote an hour a day at lunch to it and that should be enough to keep up on all the stuff I surf for.

Angry Man Eating Pooh

Here's Pooh when he's riled up.

The Worst Show On TV

This is Kendra. She was one of the Girls Next Door. Now, she has her own show. And, let me tell you it sucks. One of the worst abortions I've seen on tv. Now, she is a good looking woman with a nice chest, but she's about as smart as a bag of rocks. And her show is terrible. Even Sandra couldn't stomach it. And she has a kinder soul than I do.

I'll Admit It

I had this up on my wall as a teen. Admit it, you did too.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sandra Back To Work

Sandra's time off after her gastric bypass ends this morning, as she goes back to work. She's feeling restless and is tired of sitting home. She feels much better and has lost almost a pound a day since the surgery. She's wearing pants that she hasn't worn in a while and the weight loss in noticeable. I'm glad for her.
I've thought about it for myself as well. My insurance is hesitant to pay for it, but hers covered it without a problem. I don't have all the issues that fat people have. I'm not diabetic and I don't have high blood pressure (though keeping my dispatch job may help my BP stay nice and high). But, I am a fat ass and am probably a hundred pounds overweight. So, its something to think about.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

I've been taking an ass whipping here at work since the changes. I get more and more shit heaped on me. Trust me, my pay isn't going up along with my job duties. One of the guys above me is retiring soon and his job went up "for bid" which means that the most senior qualified employee gets it. Its a job with Saturday night and Sunday night off, and the days off stay the same. The gist of the job is to pick up Wall Street Journal and take it to two of our branches, then "spot" or count out the correct papers into the carrier carts before they get there. And, when the main news section comes, you help pass that out as well. Then you go home. And, you get the day before the holiday off as the WSJ doesn't publish on the holiday. So, for example, I'd get Christmas Eve off and not have to go in Christmas Day until my start time. Its also a pretty stress free job, unlike the one I have now as foreman.
The only drawback would be the loss of OT, which I'll admit comes in handy.
I took an ass chewing today. Part of it I guess I earned but most of it I thought was not my fault. And, though I really can't talk about some of it, I heard on the QT that one or two people have it out for me. I had a chest pain all night right over my heart and I got to thinking "Do I really need all this?" The WSJ job takes me totally away from the dock and all the bullshit that goes along with it.
I mentioned the job to Sandra and she was all for it. I need to make sure I can afford to lose the OT. I forgot to tell her about the holiday situation. I'm sure she will encourage me to put my name on it.
So, that's where it sits. I did put my name on the job bid form. I'm 21st in senority (out of about 90) and there's only two people in front of me who are qualified. One of them told me tonight that he wants the other WSJ job (there's two of them) and the other guy has told me in the past that he likes his dayside dispatch job and isn't interested in changing.
I'll discuss this with Sandra and we'll see if it comes to me or not. I really like being the foreman, but not nearly as much as I did before. Maybe a change will be good for me.

This Kills Me

If its real.

This Kills Me

This is what you do when you're really pissed at the tow truck driver.


This is a really interesting tattoo choice.

A Great Tattoo

No, not really. But worthy of comment on Joe's Big Blog.

I'd Say I Was Lost Too

This Is Why Sandra Wins At Poker

Because she dresses like this and throws off all the men players.

This Made Me Chuckle

Poor piggy.

This Settles It

This Is Cool

How often do you see a train engine fully involved?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

If You Live In California

Here's a link to an article from The Newspaper. For the last 76 years, California law has prohibited "speed traps." The Assembly passed SB 564 which allows Pasadena to enact speed traps. Other cities are lining up to do the same. Now, the matching bill is in the Senate committee. If you're one of my regulars who live in Cali, this is a bill worth noting. The real reason for the bill coming to vote is to raise revenue for cities who cannot or will not raise taxes. Its easier to use the police to raise revenue by issuing unfair speeding tickets. The insurance companies back this as they get to raise rates of drivers caught in this nefarious plan.
Its easy to say "don't speed." And, I don't anymore. But to be able to disreguard 76 years of protection and jury rig enforcement to raise revenue has nothing to do with "safety."

A Cool Shirt

The shirt says "Strickland Propane" on it. That's where Hank Hill works.

Another Reason

Yet more proof as to just how in trouble my industry is.

This Kills Me

I've said for a while that God hates me. He gives me a fat belly, I'm clumsy and I'm two for three. Therefore, God hates me.

Either Way

This Kills Me

Look at the name.

Armless Fitness Model

This is Barbie Guerra. This is the real deal. She's a fitness competitor and model. And, yep, she's got no arms. Here's her web site. Today is the first I've heard of her as I was cruising the Internet. Her story is at her web site, take a look.

This Made Me Chuckle

This is about 5 minutes long. Its not bad. I poached this from Laurie.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Also Not Where I Ride

Maybe I hang around the wrong places. Or, there aren't too many topless passengers on a Monday morning.


Now this is something I've never seen before, a bike towing a boat. I guess you see everything eventually at Deale's Gap.

I Miss Mine

This is a KLR 650. I had always wanted one and it was a happy day when Charlie and I bought ours. I rode it for almost 8000 miles but it was stolen right out of the garage in Stockton. I still miss that bike.

This Is Cool


Here's someone in real trouble. I wonder if the tow truck just pulls the boat back and the truck comes with it, or if they pull the truck up with cables and not worry about the boat so much.

This Made Me Chuckle

Not Too Often

You don't see too many models these days with the full hips and chest like this gal has. I like this kind of shape, then again, I like almost all the shapes that women have.

This Is Impressive

Doesn't Bob Segar sing about this?

I'm Buying Sandra This

Here's a pretty sexy bikini that I'll be buying for Sandra.

They're Gone

Its Jesus, in case you don't get it.

Yeah, I Know

Sandra will bust my balls when she reads this. I do like, uh, all kinds of humor.

This Kills Me

Look Close To The Right

This is some mighty cream.

Not Where I Ride

They don't dress like this where I ride.

My Next RV

Ratification Day

According to the FFRF, and I'm embarassed that I don't already know this, but today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution. A great day. I think I'll take in a ballgame today to celebrate.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I Work With Pieces Of Shit

I forgot to mention that I had sent a postcard from my big trip to the guys I work with. Someone took it and put in the urinal so everyone could pee on it. Don't you just feel the love?

For Todd And Rich O

Yumi sent me this. Its for Todd and Rich O. It last about 3:20 and I even laughed at it.

Happy Solstice

Happy Solstice, faithful readers. Maybe Sandra and I will go out and eat, but since her bypass, its more like her watching me eat, which isn't all that fun.

More From The FFRF

“So long as the priest, that professional negator, slanderer and poisoner of life, is regarded as a superior type of human being, there cannot be any answer to the question: What is Truth?”
-- German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), The Antichrist

A Fine Job

Like I could see two guys using both urinals at the same time. Who isn't paying attention here.

A Tall Woman

Rich O sent me these, he says the gal is 6'5" tall.

From The FFRF

“Man is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven.”
-- Mark Twain (1835-1910), Letters from the Earth, "The Damned Human Race," 1909