Getting a Clue or The Butler Did It

I know that I have been posting more than usual lately. Maybe it’s a sign of guilt over how I’ve been neglecting this blog in favor of my other online activities, including YouTube and Twitter. Those apps on Facebook and Myspace didn’t really help too much either, or maybe it is because I’ve overcome my very long case of blogger’s block and decided to take up the blog again. It is like what I said before, it’s time to get back to my roots.

Anyway, last night I went out to the latest play by the Ilion Little Theater Club, which is a musical based on one of the most popular board games of all time: “Clue.” In this case, the play was a musical and it has been very popular with Mohawk Valley residents. In fact the first three shows last week were sold out and they had added an extra show because of the enormous popularity. It was also an interactive game in which the audience could take part, as though they were actually playing the board game. And I actually do have a confession to make: I have never played Clue the board game before, even though I have seen the movie they did back in the 80’s. The only time I play board games is Monopoly and that’s only when it is at McDonald’s.

Anyway, back to Clue. The theater also distributed sheets in which the audience could guess who the murderer is, where the murder took place,and what weapon was used based on a series of clues provided by Mr. Boddy, the victim. The night I went, it was revealed that it was Colonel Mustard who killed Mr. Boddy in the lounge with the lead pipe. However, that is not the actual ending of the play. Remember it is an interactive stage production so the suspects could change with each performance. I played along and I ended up getting the room where the murder was committed. 

Okay, so I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but at least one out of three ain’t bad. 

So anyway, like the week before, it was a packed house so I was lucky to get in when I did. The show was a lot of fun and I recommend to anyone in the Mohawk Valley area to go see this play. It is running again tonight and the extra show is Sunday afternoon in which two bucks will be taken off your admission if you bring a non-perishable food item which will go to a local food pantry. Just in time for Thanksgiving because after all, charity’s always nice.

And so I end this latest installment. So now I got some more things to worry about this week, like Thanksgiving and of course Black Friday (as in how I am going to get footage of Black Friday at work out and then put it on YouTube). Plus I got an extra day of work too.

Food For Thought

It’s been a relatively slow month from this end, not counting when moving this blog over from Blogger. It’s still amazing that 2010 is inching even closer. It’s almost like where did the year go? Now the weather is getting colder out and we’re getting closer to Christmas as recent events at work have demonstrated. Next week is of course the time of year known as Black Friday, every retailer’s nightmare. At work, they have a different plan in place partly due to the incident in Long Island last year in which that big Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by all the rabid customers who converge on the stores to get the best deals.

This year’s Black Friday is different for me because I work an extra day this year. This is going to be the first Friday after Black Friday in which I do have to work since my friend got fired from there four years ago. Usually the day after Black Friday, they have pizza for us. I’m not sure if they still do that. After all, it’s been four years since I worked the day after Black Friday.

Now I have also been thinking about possibly going to college. Upon graduating from high school, I never expected to take this route, but maybe I should consider it, primarily because I need to get a better career. I am thinking about taking courses on broadcasting and maybe pick up some tips on how to improve the quality of my YouTube videos, especially if I want to make that a career like many of the big names that I am well acquainted with.

Anyway, just figured I’d try to work through my blogger’s block and get this post out and let everyone know what’s up so that way I am not letting this site go to waste.

A Turkey Tail

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we are heading into the holiday season yet again. Sorry I haven’t really been here in a while, but as you can tell, I have been really busy lately, especially with Thanksgiving and Black Friday at work among other things. I was originally planning to do a video of Black Friday so you can see what it is really like there. But this year, it was about twice as bad as before and I couldn’t really find a good-enough hiding spot to get some good shots. Oh, well, maybe next year. At least I managed to get some Black Friday DVD’s in the meantime.

And speaking of Arthur, I entered him in the Telegram’s Pet of the Year contest and he didn’t even make the final cut. I couldn’t believe it. Oh, well, I can always show him off on YouTube.

I only got about three hours of sleep Thanksgiving morning because I had to run out and get rid of some bottles so I can buy a small bag of cat food. When I got to Hannaford, I noticed that their bottle machines were all turned off. So I had to literally run from one end of Herkimer to the other. So I got rid of my bottles at Wal-Mart and then went to Dollar General to get cat food. Cat food has gotten expensive at both Wal-Mart and Hannaford so I’ve been buying the cat food at Dollar General lately.

Traditionally, I have three Thanksgiving dinners. I had one last weekend at my place with my brother-in-law’s kids; then this year I went to my folks’ house before going to work and I also had Thanksgiving dinner at work on lunch break which meant that I didn’t go home as I usually do on lunch.

And of course the mayhem that was Black Friday. This year, I wasn’t in electronics as usual, but I ended up in the other major trouble spot on Black Friday: toys. I was basically surrounded on all sides by customers waiting at any minute to try and raid the pallets and take the items before 5 am. At least I held the line and actually they started tearing the items up before I could even cut the plastic off. As far as I know, no one in my store was hurt, but I was reading in the news this morning that one Wally World employee in Long Island was trampled to death by a stampede of customers. And that’s all I gotta say about that, except that Black Friday can be a very dangerous time to be in the retail business.

As far as this weekend goes, I am probably going to go to the Historical Society to get back to work on my book and I have some more videos planned, including a collab with another big name on YouTube. I also have to do another five facts video because I was tagged again by another YouTuber, and this one will be the last five facts video I will do, even though I may do one with Arthur on my other channel. So stay tuned for that. Okay, gotta go have some breakfast now.

A Turkey Tale

So good to be back blogging again, especially after the mess that was last week, with Thanksgiving, not to mention Black Friday behind me, but that doesn’t mean that the holidays are over. In fact, it’s just beginning.

When I said that last week was going to be a rough week, I could not have been more right, especially on Black Friday. But before I get to that, the first part of the week was really hectic, especially with getting everything ready for Black Friday. Everything was really hectic and that is probably the only word I would use to describe it. I guess details of this part is unnecessary.

Of course there were a few bright spots. Of course Thanksgiving is always good. I actually had three Thanksgiving dinners. I had one at my house Thursday night. Then later on when I went to work before all the chaos hit, they had Thanksgiving dinner there. Then I had my third one when I went to my folks’ house last weekend. My brother came up and we had a good time. I taught my brother-in-law how to email because he needed to email eBay about something while I were there. Afterwards, I could hardly stay awake, partly because of the tryptophan from the turkey, so when I got home, I basically crashed.

Well, now on to Black Friday, every department store employee’s worst nightmare. Basically I spent that night in electronics getting everything ready because electronics is usually where everyone goes on Black Friday. People began coming in as early as before lunch and by the time I got back from lunch, I was practically boxed in because there were so many people there. It got really bad just before five a.m. when the Black Friday sale officially began. It was as if Bedlam had broken loose. Then again, that’s what it’s like every year. And once again, I came out of it in one piece, luckily. Unfortunately, I missed out on the pizza they usually have afterwards because I’m off on Fridays, but on the bright side, I did get three Black Friday DVD’s the next morning before I had to go down to my folks’.

I had yet another really bizarre thing happen to me on Saturday. At Wally World on Saturday morning, I also had to pick up another card for my Tracfone. I was expecting to get a 30-minute card because they’re only ten bucks. I get there and there’s none. The cheapest card I could get for the phone was a 60-minute card and that’s twenty bucks. I probably would have gone somewhere else but I was down to two minutes at the time so I had no choice but to buy the card.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, I had some difficulty putting on the minutes. I usually call on the pay phones at work to add the minutes after I buy the card and usually, it is an automated message. Well, that day I used the pay phones up in front of the store and I couldn’t hear or understand what the customer service guy at Tracfone was saying when I went to add my minutes and the minutes didn’t add. I left the store and when I got to the pay phone by the jail, I tried it again. I got another representative and this time, I got the minutes added on.

And that was pretty much my Thanksgiving week. Hope everyone had a really good Thanksgiving and hopefully the rest of the weeks leading up to Christmas won’t be as hectic as the last week was for me.

The Premonition

Well, here I am at HCCC on this chilly Sunday night before I have to go to work which I am definitely not looking forward to, and this week is probably going to be the worst week yet because this week is Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday, my sixth since I began working at Wally World. This week is very clearly not a week that I am looking forward to, but then again, I usually don’t look forward to going to work, especially not in the last two years.

Last night, I went back to Ilion Little Theater for the last performance of the play, “The 1940’s Radio Hour.” Of course that night things were slightly complicated. My sister’s car broke down and I ended up hiking out to the Stables that night and after the play, hiking back to Herkimer. As I have mentioned before in another blog, I used to commute on my own two feet between Ilion and Herkimer all the time back when I was living there. Usually it takes me between forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and weather conditions. On the way back though, I had to stop off at Subway when I got back into Herkimer, so I ended up getting home around midnight last night. Anyway, it was a lot of fun.

I don’t really know what my plans are for this week other than the obvious event which I have stated at the beginning of this blog. Both HCCC and the Basloe Library are closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday so I will probably have more time to work on my book. Also, depending on weather conditions, I am probably heading back to the Historical Society on Friday and I think that they are open on Saturdays starting this weekend until Christmas so I have a place to go and work on my book.

Usually, I use Black Friday as an excuse to go and get some DVD’s, especially since a lot of them are usually priced at about three or four bucks. I’m sure that they will have a lot of other things there that I need but can’t afford. One thing that I am probably going to miss is the pizza they give out afterwards because I am going to be off on Friday night. Beyond that, I’m not really going to miss too much.