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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful, to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful, to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and-or inspired or enlightened me, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I did some priority carts, for Doright, though I did lose, one good cart, when that switch was made.  And then, we ran out, of Multi-Carts, and Augustus advised me, to go ahead, and switch over, to packing Single Totes.  Amazingly, I got, four excellent Single totes, and could chuckle, at the personal paradox, of now having, a great rate, in Singles, and a so-so rate, in Multis, as my norm, is the opposite.  We then seemed, to run out, of Single totes, in my work-line.  Floyd brought to me, two great high volume orders, and I processed them.  That might have helped, to repair, my Multi-rate.  I was then sent, to AFE.  I told, both Corrine, and Jackie, that I had decided, to depart, slightly before 6:00am, to avoid the traffic jam, if they let everyone leave, at the same time, as everyone from day-shift, was seeking to arrive.  I did suggest, that departure times, be staggered, to avoid that snarl.

My time, in AFE was pleasant, though I was tired, after having worked, packing large items, all ‘day’, and then having, that long walk, from my work-station, to the upstairs break-room, to the downstairs break-room, and then to AFE.  I made a point, to stop at Human Resources, and put the names, of Augustus, Floyd and Doright, into a box, for the names, of good workers, suggested by co-workers.  A daily drawing, is held, for prizes, from names submitted.  Work seemed slight, in AFE, with few priority items, and I did wonder, why we were to have, that extra two hours, of work, on this day.  I did depart, at 5:45am, using my unpaid time off.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.

It was raining outside, but I had, a quick and easy departure.  I was uncertain, if I had, made rate, for this rate-week.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home, though the rain, was heavy at times.  Raoul was asleep, as was Dikaia, who was inside.  I enjoyed, three frozen dinners, with the final episode, from season eleven, and the first episode, from season twelve, of South Park.  I felt my COPD, like a runner, who has stopped running, after a long marathon.  I looked gaunt.  I went to sleep, around 7:11am.  I awoke, at 11:49am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I slept again, until 2:29pm.

I felt ‘totally beat’, though I hoped to recover, before the time arrived, for me, to go to work.  Part of me, definitely considered, that I should stop working immediately, and call Social Security.  I was uncertain, of my rate result, for the ‘rate week’, which just ended.  I was uncertain, if a third production warning, would immediately terminate my employment, or if I might be allowed, to continue working, as did Everett.  I had thought, I would make, a double car payment, but now, with my employment uncertain, I think, I shall just make, a single payment, my January payment, and thus seek to retain, enough funds, to coast for seven weeks, if need be.  I hoped, I was not being foolish, with my health.  This was, the 30th of November, and so was, my final day, when I could call Social Security, to qualify, to receive a payment, in December.  I would be, in good shape, if I did this, though making my remaining car payments, could be, a financial strain.  I was, slightly sad, that I was being, so stubborn, as I refrained, from making that call.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I mused, that I could register, with Social Security, and continue working, as the amount I would earn, could fall, within the allowed amount.  However, I did refrain, as I would prefer, to have this year, 2016, computed before I receive, my Social Security monthly payments, as that could, increase what I receive.  I also do hope, to get that severance offer, in February.  Sometimes wanting more, can get one less.  I just hope, that I am, going to be okay, but I am uncertain.  I am simply, going to try.

I fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, to keep her from roaming, while I was, in the bathroom.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I showered, and put on, clean shirts, socks, and underwear.  I discovered, that my shampoo container, was now empty. There had been enough, for me to use, three or four more times, but I guess, Raoul used it all, at one time…  I did have, a second bottle, of shampoo, a more expense medicated type, for my legs, and even this, was now half-way gone, but I was, at least able, to use some shampoo.  At least Mike2, does conserve and stretch resources.  I made fresh coffee, using the last, of my purified water.

I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I ate, the remaining two cans, of tuna-fish.  I had more, but they are gone now.  I also sadly noted, that my spoons, seem to have vanished.  I could only locate, one small spoon, and I put that, into my office, hopefully for safe-keeping.  I suspect, that Mike2, is taking my bowls and spoons, when he departs each day, and is failing, to bring them back.  I am hoping, that drug use, is uninvolved.  This will be, my sixth consecutive day, of work, and then, I only get, one day off…   I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I could hope, that the nearly full pot, of coffee, would be there for me, the next day.  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.  I had heard, Raoul moving around, but he never came out, of my extra bedroom, on this day, while I was, at home.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, Caruso, Molly, Sally, Carrie, and Mary, before work began.  Floyd mentioned, how one ReBin worker, had simply marked, all items as missing, to quickly process a cart, to make rate, and then that entire cart, was sent, to Problem-Solve.  Some might think, that even if I might be, a bit slower, than more youthful workers, I do have quality work, and I work, at an even pace, for the entire shift.  Often the more youthful workers, are quick at start, and then seem, to more or less, either go slowly, or refrain from working at all.  I refrain, from ’slacking’.

At our stand-up, a list was posted, with our work assignments, and mine, was to go, to AFE, so I had to walk, back to the upstairs break-room, then to the downstairs break-room, and then to AFE, and then, to my assigned work-station.  Long walks, can be challenging, for me…  Normally, I do seek to enjoy, some recovery time, before work begins, from when I first arrive, and have to walk, from the parking lot, and then up the stairs, to the break-room.

I had, a very nice work-station, though it meant, handling the large- and medium-sized packages.  Unfortunately, this work-station, did lack a fan.  I put in a request, to the managers, and then to Babe, about this situation, hoping to benefit, anyone who worked, at this location.  I know, the facilities personnel, often walk around, talking with people, rather than, doing any actual work, and this might be, because they are held in reserve, to be quickly available, for ‘important work’…  I think, the facilities personnel, might sometimes welcome, a quick easy assignment, like placing a fan, at a work-station.  I know, that anyone, who might have to handle, large items, for ten to twelve hours, might welcome, having a fan.

I met, all priority deadlines.  My rate, would have been better, except for the delay I had, in getting to start work, which is counted against me, as idle time.  I worked, near Sadie, and she was pleasant, as always.  There was good music, and I danced a little, as I worked.  The work environment, in AFE, was very nice.  I did, begin to feel tired, around 3:00am.  I enjoyed, a big sandwich, from the Bistro, though it did have cheese, and this did cause me, to have a serious mucous cough, for at least 12 hours thereafter.  The close proximity, of workers, in AFE, is apparently also conducive, to transmission of some diseases, and I awoke, the next day, with a bad sore throat.

Overall, the work-day was fine, and I was okay, with everything, and even enjoyed myself.  I did work hard.  Apparently, the upstairs packers, where I normally worked, missed the deadlines, of 4,000 priority items.  This was attributed, to Pickers, failing to get items, in a timely way, though some of that, could also be due, to inexperienced personnel, being used, like experienced packers, being sent to pick, where they are inexperienced, and me, good at Multi-Cart, being sent to AFE, from that perhaps demeaning belief, that we are all, interchangeable parts, and experience and skill, are without value.

I had, a very good water-spider, the person assigned, to getting supplies, for packers, and this always, makes a positive difference.  I like to think, that I had, a very good day, in AFE, but I am uncertain, as my name, was absent, when the names, of those who made rate, were announced, even though, I know with some certainty, that I did as well, or better, than some who were named.

I enjoyed, my breaks downstairs, with Evan, Grace, Dennis, and David.  There was, a news report, saying that Trump intends, to have a victory tour, around the US, to listen to local concerns and needs.  Much new growth, is placed, in areas, where land is cheapest, in areas, that have ‘fallen down’, or are ‘poor’.  War-torn areas, can also, be modernized, like MacArthur did, in Japan.  If US jobs, have been sent overseas, and many of their facilities, were shipped piece by piece, to be reassembled, in foreign places, then perhaps, this is an opportunity, for the US, to modernize, when it ‘rebuilds’…  The next decade, could be, one for ’robots’...  Trump announced, that a deal had been made, with one company, Carrier, that saved 1,000 jobs.  The stock market, continues to soar, and this could be, in part, due to devaluation of currency, due to Obama’s debt, rather than, due to an increase, in actual value, of the stock.

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I did leave early, around 6:00am, to seek to avoid, the traffic snarl, which might occur.  I did enjoy, a quick and easy exit.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Dikaia, was already inside, and that was nice.  Raoul had bought, milk and egg-nog, neither of which, I can consume, which I thought, was somewhat wrong, given how much, of my beverages, he does consume…  I retrieved, my little spoon, from my office, and enjoyed, three frozen dinners, with two awesome episodes, from season twelve, of South Park.  Apparently Raoul enjoyed, much of my candy, as the empty wrappers, were left on a chair, in the living-room, and some of the candy, in the refrigerator, had been scattered around, instead of being, in the bag.  Raoul does seem to require, some ’parenting’…  In some ways, Raoul is a product, of children having children…

I went to sleep, around 7:00am.  I awoke, at 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 2:30pm.  I arose.  I turned on, the aquarium lights, and fed my fish…  I felt tired, and winded, and I had, a sore throat, and a mucous cough.  I did feel better, as 4:00pm approached, when Raoul got up, with sniffles, sneezes, and coughing.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, after she roamed.  I retrieved, the incoming mail, which included, that aquarium heater, which I installed, after removing, the older heater.  This heater, is supposed to be capable, of heating, 90 gallons of water, and my aquarium, is only 50 gallons, but my office, can get very cold, during winter months…  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  My flavored powdered coffee-creamer, had been emptied, and left, on the counter, but I did have another.  This was, a nice day, slightly cold, but sunny and calm.

Raoul arose, around 4:00pm, and told me, how he had been unable, to earn money, by donating blood, due to a blood pressure issue.  I wondered, just when, this might have occurred, given how Raoul, has remained in bed, until nearly 4:00pm, each afternoon.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version.  I asked Raoul, about the missing spoons, but he knew nothing, about that.  Raoul said, he wished to repair, the washing machine.  I said, I was, slightly disinterested, in that, because other people, use it more than I, and they consume, my clothing soap, water, and electricity, and even broke, the washing machine, so I am better off, just using a laundrymat.  Raoul was stopped, when he discovered, that a light bulb, would have to be placed, in a basement lamp…  I do have, extra light-bulbs, so that aspect, was not the problem…

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I bought Raoul with me.  We went, to Rose’s, and I bought shoes, as mine had become, basically without tread and flat.  I also bought, a new pair of pants, with a wider waist, to wear over, my regular pants, as a layer of insulation, against cold.  We went to Sav-A-Lot grocery store, and bought six rolls, of toilet-paper, apparently mostly, for other people, to consume, and some packages, of hot-dogs, to split with Dikaia, among others…    I went, to Dollar Tree, and got 17 bags of candy, and six little spoons, and I hoped, that I was not buying silverware, for others to throw away.  We went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and I do admit, to being discouraged, and I did buy less, thinking that others, might consume, what I had bought.  I consoled myself, that at least, I was spending less money…  We returned, to my home, and Raoul helped me, to bring things inside, and to put them away.

I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, and fed my fish.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with some tuna-fish.  I then relaxed, with episodes, from season one, of Doctor Who, from the 1960s.  I enjoyed, a hamburger, which I shared, with Dikaia.  I actually felt full, and tired, and lacked appetite.  I did muse, that Amazon, really seems, to be seeking to make, being employed with them, a tortuous experience.  I received, six telephone calls, from Integrity, saying they would still be hiring, and anyone who came in, was almost guaranteed, to get a job.  I did mention this, to Raoul.  I might suspect, that Raoul might hope, that his telephone being off, gives him an excuse, to avoid going to Integrity, as he might like to say, that he had failed, to receive, their notifications, but he did receive them, from me.  I did inquire, of Mike2, about the missing bowls and spoons, but he claimed, to know nothing, about that.  I mused, that one day off, after six days on, seemed like too little, and I could even chuckle, that technically, I would have worked, some on each day, as I had worked, from midnight to 6:00am, on my ‘day off’, and would work, from 6:00pm to midnight, on the next day, and the same situation, would occur, on my next one day off…  For now, I hope, to retain, both my health, and my job…

Raoul said, he would seek sleep, around midnight, so that he could get, an early start, to donate blood, on the next day, but he did return, to the living-room, an hour or so later.  Raoul ate, another big meal, his third, of the evening…  I advised Raoul, to seek to stretch his resources…  I shut down, the living-room, around 3:30am, as I felt exhausted.  I wanted, to get, a good night’s rest, before facing work again.  I awoke, around 9:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, and awoke again, when Raoul was rummaging around, the living-room, around 11:44am.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:49pm, at which time, I did arise.  A mouse, was making some sounds, in the living-room.  I heard Raoul cough, in the extra bed-room, so I knew, that he had, remained here.  I am aware, that rather than, having to cross town, and go a fairly long distance, to donate blood, Raoul could always, go next door, and crush aluminum cans.  Raoul has nothing but time, right now, and even if, payment might be delayed, at least it could be, some payment. I remain aware, that Mike2 and Raoul, have done nothing, to my rain-gutters, or with raking leaves, in my yard.  I could feel, some offense, at how neither Raoul nor Mike2, wish to be helpful, to me.  I could muse, at how I was originally determined, to let Mike2 and Raoul, remain at my home, until the end of winter, and yet, I am, now sometimes tempted, to consider, putting them out, before winter even begins.  I do remind myself, that Raoul does seek, to be helpful to me, in little ways, now and then.  On another hand, Raoul left a blanket, crumpled up, on a table, in my hallway…

I added water, to my aquarium.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated, these notes.  I was, very tired, fatigued, and winded, where inhaling, was challenging.  I put on, my new shoes, and realized, they seemed to angle, one leg in particular, slightly differently, so that there would be, some time of adjustment time…  I had, a slightly sore throat.  I still had, an ample mucous cough, probably from some cheese, in a sandwich, which I had consumed, at work.  I am now, facing that seven-week coast, until I might receive, a Social Security payment.  I could probably make it, and am at least, in better financial shape, on this December 1st, than I was, on this past November 1st.  The little bird-bath, was once again dry…  I put water, into the little bird-bath.

I did have, a slight rasp, and wheeze, when I breathed.  I was without energy.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Adrien and Ramboi, and asked them, about fixing my gate, though I suppose, I could live with it, as is.  I mentioned, to them, my missing bowls and spoons, and how, while Mike2, could help turn the soil at Ramboi’s, neither Mike2 nor Raoul, had yet, to do my rain-gutters or rake leaves.  Ramboi kindly gave, $5 to me, saying he probably owed that to me, and I gladly accepted it.  I really felt, ‘out of it’, in bad shape.  I moved, the 80-pound bag, of sakrete, but did so, by turning it, on a corner, rather than, feeling strong enough, to lift it.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh dry-food and water, to her.  Ramboi and Adrien, did visit, and thought about, what to do, about fixing my gate.  I played two games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.

I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I put on, my security identification badge.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I put on cologne.  I had some concern, about my health, at work, but was without, any sense of dread, about actually going to work, and doing work. I still felt, short of breath, and hoped, this would pass, as I began, to actually work.  Raoul remained, in the extra bedroom.  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I was able, to easily park. I was really challenged to breathe.  The walk to the upstairs break-room, was very challenging, but I did arrive early, and did have, some recovery time, before work, was to begin.  This was the worst, I have felt, in months.  I was clearly reminded, that I do have COPD.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Molly.  Floyd mentioned, that on the previous day, three people, who were stationed, in Problem-Solve, had each gotten, scratch-off tickets, that awarded television sets to them.  Floyd was disturbed, because in his view, these three, Carlos, Hobbs, and Kira, never do their work, and always, are goofing off.  Floyd said, he voiced his complaint, to boss Corrine.  Floyd did get, a scratch-off ticket, but his, was for a candy-bar, and he felt, a touch insulted, that such a prize, was not worth, the walk to get it.  I reminded Floyd, that with his ample overtime, over 20 hours, he could financially afford, to buy his own television set.  I suggested to Floyd, that as most everything, within Amazon, is a matter, of personal connections, then perhaps, Kira, Hobbs, and Carlos, have some connections, outside of work, which benefit them, inside of work, so that whatever makes it okay, with management, for these three, to never really do any work, is perhaps also, what made it possible, for them to receive television sets.

I was assigned, to a work-station, which lacked a fan, but at least, I was able, to pack small items, from Multi-Carts.  I did point out, to Amos, a Process Assistant or Guide, that I lacked a fan, and am older, and have some health challenges, so would appreciate, a fan, and he did radio Facilities, and told them, in front of me, that he had, an older worker, who was complaining, about the heat, and needed a fan, but Facilities told him, they would not bring a fan, to my work-station.  I did feel woozy at times, but then suddenly, after about four hours, after our meal-time break, I felt okay, and was energetic, and more normal.

I had, some good carts, and felt my rate, was okay.  I did race, with a new guy, who was ten or more years, younger than I, and I did manage, to stay ahead of him.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Boolaboola and Monique.  Bluster and Doright, among others, visited me briefly, for candy.  Bluster asked me, if I thought, I was having, a problem with Corrine.  I said, I have wondered, if that might be true.  I said, that Corrine, is nothing but friendly, to me, but she is also prone, to giving production warnings, to me.  I said, with boss Jack, I felt he was cooperative, worked with me, made good use of me, but with Corrine, I tend to suspect, that she is adversarial, out to get me, though I could be wrong about that, but I have wondered, about that.

The coffee-machine, in the upstairs break-room, failed to dispense coffee, and just said, to make another selection, regardless of, which selection, one had made.  I tried, every possible choice, and got that same message, each time.  I walked, to the downstairs break-room, during the meal-time break, but their coffee-machine, was temporarily out of service.  I tried, an ‘energy drink’, from the Bistro, and that seemed to work, for a while, and then it perhaps, influenced me, to feel tired.  I switched to packing Singles, after 3:00am, and got many, absolutely great totes.  I should have had, a great rate, in Singles, but it would fail to count, as I worked, less than four hours, in that category.

Everyone was sent home, at 4:30am.  It was, a good day, for me with Amazon, and I was glad, to be there.  This ‘day’, was all overtime, for me.  I shared candy, with many people, during the entire shift, and with security personnel, as I departed.  I also picked up, a free plastic belt, that should make exiting, slightly easier, when I must pass through, a metal detector.  I used, the ice-scraper, to remove ice, from my windows.  Exiting from the parking lot, was easy on this day.  I remain impressed, with those who direct traffic, for this Peak.  I think, the long delay, in exiting, when we get out, at 6:30am, is to accommodate, the entry, of the incoming day-shift, so that our facility, can operate normally.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.

Dikaia was outside, when I arrived, and Raoul also greeted me.  Raoul had gotten, a very nice jacket, which he said, he had left, at a friend’s home, and retrieved.  Raoul said, he was ‘bequeathing’ to me, the blanket, which he had left, in the hallway.  Raoul also gave to me, some peppermint Altoids candy.  Raoul departed.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two fun episodes, from season twelve, of South Park.  I remain, very impressed, with the brilliance, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:15am.

I awoke, at 9:49am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmers.  I was awakened, around 11:00am, by a telephone call, from Roger, which I missed.  I slept again, until nearly 2:00pm.  I enjoyed left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, so that Ramboi, could safely visit, when he wished to do so, to work on my gate.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave, fresh dry-food and water, to her.  Ramboi, Adrien, and Mike2 visited, and they did remove, the original post, upon which the gate was fastened, and found, that it had broken.  They used that same pole, and secured it this time, with the sakrete.  I carried, that 80-pound bag, of sakrete, to them, and that was challenging…  Ramboi and Mike2, cleaned my rain-gutters, and even repaired, one section, which was somewhat broken, or out of place.  I offered money and beer, to them, but they said, that nothing was necessary.  I said, I would buy beer for them, when they ran out.  At least Dikaia, does like Adrien.

Roger called me, and I enjoyed, a nice conversation, with him. Roger said, that he had been worried, as I had failed, to send email, in quite some time.  I explained, that I have been working a lot.  I did mention, to Roger, that in the future, after I am dead, he might put together, a book about Christos, and he said, he might do, a collection, of my art-work.  I have sought, to clearly say, that anyone, other than blood relatives, who are alive today, can market my things, after I am dead, and nobody, has exclusive rights, to anything of mine.

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a somewhat solid purpose.  I put on, a new roll of toilet-paper, and put another full roll, under the bathroom sink.  I emptied, the bathroom garbage-can, and put in, a new bag.  I let Mike2, borrow my ’snake’, to work on some plumbing, for Louise.  One of the birds, which had nested, in my home, or been born, in my home, came inside, using the kitchen door, which was slightly open.  This bird, was then unable, to get back outside, and kept pecking, at windows, so I opened, a kitchen window, so it could get, back outside.  I finished, updating these notes, around 4:30pm.  I closed, the kitchen window.  I visited, with Adrien, Ramboi, Declan, and Mike2, by the nice fire, and enjoyed, some friendly banter.  I added some water, to the sakrete, to secure the gate’s post.

I went, to a Wawa, and bought cigarettes and fuel.  I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I sought, to get on-line, but my computer, failed to start, but was able, to run a self-repair, and fix itself.  It seemed, to be seeking, to find Mike2’s or Hessbie’s telephone, to access the internet…  I then discovered, that the internet service, at this McDonald’s, was failing to operate.  I was able, to connect with the internet, by paying for a day’s service, with Xfinity.  I posted the text, of the two previous chapters, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I used SmileAmazon.com, to purchase three bags, for a total, of over 100, varied, flowering bulbs, as a gift, to be sent, to Fishnetterrie.  I checked my bank account balance, and decided to wait, until my next pay-check, to make a double payment, on my vehicle.  I posted three portraits, of Raoul, to his FaceBook, and emailed, three portraits, of Fishnetterrie, to her.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook, and was pleasantly surprised, that one of these, was my best friend, from childhood, Pride, from between first and fifth grades, until he moved, from our area, to go to Pennsylvania.  Pride now lives, in Portland, perhaps near Penelope, Josh, and Monique.  I was emotionally devastated, when Pride moved…  Everyone had, a best friend, and suddenly, I was alone, and did have, a harsh home environment.  It was like, the one light, in my life, other than Joey, my kangaroo, had been turned off.  Pride has been blessed, to have the same partner, for 42 years.  Hopefully, that is a healthy love, for Pride, rather than, like the somewhat unhealthy connection, I had, for 30 years, or more, with Russ.  I enjoyed, some instant messages, with Pride.  I am glad for Pride, and wish to avoid, intruding into his life.  Pride remains precious to me.  I got some pictures, of Pride, as well as, of Penelope and Josh.  I also enjoyed, some brief emails, with Hessbie. I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry, who says, his connection, with that pretty girl, is getting stronger, though it remains, mostly via messaging, rather than, ‘in person’.

I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Danny-O, Penelope-BR, and Mary-M.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, about three hours on-line, and was somewhat productive.

I returned to my home, and enjoyed, with Raoul, the three episodes, of season nine, of Red Dwarf.  We experienced one movie, and then Raoul spoke to me, for 40 minutes, about his hopes and plans.  Raoul departed, to walk to the blood donation facility.  I experienced, another movie.  I made a DVD, as a gift, for Fishnetterrie, with about 85 little videos, for YouTube and FaceBook, a collection, of beauty, wit, and wisdom.  I did have, a mucous cough, and it was cold, in my living-room, but much warmer, than it was outside.  I remained comfortable, wearing an insulated jacket, with a head covering, under a quilt, with Dikaia.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.

I awoke, around 8:15am, and returned to sleep, until 12:09pm, when Raoul returned.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until just past 2:00pm, and then rested comfortably, until 2:30pm.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside, as the back gate, remains ‘in process’.  I felt, a touch ‘numb’.  I was ready, for the ’physical therapy’, of my job.  My mucous cough, did abate.  The bird, had returned, to my kitchen, through the slightly ajar back door.  I opened, a kitchen window, for a while, and hoped the bird, had gone back outside.  I closed that window, to prevent outside cold air, from coming into my home.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  There was, a new pack of cigarettes, on my desk, which I assumed, was a gift, from Raoul.  I made a desktop image, of Pride.  I fed my fish.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I made selections, of fruit, soup, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I put on, the plastic belt, which I got at Amazon.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, and also gave to her, fresh dry-food and water.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Adrien, Ramboi, and Mike2.  Mike2, gave to me, some sweet bread treats.  I fed the fish.  I departed, from my home, around 4:50pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, coffee supplied by Amazon, in the upstairs break-room, with some friendly banter, with Augustus, and Floyd.  Boss Corrine, warned us, we would stay, until 6:30am, on this ‘day’, and I did so.  I got to package, items from Multi-Carts, which were small.  I was able, to maintain, a good pace, throughout the shift.  I worked hard, and had some fun.  Several people, complimented me, on my humor, though my humor, was in part, probably a result, of oxygen deprivation.  Both Corrine, and Roy, were nice to me.  Corrine gave to me, a scratch-off ticket, which was very nice, and that turned out, to be, a gift card, to Wawa.  I did have, a good rate, and did do, some less than desirable carts, just to get them done.  I did many carts, with priority items.  My water-spider, Mick, was excellent.  Mick and Doright, and one other guy, were very interested, in a new girl, and she said, that she liked women, and I suggested, that gave them, a common interest…

I was okay, with the new break routine.  I was okay, with the work.  I was okay, with the long hours.  I appreciated, the physical therapy.  I have adapted.  My COPD, was mild, and I could say, that I felt normal, after a while, at work.  The constant aerobic activity, does help, to clear my lungs.  It was, a very good day, for me, with Amazon, and I was glad, to be there.  I did pack Singles, for the last two or three hours, and did get, some good totes, so my rate, should have been okay, even if, it failed to count.  Corrine, Roy, Augustus, Floyd, Doright, Jade, Mick, and Bluster, among others, helped to make my day, more pleasant.  Jade is a nice woman, with whom I have enjoyed, time in the upstairs break-room.

It took, about 25 minutes, to get out, of the parking lot, as traffic flow personnel, were focused, on getting the incoming day-shift, into the parking lot.  I enjoyed music, thanks to Hessbie, as I waited, in the parking lot.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Raoul greeted me, at my home, and he was, ‘bright and chipper’.  I also exchanged, a good morning and good evening, with Ramboi.  Actually, that was nice, though I was tired, and wished to stay that way, to be more easily able, to get to sleep, after eating.  Sometimes conversing, with Raoul, seems to awaken me, and that can make, getting to sleep, more challenging.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage, and put the outside garbage container, by curb-side.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two amusing episodes, from season twelve, of South Park.  I went to sleep, just past 8:00am.

I awoke, around 12:49pm.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, for another hour.  I arose, around 2:30pm.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  Lack of a gate, for now, means that I am unable, to just let Dikaia, go outside.  I felt okay, felt somewhat ‘normal’.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  Raoul got up, for a short while, and informed me, he was feeling sick, on this day, with terrible chest congestion.  Raoul returned to sleep.

I was sad to discover, that my rake, is now gone…  I assumed, Ramboi had taken, my rake, as he only had, a half-rake, the previous day, and had lent that, to Mike2, to help clear vines, from my roof.  Replacing that rake, will cost, more than the $5, given to me, by Ramboi.  Ramboi did say, that his fence repair work, now covers, any debt, he might have to me, and perhaps he hopes, that includes, my rake.  I even got a flash-light, and looked around the basement, to see if my rake, might be in there.  At least I was able, to locate, my snow-shovel.  I brought my snow-shovel inside…  I suppose, there are possibilities, other than Ramboi, regarding my missing rake…  I updated, my movie reference library book.

I mused, at how I am unable, to easily remember, much of anything, in particular, about my times, with Pride.  I know during those times, I enjoyed, playing a form of soccer, where everyone, was like a center, able to go anywhere, on the field.  And I think, Pride might have been, part of my small Indian Guides group.  I just have, an impression, that Pride, was very important to me, a good friend, my best friend…

Time to get ready, for work, all too soon approached.  I retrieved, the outside garbage container, and doing that, winded me, for a short while...  There was, a lack of incoming mail.   I was basically unable, to use the bathroom, for any solid or semi-solid purpose, perhaps due to the chicken, which I had consumed at work, from the Bistro, the previous ‘day’.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna fish.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 4:50pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I walked, across the facility, and exchanged, my scratch-off ticket, for a $5 Wawa gift card.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, before work began.  Work seemed challenging, for many people.  It seemed to me, that perhaps Amazon, was scrapping, the ‘bottom of the barrel’, as many of the new people, seemed unable or unwilling, to even seek, to work, especially as the day progressed.  Some people, seemed to stop working, or were extremely slow, as 3:00am approached.  Most carts, were so-so.

My concern became, maintaining my rate, as I had handled, many carts, with priority items, for Gammel.  I was fine, with doing the priority carts, until Mattie told me, that I had a rate, of 168, which reminded me, that management would later care most, about my rate.  I did ask, Gammel and Roy, to let me do, a good cart, I had gotten, to repair my rate, rather than, being focused, on priority items, all of the time.  I ended up, doing the priority carts, as the girl, ahead of me, to whom one had been assigned, ignored it, and Gammel failed to see, that it was being ignored, so I grabbed it, and did it.

I am uncertain, of what my rate, ended up being.  At least, I did continue, to seek to work, until 6:30am, whereas many people, either worked very slowly, or had stopped.  I suspect, that Amazon, failed to be productive, and many people, seemed to think, that they should be paid, for doing nothing, or next to nothing, and seemed to think, that their being at a job-site, entitled them to being paid.  They could have, clocked out, if they preferred, to do nothing…  One might wonder, why some of them, sought employment, in the first place.  I think, this abundance of personnel, is meant to serve, a political purpose, of saying, how many people, are now employed.  I doubt, that a business, in a capitalist environment, could survive, by tolerating, this sort of stuff.  I considered, that perhaps Amazon, is seeking, to create business, to create customers, by depriving these people, of time off from work, while giving some money to them, so that, if there is, anything they might wish to buy, then perhaps, they might be influenced, to shop on-line, via Amazon.

I suppose, there was, a slight crankiness, which became loud, here and there, intermittently among personnel.  My day, was basically pleasant, thanks in part, to Bluster, Floyd, Mattie, Gammel, and Boolaboola, among others.  I was surprised, by a little blip, from Jade, who asked for some candy, and then sought, to take everything in the bag.  When I mentioned, to Jade, that she should limit herself, to five pieces, like everyone else, to help ensure, that there would be, enough for everyone, she asserted, that she wanted it all, and she did, grab it all.  Fortunately, I had already, put enough candy, in my pocket, to be able, to supply candy, to many people, during the remainder, of our work-shift.  Nonetheless, I was surprised, saddened, that Jade might believe, that her desire, to have something, entitled her, to take it, from someone else.  I considered this, to be, an inexpensive warning, about her character, and stayed distant from her thereafter.

I basically, did enjoy, my time with Amazon, on this day, and did seek, to work hard.  I think, I might have failed, to have a good rate overall.  I did produce, a large quantity, of packages, but most of these, were two items per package, and that does, lower one’s rate.

It was, becoming daylight, as I went home.  There was, a delay, in the parking lot, and then on the roadway, as three cars, had an accident.  I drive carefully, because the exit road, is filled with people, who are tired and hurrying, so some are, a touch reckless.  I did enjoy, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Dikaia was outside, so I released her, from her chain, and gave, a hot-dog to her.  Ramboi was outside, and I did ask him, if he had borrowed, my rake.  Ramboi told me, he had just spent, a good amount of money, to buy a new rake.  Ramboi suggested, that either one or both, of Mike2 and Raoul, had hidden my rake, to avoid, raking the leaves, in my yard.

I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two good episodes, from season twelve, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 8:15am.  I awoke, at 12:50pm, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 2:55pm.  My extra bedroom, was silent, and I suspected, that Raoul, had departed.  It was raining, and Dikaia went outside, and did her stuff, then returned, and went to the living-room.  I knew, I would have, to put Dikaia outside, because Mike2, was inside my home, and he would be unable, to let Dikaia go outside, if she wished to do so.  Dikaia might have bet, on the wrong monkey, by being nice to Raoul, and awful, toward Mike2…  I mentioned, to Mike2, that some people, at work, were a bit crankier, and he suggested, this was due, to the holidays, which can be tough, for some people.  However, I think, it is, the long hours of work, which are influencing, for some people, to become cranky.  Perhaps there are many influences.

I coughed, rasped, and had a lot of mucous, after I became upright, but I did, slowly awaken, and my cough, did abate, after an hour.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a fairly solid purpose.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I gave dry-food to Dikaia inside.  Mike2, had come out, of my bedroom, and he and Dikaia, had another face-off, but she was, less nasty, than in the past, so we decided, to risk leaving her inside.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home. I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Molly, before work began.  Doright was ‘feeling numb’.  I can empathize with that, at times.  I was feeling okay.  Floyd is seeking, to socialize, a bit more, with Process Guides, and with other supervisors and bosses.  There are those, who might pride themselves, on how they get others, to do work, and I am among those, who actually do seek, to work hard, so perhaps, association with me, could be detrimental, in some circles.  Bentley now wears, a supervisor jacket, and that probably, irks Floyd.  I worked, near Boolaboola, and she was pleasant.  We both were challenged, to have supplies, as our water-spider, was new to the job, and a touch overwhelmed.

It was a good day, in that I had a job, worked hard, and felt okay.  However, while I felt challenged, due to so-so carts, to have a good rate, I was twice told, by Amos, that my rate, was okay, around 190.  I worked, to keep my rate good.  After 3:00am, I started to get, good carts, and I did have, some high volume slots, so felt, my rate, should have been, as good, or better, than it had been, but was told, by Amos, at the end of the day, that my rate, had dropped, to 170.  It was, a touch disheartening, to do as good as I could, only to end up, with a less than satisfactory result.  It was also paradoxical, to be told, of a high rate, when challenged, by so-so carts, and then to be told, of a lower rate, when I actually had, many more items, which I could quickly package.

Nobody brought to me, any priority carts.  I did check my time-log, of or the previous pay-period, and found, that I had two hours, on one day, so checked on that, with Human Resources, but was told, that it was correct.  I was actually told, that I had not worked on that particular day, and that the two hours, represented work, from the previous day, which was carried over, to the next day.  I was confused, but did check it, and was told, that it was correct.

Both Hector and Corrine worked packaging items, for a while.  Hector had told everyone, at stand-up, that packing one box, every 30 seconds, is really, an easy task, which I suppose, it can be, with small items, when everything, is going smoothly, though after four or five hours, one might think, that a slower pace, can be normal.  Hector and Corrine, certainly, lacked any problems, getting supplies, while nearby, my own blue supply light, went unanswered…  Hector let everyone leave, at 5:30am.  Traffic flow personnel, did get everyone out, fairly quickly.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home.  I am aware, physically, that I am pushing myself…

Molly advised me, to remember, that this hard work, and extra time and money, from the job, is only, for another few weeks.  Then we face, ‘musical chairs’, where we have, abundant personnel, and it is time, to ‘thin the ranks’…  That could be, my last hurdle, with Amazon.  Though I might earn, more money, by staying with Amazon, until May, I am tempted, to depart, with the severance offer, in February.  I shall simply seek, to do as good as I can, as long as I can, and accept the result.  I have earned, money during 2016, which could slightly increase, my monthly Social Security payment.

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I have worked, 35 hours, in three days…  12 hours, is a long shift, and given the extra time, for driving and breaks, this makes, for a very long work-day.  I wondered, at how some medical personnel, have equally long shifts, and considered, that this might erode, the quality of care…  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home.  I locked my vehicle, which is a change.  Due to his earlier absence, I had thought, that perhaps, Raoul had departed, but he was awake, and at my home, when I arrived.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia.  Apparently, thankfully, fortunately, there was, a lack of any incident, while I was absent.

I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with three episodes, from season twelve, of South Park.  I remained awake, a bit longer, due to Raoul’s presence.  I asked Raoul, about my rake, and he knew nothing about it, which sadly also meant, that he had never looked for it, though I have asked him, to rake the leaves, in ’fair trade’, for his being here, and he had agreed, to do so, and he has yet to do so.  I asked Raoul, to look for the rake.

I went to sleep, around 7:15am.  I awoke, around 12:50pm, and brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to the sofa, and at least relaxed, until 1:30pm.  I fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Raoul arose, and joined me, to talk to me, for a bit.  Raoul has constant sniffles.  I reminded Raoul, to look for the rake.  Raoul refrained, from doing so.  Sometimes I am baffled, at how Raoul might expect, to survive in life.  I suspect, that Raoul, is content, with food and telephone aid, and thinks, he can live outdoors, at least in warmer weather, or perhaps, Raoul does not, expect to survive.  Life can be long…  Be good to people, who are good to you.  Seek to be helpful.  Seek to live, through fair trade.  I suppose, Raoul might refrain, from looking for the rake, because he knows, that he got rid of it?

My body was tired, and my COPD, was mildly moderate, the type where breathing, can be challenging.  I had a mucous cough, probably from a sandwich, which I got from the Bistro.  I think my body, is simply tired, from long hours, of physical work.  I gave dry-food, to Dikaia.  Dikaia barked non-stop, for over an hour, to show her displeasure, at being put, onto her chain.

I shaved.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  Raoul had forgotten to flush, and though there was, little solid material, there was, an abundance of toilet paper…  I am just aware, that I am paying for that, by working very hard…  I showered, and put on clean clothing.  I made selections, of candy, fruit, and soup, for my upcoming work-shift.  I did get Raoul, to look for the rake, and he did find it, and found, another snow-shovel.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, with tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey to work, from my home.  Our shift, was reduced, to eleven hours, ‘on the clock’, a welcome change, for me.  Apparently, Augustus and Floyd, set some sort, of network production record, the previous day, and felt punished today, for having done so.  Augustus rolled with it, and continued, to seek, to do a good job, but Floyd, was disgruntled, and reduced his work, to doing only his aspect, of the job.  Floyd’s supervisors, told him, to only handle totes, and that is what he did.  Floyd was annoyed, by the laziness, or incompetence, or ignorance, of his ‘seasonal’ bosses.

I worked Multi-Carts, and did have, mostly small items, but the carts, were so-so, mostly two items per slot.  I produced, a lot of packages, but am uncertain, of what was, my official rate.  I had, an excellent water-spider, Blacksmith.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Bluster and Doright.  Doright won, a rate race, with 350 items per hour, for the second third.  I am uncertain, if that rate, was ‘actual’ or ‘artificial’.  I am only certain, that I am definitely, not as young, as I used to be…

Augustus attributed, some of the reaction, against his having made a record, to ‘jealous’ supervisors, who on this day, sought to take control, and failed to get, priority items packaged, by their deadlines.  I mused, that if anyone, was to be envious, or jealous, it might be packers, toward the woman, who sat in a chair, in the aisle, between Packers, who can only stand, while she audited ReBin carts, simply noting their errors, without fixing anything.  These error reports, go to Corrine, who has lacked the time or perhaps, lacked the interest, to review them.  That means, that woman’s very easy job, is also, somewhat useless.  It is perhaps to be hoped, that simply knowing, that someone is auditing the carts, influences ReBin workers, to seek to perform better.

I did work hard.  People were pleasant.  My ‘big change’, was I became, totally exhausted, ‘ran out of steam’, around 3:00am.  My rate plummeted.  I have been eating, solid food, from the Bistro, and the coffee-machine, stopped operating.  I think, the lack of coffee, combined with the big meal, both influenced, for me to become exhausted.  My body, felt okay.  I lacked any muscle aches or strains.  Perhaps my COPD, was present, the type where I think, that I am breathing normally, when actually, I am failing, to process oxygen.  This was, the first time, that I can recall, being exhausted, feeling ’totally wiped’.  Perhaps it is also true, that I have worked a lot, without much time off.  I have worked, 46 hours in four days.  Most people, working a ‘normal’ shift, would have worked, 32 hours, in that time-period.  That is somewhat non-stop, physical activity.  As the song says, I worked hard for the money…

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I was able to depart, fairly quickly, and I drove cautiously, as I was among, those who were both tired, and hurrying.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I brought Dikaia inside, and gave a hot-dog to her.  Raoul and Mike2 were asleep.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two worthwhile episodes, of South Park, the last one, from season twelve, and the first one, from season thirteen.  I felt exhausted.  I went to sleep, around 6:45am.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful, to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful, to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and-or inspired or enlightened me, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I handled, eleven priority carts, for Alfonse, including four, during the third quarter.  I had some hope, that perhaps some, or at least Alfonse himself, might take note, of how many, priority carts, I was handling, and appreciate this.  I understand, that priority items, seem important, to Amazon, only until they are done, and after that, all that matters, to Amazon, is one’s rate, and doing priority carts, can reduce one’s rate…  Alfonse gave to me, another priority cart, a so-so cart, when I had a rate, of 224, thanks in part, to beautiful Beatrice, who had brought, to my cart, 47 missing items, which I got to package, after I handled, the other four priority carts.  Alfonse said, that people could go home, after that so-so cart’s priority items, were completed.  I considered, that we were, at that time, on holiday pay, for Thanksgiving, and wondered, why it might seem, like a good thing, to depart, when otherwise, we might earn, a little extra income.  I noted, that if Alfonse, disliked being at work, then he, like anyone else, including all those, who seemed unhappy, to be at work, could quit, at any time, or, at a minimum, use his own unpaid time off, or personal time, to depart, at any time.  I did put aside, my good cart, to work on, the so-so cart, from Alfonse, and then was, a touch consternated, when 3:00am arrived, and the priority items, became indicated, by my computer, and there were, only two priority packages, on that cart…  Why did Alfonse, seek to torpedo my rate unnecessarily?  It made zero difference, as to when, I began that cart, as those priority items, were deep within that cart, and it took me, only a couple of minutes, to do them, once they became indicated.

Augustus did explain to me, that holiday pay, when working, is only paid, starting with the day shift, rather than, after midnight, when the night shift, is working.  This means, the night-shift, might have to work, four and a half hours, on regular pay, on holidays…

Both Henrico and Roy, worked to help, get priority items, finished by their deadlines, and I found this work, by them, to be commendable.  Floyd spent his time, training new workers, to get the job done, in their area, of tote wrangling, to work, as a team, and to be able, to handle things, by themselves, when necessary.  Floyd is very competent, and is a commendable example, of a human.

Overall, this was, a very good day, for me with Amazon, and I am glad, that these do occur.  I accepted, voluntary time off, around 3:30am.  I had, a good rate, and worked, nearly a full shift.  I still remain, under the threat, of a third production warning, but the time, for my first production warning, to be removed, should be approaching.  I now also have, some money, in the bank, so I could survive, if I lost this job, so I am somewhat, ‘out of danger’, for now.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  There was, a lack of ice, on my vehicle’s windows.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work, though I was reminded, that I probably should check, the amount of air, in my tires, and the amount, of power steering fluid, within my vehicle.

Raoul was awake, and Dikaia was inside, when I arrived, at my home.  It took me, about half a minute, or less, to do the dishes, that Raoul had in the kitchen sink.  I did mention, to Raoul, how quickly and easily, he could have done this.  My kitchen sink, was clogged, and I did complain, about that.  Raoul did, unclog that sink.  The sink, below the strainer, had pasta noodles, and some wire bits, from the scouring pad.  Raoul said something, about getting money, from his uncle Sal, so that he could buy, some scouring pads, for the household.  I have heard, these same words, from Raoul already, and he has failed, to give meaning, to his words, through actions.

I did mention, to Raoul, that he is ‘letting down’, both himself, and me, by staying up all night, to leisurely enjoy items, on my big television rather than, seeking to get, an early start, on job-hunting.  I did receive, a telephoned text message, indicating that Integrity, wished to quickly hire, 300 people, and would be open, for this purpose, for 11 hours, on four days, and I did forward, that message, to Raoul’s telephone.  It might be nice, if some of Raoul’s ‘friends’ and relatives, including those, who help Raoul, to get to church meetings, were to help him, get to that job opportunity.  That location, in Chester, is quite some distance, from my home.  Raoul’s uncle Sal, recently walked, from Richmond to Hopewell, which is, a much longer walk…  I think Sal, was commendably seeking, to set a good example, for Raoul.  I doubt, that at this time, Raoul has, anything better to do.  The one thing which Raoul has in abundance, is empty time…

I did ask Raoul, if he could work, with his uncle Sal, but Raoul said, that uncle Sal’s job, requires constant travel, and although, transportation is provided, by the employer, Raoul dislikes travel.  Raoul thinks, he might be unable, to retain a job, with Amazon, because he previously lost, a production job, because he was viewed, as being ‘too sluggish’…  I guess. Raoul prefers, the alternative(s), at least when the weather, is warmer…  I myself, have to work, on all the upcoming days, after Thanksgiving, so would be unable, or very inconvenienced, to give that ride, to Raoul.  Raoul has never, asked me, for a ride.  Ultimately, the responsibility, for his condition, in life, is Raoul’s, as an adult.  Responsibility can be, where consequence lands…

Selassie had invited me, to visit his home, the next day, and given to me, his telephone number.  I sent, a telephoned text message, to Sal, to which he replied, and we confirmed, those plans, for the next afternoon.  I did note, that the name, now given to me, by Selassie, for himself, was different, than the name, on a security identification badge, which he had worn.

I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with three fine episodes, from season eleven, of South Park.  I trimmed the hair, on the back of my head.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.  I awoke, around 9:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I did seek, to return to sleep, but was unable, to do so.  I think, I was slightly bugged, when I mused, about Mike2.

I offered shelter, to Mike2, because he was homeless, and our weather, was becoming colder.  Mike2, first told me, that he was employed, and then later, changed that story, to he was doing, community service work, and would be employed, by someone, with whom he was doing, the community service work, after that community service work, was completed.  That community service work, is now completed.  Adrien says, that he has seen Mike2, at Wawa, where Mike2, continues to pan-handle.  Mike2 commendably, leaves my home, early each day, and does seem, to have enough funds, to afford party beverages and cigarettes.  Even though, Mike2 has said, that he can access the internet, from McDonald’s, he has now made arrangements, to pay Louise, for access, to her internet service.  Mike2 has helped, to turn the soil, at Ramboi’s, and helps, to cut wood there, for the nice fires.  Mike2 has, at least agreed, to remove the leaves, from my rain-gutters, and with Raoul’s help, to rake the leaves, in my yard.  However, nothing has been done, and zero money, has come my way.  I also, fail to appreciate, being lied to, and I am uncertain, as to why, Mike2 might think, that any of this, would make anyone, wish to live with him.  I guess, I somewhat understand, that Mike2, probably speaks with certainty, of his hopes, when they are uncertain.  I suspect, that it might be possible, that the guy, with whom Mike2 worked, doing community service, has failed to hire Mike2, precisely because, he saw, how Mike2, actually worked, and-or behaved…  I also understand, that Mike2, is charming Ramboi, because he might like, to work with Ramboi, or to take work, from Ramboi…

And, in the neither here nor there, Raoul has failed, to rake leaves, and has failed, to crush the aluminum cans, at Ramboi’s, for which he might get, a share of the money, when those cans, are turned in for recycling.  If people, were akin to cards, then one might speculate, that what I have, is a pair of deuces…  Obviously, I have, a share of responsibility, for failing to manage, or encourage, Mike2 and Raoul, to live in better ways…

I arose, around 10:30am.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish.  Dikaia sought to roam, so I put her, onto her chain.  I retrieved, the big recycling container, from curb-side.  It had been emptied.  I did seek again, to find, the missing Justice League movie, which I had purchased, and was able, to determine, that it is indeed absent, from my office.  I now tend to suspect, that it vanished, when Roger visited my home…  This reminded me, of my tulip-shaped, decorative solar light, that is now, by Ramboi’s gate, which also reminded me, of the tulips, sent to me, by Fishnetterrie, which I had put, in my front planter, to remind me of her, and how they seemed, to have vanished, about the same time, that similar tulips, suddenly appeared, by Ramboi’s front door, so that now, the absence, of those tulips, reminds me, that Ramboi, can be a thief.

I decided, I wished to refrain, from thinking about aggravating things, and instead wished to focus, on this Thanksgiving, on things, for which I am thankful. I am thankful, that Dikaia is in my life.  I am thankful, that Fishnetterrie is part of my life.  I am thankful, for the peace, in my home.  I am thankful, to have a home, of my own, which allows me, to live on a low budget.  I am thankful, to have a dependable vehicle.  I am thankful, to Hessbie, for the fine music system, which I enjoy, when in my vehicle.  I am thankful, to have a job.  I am most thankful, for the life I have lived, as Christos.  I am thankful, that I do enjoy life.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version. I was doing this, when Raoul arose, as 4:00pm approached.  We enjoyed, some friendly banter, though I did go over, some of the ’criticisms’, I have already mentioned, in this chapter.  I told Raoul, of the many, varied types of jobs, which I have held.  I told Raoul, that I have usually, started by saying, that I was ignorant, but able to learn, and then been trained, in the custom ways, of each particular employer.  I said, that some people, lie by implying, they know a lot, and then the experienced workers, test that person, and then might scorn that person, if those tests are failed.  I said, that even real experience, can work against one, when one’s boss, has a certain way, that he or she wishes, for things to be done.

Raoul did look, behind the aquarium, and there found, my missing Justice League movie…  At least, thanks to Raoul, I now know, that Roger is innocent.

Mike2 returned to my home, and Dikaia, was more nasty, than her usual…  We all exchanged, happy Thanksgiving greetings, and then Mike2, went to Ramboi’s, and started, a very nice fire, though he seemed, to perhaps be, the only one there.  I received, a telephoned text message, from Fishnetterrie, wishing to me, a happy Thanksgiving, and I replied, telling her, I was still smiling, thanks to her.

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a fairly solid purpose, probably due, to a chicken salad sandwich, which I bought, from Amazon’s Bistro.  I shaved and showered.  I was amazed, that one scab, on my leg, failed to even change color, or soften any, despite prolonged saturation, with fairly hot water.  I was uncertain, of what Selassie and I, might do, so considered, taking him out to dinner, and thought maybe, we could experience a movie, at his place.  However, when I called, at the appointed time, Selassie said, dinner was being prepared, and he would call me, when it was ready, and then I could come by, and he would, run a plate of food, out to me.  I was, actually hungry…

I fed my fish.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I finished reading, Fishnetterrie’s letter to me, and leisurely wrote back to her.  Fishnetterrie apparently has, a spirit living with her, in her home.  Fishnetterrie has had, some items vanish, which then appeared, in the back seat, of her car.  I discovered, that I had, two copies, of seasons one and two, of Young Justice, so gave the extra copy, to Raoul.  I enjoyed, some episodes, from the television series, Andromeda, with Raoul.  I did get hungry, so made, a small salad with lettuce and ham, with Italian dressing.  I discovered, that someone, had gotten, to my salad dressing, before I did, and about a third of it, was already gone.  Though I had, about 14 boxes, of macaroni and cheese, I now have four, after having consumed one myself…  We began to experience, a movie, Gran Torino.

Selassie called, and I went to his residence, a journey that was challenging, as I was uncertain, of where the street, he lives upon, was actually located.  I called Selassie, and got exact directions, and he lives, quite near me.  I inadvertently, flashed my headlights, on and off, while speaking with Selassie, on my telephone and that got me, to be pulled over, by a police officer, who gave me, a sobriety check, which I did, fortunately, easily pass.  Selassie gave to me, a very nice, plate of food, with about seven delicious items.  Selassie’s mother, and two sisters, and his nieces, had come to his apartment.  I safely returned, to my home, and enjoyed, this fine meal.  Selassie had to go to work, for a ‘half-day’, starting at 10:15pm.  I felt very full, and hoped, this would fail, to cause any problems, for me, the next day.

I yelled, a happy Thanksgiving, to everyone, outside at Ramboi’s.  Mike2 returned, from Ramboi’s, and enjoyed experiencing, Gran Torino, with Raoul and I.  I can, easily recommend, this fine movie.  The Asian guy, mentioned by Mike2, was ‘guided’, by the Jualt-R, in that movie…  Mike2 went to sleep, and I brought Dikaia inside.  We enjoyed, the remaining episodes, from season two, of Young Justice.  We enjoyed, two very good or excellent shows, by Cirque du Soleil, a 2007 show, Ka, and a 2008 show, Kooza.  We went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awoke, around 11:00am, with a phone call, from Integrity, urging me, to come in for a job.  Integrity advised, this was, an emergency situation, and everyone who came in, was probably guaranteed, to get a job, with Amazon.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until just past 1:00pm.  I did get, a second phone call, from Integrity, with the same message.  I suspect, that if either Raoul or Roger, actually wanted a job, they could now have one.  I arose, around 1:20pm.  I straightened, the living-room, removing the stuffing, that Dikaia had removed, from her duck-toy.  There was, one cup, of left-over coffee remaining, and I enjoyed that, as fresh coffee brewed.  I gave fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia.  The outside temperature, was moderate, comfortable, and the day was calm, peaceful.  I did feel, very full, and was glad, when I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I was easily reminded, that three people, consume toilet-paper, a cash item, much more quickly, then I might do, when alone…

I let Dikaia stay free, as long as she remained, on my property.  I did seek, to remain aware, of where Dikaia might be.  I fed my fish.  I updated, these notes.  I updated, my entertainment review, and my entertainment reference library book.  I began to feel, almost normal, by 3:00pm.  Raoul arose, around 3:00pm, and departed, fairly quickly thereafter, allegedly to go meet, with his church elders.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, so she would refrain, from seeking to follow Raoul.  I noticed, that Mike2, was enjoying a fire, while alone at Ramboi’s, consuming Ramboi’s wood.  I read, the fun children’s book, with a Jualt-R character, which Fishnetterrie, gave to me, and put that book, into the living-room, for others, to perhaps also enjoy.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello.  I made three pieces of art, of a male torso and face.

I straightened, the living-room.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage-can, which had become mountainous.  I washed Raoul’s dishes.  I was going, to give to Raoul, my left-over salad, but he departed, before I could really, speak with him, so I ate that myself, as my breakfast.  I really did, lack appetite.  I felt full thereafter, and took an aspirin, to relieve a pressure headache, which I attributed, to the amount of food, within my body.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.

I did have an idea, of how to tackle, the remaining books, of The Life of Christos, which would be, to read through the chapters, and provide a new journal, one more condensed.  I think my life, has a few more phases, to provide, one being, the time-period, of ‘a forum with no name’, and another, being the time of my addiction, and then, the time of my Hajira, and then perhaps finally, my time in Virginia.

I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I departed early, around 4:30pm.  I went, to a nearby Wawa, and sought to get more air, into my tires.  I was able, to do so, for a front tire, but was unable, to do so, for my rear tires.  There seemed to be, a challenge of compatibility, between nozzles.  I bought cigarettes and fuel.  I said hello, to Mike2.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from Wawa.  I parked, without any difficulty.  The organization, of our traffic flow directors, is superb.

I had a slightly longer walk, to get to the upstairs break-room, from my vehicle, and I did feel, slightly winded.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus, Floyd, Kabra, Winston, Mary, Christine, Doright, Misty, Selassie, Marly, and Bluster, among others, during the work-day.  I did advise Doright, to be, a bit more patient, as he is young, and has time, to gain promotions, as he becomes, very aggravated, and complains often, and this disturbs, his peace of being.  I advised Doright, to beat his own drum, less loudly, as he is always saying, how great he is, and that can cause him, some challenges, as people react poorly, to that.  Doright might be said, to be, ‘full of himself’…  I shared candy, with many personnel, including with, security personnel, as I departed, at 4:30am.

Work-stations were assigned alphabetically, and that seemed to me, to be, an improvement.  I worked packing Multis, for the entire work-shift.  My work-station, was covered in spoos, and I covered them, with a flat box, but, even so, one got inadvertently scanned, and Mattie got that item, to Problem-Solve for me.  That flat box, inadvertently moved, and another spoo, was inadvertently scanned, and that time, I covered the spoos, on my counter, with tape, and everything was fine thereafter.  Mattie told me, that I had a rate, of 194, which was nice, good, and then, about 15 minutes later, Roy visited, and said, my rate was 168, which seemed low to me, and was below, the goal rate.  I remain aware, that I wish to avoid, receiving a third production warning.  About an hour later, Mattie returned, and said my rate, was 185, which was also good.  I could have sought, to check my own rate, but I wanted to work, and avoid spending time, seeking to find, my rate, which would take time to do, and could lower my rate, while I did so.  Mattie’s reports, encouraged me, to seek to maintain, a good rate, while Roy, discouraged me, by getting me to consider, that no matter what I do, I could still receive, a bad official rate.

I gave to Mattie, a priority package, for her to get processed, and she gave it, to Eldee.  This was, one of the two, that I had, inadvertently scanned, a spoo from my counter.  Mattie assured me, that it was processed, by its deadline.  Corrine had said something, about visiting our work-stations, and giving scratch-off tickets, prizes, to those who had, clean work-stations.  I always, keep my work-station clean, but Corrine never visited, my work-station.  Perhaps Corrine’s words, were only intended, to motivate people, to keep their work-stations clean.

I only had, one cart, with priority items, and I got that one myself, from another work-line, when my own work-line, was out of carts.  We had maybe seven work-lines.  My carts, were mostly so-so.  Bluster told me, that 84-percent, of people who responded, had said, that they were unable, to find things, they wanted, with special sale prices, with Amazon.  I did work hard, and maintained, a good pace, for the entire work-shift.  I did think, that some people, spent a lot of extra time, in the break-room, and considered, that perhaps, management should monitor, this situation, more closely.  I am uncertain, of what my final rate, was officially, at the end of shift.  It probably was close, either way.  Since I did have, a good rate day, the prior day, then at worst, I now have, one good rate day, and one bad rate day, for this rate-week, thus far.  Augustus mentioned, that if we packed fast, and got the priority items completed, then we could go home, at 4:30am.  I told Augustus, that I had only had, one cart, with deadlines, on this day, and the others, were Sunday deadlines.  This day, was a Friday.

It was, a pleasant ‘day’, for me with Amazon, and I was glad, to be there.  My water-spider, Deborah, was very good.  People departed, around 4:30am, and I did so also, though I was initially uncertain, if I should do so, as none of my own supervisors, or bosses, had asked me to leave.  I did confirm, with Corrine, that I should go home, at that time.  Floyd was very disappointed, to be going home early, as he wanted, as much overtime, as he could get.  The next day, would be all overtime.  Departing was easy, once I located my vehicle.  My norm, had been, to park basically, in the same area, each day, but now, I am parking, where directed, and that tends to be different, each ‘day’.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant, journey to my home, from work.

Raoul was asleep, and Dikaia was inside. I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, two good episodes, from season eleven, of South Park, with four frozen dinners.  I went to sleep, around 6:15am.  I awoke, around 12:30pm, and then dozed, until nearly 2:00pm.  There was, a sound, like air going through, a blade of grass, when I breathed.  I then had, a mucous cough, for a while, but became ‘normal’, by 3:30pm.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated, these notes.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, after she sought to roam.  Mike2 returned, with eight packages of meat, he had allegedly gotten, from the dumpster, behind a Food Lion grocery store.  Raoul arose, around 3:30pm, saying he was sick, with a runny nose, and a bad cough.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello.

Raoul and Mike2, enjoyed episodes, from Bones.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mike2 and Raoul.  It was, actually warmer inside, than outside.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s food and water bowls, and gave fresh water, and dry-food, to her.  I unfurled, Dikaia’s chain, and restored other, its full length.  The chain sometimes, gets wrapped around, a clothesline pole.  I was, slightly fatigued, though I knew, I was, well rested.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I ate one aspirin.  I had some time, to leisurely write, to Fishnetterrie, but found, that I really had, nothing to say…  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I departed, from my home, around 4:30pm, after reminding, Raoul and Mike2, to tend to my rain-gutters.  I would like, for this task, to be done, before snow arrives, and it most certainly, would be, more pleasant to do, when our weather, is warm, rather than cold.

I went, to a Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, and bought 20 bags, of candy.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I was able, to easily park, and walk inside. I was slightly winded, by the time, I got, to the upstairs break-room, but I was early enough to have, adequate recovery time, so was fine, by the time, work was to begin.  I checked, the posted work-station assignments, and saw, that I was to be located, where I had been, the previous ‘day’, so found, a decent cart, and put it, by that work-station.  I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Augustus and Floyd.  Christine kindly gave to me, a plate of Thanksgiving food, and I thanked her, for her kindness and generosity.  Christine said, this plate, was to thank me, for supplying her, and everyone else, with candy.

At our stand-up meeting, I saw, that my work-station assignment, had been switched, to another location.  Cochise commended us, as a group, saying we had, the second highest, production rate, of any Amazon facility, in our network.  It seemed, a touch sad, for this, to be true, as we had, been doing, work for days ahead, indicating a lack of work, a lack of ‘a big Peak’, across all of Amazon.  Perhaps there already is, a widespread boycott, of Amazon.  Perhaps there is, some sympathy for me, to which I am blind…  Perhaps, it would have been better, for Amazon, if my first production warning had been lifted…  Cochise said he intended, to visit each work-station, and give a scratch-off ticket, a prize, to every worker, but he did refrain, from visiting my work-station, perhaps among others.  As a norm, I get nothing, or next to nothing, in prizes from Amazon, during Peak.  Cochise said, our production rates, as a group, were higher, than last year’s, and I attributed this, to the lack of delay, from seeking hazardous warning label approvals.

I was assigned, to packing large items, which were often, two items per slot.  There was, no way, that I could, make rate, with this situation.  I was concerned, because this seemed intended, to make me gain, a third production warning.  This did annoy me.  I also noted, that it was, truly bad management, to assign, an older person, like myself, to the most physically challenging task, while voicing words, about caring, about volume production.  I viewed this assignment, as malicious, as intended, to hurt me physically, by deliberately aggravating, my COPD, and to hurt my ability, to retain my employment.  I considered, that if I lost my job, then I would sue, in court, the managers, who made this occur.  However, I doubt, that I could find, or financially afford, a lawyer, for this task…  Perhaps I should, disconnect Ray Langon, from my FaceBook.

I was, ’very annoyed’, and could see, how this day, was helping to feed, negative ‘psychic vampires’.  Part of me, did consider, that perhaps, I was needed, to do this job, but when I thought this, I would quickly think, that a younger person, would have been, much more appropriate, to meet such a need.  I did feel ‘hate’, and was glad, when this day ended, and I could put it behind me.  I told myself, that since the day, was lost, as far as rate was concerned, and so, I should accept this day, as a bad one, from start, and simply proceed, at a comfortable pace, and get things done, and rest content, that I was being paid overtime, for the entire day.  I decided, that I would refrain, from leaving, either with my own time, or with voluntary over-time, and just seek, to earn income.

There was, the ‘normal mix’, of people who know how to do the job, who refrained from working, and those new workers, who struggled, to learn and get things done, and then our bad management, which made bad assignments, and just walked around, telling people their rates.  There was a time, when Alfonse, Sonny, and about four other guys, just stood around, talking, leaning on my cart, for at least ten minutes.  Fortunately, for all concerned, nobody came my way, to tell me, about my rate, as I most certainly, would have attributed, any bad rate, to bad management.  In all ’fairness’, our managers, for the most part, lacked any work experience, prior to their being hired, by Amazon…

My water-spider, Sonny, did an excellent job, as there is little space, for large boxes, and I was using, all large boxes, and he made, many trips, to get these, for me.  Sonny ‘joked’, that I was making him tired, by walking to and from, my work-station.  I considered, that it might be easier, for him to carry boxes to me, than for me, to fill those boxes.  I then had Sonny, and the other water-spider, put extra boxes, stacked vertically, in my work-station, which could be construed, as a ‘safety violation’, though it was safe, for me to do so.  I have never had, any accident, due to having, boxes stacked, in my work-station…  My computer and scanner died, and Sonny was able, to fix this, by turning it, off and back on.  It was actually on, had electrical power, but had stopped working.  When my computer came back on, I was given, a survey, about how I felt, about my management, and I indicated, that I thought, my management, was bad.  This was, the first time, that I have indicated, anything other than good, in my responses.  I am uncertain, if it was good or bad timing, for such a question, to be asked of me.  But, I remain acutely aware, that I have, two production warnings, and should avoid, getting a third.  I mused, that voluntary time off, was never offered to me, though most all other ‘veterans’, did leave early, perhaps because, managers wished, to remain distant from me, at that time.

There were, few priority items, and by the end of shift, I was working, on Monday packages.  This was, a Saturday.  It was Doright, who came to my aid, bringing to me, two very good carts, with many multiple small items, and I hoped, doing these, which I did, would help, to repair my rate, but I am uncertain, of the result.  I might now have, two bad rate days, and one good rate day, for this ‘rate week’.  I also worked, on a cart, which ReBin, had messed up very badly, and did this, for Doright.  I worked, until 4:30am, when everybody, was sent home.

In retrospect, I am somewhat displeased, that became annoyed, at being given, a challenging task, as that task, is something, that someone, would have to do, so it might as well, have been me, if such things, are alternated.  I did feel, targeted for adversity, and set up for failure.  I at least remained, on good behavior, and was civil, to managers, as I departed.  However, acknowledging, that management, sadly disfavors me, is a reason, for me to consider, accepting the severance offer, when it is made, in January, if I last that long.  I really would prefer, to avoid having, a heart attack, and would like, to enjoy, some quality of life, when I retire.

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I scraped ice, from my vehicle’s windows.  There was, a car accident, that snarled traffic, on the way out, but things went smoothly, after that.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Although it was cold, Raoul had refrained, from bringing Dikaia inside, so I did that.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, the fine meal, provided by Christine, with three frozen dinners, as I enjoyed, two great episodes, from season eleven, of South Park.  I did have, leg ramps, in both legs, and that thick scab, broke open, and bled, and Dikaia, tended my wound.  I went to sleep, around 5:55am.

I awoke, around 9:40am, and brewed fresh coffee.  Mike2 departed.  I was challenged, to return to sleep, but was able, to do so, until 1:24pm.  I relaxed, until 1:42pm.  I fed my fish.  I gave, fresh dry-food to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I put Dikaia onto her chain, when she sought to roam.  Raoul arose, around 4:00pm, and was ‘sick’.  I reminded Raoul, to leave open, the front door, to air out, the living-room, to minimize the containment, of air filled with germs, but he said, he had inhaled, some solid tobacco, and this gave to him, a constant cough.  I reminded Raoul about the rain-gutters, and had him, take the outside garbage container, to curb-side.  The inside kitchen garbage can, is nearly full, after only one day, during my absence…  Raoul got some coffee, and I asked him, to buy some.  Raoul did, add water, to the little bird-bath, without prompting, and that was, an improvement.

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I saw that someone, had replaced, the toilet-paper roll, so I put a new one, under the bathroom sink.  I now have, one remaining roll, in my bedroom.  Toilet-paper consumption, seems to have sky-rocketed.  I did locate, a rope chew-toy, for Dikaia in the bag, containing the toilet-paper, and I put that aside, to give to her later.  I shaved, and washed my face.

I retrieved, the bags of candy, from my vehicle, and mixed them together, in a bag, with the pre-existing stuff, and then made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.   I straightened, the living-room, and cleaned the kitchen, including an abundant amount, of splatter, on the micro-wave…  It is normal, for some mess to be made, but it is overly messy, ‘uncouth’, so to speak, to leave one’s mess, for others to deal with.  I did inquire, of Raoul, as to why, he had left Dikaia outside, and he said, he had gone to bed early, because he was feeling sick, and knew, that Dikaia might be lonely, if alone inside, though one might think, that Dikaia, might be equally ‘lonely’, inside or outside, or because Dikaia, might need, to use the bathroom, when he was asleep.  On the other hand, Raoul does maintain, that he is not sick, and he certainly, ‘slept in’, until about 4:00pm, on this day.

I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, and fed my fish, and put on cologne.  I departed, from my home around 4:50pm.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I remain impressed, with how well, traffic flow is managed, and I did mention, to some of those personnel, what a superb job, I think, they are doing.  I enjoyed coffee, supplied by Amazon, in the upstairs break-room, though that machine, did stop functioning, and I thereafter, went downstairs, to get coffee, during breaks.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus and Floyd, before work began.  It was mentioned, that there had been a fire, at another facility, and we would get, their work.  We did have, more work, with priority items, and tighter deadlines, but it still seemed, a little light.

I suppose, a most important aspect, was that, I did have, a good day, and was basically okay.  Voluntary time off, was offered, starting around 9:45pm, but I remained.  I did begin, to feel tired, around 3:00am, but I did work, until 4:30am.  Augustus gave to me, an opportunity, to work until 6:30am, but I did decline, though I did thank him.  I did ask Corrine, when my first production warning, would expire, and told her, that I was reluctant, to do ReBin work, for Augustus, when needed, because of my rate warnings.  Corrine told me, that my rate warnings, probably would remain in effect, throughout Peak, and I should, only work in Pack.  I mentioned this to Augustus, and he said, he would check my situation himself.

There was talk, of giving out prizes, scratch-off tickets, but I failed, to see, any of these.  I was able, to work, mostly handling, small items, from Multi-Carts.  I did handle, three large Multi-Carts.  I worked between, Carrie and Mannie, and across from Amelia, and all were pleasant, and helped the day, to go by.  We were all amused, when I got an item, called an ‘Ass Holder’, which was purported, to be able, to be used sideways, and had three suction cups, to provide, a firm grip.  We made many jokes, about this.  However, I did then discover, that it was actually, a ‘Pass Holder’, to hold cards, for toll-roads.

There was also, some amusement, when Doright and Brando, came down the work-lines, giving priority carts, to workers, only to have, Roy come right behind them, offering voluntary time off, to these same workers, so that those priority carts, then were unattended, at least for a while.  I think, the priority items, did get done, as Doright was very sharp, and fixed the situation.  Deborah, was my water-spider, and she did, an excellent job.  Gammel helped, now and then, to bring supplies.

Time went by, at a good pace, as I remained busy.  I do believe, I should buy, another pair of shoes, as I felt, the flatness, of my current shoes…  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  My mood was good, even though I felt tired.  I waited around, after work, ‘to see if Doright, might need a ride.  However, Doright, was able, to locate Lilly, as she is now giving rides to him.  I spoke some, with Kevin, who has returned, for Peak.  Kevin now has, upcoming final exams.  Kevin worked with us, the summer before this one, but eventually stopped, coming to work, in part, because of a car accident, he had when distracted, by being on the telephone, so that he went, through a red light.  I scraped ice, from my vehicle’s windows.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Dikaia was inside, and Raoul, was asleep.  I gave, a hot-dog to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I had opened, a new package, before going to work, and that package, had lost four hot-dogs, while I was at work. A package, contains eight hot-dogs.  I gave that rope chew-toy, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, from season eleven, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:42pm.  I arose, and enjoyed left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh water and dry-food, to Dikaia inside, and then also, a hot-dog.

Raoul arose, around 2:45pm, and told me, that he would be unable, to earn money, by giving blood, because he was, so sick.  Raoul said, his telephone, would be turned off, due to lack of money.  However, Raoul then spoke, with some people, on this telephone.  Raoul did have sniffles, sneezes, and a cough.  Raoul might hope, that if excuses, fail to pay bills, then perhaps, sob stories might, if spoken, to the right ears…  There was orange splatter, all around, my bathroom sink, and floor, but I assume, this was, from Mike2’s coughing.  One might advise, a homeless person, or a guest, or anyone, to seek, to clean after self…  Raoul might now think, that he is excused, from job-hunting, as if, he is to job-hunt, for me, when actually, he should be job-hunting, to improve, his own quality of life.  Perhaps Raoul, has ’pet envy’, though pets at least, do provide, the warmth of affection…

I put Dikaia, onto her chain, so she would remain at home, while I used the bathroom.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Adrien, Ramboi, and Mike2.  I mentioned, that I was considering, accepting the severance offer, from Amazon, if I make it that long, and said I wondered, if perhaps managers, got some alert, when this payment, might be coming, for some workers, and then focused, on those workers, in challenging ways.  Adrien asked, what I might do, for income, after Amazon.  I said, I could seek to survive, on Social Security income.  Adrien and Ramboi, will fail to receive, Social Security, as they have, never paid, into that fund.    Adrien reminded me, that Social Security, might be dissolved, due to the debt, which Obama, has placed on our government.  I said, I could hope, that one of my ‘roommates’, might gain some income, from working.  Ramboi and Adrien suggested, that Mike2, could work, for Bubba, which was, slightly amusing, as Mike2, has already asserted, that he had a job, with Bubba.  At least Mike2, was being helpful, to Adrien and Ramboi…  There has to be, some message, to Mike2, when nobody he knows, wishes to live with him, and nobody he has worked with, wishes to work with him.  For my part, I suppose I could muse, at how, those for whom, I often do, many things, at my home, seem to wish, to avoid doing, much of anything, in my behalf…  Offering payment, to Ramboi and Adrien, has failed, to get them, to do things, they agreed to do.

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  Raoul had cleaned, the orange splatter, from the bathroom sink.  However, I happened, to look up, and saw, that there was an abundance, of orange drippings, attached to the ceiling, from the little cigars, which Mike2 smokes.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I shaved, and washed my face.

I went back, to the fence, and spoke with Mike2, about the bathroom ceiling, and asked him, to wipe it, with a paper napkin.  Adrien was using, a chain-saw, to cut two-by-fours, good lumber, for the fire, and I reminded them, that Ramboi had said, he would use, the big tree branch, that remains, in my back-yard.  I retrieved my outside garbage container, and my incoming mail, which contained, a bill, for my incoming water.  I asked Raoul, to gently remind Mike2, to clean the bathroom ceiling, if Mike2, seemed to ignore that task.

I straightened the living-room, and cleaned the kitchen counters, and stove-top, and dishes.  It seems, that new dishes, are being grabbed, from the kitchen cabinets, rather than using the ones, in the kitchen strainer, and so now, there is a build-up, of dishes, in the kitchen strainer…  I will deal with that later, if nobody else does.  I emptied, the abundant kitchen garbage, into the outside container.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I cleaned up, the dishes and frying pan afterwards, as I normally do.

I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I was, ready for work.  I mused, at how Raoul can tell me, every bit of trivia, about most any movie, or television series, which does show, he does have, a good mind.  I can hope, that Raoul, might apply himself, with equal fervor, to ‘real world’ things.  I was also, slightly amused, when Raoul told me, how he had felt cold, and wrapped himself in a blanket, though he wore, bathing-suit shorts, and was, without socks, and without, a head covering…  I ate one aspirin.  I drank, some water-based, fruit-flavored beverage.  I departed, from my home, around 4:40pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I ordered, a water heater, for my aquarium, from SmileAmazon.com.  I worked, on that tight double work-station, back to back, with a new girl, and thankfully, she was pleasant enough, about that situation.  There was a tight deadline, for two carts, as the guy, doing the ReBin, work, seemed to absolutely lack, any sense, of needing to hurry, though they were due, at 8:00pm, and it was approaching 7:30pm.  Perhaps he subscribed, to that saying, ‘your lack of planning, fails to constitute, an emergency, on my part’…  Doright brought, both of these, to me, and thankfully, they were both good carts.  I met the deadlines…

I also had, one good cart, that I got on my own, which had a lot of multiple items, so that by the time, when Roy walked around, telling people their rates, around midnight, I had a rate of 211.  After that, things went downhill, as two new guys, both Jamaicans, spent their time, roaming to get good carts, with a consequence, that they were only so-so carts, for the workers, of my line, for the remainder, of the shift. I wondered, if these Jamaicans, were illegal immigrants, stealing jobs, and quality of life, from US citizens…  I was uncertain, just why anyone, would want me, to be angry, with Jamaica…  They both seemed, to know too much, to be ‘new’, to Amazon, and I wondered, if they had been fired, somewhere else, for creating fires or stealing.  My oxygen deprivation, and reactive mind, tempted me, to ask one of them, if he had learned, who his father was, but I did retain, enough self-control, to refrain from doing that.  I do believe, that I managed, to retain a good rate, for the day, overall, so that I now have, two good rate days, and two so-so rate days, which means, the next day, will be the determining one, for this rate-week, for me.  At least Roy was pleasant, though I might still wonder, if he has, some terrible schemes, when he smiles.  Roy told me, my rate, for the day, was officially noted, as 194.

The upstairs coffee-machine, failed to work, so I went downstairs, for the breaks.  I enjoyed, a sandwich, supplied by Chick-Filet, which is a company, that has been known, to discriminate, against gays, and I wondered, why Amazon, which is a company, which promotes diversity, and hires gays, would give support, to Chick-Filet.  I went, up the stairs, four times, during this work-day, and Horatio, urged me, one of these times, to seek to go faster, though doing so, could have really strained my heart.  I probably did, push my heart, on this day.  I know, my humor, seemed to indicate, some oxygen deprivation.

Management held, a ‘power hour’, a rate race, between 3:00am and 4:00am, to seek to get people, to exert themselves, a bit more.  And then, at 4:30am, we had, a half-hour break, and then returned to work, until 6:30am.  There was a lack, of any advance indication, of if we would be working, or leaving, at that time.  I was already working, on carts that were due, for the next night, as we essentially, had wiped out, the next day’s work, for day-shift.  Things were definitely left, in so-so condition, for day-shift, as everyone departed, at the same time.  If some people, had been allowed to leave, a bit early, in stages, then the terrible congestion, in our parking lot, as the entire night-shift, sought to exit, as the entire day-shift, was seeking to park, might have been avoided, or been reduced.  It was, slightly past 7:00am, when I got, out of the parking lot.

Ultimately, what counts, is that I did survive, this day, and did have, a good rate, and do have, a job.  A car died, in the single lane, near I-295, and we all went, into on-coming traffic lanes, to get around that.  It was a mess.  At least, I did refrain, from asking Corrine, how many people, did she think, might die in traffic, due to our extra time working.  There was talk, from Amazon propagandists, about how we might now hire, another 1700 people.  Our parking lot, seems already full.  I wondered, if Amazon, was seeking, to get people to quit.  Monique mentioned, that she had gotten, a written production warning, because of the time, when the conveyor belt broke, for AFE.  One can get production warnings, when there is, a lack of work, as that can mean, that Amazon, needs to reduce, the amount of personnel.  Amazon still seeks, to portray this, as one’s failure, to do one’s job, and might thus deny, unemployment compensation claims.

I got home, around 7:30am.  I was tempted, to go, to a grocery store, on my way home, as I am now, out of eggs, for my breakfasts, but I was tired, and went directly, to my home.  I could be pleased, that someone, did clean, the bathroom ceiling.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, three frozen dinners, with one episode, from season eleven, of South Park.  I did give, most of one of these dinners, to Dikaia.  I started to experience, a second episode, but decided, to go to sleep, which I did, around 8:00am.

I awoke, around noon, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer. Raoul was awake, but both he and I, did then return to sleep.   Nothing seems, to motivate Raoul, to want to job-hunt.  One of my containers, of purified water, has vanished.  I use that water, to make coffee, as I am unable, to use tap water, due to its high chlorine content.  Raoul does seem able, to continue to use, his telephone, to socialize…  Raoul has a choice, of seeking life, or seeking death.  For life, Raoul has a choice, of following Mike2’s example, of panhandling and stealing, lying, cheating, or my example, of seeking to survive, through far trade.  Perhaps that I am somewhat able, to hold a job, and have a home, might tilt the choice, in favor of my example…  I was able, to sleep, until 2:40pm.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  My body felt tired, which I attributed, to yesterday’s physical activity, rather than, due to my COPD, though both, probably have, their influence.  There had been, news reports, about fires being set, in many Southern states.  A rain-storm, did arrive, and saturated the ground, of many of these places, including around my own area.  There remain, many angry Democrats, but apparently, my allies, including God, do favor, a lack of fires…  Some vote recounts, are occurring, and more, are being sought.  Most left-wing media propagandists, continue to vilify Trump.  Obama seems to have made, vilification of all Republicans, beating the drums, of fear and hate, into a normal policy.

I put Dikaia, onto her chain, after she roamed.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bath-room, for a semi-solid purpose.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I ate, one can of tuna-fish, as my breakfast.  I was unable, to use, one of my frozen dinners, for breakfast, as I now, have only seven remaining, and I consume, four each night, after work.  Some of these, have vanished, and I would attribute that, to Raoul.  Raoul remained, in the extra bedroom…  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I was able, to get to into the parking lot, without delay.  I spent an hour, in the upstairs break-room, and enjoyed coffee, with some friendly banter, with Augustus, Floyd, Sally, Mary, and Carrie.

Corrine asked us, to be nice, to Ambassadors, even if they do ask, some stupid questions.  Our Ambassadors, often lack any work experience, in the areas, to which they are assigned, and they ask questions, to learn about, how to do these things, so they can help, the newcomers.  However, many ‘veterans’, are under production warnings, and are feeling stressed already, seeking to make rate, in a chaotic situation, and the interruptions, can hurt one’s rate, and then Corrine will come around, and give production warnings.  Corrine emphasized, the importance, of stretching, before work, to seek to avoid, getting muscle strains.  Corrine said, that even she, feels sore sometimes, after work, though she lacks, having the stress, of the physical activity jobs.  This would be, the day, to determine, my rate, for the week, as I felt, I had two good days, and two so-so days.  I was, unfortunately, assigned to Multi-Large carts, and did do, as best I could.  Horatio commended me, at the half-way point, saying I had a rate, of 145, when 150 was needed.  Horatio kindly thanked me, for doing a good job, though that rate, might gain me, a third production warning.

Bluster asked me, some questions, about Pack, and I gave to him, the correct answers.  Many people, are now assigned, to auditing carts, from ReBin, but Buster said, their reports, are ignored.  For now, Corrine is more concerned, with rate, than with quality.  At least, it is, a very easy job, to walk around, and audit carts.  The carts, were very messed up, with many missing items, and many items, that belonged on other carts.  My mood was okay, though I did consider, that I would go immediately, to AmCare, if I had, any chest pains.  Part of me considered, that I was being, foolish and stubborn, to even risk, having chest pains.  However, I did work, and I did lack, any chest pains.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful, to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful, to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and-or inspired or enlightened me, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I awoke, at 10:30am, and used the bathroom, though going in there, and being hit, with strong cigar scent, from Mike2, did seem, to cause me, to have, a coughing fit.  My living-room, had become warmer, and I was challenged, to return to sleep, but was able, to do so, and slept, until nearly 2:00pm, when Raoul came, into the living-room.  I suppose, I arose, in part, to protect my cigarettes.  Although Raoul had purchased, two big containers, of beverages, and said, I was welcome, to drink some of them, in return, for his having consumed, so much of mine, I noticed, that one, of those big beverage containers, has now been consumed.  Drinking my things, and then buying something, that is then also consumed, fails to replace, the stuff of mine, which was consumed.  I do think, that Raoul, consumes a lot, and fails to seek, to conserve or stretch, his resources.  I chided Raoul, for his failure, to get an early start, on this day, to go, to the Virginia employment office.  I told Raoul, that finding a job, should be, his top priority, at this time.  Raoul did, kindly inform me, that he had received, a weather alert, advising him, there would be snow, here on Saturday.  Raoul did depart, allegedly to go, to the Virginia employment office.  Raoul shaved, which greatly enhanced, his boyish good looks.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I left open, for a while, the front door, to get some fresh air, into my living-room, while the outside air, was warmer, than the inside air.  I trimmed my hair.  The two black dogs, which roam our neighborhood together, visited my yard, and Dikaia enjoyed, playing for hours, with one of them.  While many trees, as a norm, are dropping their leaves, the shrubbery and trees, of my own yard, remain green, for the most part.  My morning glory vines, have mostly wilted, due to the recent cold mornings.

I charged my telephone.  I removed items, my pieces of art, from 2015, from my USB transfer flash drive, to restore available space, to it.  I added purified water, to my vehicle’s, windshield-wiper fluid-container.  I located, and positioned, my ice-scrapper, and that ice-dissolving mixture, of two parts rubbing alcohol, to one part water.  I noticed, that I seem, to now have, a lot less plastic bowls, than I used to have…  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mike2.  I did ask, if Mike2, might now be working, and he answered negatively.  Mike2 does have, enough funds, to regularly get, party beverages and cigarettes.  I suspect, Mike2 does ‘panhandle’, which is to perch, at a location, and seek funds, from passersby…

I gave a nice meal, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  Dikaia has now, nearly finished, her existing medication.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus, Floyd, and Molly.  I joked with Doright, that there had to be, some irony, of his now being, on the Safety Committee, after he has now wrecked, two vehicles.  Doright noted, that he had been unhurt, so had been, somewhat ‘safe’.  I joked, to myself, that Doright is prone, to cheating, and in this case, he cheated death…

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Kabra, who has now returned, as has Jean-Paul.  We have, many new personnel.  I had received, an automated telephone call, from Amazon, telling me, that cards would be distributed, with our seasonal shift schedules.  However, boss Corrine, said she had received these late, and would disburse them ‘later’.  However, ‘later’ was apparently, on another day, rather than, on this one.  Fortunately, I do have an idea, of what my schedule, is to be.  I did inquire, if seasonal parking, was to be in effect, on my next work-day, and was told, by Corrine, that it would be.  For me, this means, taking a different route, to get to work.  I am glad, that I asked, as nobody made any reminders, about this…  My fuel cost, increases during Peak.

My work-day, was basically pleasant.  I was productive.  I worked hard.  I processed, many carts, with priority items, for Augustus and Floyd, throughout the entire shift.  There were many errors, in carts, from ReBin.  I did make a point, to finally get, a good cart, at the end of shift, to seek, to repair my rate.  I am uncertain, if I succeeded.  My name, was absent, when rates were posted, at the end, of first-half.

I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Lilly, Friday, Winston, and Sally, among others, during breaks.  Friday told me, people who are overly inebriated, or sick, are sometimes placed, on their sides, to prevent them, from choking, on their own vomit.  I enjoyed, a nice meal, with Floyd and Danny.  Floyd and Augustus, helped to make, my day more pleasant.  Even Roy, was pleasant to me, on this day, and I welcomed that.

Mayors of ‘sanctuary cities’, those places, where illegal immigrants, are sheltered, at public expense, held a meeting, and vowed, to resist Trump.  Some speculated, that Trump would use troops, like Eisenhower did, to remove illegal immigrants.  I think, it might be smarter, to curtail federal funding, to those cities.  I think Trump, is very smart…

I had, a good day, with Amazon, and was glad, to be there.  We had, plenty of work, and I remained busy.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  Cochise thanked me, for my hard work, and I appreciated that.  I face, 12-hour shifts, when I return to work…  I speculate, that I am now assured, of retaining my job, through December.  There was moisture, without much frost, on my windshield.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, from season ten, of South Park.  Dikaia was good company.  I went to sleep, around 6:15am.

I awoke, around 10:30am.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was able, to doze, and play with Dikaia, until around 11:30am, at which time, I did arise.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, when she sought, to roam.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I opened the front door, as it was, warmer outside, than inside.

Raoul arose, around 2:00pm.  Raoul was in, a very good mood, optimistic about getting a job, after having visited, the Virginia Employment Commission office.  Raoul hopes, to be hired, by Integrity, and departed, to go meet with Integrity, at the Virginia Employment Commission office.  I have to admit, that Amazon gives hope, for a decent life, to many people.  Raoul was so buoyant, that I was tempted, to believe his words.  Raoul said, he would pay rent, to retain, my extra bedroom, if he gets a job.  Income from that room, would improve, the quality of my life, once I am on, Social Security income.

I retrieved, the bathroom rug, from the outside clothesline, and returned it, to its spot, in the bathroom.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I polished the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage containers, into the outside garbage container, and put a new bag, into the kitchen garbage-can.  I added water, to the little bird-bath.  I swept, the living-room, and the front walk-ways.

Raoul returned, and said he had been late, and missed the interview, with Integrity, by five minutes.  However, at least Raoul, did allegedly get, his resume updated.  Integrity would have interviews, the next day, at a location, some distance away, from my home.  Raoul said, the interviews would stop, at 2:30pm, so he planned, to arrive, at 2:30pm.  I advised Raoul, to seek to always arrive, a little early, rather than, at the last minute.  People who are prone, to living, by making excuses, are eventually reminded, that excuses, fail to pay bills.  I was ‘disappointed’, to be reminded, that ‘historically’, Raoul’s words, often lack meaning.  I suspect, that the sob stories, the horror tales, of Raoul’s previous situations, might also lack meaning, and that those same words, might be applied, by Raoul, to his situation here, once he leaves my home.

I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won them all, at three different levels, of difficulty.  I shaved.  I went, to Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, and bought, 17 bags of candy, and six plastic bowls.  I returned, to my home, and put things away, mixing the candy together, in one bag, with the pre-existing candy.  I picked up, my transfer USB, and then went, to a Wawa, where I bought, cigarettes and fuel.  I received, a telephoned text message, from Leslie, asking when, would be, a good time, for us to talk.  I replied, to Leslie, that tomorrow afternoon, should be okay.  Roger called, and said, he continues, to job hunt.  Roger said, that Amazon and Integrity, have refrained, from calling him.  I went, to Advance Auto, and bought a quart, of automatic transmission fluid.  I would have bought, two or three quarts, but they only had, one quart.

I went, to a McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry.  Henry remains in touch, with that girl, who perhaps helped, to make military service, seem more attractive, to him.  Some of the left, described Trump, as a hateful white bigot, who was elected, by hateful white bigots.  There was posted, that accusation, that Trump, made fun, of a disabled reporter, and I commented, with the video, showing that Trump, had never made fun, of any disabled reporter.  Obama made a statement, saying that Trump, had been elected, due to fake news reports, and that fake news reports, should be prohibited, in general, and, in particular, on FaceBook.  I do have a concern, that to Obama, ‘fake news’, would be, any news, with which he disagrees.  Prohibition of free speech, can be, a slippery slope…  In my life-time, some ruling Republicans, have sought, to conceal truth, with ‘babble’, by letting all things be said, while some ruling Democrats, have sought, to conceal truth, by calling for one truth, and inhibiting, any other points of view, or facts.

The Obama Administration, has called, for a halt, to construction, of the Dakota access pipeline, asking that the situation, be examined, to find, a more acceptable solution.  The pipeline corporation, has gone to federal court, to have the court, rule on the legality, of building a pipeline, under the water reservoir, of the local NDN people.

I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I shared, a portrait of Doright, with him.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Kale-E, Mary-M, Brian-S, Elizabeth-J, Michael-D, and Jim-BR, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Michael-D, and Ray-L, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from metaphysical, paranormal, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I felt tired, and was only, somewhat productive.  I spent on-line, about three and a half hours.

I returned, to my home.  Raoul told me, that Mike2, was giving money, to Louise, to be able, to use her internet service.  I was slightly annoyed, to think that cash, would go from Mike2, to next door, before any came, to me.  Mike2 did arrive, shortly thereafter, and was very much inebriated.  I waited, a short while, for Mike2, to go to sleep, so that I could bring Dikaia inside.  Raoul mentioned, that he is, no longer sexual, which I think, basically means, no sex with me, though I remain disinterested.

I enjoyed, a nice meal, of a hamburger.  I enjoyed, a very good, or excellent, fantasy animated movie, recommended by Raoul, Howl’s Moving Castle.  I also enjoyed, an excellent uplifting movie, McFarland, about a track team.  I enjoyed Dikaia’s company.  Raoul gave to me, a cigarette lighter, and I gave to him, some cigarettes.  I am, in general, now feeling better.  I went to sleep, perhaps shortly after 3:00am, during a movie, and awakened, with everything off.  I moved, to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster, around 6:30am.

I slept, until 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I noticed, that the toilet-paper dispenser, now lacks paper, although I do keep, the next available full roll, under the bathroom sink, so it would have been easy, to replace, what had been finished.  I returned to sleep, until around 2:00pm, when Raoul came, to the living-room.  I mentioned to Raoul, that he seemed, to have missed, going to the job interview, with Integrity.  Raoul said, he had, already spent, one hour, searching for jobs, from his telephone.  I doubt that Raoul, with his current habits, might be able, to retain a job, for very long…  Perhaps there is, some competition, for the title, of ‘laziest person on Earth’…

I enjoyed, fresh and left-over coffee, with ‘mellow morning’ music, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, the aquarium’s lights, one at a time, with some time in-between, and then fed my fish.  I had, a nice conversation, with Leslie, who was very upset, by Trump’s victory.  I pointed out, to Leslie, that all sides, have hopes and fears, and I have faith, that Trump, is a good and decent person, who is very smart.  Leslie still lives, with her children, with her mother, in an ‘adults only’ community.  Both, the community, and Leslie’s mother, are tolerating this situation, for now.  Leslie said, Trump’s victory, had made her seriously consider, leaving this country, and returning to Puerto Rico.  I pointed out, that Puerto Rico, is still, a part of the US, and right now, has serious economic woes.  There is also that aspect, that someone, who is basically unable, to leave, her mother’s home, would be able, to leave the US…  Leslie said, that she continues, to job hunt, but has difficulty, finding a job, that would allow her, to be responsible, to her children’s needs.  Leslie said, she has considered, working for Amazon. I advised Leslie, that the seasonal hiring, for Amazon, is nearly complete.

I did mention, to Leslie, that Mike2 and Raoul, are now staying with me.  Leslie’s first question, was are they helping me, in any way, and my answer, sadly, was negative.  I said, that I respect, the potential unhealthy cold, of winter months, and am sheltering them, at least until Spring, when they could return, to living elsewhere.  I understand, that it is up to me, to seek to help, Mike2 and Raoul, become useful, to this household.  I had to end, our nice conversation, as both my telephone minutes, and my telephone’s battery, were about gone.

There was a knocking, on my front door, and Raoul, who was in the living-room, refrained from answering the door.  Raoul said, he was uncertain, of who might be, at the door, which gave to me, an impression, Raoul is hiding…  I came, from my office, and spoke, with the gentleman, who was knocking, on my front door.  He was, going door to door, in this area, seeking work, around homes, a commendable effort.  I was reminded, of how Raoul refrained, from seeking work, three homes away…

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose. I was pleased, to find, that Raoul, had replaced, the empty toilet-paper roll, with the full one, from under the bathroom sink.  I put a new roll, under the bathroom sink.  At least Mike2, had one time, brought some toilet-paper, to our household.  I showered.  I remain aware, that Raoul has advised me, that our weather, is to turn cold, with snow, tomorrow.

I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday.  I made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I updated, my entertainment reference library book, and my entertainment review.  I fed my fish.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I checked, my bank account balance, and saw, that I do have, enough funds, to last me, until a Social Security check, if I were, to now lose my job.    I did have, some money in the bank, and this small pay-check, added to what I did have, gives me, about what I would have had, from a full pay-check.

It has been found, that about 70-percent, of those polled, who are now protesting, the Presidential election results, refrained from voting…

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my FaceBook and email connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Patrick-S, and Jeff-S, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent on-line, over three hours, and felt productive.  I did share, my entertainment review, with my email and FaceBook connections.

I returned, to my home.  Mike2, was already asleep, so I brought Dikaia inside.  Dikaia and Raoul, do play well together.  We enjoyed, many movies, and an episode, from season one, of Young Justice.  I enjoyed, sliced lettuce and ham, mixed together, with Italian salad dressing.  I went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and was able, to return to sleep, until shortly after 12-noon.  I micro-waved, a cup of coffee. I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  Dikaia remained at home, but I put her, onto her chain outside, so I could open, my front door.  It was, a warm and sunny day, without any indication, of snow, as heralded by Raoul.  I paid my electric bill, and put that payment, into my outside mail-box, with its red flag upwards, to indicate the presence, of outgoing mail.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s food and water bowls, and gave fresh dry-food and water, to her.  I gave to Dikaia, a hot-dog, with the last of her medication, hidden within it.

Adrien called me, looking for Mike2, as Mike2, had said, that Mike2 would go, with Adrien and Ramboi, to look at, a nice China cabinet.  Mike2 had said, that perhaps, his ex-girlfriend, would buy it, and Adrien has said, he would give, a finder’s fee, to Mike2, if that sale does occur.  However, Mike2, was elsewhere.  Adrien said, that Mike2, was probably panhandling, at Wawa.  Adrien also gave to me, a big container of stew, containing some rabbit, among other items.  I shall share this, with Mike2 and Raoul.  I thanked Adrien, for his kindness and generosity.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, with ‘mellow morning’ music, as I updated these notes.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I received, an automated telephone call, from Amazon, reminding me, that I now have, 12-hour shifts at work.  I am to clock in, around 6:00pm, and clock out, around 6:30am.  I missed a call, from Roger.

Raoul arose, around 2:00pm.  I put a quart, of automatic transmission fluid, into my vehicle.  Shortly thereafter, we went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and both of us, bought some things.  Raoul was helpful, in bringing things inside, while I put things away.  I mentioned to Raoul, that he and Mike2, could help me, by cleaning leaves, from the rain-gutter, and then thereafter, raking the leaves, from around my yard, and placing them, in piles, around my fruit trees.  I spent, a day’s pay, and did get, enough dog-food, both dry and canned, to last until my next pay-check.  I bought a chew-toy, for Dikaia.  I also bought, a can of coffee, and a container of beverage.  I felt winded…  I played a game, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.

I went next door, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Adrien, Mike2, and Ramboi, around the nice fire there.  Adrien did get, some good pictures, of the furniture, which he has apparently had, for about a year, that he hopes, Mike2 will help him, to sell.  They prepared, to cook, over the fire, some venison.  I did notice, one of my tulip-shaped solar lights, now at Ramboi’s, but said nothing, as Ramboi, is generous and kind, toward me, but, I do sadly note, that Ramboi, does steal from me.  Those particular lights, were only sold, for a short time, and the one at Ramboi’s, has recently appeared, so he would have been, unable to buy it.

I returned to my home, and got my Toshiba lap-top, and transfer USB flash-drive.  I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Henry came to me, as he wanted a cigarette, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  Henry is anticipating, going into the military, toward the end, of July, 2017.  Henry recently passed, the physical training test.  Fishnetterrie sent to me, a thank you, for some information, I emailed to her, about the numerals 11-11, as she has a personal affinity, for ‘ones’.  Fishnetterrie also mentioned, that her package, sent to me, should arrive, during this upcoming week, rather than, on this day, as she had previously indicated.

The arrival of snow, mentioned by Raoul, also failed to arrive.  Raoul posted a comment, on his FaceBook, saying that everyone, who was, or is, interested in him, was interested, in his penis, rather than his personality, and he wondered, why this might be so.  I took a little offense, at that insinuation.  I ‘joked’, to Raoul, that perhaps his penis, was more attractive, than his personality.   Then I added, a more serious reply, saying that at his age, his penis, is active, and people know this, and people his age, are sexually active, so sexual attraction, can seem, like a valued part, of any potential relationship, and often, one’s appearance, then becomes, the first criteria, of others, in determining, whether they wish, to seek, to form a connection, with someone.  I said, if someone, has a nice body, or money, or a job and a responsible character, then others, might be attracted, to those things.  I advised Raoul, to be glad, that some people, are attracted to him, if that can help him, in a real world way.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day, and shared a piece, of my heart art, with a person, who thanked me, for my having done so.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Fishnetterrie, Whymaster, JE-Kreps, Doris-B, Danny-O, Stephen-B, and Rick-A, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Benjamin-RA.  I shared, on my FaceBook time-line, items from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent four hours on-line, and felt productive.  I did feel, a touch of a shadow, about returning to work tomorrow…

A left-wing media report, alleged that Trump’s selection, for Attorney General, is someone, who hates marijuana, and who had liked, the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, until he learned, that some Klan members, smoke marijuana.  The left, continues to promote, hate and fear.  There was a video, of an alleged Trump supporter, waving a Confederate flag, who allegedly was harassing blacks, in their vehicles.

I returned, to my home, and brought Dikaia inside, as Mike2 was asleep.  I enjoyed some movies.  I shared The Chase, with Raoul, an excellent movie, a ‘high speed romance’, which he did enjoy.  I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Raoul, and Dikaia’s good company.  My home remained, fairly comfortable inside, as the temperature, dropped outside.  We enjoyed, an action movie, The Mechanic II:  Resurrection.  We enjoyed, episodes from season one, of Young Justice.  I had some artificial crab meat, and a can, of mini-beef ravioli, with some cookies, which I shared, with Dikaia.  I gave some cigarettes, to Raoul, though I did mention, to Raoul, that if he really wanted cigarettes, he would have gone, to those job opportunity interviews, for Integrity.  My legs felt inflamed at times…  They did have, constant sensation.  Raoul spent, a lot of time, on the telephone, with an uncle, and said, that he would spend Thanksgiving, with that uncle.  Dikaia enjoyed, chewing her new toy.  Raoul did help me, to clean up, the little mess, that Dikaia had made, by ripping apart, her new toy.  We went to sleep, around 5:00am.  I was tired.  Part of me, did look forward, to my return to work.

I awoke, at 9:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:15pm, and then dozed again, until nearly 1:00pm.  I put away, my Toshiba lap-top computer.  I fed my fish.  I eventually, put Dikaia, onto her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her.  Dikaia was very frisky, yesterday and today, and I attribute, some of this, to the end, of her medication.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I began, a new entertainment review.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.

I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won, at various levels of difficulty.  I straightened, my living-room.  I made selections, of clean clothing.  I made, two portraits, one realistic, and one abstract, of Raoul, from an image of him, which he took himself, with a raised eyebrow, in my living-room, the other day.

I shaved.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I showered, a task, which actually was, slightly painful, as hot water, hit the sore spots, on my legs.  I put on, some clean shirts, and socks, and my security identification badge.  I showed to Raoul, the two portraits of him, I had made.  I made selections, of soup, candy, and fruit, for my upcoming work-shift.  I put on cologne.  Raoul told me, it would be 28°F, when I got off from work.  I asked Raoul, to bring Dikaia inside, after Mike2, has gone to sleep, but to leave her, outside of the extra bedroom, when he himself, goes to sleep.

I cleaned, the kitchen sink and stove.  I pointed out, to Raoul, that grease had condensed, become solid, in my kitchen sink, and assume, this was, from Mike2.  I mentioned to Raoul, that this grease, can accumulate, and cause a blockage, which then becomes costly, for me to repair, perhaps too costly, for me to now afford.  I used a napkin, to wipe away, that grease.  Even using hot water, to keep that grease liquid, can fail to prevent a clog, as the grease, must travel, a long distance in my pipes, and eventually, that water does cool, and the grease, can then become solid, and cause a blockage.  I have asked, that grease, be poured, into a container, or onto Dikaia’s dry-food, or into the garbage-can, or be put, most anywhere, except down the sink.

I enjoyed, scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  Mike2 returned, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  I did mention, the tasks of clearing the rain-gutters, and raking leaves.  Mike2 said, he could easily, do these things.  I said, that Raoul would help.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  My computer time, became four minutes, behind my telephone’s time…  Then it fixed itself.  I fed my fish.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.  Onwards with a smile.  Peak 2016 has begun…

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I used I-295, as my normal shorter route, is now blockaded, to prevent access, from that direction.  I was able, to enter and park, without any significant delay.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, who was distressed, that he would be doing, most everything, related to his job area.  Augustus had taken, this day off, as a vacation day.  Boss Corrine, told us, about our new break schedule, where we would be, on the clock, for about three hours and fifty minutes, before getting a break and that would be, a half-hour, or our meal-break, off the clock.  Our next break, would be fifteen minutes, at 1:00am, and then, we would get, a half-hour break, at 4:30am.  For me, this meant, a long time, of physical activity, which did influence my body, to become, unattractively gaunt.  I told myself, to just be thankful, that I am employed.  Corrine did have, cards to give out, with our work and break schedules, but she refrained, from doing so.  I went ahead, as I saw those cards, stacked on a counter, and got one for myself.  I was slightly amused, when Christine sought, to start her break, ten minutes early, from the normal time, only to be reminded, that our actual break, was hours away…

Everyone was assigned, to packing Singles, for the first three hours. Thereafter, Horatio switched me, to packing Multis.  I stocked my work-station at start, but when I returned to it, with boxes, someone had signed me out, and had sought, to assume, my work-station, but I was able, to get that person, to leave.  Later, that same person, during our 1:00am break, took a Multi-Cart, from me, and put it elsewhere, to save it for himself, but I saw, what had happened, and was able, to retrieve it, so I was able, to continue working, without much interruption, after I finished one cart, and needed to work, on the next.  I think, this person, lacked any harmful intent, and simply had focused, on me, perhaps thinking, it might be easy, to pick on, the ’old guy’.  It remains challenging, for me, to think of myself, as ‘an old guy’…

Doright was disturbed, that Christine, was grabbing, every good tote, something he himself, might do, if positioned, where Christine was positioned.  Doright decided, to leave very early, with voluntary time off, which was offered, to most everyone, from the start, of our work-shift.  Later Amelia complained, that Christine was grabbing, too many good carts, ‘being greedy’, which is something, which she herself might do.  Christine pointed out, that Amelia, might be having, problems with her rate, because Amelia, spends so much time, away from her work-station.  Apparently Corrine, said something, to Amelia, about her work performance, and Amelia said, that she thinks, she wants, to transfer, to day-shift.

I worked hard.  I enjoyed, the meal-time break, with Floyd.  I continue to admire, Floyd’s character, and think he is, one of the best, if not the best, of Amazon’s workers.  Some workers, as their norm, continued to spend their time talking, like Carlos and Jules, and I wondered, how Amazon, could be, anything but thankful, to a worker like me, who actually does, honest work.  On another hand, it is perhaps, because Amazon, seems to still, be on my case, so to speak, that workers like Carlos and Jules, might be prone, to goofing off, whenever they can, to ‘beat the system’, when that system, seems unfair or adversarial, though I suspect, that people, like Carlos and Jules, might behave this way, regardless of how, Amazon might behave.  ‘Take Take Take’, seeks to feed, on ‘Love Love Love’.  I told myself, to just do, the best I can, to work hard, and let the cards, fall where they might.  For now, I reminded myself, to be thankful, that I do have, a job.

Boss Corrine, did kindly tell me, that I had, a good rate week, last week, and now I have, two good rate days, for this week, with only one day remaining, so I am basically assured, of being employed, for one more week.  I am uncertain, of when the 60 days, for my first production warning, are to end, but I suspect, it must be soon.

I did work hard, and my rate, even in Singles, might have been acceptable, and was definitely good, in Multis, thanks in part, to Misty and Floyd, who both brought to me, some good carts and totes.  Roy came around, many times, but said nothing to me, which to me meant, that I had, a good rate, as if my rate, had been bad, then Roy, probably would have said, something to me.  I was, slightly disgruntled, when at 4:30am, Roy came to my work-station, and signed me out, saying I was to go home, on voluntary time off.  Apparently, all packers, were sent home, at that time, which denied to us, our final break.  Essentially then, while waving that nice carrot, of a 30-minute paid break, at 4:30am, what actually occurs, is we have, in our normal, ten-hour shift, one less break.  I can appreciate, that Amazon is seeking, to avoid the tremendous financial loss, which it suffered, during Peak 2015.  But, for workers like me, who are physically active, the entire time, a break can help me, to remain productive.  Thinking that one’s employer, has stolen a break, from workers, might fail, to motivate those workers, to do the best they can.  However, I do remain thankful, to have a job, and I continue, to seek to do, the best that I can.

I shared candy, with many people, during my work-shift, including with security personnel, as I departed.  There was, some ice, on my windshield, but it was, only partially covered.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Dikaia was inside, and Raoul was still awake, watching television.  My living-room curtain, was down, which worried me, as it might indicate, that heat had been used.  However, Raoul assured me, that he had simply sought, to retain the heat, which seems to naturally rise, in my living-room, during evening hours.  I did send Raoul, to the extra bedroom, as I felt gaunt, and worn, and just wanted, to relax.  Conversation, after work, can strain me, due to my COPD, and also can, make me more wakeful, and make becoming asleep, more challenging.  I enjoyed, the final episode, from season ten, of South Park, and the first episode, from season eleven, with four frozen dinners, and an apple pot-pie.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I slept, until around 10:30am.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  There was some commotion, when Mike2, briefly returned, as Dikaia barked at him, and then she returned, to join me, on the living-room sofa.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:50pm.  I noticed, that the kitchen stove, is now, covered in grease.  That happens, when Mike2, cooks, with a high heat, as he normally does.  If one cooks, with a high heat, one can cover, the frying pan, to prevent grease, from splattering everywhere.  If one refrains, from covering a frying pan, while cooking with a high heat, and does splatter grease everywhere, then one should then clean, the stove-top thereafter.  The grease splatter, goes everywhere, and is only easily visible, on the stove-top.  I suspect, that one thing which helped to end, Mike2’s relationship, with the girl who dumped him, is that he can be messy.  Expecting others, to clean after one, is something, that is somewhat childish, as an adult, should be responsible…  Cooking with high heat, also can fail, to properly cook food.  I have seen items, which Mike2, has been cooking, on high heat, overflow into my kitchen burner areas.  Mike2, also left cigarettes ashes, on the kitchen counter…  I doubt, that Mike2, will change.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave fresh dry-food, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish, and turned on, the aquarium lights.  Dikaia roamed, and returned, when I had Raoul, put to curb-side, the outside garbage container, after emptying, the kitchen trash, into it.  I retrieved, a nice envelope, to me from Fishnetterrie.  This contained, a nice long letter, and a gift card, and some pictures, of Fishnetterrie, and houses, around the area, including a small castle, which I at first assumed, was her new home.  However, the pictures, of the cozy home, are hers, though her steep roof, makes me shudder, as I recall, working on roofs, like that one…  I made some portraits, of Fishnetterrie, completing one, and leaving the others, to work upon later.  Raoul took, some pictures of me, as Fishnetterrie had written, that she wanted, to see me smile.  Smiling, for me, is challenging, as I seek as my norm, to keep my mouth closed, as I refrain, from wearing my teeth.  One picture, of me, was very good, and I was very pleased, though the image of me, does remind me, quite clearly, that I am ‘old’.  Both the aquarium, and the picture, of Fishnetterrie, which I was working upon, are visible, in this picture, and I thought, that was, a very nice touch, by Raoul.  Raoul did, a good job, with that.  I printed that picture, to share in a letter, to Fishnetterrie.

I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I then enjoyed, some of the pasta and chicken, with rabbit, given to me, by Adrien, which I micro-waved, so that its heat, helped to warm my body.  The air, was becoming colder.  I brought Dikaia inside, and kept her, on a leash.  I made some portraits, one nice, one ’fun’, of Raoul..  I enjoyed, leisurely savoring, some of Fishnetterrie’s, warm-hearted letter to me.

Mike2 returned, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  We enjoyed, that chicken, rabbit, and pasta stew, provided by Adrien.  I micro-waved the stew, and that did help, to keep me warmer.  The meal, was very nice.  Mike2, went to his room, to avoid problems, with Dikaia, though she did behave, a little better.

Raoul and I, enjoyed some movies, including Finding Dory, an animated, adventure, family-friendly comedy, and Imperium, a tale of an undercover FBI agent, seeking to prevent, terrorist activity, by white supremacists.  Imperium was filmed, in Hopewell, and Raoul easily identified, many locations, within the movie.  Apparently, this was the movie, which was being filmed, in Hopewell, with Daniel Radcliffe, and was the cause, of the many vehicles, with Confederate flags, around town, which many people thought, was a real event, rather than, for movie scenes.  Raoul and I enjoyed, many episodes, from seasons one and two, of Young Justice.  My living-room, was cold, but was much warmer, than the outside air.  Both Raoul and I, remained comfortable, under quilts.  I also enjoyed, some ’dog heat’, when Dikaia would get, under the quilt, and lay upon my legs.  I enjoyed, a hamburger.  Raoul was good company, and does get some credit, for putting up with my humor, which can become ‘questionable’, when I am, perhaps oxygen deprived.  I did have, a mucous cough.  Raoul now also has a cough.

I went to sleep, around 4:45am.  I slept, until 9:30am, and was able, to return to sleep, until just past 12-noon.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned, to being under, the comfortable quilt, and dozed, until nearly 1:00pm.  I breathed, with a rasp.  I fed my fish.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, with a big rectangle, of heart-worm medication, but she refrained, from eating it, so I retrieved that medication, to give to her later, in her soft-food meal.  I returned to Adrien, with my thanks, the container, which had held, the rabbit and chicken stew.  I put three cigarettes, by the chair, in which Raoul sits, in the living-room, so he could have them, when he arose.  I put, the recycling container, by curb-side, and retrieved, the garbage container, which had yet, to be emptied.  I updated, my entertainment reference library book.  I processed, the picture taken of me, by Raoul, and made, some desktop background artwork, with it.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.

I made, two nice portraits, of Fishnetterrie.  I did spend, a lot of time, on one of them.  Raoul arose, around 3:00pm, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  Raoul looks forward, to spending time, with his uncle Sal, around this Thanksgiving holiday.  Raoul thanked me, for the cigarettes.  I shaved.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I cleaned the kitchen.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I gave to Dikaia, a nice meal, with hidden heart-worm medication.  I fed my fish.  I got a telephoned text message, and a voice-mail message, indicating the availability, of 300 job openings, with Amazon, and made Raoul aware, of this opportunity.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  I departed, from my home, around 4:40pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I think, the off-duty police, who are handling, our traffic flow, this Peak, for now, are doing, an excellent job.  I saw, on an overtime board, that the next day, had become, voluntary overtime, for my shift.  I wished, to confirm this, as I had failed, to receive, an automated telephone call, alerting me, of this development.  I checked, a different board, and on that board, it was noted, that the next day, would be mandatory overtime.  This would barely be, 24 hours notice, and actually, was less than 24-hours notice, when it was mentioned, at our stand-up, upstairs, and much less, than 24 hours, when mentioned, in AFE, and around 1:00am, it was noted, that another shift, would also, have to come in, the next day.  For me, this day, would be regular pay, rather than overtime, but could cause, my upcoming Saturday work, to be overtime. I was uncertain, of just how much work, there might be, as our transport services, for our packages, would be curtailed, on Thanksgiving, so perhaps very little, would actually leave our facility, that we packaged, on Wednesday night, before Thursday’s Thanksgiving.  I suspect, that Amazon, was seeking, to motivate people, to avoid work, so that Amazon, could deduct 12 hours, for the day, even though, we have been, actually working, ten hour days, especially to minimize, paying holiday pay, for Thanksgiving, though that would only be, eight hours, as that is what, office workers, in Seattle have, as their normal work-day.  There are people, who made arrangements, to be picked up, at 6:30am, and then were let off work, at 4:30am, and got stuck, with a long wait…

Many old faces, who had either quit, or been fired, from Amazon, are now back, for Peak, with Integrity.  I was reminded, of the phrase, ‘the ghosts of Christmas past’…  Many of these, were as disinterested, in working, at this time, as they had been, when previously employed, with Amazon…  There were a few faces, which Floyd, was displeased to see, like Bentley.  For me, there was Vaneshia.  Carlin quit working, for Amazon, is now an Integrity coach.  Carlin is the guy, who Misty focused on helping, by giving good totes to him, so that he might be able, to make rate, as he was facing, being dismissed, due to production warnings.  So now, someone, who was unable, to make rate, is now a coach, training others, on how to make rate…  That might be appropriate, as these coaches, eventually, seem to seek, to get people, to become discouraged and quit,

Sassy spent her time, walking around, talking with people, as a member, of the Safety Committee, which now is assigned, to collecting trash.  We used to have, one person, an older gentleman, who would collect trash, from all aisles, but Amazon, got rid of him, and now instead, has a dozen people, to replace him, and these, do very little work, most of their time, and basically, only work, to remove trash, toward the end of shift.  The ‘smart’ people, seek positions, where they can do, very little work, once they are excused, from having to make rate, and often, they seek to be, with the corrupt, who also do, very little work.

A good worker, must seek to cope, with bad management, and corrupt co-workers…  Even the corrupt, sometimes appreciate, that somebody, has to actually do the work.

I was assigned, to a Multi-station, at start.  I got two good carts, and stocked my work-station, with boxes, and covered the wayward spoos, which littered the counter.  I had everything set up fine, and was working well, when Horatio, told me, to go to AFE.  Whatever good rate, I was starting to get, in Multis, was probably destroyed, by the idle time, it took me, to go from my work-station, to the break-room upstairs, to the downstairs break-room, and then to AFE, and then to get, an assigned work-station, and then to be able, to actually start working.

I actually had, a fairly decent ’day’, in AFE.  I might have made rate, and it was certainly, a better day, for me, in AFE, than normal, for me.  One’s rate, in AFE, depends entirely, on what amount of items, one has an opportunity, to package, and some walls, or areas, get much less than others.  I believe, that the work-flow, can be directed to some places, or away from some places.  I disbelieve, that this is random.  One guy, new to Amazon, ignored his own work, to package items, for the ‘new girl’, Vaneshia, though technically, she has, much more time, with Amazon, than he, but he, was probably unaware, of this…

I was also, slightly amused, as Doright has been wearing, a Safety Committee jacket, though he has yet, to actually do ‘work’, as a Safety Committee member, and I speculated, that perhaps, he simply wears the jacket, to enhance his image.  Perhaps though, Doright is, an actual member, of the Safety Committee, but has yet, to be granted, the right, to walk around, as a Safety Committee member, and all he gets, is to be able, to wear that jacket.  Overall, I remain impressed, with Doright, as he is smart, and sometimes is helpful, to others, including to me.

I was reminded, of my health challenges, many times, in different ways.  I handled, large items, and the side-walls, and had to stoop low, and stand back up, many times, and I found myself, becoming woozy, many times.  I think this was due, to oxygen deprivation, rather than, due to lack of hydration, as I did have water, and drank water, now and then.  I also had, to twist my body, many times, for ten hours, and I was stopped twice, by vise-like pain, on both of my sides.  I kept working, despite my health challenges.

Although AFE, allegedly lacked, enough personnel, at start, and many from upstairs, were sent downstairs, AFE did then, start sending people home, on voluntary time off.  Lemur offered, voluntary time off, to me, around 12:30am, and I remained.  I later noted, that Lemur had awarded, a scratch-off card, to Eve, as best packer in AFE, from the Mezz, my own area, and I wondered, if he had simply, given it to her, to impress her, as she had spent much time, simply talking with Vaneshia, Sassy, and two other girls.  I speculated, that perhaps, Lemur offered to me, voluntary time off, precisely because, I was packing, at a good rate, and he wanted, to impress Eve.

Doright had also, been sent to AFE, and he complained bitterly, about that, as being there, hurts his rate, as it does mine.  I figured, I had, two good rate days, and could afford, to have, a bad rate day.  Doright even went, to Human Resources, and was told, that AFE, counts the same, as any other packing job.  Doright said, this is totally unfair, as AFE, is entirely different, than any other pack job.  Doright did say, that I reminded him, of the Jualt-R, in the movie, Gran Torino, and he felt some identification, with the Asian guy, as far as, how Jualt-R, treated that Asian guy.  I am unable to recall, that relationship.

This was perhaps, a day best forgotten, and it fades quickly, and becomes unimportant, as it becomes, part of my past.  There were, some good aspects.  I helped Devon.  Sugar was friendly to me.  I retained my job.  Jackie made a point, to say hello, and was friendly and warm, as she always is.  I worked hard.  Doright visited me, a couple of times.  I had, some friendly banter, with Roy, in the downstairs break-room.  I survived.  I earned income.  Everyone was sent home, at 4:30am.  We thus, did again lose, one break.  I think Amazon, could let us have, our normal break-schedule, and then add, a 15-minute break, at 4:30am, rather than, stealing that 15-minute, 8:00pm break, from us.  I do pace myself, a little slower, from start, as I anticipate, having to work non-stop, for nearly four hours, before getting a break.

I shared candy, with anyone who wanted candy, and with security personnel, as I departed.  I scrapped ice, from all of my windows.  I was able, to fairly quickly depart, and enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work, using I-295.  My car, does steer, a little jerky, on curves… Dikaia was already inside, when I arrived, at my home, and I later thanked Raoul, for bringing Dikaia inside, telling him, he had improved, the quality, of Dikaia’s life.  I gave, two hot-dogs, to Dikaia, and had two myself.  Dikaia also has, dry-food and water inside, whenever she might want it.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two fun episodes, from season eleven, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:10am.

I awoke, around 12:10pm.  I enjoyed left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  Dikaia did roam, but returned, when I called her, and I put her, onto the chain outside.

As I noticed, that the little bird-bath, was dry, I chided Raoul, that perhaps, someone, who is unable, or unwilling, to make sure, that this little bird-bath, has water in it, might be someone, who would treat a child, in much the same way.  Raoul did put water, into that little bird-bath, before he departed, to meet his uncle Sal.  Raoul is still ’young’, and can make a choice, to seek to live, in better ways, through ways, which are overall, karmicly neutral, through fair trade, or karmicly positive, through acts, which are beneficial, or helpful, to others.  I can appreciate, that the young, are often disinterested, in how things were, or how things could be, and must be focused, on how things are…  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.

I trimmed, the hair, in my ears.  I washed, my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I straightened, the living-room, and cleaned the kitchen.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh water, and dry food, to her.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, with tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I stored recent art, and humor, onto USB flash-drives.  For some reason, I had burps and farts, and my mucous cough returned.  I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Molly, Sally, Augustus, Floyd, and Amelia.  Molly, as a competent hard-worker, has some distaste, for Amelia…  Doright spoke, of how hard, he had worked, in AFE, the previous day, saying he had worked, handling large items, from the side walls, when actually, he was, in the middle of a wall, and handled only small items.  Doright remained unhappy, to be at work, saying he had made plans, and he was able, to get voluntary time off, and departed, after a few hours.  The woman across from me, was on her second or third day, of work with Amazon, and she was loudly unhappy, that she had yet to be offered, voluntary time off.  I wondered, why she even had a job, if she was so unhappy, to be at it, on her second or third day.  For his part, Augustus was quite pleased, to be offered, an opportunity to work, a part day, on Thanksgiving, as he happily contemplated, the extra income, this could provide to him.  I think. Raoul might view, having a job, as a form of slavery, while, for me, having a job, was a way, to become free, or freer, and more independent, to be on, my own two feet, in life, to have a place, of my own, to have my own domain, to enable me, to enjoy life more easily.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful, to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and-or inspired or enlightened me, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I awoke, at 7:34am, and was able, to return to sleep.  I awoke, around 10:30am, and had, a coughing fit.  Thankfully, my back, was without pain.  I coughed intermittently, for maybe 30 minutes, and then dozed, until 12:45pm.  I felt, like remaining horizontal, for this entire day…  But I did arise, as a ‘just in case’, I might have to work.  There was only, a smidgen of coffee remaining, which I added, to what remained, in my cup, and I brewed fresh coffee.  It only takes, a few minutes, to set up, the coffee-maker, to brew coffee.  I speculate, by leaving a smidgen, Mike2 feels, he can refrain, from that task.  I felt light-headed, and did cough, some mucous.  My lungs hurt.  My back though, was without pain, and I was able, to walk normally.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.

I put Dikaia, onto her chain, when she seemed, tempted to roam.  I fed my fish.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  Raoul said, that his ‘ex-boyfriend’, is very disturbed, by Trump’s victory.  I suppose, that I might feel, the same distaste, for a Hillary victory, as some now feel, about Trump’s victory.

Raoul was surprised, that the popular vote, on this day, now had swung, to Hillary’s favor, with 59,649,606 for Hillary, and 59,441,968 for Trump.  Around one-third, of US citizens, actually voted.  Trump was winning, the popular vote, last night, at 3:00am, when he claimed victory.  The electoral vote, now stands, at 228 for Clinton, and 278 for Trump.  Hillary has refrained from conceding.  I recall, when Hillary won, the popular vote, against Obama, and yet, Obama was selected, by acclamation, at the Democratic Party convention, and now, Hillary at least seems, to have won, the popular vote, against Trump, but has lost the election…  Obama however, has invited Trump, to the White House, which seems to indicate, that Obama, recognizes Trump, as the victor.

I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added a portrait, of Gloria-P, to it.  More oak leaves, are falling, and my back-yard, is over half covered, by brown leaves.  Mike2 returned, and said, that he thinks, he has secured employment, after his community service, is done.  This employment, is through someone who knows him, but is different, than the job, he said he had, before he arrived, to stay at my home.

I received, a telephone call, allegedly from Microsoft, saying they wished, to update, my security system.  I recall, my Microsoft security system, updates automatically, and did so, the last time, I was on-line.  I also received, a telephone call, indicating that, my America On-Line account, had been suspended, due to ‘suspicious activity’.  I wondered, if I was speaking, with the same person, with both calls…  I received, a telephoned text message, indicating that I could hired, ‘on the spot’, by Integrity, if I visited their office, on this day.

I shaved.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I made, selections of candy, for my pocket.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  The day, was overcast, and grew dark, around 4:20pm.  I put on cologne.  I played games, of Reversi-Othello, and won, all of them.  I ate one aspirin.  I leisurely wrote, to Fishnetterrie.  I fed my fish.  I felt so-so.  At least my back, felt okay.    I departed, around 4:55pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  Augustus warned me, there would be, a lack of work, in Multis, at least at start.  Voluntary time off, was offered, to all Packers, which I declined.  News reports indicated, many protests, against Trump’s victory, including an attack, upon the Oakland, California, newspaper office.  Hillary had refrained, from appearing, at her official, after-election conference, and sent a representative, saying she was tired, and would say nothing, to everyone, the next day, which was, this day.  Trump called, for national unity.  It was mentioned, that Trump favored, the legalization, of recreational use, of marijuana, and favored, an increase, in the federal minimum wage, from $7.25 to $10.  Hillary did call Trump, and congratulated him, on his ‘upset victory’.  Hillary said, that our nation, is apparently, more divided, than she had thought.  Hillary supporters, shut down, an interstate highway, in Virginia, which I continue to find, to be, a very unsafe, and counter-productive, form of protest.  I believe, that Hillary supporters, are reacting against, the image of Trump, which Hillary has portrayed, and I believe, that image, is false.  Sadly, I anticipate, that pro-Democrat media, could continue, to seek, to ‘demonize’, to vilify,  Trump.

Cuba announced, that it would hold, military exercises, across the island nation, to prepare, for any actions, of ‘the’ enemy.  Obama has recently granted, unlimited import, of Cuba’s cigars and rum.  Trump says, he wishes to see, some political liberalization, in Cuba, before more, ‘normalization’ of relations, occurs.

Brando, Misty, Augustus, and Floyd, helped to make my ‘day’, more pleasant.  Brando led, our stand-up meetings, and did, a very good job.  Brando helped me, to get a fan, for my work-station.

I had, a funny exchange, with Sassy, who was, nothing but nasty, toward me, on this day.  Sassy made a point, to complain, about most everything I did, saying first, that I was slow, though my rate, for first quarter, was actually posted, as 80, which was fine.  Sassy said, that I was ‘cherry picking’ totes, and that I was ‘greedy’, because I stock-piled, two totes as my norm.  The totes, which I stockpiled, were normal totes, which I secured, for when there would come, a lack of totes, on the conveyor belt.  For her part, Sassy was content, to be idle, during those times, and read a magazine.  I refrained, from ‘cherry picking’, as there really were, few ‘cherries’, for me to pick.  It was Misty, who assumed the work-station, across the conveyor belt, at the start, of the work-line, who did seek, to grab every good tote, that came along, and she did, most of these herself, but gave some, to those she favored, which fortunately, did include me.  Sassy said nothing, to Misty.

I ‘joked’, to Sassy, that her constant complaints, to me, could indicate, her sexual frustration, at not being able, to have my body, ‘joking’ that her complaints, represented her attempts, to gain my attention, though, I advised her, constant complaints, would fail, to gain my affection…  Sassy said, the last thing, she would want, on this planet, would be, to have my body.  I told Sassy, that at least, she had given me, something good to say, about her, and I told her, that her eye-sight, seemed fine.

I believe, that Boss Corrine, was helpful to me, in that she had me, switch to Multis, before first-half, had ended.  Augustus had arranged, for Misty and I, to do Multi-work, after first-half ended.  Carlos had been, coming to the front, of our line, to seek to get, good totes, and then, when Misty and I, were assigned, to doing Multi-carts, Carlos then, went ahead, and did some also, and he focused, on the good carts, while ignoring, those with priority items.

Bluster was, in good spirits.  Bluster said, he voted, to amend the Virginia state constitution, to require union membership, in certain jobs, and that he voted against, giving a property tax exemption, to spouses, of fire and police personnel, who are killed, in the line of duty, because that exemption, would also be granted, to same-sex marriages.  I voted, the opposite of Bluster, on both issues.

Danny joined, Floyd, Caruso, and I, during the meal-time break.  Caruso said, he thought, Trump’s youngest child, was disabled, mentally challenged, and said, he would enjoy, making fun of that child, for the next four years.  Danny said, he would enjoy, watching Trump, destroy the Republican party.  I have found, that change, can become appealing, regardless of which political party, is in office.  I advised Danny, to seek to keep hate, from controlling his life.  I note, that while Danny focused, on his hoped for destruction, of the Republican party, that he failed to note, that Democrats themselves, might be, a bit dissatisfied, with their party leaders, in the same way, perhaps, that Republicans, were obviously dissatisfied, with existing Republican politicians, when they selected Trump, as their candidate.  I suggested to Danny, that the Democrats, should seek, to improve, their own house.  Caruso said, he had brought, both of his parents, to vote, and had to push, both of them, in wheelchairs.  Caruso said, there was, a long line, even in early morning hours, and that it took him, two hours to vote.  Caruso said, voting was important, to his parents.  I commended Caruso, saying that I applaud, people exercising, their right to vote, regardless of, for whom they might vote.

One pro-Democrat black commentator, asserted that it was anti-black bigotry, a ‘white backlash’, against Obama, that elected Trump.  I would dispute that.  I think, such a backlash, would have been apparent, when Obama, ran for his second term, of office, rather than now, when two whites, were competing, for the office of President.  I think, two main issues, against Hillary, besides her corruption, were votes, against the Obama medical tax, and from concern, about who might be, the next Supreme Court justice(s).  Some said, that hate and bigotry had won, in this election, but I tend to think, that hate and bigotry, were promoted, by Hillary, in her ‘demonization’ of Trump, and that if anything, hate and bigotry, lost.  Hillary sought to gain votes, by promoting fear, of Trump, and in that, she apparently failed, though much hate, which was at least nurtured, by Hillary, apparently still remains.  I also think, that it might have been fortunate, that Hillary was prevented, from taking military action, against Russia, due to her allegation, that her corruption, was revealed, by Russia, as I continue to suspect, that Hillary’s corruption, was revealed, from within the National Security Agency, of the US.

A lady, from the Safety Committee, came around, and complained to me, that the ladder, used by Misty, was in the center, of our work area, and that Misty, had also left, an assembled box, in that area, and also said, that our carts, were too close together, and could be a hazard, in case of fire.  I told that lady, that this particular work area, might seem congested, but it is, back to back, and shared space, so is, somewhat, what it is, unless the set-up, is changed.  I did store, Misty’s pre-made box, and Misty, moved her ladder, about a foot, to bring it closer, to the cart, as she used that ladder, to access, the top shelf, of that cart.  I told that safety lady, to put things, where she felt, they should be, and she left, without doing anything.  I believe, it was boss Hector, who had directed, that these two work-stations, be set up, in the way, they are now.

Even when, Misty was working Multis, she continued, to seek to grab, every good Single tote, from the conveyor belt.  I told Misty, that Augustus had said, he would keep us, doing Multi-work, for the entire second-half.  Misty continued, to seek to grab, Single totes, which she would then give, to a guy, for whom she apparently, had some fondness.  I did suggest, to Misty, that it might be ‘nice’, if she let, some of the Singles packers, get some of those totes.  Misty said, that she was giving those totes, to people, who needed to make rates.  Misty said, that some people, wished to make rate, in the easiest ways possible, and then do nothing, and that for them, this is their way of life.  I suggested, that perhaps, some might wish, to live in better ways, which to me, is through fair trade, through ways, which are overall karmicly positive.

I think, I did ‘make rate’, in Multis.  Overall, I think I had, an okay ‘day’, and I was glad, to be with Amazon.  I believe, that my rate, for the previous, ’rate week’, was good, as I only worked, the one day, of that ‘rate week’, and did have, a good rate, on that day.  Boss Corrine, said nothing to me, about that.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Brando, as I departed.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I felt determined, to enjoy, being with Amazon, and to work, as much as I can.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her.  The light was on, in my extra bedroom, but I was uncertain, if Raoul, was still awake, or had simply, fallen asleep, with the light on.  I found, that the wall-heater, in the bathroom, was turned on, and the bathroom door, had been left open…  The temperature, had been moderate, rather than, very cold…  This seemed, to me, to be, a total waste, of my limited resources.  First, the use of heat, had been unnecessary, and then second, it had been wasted, by being left on, with that door open. I also know, that simply turning on, the hot water, can produce hot steam, which warms, that small bathroom, before one enters, the shower area.  The rug, by the toilet, was soaking wet, indicating, that the shower curtain, had not been sealed, when someone showered.  Simply aiming the shower-nozzle, more toward the center, and thus off, the back wall, can prevent water, from going outside, of the shower area.  The kitchen garbage can, was overflowing, and I did marvel, that neither Raoul, nor Mike2, had ever, emptied it, even once…

I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with three fun episodes, from season nine, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:15am.  I awoke, at 10:30am, and went, to turn on, the coffee-warmer, but found, only a smidgen, of coffee remained.  I was able, to relax with Dikaia, until 11:15am, and then arose.  I made fresh coffee.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food, and a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia, and put her, onto her chain after she jumped over, the gate.  It might seem, that Adrien and Ramboi, are as reluctant, to fix that gate, as Raoul has seemed to be, to crush their cans…  I emptied, the kitchen garbage.  I found, the little bird-bath, was overturned, so, after some prompting, by a squirrel, I put, the bird-bath upright, and put water, into it.  I hung, the soaked bathroom rug, onto the outside clothesline.  Given my own lack of much income, and my need, to financially stretch my resources, I decided, to refrain, from going to a grocery store.  I took out, some meat to thaw.  I opened, the living-room door, to let fresh air, into that room.  I checked my mailbox, but found nothing.

When Raoul arose, around 2:30pm, I instructed him, on how to use the shower, without flooding the bathroom, and also advised him, against using the wall-heaters, until at least, he was able, to financially contribute.  I said, it seemed, to me, to be particularly annoying, that the heat, had been left on, with the bathroom door open, a total waste.  Raoul admitted, that he had showered, but said, he was unable, to remember, turning on, the bathroom’s wall-heater.  I also asked Raoul, to empty the kitchen garbage, when the garbage-can, is full.

I advised Raoul, that at this time, his ‘job’, is to job-hunt.  I did get Raoul, to search for security jobs, but he found none, to be available, in this area, at this time.  I told Raoul, that he should devote, at least one hour a day, to seeking to find a job.  I am mindful, that for me, my jobs, for the past decade, except for Amazon, have been, from ’connections’…  I also told Raoul, that if Mike2, secures a job, and wishes to rent, my extra bedroom, that for my own well-being, I would do this.  I assured Raoul, that I would allow him, to stay in my home.

I played Reversi-Othello, and won, most of the games.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I congratulated Adam, on his election performance, though he did lose, to Belinda. I advised Adam, that this election, was to help him, to become known, and that he had decades, of potential public service, remaining in his life.  Obama and Trump, held a cordial meeting, which lasted 90 minutes, instead of the scheduled one hour.  Trump said, that he wished, the meeting, could have lasted longer.  Michelle Obama, declined to have, a picture made, of the Obama and Trump families together.  It was mentioned, that all the people, of our nation, share fate, and it is to be hoped, that we can come together, to help make our nation, a better place, to live.  Hillary supporters, continue to stage protests, against Trump, in some major cities.  Obama and Hillary, have nourished their political careers, by promoting hatred and division.  Trump was selected, to seek to help heal our nation, representing himself, as a person, who has been able, to deal with all sides, and become a business success, by doing so.

There was, ‘ugliness’, on both sides, around the nation. Hillary supporters, dragged a person, who had a Trump sticker, on his vehicle, from his vehicle, and badly beat him.  Trump supporters, alleged beat, a gay man, in Santa Monica, California.  Trump issued a statement, saying that he would seek, to protect and respect, the gay community.  One might quip, that there was also, some ’beauty’, as the New York Post, published nude pictures, of Trump’s current wife, Melania, from 1996, when she posed nude, alone, and with another woman.  Melania and Trump, most likely, already knew, about these pictures.  I believe Melania, conducts herself, in public, with poise, grace, and ‘class’…  There are those, on both sides, including ‘trolls’, and ‘psychic vampires’, who seek to feed, on hate, anger, and any other negative human emotion.  Some leftists, openly called, for Trump’s assassination.  I join those, who pray, for Trump and Pence, to resist hate and anger, and to lead our nation, with love and compassion.  I respect Trump, as a moderate, a ‘true’ ‘Progressive’, and an honorable Presbyterian.  My hope, is that Trump, is a ‘statesman’.

Russia’s Putin, said that Trump’s victory, gives peace a chance.  Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, congratulated Trump, saying it was good, to have the US, become a friend to Israel, once again.  Obama called again, for the private company, seeking to build, an oil pipeline, through or near NDN land, to halt their work.  It would perhaps be helpful, if Obama, gave some meaning, to his words, rather than, just lip service, by actually sending a team, to mediate this dispute, to seek to find a way, for that pipeline to be built, which arouses, the least offense, among NDNs.

The first black, to be elected, to the US Senate, is now a Republican, from South Carolina.  The US stock market soared, and hit record highs.  Mid-terms tests, were suspended, for some college students, and counseling offered, to help them cope, with the trauma, of Hillary’s election loss.

I believe, it is easier, to be, among the opposition, and constantly complain, than to be, among the leadership group, and have to bear responsibility, for anything which happens.

I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I lacked any problems, with either America On-Line, or Microsoft Security.  I shared my portraits, of Gloria-P, on her FaceBook time-line.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook, including from boss Roy.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed beauty, from a picture of Melania.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Gatita-A, Mary-M, Tabatha-W, and Jim-BR, among others.  I shared items, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, on my FaceBook time-line, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.

I returned, to my home, and then briefly visited, with Ramboi, Adrien, and Mike2, enjoying the warmth, of their nice fire.  Adrien’s truck, remains broken down.  Adrien and Ramboi, did transfer, their canopy, to near the fire.  I did feel winded, and returned, to my home, to enjoy entertainment, in my living-room.

I enjoyed, the remainder, of episodes, from season two, of The Legion of Superheroes.  Raoul informed me, that there are, many more seasons, of this television series, beyond the second one.  I did later find, that to be false.  I enjoyed, an excellent movie, Happy Accidents, which has, romance, mystery, and kind writers.  I enjoyed, a nice hamburger, as my meal.  Raoul went out, and bought a small pizza, and some cookies.  Raoul did share, some cookies, with Dikaia and I.  I did have, some bad coughing fits, though they lasted, five minutes or so.  I fell asleep, during a movie, around 4:30am, and awoke, around 6:00am.  Raoul had gone to bed.  I moved, to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster.

I awoke, around 7:30am, and inadvertently met Mike2, in the bathroom.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  After some coughing, I was able, to return to sleep, until 11:30am.  I arose, and was somewhat okay.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  When it comes time, for the lights to go off, I turn off one, and then, a bit later, turn off, the other.  I let Dikaia remain, free of her chain, until she did, seek to roam, which she refrained from doing, for a good while.  I do seek, to remain aware, of Dikaia, when she is, off of her chain.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh dry-food and water, to her.  I added water, to the little bird-bath.  I cleaned the kitchen, and straightened, the living-room.  I left open, the living-room door.  I enjoyed viewing, some morning glory blooms, on my gate and fence.  I put out, some meat to thaw.  Raoul arose, around 2:45pm.  I suggested to Raoul, that he regularly visit, the Virginia State Employment office, which is located, near the Christian movie theatre.  I advised Raoul, that he could, update his resume, from that location, which is, a long walk, but within walking distance, from my home.  I updated, my entertainment review.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.

I did check in, on Raoul, to make sure, that he was job seeking, and prohibited him, from use of the big television, until after, one hour had elapsed.  I suggested to Raoul, that he could post, onto his FaceBook, an inquiry, asking what he could do, to seek to find a job.  Raoul pleased me, by showing me, that he had, already done, something similar to that.  I updated, my entertainment library reference book.  I made, a nice portrait, of Melania Trump.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Koko had been pleased, that a woman, was running, for the office of President, and was disappointed, that Hillary had lost, though she attributed this loss, solely to Hillary’s being a woman, and I would easily, disagree with that.  There are, so many elected females, that it would seem, to me, to be false, to assert, that a woman loses, simply because, she is a woman.  It was pointed out, that Trump’s campaign manager, was a woman, and was, the first female campaign manager, to head a successful campaign, for the office of President.  Some sought to say, that only white males, voted for Trump, and did so, out of bigotry, against women, gays, and minorities.  It was pointed out, that there are simply, too few white males, for white males alone, to be able, to elect anyone.  It seems equally obvious, from the white males, among pro-Hillary protesters, that many white males, seem to dislike Trump, and most certainly, voted against him.

Some leftists, called for mass protests, to shut down, Trump’s inauguration.  Some leftists, remained violent, and destroyed property, in areas where protests occurred, vandalizing vehicles, and windows of businesses.  It was mentioned, that some of the property, which was damaged, belonged to pro-Hillary supporters, as this violence, was directed, against any convenient target.  There was shown, some advertisements, for people to be paid, to attend anti-Trump demonstrations, and buses were displayed, which had carried people, to protest areas.  The vast majority, of pro-Hillary protesters, was nonviolent.  There was, a mass gathering, of a ‘white lives matter’ group, in North Carolina, to celebrate Trump’s victory.

There were some reports, indicating that Trump had decided, to retain some portions, of ObamaCare, and would refrain, from abolishing it immediately.

For my part, I sought to refrain, from promoting, incendiary political humor.  I did share, some ‘news’, about Trump’s ten-point platform, his pledge to protect gays, and also, mention of events, around the Dakota oil pipeline.  I did share, a satirical quip, of Osama Bin Laden, saying he would be alive today, if he had donated, to the Clinton Foundation.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Michael-D, and Jeremy-M, among others.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Roland-D, Patrick-S, Benjamin-RA, Jennifer-M, East TN Ghost Seekers, Kinardly-D, and Christopher-E, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent on-line, nearly four hours, and felt productive.

I did seek, and find, a FaceBook group, for jobs in Hopewell, and shared that, with Raoul.  I joined, a FaceBook group, for people with COPD, and shared my good experience, with Bronkaid, with that group.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul and Mike2.  I brought Dikaia inside, after Mike2, had gone to seek sleep.  I enjoyed, two very good or excellent movies:  Justice League versus Teen Titans, and Angry Birds, both animated adventure tales.  I enjoyed, episodes from season one, of Young Justice, which is also, animated adventure tales.  I enjoyed, a nice meal.  I shut down, the living-room, and went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I slept again, until 12:35pm.  I enjoyed left-over, and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, the aquarium’s lights, one at a time, with some time, in-between, and then, a bit later, fed my fish. I opened, the living-room door.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, and gave to her, a hot-dog, with hidden medication.  I enjoyed, ‘mellow morning’ music.  I gave, fresh dry-food, to Dikaia.

I updated, my entertainment reference library book, including ‘ratings’, from both Raoul and myself.  I opened, the front door.  Raoul awoke, around 2:30pm, and told me, that he was, going to Hardee’s, to meet with some people, who could help him, to get work.  One girl, known to Raoul, told him, to go into a Wendy’s, and ask, for a certain person, and to use her, as a reference.  Apparently Raoul, did refrain, from doing that, as he later told me, that he would have to apply on-line, for that job.  Raoul returned, after about an hour, with a big pizza, and some candy, which he added, to the bowl, by the front door.  Raoul said, he had met, with local Mormon church elders, and that one of them, would prepare, a resume, for him.  Raoul returned, to enjoying episodes, from Fringe.

I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I worked, on making, two collages, one of US political satire, and one, of European satire, of US politics.  I did close, the front door, as it seemed, to become colder, outside than inside.  I made a portrait, of Doright.  I shaved.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Trump unveiled a seven-point plan, to ’drain the swamp’, to seek to remove, conflicts of interest, and-or corruption, by prohibiting employment, as lobbyists, of those leaving government jobs, until a five-year period, has passed.  I suppose, those who are corrupt, could continue, to act as lobbyists, even without, that job title.  Trump said, two aspects of ObamaCare, which he would like to retain, are the requirement, of coverage, for ‘pre-existing conditions, and allowing parents, to retain children, on their own medical insurance policies, until a child, is 26 years of age.

I am saddened, that Trump, failed to win, the popular vote, though at this time, some say, that after recounts of votes, he has done so, but I have failed, to see actual numbers.  I did listen, when a Trump spokesman explained, that Trump accepted, the electoral system, and thus campaigned, in many states, because if, the popular vote, was to be paramount, then Trump, would have focused, on population dense areas, to seek to win, the popular vote, as a priority.  Apparently Maryland, passed a law, requiring its electoral representatives, to vote, for the winner, of the national popular vote.

Mass protests, against Trump continued.  Hicks promoted, a million-women march, and said, he would participate, in that.  I suggested, that a wig and a dress, might actually enhance, Hicks’ appearance.  Hicks said he thought, that it would be me, whose appearance, might be improved.  I said, wearing teeth, would probably be, the best first step, toward improving my appearance.  I ‘joked’, that at least, Hicks would be able, to use either bathroom.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Mary-M, Joe-WM, Patrick-S, Kale-E, James-B, Catherine-WS, Mark-M, and Sonny-G, among others.  I shared items, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, on my FaceBook time-line, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.

I acknowledged, that I have viewed, many political satire pieces, but refrained, from sharing them.  I did continue to share, items related, to the NDN protest, against the oil pipeline.  Some said, that Trump, has business ties, with the companies involved, in the construction, of that pipeline, and I expressed hope, that Trump, could use his influence, to seek to resolve, that situation.

There was a comment, noting that Obama, who has been fond, of speaking, about many little situations, in our nation, has refrained, from saying one word, about the hate, fear, and anger, reflected by destructive protests.  Some noted, the irony, of those who had preached, voting against hate, now displayed, great hate, though, in my opinion, it was Hillary, and her supporters, who were, the hatemongers, all along, as they sought to create hate, against Trump, by portraying Trump, as anti-gay, anti-black, and anti-women, all of which, are untrue.  Now these same people, seek to portray, anyone who voted for Trump, the ‘deplorables’, as being anti-black, anti-gay, and anti-women, and that also, is untrue.  Perhaps some, have come to believe, their own lies.  I think, many or most, Trump supporters, viewed the anti-Trump rhetoric, as lies, and thus viewed, those who said such things, as liars…  I understand, there have always been, those who seek, to rule by hate, by division, and some, who might seek to feed, on negative human emotions.  At least the Democrats, selected someone, who is a friend, of Trump’s, to lead them, in the House.  Trump’s first three appointments, have been, a woman, a gay, and a black.  It was mentioned, that Trump, is the first person, who has never held, any government office, to be elected, as President.

I spent on-line, about three and a half hours.  I felt somewhat productive.  I returned, to my home.  Mike2, had already, gone to bed, so I brought Dikaia inside.  Raoul told me, that Dikaia, now refrains, from displaying hostility, toward Mike2.  My big television, has many wavy lines, but thankfully, these did improve, later in the ‘evening’.  It is said, that everything, only has, a limited, ‘amount of breaths’, and right now, it is Raoul, who is consuming, the limited breaths, of my big television.  Raoul does have, some focus challenges, and often is focused, on humor on his telephone, rather than, what is playing, on the television monitor.  I mentioned, to Raoul, how I am now, financially concerned, due to my job insecurity, and my car payments, so it might be, some time, before I could afford, to purchase, another television.  Raoul though, seemed to be unable, or unwilling, to focus, on a topic, of finances, perhaps as if, that is my problem, rather than his.  Raoul asked, to use some of my food, and I agreed, reminding him, to replace my food, when he can.  I am aware, that the funds, which Raoul, used yesterday, to buy a pizza, could have been used, to purchase, at least ten boxes, of macaroni and cheese, and could have thus provided Raoul, with ten meals, rather than, only with one…  Anything one takes for granted, one is risking losing, and that is true, for me, for Raoul, or for anyone…

We enjoyed episodes, from season one, of Young Justice, an animated adventure televisions series.  I had gotten, some ‘paranormal’ documentaries, from YouTube, and put these, onto a DVD, and enjoyed them.  In particular, there was, film of a circle in the sky, above Israel, with the sound of trumpets, also being heard, from October 2016, and the commentator, wondered if it was God, or technology, which was responsible.  I enjoyed, Raoul’s company, and Dikaia’s, and two candy treats, which Raoul provided.  I enjoyed, a hamburger, as a nice meal.  I sadly did doze, now and then, so missed some stuff, on the television.  I went to sleep, around 5:30am.  I awoke, around 10:30am, and then slept, after two short, intense, coughing fits, until around 12:30pm.  I was comfortable, under a quilt, with Dikaia, while I wore, my insulated jacket, with its head covering.  I arose, at 12:57pm.

I fed my fish.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I cleaned, the kitchen, and straightened, the living-room.  I was pleased, to see that Raoul, had actually emptied, his ashtray. I put Dikaia, onto her chain, after she sought to roam.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I used the bathroom again, for a semi-solid purpose.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I updated, my entertainment library reference book.

I shaved, and showered, and put on, clean shirts.  I made selections, of soups, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I gave, a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs mixed with, what was apparently, the last remaining can, of tuna-fish.  I also enjoyed, one hot-dog.  I apparently did have, a good appetite.  I would accept, voluntary time off, if offered to me, on this day, to avoid packing only Singles, which could give to me, a less than acceptable rate, depending on where I am positioned, in a work-line.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage, into the outside garbage container.  Raoul arose, around 3:30pm, and I got him, to put the container, by curb-side.  I did suggest, to Raoul, that he use one hour, of this day, to seek to find jobs.  Raoul said, that he thought, I had said, he could have, this day off, from his ‘job’, of job-hunting.  I told Raoul, that Sunday, is often a day, when new jobs, are posted, onto Craig’s List.  I made a portrait, of Doright.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won one, of three.  I ate one aspirin.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mike2 and Ramboi.  I put away, the entertainment items, which have recently been experienced.  I felt okay.  Raoul did check on-line, but found, zero voluntary time off opportunities, for me.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.  I wore a cap, a sign, of seasonal change.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  There were, many new faces.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus and Floyd.  There was little work.  Roy assigned, only Doright, to pack Multis, and those were, high volume orders, so he was able, to work leisurely.  Roy remained invisible, for most of the shift.  Commendably, Doright did spend time, helping new people, with some of the challenges, they faced.  Augustus asked me, if I would work ReBin, and normally, I would have gladly done this, to be helpful, but I hesitated, and declined, because I am facing, the possibility, of a third production warning, and wished to avoid, taking the chance, of a low rate, in ReBin, which could have occurred, as, after the initial high volume orders, most all of the orders, were low volume, two items per order, which could then result, in a low rate.  Augustus did give to me, one tote, with 159 items, with a thought, that this would lower my time, in Singles, and thus allow me, to have my rate, during second half, in Multis be the rate, which counted.  I worked Singles, and although I did have, some good totes, there were times, with lack of work, and my rate, for first-half, was posted, as 73.  I thought that rate, was lower, than it should have been.

There was, some sort of problem, in AFE, which caused Who, our operations manager, to allegedly ‘panic’.  This seemed, to then cause me, to have to remain, in Singles, at the start, of second-half.  Babe came upstairs briefly, and made a point, to say hello to me, which was very nice.  Doright went home.  Beemer was my water-spider, and he did, a very good job.  Sadly, Beemer told me, that he feels ‘done’, with Amazon, and intends to leave, before Peak begins.  Boss Corrine, did give to me, a ‘verbal positive’, for my overall rate, last week.  I do understand, that positive weekly rates, do nothing, to help one, to offset, a production warning, for a less than 100-percent, weekly rate.  Augustus did have me, switch to packing Multis, during second half, but I am uncertain, as to which rate, would count, for this day.  I am going to assume, that I had, a bad rate day, though not that bad, and perhaps, my good rate day, of last Wednesday, will offset this day.

Floyd told me, that Augustus was declined, to officially be, a Process Tier 3, though he actually, does that work.  I suspect, speculate, that Augustus was declined, because he was perceived, as being pro-Trump.  Bluster, as a pro-Democrat ‘troll’ and agitator, was quite loud, in his profanity, against Trump, on this day.  The New York Times, announced, it would now seek, to become, an impartial publication, and do ‘proper journalism’.  Trump now has, over 300 undisputed electoral votes, after all recounts, have been completed.  I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Winston, Friday, and Lilly, during breaks.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.

There was ice, frost, on my windshield, and I waited a while, for my windshield, to be cleansed, of frost, before I started, on my way, toward my home.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with one great episode, from season ten, of South Park.  I apparently, went to sleep, during a second episode, and awakened, around 6:30am.  Diakia and I, moved to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster.

I slept, until 10:30am.  I received, a telephoned text message, that voluntary time off, was available, for my entire shift, on this day.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I had, a terrible coughing fit, but lacked any mucous, to cough out.  I returned to sleep, until 12-noon, and then, went back to sleep, until 2:00pm.  It was raining outside, a light drizzle, so I left open, the back door, so Dikaia, could come and go, as she pleased.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated, these notes.  I had intended, to continue, to go to work, and accept, whatever result, might occur.  However, I decided, to err, on the side of caution, and when Raoul arose, after 3:00pm, I had him, call in for me, and he was able, to accept voluntary time off, without pay, for me, in Singles.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I did have Raoul, spend some time, job-hunting.

Mike2 returned, kindly bringing back, to the back-stoop, the outside garbage container, from curb-side.  Dikaia was ‘less than friendly’, and I held onto her collar, so Mike2, could safely enter.  Dikaia and Mike2, met a couple of times, and Dikaia refrained, from becoming, a ‘normal dog’.  Dikaia would listen, and cease barking, at Mike2, when I asked her, to do so, but she would return to it.  I ended up, putting Dikaia outside, on her chain, and then Mike2, went over to Ramboi’s…  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.

Apparently Raoul, has been drinking, the purified water, for my coffee, as well as, the remaining beverage…  I asked, Raoul and Mike2, if they might like, to go, to a grocery store, with me.  Raoul did come with me, to a Food Lion grocery store.  I bought purified water, hot-dogs, and cans of tuna-fish, among other items.  Raoul bought, an ample amount, of food, including some beverages, which he said, I could share, to thank me, for the beverages of mine, which he had consumed.  It was cold and wet outdoors.  Raoul and I, returned to my home, and put things away.

I enjoyed, some lettuce and ham, with Italian dressing, while enjoying, an episode, from Bones, selected by Mike2.  We watched, the documentary, of Ancient Aliens.  Mike2, went to sleep, during that documentary, and I let Dikaia come inside.  Raoul and I, enjoyed all eight, funny episodes, of season eight, of Red Dwarf.  I enjoyed, a small hamburger.  I was comfortable, wearing my insulated jacket, over a thin, long-sleeve shirt, over a tee-shirt, with a head covering, while being under a blanket, at times with Dikaia.  I now wear shoes indoors, to protect my feet, from the cold floors, a sign of seasonal change.  My living-room, did become warmer, during the evening.  This allowed, for my big television, to display images normally, which was nice.  I still had, an occasional terrible cough, which produced, abundant frothy mucous, which was at least, mostly clear.  I did feel fatigued, and fell asleep, shortly after 3:00am, during a movie, Howl’s Moving Castle, that I had gotten, for Raoul to enjoy.

I awoke, and found everything turned off, and moved, to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster, where I slept, with Dikaia, until 9:30am.  I returned to sleep, until 10:30am, and then again, until 11:30am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I anticipated working, on this day, and wished to avoid, having too early, of a start.  I awoke again, around 12:30pm, and remained on the sofa, until just past 1:00pm.

I fed my fish.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  When I saw Dikaia, tempted to roam, I put her, onto the outside chain.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I received, a telephoned texted message, from Fishnetterrie, indicating the estimated time of arrival, of a package, from her to me.  I replied, to thank Fishnetterrie, for her kindness.  I felt very winded, when I first arose, but felt better, as I slowly awakened.  I do continue, to like to believe, that my job, is healthy for me.

I mused, that in the same way, as there are, ‘night vision’ glasses, which help people, to see in the dark, so too could there be, ‘ghost vision’ glasses, which could help people, to see more, of that which is invisible, to normal human vision.

I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won half of them.  Raoul arose, around 2:30pm, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  I straightened, the living-room, and left open, the front door.  Mike2 enjoys, ‘little cigars’, and they do leave, a strong scent.  I suspect, the clothing, in my bedroom, might now, have that scent…  I checked the mail-box, but only had, some junk mail.  I collected garbage, from my front yard, and tossed those items, into my outside garbage container.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I asked Raoul, how his job-hunting, was progressing, and reminded him, to go to, the Virginia State Employment Commission office, and to get his resume updated.  Raoul refrained, from calling the people, that he had told me, were to update his resume, and I suspect, Raoul’s words, perhaps were untrue.  Raoul did tell me, that he had made, one job application, on this day.

I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  I processed, the art I have made, since October 21st, to make those images, appropriate for use, in future slide-shows.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I made selections, of fruit, soup, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I had, a small coughing fit, but only wheezed.  Raoul has, sniffles and sneezes.  I did get Raoul, to help me, to change the light-bulb, in the kitchen lamp.  Raoul enjoyed episodes, from season five, of Fringe.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s food and water bowls, and gave fresh water, and dry-food, to her.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I ate one aspirin.

I received, a telephoned text message, indicating that there was, an opportunity for voluntary time off (VTO), available to me, on this day.  I believe, that I now have, one good rate day, and one bad rate day.  If there would be, a low amount of work, then I would end up, with a bad rate, and thus could receive, my third production warning.  I had Raoul look, and he found, that this opportunity, for VTO, was offered, to Singles packers, which gave me hope, that I might have, enough work, in Multis, to gain a good rate.  I decided, to go ahead, and go to work, though I also understood, that with Roy, making work assignments, that I could be placed, in Singles.  Bottom line, is I need the income, as neither Raoul nor Mike2, are producing any funds, for me.

Raoul told me, that Wilson had died, by choking, on his own vomit, while passed out, from consuming too much alcohol, as Wilson was prone to do.  Wilson’s life, seemed to have been, one of atonement, and I can hope, that he handled this, without responding, in karmicly negative ways, so that overall, perhaps this life, has helped him, to perhaps have, a better next life.  I think Wilson, might have, at least reached Purgatory.

Raoul said, that Wilson had been staying, either now, or at times, with Raoul’s uncle Rob.  Raoul said that now, I didn’t have to worry, about Wilson visiting, to retrieve his things.  I never worried about that.  I think, that few things here, were Wilson’s.  Raoul said, that his uncle Rob, had stolen shoes, from Wilson…  Perhaps uncle Rob, viewed those shoes, as a form of payment, fair trade, for what he was doing, in behalf of Wilson.  I suppose, there is an obvious question, of if Raoul, has relatives, in this area, then why does he refrain, from staying with them…  I reminded Raoul, to go to sleep early, so he could go, to the Virginia employment office, the next day.

I departed, from my home, around 5:00pm.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus and Floyd, who told me, that there would be, enough Multi work, to keep me busy, for the entire shift.  Doright said, that he had, a tire go flat, while driving, because he hit, a piece of metal, and then he had turned sharply, resulting in his vehicle, flipping over, and it is now considered, to be ‘’totaled’, unusable, at least in appearance.  This is, the second new vehicle, that Doright, has recently wrecked, both in the same way.

I had, a productive day.  I received, many priority carts, from Augustus, though these were, less than desirable carts, while Augustus did seem to give, very nice carts, to the girl behind me, without giving to her, a single cart, with a single priority item.  That girl, was commended, at our stand-up meeting, for having a rate, of 333, which she could get, somewhat effortlessly.  I did get, slightly disturbed, at that situation.  I had packed items, from four carts, three of which, had priority items, for 10:00pm, and four of which, had priority items, for 11:00pm, and I met, all those deadlines.  Meeting priority items, only seems important, to my bosses, while they need to be done, and seem unimportant, after they are done.  Roy had visited, and told me, that my first-half rate, was 173, which was, somewhat okay, but borderline, of receiving, a production warning, and I anticipated, that my rate, would go down, due to the priority carts, which I had to do, while the girl next to me, had tremendous carts, given to her, by Augustus, with multiple items, without any priority items.  However, my first half rate, was okay, 180, and I guess, Augustus knew, that I was okay, and he gave to me, what he needed, to have done, and I got them done.  Floyd brought to me, two nice totes, and these helped me, to do better.  I think Augustus, might have gotten, annoyed with me, for my complaint, but, without my complaint, then Floyd would not have known, that I needed, to have a good cart, to compensate, for all the so-so carts, which Augustus was assigning to me.  It all worked out, and my good mood, was restored.

Floyd mentioned, that Augustus, had wondered, why I had declined, to help ReBin, the other day.  I simply feel, ‘under the gun’.  I felt, that if I helped out, in ReBin, and did as best I could, rather than being thanked thereafter, I might instead, get a third production warning.  I speculate, that many Multi-packers, might feel, the same way, as apparently, the previous day, most had refrained, from coming to work.  Some people, like me, are refraining from coming to work, to help them, to retain their jobs.  If I had, some money saved, then I would feel, more comfortable, about going through this situation, again in December…  Floyd did get, a job of auditing carts, to determine which ReBin personnel, were having problems, and the quality, of their work, did improve, perhaps simply because, they had become aware, that Floyd was doing this.  Floyd’s help, definitely ‘made my day’.  Floyd also reminded me, that there are, financial rewards, for my remaining, with Amazon, as I could accept, the severance offer, and perhaps also, gain my stock payment.

Time passed, at a reasonable pace, and I remained busy, and productive.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  There was frost, on my windshield, when I arrived, at my vehicle.  I waited impatiently, for my windshield, to be thawed.  A stranger, put some stuff, on my windshield, which helped, to dispel, the frost, but it reformed, fairly quickly, until my windshield, was warmed, by my vehicle’s heater.  I used, the last of my windshield wiper fluid, seeking to melt frost.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave two hot-dogs, to her, and had two myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, from season ten, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and-or inspired or enlightened me, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I put Dikaia, onto her leash, and brought her inside.  The bedroom doors, were closed.  Raoul kindly left for me, a pack of cigarettes, as a gift.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season nine, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am, with Dikaia’s leash, in my hand.  I wished to avoid, any biting incident…

I awoke, around 9:30am, and was able, to return to sleep, until 11:30am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I slept again, until just past 1:00pm, and was able, to continue to relax, until nearly 2:00pm.  I walked Dikaia outside, and put her, onto her chain.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I stored new items, from my art, humor, and this journal, onto a USB.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, after he arose, around 3:00pm, as I sought, to update these notes, and while I sought, to polish the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal.  I was slow, to awaken, but did feel rested.  I do have a sense, I should minimize, my spending of money, as a ‘just in case’, I lose my job.  Polishing the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, reminded me, to give some medication to Dikaia, hidden within, a hot-dog.  I finished, about a third, of that task.

I added water, to the little bird-bath.  Raoul said, he would have done so, and I suggested, that he instead, clean the three dishes, and silverware, in the kitchen sink, but he instead, preferred to remove, some leaves, from the little bird-bath.  I was mildly disappointed.  Raoul told me, that members, of Black Lives Matter, were mostly gang members, and that one achievement, of Black Lives Matter, had been, to gain a peace, between rival gangs, and thus help to reduce, black on black violence.

I put on shoes.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I made a breakfast, mixing three scrambled eggs, with tuna-fish.  I made selections, of soup, candy, and fruit, for my upcoming work-shift.  I cleaned, the kitchen dishes and counters.

I got an automated call, from Amazon, reminding me, to come in, to seek employment.  I got a telephoned text message, from my phone company, telling me, of a game contest, which ended, two days previously.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  Mike2 returned, with some food.  I asked Mike2, if he would tighten, the toilet-paper dispenser.  I played and won, three games, of Reversi-Othello.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Caruso, Augustus, and Floyd, before work began.  The coffee-machine, in the upstairs break-room, was out of service, and remained that way, for the entire shift, so I went downstairs, and enjoyed time there, on a nice sofa, with a local newspaper, and coffee, during breaks.  I did have, a bad cough, during work, with some mucous, and I attributed, some of this, to consumption of candy, though probably, I acknowledge, that I might be catching something, from either Raoul or Mike2.  I shared a joke, from the movie, The Jungle Book:  What do you call, a fish with no eye?  Answer:  A fsh…

We had more work, on this day, than yesterday, and I was able, to remain packing Multis, until around 3:30am.  We now have, a ‘new system’, where all carts are labeled ‘A’, though some are, what was previously, a ‘B’ cart.  This has caused, some people, who put items, into these carts, the ReBin personnel, to inadvertently place items, into the same number slot, on the wrong cart, resulting in a high number, of errors, for Pack personnel, with either missing items, or overage’ items, which are items, that fail to belong, to any order, on that cart.  I processed, two so-so carts entirely, which had priority items, and asked Augustus, to give to me, a good cart, to help me, to repair my rate, and he did so.

At the end, of the shift, Augustus got Robinson, to check my rate, and we found, I had a Multi rate, of 195, which is good, above rate, so I have one good day, out of one day, of the new ‘rate week’.  I am thus, somewhat assured, of being able, to work this week, due to my making rate, the previous ‘rate week’, which boss Corrine told me, on this day, and perhaps then get to work, at least one additional week, after that.  This mean, that financially, I could make it, to my first Social Security payment, on my available finances, though it would be tight, and having two people, nibbling on my things, might be harmful to me.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Doright, who said, he might take me, out to dinner sometime, a nice thought, even if perhaps hollow words.  It turns out that Doright’s mother, was friends with Christine, before he came to work, at Amazon.  Doright is from the Chester area, and felt he might also be familiar, with Raoul.  I told Doright, of some my travels, and work experience, and he marveled, at how I have managed, to float around.  I told Doright, that it used to be, that one could walk into a place, and apply for a job, and if they had an opening, one might be hired, ‘on the spot’.  I told Doright, I had the self-confidence, I could learn, to do most any job.  Today, with most applications, for jobs, being on-line, and security and credit checks, often being required, that ‘freedom’, is now, essentially gone.

I mused with Doright, the ’math’, at my home, might be, wrong for me, and I fear, that I have made a mistake, by sheltering Raoul and Mike2, though I can hope, to do so, for the winter months, for their well-being, as long as they remain respectful of my home, and fail to be detrimental, to me.  I really do wish, to enjoy, my ‘retirement’, and my home, and would prefer, to be alone, or with a close companion, rather than with, two people, with independent lives, who are weight on my world.  I suspect, Raoul, might be ‘worthless’, a big zero’, unable or unwilling, to hold a job…  I know that Raoul, has refrained, from helping to crush cans next door, and refrained, from going three houses away from my own, to see about some work, with the crew, that was working there…  I know that Mike2, can earn income, and be helpful, in real world ways.

I worked a full shift, and my day, other than the illness, was basically pleasant.  I do, like to believe, that I am, slowly getting stronger.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant, journey to my home.  I saw that Raoul, was still awake, and I thought, Raoul was on the telephone, as I could hear voices, coming from that room.  I faced, big messes, in both the kitchen and living-room.  I could speculate, that Raoul and Mike2, had enjoyed, a big meal, with food gotten by Mike2, but there were apparently, a lack of any left-overs, for me.  I could also speculate, that perhaps Mike2, was in the room, with Raoul, as that could mean, that they might share space, in that room, which is something, that could occur eventually anyway, as I might wish, to reclaim, some sense of privacy and security, for myself and my things.  I laughed, at how ‘annoyed’ I had been, when I thought that Dikaia was with Raoul, and how I so easily, peacefully, accepted, the possibility, that Mike2 and Raoul, might be together.  I also understand, that it is perhaps more likely that the voice I heard, was someone speak in with Raoul, over the telephone, with the telephone’s speaker volume, set loud enough, for me to hear the sound, while in the living-room, even with the extra bedroom’s door closed.

Raoul’s ashtray, was once again, mountain-tall, and empty containers, had been discarded, either on the nearby chair, or on the floor, with ’casual disregard’, an epitome, of laziness.  I did advise Raoul, when he became visible, that the place, for garbage, is in the kitchen trash-can, rather than in my living-room, which is where, I might entertain company, and also is, my bedroom.  I asked Raoul, to seek to be helpful, to me, which means, at a minimum to clean up after himself.  I am not seeking, a job, as Raoul’s maid.  I did ask Raoul, to clean the dishes, in the kitchen sinks, and he somewhat did so, though he left, a metal pan dirty…  Raoul does seem, to consistently fail, to complete things…

I brought Dikaia inside, and gave a hot-dog to her.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with four wonderful episodes, from season nine, of South Park.  I went to sleep, holding Dikaia’s leash, around 6:30am.  I think Raoul, was still awake.  I awoke, around 11:00am, and was going, to turn on, the coffee-warmer, but I discovered, that the left-over coffee, was basically gone, with barely enough remaining, for a sip or two.  Mike2 does enjoy coffee, and I later suggested to him, that he alternate buying coffee, with me, as we have done in the past, and he agreed to this.  I returned to sleep, until 12-noon, at which time, I brewed fresh coffee.  I returned, to relaxing, on the living-room sofa, given to me, by Whymaster, until 12:30pm.

I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and a little bit later, fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her outside chain, and cleaned, her food and water bowls, and gave fresh dry-food, and water to her, with a hot-dog, containing hidden medication.  Raoul arose, and departed, around 2:00pm, saying he was going, to job hunt.  I could hope, Raoul might giving meaning, to his words, through actions, but his history, is one of hollow words, of saying the right thing, and doing ‘something else’…  Mike2 arrived, as Raoul was departing.  Dikaia still barks ‘robustly’, when she sees Mike2.  Mike2, gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia.  I inquired, if Mike2, had used, the dirty metal pan, and he told me, that the pan, had been used, by Raoul, for pizza.  Mike2 said, he cleans after himself, and I can agree, that he has been doing so, on his own.  Buying pizzas, can be, an expensive way, to consume food aid…  Mike2, did fix, the loose toilet-paper dispenser, and also sought, to get the toilet seat, to remain in place.  I thanked Mike2, for doing this for me.  I put, the two remaining solar lights, by the sides, of my driveway.  I retrieved my mail which contained, two bills…

Raoul returned, and continued to ignore, the metal pan, in my kitchen sink.  I wondered, if Raoul hoped, it would be easier for me, to clean that pan myself, than to repeatedly ask him to do it…  Raoul returned, with food, and said, he had been unable, to get a job, but would continue, to look tomorrow.

I paid, my outgoing water bill.  The amount of water processed, had doubled, but my bill remained, fortunately, the minimum amount.  I received, an acknowledgement, of the receipt, I had sent, to that Verizon creditor, which showed, my payment in full, in January 2016, of that bill.  Their note, was this account, would be ’investigated’.  I made my monthly medical payment.  I had thought, my original balance, was around $5700, and I have made, 15 $100 payments, but my balance, is now, around $5700…  At least my outgoing water bill, was zero, because I made, a double payment, last month.  Raoul told me, he had two empty jars, which he wished, to retain.  I joked, that perhaps I should use them, and leave them dirty forever, in the kitchen sink.  I did remind Raoul, to clean that pan, but he refrained, from doing so.  Very sad…  I suppose, a capitalist manager, would seek, to be rid, of workers, who fail to do things.  There are reasons, why some people, are homeless…

Mike2 emptied, a big cup, of coffee, and then refilled it.  Mike2 explained, to Raoul, that Mike2, ‘cannot’ drink coffee, unless it is hot.  There is, a coffee warmer, by the chair, in which he sits…  I suppose, coffee might seem inexpensive, when someone else, is buying it…  Coffee cools more quickly, in a big cup, than in a small cup…  I did notice, that Mike2, got two rolls, of toilet paper.  I felt tired, probably due to lack of adequate rest, but was unwilling, to assert, to clear the living-room, of Raoul and Mike2…  I finished the task, of polishing, the previous chapter, of this journal, and did add, a portrait of Doright, to it.  Raoul was going to do something, in the kitchen, so I reminded him, to clean that pan, and this time, he did so.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.

I put my payments, into the outside mail-box, with its red flag upwards, to indicate the presence, of outgoing mail.  Raoul helped, by sweeping the living-room, which I wanted done, as a ‘just in case’, Doright might actually visit.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.  Dikaia was friendlier, toward Mike2.  I put away, the entertainment items, which had been enjoyed.  I visited briefly, with Ramboi, Adrien, Declan, and Harmony.  I fed my fish.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry, who has begun, a relationship, with a slightly older girl, and is very happy, about this development.  Henry met this girl, while enlisting, with the military, which for him, is a secure job, after he finishes high school, and holds the promise, of financial aid, with his college education, after his time, of military service, has ended.

I bought paper sleeves, for CDs and DVDs, from Amazon.  I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I saw, that four, of my FaceBook connections, have recently died.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email (Jualt@aol.com) and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Patrick-S, Coventry spiritualawareness, Jeff-S, Columbia Paranormal Research Society, Peggy-H, Elizabeth-J, and Sonny-G, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent on-line, about three hours, and felt productive.

I checked my bank balance, and found, that if I refrain, from spending any money, and lost my job then I could probably financially afford, food, regular bills, cigarettes and fuel, until my first Social Security payment.  This situation, shall improve, day by day, though I am already including, next week’s income, in my estimation. My continued employment, remains helpful, to my survival in life.

I returned, to my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  Mike2, had gone to sleep, so I was able, to bring Dikaia inside.  I enjoyed episodes, from seasons six and seven, of Red Dwarf.  I think these, were among, the funniest, of all the episodes, which I have experienced.  I enjoyed, a can of soup, and a can of fruit, as my lunch, around midnight.  I enjoyed, a very good or excellent movie, X-Men:  Apocalypse.  Raoul went to sleep.  I enjoyed, a hamburger.  I enjoyed, another movie.  I went to sleep, around 4:55am.  I did have, a sore throat, and my mucous cough, probably influenced for, by whatever Mike2 now is enduring.  At least, my mucous is white, though clear, would perhaps be better.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and found, the coffee-maker, to be out of coffee, so brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, until 11:30am.  I enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Dikaia started to roam, but I called her back, and put her, onto her chain.  I gave fresh dry-food to Dikaia, and a hot-dog, containing hidden medication.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I called Geico, and made my car insurance tax payment, for six months.  My COPD remains ‘active’…  The Bronkaid, has restored, my ability, to breathe deeply, but, laboriously, with effort, at times, and this ‘morning’, was one of those times…

I cleaned my dishes.  The kitchen, had remained clean, and that was nice.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage, into the outside garbage container.  I straightened, the living-room, and updated, my entertainment reference library book, though I remain, unable to print pages, due to lack, of black ink.  I put away, the entertainment items, which I had recently enjoyed.  I received, a telephoned text message, from Fishnetterrie, saying that she had received, the letter from me, which I mailed last week.  Fishnetterrie told me, she was, again, coping with, a sinus infection.  I replied, to be glad, when the sinus problem is ended.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I shaved and showered.  My home seemed chilly, when I was still wet, and I put on, my insulated jacket, over a Zapata tee-shirt.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul and Mike2.  I enjoyed, some morning glory blooms, and saw, that my crab-apple thicket, also has, some red blooms.  I planted some bulbs, of flowering plants.  I made two nice portraits, of a male face.  Raoul returned, with ample food, and kindly said, that he would prepare a dinner, for all three of us.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish in oil.  I ate one aspirin.

I gave Mike2, a ride to a nearby McDonald’s, and then I proceeded, to a Food Lion grocery store, where I bought, ample dog-food, and a dog-toy, and some dog treats, and got some things, for myself also.  I went to Staples, and bought two cartridges of black ink.  I enjoyed, the scenic route home, using River Drive.  Raoul helped me, to unload the vehicle.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and then a nice meal, with some hidden medication.  I fed my fish.  I noticed, one new baby fish.  I printed, the new pages, for the entertainment library reference book, and integrated them, into that book.

Raoul said, that due to my illness, my employer, shall make some accommodation for me, to make life easier.  I said, that a business must make money to exist, and I, as a worker, must be able, to do my job, so for me to say, that my health, prevents me, from being able, to do my job, is a cause for dismissal, rather than, for accommodation.  Raoul felt that excuses, for failure to do a job, should be enough, to let one, retain a job, and Raoul probably feels, that he is, amply prepared, to make excuses.  I could ‘speculate’, that Raoul seems to believe, that anyone, should give to him, a job, and then pay him, even if he fails, to do that job, because he has ‘excuses’.

I mused, at how now, in Europe, those who work, and pay high taxes, for the social benefits, they do enjoy, might be somewhat annoyed, at the millions of refugees, arriving in their nations, who do nothing in return, for the social benefits, they are being given.  It can seem foolish, to work hard, when doing nothing, can get one, as much or more, than working…  There also can come, that tipping point, when a government, is unable, to financially afford, to do more.  The ‘solution’, of ‘printing more money’, or electronically generating more funds, out of ‘thin air’, can become ineffective, when it results, in a currency, seeming to become worthless.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal. I enjoyed, an exchange of emails, about movies, with Hessbie.  Hessbie recommends, a television series, 12 o’clock High, about US Air Force personnel, during World War Two.  News reports, indicated that polls show, Hillary to remain ahead of Trump, with Trump now gaining, but still behind.  The US stock market, has continued, to decline, day by day, for many days, and this could be, somewhat normal, in anticipation of a change, in Presidential administration, as ‘our’ government, now controls so much, of our ‘economy’.  This process, slows lets air, out of the artificially inflated, economic balloon, rather than having, one sudden big burst, after an election.

There was, a particularly nasty, Hillary campaign advertisement, which claimed to show, Trump mocking, a disabled reporter.  However, YouTube videos explain, that Trump, was using a gesture of uncertainty, acting ’spastic’, in a context, unrelated to any disabled person. On another hand, the word ‘libtard’, a liberal retard, is now being used, to describe liberals, who want to survive, on government funds, who want government, to pay for everything, without regard, to how the government, might be able, to do so.  There are some, who would prefer, to be parasites, rather than to work, those Castro called ‘lumpen’, or worms, in that ‘socialist paradise’, and some, who would prefer to work, if jobs are available, than to be parasites.  Some liberal Democrats, are now urging people, to avoid watching television, to refrain from exposing children, to ‘distasteful’ news, especially now, when even liberal media, has some focus, on Hillary’s corruption.  Perhaps at times, the US democratic system, makes the Chinese system, of only allowing, those who have become ’educated’, through schooling, to hold government positions, seem like a wise idea.  Perhaps those in the US, who favored, giving government, to the highest bidder’, failed to anticipate, that the highest bidders, might be foreigners…

I did spend foolishly, and bought, via Amazon, an ‘air swimmer’, a balloon shaped like a shark, which can be remotely controlled.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Dark Myst Paranormal, Patrick-S, Kale-E, Mary-M, Mick-C, Janice-T, and Tabatha-W, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Brenden-H, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I felt somewhat productive, and spent on-line, about four hours.

I returned to my home.  Mike2 was already asleep, so I brought Dikaia inside, and gave a hot-dog, to her.  Raoul shared with me, a small bowl of food, for which I had, allowed him to use, my lactose-free expensive milk.  Raoul ate, a huge amount, of hamburger meat, and a package, of hot-dogs, as well as, much of the other food, which he had gotten.  I was amazed, at how Raoul, failed to seek, to conserve his resources.  Raoul said his uncle had failed, to send money.  I advised Raoul, to avoid spending money today, based on income, which one might receive tomorrow.  I thanked Raoul, for his kindness, or fair trade, and I cleaned the kitchen.

Raoul and I enjoyed, three episodes, from season seven, of Red Dwarf, though Raoul did go, to the extra bedroom, during the third one.  I had, a mild sore throat, and a mucous cough.  I enjoyed, a very good or excellent movie, Jack Reacher, an action tale, starring Tom Cruise, among others.  I enjoyed, two episodes, from season one of Twin Peaks.  I went to sleep ‘early’, around 3:15am.  I was comfortable wearing a tee-shirt, insulated jacket, and being under, a Native American blanket, with Dikaia.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and then again, around 9:30am.  I was going, tot urn on, the main coffee-warmer, but discovered, it only had, a smidgen of coffee remaining.  I brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, until 10:30am, and did then get up, as I wished, to seek to enjoy, as much of this day, as I could, as it was, or is, my last day, off from work.

I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and, a bit later, fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, mostly to avoid, having any problems, between Dikaia and Mike2. I had sniffles, sneezes, and a mucous cough…  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I blew my nose, several times.  At least my breathing, was less laborious, than it had been yesterday.  My office, was chilly, and I kept, my insulated jacket, zipped up.  It was, a beautiful sunny day.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated, these notes.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.

I put on a cap, to seek to protect my hair, from some grease, in the air, at McDonald’s, which really is perhaps minor, but, as I stay there, for hours, it does accumulate.  I went, to a Wawa, and bought cigarettes.  I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Koko, who at over 75 years of age, is in, extremely good health, and works part-time, at a couple of places.  Koko helps, to keep this McDonald’s clean, inside and outside.  I enjoyed, some email exchanges, with Hessbie.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day, and shared, a piece of my heart art, with a person, who thanked me, for my having done so.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and Facebook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Kale-E, Benjamin-RA, Mary-M, Deep Woods Paranormal, Dayton Ohio Supernatural DOS, Elizabeth-J, and Gloria-P, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Gloria-P.  I added, and removed, two pictures, from Jualt Art, on FaceBook (‘https://www.facebook.com/groups/JualtArt/’).

I visited paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared items from them, on my FaceBook time-line, and shared with them, promotional art, with text information, about my books, for Writing On the Wall ~ perhaps a bit ‘off the wall’ (‘http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Wall-perhaps-wall-autobiography/dp/1495367770/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391453333&sr=1-1&keywords=writing+on+the+wall+Jualt’), The Thought of Christos (‘http://www.amazon.com/The-Thought-Christos-Jualt/dp/1496150007/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394820302&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Thought+of+Christos’) or (‘https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Thought-of-Christos-By-Jualt-R-Christos/53101935’), The Life of Christos series (‘http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_20/177-8219564-3225431?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the%20life%20of%20christos%20brooks&sprefix=The+Life+of+Christos%2Cstripbooks%2C289&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Athe%20life%20of%20christos%20brooks’), and Rs ~ rambling through spiritual history (‘http://www.amazon.com/Rs-rambling-through-spiritual-history/dp/1500896985/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408727545&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=Rs+~+rambling+through+spirituality+history’).

I alternated, between sharing the web-site, for my interview with Michael and Lindsay, on Paranormal and Beyond (‘http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9FAEs3LJwY’), which has some focus, upon my activities, with weather modification, atmospheric manipulation, as a shaman and shammas, and the show with Royce, on Talk Now Radio (‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DsMfWcQNzQ’), which has some focus, on my books and my family background, and also the show, with Melissa-P and William-P, on Dead Creek Radio, with its focus on religion and spirituality, and their impact on psychics (‘https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?embed_type=widget_standard&embed_uuid=b966a496-cd5d-4668-96e6-c56e3de84486&feed=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Fdcrwill1%2Fdead-creek-radio-with-melissa-and-will-pritchard%2F&hide_cover=1&hide_tracklist=1&replace=0’, and the very nice interview, with Kevin-M and Jennifer-S, on Paraversal Universe (‘http://mixlr.com/paranormal-king/showreel/paraversal-universal-wshaman-walter-brooks/’), with its focus on metaphysics, spirituality, and ‘paraversal things’, and the 160201 show, hosted by Jonathan Mallard, on Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast, with its focus, on my life as Christos, including interactions with ETs, and the 930201 show, hosted by Barbara Norcross, with Reverend James David Nicholls, with its focus on me, as Christos, and metaphysics in general (‘http://youtu.be/FFbSEU5MA3A’), and the 930325 show, hosted by Barbara Norcross, with its focus on psychic awareness, cults, David Koresh and Waco, and sexuality (‘http://youtu.be/Qf8Hhlx6N3o’), and the 920701 show, hosted by Lee Fowler, with its focus on psychic things, telepathy, and world events, and my ability to influence weather (‘https://youtu.be/gPFacpDzZbA’), and the 930106 show, hosted by psychic Barbara Norcross, about ‘psychic things’, and my birth (‘https://youtu.be/kIhPx4ML06c’), and the 930201 interview, hosted by Bob Manning, on Manning in the Morning, which focused on me as Christos (‘https://youtu.be/l9na0JWCryw’), and the 131025 interview, with Chuck Morse, on Chuck Morse Speaks, with its focus, on some of my life, as a journalist (‘https://youtu.be/INiAPpGSsTA’), and also, the 160902 Paraversal Universe program, with Kevin and Jennifer Malek, psychic medium Amelia Pisano, and paranormal investigator Jim Heater, with its focus, on paranormal of yesterday and today, tips about paranormal investigations, ouijas and other portals, shamanism, mediumship, and ‘paralogian’ issues (‘http://mixlr.com/paranormal-king/showreel/paraversal-universe-ww-brooks-a-pisano-j-heater/’).

Mary-M, brought to my attention, the continuing protests, around the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Apparently, Obama simply requested, that construction be halted, but work has continued, with police protection.  Tribes from all over the Americas, have sent delegations, to join this protest.  I mentioned, to Mary-M, that I had heard, that this pipeline, is located, on non-Native (NDN) lands.  Mary-M told me, that the land in question, is ‘treaty land’, and suggested, that I search, for Sacred Stone Camp, to get more information.  I shared the web-site, for Sacred Stone Camp, on my FaceBook time-line.  I continue to sympathize, with the US need, to gain oil supplies, as the MidEast, grows in turmoil.  I also sympathize, with NDN fears, that pipelines do leak, and cause, environmental damage.  I have yet to see, any compromise proposal, for a route for this pipeline, that the oil company ad NDNs, can both accept.  Apparently, police fired rubber bullets, at protesters.  NDNs now plan, a peaceful march, to go to that police station, to offer forgiveness, for the acts of personnel.

I spent on-line, about three and a half hours, and felt productive.  I returned, to my home.  I visited with, Ramboi and Adrien, who told me, that Raoul, had visited and worked very briefly, on some cans, but then stopped, and come back, to my home.  Sometimes Raoul might seem determined, to do nothing, to promote his own survival.  Adrien advised, that the task, offered to Raoul, might now instead, be granted to Mike2, and I later advised Raoul, to seek to complete, that task, for Adrien and Ramboi, lest he lose that work, to someone else.

I returned, to my home.  I enjoyed, a good to very good, action movie, Jack Ryan:  Shadow Agent, and also, an excellent movie, Goya’s Ghosts, a biography, of Francisco Goya.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul and Mike2.  Mike2, was going to give, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and then seek to release her, from her chain.  I did advise Mike2, against doing this, and suggested that I be with him, but Mike2 felt, that Dikaia would behave better, if I was absent.  This turned out, to be false.  Dikaia continues, to remain ’offish’, toward Mike2.  I brought Dikaia inside, after Mike2, went to sleep.  Dikaia has been, gaining weight, and I loosened her collar, by one notch, as her neck, has been getting larger.

I experienced, two episodes, from season seven, of Red Dwarf.  Raoul went to sleep, around 12-midnight, so that he could get up early, to attend church.  However, around 1:00am, Raoul asked me, if it would be okay, for him to shower.  I thought, the question was odd, as Raoul can shower, any time he might wish, and I told that to Raoul.  I enjoyed, two episodes, from Young Hercules.  I enjoyed, five episodes, from season one of the Legion of Superheroes.  I enjoyed, two episodes, of Eerie, Indiana.  I received, a nice telephoned text message, from Fishnetterrie advising me, of a package, that might arrive, in ten days to two weeks.  Fishnetterrie wrote, that she is now feeling better.

I did enjoy, a can of mini-beef ravioli, and then later, a hamburger.  I was chilly, and at times, had laborious breathing.  I felt tired, and went to sleep, around 3:30am.  I felt akin, to a fish, seeking oxygen at the surface of the water, and breathed, somewhat shallowly.  I was clearly reminded, that I do have COPD.  I had anticipated, that time had, gone backwards, one hour, to ’fall back’, on this evening.  I awoke, at 8:30am, and then again, at 10:30am.  I was going, to turn on, the coffee-maker, but found, only a smidgen of coffee, to be remaining, so returned to sleep, until nearly 1:00pm.  My breathing was challenging, and I coughed mucous, and wheezed.  I microwaved, some coffee, while fresh coffee brewed.  I cleaned the kitchen, and straightened, the living-room.

I was confused, about the time, as my battery-powered wall-clock, and my computer time, and my cell-phone time, all matched, and, if the time had changed, then my cell phone, should have automatically changed, and been different, than my wall-clock.  When Raoul arose, around 3:00pm, he showed me, that the time indicated, by his telephone, had gone backwards, one hour.  I changed, my wall-clock, and computer time.  It was nice, to gain that extra hour, during the afternoon.  Raoul said, he had awakened, on time, to got to church, but had felt ill, so remained at home.

I fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside, and gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to her.  I updated these notes.  I received, a telephoned text message, people could just walk in, to Integrity, on this day, and be hired right away, for work at Amazon.  Work could have been, most challenging, for me, the way I felt, when I was first awakening, but, by the real 3:00pm, rather than 4:00pm, as indicated by my cell phone, I did feel somewhat better, and felt, that I could work.  Part of me, hoped to get, a call, indicating the availability for me, of voluntary time off, so that I could avoid, risking a bad rate in Singles.  I updated, my entertainment library reference book.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  My throat, went from, wheezing, when I breathed, to raspy.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  I made, a nice portrait, of Gloria-P.

I shaved, and showered, and put on, clean underwear and a clean, long-sleeve green shirt.  I got Raoul, to do a Google search, for Richmond 12 weather phone, and he found, the telephone umber, where I can call in, to receive information, about our anticipated weather.  I saved, that telephone number, to my telephone contacts, in my telephone and computer.  I made selections, of soups, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I gave, a very nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication, and also, gave to her, some fresh dry-food.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish, and a hot-dog.  I did have, a very good appetite, which has become, somewhat rare, for me.  I fed my fish.  The call came, with an offer, of voluntary time off, and I got Raoul, to help me, to claim it, which he did.

I relaxed, in the living-room, and enjoyed, with Raoul, the Legacy Collection, of six The Mummy movies, released between 1932 and 1955.  Mike2 returned, and joined us, for a while, and then, went to sleep.  Raoul was particularly witty, and did get me, to laugh and smile, at times.  I brought Dikaia inside after Mike2, went to sleep.  Dikaia ignores Mike2, when they are both inside, but outside, Dikaia is somewhat ‘nasty’, toward Mike2.  Raoul went to the extra bedroom early, saying that he wanted, to get an early start, the next day, to retrieve funds, to be sent to him, by an uncle, which he had planned to receive, several days ago.  However, Raoul did seem, to remain awake, speaking with a lady, that he calls, his ‘girlfriend’.  Raoul remains fond, of the gentleman, he refers to, as his ‘boyfriend’.  Raoul says, he dislikes, receiving oral sex, dislikes giving hand-jobs, dislikes receiving anal sex, though in the past, he has also said, he enjoyed receiving anal sex, but says, he is open, to all forms of sex.  I think Raoul, might be, as Doright suggests, simply ‘opportunistic’.  Such things, remain irrelevant, between Raoul and I.

I enjoyed, two episodes, from Young Hercules, and one episode, from season one, of Twin Peaks.  I enjoyed, two nice meals.  I fell asleep, perhaps around 3:30am, while watching television.  I awoke, and went to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster.  I awoke, around 8:30am, and returned to sleep, until 10:30am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I had a serious, prolonged, 20-minute, coughing fit, which reminded me, of the days, when I had pneumonia.  The involuntary coughing, made inhaling difficult. It was pretty bad.  Keeping my mouth open, seemed to help, to get my coughing fit, to subside, perhaps thanks to osmosis, evaporation, or diffusion…  I awoke again, around 12;30pm.  I relaxed.  My lungs felt tired.  Breathing, was challenging.

I fed my fish.  I let Dikaia run free, and she remained, in the back yard.  However, Mike2, returned home, and I put Dikaia, onto her chain, and successfully coaxed her, to cease barking and snarling.  Mike2 told me, that he has been, performing community service, due to a trespassing charge, but that, is almost over now.  My breathing, made conversing, a bit of a challenge.  Mike2 made a meal for himself, and went to the living-room to seek to enjoy, episodes of 24.  I enjoyed left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I updated, my entertainment library reference book.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  My cellular telephone, now displays, the correct time… I worked, on a portrait, of Gloria-P, spending a lot of time, on this project, with many polishing touches, using many facets, of my talents, as an artist.

My coffee-maker died. I went to Rose’s, and bought a coffee-maker, and five bags, of candy.  Breathing while walking at Rose’s, was challenging, but I did feel better, when I got home, than went I departed.  I returned, to my home, and set-up, the new coffee-maker, which seemed to brew coffee, much more slowly, than the one which died.  I mixed, the new bags of candy, with the existing bag, of mixed candy, and made selections of candy, to put into one pocket.  It was also, much warmer outside, than inside my home.  I have advised Mike2 and Raoul, to leave open, the living-room door, when it is warmer outside, than inside, to use that, as an opportunity, to allow fresh air to circulate, in the living-room, and help to get rid, of some of the cigarette smoke, and cough germs, that otherwise, get pent up, in that room, but they did prefer, to leave everything closed.

I ate one aspirin.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I made, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I did hope, for the telephoned text message, advising me, of the availability, of voluntary time off, but it failed to come.  I did again muse, about the paradox, of refraining from going to work, in order to keep my job.  I could muse, that at least coincidentally, the priority item deadlines, had been missed, when I was absent, and met, when I was there…  Sort of paradoxical, for me to get penalized, for meeting priority deadlines, as that type of item, can lower one’s rate…  I also mused, about the contrast between how I, a senior citizen, with challenged health, am seeking to work, while surrounded, by able-bodied, more youthful males, who seem to prefer, to do nothing, and sadly, or wrongly, perhaps I am enabling them…  I had hoped, that Mike2 and Raoul, would use my ‘sanctuary’, and help, to get themselves, into better positions in life.  I also note, that ‘coincidentally’, neither was around me, when they were doing okay, and were healthy, but both chose, to come to me, when they were down and out, and were sick, with contagious respiratory conditions.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I used my headlights, a sign of seasonal change.  I felt my breathing, as I walked, to the upstairs break-room.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Augustus.  Floyd told me, that voluntary time off, had been offered, at 5:00am this morning. Augustus told me, that this voluntary time off, was still available, but only until, the start of shift.  I asked Augustus, if there would be, enough Multi-work, for me, and he answered negatively.  I saw that boss Roy, had returned, and this generally could mean, that I would receive, the worst of all possible assignments, as Roy seems to me, to favor, the corrupt cheaters, and he disfavors, those who are honest.

I sought to sign in, but found, that my password, had expired.  I input, a new password, and the system, just continually asked me, to repeat it, which I did, but it failed, to proceed, from that spot.  I walked to the IT office, and the gentleman there, told me, to get my manager, to change my password, though he was not doing anything, and simply preferred, to do nothing.  My manager, was actually on vacation, and the other bosses, were in their regular, before-work meeting.  I went downstairs, to Human Resources, and the person there, called the IT guy, and told him, to help me, to change my password.  I walked back upstairs, and to IT, and was able, to quickly change the password.  I then went back, to the break-room, and signed on, and was able, to claim this day off, without pay, with voluntary overtime…  It seems paradoxical, for me to be able, to navigate through, malfunctioning equipment, and people prone to doing nothing, so that I could take the day off, without pay to ‘save’ my job…  This was the day, of the holiday meal, and I was mildly disappointed, to miss that, though I suppose, I could return, to attend that. As I desperately face, my future, without income for a while, it might be nice, if one of the two whom I am helping to survive, were to more actively seek, to gain income, to contribute, to this household.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Sally, Carrie, Bluster, Floyd, and Augustus, and then departed, as the shift began.  Bluster is pleased, to have secured, a position, with the no-working Safety Committee, a nice insulated position, though he still, does other tasks, now and then.  Bluster said, he had already voted, and was in favor, of the state constitutional amendment, which would require, union membership, for some jobs.  To me, requiring union membership, can evolve to, just another corrupt group, another ‘gang’, another tax, which workers must pay.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I retrieve, the new incoming electric bill, from my mail-box, and then, a short while later, the mail carrier returned, actually made a u-turn, or actually, what Raoul calls, a ’k-turn’, to get back to my home, and delivered to my home, the CD-DVD paper sleeves, and the remote controlled, ‘air-swimmer’ shark balloon.

I spent the evening, mostly with Raoul, as Mike2, did spend some time, with Ramboi and Adrien.  Raoul spoke with his uncle, Sal, and waiting hopefully, for money to arrive, from Sal, but it never did.  I was able, to enjoy my evening, thanks to a nice meal, prepared by Raoul, and by enjoying, episodes, of The Legion of Superheroes, from between 2006 and 2008.  I was comfortable, under a blanket, at times with Dikaia.  I did ration, my cigarette consumption.  My cough, was intermittent.  I was basically okay.  Raoul and Dikaia, were pleasant company.  I went to sleep, around 3:30am.  I awoke, at 8:30am, and then again, at 10:30am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I coughed intermittently, for about 40 minutes, and then dozed, until 12:38pm.  My coughing, was more prolonged, today than yesterday, but not as serious…  So much coughing, can influence, for a sense of fatigue.  I am hoping, by going through this illness now, that I might be spared, from another such illness, during winter months.

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I slowly became more wakeful.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I cleaned, the cooking dishes, from the previous evening, as I had been able, to enjoy that meal, which Raoul cooked.  I gave to Dikaia, some hidden medication, in a hot-dog.  Mike2 and Raoul, enjoyed the big television, in my living-room.  I decided, to go vote, and did so.  I saw, both Belinda and Adam, and also Pete.  I noted, a total absence, of Trump signs, or signs for any Republicans, as all signs, were for Democrats, somewhat more of a reflection, of corruption and bad deeds, than of the people.  I mused, that while I might have helped, to nudge Hopewell, toward having elections, for city offices, they seem to have moved, toward a one-party system…  I did vote, for Trump and Belinda, and against, requiring union membership for jobs.  I did vote, for allowing an exemption, from property tax, for spouses of police and fire personnel, who are killed in action.  I felt better, when I got home, than before I departed.

I fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food to Dikaia.  I put water, into the little bird-bath, which had become dry.  I mused, at how incompetent I must be, as a manager, if I am unable, to get Raoul, to do that one simple task, and also, how foolish Raoul might be, if he fails, to do that one small thing, of keeping water, in that bird-bath, to enable him, to have shelter.  I did mention to Raoul, that he is failing, to keep the bird-bath, filled with water, and advised him that a job, a manager might prefer, to be rid of Raoul, than to spend so much time, reminding Raoul, to do the same thing.  I told Raoul, that it is beneficial for him, to exercise, his capacity for self-discipline, in seeking to be responsible.  I can say, that at least Raoul repaired, the flashlight, for the DVD closet, whch I had earlier repaired. Someone, other than Raoul or myself, is apparently, turning the top, to attempt, to turn it on, with a result, of everything becoming disconnected, and then leaves it that way.  I finished, the second portrait, of Gloria-P.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  I played four games, of Reversi-Othello, and only won, the final game.

I did ask Mike2, if he had done anything, to gain employment.  Mike2 said, that he had to refrain, from seeking to work, until after, his community service hours, are completed, which he has indicated, would be, at the end, of this week.  I do recall, that Mike2, had indicated, before moving into my home, that he was, already employed.  I do not faultMike2, for enjoying, some recreational beverages, but I do understand, that cash is required, for these purchases…  Mike2, went next door, while Adrien and Ramboi, were at work, and started an outdoor fire, with their wood, but did seem to refrain, from handling the aluminum cans…  Consuming someone else’s supplies, without doing anything in return, is a bit sad…  I suspect, Mike2 went next door, to enjoy, recreational beverage(s)…

I shaved, and was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  My back went out…  I showered…  I made a point, to put on, my security identification badge.  I made selections of candy, for my pocket, for first-half, at work.  I gave a nice meal, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I was pleased, that Raoul had opened, the front door, to allow fresh air, into the living-room, while it was, warmer outside, than inside.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.

I did get a message, indicating a lack of work, and the availability, of voluntary time off, but felt, I could risk, a bad rate day, as I had, one good rate day.  I most certainly, could use some income, as right now I would be earning, more from Social Security, than from my job.  People are perhaps, holding off from buying things, awaiting the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday sales, while Amazon is hiring, extra personnel, in anticipation, of that time-period, so we now have, an abundance of personnel, while having, a lower work demand.  I might accept, lowered income for one more week, but after that, I would prefer, to seek to earn income.  I fed my fish, and put on cologne.  I ate one aspirin.  I played, two games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I drank, some water-based, fruit-flavored beverage.  I departed, from my home, around 5:03pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  However, I found myself, basically unable, to walk, when I exited my vehicle, as I had, very serious back pain.  I was hunched over, and could only step, maybe one foot in distance, at a time.  I was very limited, and, in great pain, with every step.  I felt I could feel, cartilage scrapping, as I sought, to walk.  I took me, ‘some time’, to even get to the entrance, of the facility.  I had hoped, that the back pain, would subside, as I walked, but that, failed to occur.  I could chuckle, that the pain, actually, literally, took my breath away, as if, I didn’t already have, enough problems, with breathing, thanks to the respiratory ailments, of Raoul and Mike2, as well as, my COPD.  I hobbled slowly, to the Human Resources area, and was able, to claim, voluntary time off, for this day.  My paycheck, shall be smaller…  My back, did feel, slightly better, as I hobbled, back to my vehicle.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.

I hobbled back, inside my home. Even sitting, was painful at times, as my lower back, would give jolts to me, when my back, sought to settle, into proper position, and this would cause my body, to jerk a bit, now and then.  Intermittent coughing fits, also caused, me to feel, some back pain.  Raoul felt, that I should refrain, from saying, that he had, cast some respiratory ailment, in my direction, as he said, that at most, he had felt sick, on one day, and only for a short part, of that day.  I advised Raoul, that if he sincerely wished, to gain custody, of his son, as he is fond of saying, that then he should, more earnestly seek employment, and also hold a job, for a while, to give some meaning, to his words, to show his ability, to actually care for a child, to show, that he could provide income, rather than, perhaps appearing, to view a child, as a source of income, from the state.  Mike2, did apologize, for having brought, a respiratory ailment, into my home.

I sought to relax, to let my body heal.  I brought Dikaia, into my home, after Mike2, went to sleep.  Raoul and I, enjoyed episodes, from Lexx, Red Dwarf, and, the Legion of Super Heroes.  Raoul did, prudently urge me, to try my inhaler, but I did refrain.  Raoul seemed to believe, that his uncle was on his way, to send money, to Raoul, so Raoul departed, to await the arrival, of that money.  However, Raoul received a message, that his uncle, was delayed, because of being pulled over, by police, and then Raoul, heard nothing further, and allegedly, nothing arrived.  Raoul was concerned, that his uncle, had been arrested.

Raoul helped me, by changing the DVDs, as I was reluctant, to stand and walk unnecessarily.  When I did stand, I was hunched over, and my steps, were very small. My coughing, influenced me, to refrain, from smoking tobacco.  I did give, many cigarettes, to Raoul.  Raoul helped, with his telephone, to keep us informed, of election results.  We kept looking, now and then, at elections results, from around 10:00pm, until 3:00am.  I was pleasantly surprised, that Trump, remained ahead, both in the popular vote, and in the electoral vote.  The popular vote, remained close, throughout the evening, with 48-percent, for Trump, and 47-percent, for Hillary.  The difference, between Hillary and Trump, in New Hampshire, was less than 100 votes.  Virginia was given to Trump, at one point, and then given, to Hillary.

I was surprised, to learn, that Texas, is now, the second largest electoral state, and Florida and New York, are tied for third.  California remains, the largest electoral state.  California and New York, went to Hillary, but Texas and Florida, went to Trump.  Arkansas, where Bill Clinton, had been governor, went to Trump.  At 3:10am, Trump had achieved, 276 electoral votes, and had needed 270, to win.

The Democratic Party, lost control, of the Senate, while the Republicans, made gains, in the House of Representatives, and retained their control.  For me, Trump’s victory, if he abolishes, the medical insurance tax, of ObamaCare, is a ‘life-saver’, as I would have been unable, to afford to pay, that monthly tax, from my monthly Social Security income.

I went to sleep, shortly after learning, with Raoul, that Trump had won.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I think sounds, of road-work, awakened me, but I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:44pm.  Raoul had said, he wished to go, to a Food Bank, around 1:00pm, so I awakened him.  I fed my fish.  My mind, was slightly foggy.

I felt, I could safely work, this week, and decide, whether to alert Social Security, after that.  If I do remain, beyond this week, into November, then I face, many weeks, before I could receive, Social Security payment, just before Christmas, in December.  I could notify Social Security, at the end of next week, while it remains October, that I would wish, to receive, my first payment, in November, and continue to work, until that time.  I lack the funds, to easily survive, until that time, unless I remain with my job, for a while longer.  I have, a little over, three car payments remaining, and a big, car insurance tax payment, and there is also, being able to afford, heat in winter, if I continue to work.  So, for now, it does seem, like it benefits me, to continue to work…  I do seem, to continue to lack, any income, from my books…

I put Dikaia, onto her chain, so she would be unable, to try and follow Raoul, when he departed.  I gave, fresh dry-food, to Dikaia, and a hot-dog, which contained hidden medication.  I added water, to the little bird-bath, and gave some water, to the nearby, potted yellow blooming plant.  I cleaned the dishes, from Raoul and myself, from the previous evening.  Raoul departed, to go to a Food Bank.  I straightened the living-room.  I integrated, the new page, for the entertainment reference book.  I put away, my Toshiba lap-top computer, and pad-locked, my bedroom door.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal.  I put on, my security identification badge, for work.  I went downstairs, to the basement, to get some plastic, to ‘winter-proof’, a living room window, and also located, two bags of clothing, left behind, by former guests, in my home.  I retrieved, some sheets of plastic.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I put away, DVDs and VCR tapes, leaving only, those DVDs, which had yet to be experienced.  I made selections, of candy, soup, and fruit, for my upcoming work-shift.  Raoul returned.  I micro-waved, a small piece of chicken, which I had thawed, the previous evening.

Raoul was pleased, that he had gotten, some already made sandwiches, and a loaf of bread, among other items, from the Food Bank.  Raoul and I, both ate something.  Raoul said, he was reluctant, to go to the blood center, to earn income, by giving plasma, as he felt, our temperature, would be getting cold, and he lacked a jacket.  I had Raoul, look through, the bags of clothing, which I had located, in my basement, but he was unable, to locate, a specific jacket, that he had hoped, to perhaps find.  I did have, a small jacket, which at one point, I had intended, to give to Mack, but Mack, has remained absent, and Raoul is here now, and lacks a jacket, while cold air, is to arrive, tomorrow night.  I gave, that nice, fine, insulated jacket, to Raoul.

Raoul cut, pieces of tape, which I used, to seek to secure, the plastic, around the living-room window, with the air-conditioning unit, to help ‘winter-proof’, that window, as it has tended, to let in, a cold draft.  Raoul became uncertain, if he could perform this task, citing the tape, as being difficult to handle, and his bowels, seemed to be, ‘on fire’.  Nonetheless, I had Raoul, continue to seek, to do as well as he could.  Raoul helped me, to properly secure, a wire, to get the stereo sound system, working properly, in the living-room.  These two tasks, I had given, to Raoul, some weeks ago, and he had ignored them, but I do admit, that both were easier, with two people, rather than, with only one.  Raoul returned, to enjoying episodes, from the television series, Eureka, as apparently, his bowel problem, had vanished, as had, his desire, to earn income by donating plasma.  I updated, these notes.

I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I was slightly, short of breath…  I could laugh at myself, as I was, without reluctance, to go to work, until time came, for me to go to work.  I also mused that it had taken, five days, for me to recover enough, from ‘working’, to regain, some ‘dynamism’.  I departed, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Sally, and Floyd, before work began, with some coffee, supplied by Amazon, in the upstairs break-room.  While Hillary, might like to allege, to advance her own political agenda, that it was Russia, which leaked, her emails, I would tend to believe, that the one agency, that could actually gain, access to those emails, was probably, our own, National Security Agency, and that such a leak, might have been done, because that agency, actually has some valid concern, for our nation’s well-being.  Augustus had a birthday recently, and I joked to him, that he might soon, be as old as me, though that shall actually be, some time from now.  I affirmed, to Augustus, that I would like, to remain with Amazon, at least until February, or May.  I do remain concerned, about financial jeopardy, if I remain, and lose my job, at the start of one month, when I might have to survive, for seven weeks, before gaining, my first Social Security payment.  Corrine affirmed, that I had, made rate, during the previous week, so I am okay, for another week’s employment.

I was assigned, to Multi-Cart, and remained there, for first quarter, and much of second quarter.  I had good carts, and had a first-quarter rate, of 189, which I thought, was perhaps low, but, could have been accurate, as I had processed, priority items, from a Mega-B cart.  New boss trainee, Brando, asked me, to go to AFE, during the All Hands meeting, for another shift.  I ‘joked’, to Brando, that going to AFE, would hurt my rate, and could cause me, to have a third production warning, which could cause me, to lose my job, and then I would have to sue him, in court, for my job loss, and he would have, to pay my rent.  I was, only ‘joking’, but Brando was concerned enough, to go to Corrine, about this.  Corrine assured me, that this would only be, for the time, of the meeting, and then, I could return, to processing Multi-Carts upstairs.  I sought, to switch, to packing Singles, for the last part, of my time upstairs, so that the idle time, while I went, from upstairs, until I started packing, in AFE, would count against a Singe rate, rather than, against my Multi-rate.  This did seem to fail, as my Multi rate, dropped from 189, to 177, for first-half.

My time in AFE, was pleasant, and I did seek, to work hard, and perhaps my rate there, was better today, than it had been, the previous time, I had been there.  There was nice music, in AFE.  I shared candy, with many people, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Sugar and Sadie, as I worked.

I learned, during the course of the ‘day’, that the two fires, at this facility, during my days off, had been deliberately set.  One was in a bathroom, and I thought, this might have been, relatively harmless, as the only things, which could burn, would have been toilet paper, and paper towels, with everything else, being ceramic, tile, or water.  It was suggested to me, that this fire, was set, in that place, because that area, lacks security cameras, so the identity, of that arsonist, was concealed.  I was told, that once a fire alarm sounds, then all exits are opened, which could have allowed, for someone, to remove things, from our facility.  The fire, could thus have been, a tool, to allow for robbery.  A second fire, had been set, in a storage area, and had been undiscovered, for a while, and had burned, for some time, before being detected.  Some of the damages, might have been caused, by water, from anti-fire systems.

One item, from the All-Hands meeting, was that during this coming Peak, we shall have, as a norm, 12-hour shifts, five days a week.  I enjoyed, my meal-time break, with Floyd.  Sancho, Doright, Selassie, Carrie, Christine, and Stokley, made a point, to say hello to me, and that was nice.  I enjoyed, two breaks with Lilly, Friday, Winston, Randy, and Monique.  I did get, one very nice cart, during second-half, and this, should have boosted my rate tremendously.  However, Robinson visited, to tell me, that my rate, was only 178.  I thought this, was impossible.  Robinson said, he could show me, how it was true, and I somewhat disparaged, the entire computer system, as, in my view, there was absolutely no way, that could have been true.  Robinson said, he had only meant, to encourage me, and I said, it was actually, very discouraging, to work hard, and then receive, a low rate, especially when, at this time, keeping my job, might depend, on my achieving, good rates.  Perhaps Robinson, was encouraging me, to leave, before the start, of the upcoming month…  I would be, financially okay, if I did this.  Upon review, my rate, was found, to be 206.  I worked hard, and processed, two big Mega-A carts, which were filled, with priority items, and then some more items, from two other carts.  My final rate, Floyd later told me, was 210.

Doright had, a peculiar situation, where he was asked, to serve intermittently, as a Process Guide, and he did so, but this time, was counted, as idle time, which reduced his Multi-rate, to 140…  I believe, Doright does, a good job, as a Process Guide.  Khan was my water-spider, and he did, a good job.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work, while listening, to some nice music, left in my vehicle, by Hessbie, from our trip, to visit Whymaster.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog to her, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with the amusing final episode, from season eight, of South Park, and the first humorous episode, from season nine, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.  My living-room, felt slightly warmer, and I hoped, that was because, sealing that window, had made, a nice difference.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and then again, around 12:30pm.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer, and let Dikaia, go outside.  Dikaia and I, then both returned, to the living-room sofa, given to me, by Whymaster. I was tired, and reluctant, to start my day…  I did arise, around 1:20pm.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Dikaia did roam, and I put her, onto her chain, after finding, my mail-box, to be empty.  I gave to Raoul, my last pack, of short cigarettes.  I had, when Raoul arrived, about 14 of these.  I smoked, none of these myself.  I discovered, that most of the remaining packs, had only one or two cigarettes in them, whereas previously, they had been full.  I said nothing about this, to Raoul.  It is, what it is…  What is done, is done…  Raoul arose, around 2:30pm, and soon departed, allegedly to earn income, by donating plasma.  Raoul said, he would return, after I left for work.  I was going, to give to Raoul, some boxes, of macaroni and cheese, but was horrified, when I looked, into the kitchen drawers, assigned to Raoul, and found them to be empty, except for a lot of garbage, perhaps left, by Jeremiah-B and Amber-F.  I was amazed, that Raoul, had failed, to clean those drawers.  I took five minutes, and emptied them, of all garbage, and gave four food items, to Raoul.  I made two, very nice, realistic portraits, of Doright.  I played, a game of Reversi-Othello, which I lost…

I shaved, and was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose, though that seemed, to be a lot of effort, for a little result, probably due, to that small piece, of chicken yesterday… I put on deodorant, shoes, and my security identification badge, among other things…  I straightened, the living-room, and emptied, what had become, a small mountain, of cigarette filters, where Raoul sits…  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I drank some fruit-flavored, water-based beverage.  I ate one aspirin.  I departed, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  Floyd told me, that he had tested one furnace, for heat in his home, a sign of seasonal change.  Floyd also mentioned, that he had overheard Colonel, saying that arrest warrants, would soon be issued, for those involved, with setting fires, at our facility.  Floyd was tired, as he had, been unable, to get to sleep.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Bluster and Selassie.  The work-station, had many issues, which I resolved, before I began work.  Brando helped, to properly set up work-stations.  I made a point, to tell Brando, that I had only been, joking with him, the previous day.  Brando assured me, that he had been okay, with my ‘joke’.  Bluster became my water-spider, and he did, a good job.

I remained, in my work-station, for the entire shift.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Lilly, Monique, Randy, Winston, and Friday.  Winston told me, that it can be retention, of carbon dioxide, which causes a body, to seek more violently, to inhale, whereas, use of any other gas, can allow, for the body, to more peacefully, ‘go to sleep’, to ’exit’…  Monique told me, that Lilly and Friday, are now ‘dating’…

I handled, many Mega-B carts, for Augustus, which had many priority items, and a so-so Mega-A cart, for Robinson. I was concerned, that handling, so many Mega-B carts, would lower my rate, and get me, that terminal third production warning, but my first-half rate, was miraculously posted, as 190.  This was the first time, in my current memory, when my official posted rate, might have been in error, in my favor, and that was nice, as it might indicate, that my bosses, might prefer, to retain me.  As I face, the coming start, of a new month, I must be aware, of the probability, for my continued employment.  I did seek, to work hard, during second-half, to raise my rate, as a ‘just in case’, any ‘error’, might be ’corrected’. I know, that I packed more, during second-half, than during first-half, and I did get, many priority items, and their carts, finished for Augustus.

It was, a good day for me, with Amazon, and I could be glad, to be there.  My legs, did feel inflamed, at times, and I attributed this, to my consuming, too much candy.  I shared candy, with many people, including Doright, Bap, Christine, Stokley, Taloos, Mattie, Babe, Bluster, Selassie, Augustus, and Liam, among others, including with security personnel, as I departed.  Boolaboola has returned to work.  Carrie was curious, because Sally had vanished, the previous day, after work began, had failed to return, for work, on this day.  Lilly told me, that Sally, had become ill.  I worked, a full shift.  I should have, made rate, for this ‘work-week’, so I believe, that I do have, at least one more week, of employment, with Amazon.

I mused, that while Henry, had envisioned, a Biblical prophecy, indicating that Trump would win, this election, to end corruption, and save our nation, that a person, who does everything for money, performing favors, for the highest bidder, and letting that, determine policy, like Hillary, and perhaps even, the Democratic party, might be construed, as ‘the whore of Babylon’…

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog to her, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season nine, of South Park.  I discovered, that Raoul, had adjusted, the theatre sound system, and it did sound, very nice, and that was, a pleasant improvement.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:30pm.  I enjoyed, some quality time, with Dikaia.  Raoul was already awake, and had placed, a pack of new cigarettes, onto my desk.  I thanked Raoul, for doing that.  I fed my fish.  Dikaia did roam, and I put her, onto her outside chain.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia, and later, another hot-dog, with some fresh dry-food.  I found nothing of interest, in my mail-box.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I was slow to awaken.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  I advised Raoul, to seek to experience, at least one documentary, per week.  I proof-read, my letter to Fishnetterrie, and printed it.  I played, two games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I made a portrait, from a current image, of Sting, a professional wrestler, whom I used to adore.

I shaved, and washed my face.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  I discarded, my lactose-free, milk container, which Raoul, had consumed, and left in the refrigerator…  I gave a meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.  I was, slightly chilly, in my office, so closed, the remaining open window.  Now, all windows, of my home, are closed, and all fans, are off…  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  Raoul helped me, when I cooked, three eggs, and mixed them, with a can of tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I ate one aspirin.  I drank, some fruit-flavored, water-based beverage.  I put on cologne.  I did have, a slight mood boost, thinking this to be, my last ‘work-day’, of this ‘work-week’.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.  Onwards with a smile.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  Sally returned to work, on this day.  Doright was absent.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Caruso and Floyd.  Our work-shift, was omitted, from those selected, to attend, the All-Hands meeting, and I brought this, to the attention, of boss Brando, who said, our shift, should attend.  Henrico celebrated, his one-year anniversary.  Apparently, many Singles-packers, had been offered, voluntary time-off, and then, we apparently, lacked Multi-work, and Multi-packers, were asked, to pack Singles.  I was assigned to pack Singles, and was concerned, that this could cause me, to have a less than good rate, for the day, which could then trigger, a third and final production warning, though this would be ’later’, and this was, the first day, of the ‘rate week’.  However, I was truly ‘saved’, by Misty, who snagged some great totes, with many multiple small items, and shared some of these, with me.  Yan asked me, to switch to Multis, as first quarter ended, and I had, a posted rate, of 123, in Singles…  I had so-so carts, and actually became concerned, with getting a good rate, in Multis, as normally, it is Singles, which concerns me, and I can somewhat take for granted, that I will do okay, in Multis.  Caruso later told me, that all items, do count, in one’s overall average.

I sat with Sally, in the All-Hands meeting.  General Manager Colonel, told us, that last year, during Peak, overall, Amazon lost $330 million.  We are hiring, one-third less personnel, to reduce the inefficiency, and cost of training, of new workers.  We compensate, by adding time, to our work-shifts.  My shift, shall have, five 12-hour days, ‘on the clock’.  I am to start work, at 6:00pm, and end work, around 6:30am.  Our meal-break, will be at 9:45pm, and we now lack, any break, before then…  I wondered, if we would have, a second stand-up meeting, on work-days, of Peak.  Management is to let workers, go home early, when we might lack work.  Colonel warned workers, to seek to refrain, from using Unpaid Time Off, as he said, they would now be terminated, if they go, into negative UPT hours, which many have done.  Being given, 20 hours, of UPT, fails to cover much, when we are, going to have, 12-hour days…  It was a good meeting, and Colonel, was professional and personable.

One slightly amusing aspect, of the All-Hands meeting, was that Roberto, was honored, for having packed, 1.2 million items, in Singles, in the nearly four years, he has been with Amazon.  Colonel said, that quality, would now become, as important, or more important, than quantity.  Caruso has long groused, that Roberto, has an error rate, of about 40-percent.  Caruso chuckled, this means, that Roberto, generated the most errors, of anyone at Amazon…  Roberto was known, to be a cheater, one who artificially boosts his rate, by repeatedly scanning, the same item.  Roberto had become, so open, about his cheating, that he had been re-assigned, to doing Pick work, and only this week, was allowed, to return to Pack work.  If one assumes, that Roberto worked, four days per week, with 52 weeks per year, and four years, one gets 832 days, with 1442 items per day, or a Single rate, of 144, every hour, every day, for four years, which would be excellent.  I suppose, that once the 30 minutes, per day, of idle time, for breaks, is considered, then one’s ‘actual’ rate, would have to be, much higher, to get, the lower rate, of 144.  However, Roberto sometimes works, at the end of a line, and getting a rate like that, with big items, going into big boxes, seems somewhat impossible.  And, of course, there are many days, when Roberto worked Packing Multis, or worked, as a water-spider, or worked, doing Pick, and days when he left early, and had personal days off, and vacation time, and, of course, there are many days, when having artificially boosted his rate, Roberto then spends, many hours, just talking with people.  And, of course, Roberto is approaching four years, rather than, having already worked, for four years.  One might say, that Roberto, might have had to have, a Single Rate, of about 200, to achieve, the amount of items, with which he is credited...  Just a chuckle…

I worked packing Multis, for the remainder of the work-shift.  I had a rate, of 185, toward the end of the day.  I then got a cart, with about 400 items, and processed this, in one hour, which could have raised my rate, by at least ten points.  I actually had, a second cart, like that one, but Geronimo came, and took it, and I let it go, without protest, as my rate was good, and I figured, Geronimo needed it, as he had come, from another work-line, searching for a good cart.  I mused, that ‘one slot’ Geronimo, might fail to finish that cart, and might instead, just do the same slot, many many times.  I then discovered, at 3:30am, a Mega-B cart, which was being ignored, and had, all priority items, due by 4:30am.  I finished that, shortly after 4:00am, and switched to packing Singles, for the remainder of shift.  I discovered, an unmarked tote, which had priority items, and got those done.  Brando did notice, what I had done, and thanked me.  So, overall, I made rate, on this day.

I was amused, and chuckled with Selassie, about a girl, who spent about half of this day, speaking with the gentleman, who was in the work-station, ahead of mine.  She occasionally, sought to hide, behind carts, to avoid detection, by supervisors.  I mused, that somewhat obviously, this girl, was disinterested, in working, and was mostly focused, on ‘getting close’, to a male.  I joked to Selassie, that her sign, could read, ‘I want a man to support me’, and another, ‘I can’t hold a job’…

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I worked, a full day.  I did feel, some health challenges, but was okay.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work, while listening, to some music, left by Hessbie, which I later added, to my own, computer music library.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her, and had one myself.  It was warmer inside, than outside.  I was, slightly annoyed, that the kitchen garbage, was overflowing, and that the theatre surround sound system, had been left turned on.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two fun brilliant episodes, from season nine, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I slept comfortably, with a quilt, while wearing, a long-sleeve, flannel shirt, over a tee-shirt.  I awoke, at 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 12:45pm.  I turned on, both aquarium lights, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  Dikaia sought to roam, and I called her back, and put her, onto her chain outside.  I gave to Dikaia, a hot-dog, with hidden medication. I put away, the Borax detergent, from the bathroom, and hung Raoul’s cleaned socks, on the curtain-rod, for the shower, and straightened, the decorative towel, so my bathroom, looked nice once more.  I got Raoul, to empty the kitchen garbage, and to put water, into the little bird-bath.

I decided, to ’gamble on Amazon’, and to spend ‘normally’…  I went, to the Hopewell Post Office, and mailed my letter, and two ‘paranormal’ DVDs, to Fishnetterrie.  I then sent, a telephoned text message, to Fishnetterrie, telling her, a letter had been mailed.  I went to Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square and bought, 20 bags of candy, and some shampoo.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought, some regular milk, for Raoul, and a dog-bone treat, for Dikaia, and some meat, frozen dinners, and cans of soup and fruit, among other things.  Raoul did help me, to bring things inside, and put them away.  I opened, and mixed together, with the existing candy, all the bags, of new candy.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  Raoul has now finished, all of Eureka, and FarScape, and has begun, to enjoy Fringe.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I ordered, some blank DVDs, from Amazon, when I checked, to see if my purchase, of season eleven, of Bones, had been shipped.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry and Dame.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Jerry-M, Broken Angels, Scott-P, and Brian-JA, among others.  I shared portraits of Raoul and Doright, with them.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from some paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books with those groups.  I spent on-line, about three and a half hours.

I did have, some intermittent sharp chest pains, during the ‘day’, and my mucous cough, was somewhat abundant at times, which I attributed, to the consumption, of bread, with my sandwiches, at McDonald’s.  At least, the inflammation, of my legs, subsided, which I attributed, to my refraining from consumption of candy.

I returned, to my home, and brought Dikaia inside, and gave a hot-dog to her.  I enjoyed, two episodes, from season four, of The Twilight Zone.  Raoul helped me to find, some amateur wrestling films, and I showed to him, the one with someone, who looks a little like him, wrestling with someone, who looked a little like Mack.  I made a nice meal, for Raoul and myself, and ‘managed’, to get Raoul, to clean the dishes.  We enjoyed, a very good or excellent movie, Warcraft:  The Beginning, and also, a truly excellent movie, Mr. Church, inspired by a real friendship.  Raoul went to sleep, around 4:00am, and I affirmed, I would awaken him, around noon, if he was sleeping, at that time.  I enjoyed, some of the amateur wrestling videos.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 10:30am.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish.  My office was cool, and I remained comfortable, wearing a long-sleeve flannel shirt, over a tee-shirt, and wearing shoes, with two pairs of socks.  I did awaken Raoul, at 12-noon.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  Dikaia roamed, so I put her, onto her chain outside.  I cleaned Dikaia’s food and water bowls, and gave fresh dry-food and water, to her, with a hot-dog, that had hidden medication, within it.  I enjoyed, some brief friendly banter, with Raoul, who departed, around 12:30pm.  I processed the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I played a game, of Reversi-Othello, and tied.  I shaved, and showered, and put on, clean underwear and socks.  I enjoyed, a three-egg breakfast, and discovered, that Raoul, had eaten some eggs, leaving me, with less than I would need, to get through, the upcoming ’work-week’.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.

I discovered, that Raoul had apparently, sought to twist the top, of the flashlight, for the DVD closet, rather than using, the on-off switch, and this had resulted, in its top, falling off, and its batteries, fell to the ground, where they had then been left.  I reassembled that flashlight, and restored it, to proper working order, and to its proper location.  I was surprised, that Raoul, had left that situation, rather than, quickly fixing it.  Perhaps Raoul, would have proclaimed his innocence, and-or ignorance, of that situation, and thus felt, it was, not his problem, though it would have then been, a simple courtesy, as he would have, to step over it, each time he visited, the DVD closet, as he had done, the previous evening, when he sought, to find for me, the amateur wrestling DVDs, and used that flashlight, for that purpose…  Put things back, to from where you got them.  Seek to be helpful.

I gave to myself, over an hour alone, in my living-room, to enjoy The Reptilian Agenda, with David Icke.  Icke interviewed, a South African Zulu ‘shaman’, a ‘man of knowledge’, who spoke, of how reptilians, might have been resident, on our planet, prior to humanity, and how some of them, might now govern, human affairs.

I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought 18 eggs, disposable razor blades, hydrogen peroxide, and witch hazel.  I discovered, that Raoul had altered, the position, of the passenger side-view mirror, and I restored that, when in the parking lot, of Food Lion.  I went, to Lowe’s, and bought an 80-pound bag, of sakrete, as advised by Adrien.  I did feel, some heart strain, which then remained with me, for many hours, after lifting that bag.    I went, to a Wawa, and bought cigarettes and fuel.  I brought inside, the things from Food Lion, and the cigarettes, and updated these notes.  Roger called me, and I enjoyed, a brief conversation with him.  Roger’s grandfather, is now enduring, an ‘ugly’ break-up, where the woman, wants the vehicle, that is in his name.  I was pleasantly surprised, when the blank DVDs, I purchased yesterday, from Amazon, were delivered, on this day, to my home.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I put an election campaign card, for Adam, in my vehicle window, as a gesture, of friendliness, to him, though I do intend, to vote for Belinda.  There was, a news report, that liberal media, is now covering, Hillary’s email situation, and a new FBI investigation, has been opened.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I returned the ‘pokes’, a quick way, to say hello, on FaceBook, and poked those, suggested by FaceBook.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Cambridgeshire Supernatural Investigators, CASPIR ~ Central Alabama Society for Paranormal Investigation and Research, Genna-PV, and Hank-S, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, three hours on-line, and felt productive.

I returned, to my home, and fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.  I enjoyed, the nice fire, when I visited, with Ramboi, Adrien, and Declan.  Adrien believes, that the repair, of my gate-post, should be, a new job, rather than, a repair job, since he had, nothing to do, with the original work.  I informed Adrien, that I have now bought, the sakrete, for this project.  I still had, my chest pain, from lifting that bag, earlier in the day.

I enjoyed, two episodes, from season four, of The Twilight Zone.  Raoul returned, and gave to me, a pack of cigarettes.  We enjoyed, an excellent movie, Nerve, starring, among others, Dave Franco, about a ‘game of dares’…  I enjoyed, a nice meal.  We enjoyed, For Greater Glory, The True Story of Cristiada, a time of civil conflict, in Mexico, essentially between 1927 and 1929, when that government, made war, upon Christians.  I enjoyed Delirium, a 2008 televised show, of Cirque du Soleil, filled with sound and light, an awesome experience…  Raoul went to sleep, in the big red recliner, during this show.  I went to sleep, at 5:55am.  I was comfortable, wearing an insulated jacket, over a long-sleeve flannel shirt, over a tee-shirt.

I slept, until 10:30am, and turned on, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:10pm.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish.  Dikaia jumped the gate, but returned quickly, when I called for her.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, and gave fresh dry-food to her, and a hot-dog, with hidden medication.  I enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I removed, my insulated jacket, as on this day, our high temperature, was to be, in the 80°Fs…  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  Raoul brought into my home, the 80-pound bag, of sakrete, from my vehicle’s trunk.  I straightened, the living-room.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won, two out of three games.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Mike2, came to this McDonald’s, and I did speak with him, for a short while.    Mike2 reminded me, that when he was leaving my home, that then I had said, that he could return.  I affirmed this, though I said, that at this time, Raoul is living, in the extra bedroom.  I told Mike2, that I would, prefer to avoid, having him, in my home, but if he had need, then I could provide, a sleeping space, for him, especially during cold winter nights.  Mike2 did look better, on this day, than he had, when I first saw him.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Hank-S, Michael-AD, Zak-S, and Benjamin-RA, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent on-line, about three and a half hours, and felt productive.  I did mention, to Hessbie, the topics of ‘deep web’ and ’dark web’, which I found to be interesting, but for which, I believe, I lack use.

I returned to my home, and fed my fish and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I enjoyed many entertainment items, during the course, of the ‘evening’.  I made, two paranormal DVDs, to seek to share, with Fishnetterrie.  I enjoyed, a hamburger, as a meal.  Raoul went to sleep early, so that he might attend church, the next morning.  Dikaia was good company.  I used hydrogen peroxide, on sore spots, of both legs.  I went to sleep, around 4:30am.  I awoke, around 8:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I awoke again, around 10:30am.  I awoke again, around 1:19pm, and did arise, at that time

I finally felt relaxed, or at least mostly recovered, from the previous work-week.  Another day off, would have allowed me, to enjoy this.  I straightened, the living-room, and put away, my Toshiba lap-top computer.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  Raoul returned, from church, and spoke with me, for a while, as I sought, to update these notes, while enjoying left-over coffee.  Raoul has, allegedly been surprised, that a church elder, is someone, who sells recreational party material…  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food, and a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I got Raoul, to add water, to the little bird-bath.  I was mentally bleary.  My computer time, had gone backwards, one hour, so I fixed that.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I updated, my entertainment library reference book, but ran out, of black ink, so was unable to print, all of the new pages.

I selected, a clean over-shirt, and undershirt.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved and showered.  I put on deodorant, and my security identification badge, and, of course, my regular clothing.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with some hidden medication.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, about Fringe.  I emptied the kitchen garbage, into the outside garbage container.  I did get Raoul, to add water, to the little bird-bath, and to bring, the outside garbage container, to curb-side.  I pad-locked my bedroom door.  I was most certainly, not at 100-percent, but was ‘okay’, and felt I would, get ‘into gear’, once I began to work.  I was without reluctance, or enthusiasm, about going to work.  I fed my fish.  I ate an aspirin.  I put on cologne.

I received, a telephoned text message, telling me, voluntary time off (VTO), was available, to me, for my full shift.  I was able, to use Raoul’s ‘smart phone’, to access my work account, and claim this VTO.  This allowed me, to miss a full day, of packing Singles, which could have risked, my failing to make rate, and thus risk, a third and final production warning.  Missing work, on this day could help me, to have, at least one more week, of work.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I made fresh coffee, which I enjoyed, as I played, some games, of Reversi-Othello.

I visited next door, with Ramboi, Adrien, Harmony, and Chester.  Ramboi was, a touch ‘out of it’…  Adrien admitted, that Raoul, had worked a little one day, but, instead of crushing aluminum cans, Raoul had put the ones, which were already crushed, into a bag.  That one time, is all that Raoul has done.  A large mountain, of aluminum cans, remains available, to be crushed, at any time...  I retrieved mail, when I returned to my home.  I received, the new bill, for incoming water, and the colorful shirt, though that shirt, was much too small, even though, I had ordered, the proper size.  Raoul bought candy, which he added, to the living-room bowl, to share with children, who might visit, on Halloween.

I spent, the evening hours, in the living-room, enjoying movies.  Raoul brought, some fun humor, to my attention.  I enjoyed, three of the Bourne action saga movies, Supremacy, Legacy, and Jason Bourne.  This tale purports, that some agents, trained to be assassins, for the US government, then became, an embarrassment, to the US government, perhaps due, to change of Administration, or because, of what they knew, and then they became targets, for assassination.  I enjoyed, a very good movie, A Hologram for the King, about business and culture, in Saudi Arabia.  I enjoyed, an excellent movie, a 2016 version, of The Jungle Book, a family-friendly, fun, adventure…

Raoul sought to go to sleep, around 11:00pm, though he was still awake, when 1:00am rolled around.  I had two small meals, and enjoyed, some episodes, from season six, of Red Dwarf.  I dozed, and went to sleep, around 4:30am.  I wore a tee-shirt, and used, a Native American blanket, as my home was comfortable.  I awoke, around 8:30am, and then again, at 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 12:30pm.  I still felt, slightly tired, when I arose.

I fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I gave a hot-dog, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello.  I found myself, facing my own emptiness…  I experienced two episodes, from Secrets of War.  Raoul did arise, and he amused himself, by finding on-line humor.  I did suggest to Raoul, that he budget his time, with on-line humor, as he has seemed, to become consumed, by this ‘past-time’.  I did suggest, that Raoul, go back to Rose’s, and do so repeatedly, to seek to gain a job.  I also reminded Raoul, to go to Rosa’s Pizza, to apply for a job.

I thought, it might be, a good idea, to open the front door, to get some fresh air, into the living-room, while the temperature, was moderate, comfortable.  I was surprised, to find Mike2, on my doorstep.  For now, Mike2, can stay, in my bedroom, as I sleep, in the living-room.  Raoul has sniffles and sneezes.  Mike2 has a terrible cough, and head congestion.  It was difficult, for me to focus, on those two documentaries.  I am somewhat saddened, at the loss of tranquility, by having two independent lives, share my home, but I do like to believe, that their survival, is more important, than my living alone…  I can hope, that Raoul and Mike2, let this be, an easy thing, for me to do.

I sought, to introduce Mike2, to Dikaia, but that did not go, that well.  I selected more candy, to bring with me, to work.  I enjoyed, a three-egg breakfast, mixed with some tuna-fish.  I gave some macaroni and cheese, and tuna-fish, to Raoul.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, with hidden medication.  I felt, a touch spacey.  I ate, a 1000-mg Vitamin-D pill.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.  I did feel, a little better, by the time, for me to go to work.  However, I got a call, indicating that I could claim, voluntary time off, which generally means, a lack of work, in Multis, so that I would have to work, in Singles, and then risk, a production warning, so with Raoul’s help, I accepted, the voluntary time off, for this shift, from his ‘smart phone’.  I also received, two automated calls, one from Integrity, and one from Amazon, both advising me, of walk-in opportunities, to apply for work.  I thought this, was somewhat paradoxical, at a time, when Amazon, is letting workers, remain at home, due to lack of work.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mike2 and Raoul.  Mike2 departed, to retrieve some things.  I visited briefly, with Adrien, Ramboi, and Harmony, and told them, that Mike2, would be staying, at my home.  They hope, for the best, of all possible outcomes, as Whymaster might say.  I retrieved, my incoming mail, which included, the big car insurance tax payment.  Mike2 returned.  There was much coughing, sniffling, and sneezing, in my living-room, and I did feel, a slight fever, for a while.  I mentioned, to Raoul and Mike2, that I have this ‘fantasy’, or perhaps moving into, the little bedroom, and setting it up, with a flat-screen television, window air-conditioning unit, and being comfortable in there, year-round.  I said, I could still rent, or share with them, my bigger bedroom, though I would normally prefer, to live alone.  I said, they are here, because I sympathize, with their situations.

I brought Dikaia inside, after giving to her, a monthly treatment, with Sentry anti-flea and anti-tick chemicals.  Dikaia again met Mike2, and this time, she was friendly, and actually licked his face, but then, suddenly, abruptly, snapped at him.  Mike2 moved, to the rocking recliner, and I held Dikaia.  We watched several movies.  I made, a small dinner, for all of us.  The only ‘child’, who enjoyed candy, from the living-room bowl, was Mike2…  There were zero, Halloween visitors…  I thought Jarhead 3:  The Siege, was very good, an action tale, of US Marines, guarding an embassy.  Mandela:  A Long Walk to Freedom, was a biography, of Nelson Mandela, a commendable political leader.  Mike2 went to sleep, in my bedroom, and I was then able, to release Dikaia, who would go on patrol, to make sure, that Mike2, was in my bedroom, with the door closed.

Raoul and I enjoyed, Unstoppable, a tale about a runaway train, based on actual events.  Raoul told me, that four people died, during the actual event.  Raoul went, and bought a pizza, and shared two slices, with me, which I did enjoy, though its cheeses and bread, probably did aggravate, my lactose mucous cough.  Raoul had a shaking, of one arm, which he felt, was akin, to Parkinson’s…  I fell asleep, some time after 4:00am, and awoke, around 4:30am, with the living-room empty, except for Dikaia.  I moved, to the living-room sofa, given to me, by Whymaster, and slept with Dikaia, until 8:30am.  I was comfortable, and returned to sleep, until 10:30am, at which time, I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 12-noon, and put Dikaia, outside on her chain.  Dikaia’s swivel-latch, had vanished, and I spent some time, to locate it, which I was able to do.  I relaxed, until 12:30pm, and then some more, until nearly 1:00pm.

I arose.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed left-over coffee, as I updated, these notes.  I updated, my entertainment review.  I have lost, half of a week’s pay, with voluntary time off, and am facing, my incoming new round of bills.  It is also now November, which means, I must be able, to make it, until the third week, of December, for a first Social Security payment, if I lose my job.  I guess, I have put myself, into a position, where I must continue to work.  Because I had, a good rate on Wednesday, and then missed, Sunday and Monday, I have only Tuesday, for this rate-week, and thus should be okay, and thus should have, at least one more week, of employment.  I am also getting closer, to when that first production warning, should vanish, and this could add, to my job security.

Raoul arose, around 1:30pm, and shortly thereafter, departed to donate plasma.  Mike2 arrived, about ten minutes, after Raoul had departed.  Mike2 had some food, for himself, but did enjoy, some coffee.  I must admit to feeling ‘crowded’, and a touch mentally discumbobulated, but I hope, this shall pass.  Mike2 and I, sat on the back steps, and sought to get Dikaia, to become more peaceful, but she continued, to bark and snarl, at Mike2.  Dikaia continued, to bark incessantly, without cessation, even after Mike2, vanished from her sight.

I retrieved, the outside garbage container, from curb-side.  I made fresh coffee, which Mike2 and I enjoyed.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won some, and lost some.  Mike2 sought to enjoy, episodes from season one, of 24.  I try to avoid, seeing episodes, of any television series, when Raoul and-or Mike2, are enjoying them, so that I can later, watch them, in consecutive order, with more ‘freshness’.  It was, a cool, calm, overcast day…

I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and showered.  I did remove, some hair, from the bathtub drain, and did later ask Mike2, to every third or fourth shower, remove hair, from the bathtub drain.  I also asked Mike2, to refrain, from pouring his usually ample, cooking grease, down the kitchen sink, and to instead, pour it onto Dikaia’s indoor dry-food, or do anything with it, besides pouring it down, the kitchen sink.  I mused, that I am becoming, more of a ‘manager’, than I had wished to be…  I also noticed, that my deodorant and shampoo, are almost gone, and the toilet paper consumption, has certainly significantly increased.  I gathered some candy, for my pocket, for first-half, at work.  I located, my voter registration card, though it was issued, in 2012, and I hope, it remains valid, as I have never received, any other one, after that one.  I ate, one aspirin.  I put hydrogen peroxide, onto areas of my legs.  I again faced, my own emptiness.  I made, two very nice, abstract portraits, of a lady’s face.

I cooked three eggs, and mixed them, with some tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  Dikaia became quiet, after that.  I fed my fish.  I got, a clean towel, for Mike2 to use.  I did suggest, to Mike2, that perhaps some, of his mucous cough, is influenced for, by being lactose intolerant, as he does enjoy, potato chips, and white bread, both of which, contain lactose.  I suggested, that Mike2, at least try, to reduce, his consumption of lactose, and see, if it does make, any difference for him.  Mike2 thought, his mucous cough, was due to a cold.  I said, that Mike2, has had this cough, the whole time, I have known him.

Mike2 did say, that he hoped, to gain employment, doing roofing, and other jobs, with Bubba.  I had thought, that Mike2 had already indicated, that he had secured, this work.  I asked Mike2, if he had spoken, with Bubba, on this day, and Mike2 indicated, that he had refrained, from doing so.  I advised Mike2, to seek to secure employment, each day.  Mike2 said, he would do so for me.  I told Mike2, that his gaining employment, would be something, that he does, for himself, for his own well-being, rather than, for me.  I do have, a concern, about paying for heat, for two people, who fail to financially contribute, to this household, something that might be, too costly, even for me alone.

I actually was pleased, to anticipate, to going to work…  I wrote some to Fishnetterrie.  I put on, my security identification badge.  I put on cologne.  I received, a telephoned text message, indicated that voluntary time off, was available to me…  On this day, I felt, I could and should, risk having income.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus, before work began.  We had, more personnel, than needed, and many went home, after first-half.  I stayed, and worked a full shift.  I got to work with Multis, and had, a decent rate, of 182, before I was switched, to packing Singles.  I got some good totes, and should have had, an overall okay rate, with Singles.  Augustus kindly brought to me, two carts, with 4:30am priorities, and I gladly did these, though I am uncertain, in which category, this day would count.

I did inquire, of boss Corrine, as to when, my first rate warning, would vanish.  Corrine told me, that the first rate warning, had been, for 30 days, but was extended, to 60 days, because I had received, a second rate warning, within 30 days, and said, the second rate warning, would also last 60 days, and that, a third rate warning, would last 90 days, and I could face termination, if I received another, within 90 days.  I am uncertain, if a third rate warning, would extend, the time period, of the first rate warning, to 90 days.  I wonder, if these rules, are ‘new’.  Corrine did kindly, say that she likes me, and Brando thanked me, for the work I did, on this day.  Certainly it was Augustus, who helped me, to have some extra time, in Multis.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Brando, Corrine, Augustus, Friday, Winston, Monique, Bluster, Doright, and Sally, among others.  I did feel, that perhaps, I had made a mistake, to work beyond, the end of October, as I am, financially unprepared, for termination, of this job.  However, this day, was pleasant.  I worked hard, and felt okay, most of the time.  Yuma did kindly ask me, if I might like, to work in Problem-Solve, during the upcoming Peak, and I declined.  I told Yuma, that last year, I had been asked, to work Problem-Solve, on the computers, and did so, for a little while, as a Gatekeeper, and doing Hot Picks.  However, I was transferred, to Packing for Problem-Solve, and felt I had been unappreciated, as I worked extra time, and worked hard, and then afterwards, never got, to work on the computers, ever again.  I felt the offer, was tempting, but was false, was just a way, to lure me, into, packing for Problem-Solve, once again.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful, to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and showered, and put on, mostly all clean clothing.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I wheeled, my outside garbage container, to curb-side, after adding, some kitchen garbage, to it.  I visited, with Ramboi, Kevin, Adrien, Harmony, and Chester, for a while.  Adrien and Ramboi, think it best, if I buy, some powdered concrete, and they will re-do, the securing, of the post, for my big wide gate.  Harmony is interested, in working with Integrity, for Amazon, during this upcoming peak.  Kevin was relieved, that his health, is okay, though he does seem, slightly gaunt.  Adrien appeared to be, phenomenally attractive, ‘in bloom’, on this day.  Chester was trying, to kill any squirrel.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I cleaned the kitchen, and then enjoyed, three eggs, mixed with a can, of tuna-fish.  I chuckled, because my meal was delayed, when I forgot, to turn on the stove.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, about Mack, who told me, that Mack now is involved, with addictive party material, and that Mack’s appearance, has gotten worse, due to Mack’s, priority for partying.  Raoul said, that Mack, got involved, with people, who were-are involved, in partying, and eventually got involved himself.  I fed my fish, and put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 5:00pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, before work began, while enjoying coffee, supplied by Amazon.  Augustus was absent, and failed to call in, so both Floyd and I, were worried, as that was, very unusual.  Boss Corrine, asked Floyd, to take over, for Augustus, during his absence, a nice promotion, and recognition, for Floyd.  As always, Floyd did, a very good or excellent job.  Floyd thought, that our new overall boss, Who, might have aggravated Augustus, as Who is learning, and seems, to do things wrong, in Floyd’s view.

I shared an area, back to back, with Christine, and we worked together, fairly harmoniously.  I started work, packing from Multi-Carts, for the first quarter.  Floyd brought to me, totes with many multiple items, which I packed quickly, and that helped to improve my rate.  I also had, three very good carts, and nearly finished, two of them, by the end, of first quarter.  I had, a posted first quarter-rate, of 352.  This was great.  However, I was asked, to switch to Single Totes, starting second-quarter, and continued working, with Single Totes, for the duration, of my work-shift, so my great Multi-rate, failed to count.

I did get, some very good totes, and, at the end, of first half, I had, a Single Tote rate, of 86, which was okay, or good, at least most certainly, was good for me, higher than my norm.  Time passed, at a good pace.  I enjoyed, the meal-time break, with Floyd and Simon.  Simon expressed excitement, that the US, is now allegedly, on Defcon-3, a high state, of alert, for war.  I questioned Simon, as to why, he might think, such a thing is true, and he was unable, to provide any good answer.  I enjoyed, the two ‘regular’ breaks, with Winston, Friday, Lilly, and Randy.  They are hoping, to attend, a convention, for science-fiction, and comic books, ‘graphic novels’.

It was, a good ‘work-day’, for me, and I was glad, to be with Amazon.  My work-station, lacked a fan, pointed in my direction, as my own fan, was pointed, toward the girl, in the work-station, ahead of mine.  I asked Corrine, to send a facilities worker, to fix this situation, but nobody ever came.  I am now prohibited, from touching fans.  I was, a bit warm, as I was wearing, a long-sleeve shirt, over a tee-shirt, in preparation, for the cool air, when I departed from work.   I shared candy, with many people, including Doright, and with security personnel, as I departed.

Sancho always is pleasant, and makes a point, to say hello.  I worked, a full shift.  I had been tempted, to leave early, using my unpaid time off, in order, to seek to preserve, my acceptable Single Tote rate, but did remain, and do believe, that my rate, probably dropped, below 100-percent of goal.  I believe, I now have, one good day, and one bad day, for my production average, this week, but my good day, was very good, and my bad day, was not that bad.

There were, some police officers, at the front entrance, as I departed.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Dikaia’s chain, had become tangled, and limited, her mobility.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and fixed the chain.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, from season eight, of South Park.  I was very tired, and went quickly to sleep, around 6:05am.

I awoke, around 10:00am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  Dikaia wished, to remain outside, so I put her, onto her chain.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:30pm.  It was, ‘perfect sleeping weather’…  I slept, wearing a tee-shirt (and pants)…  I relaxed, until 12:40pm, and then arose.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  Raoul arose, around 1:30pm.  Raoul said, he spoke to a gentleman, in this area, who might give to him, some landscaping work, trimming trees, during winter.  I suggested, that Raoul seek, to search for, some security jobs.  The little bird-bath, was on the ground, and I got Raoul, to put it upright, and add some water, to it.  The day, was sunny and warm.  I retrieved, a pack of cigarettes, from the trunk of my car.  Oak leaves, have begun to fall…  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh dry-food, and water, to her.

I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, who is very much enjoying, episodes of Eureka.  Raoul took outside, the kitchen garbage, but the outside garbage container, at curb-side, had already been emptied, so he did bring that back, to the spot, by the back-stoop, where it normally belongs.  I gave some cigarettes, to Raoul.  I discovered, that while, the packs of short cigarettes, remained in their places, some of them, had been nearly emptied.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I ate one aspirin, and drank, some water-based, fruit-flavored beverage.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home listening to some ‘easy party’ dance music.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, though he did become distressed, because Robinson has now been assigned, to do Lang’s job.  Floyd believes, that Robinson, shall refrain, from using Floyd, as an indirect, and Floyd is concerned, that all of his hard work, during the past year, now means nothing.  Commendably, Floyd did speak, civilly, with Robinson, about this.  Mattie and Scottie, have become supervisors, for Peak, and have begun their training.  Floyd said, last year, Mattie only lasted, a short time, in this capacity, so Floyd was surprised, that Mattie, had been given this job.  Neither Floyd, nor Doright, received seasonal supervisor positions.  .  Floyd believes, Lemur is once again, assigned, to collating paperwork, for the upcoming Peak.  Lemur seemed overwhelmed, by this job, last year, but did wear his pants, below his butt, and perhaps, this helped him, to get the position, once again.  Amazon does seem, to favor people, who lack relevant experience, who thus might be, more likely, to follow a script, or directions, like robots, than people, who are competent, and might be prone, to doing things, in their own way(s).

Augustus returned to work, and apparently, had been sick yesterday, and was still, slightly sick, on this day.  Augustus said, he had called in, so perhaps, Corrine was in error, when she said, that Augustus, had failed to call in.  Floyd did show me, how to look, at my rate, and I found, that had made rate, in Singles, the previous day, a miraculous event, but one which gave to me, two days, of having made rate.  I did mention to Corrine, the work-station, which lacks a fan, but she felt, there was nothing, she could do, about that.  Our weather, should soon be, getting cooler…  I was in, a different work-station, on this day, and this one, did have, a fan.

I was assigned, to a Multi-Cart work-station, and remained there, for the entire shift.  Stokley and Doright, were near me.  I enjoyed, much friendly banter, with Doright, as I worked.  I enjoyed this, though sometimes, I really needed, to avoid further talk, to allow my breathing, to become more normal.  Both the work, and the conversation, or especially, the laughing, did push, my ability to breathe, to its limit…  Doright though, did help me, to have, a pleasant work-day.  Doright felt sick, on this day, but felt better, during second-half.  The carts were somewhat so-so, and I also did, an occasional Mega-B cart, doing the entire cart, when it had, some priority items, for Augustus.

For most young people, ‘making rate’, could be, fairly effortless, but for me, I must make, an effort…  Ten hours, can require, some endurance…  I enjoyed breaks, with Randy, Friday, Winston, Lilly, and Monique.  As always, Selassie and Sancho, were friendly toward me, and I do appreciate this.  I enjoyed my meal-time break, with Floyd, who remained concerned, that he might have failed, to make bench-mark rate, though he did make regular rate.  I enjoyed, a short visit, from Liam, who inquired, about why, items are sent, by Packers, to Problem-Solve.  Horatio made a point, to visit Packers, and show to them, the address label, that goes on packages, so that they might then be aware, of which packages, should not be shipped, in their own containers, because the boxes, are too narrow, even when the computer indicates, that they should be shipped, in their own containers.  I had never seen, the address label, during my normal work.

I had, a fairly good cart, toward the end, of my work-shift, but felt, that I would need, to have one more cart, preferably a good cart, to keep busy, and maintain my rate, and we lacked carts, so I brought, that situation, to the attention, of Augustus.  Augustus then brought to me, a Mega-B cart, which he said, had priority items.  It turned out, the whole cart, was only priority items.  Augustus brought to Doright, a nice Mega-A cart, and I wondered, why the old guy, me, got the difficult cart…  Doright said, he would help me, with the Mega-B cart, which was very kind, of him to do.  Doright did package, one and a half, of the six shelves, and this did make, a difference.  We finished that cart, around 4:10am, and Doright’s help, allowed me, to turn to a very good cart, which helped me, to repair my rate.  I probably, would have finished, the so-so Mega-B cart, by myself, but would have been unable, to focus on repairing my rate.  Doright said, that my rate, was 186, and I did package, more items after that, which should have raised my rate, a bit more, which means, that I have made rate, on three of four days, on this work-week, so should be, without a production warning, which means, I can work, at least one more week.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant, journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave two hot-dogs, to her, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two fun episodes, from season eight, of South Park.  I had a voice-mail message, from Hopewell Animal Hospital, telling me, that Dikaia, would need to stay, for a full day, with them, to begin heart-worm treatment, which would entail, some prescription medication.  Perhaps I could, simply give to Dikaia, vinegar in her food, as that kills worms?  The cynic is me wondered, if Dikaia even had heart-worms, or was this, simply a billing opportunity…  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.  Dikaia slept, on the big red chair, rather than, on the sofa, with me.  I awoke, around 10:00am, and turned on, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 11:30am, and then again, until 1:30pm.  My living-room, seemed to be, a little warm, though I refrained, from use of any fans.

Raoul departed, to go with his brother-in-law, and use his sister’s computer, to update his resume.  Raoul said his sister, felt her computer, might lack, the available memory, to perform, this simple task.  I suggested, that Raoul, could go, to any library, and do so, but he said, that he owed money, to the local library, so would be unable, to use their computers, until he paid, fines for overdue books.  For my part, I am refraining, from offering to Raoul, use of either my lap-top, or my library account…  Raoul did put Dikaia, onto her chain outside.

My breathing, was ‘very short’.  I was tired.  The work-day, yesterday, certainly seemed, to have taken, a lot out of me, and perhaps, some of that, was the friendly banter, with Doright, while also working.  I was mentally bleary, foggy.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose, and I think, doing this, fairly soon, after I arose, helped my breathing, to become better.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.

I called, the Hopewell Animal Hospital, and learned, they wanted $600, for a four-month, heart-worm treatment program, which they said, might be ineffective, as Dikaia, could always get exposed again.  They wanted, $480 of this, as a first payment.  Given that Dikaia, lacks any symptoms, and seems normally healthy, I hoped, we could avoid, the battery of tests, and just do the treatment.  They said, going this route, might take years of continuing treatment, and the next stages, would be, more costly.  I asked, for the cost, of just putting Dikaia to sleep, when she seems, to have, less quality of life, but the veterinarian, Harrison, declined, to give a price to me, for doing that, saying it was too soon, to think about something like that.

Harrison asked me, if Dikaia had coughs, and I answered negatively.  Harrison then asked, if Dikaia seemed to be weak, and I answered negatively.  Harrison then asked, if Dikaia, had any trouble breathing, and I answered negatively.  My reactive mind, got an impression, Harrison, was ‘fishing’, seeking to get me to say, that Dikaia did have, some sort of problem, which he could, then seek to exploit.  Perhaps somewhat paradoxically, I myself, have the symptoms, which Harrison asked about, though my own condition, is attributed to COPD, rather than, to mosquito-borne heart-worms…  I felt any further tests, might be unnecessary, as once the presence, of heart-worms was detected, than getting rid of them, seemed to be, the logical course of action.  I most certainly believed, that x-rays, would be, an unnecessary billing opportunity…  I got a price, of $231, just to bring Dikaia in, for a day, and have her get, one shot, though they indicated, that I would have to go elsewhere, to buy prescription antibiotics, to help Dikaia recover, from the treatment, they would give to her.

The scheduling representative, of Hopewell Animal Hospital, indicated, that I should bring Dikaia, into their facility, between 7:30am and 9:00am, which for me, would be difficult.  I had sought, to bring Dikaia in to them, on a Thursday, and pick her up, on a Friday, when my next pay-check, would have arrived, but they preferred, that I bring Dikaia in, during the day, and pick her up, at the end of the day.  I reminded them, that I work nights, and they did say, that the latest, I could bring Dikaia, into them, would be 10:00am.  I agreed, to bring Dikaia in, Thursday morning.  This impacts, my final vacation day off, from work, but can help me, to be able, to meet their time schedule.  Spending this money, before my pay-check, could also impact, my ability, to spend money, on other things…  My gut, disbelieves these people…  For Dikaia, I am going to proceed, with Hopewell Animal Hospital, and hope for the best.  I am somewhat gambling, that I will retain, my job with Amazon, for both Dikaia and Raoul, as when I must live, on my Social Security income, then carrying both of them, could be very challenging, and detrimental, to my well-being.  I mused, that it might seem costly, to fail to accept, what God has provided, in that I do seem, to want more, for Dikaia…

Raoul returned.  I asked Raoul, if he had updated his resume, which was, the alleged purpose, of this trip.  Raoul said, he would do that, the next time.  I asked Raoul, what had been the point, of this trip.  Raoul said, he had met, with Mormon elders, and discussed, his spiritual well-being.  I inquired, if the Mormons, might have, any work for him, to help him, to survive in life.  I might seem, that it is I, who at this time, is caring, for Raoul’s well-being, as Raoul certainly, does not seem, to be doing so.  Raoul said, that some Mormons, are seeking, to find members, of their church, who might have, some work, for Raoul.  One might observe, that Raoul’s sister, is refraining, from providing shelter, to him.  Raoul is also, leaning on me, for food.  I doubt, that Mormons advise youths, to find an old person, who is dying, and to be additional weight, on that person…  I do believe, that Raoul could help, to make life, better for me.  For now, I remain, basically glad, to be of real world help, to Raoul.  Onwards with a smile.

I showered, as I felt, my hair, was less than presentable.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift. I gave fresh dry-food, and a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, three eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I still felt, winded and tired, but I was better, than I had been, when I first awoke.  Raoul did seek, to see, if he could get working, the computer and a monitor, from the basement, but was unable, to do so, saying he was unable, to locate, proper power-cords.  I fed my fish.  I ate one aspirin.  I put on cologne.  Raoul departed, to go to a store.  I did advise Raoul, once again, to seek to find, places to apply for work, including with construction crews, that he might see, including the one, a few houses away.  I told Raoul, that when he seeks, to find someone, who can save him, to perhaps first look, in a mirror.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello.  I was amazed, at how difficult, a third day of work, might seem to me, to face on this day…  This really did, make me consider, that my health, is not as good, as it has been… I left four cigarettes, for Raoul.  I turned off, the television and DVD player…  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant, journey to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, with coffee, supplied by Amazon, in the upstairs break-room, before work began.  There were news reports, that a coalition, of military forces, including US military personnel, numbering 94,000, was about to attack, the 7,000 ISIS fighters, who hold Mosul, in Iraq.  I later learned, that Liam, is to be deployed, in December, and shall leave Amazon, to do this.  It just seems, to me, to be less than optimum, for soldiers, to spend, so little time, in training, and then go to combat, expecting to easily win.  I suspect, that playing video combat games, of murder and mayhem, which are very popular, among today’s youth, is quite different, than combat fighting, in person…  It seems sadly traditional, for experienced soldiers, to be disregarded, as they are led, by inexperienced officers, who seek to do things, ‘by the book’, in a robotic fashion, because they lack experience.  I suspect, that one agenda, which is served, by this ‘system’, is to maximize casualties…

There were also news reports, on CNN, indicating that Trump, shall be bringing, Obama’s half-brother, to the final debate, though his presence might seem irrelevant, to any real substantive issues.  Ten women, have now come forward, to say that Trump, sexually harassed them.  Hillary is said to be, ahead in polls, by eight percentage points, and it was said, that only a ‘miracle’, could give to Trump, a victory against Hillary.  Obama criticized Trump, for Trump saying, that only rigged elections, could give a victory, to Hillary.

Liam purchased doughnuts, and he and Robinson, carried many boxes of doughnuts, up the stairs.  Floyd ‘joked’ to Robinson, that carrying many boxes, up the stairway, instead of using the elevator, was a safety violation, and Robinson, jokingly replied, that he didn’t care, about safety violations.

I was assigned, to a Multi-Cart work-station, and had, a Mega-B cart, which I had to pack, from the bottom at start, which is more arduous, than packing, from its upper shelves.  My tape-dispensing machine, lacked water, and then, I discovered, it was also, out of tape, so I got both of these.  We lacked work, and Doright and I, switched briefly to packing Singles.  I was amused, that someone had ordered, one normal size bag, of potato chips…  Boss Who, whom Floyd believes, might be terminated, as Who misses deadlines, for priority items, asked Doright and I, to go to AFE, and we did so.  Tatum transferred, out of AFE, and today was, the last day, for Rod, with Amazon.  Lex told me, that there is less work, at our facility, because of five new warehouses, being opened, around our nation, and that the new one, in Alexandria, has yet to become operational.  I know, that upstairs, now lacks Multi work, on three days, of the week, as a norm…  Lex said, that we are hiring, one-third less personnel, for this Peak, than for last Peak.

Lemur assigned me, to a work-station, and I had some challenges, getting any scanner to operate properly.  Another boss, then moved me, to a different work-station.  I worked, near Sugar, for the rest of the shift.  Sugar was certainly, very fast, as a packer.  Two guys, who ostensibly were employed, spent much of their time, standing around Sugar.  I chuckled to myself, they could wear signs, saying, “I can’t hold a job”, and “I have sperm”.  AFE might seem, to have become, a ‘lesbian hive’.  I assume, that my rate, in AFE, probably was low, as most of the chutes, from which I packed, had two items.  Some people, were able to have high rates, but these people, had areas, with many multiple items, per chute.  I probably packed, as many packages, as most people.  Time did pass, sometimes very slowly.  Sometimes there was music, but it was, at the other end, so packers at our end, couldn’t really hear it, and it was said, to be turned on, when the group rate, reached a certain level.  I joked, that our rate, must have, to go higher, to get the volume, to be audible.  It might seem tempting, to believe, that it might be, an oppressive system, which views kindness, as a treat, rather than, as a way of life…

I shared candy, with many people, including Sugar and Sadie, and with security personnel, as I departed.  There was, an intermittent, strong feeling, perhaps due to a ‘jumper’, as Sugar and I, perhaps among others, alternated between feeling, like we wished, to immediately leave.  Stew made a point, to say hello to me.  Doright said, that he told boss Corrine, that going to AFE, threatened his job security, as he had, a low rate there.  Doright said, Corrine just laughed, as if she didn’t take him seriously.  I advised Doright, that transferring, to another work assignment, is viewed as voluntary, by Amazon, and one is supposed to be able, to decline, such requests, and, if Amazon, lacks work for one, in one’s own normal area, then one’s bosses, are supposed, to give to one, voluntary time off.  I understand, that our bosses, often demand, that one change, work assignments, and often decline, to grant voluntary time off, but, if questioned, would then insist, that one’s actions, were voluntary.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and we each, had two hot-dogs.  I very much enjoyed, two fun and brilliant episodes, from season eight, of South Park, with four frozen dinners.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I awoke, around 10:15am, and did get up, thinking to get, an early start, on this day, so that I could then get, an early start, the next day.  My reactive mind, strongly suggested, that I could buy, some heart-worm treatment, less expensively, at a pet store, and skip dealing, with Hopewell Animal Hospital.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, after she roamed.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Hopewell Animal Hospital, called me, around 11:30am, to remind me, to bring Dikaia in, the next day.  I had asked, that Hopewell Animal Hospital, make a note, to never call me, before 12-noon, because I work nights…  I shall seek, to get Dikaia, to the Hopewell Animal Hospital, because I can financially afford, to do something for her, but if I oversleep, then I shall take that, as a sign, from ’spirit’, that skipping them, is for the best.  I imagine, that even Dikaia, could be, very tired, at that hour, as she lives, on my schedule…

I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh water, and dry-food, to her.  I cleaned the kitchen.  Raoul arose, around 1:15pm.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.

I went, to a nearby Wawa, and bought cigarettes, and fuel.  Mike2 was there, and confirmed, that Durango, had a health problem, which required Mike2, to end his life, as a kindness.  I told Mike2, that Raoul, now stays, in my extra bedroom, but did tell Mike2, he was welcome to visit.  Mike2, did seem gaunt…  The day, seemed scorching hot…  I went to Lowe’s, and a gentleman there, guided me, to buy a fence post mix, which he said, was better, than regular concrete mix.  This was a customer, who had used it himself.  I returned, to my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I checked my bank balance, and confirmed, that I had enough funds, to pay for Dikaia’s heart-worm treatment.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed wit and wisdom, shared by Zak-S, Daniela-G, Bill-B, and Ben-A, among others.  I enjoyed, a short video, of a person, riding an aerial drone, like one might ride, a ground-based motorcycle.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from metaphysical, paranormal, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I did post, the portrait I made, of Joe-WM, onto his FaceBook time-line.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Roger, and with Henry.  I spent on-line, about four hours, and felt somewhat productive.

I returned, to my home.  I fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  Raoul and I, experienced a movie, and then we watched, the first two debates, between Hillary and Trump, which I had downloaded, from YouTube.  Both candidates handled themselves, with proper composure.  I did catch, some factual errors, spoken by Hillary, and felt she sought, to promote hatred, toward Trump.  Hillary seemed ‘smug’.  Raoul has refrained, from registering to vote, even though, he will be, directly financially impacted, by the outcome, of this election.  Raoul did mention, that he finally spoke, with Ramboi and Adrien.  Raoul said, Adrien will share, some funds, from aluminum recycling, with Raoul, if Raoul actually does some work, by helping to compress cans.  For now, this just remains ‘talk’, though the cans, are there now… Roger called me, a couple of times, to inquire about tax questions.

I sought sleep, around 3:15am, and Raoul then went to sleep, in the extra bedroom.  I was somewhat, going to ‘let spirit decide’, as to if I got Dikaia, to the Hopewell Animal Hospital, if I awakened, in the early morning, to get her there ‘on time’…  I did awaken, at 6:15am, and returned to sleep, until 8:00am.  I got Dikaia, who was also, very sleepy, and we went, to the Hopewell Animal Hospital.  I signed a statement, declining $150 worth of tests, and agreed, to $237 worth of treatment.  The tests, might help to determine, more about the presence of heart-worms, but would fail to change, the desired treatment, so I felt, these tests were unnecessary, and that the treatment, was necessary.  I returned, to my home, and remained awake.

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Raoul does, slightly dip, into my food, and this is acceptable, for now, as this does, help Raoul, to survive in life, though the extra supplies, I had hoped, would be there, for me, when I seek to survive, on limited Social Security income…  I enjoyed listening, to two radio interviews, the one with Jonathan Mallard, on Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal, and the other, with Royce Holland, on Talk Now Radio.  The interview, with Jonathan, starts a bit rough, ‘out of context’, during an off-the-air conversation, I was having, with Jonathan, but overall, is a substantive interview.  I then enjoyed, random selections, from my overall computer music library.  I was tired, but okay.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I shaved, and showered, and put on, clean underwear and socks.  I looked fairly gaunt.  My body, seemed a touch thin and bloated…  I was definitely tired.

I enjoyed, an animated movie about diversity, Zootopia, which I can easily recommend.  Raoul returned, from his Mormon meeting, and then went next door, allegedly to help crush, some aluminum cans.  I enjoyed three episodes, from season three, of The Twilight Zone.  Hopewell Animal Hospital, called me, to say, Dikaia could now come home.  Raoul went with me, when I picked her up.  I spent some time, going over, medical treatment instructions, with veterinarian Harrison.  I went, as advised by Harrison, to Hometown Pharmacy, and bought antibiotics, for Dikaia.  I spent, about three days’ income, for Dikaia’s treatment.  Dikaia, is to return, to Hopewell Animal Hospital, in about 60 days.  I returned, to my home, and put Dikaia, onto her chain, and gave to her, a very nice meal, with some hidden medication.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  Doright accepted, my request, to connect with him, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my FaceBook and email connections.  I enjoyed wit and wisdom, shared by Beacon New York Paranormal, Vicki-B, Kale-E, Mary-M, and Zia-S, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Doright, among others.  I shared my entertainment review, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, with those groups.

Polls indicate, that Trump, shall lose, in a landslide, of electoral votes, where the winner, of a state, gets all of that state’s electoral votes.  Fox News reported, that Trump would only agree, to the validity of elections, if he wins.  However, I did later view for myself, that what Trump actually said, was that he was leaving his options open, and would speak his opinion, on the validity of the election, after it occurs.  Trump did say, that he doubted, the validity, of polls.  Selma wished to never hear, anything said by Trump, and I suggested, that she instead, seek to respect, our democratic process, and to always keep her ears open, to diverse opinions and facts.  I am, somewhat saddened and concerned, by the terrible, false, wide-brush allegations, of racism, bigotry, and hatred, cast upon me, simply due, to my gender and race.  Selma disparaged, that Trump, could have, any spiritual inclinations, and was somewhat disparaging, about Catholics.  I said, that Trump, is a fine Presbyterian, and said, that many, good, decent people, belong to various religions.  Although Ramboi, Adrien, Roger, Raoul, and Henry, all might favor Trump, it seems to me, to be unlikely, that any of them, shall actually vote.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry and Bailey.  I did download, the third debate, and listened, to Hillary and Trump, when they spoke, at a dinner in New York, hosted by the Catholic Church.

There was another blurb, indicating rising medical costs.  One’s person’s monthly premium, went from $711 a month, which is nearly, two week’s pay, for me, to $1800 a month, which is more, than I make, in a month…

I spent on-line, about three and a half hours, and felt somewhat productive. I do feel tired, more often, when on-line, and wondered, if that is due, either to the environment, or alleged lack of results.  I returned, to my home, and enjoyed experiencing, the third presidential debate, between Hillary and Trump, which I had downloaded, from YouTube.  Hillary said, that she would declare, ‘no fly’ zones, in Syria, if she wins the election, and that she would confront Putin, anywhere in our world.  Hillary, is very much aligned, with China.  Hillary said, that she would seek, to grow our economy, by helping our middle class, though I tend to suspect, these are ‘words only’, without meaning from actions, as what was once, our middle class, small business owners, are unable, to financially afford, the cost of medical insurance, and would remain, hiring mostly part-time workers.  Perhaps what Hillary now calls, our middle class, is the management level, of ‘national’ corporations, economic units…  A gentleman came forward, claiming to be, Bill Clinton’s illegitimate son.  Trump pointed out, that Hillary had accepted, $25 million, from Saudi Arabia, and suggested, that if Hillary, was truly, such a fervent supporter, of equal rights, for women and gays, then she might consider, returning that money, as Saudi Arabia, is openly oppressive, toward women and gays.

Raoul went to sleep, around 2:30am.  I enjoyed, two episodes, from season one, of Twin Peaks.  I went to sleep, around 4:00am.  I slept, until 9:00am, at which time, I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:30pm.  I turned on, an aquarium light, and then, another light, and then, fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, when she seemed tempted to roam.  I gave fresh dry food, to Dikaia.  I was able, to hide Dikaia’s medication, within a hot-dog, which she quickly consumed.  Raoul arose, around 1:45pm.  I reminded Raoul, to add water, to the little bird-bath, which had become, totally dry.  The back-yard, is now, about two-thirds covered, with brown oak leaves.  The maples, have begun, to turn burgundy.

Raoul continued, to enjoy, television episodes, from Eureka.  I made, two portraits, of Doright.  I processed, the images I have made, during the past two months, to make them appropriate, for use, in slide-shows.  The outside cooled some, as it became overcast.  I asked Raoul, if he wished, to go with me, to a grocery store.  Raoul said, he had already, totally used, his monthly food aid allotment.  Raoul’s lack of food aid, has yet to motivate Raoul, to more intently job hunt.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and spent about a day’s pay, to get enough supplies, to last a week, though I did forget, to buy hot-dogs and eggs…  I returned, to my home, and brought everything inside.  Raoul did help, to put a few things away.  I gave, a nice meal, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  Raoul continued to enjoy, episodes of Eureka, which we both believe, is excellent.

I walked to Ramboi’s, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Adrien, Ramboi, and Field.  One of our neighbor’s children, a two-year-old, in a diaper, was wandering into the street, which caused a car, to stop and honk.  Adrien knocked on their door, and returned their child to them.  Ramboi has an impression, that Raoul, lies a lot, tells abundant falsehoods, given some things, which Raoul asserted, about working in some trades, which Ramboi, as an experienced tradesman, thought were wrong.  Ramboi got an impression, that Raoul, might be akin, to a mimic, one who repeats, what one has heard, or seen…

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry.  There are ways, to serve one’s country, without political or military roles.  I had challenges, uploading my humorous art, to send via email, and was delayed, over one hour, perhaps nearly two hours, in seeking to do this task.  One poll, now shows Trump, to be slightly ahead, of Hillary.  There was a witness, to one alleged incident, on an airplane, when Trump was alleged, to have molested a woman, and that nearby witness, vouched that nothing had occurred.  Another woman accuser, is apparently, a fervent Hillary supporter.  I gladly accepted, one request, to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.

I did share, on my FaceBook time-line, three pro-Trump items.  One of these items, pointed out, that pro-Hillary yard signs, are sparse, while pro-Trump yard signs, are abundant.  It is, perhaps sadly querulous, paradoxical, that the same type of women, who supported Bill Clinton, when he was accused, of sex crimes, women who are prone, to seeking professional advancement, aided by their appearance, or willingness to grant, sexual favors, might now favor Trump, rather than Hillary…

I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Black Moon Paranormal, Rodney-G, and Michael-D, among others.  Doright did acknowledge, that he had seen, at least one, of the two portraits, I had shared, with him.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Michael-D, among others.  I returned the ‘pokes’, a quick way, to say hello, on FaceBook, and poked those, suggested by FaceBook.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, about four hours on-line, and felt, slightly productive.  I had spent, a lot of time, seeking to upload, humorous art, to share with my email connections.

I returned, to my home.  Raoul and I enjoyed, a movie, Kill the Messenger, based on actual events, about a journalist, who uncovered, US involvement, with the drug trade, in Central America, and then faced adversity, from the ‘propaganda ministry’, for having done so.

I made, a nice dinner, for Raoul and I.  I cleaned, the frying pan.  Raoul received, a telephone call, from a relative, to whom Raoul affirmed, that I had yet to try, any ‘funny business’, with him.  Given that Raoul, sometimes presents himself, as an adult gay male, it might actually, be better, for Raoul’s security, if there was, something romantic or physical, between us.  However, there is nothing like that, between Raoul and I…  I do suspect, that my use, of Bronkaid, had a side effect, of killing, my ability, or desire, to have sex.  Raoul said this relative, would send some money to him, via Western Union, the next day… Raoul said something, about putting up a bond, for this relative, and I thought that was ‘fanciful’, as Raoul lacks, both a local address, and a home of his own, to use as collateral, for a bond, and, of course, money would be required, to do so.  Raoul said, he would use, money from this relative, to buy cigarettes, and I suggested, that he first buy food.  Unless Raoul pays rent, then he remains, a guest, in my home.

Raoul and I enjoyed, the final four episodes, of World Without End, a mini-series, about events, which occurred, around the Kingsbridge cathedral.  It did rain, during the evening hours, and the air, did become slightly ‘cold’.  I told Raoul, that part of me, wished to never return to work, and part of me, wished to avoid, losing my job…  I am concerned, that the little bleeding sores, which have been, on my legs, now had one spot, on my nose, and one spot, on my arm…  Raoul went to sleep, around 5:00am, and I then enjoyed, the final two episodes, from season three of The Twilight Zone.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I awoke, around 9:00am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, until 11:15am.  I gave to Dikaia, antibiotics and anti-heartworm medication, hidden in a hot-dog.  Dikaia did jump the gate, and returned, when I called her, and I then put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I fed my fish.  I cleaned the kitchen.  I closed, the kitchen and bathroom windows, and one office window.  I enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.   I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  Raoul arose, around 1:30pm.  I mused, that Raoul, seemed to prefer, to wrap himself, in a blanket, rather than, to close windows…  I updated, my entertainment reference library, and integrated the new pages, into the printed version.  I made two DVDs, of paranormal documentaries, from YouTube, to seek to give, to Fishnetterrie.  I chuckled, when I overheard Raoul, advising someone, to just tell her boss, that she had left the truck unattended, because she had to use a bathroom.  I considered, that perhaps that girl, should take her job-related advice, from someone, who is able, to hold a job…  Although Raoul had said, he wanted to get, an early start, on this day, because he wished, to get that money, those alleged funds, had apparently, failed to arrive, by the time, I departed, around 3:30pm…

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry and Prince.  Prince recently had, a great performance, as a football player.  Selma visited briefly, but felt ill, on this day, and departed, when a friend called, and offered to her, a ride.

I think, that if Trump wins, he might, ‘let some air, out of the balloon’, reduce the amount, of worthless currency, printed by government, to now maintain, our economy.  I know, that there can be, a natural shift, of administrative personnel, in our economic units, when a new President puts his or her own personnel, into administrative positions, and this change, can be ‘more dramatic’, when the change, is from one political party, to another.  I think Hillary, would expand the balloon, would continue, to print large amounts, of worthless currency, to seek to maintain, our economy.  I know, that a bigger balloon, can eventually have, a bigger burst.  Another poll, now shows Trump, winning the election, by a landslide, in the electoral college, where a winner of a state, gets all of that state’s electoral votes.  The popular vote, remains close.  A poll of Democrats, shows that 57-percent of them, favor Hillary, over Trump…  A large group, disfavor both Trump and Hillary, and might refrain, from voting.

I gladly accepted, four requests, to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day, and shared, a piece of my heart art, with two people, who thanked me, for my having done so.  Zia-S, made a point, to tell me, that she had, good memories, of my mother, and I thanked her, for saying that.  My mother, twice walked with me, on the beach, and those were good memories.  Most of my memories, of my mother, are unfortunately, of her being hateful or demanding.  I lack memories, of my mother, being loving, kind, or affectionate…  There were perfunctory hugs, with my mother, and hand-shakes, with my ‘father’…  My mother, did laugh and smile, at some of my father’s humor…

I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Mary-M, Southside Paranormal Society, and Sonny-G, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I did feel, somewhat productive.  I spent, about three hours on-line.

I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought eggs and hot-dogs.  I returned to my home, put things away, and closed, the living-room windows.  I gave, a nice meal, with medication, to Dikaia, and fed my fish.  Raoul departed, to get some money, and later returned, with a new month’s worth, of telephone time, and a pack of cigarettes.  Raoul said this money, was a small partial repayment, of a large debt, owed to him, by a relative.  It could have been prudent, or proper, for Raoul, to offer to me, a small payment, or to buy some food, for himself, but he did seem to refrain, from doing either of these things.

Raoul did seem, to wish to spend, time in private, with the door, of my extra bedroom, closed.  Raoul said, he was going to sleep early, around 9:00pm, so he could attend church, the next day.  I did enjoy, ’alone time’, in my living-room.  As a hermit, I lack craving, for human company, though I do enjoy, having a movie buddy, though Raoul  is often distracted, focused on on-line humor, which helps him, to laugh and smile, and which he likes to share with me.  I have encouraged Raoul, to share items he likes, on his FaceBook time-line, so others, like me, can enjoy and share them, but he does, as a norm, refrain from doing so.

I experienced, three very good documentaries, about the Enfield poltergeist.  I enjoyed, a very good or excellent movie, The Legend of Tarzan.  Raoul said, he had been, unable to sleep, so joined me, around 11:00pm, and we enjoyed, two very good or excellent movies, Ice Age:  Continental Drift, and Ice Age:  Collision Course.

Raoul spoke, of being interested, in joining an expedition to Mars.  I suggested to Raoul, that he gain, some work experience, so he could at least say, he had been able, to hold a job, and that he spend time, watching documentaries, on things related, to such an expedition, or study related topics, to enhance his awareness, knowledge, and usefulness.  I also mentioned to Raoul, that he should pay rent, to me, when he gets a job.  Raoul seems, to prefer to think, that when he gets a job, he should save money, to get a place of his own.  I would think, that even a sociopath, would give lip-service, to eventually paying some rent, to be thankful, for my having already provided shelter.  As my norm, I have been willing, to carry someone, when he or she lacks funds, but, if that person, has a job, has income, I do expect, that person, to financially contribute, to the well-being, of the household.

The living-room, was slightly cold, but I remained comfortable, under a blanket, with Dikaia.  Raoul went to sleep, around 3:30am.  I experienced, two documentaries.  The second, was a report, of findings, by the Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research of Extraterrestrial Encounters (FREE), from a survey, of people, who had contacts, with ETs.  Most of the contacts, were positive, including with reptilians, and most people, felt better, after their contact, than before their contact.  It was common, for a person, who had one ET contact, to then have many others.

I went to sleep, around 5:00am, remaining on the sofa, at the back, of the living-room, under a blanket, with Dikaia.  I awoke, at 9:00am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmers.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 11:15am.  I think, I had decided, to refrain, from going to work, and so turned on, the aquarium lights, one at a time, with some time, in-between.  I fed my fish.  I figured, I’d wait, and see if I received a phone call, offering to me, voluntary time off, for otherwise, I would call in, and use unpaid personal time.  Dikaia wandered, and socialized, with a new dog, across the street, one that looks, just like her, but is male.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside.  There was, only junk mail.  A nice shirt, which I ordered, from Rose’s, has been mailed, but has yet to arrive.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s food and water bowls.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Ramboi, and advised him, that I had gotten, some concrete, for the gate-post.  Ramboi said, that Adrien had gotten, a turn-buckle, to secure a cable, to the asphalt drive-way, to use to secure the fence-post.  Ramboi told me, that our temperature, is to dip, below freezing, this coming week …I did awaken Raoul, around 11:45am, to see if he wished, to go to church, as he had said, the previous evening, but he said, he had missed, the early service.  One might think, that Raoul’s sister, might give to him, a wake-up call, if she planned, on his going with her.  I tell myself, and sometimes visualize, the numeral, about the time, I wish to awaken, as I seek, to go to sleep, and this does help me, to awaken, at that time.

A question of breeding…  I am aware, that ‘social Darwinists’ believe, people with genetic problems, should avoid breeding, to help maintain humans, as stronger.  I know, that our modern medicine, helps to preserve, health problems, and seems to seek, to create lifetime clients, dependency, rather than cures, independence.  Perhaps a goal, is to make all humans, need medication, in order to live...

A question of heart…  I can see things, as perhaps for the best, if this civilization is destroyed.  However, I do believe, that the rebuilding process, could be, very lengthy, and the process, of becoming rubble, can last a while, perhaps until, the memory of this civilization, becomes as murky and-or mythical, as remembrance of Atlantis…  The ideals might be remembered, and used as foundations, to rebuild.  I know, my allies are loving and kind, and I accept their choices.   I do hope, that Armageddon, is held off, until my lifetime, has ended...  At least, it was warm, in the sunshine.  It was, a beautiful blue day.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I put two gallons, of river water, into my aquarium.  I asked Raoul, to be helpful, by going with me, to get water, from the Appomattox River, and he agreed to this.  Raoul and I, went to the City Marina, and did get, many gallons, of water.  The river water, was only slightly cool.  I took Raoul, to a Food Lion grocery store, and he did buy, some of the low-priced, macaroni and cheese, and some cans of tuna, with his remaining $5.  Raoul helped me, to bring inside, the containers of water.

I updated these notes.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved and showered.  I called in to Amazon, and took this day off, as unpaid time.  I did listen, to an automated message, that there had been a fire, in the facility, which caused the building, to be evacuated, and that there had been, some water damage, so half of the storage area, where Pickers get items, for Packers to process, was now off-limits.  I gave a nice meal, with hidden medication, to Dikaia.  I cleaned, the kitchen dishes, and then made, three eggs, which I mixed, with tuna-fish.  That little meal, did seem, to make me hungry.  I visited, with Ramboi and Adrien.  Adrien said he preferred, that I return to Lowe’s, and purchase, the powered concrete, that he had recommended, and I agreed, to do this.  I returned, to my home, and did urge Raoul, to at least seek, to apply for one job, each day.  Raoul did say, he intends, to remain here, for a while, after he gets a job, and would pay rent.  I fed my fish.

I enjoyed, a nice big meal, which did cause me, to doze for a while.  I enjoyed, some movies, and documentaries, with Raoul, and then with Dikaia.  Both were good company.  I went to sleep, during a movie, around 3:30am.  I awoke, and went to sleep, around 4:30am.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

~  62  ~

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I awoke, around 12:15pm, when I heard, Raoul moving around.  Raoul had returned, to the extra bedroom, so I went there, and spoke with him, about Dikaia.  I told Raoul, that I did not wish, to lose my dog, but that, with him being with her, all of the time, and feeding abundant treats, to her, and my long absences, that Dikaia seemed, to be switching her allegiance, to him.  I told Raoul, that Dikaia, had actually, tried to bite me, and that I was unwilling, to have an animal, in my home, which might attack me.  I was absent, when Dikaia was a puppy, and she is, her own animal.  On the one hand, I am unable, to win Dikaia back, so to speak, with cruelty, and yet, on the other hand, she seems to have forgotten, or be uncaring, about my kindness.  I told Raoul, that I would give, less food to Dikaia, to remind her, of where her food comes from, and asked Raoul, to leave Dikaia outside, when I go to work, and to refrain, from feeding her.  This is particularly bad timing, as it is soon, when I have to pay, to register Dikaia, for one year, with Hopewell, and also must pay, to have her get, her annual shots.  I could turn Dikaia, over to Animal Control, saying that she turned on me.

I wished, to sleep some more, and Dikaia did come out, from the extra bedroom, and I had her go outside, and I put her, onto her chain.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 3:15pm.  I relaxed, a bit more, and hoped, that I had gotten, adequate rest, for the long work hours ahead.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food, to Dikaia outside.  Raoul remained, sleeping in my extra bedroom.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I had, a mild sore throat.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift, and enjoyed, three eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, about Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I got an automated call, saying there was, voluntary time off, for my entire shift, on this day.  I fed my fish.  I departed, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  On my way to work, I intended, to work, as long as I could, but when I got there, I went first, to the Hub, and checked, and found that voluntary time-off, was offered to me, for the full day, and I did, accept that.  I also confirmed, with a Human Resources representative, that my vacation day, for next week, was accepted, and it was.  I went, to the upstairs break-room, and said hello, to Lilly.  Floyd was absent.  I departed.  My spirit, seemed to feel happy, about leaving…

I went, to the Dollar Tree in Cavalier Square and bought many bags of candy, and a can-opener.  I went to Rose’s, in Cavalier Square, and bought some different types, of bags of candy, and two can-openers.  I returned to my home, and put away, the things I had purchased, and did mix together, the various bags of candy, with the candy, I already had.  I updated my movie reference library book, within the computer, and printed the new pages.  I relaxed, and enjoyed movies, with Raoul, during the evening hours.  Raoul requested, another pack, of short cigarettes, from me, and I gave, two to him.  Of the dozen packs, of short cigarettes, which I had, Raoul has consumed five, and I have consumed zero.  I did advise Raoul, that my supplies, are intended, to help me, to conserve resources.

I advised Raoul, that he must job hunt, to be able, to survive in life, and to financially afford, his own needs, and survive in life, as a responsible adult.  I told Raoul, and that he must financially contribute, to this household, for us to enjoy heat, during this coming winter.  If Raoul can use, his ‘smart telephone’, for hours, to peruse humor, then he could also, use that device, to look for jobs. Raoul did consume, more of my ‘ruby red grapefruit’ beverage, than did I…  Raoul did this, because his cold, is worsening.  Perhaps Raoul, will be, more inclined, to job-hunt, once his cold, has passed…

I came up, with a new work, ‘nokay’, meaning something is undesired, as contrasted, with ‘okay’, which is to indicate that something is acceptable.  I told Raoul, how I had coined, ’multiverse’, and ‘black moon’, which are now, in common usage.  Raoul disliked ‘nokay’…  I chuckled to myself, that Raoul thought ‘nokay’, was ‘nokay’…

Dikaia barked, to come inside, but I left her outside.  Raoul suggested, that he could close, the door of the extra bedroom, to keep Dikaia, from entering it, and I had intended, to bring Dikaia inside, once Raoul went to sleep, but it turned out, that I fell asleep first.  I did feel, it was, for the best, to keep Dikaia outside, for this full day.  And, if nothing else, perhaps by being less mobile, Dikaia’s foot, has a better chance of healing, without her aggravating it.  I wished to refrain, from bringing Dikaia inside, while she was demanding, to come inside.  I wished to remind Dikaia, that what I say goes.

We enjoyed, two animated, action, adventure, Justice League movies, Flashpoint Paradox, and War.  We enjoyed, a very good or excellent performance, of Cirque du Soleil:  Varekei.  I enjoyed two small meals, of two frozen dinners, at different times.  We experienced, two episodes, from season three, of The Twilight Zone, and two other movies.  I noticed, the wavy lines, appearing, when my television monitor, was somewhat dark…  I guess, each thing, only has, so much time of use…  I went to sleep, around 4:00am, and awoke, around 5:00am, and then moved, to the living-room sofa, given to me, by Whymaster.  Raoul slept, on the nice bed, in the extra bedroom.  Our temperature dropped, and I was comfortable, with the Pocahantas blanket, while wearing, a thin long-sleeve shirt, over my tee-shirt.  Winter is coming…

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main-coffee warmer.  I was challenged, to return to sleep, but did so, and slept, until 1:40pm.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave fresh dry-food, and water, to Dikaia and we touched, and I gave, a hot-dog to her.  I wished, to do this alone, and was able to do so, when I first heard, Raoul stirring.  I straightened, the kitchen.  I integrated, the new pages, into my entertainment library reference book.  I paid, my new electric bill, and put that payment, into my outside mail-box, with its red flag upwards, to indicate the presence, of outgoing mail.  It apparently cost me, about an hour’s income, to use the air-conditioner, for maybe two hours, on one hot day.  I set-up the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  Raoul sought to encourage me, by telling me, of four jobs, he has held, since he departed, from here last time.  I mentioned to Raoul, some nearby places, which might be hiring, including McDonald’s, Rose’s, and Dollar Tree.

Raoul walked, to a nearby grocery store, and bought a dozen eggs, so that I would still, have enough tomorrow, for my breakfast, as he had consumed two himself, and I had just enough, for my own needs, during work-days.  I thanked Raoul, for doing this.  I was glad, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose, as I had failed, to do so yesterday.  I think, part of the reason, for my ‘delay’, was because I had eaten, a chicken salad sandwich, from the Bistro at Amazon, with my meal.  Today’s chicken, seems to influence, for me to have, blockage and bloat.  I shaved and showered.  I used, a sulfur shampoo, on the sore areas, of my legs.  I enjoyed, a three-egg breakfast, with some tuna-fish, and made selections, of candy, to add to my pocket.  I had retained intact, the lunch bag, from yesterday.

I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I asked Raoul, to close the door, of the extra bedroom, when he went to sleep, and asked him, to seek to be, in that room, when I arrived home, from work, so that I could seek, to bond again with Dikaia.  Perhaps some of the problem, is that Dikaia had been sleeping, in the extra bedroom, on that bed, during daytime, after I arose, so she might have viewed, that room as her own, before Raoul arrived.  I called Hopewell Animal Hospital, and learned, that I did not need, an appointment, to bring Dikaia in, for her annual rabies shot, and a pedicure. I definitely felt better today, than I had yesterday, and attributed this, to my asserting ‘management’, of my home.  I put on cologne.  I fed my fish.  I felt ‘ready’, to have a long aerobic work-day…  I ate one aspirin.  I made three, nice, abstract pieces of art, of a male torso.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey to work, from my home, while listening, to some ’easy party’ music.  Going up the stairs, did significantly shorten my breath, made me feel ‘winded’, but I had time, to relax, before work began, and did recover.  This, to me, was a sign, that I should take, another Bronkaid.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Bluster, and then with Floyd, with coffee, supplied by Amazon, in the upstairs break-room.  I was assigned, to packing Multis, and did so, near Doright, for the whole shift.  I had mostly good carts, though I did, entire Mega-B carts, when they were brought to me, with priority items.  Doright helped me, to laugh and smile, though doing so, did aggravate my COPD, made me ‘slap happy’, which I attributed, to oxygen deprivation.  I also had, occasional sharp pain, around my ribs, on one side.

Boss Corrine, visited me pleasantly, though her message, was that I had, another production warning, my second, which she said, would trigger, a training session, for Singles, though I was working, in Multis, and my rate was actually okay, though she said, I was at 91-percent of goal.  My first-quarter posted rate, was 191, and my first-half posted rate, was 184.  Corrine said, that if I was working in Multis, that I would then receiving training, in Multis, even if, I do okay, in Multis, and my rate warning, was from working in Singles…  Previously, it would take, three production warnings, within a defined or specified time-period, to trigger a training session…  Corrine also, somewhat confused me, by indicating, that the rate week, had now ended, on Monday, whereas previously, she had indicated, that the rate week, ended on Tuesdays.  This was now, a Tuesday.  I think there were times, with lack of work, during the previous rate-week…

I said to Corrine, that my first short-term goal, was to stay with Amazon, at least until Thanksgiving, and then beyond that, perhaps to February or May, but Corrine, seemed ‘less than optimistic’, about that.  I think, I might become able, to financially afford, to pay off my vehicle, before Amazon, lets me go.  My mood remained good, upbeat, and though some of this, was perhaps due, to oxygen deprivation, I also speculate, that part of me, is ready, to stop working, though I do believe, it behooves me, would be beneficial for me, to work until that ‘severance offer’, is made, after I pass, the two year mark, of employment, for that stock benefit.  I also think, that part of the reason, to seek to fire me, or get me to quit, is to prevent me, from enjoying, those potential employment benefits.  I know, that management’s choice(s), might reflect intent, as Jack, always found a way, to retain me.  I am the same now, or better, as I was then.  I also know, from posted rates, that I remain, somewhat in the middle, of those who work, rather than being, the slowest worker.

I had, four wrongly labeled, master packs, which I caught, and corrected, as it was indicated, to ship a single item, and I was given, boxes with many items, of each thing.  Correcting this, by removing a single item, from the box, which contained many, of that item, does take, some extra time…  Sonny was my water-spider, and he did, an excellent job.  I thanked Sonny, for making a real positive difference, for me, as a packer.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Gammel, Lilly, Winston, and Friday, during breaks, and with Floyd, during the meal-time break.  Sally made a point, to make a nice gesture, of giving a nice pear to me, which I brought home with me.  Voluntary time off, without pay, was offered, but I remained, and worked a full shift.  I did pack Singles, for the final quarter.  I enjoyed, my time with Amazon, on this day, and did work hard.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I made sure, that Raoul was asleep, and in the extra bedroom, with the door closed, before I released Dikaia, from her chain.  The new clasp, failed to open, but I was able, to disengage, a second clasp, and freed her, and brought her inside, and gave a hot-dog to her, and then another, and had two myself.  Dikaia was friendly, affectionate, to me, and stayed, in the living-room, with me, except for a trip, to the kitchen, to eat some of her dry-food.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season six, of Married With Children.  I went to sleep, with Dikaia, on the living-room sofa, given to me, by Whymaster, around 6:00am.

I awoke, around 12:30pm, and turned on, the coffee-maker, and brewed fresh coffee.  I dozed, reclined, until 1:20pm.  I fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside, and gave fresh dry-food, to her outside.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I was tempted, to take a Bronkaid, but decided, to refrain, to avoid the light-headedness, for a few hours, and then, that feeling, of being tired.  I figured, I should face these ‘side effects’, during my time off from work.  I was still, a touch ‘spacey’, from the previous evening, and my body, felt tired.  There was, a beautiful yellow bloom, in my front yard, the first time ever, that type of plant, has bloomed.  I reminded Raoul, to job hunt.

This is also, now, October 12, the anniversary, of my 1978 rapture, which means, I have been true to this path, for 38 years…  I can face God, and say, that I have given life, to Christos, during this past year.

Raoul spoke, great words, of going out to job hunt, but instead, did remain at home.  Raoul said, that he wanted, to get a job, so he could get, a place of his own, which means, when Raoul, finally does get some income, he shall refrain, from being, financially helpful to me.  Some people, facing this situation, might be tempted, to get rid of Raoul, now, rather than later, to save some money...  Raoul had said, that Gatita could not, get child support payments, from him, because Raoul’s name, is absent, from that child’s birth certificate.  One might suppose, that a paternity test, could prove, who is the father.  However, on this day, Raoul changed his tune, to saying, that he wants a job, so that he can gain custody, of that child.  I suggested, that before Raoul cares, for an infant, he should perhaps learn, to care for himself.  Raoul perhaps hopes, to be as entitled, to state child support payments, as his sole means of income, as a single parent, as Gatita, but generally, custody by the mother, is favored by government courts, regardless of how good, the father might be, and how bad, the mother might be.

Roads are paved with intent.  Roads to hell, can be paved, with unfulfilled intentions, false words, laziness and lies.  Roads to heaven, can be paved, with actions, which give meaning, to karmicly positive intentions.

I edited the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I cleaned my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three eggs, mixed with a can of tuna-fish.  I noticed, that Raoul consumed, about four or five cans, of my tuna-fish, during the past two days…  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I ate one aspirin.  I did have, a slight positive mood boost, thinking this to be, my last work-day, of this work-week.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Bluster, and Floyd, before work began.  Floyd was ‘discouraged’, that this day, meant Horatio and Robinson, would be in charge, as supervisors, and neither, is prone, to doing their work, counting instead, on Augustus, or the Process Guides, to do the their work for them.  It seems, that we have people, who think themselves superior, because they do little work, except to be critical, of the work done by others, who then focus, on those who seek, to do a good job, as targets of their adversity, while they commend, those who are corrupt, while they portray themselves, as ‘innocent’, because they, like Nazi concentration camp prison guards, are just ‘doing their jobs’.  Horatio spent several hours, just talking with Connie, which meant, Connie’s Single Tote rate, was very low, but neither seemed concerned.

Floyd decided, to depart, after our meal, saying he just disliked, being at Amazon, on this day.  In particular, Floyd was disturbed, about the Pick manager, Butters, who has ingratiated himself, with Christine, because all Butters does, is try to fire people, or get them to quit.  Butters has made, a mess of Pick, so that Pack often fails, to get items, in a timely way, due to lack, of Pick personnel.  Despite continually hiring, new desperate people, Amazon seems unable, to maintain, an adequate work-force.  Good workers leave, to find a decent place to work, while the corrupt, who do little actual work, remain.

Today was a ‘shit sandwich’ day, for me with Amazon.  That is, two pieces of good news, with sheer shit in-between.  I determined, that a shit sandwich, still is shit.  One piece of good news, was that, I did have, a good overall rate, last week. Another piece, of good news, was that, my first-half posted rate, was probably around 300, as it was 280, an hour before the first-half ended, and Augustus brought to me, an extra 100 items, during that final hour.  The shit news, was that despite our lacking work, in Single Totes, which causes rates to be lower, and despite, the equipment problems, which Liam vouched to Corrine, that I faced, beyond my control, which killed my rate, I still received, a second production warning, which means, that if I receive, a third, within 60 days, which seems likely, then I could be fired.

Duke came to my work-station, and sought to pack, some Single Tote items, for me, as a ‘re-training’.  Duke advised me, to avoid doing Single Totes, even if assigned to them.  Unfortunately, that is somewhat impossible, as Amazon has made Sunday, a day for Single Totes only, and has made Thursday and Friday, also days, for Single Totes only, a reflection, of a reduction in work.  One might think, that a reduction in work, could mean lay-offs, and thus unemployment compensation payments, but Amazon instead, seeks to portray, those it lets go, due to a reduction in work, as those who are failing, to do their jobs properly, and then seeks to deny, unemployment compensation payments to them.  In Virginia, the granting, of unemployment compensation, is at the employer’s discretion, and ‘some’ employers, deny all unemployment compensation claims.

Now that Amazon, has opened, another facility in our area, in Alexandria, it must split, the available work, between them, and that allows one facility, to have a reduction in available work, which then lowers rates, and might be intended, to let Amazon, get rid of personnel.

Duke advised me, if I am forced, to work Single Totes, then I should cheat, in any way I can.  Duke was amused, that I had to spend, a lot of my time, when he was packing Single Totes for me, fixing the equipment.  The tape-dispensing machine, failed to provide, proper lengths of tape, either automatically or manually, and I advised Duke, as to which sizes, of tape, to seek to use, for which boxes.  The dunnage-dispensing machine, was malfunctioning, and getting off track, and I fixed it three times, and Hobbs fixed it three times, before I got Hobbs, to replace it, and I used dunnage, from the unoccupied work-station behind me, so that I could continue to work.  Hobbs was very slow, as a water-spider, and I often, had to get, my own supplies.

Duke advised me, to scan the item, then scan the ’spoo’, and put the spoo on the box, and package it, rather than, putting the spoo on last, which I do, in case the box size indicated, is wrong.  Duke said, that he knows, correct box sizes, to use for items, and totally ignores, the indicated box size, because it is so often wrong.  However, newer people, might be prone, to put the spoo, onto the box indicated, and then, when that is wrong, they then have to put the item, into a different box, with a different spoo, and then they put it, onto the conveyor belt, where it soon gets rejected, down the line, because it is the wrong spoo.  The amount of wrong spoos, has significantly increased, and has been mentioned, as a major problem, by our managers, during many of our recent stand-up meetings, and I now understand, that this is a reason, why this is occurring.

Duke mentioned, that he had been, at one of our stand-up meetings, when Corrine commended, people with Single Totes rates, of 167 or higher, and he said, this clearly indicates, that either our management, know nothing about packing, or is actively encouraging cheating.  Duke and I agreed, that our management, knows nothing, about the work, about working, or about Amazon, as they have all come, from a military source, and lack work, management, or Amazon experience.  Duke felt it likely, that Amazon, might replace our current managers, with more experienced personnel, from outside our facility, for our Peak, or else, we probably shall endure, a prolonged ‘train wreck’, during this coming Peak.  Incidentally, I do believe, that I do pack faster, than Duke…

I told Duke, that I suspect, that this focus on me, is Amazon, trying to deny to me, the stock benefits, and the ‘severance offer’, which come due, to me, in February.  I figure, our government, would seize, one or both, of these anyway…  Duke said, he thought, that our management, was simply ignorant, and my own situation, is irrelevant.

Liam visited me, after Duke had departed, probably doing, a ’temperature test’, of me.  I told Liam, that I think Corrine, is responsible.  Liam told me, that Corrine, is just behaving, like a robot, doing as she is told, by the automated system.  The automated program, which terminates workers, is called ADAPT, which I think means, Amazon Disciplinary Action Program for Termination.  An honest person, might now be unable, to work for Amazon, unless insulated, in a non-working position.  Otherwise, perhaps only cheating, can allow one, to always make rate, packing Singles.  The only way, to adapt to ADAPT, is through corruption?

Liam did show to me, that my previous weekly rates, had been 140- and 160-percent, of goal, but I received nothing for this, and they failed, to help me, to avoid receiving, production warnings.  One might note, that my average rate, for any four consecutive weeks, is above 100-percent, but this is meaningless, to Amazon.  Liam found, that my second production warning, was for two weeks ago, rather than for last week, and last week, I did make rate overall.  Corrine was simply late, in delivering to me, a second production warning, and happened, innocently, incidentally, to deliver it to me, when otherwise, she would have been giving to me, a verbal commendation, for having made rate.  The log, that Liam displayed, showed the verbal commendation, had yet to be made.  Liam avoided, checking the box, to indicate, the verbal commendation, had been delivered, by him, saying that he knew, that Corrine wished to deliver it herself.  Liam said, that Corrine, only had good words for me.  I said, that Corrine, seems to be threatening, my well-being in life, and that I am truly fortunate, to not actually need this job, for otherwise, what Corrine is doing, could be seen, as deliberately harmful to others, as poor rates, of workers, can reflect, poor management of them.

Corrine did visit me, after 3:30am, but avoided, commending me, for having a very high rate, on this day, and instead, just mentioned, that I had made rate, during the previous week.  I suspect, Corrine visited me, due to prodding, by Liam…  My high rate, on this day, was thanks to Augustus, bringing some, very high volume totes, to me.  And, on this day, those items, did count for me, though they have seemed, to fail to do so, in times past.  I also discovered, that if I scanned, a Single Tote, before break, then my idle time, during break, would count, against my Single Tote rate, and fail to harm, my good Multi rate.  I could scan, a Multi-Cart, upon my return.  That could work, the other way around, if one is seeking, to protect, one’s Single Tote rate.  This could be, why Amelia, retains a Multi-Cart, even if she is assigned, to doing Single Totes, though the Multi-Cart, also helps to shield Amelia, from view, if she might wish, to retain some items… I told Selassie, about this tip.

Many people departed, including Doright, and so there were, Mega-A carts, and thus, my rate, was very very good.  Doright has said, hate the game, not the player, and I think, he could be correct…

I now have, 26 hours, of allotted unpaid time off, and think, it might be beneficial, for me to skip Sunday, with unpaid time, during the remaining week, when I have, a Wednesday off, as vacation time.  Remember, for me, a work-day, is ten hours, so 26 hours, is only two days.  I asked Corrine, since working less than five hours, fails to register, as ‘official’, so won’t be used against one, as far as rates are concerned, then if I were to work, four hours, and take six hours off, would I avoid, receiving a penalty, on days when I must work Singles?  Corrine said, that she believes, I would be penalized, if Singles, is all I worked, even if I worked, less than five hours.  That means, I would have to skip, the entire work-day, to avoid being penalized.  It is most certainly paradoxical, to have to skip work, to be able, to continue working…

Liam announced, during our stand-up meeting, that Amazon, was now denying, all further requests, for personal leaves of absence.  Leaves of absence, must be, a minimum, of two weeks in length, and are without pay.  Some people, perhaps use, these leaves of absence, to gain some time, away from production warnings, so they too, decide to avoid work, to be able, to keep their jobs…  Technically, nobody has been hired, to replace either Lang or Roy.  Horatio, has allegedly been, filling in, for Roy, though others do his work.  Augustus has been doing, Lang’s job, without the title or extra pay.  Augustus often did, Lang’s job, even when Lang was employed.

Amusingly, I asked Corrine, if she wished, for me to cheat.  Corrine said, that she appreciates, that my rates, are genuine.  Perhaps Corrine, wishes for me to be fired?  I guess, the artificially inflated, virtual production numbers, make Amazon seem, more productive, and than it actually is.  I wondered, if Amazon borrows money, based on these inflated numbers…  I know, that the inflated numbers, make making rate, in an honest way, more difficult, and that allows Amazon, to then refrain from paying, the bonuses it allegedly offers, to facilities, where rates are made.

I enjoyed, my meal-time break, with Floyd and Smith.  Smith said, that Trump, had trounced Hillary, during the second debate, and had prevailed, strongly, in both economic and foreign policy topics, and also did focus, on how Hillary’s priority, for corruption, had caused her, to be inept, incompetent, as a Secretary of State.  Smith said, that Trump said, that if Trump is elected, or maybe even if he isn’t, he will have, a special investigator, on Hillary, though Obama, might give to Hillary, a blanket pardon.  Things might seem, to have become’ personal’.  Some might easily suspect, the Clintons were involved, if Trump is killed…  I enjoyed, my other breaks, with Friday, Randy, and Lilly.  I also enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mary, who is actually, from the Philippines.  I told Mary, that my family, had lived in the Philippines, and I have several on-line connections there.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I was pleased, that Raoul was already asleep, and had his door closed, as that meant, he might get, an early start, on job-hunting, and also, I could bring Dikaia inside.  I gave two hot-dogs, to Dikaia, and had three myself.  I did notice, that Raoul had finished, my ruby red grapefruit, and consumed much, of my remaining beverage, and had also enjoyed, some cans of my tuna-fish.  I mused, that when Mike2 and I lived together, we both managed, to meet our own food needs, without use, of the other’s food supply, on the same food aid allotment, which Raoul now receives.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two fun episodes, from season six, of Married With Children, which helped me, to smile and laugh.  Dikaia was happy, fun, and affectionate, though I now take this, ‘with a grain of salt’, as I have seen, how fickle she can be.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I slept, until 10:40am, and then relaxed, until 11:15am.  I put Dikaia, onto her outside chain.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I made two pieces of art, with the words, “Boycott Amazon.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for America…”

Raoul awoke, around 2:00pm, and I urged him to go to Rose’s, and other places, in Cavalier Square to apply for jobs.  I told Raoul, that he needed, to get a job, to be able, to improve his quality of life.  I told Raoul, that applying for jobs, might help him, to have some hope, and improve his mood.  I told Raoul, that he could seek, to sell sex, but would run a risk, of being jailed, if he does so, in someone else’s territory.  Raoul said, he faced the same sort of situation, with selling recreational party material.  I told Raoul, that he always speaks, the right words, and then does nothing, to give meaning to his words, and that could be, stereotypical sociopath behavior.  Raoul then abruptly departed, saying he would go to Rose’s.  Raoul returned, a bit later, and told me, he had, at least gotten, a job application form, from Rose’s, and could also apply, at another place, in Cavalier Square.

I played, some games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I put hydrogen peroxide, onto both legs.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage, into the outside garbage container.  I guess, garbage creation has more than doubled, and attribute this, to Raoul simply having, more time to consume things, than I do.  I did suggest to Raoul, that he buy beverages, in part, to replace that of mine, which he has consumed. Raoul said, he would switch, to drinking water, which I also purchase.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and eventually enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Somehow, my food order, got lost, and vanished, from McDonald’s computer system, but Ricky was able, to restore it, and things worked out, with a five-minute delay.  Fox News reported, that after the recent debate, Hillary had increased her lead, over Trump.  Hillary supporters, have come forward, and said that Trump, kissed them, against their will, with one incident, being about 11 years ago, and another, 17 years ago.  A third woman, has come forward, and said that Trump groped her, at a party, while Trump’s pregnant wife, was in another room.  Michelle Obama, came forward, and said. Trump’s disrespect for women, is abominable, and it is difficult, to allow children, to watch television, and see hateful Trump.  More emails, have come forward, detailing Hilary’s own disrespect of minorities, and her solicitation, of bribes, in return for political favors, but most media attention, is on, Trump’s alleged disrespect, of women, despite Trump’s long history, of treating women, as equals, in the work-place.  Trump denies these allegations, saying they are lies, and continuing to point out, how the ‘system’, those now entrenched in power, are against him.  People who express support, of Trump, risk being ‘black-listed’, if Trump loses…  Crowds continue, to show support for Trump, and most FaceBook blurbs, are in favor of Trump.

There was a news report, saying that Iran-supported rebels, in Yemen, fired on a US warship, which then targeted and destroyed, three mobile missile launchers.  Saudi Arabia supports, the government forces, of Yemen, and has been criticized, for inflicting many civilian casualties.

I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Benjamin-M, The Raven’s Path, Patrick-S, Kale-E, Stephen-B, Janet-K, Robert-R, Mary-M, and Rebeca, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Geena-G, among others.  I returned the ‘pokes’, a quick way, to say hello, on FaceBook, and poked those, suggested by FaceBook.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I remained on-line, over four hours, and felt somewhat productive.

I returned, to my home, and did bring Dikaia inside.  I enjoyed, a nice meal.  Raoul and Dikaia, were pleasant company, though I was pleased, to have some ‘alone time’, after Raoul went to bed, around 3:30am, saying he wished, to get an early start, around 9:00am, to return his job application, to Rose’s.  I gave cigarettes to Raoul, but then did refrain, from offering more, telling Raoul, that he must seek, to financially afford, his own habits, and he should refrain, from consuming more of my things, than I do.  Perhaps Raoul, helped me, to smoke less, as he would stare intently at me, whenever I lit, and while I smoked, a new cigarette.  Raoul did refrain, from asking for more tobacco, and I did refrain, from offering more to him.

I understand, that Raoul might prefer, to simply roost, and live off of me…  Sadly, it is possible, that the more comfortable, I help Raoul to be, the less likely, he might be, to seek to get, onto his own two feet.  As far as ‘fair trade’ is concerned, there is little, that Raoul can do for me, and he is slow, to clean up after himself.  My gate, now has, a wobbly support beam, and that is new, and I might speculate, that excessive force, was used, to open the gate, by Raoul, but he attributed this development, to shoddy construction, by Ramboi.  I take care of things, and cater to them, to prolong their usefulness, understanding that they all have, their limitations Some people, might expect, everything to be perfect, and last forever, even if mistreated.

We enjoyed, one very good movie, Star Trek:  Beyond.  I also enjoyed, after Raoul went to bed, a very good or excellent movie, Jarhead 2:  Field of Fire, about US military experience in Afghanistan.

I went to sleep, around 5:00am, with Dikaia, on the living-room sofa, given to me, by Whymaster.  The living-room, was cool, and I slept, with a Native American blanket.  The air seemed cold, when I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12-noon.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, when she seemed, tempted to roam.  Raoul arose, around 12:30pm, and soon departed, allegedly to go to Rose’s, and apply for a job, or at least, to turn in, his job application.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I updated, my entertainment review.  Raoul returned, and said he had applied, for two positions, at a place near Rose’s, and had turned in, his job application, at Rose’s.  Raoul then returned, to enjoying episodes, of Eureka.  I played, two games, of Reversi-Othello, and won one.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and put on cologne.

I advised Raoul, of some demolition and other work, being done, on a nearby house, and suggested, that perhaps, Raoul might find, some work, as a helper, for that crew, either on this project, or on others.  I advised Raoul, that any time, that he sees, any construction or roofing crew, he might inquire, if they needed, any extra help.  For such a job, which can be hard work, one only need, to do as instructed, so lack of experience, fails to automatically, disqualify one, from consideration.  Raoul indicated, that he was feeling, like he might have, a kidney stone to pass, as his side ached, and he felt winded, from the walking.  Raoul thinks, he might have, some blood pressure issues, and says he often has, pressure headaches, if he is physically active, for work.

I brought Dikaia, to the Hopewell Animal Hospital.  It might have been better, had I been allowed, to make an appointment, as by just going in, as I was told to do, I then had to wait, for an available opening.  Fortunately, the wait, was fairly short.  Dikaia got her shots, and a pedicure.  I did notice, that Dikaia seemed to have, a split hanging nail, which I had failed, to notice previously.  Dikaia did snap, at the veterinarian, and this resulted, in her receiving, a three-year vaccination, rather than, a one-year vaccination, which saved me, at least $90, as they do charge, $45 per visit, as an office charge.  Unfortunately, I was told, that Dikaia, does have heart-worms, and that this should be taken care of, as quickly as possible, as these can kill her.  Unfortunately, the veterinarian, either lacked time, or medication, to deal with this, at this time, and I was told, that I would be called, so that I could make, proper arrangements, later with them.  I was told, to refrain from use, of the Sentry anti-flea medication, until after the heart-worm treatment, and to seek, to minimize physical activity, for Dikaia, until then also.  Dikaia looks fine, but she weighed 58 pounds, which was less, than last year, when she weighed, 67 pounds.

I then went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought, cans of soup, a beverage, and 18 eggs.  I returned to my home, and put Dikaia, onto her outside chain.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I went to City Hall, intending, to seek to pay, my upcoming property tax bill, for my vehicles, but was told, that it was too soon, as the city/county, had yet to determine, what rate to apply, for tax purposes.  I did pay, the ‘dog fee’, for three years, which was minimal.

I returned to my home.  Raoul asked me, if there was, any demolition work, he could do for me, at my home.  I have none, nor do I wish, for Raoul to look to me, for his income.  As a hermit, I am not necessarily seeking, to have independent or dependent company, unless romance or sex is involved, and am seeking, neither of these, nor are they part, of my connection, with Raoul.  I reminded Raoul, of the nearby house, with ongoing work, and suggested, that he check there, and also mentioned, that Raoul could always, go next door, and inquire of the tradesmen there, if they might need, a helper, now and then.  Unfortunately, some of the guys, next door, might recall, Raoul’s somewhat lazy performance, when he worked with us, and how he had, a strong distaste, for work, of any sort, during that time-period.  It seemed to me, that one influence, for Raoul, to move suddenly, from my home, was precisely, because he could have work, with me, or others, of that group.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won one, of three.

I was most pleased, to notice, that Dikaia, now walks normally.  Apparently, a pedicure, was exactly what she needed.  I am glad, that I had this done, properly and professionally, at Hopewell Animal Clinic.  This venture, cost me, about one day’s pay, $125, as additional procedures, were allegedly required.  The hospital, had hoped, I might subscribe, for $22 a month, to anti-flea shots, but I said, that I used Sentry, which they insisted, on calling Sentinel, and advised me, to discontinue its use, until after, Dikaia has heart-worm treatment.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and ordered, a very nice meal, costing me, about $10, but my debit card, was declined, for that amount.  I changed my order, to a total, of around $5, and this time, my debit card payment, was accepted.  I felt fortunate, that if I had to stretch, one week, before more funds, became available, from my next pay-check, that I had enough supplies, to allow me, to do so, though I might, run out of cigarettes first.  I went on-line, and checked my bank balance, and found, that I had, $570, in my account, even after, payments had been made, on all my purchases, of this day.  I am uncertain, why my $10 meal, was declined...

I had, recently seen Adam, driving on my residential street, and he was at McDonald’s.  I asked Adam, if he lived, on my street.  Adam said, he lived elsewhere, but does visit, that area.  Adam told me, that he is running, for elected city office, for my area, and asked for my vote.  I asked Adam, if he was, running against Brenda, and he said he was.  I said that Brenda, seems like a very good person, both in character, and in her beneficial actions, for our area, and said, that I would remain, loyal to Brenda, even though, I do like Adam.  It is nice, that Hopewell now has, elections for city officials.  Adam said, that he also, thinks well, of Brenda.  Brenda now uses, a nearby billboard, to advertise her election campaign.

Roger called me, and asked, if I might like, to wrestle with him, on this day.  I declined, saying that such an event, would now have to wait, until next Spring.  I helped a lady, who had a computer challenge.

Major television media, continued to focus, on Trump’s alleged disrespect, of women, and polls, allegedly showed, Hillary’s lead, to be widening.  However, on-line, on FaceBook, support remained, mostly for Trump, and, in person, large crowds, continue to attend, Trump rallies.  It might seem, that crowds, are ignoring, ‘the system’, as reflected, by the wishes, of media and political party bosses.  Media mostly ignored, the content, of Hillary’s emails, as released by WikiLeaks.  There was a blurb, about how odd, it might seem, for WikiLeaks to be called traitorous, for doing, what US journalists, have traditionally been expected to do.

The Aztecs sent a delegation, to the Native American Dakota pipeline protest, which seems to continue, claiming the private construction companies, continue to seem, to make preparations, to continue building, that pipeline.  I admit to being confused, about this situation, as media had indicated, that construction, had been halted.  Media now ignores, this situation, but Mary-M, among others, keeps me informed.

There were, two major on-line news foci, which were ignored, by television media, and I did share these, on my FaceBook time-line.  Some people, expressed surprise, that they had failed to hear, anything about these, via regular media, which focused, on the US navy missile exchange, in Somalia, and on Trump’s alleged disrespect, for women.  One was, a focus on weather, warning that the largest storm, in history, was to hit, the US Pacific Northwest, perhaps including, Amazon headquarters, the next day, with winds of 150 miles per hour.  This situation, seemed to me, to be very unusual…  Apparently, another storm, which had dissolved, Nicole, had also reformed, with some storm warnings, being issued, for Bermuda.

The second, was a mention, that Russia had recalled, all non-essential personnel, from the US, and that all regular communication, between the two governments, had been halted.  Allegedly, some Russian officials, have declared, that since the US wants confrontation, it will be given confrontation, worldwide, somewhat of a declaration, that at least the ‘cold war’, is now ‘official’.  Russia can easily portray, all of its actions, as defensive, in response, to US aggression.  With two allegedly distasteful, US presidential candidates, conspiracy theorists might fear, that Obama might hope, to continue in office, with martial law.  There does seem, to be an agenda, to portray elections, as unimportant, or undesirable...

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Hank-S, Patrick-S, Louis-DP, Bart-T, and Joe-WM, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Joe-WM, and Patrick-S, among others. I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, over three hours on-line, and felt somewhat productive.

I returned, to my home, and brought Dikaia inside.  I enjoyed, a nice hamburger.  I experienced a movie, and a very good presentation, from 1994, by David Icke, The Robots’ Rebellion, which mentioned, how the growing spiritual awareness, the individual empowerment, of the ‘new age’, would face, the manipulations, of those involved, with ‘the new world order’.  I believe, at this time, that Russia, is outside, of ‘the new world order’…  I very much enjoyed, three episodes, from season three, of The Twilight Zone.

Raoul went to sleep, around 3:00am, so that he could get, an ‘early start’, around 9:00am, the next day.  Raoul did mention, that his FaceBook account, is active.  The living-room, seemed chilly at times, but Dikaia, helped to keep me warm.  I went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awoke, around 11:00am.  I turned on, the coffee-maker, which brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, and awoke, around 1:10pm.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a bit later, turned on the other, and then, a short time later, fed my fish.  Raoul arose, around 3:00pm, and helped me, to locate, the Sentry anti-flea medication.  Raoul said, he would job hunt on-line, with his telephone, at some point, during this day…  Raoul did refrain, from walking, a few houses away, to inquire, if that construction crew, could use his help, with any job.  This could be, some quick daily cash, for Raoul…  Raoul refrained, from going next door, to speak with Ramboi, Horse, and Adrien, about some extra work.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her.  I updated, my entertainment review.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.

I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.   I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Harmony and Ramboi.  Ramboi said, that he and Adrien, could fix the wobbly gate.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought a big bag, of dry dog-food, some Borax powder, and packages of hot-dogs.  The Borax, was $6, as contrasted, with my having paid, about $19, for the same size container, when I purchased it, via Amazon.  It was Raoul, who brought to my attention, that I could purchase Borax, from Food Lion.  I lightly sprinkled, some of the Borax powder, around my living-room.  Borax is non-poisonous, and repels fleas.  I fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I put on, an insulated jacket.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and then discovered, that I had forgotten, to bring my USB flash-drive, so returned to my home, and got it.  I returned to McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal, without problems.

There are now, eight women, who have come forward, to allege that Trump, sexually molested them.  One of the female commentators, on Fox News, came forward to say, that she has known Trump, professionally and personally, for 25 years, and he has never behaved, in an improper way, toward her or around her.  Trump visited areas, of North Carolina, where flood waters remain, in the aftermath, of Hurricane Matthew, and helped to distribute, relief supplies.  The storm, in the Pacific, hit Washington and Oregon states, though only with wind gusts, of maybe 60 miles per hour.  Hillary said, Russia had tried, to interfere, in the US election process.  Hillary said, the US, would retaliate appropriately, in economic and military ways.  Regular people, can die, when leaders, have petty quarrels...  Hillary lacks, any governing position, at this time.  The female presidential candidate, of the Green Party, said that Hillary, is a war-monger.  Pro-Iran rebel forces, in Yemen, fired missiles, at a US naval destroyer.  North Korea, tested another intercontinental ballistic missile, but that test, was said to be, a failure.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.   I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Mary-M, Shawn-T, and Hercules Radio, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, about two and a half hours on-line, and was somewhat productive.  I later remembered, that I had, once again forgotten, to post my entertainment review…  I was unable, to locate Raoul, on FaceBook.

I returned, to my home, and released Dikaia, from her chain.  Raoul did succeed, in annoying me, when he would call Dikaia, to him, when she was laying near me.  I did request, that Raoul cease seeking, to lure my dog from me.  I told Raoul, that if I, had to make a choice, between having my dog, or having him, then I probably, would pick, my dog.  I said, that I guessed, Raoul’s father, had accepted, the disloyalty, of both his wife and his son, and selected to leave them, with each other, but I am unable, to depart from my home, so it would have to be Raoul, who departs, if it comes to that.  I suppose, there could be, some awkward moments, through time, as the children of Gatita, examine their blood relation, to one another, as Raoul, is the father, of one, while his father, is the father, of the others.

Raoul was somewhat disinterested, in most of the entertainment items, I had available, new to me, on this day, and spent much time, laughing at fun humor, which he would, bring to my attention, as I sought to focus, on movies.  Raoul mentioned nothing, about possible job opportunities.  Raoul said, it must have been Gatita, who used his phone, to block me, from him, on FaceBook, and said he sent, a new friend request, to connect with me, on FaceBook.  Both Raoul and I, sought to keep Dikaia, from becoming too excited, as advised, by the veterinarian.

Raoul and I, experienced one movie, and then a very good or excellent one, Fast and Furious 7, which was certainly, ‘action-packed’.  We also experienced, one episode, from season six, of Red Dwarf.  I enjoyed, a nice meal, of a big hamburger.  I had bought, some healthy snacks, but forgot about them…  We went to sleep, shortly after 4:30am.  I kept on, my insulated jacket.

I awoke, around 8:00am, and was able, to return to sleep, until 10:30am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 12:38pm, and arose, around 1:00pm.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I fed my fish.  I was very ‘winded’, though I could seem, to breathe deeply.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I lacked, either enthusiasm or dread, about going to work.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I made, a nice portrait, of Joe-WM.  Raoul arose, around 2:45pm.  I suggested to Raoul, that he seek jobs, on Craig’s List.  Raoul found a possibility, as an assistant grounds-keeper, on Fort Lee.  Raoul thought, this might be, just helping, to carry tools, but I suggested, that it might entail, actually working, perhaps mowing lawns.

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

~  62  ~

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I shaved, and showered, and put on clean, white, boxer-briefs.  I straightened, the living-room, and cleaned, the kitchen dishes and counters.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave, fresh water and dry-food, to her.  I replaced, the light-bulb, over my front-stoop.  I felt, that I had, recently done this…  It seems to me, that light bulbs, might last longer, if they are never turned off?  The many wasps, of the big nest, on my smiling sun ornament, by my front door, leave me alone, when I do this task.  I checked the mail-box, and got junk mail.

I made a piece, of desktop-art, from a saying, of Hessbie’s.  I remain amused, by how common, the use, of the words, ‘multiverse’, as contrasted with universe, and ‘black moon’, to denote a second new moon, within a month, have become, both of which, I created, using them, within ‘a forum with no name’, and within America On-Line’s metaphysics chat-rooms...  I edited, polished, the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.

I went, to a nearby Wawa, and bought cigarettes and fuel.  I went, to McDonald’s, and enjoyed a very nice meal, with some friendly banter, with Henry and Koko.  Henry has interpreted, some Biblical verses, to indicate, that Trump shall win the election, and overthrow corruption, within the US.  I advised Henry, to vote, saying the future is uncertain, and every vote, has its value.  Henry says, that Trump always has, huge crowds, at each of his rallies, while Hillary’s gatherings, are small, so Henry believes, that Trump shall win, in a landslide, unless the election, is rigged.  There have been more reports, of dead people, being registered to vote.  Henry now has, his own vehicle.

I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Doris-B, and Brent-H, among others.  I shared items, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, on my FaceBook time-line, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  And, as always, I added two pieces, to Jualt Art (‘https://www.facebook.com/groups/JualtArt/’), and removed two pieces.

Raoul visited this McDonald’s.  Raoul has been ‘drifting’, living with young people, whose grip on life, has been tenuous, and had or has, a boyfriend.  Apparently, Raoul introduced himself, to Henry, as my roommate…  I did grant to Raoul, permission to stay with me, as his history, lacks theft.  I told Raoul, that he could go, to my home, while I continued to work, and he did so, and I did so.  Raoul told me, that he spoke with Mike2, about three weeks ago, and that Mike2, was without Durango.  Raoul also shared paths, with Wilson, who told him, Wilson intends, to visit my home, to retrieve his things.

My lower back, began to tighten, and became painful, whenever I stood.  I found myself, having difficulty, even walking.  I was concerned, that this injury, could prevent me, from working.  Adrien sent to me, a telephoned text message, indicating that he had, some food, which he could share with me, at his home.  However, with Raoul, already at my home, I felt it best, to go directly to my home, from McDonald’s.  I did explain this, to Adrien, and thanked him, for his kind offer.  I returned to my home.  Raoul was already there.  I brought Raoul outside, to introduce him, to Dikaia.  Dikaia was ‘less than friendly’, toward Raoul, even after, I had Raoul, give a hot-dog, to her.  I sat with Raoul, on the back-stoop steps, and advised Dikaia, that I would be unable, to release her, from her chain, until she stopped, acting hostile, to Raoul.  Dikaia did calm down, and did become friendly, to Raoul, and I was able, to release her, without incident.

Dikaia was good company, to Raoul and I.  I enjoyed, eight episodes, from season two, of Flash.  I did ask Raoul, to work on my lower back, and he did so, and, after my lower back, made a popping noise, I then felt, much better.  That area, had seemed fused, and was very tight.  I enjoyed, a small hamburger, as a meal.  My lower back, did seem to tighten, some during the evening.  Raoul said, he has food aid, and can take care, of his own food needs.  I gave, a clean towel, to Raoul.  Raoul went to sleep, around 2:30am, and I did so, around 5:00am.

I slept, until 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer, or thought that I had done so.  I was able, to return to sleep, until around 1:30pm.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  Roger called me, and was returning to his parents’ home, from a visit, with relatives, in Pennsylvania.  Dikaia was tempted to roam, so I put her, onto her chain.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh water and dry-food, to her.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, who then returned, to the living-room, to seek to enjoy, season one, of Legends of Tomorrow.  I made fresh coffee.  My lower back, was tender, but somewhat okay, good enough, for me to work.  I made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  At least I did awaken.

I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and showered.  I made sections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I fed Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I ate three eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I was slightly short of breath.  It was overcast, cool, comfortable, and calm, outside and inside.  I emptied, the kitchen and office garbage containers, into the outside garbage container.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  Raoul gave to me, a small diamond-cut, clear, quartz crystal, which he said, was good for healing, due to its vibratory frequency, and advised me, to keep this crystal, on my person, and I put it, into a pocket.  I put my laptop computer, into my bedroom, and padlocked that door.  I had Raoul, put his things, into the extra bedroom.  I gave to Raoul, two packs, of cigarette shorts.  I told Raoul, he was welcome, to eat my food, but I expected him, to replace what he used, and to buy his own food, with his food aid.  I did unlock, the DVD closet, so that Raoul, could make choices from there.  I advised Raoul, to seek to be helpful, to get a job, and then to pay rent here, or get a place elsewhere.  Raoul did put, a new garbage bag, into the kitchen garbage container…  I gave a hug, to Raoul, as I departed.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus and Floyd, before work began.  I did feel winded, after walking up the stairs, but felt better, before work began.  I was assigned, as was everyone else, to pack Singles, as we lacked, Multi work.  Christine was behind me, and I did help her, many times, with boxes, that she had trouble, properly placing, onto the conveyor belt, and I gave boxes to her, when she lacked them.  Christine and Wanda, helped me, to get quick hazardous warning label approvals.

Boss Corrine, did announce, at our stand-up meeting, that positions were available, for ‘Ambassadors’.  Corrine did visit, my work-station, and gave to me, a written production warning, my ‘first’.  I mentioned, to Corrine, that I had, equipment issues, last week, which I had brought, to Liam’s attention, notably, a tape-dispensing machine, which failed to operate, so that I was unable, to really ‘get to work’, until 6:32pm.  There were also times, when Single totes, lacked work.  Corrine said, that she was unable, to find, any time, on the computer data record, when I had been, unable to work.  I told Corrine, that a black gentleman, somewhat of a hermaphrodite, unisexual, named Issa, had been my water-spider, who replaced, that tape-dispensing machine, so he also, could vouch, for that problem, but Corrine said, that she knew, of nobody by that namer description, who worked for Amazon.

I told Corrine, that I continue to question, the accuracy, of Amazon’s computer records, and told her, that I have counted items, and found my actual count, to differ, from what is posted.  Corrine said, that rate, is not determined, by the amount of items, but rather, by the size of items.  Either way, I know, that if the amount of items, being officially noted, is wrong, then the rate, must also be wrong.  I told Corrine, that I would seek, to do, as good of a job, as I can, but on her end, she should seek, to place me, where I am best, rather than, where I am worst.

Of course, I might wonder, if some of this discouragement, is intended, to get me, to work harder, or simply intended, to get me to quit, rather than, for Amazon, to have to ‘terminate’ me, and either way, if I leave or am terminated, there is probably, some pressure, to get this to occur, before I become eligible, for either ‘the offer’, or my stock bonus.  For whatever reason, I remained calm, and at peace, and simply sought, to do, as good of a job, as I could.  Liam, Doright and Augustus, visited me, to ask me, how I was, and I assured all of them, that I was okay.  Doright said, that he had a cold, and I could hope, that I would avoid, catching it from him…  I do have a concern, about getting a respiratory disease, while I do have COPD.

Fortunately, Liam did remember, the incident, and Doright, knew the gentleman, I was referencing.  However, the written warning stands, based on the computer data record.  I did advise Liam, to seek to learn, how the computer record, can be altered, just to enhance, his knowledge within Amazon.  Liam did later discover, a day when I had, only eight items packaged, during the first 35 minutes, ‘on the clock’, and that was probably the day, when I had the problem, with the tape-dispensing machine.  Even though, such a low amount, of packages, is unusual for me, and could indicate, problems with equipment, given my tendency, and history, to stay in place and work, rather than, to roam around, talking with people, and even understanding, that there had been, times without work, that written production warning, remains in place.  Sometimes choice, reflects intent, and this could indicate, that I have failed, to maintain beneficial relations, with management.  Liam said, he would seek, to have me work, in Multi-Cart, when that opportunity, is available.

At any rate, so to speak, the written production warning, at this time, means I am disqualified, from consideration, to become an Ambassador.  However, I suppose, I am always, an Ambassador, for Amazon, and I am always helpful, to new people.  Betty and Manny told me, that at their stand-up meeting, last Thursday, this being Sunday, they were told, that hazardous warning label approvals, would be discontinued, but so far, they have been continued.  Corrine renewed, the authorization, of some people, to grant hazardous warning labels, but I was not among them.

Because this is, the beginning of a month, it would be, a worst time, for me, to lose a job, because I would have to stretch, my available finances, until the third week, of the next month, or about seven weeks.  It would have been nice, if Raoul had returned, with money or a job, rather than, only during, a low tide, in his life…  I decided, I would have, to conserve funds, from my upcoming pay-check, rather than, make another triple car payment.  If I still have this job, three weeks, from now, I could then make, that final triple car payment, and perhaps even, select for retirement, by Thanksgiving.  Part of me, would like to get, my car insurance tax payment paid, as well as, to buy an old computer, to display my slide-show, and an air-conditioning window unit.  It is somewhat sad, to start one’s work-week, with a negative experience.

I can say, that at least, work was pleasant.  Nice music was played, and perhaps Liam did help, to make this music audible, for everyone, even where I was located.  Time passed, at a comfortable pace.  Bluster made a point, to sit at a different table, with Connie.  I sat at the table, where a group has gathered, but Friday, Lilly, and Randy, sat elsewhere.  I did enjoy, some friendly banter, with Floyd, Simon, Doright, and Augustus.  I worked, a full shift, and shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  It was, an okay day, for me, with Amazon.  For me, my job, is meant, to support my life, rather than, my life, being meant, to support my job.  I remain pleased, that Amazon has employed me.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant, journey to my home, from work.  Raoul was awake, having just finished, enjoying a movie, The Pacifier.  I was pleased, to have my entertainment library, be enjoyed, respectfully, by others.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season six, of Married With Children.  Raoul and Dikaia, were pleasant company, though Raoul’s energy, did awaken me, and perhaps influenced, for me, to be unable, to easily get to sleep.  I sought, to go to sleep, around 6:00am, but was still awake, at 7:00am.  I ate two sweet treats, and then was able, to get to sleep, fairly quickly.

I awoke, around 11:30am, and hoped to sleep, until 1:00pm, and returned to sleep, until 1:15pm, and then dozed, until 2:00pm.  My living-room, was very comfortable.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  Raoul walked, to Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, and bought some food, saying he did replace, some food of mine, which he had consumed.  Raoul put Dikaia, onto her chain, so she would refrain, from seeking to follow him.

I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I cleaned the kitchen dishes and counters.  I enjoyed, three eggs and tuna-fish, as a breakfast.  I felt full, and slightly winded.  I believe, that my talking, with Raoul, pushes my limits, or is at least, more exercise, for my lungs, than that to which, they have become accustomed.  I put on my shoes, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed friendly banter, with Floyd, before work began.  I was assigned to Multi-Cart, and worked doing that, for most of the ’day’.  Doright worked ahead of me, and told me, that he was descended, from the brother, of General and President Eisenhower.  Doright complained to me, that he had been selected against, for a supervisory position, because those selected, are affiliated, with military service.  However, Doright then bonded, with Liam, saying that both of them, had military service.  Doright has tarnished, his credibility with me.  I tend to view Doright, as a charming sociopath, and as a norm, a sociopath always says the right words, and then does the wrong thing.  In court, the fact, that a sociopath, knows which words, are right to say, indicates they do know, the difference, between right and wrong…  At least Doright, is always pleasant, charming.  There came an issue, after some boxes, were thought to have been, deliberately removed, form the conveyor belt, and Doright asked me, to say, that he had been, at his work-station, the entire time.  I said, that I had been focused, on packing, and was uncertain of where Doright had been.  Doright had spent, some time, away from his work-station.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Winston, Lilly, Friday, and Monique, during breaks.  Bluster continued, to sit elsewhere, with Connie.  I also enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Danny, during the meal-time break.  I thought I had packed, at a good rate, for first half, but refrained, from looking at my posted rate, to avoid disappointment.  I did have, a good day at work.  Horatio asked me, to pack Singles, for the final part of the ‘day’, and I did so.  I knew I needed, a good day, on this day, and tomorrow, to offset, the probable less than acceptable rate, of my day, packing Singles.

Time passed, at a comfortable pace.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  Boss Justin made a point, to wave at some people, and kept his back to me, as he walked past me.  I worked, a full shift.  It was, an okay day, for me, with Amazon.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  The night air, was a touch cold, though not very cold.  I was comfortable, just wearing a tee-shirt.  Apparently, Raoul and-or Dikaia, ate many hot-dogs, so I put, a new package, into the refrigerator, from the freezer.  At least there was, one hot-dog remaining, which I gave, to Dikaia.  Raoul was somewhat sleeping, so I was able, to relax, without animated conversation, after work.  I put away, a movie that Raoul had experienced.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season six, of Married With Children.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I awoke, at 10:10am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until just past 1:00pm.  I fed my fish.  Raoul engaged me, in animated conversation, which was, a little bit, of a strain for me, both mentally and physically, at the start of my day, but I can hope, that such exercise, is healthy for me.  At least Raoul, is basically always pleasant.

Raoul is fond of saying, what he’s going to do.  I told Raoul, that perhaps it might be better, if he told me, what he has done, rather than, only what he is going to do.  Raoul, after watching all, of Legends of Tomorrow, said that he wished, he could go, back into his past, and get his younger self, to do things right.  I told Raoul, to help around the house, to at least clean after himself, to seek to be helpful in general, and to get a job, and to get on his own feet in life.  Raoul departed, saying he was going, to be with his sister.  I wondered, if Raoul refrains, from bringing his sister, into my home, to keep her, from seeing, the mess he makes, or because, he was doing something, other than, being with his sister.  I suggested, that Raoul seek, to make one job application, per day.  I kept Dikaia inside, when Raoul departed, and then later, when she seemed, tempted to roam, put her onto her chain.

I tend to view Raoul, as a charming sociopath.  I think, I might prefer, to lack sociopaths, in my life.  I might prefer, to not have, a mess, everywhere Raoul has been.  My kitchen sink, has many dirty dishes and utensils, left by Raoul.  The living-room ashtray, where Raoul sits, is full, and there are bits of trash, around the living-room floor.  Raoul has dumped his clothing, into a big pile, on the bed, in my extra bedroom, rather than using bureau drawers.  Raoul keeps food supplies, in bags on the kitchen floor, rather than, using the empty drawers, in the kitchen, which I have indicated, would be appropriate, for his use.  Raoul continues to prefer, to sleep in the big chair, in my living-room, rather than, in the bed, in the extra room, as I had suggested, and this does intrude, on my privacy, though for now, I lack need, for ‘privacy’…  However, for now, I give priority, to Raoul’s being homeless, but, that can change, if Raoul seems to fail to appreciate, that which I do, as I have already, gone down this road, with Raoul.  My home, should not be, Raoul’s trash-can, and I would prefer, to not be Raoul’s maid.  I would prefer, to use my limited time off, from work, by focusing on things, other than getting Raoul, to take care, of his own things, or of my things.  I know, that Raoul, fails to see, his behavior, as disrespectful, but it can be perceived, by me, or by others, as disrespectful.  I guess Raoul needs, some ‘parental guidance’.

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I added water, to the little bird-bath, a task which Raoul could do, to help ‘earn his keep, as ‘fair trade’, in lieu of rent.  I did have, a slight mood boost, thinking this would be, the last work-day, of this work-week…  I put away the entertainment items, which have been recently experienced, and removed, the DVD, I had enjoyed, the previous evening, for safekeeping, so I could retrieve it, when I returned home, from work.

When Raoul returned after apparently failing, to be able, to donate plasma, he spoke, of things, he might wish to do, to be helpful, and I did then, go through with him, the tasks and things, I have mentioned, in this journal.  Commendably, Raoul then did his dishes, and swept, the kitchen, and shook out, the rugs of the kitchen and hallway.  I helped some, with this task, though doing so, did seem, to make me short of breath.  My home, at least on this day, was certainly better with Raoul, than without Raoul.

I shaved, and showered.  I opened the front door, to let fresh air, into my home.  I retrieved, the new outgoing water bill, from my mail-box.  Raoul did seek, to find a relation, between Doright and Eisenhower, and learned, that Dwight did have, three brothers, but the daughters, of those brothers, never married.  I suggested, that Raoul search, for a marriage, between Eisenhower and Doright’s true last name, something that must have occurred, for Doright’s tale, to be true.  Raoul was unable, to find such a marriage.

I enjoyed, a three-egg breakfast, mixed with some tuna-fish, and its oil.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.   I ate one aspirin.  I experienced, some of a movie, Apocalypto, with Raoul, and then departed, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, before work began, as I enjoyed coffee, while watching Fox News, in the upstairs break-room.  I began working, thinking that my first day, of this work-week, was a day, when I packed Singles, so had been unlikely, to make rate, while yesterday, the second day, of my work-week, I had packed Multis, so perhaps had made rate.  That meant, that it would be this day, which could be, the ‘tie-breaker’, with me either making rate, for the week, or failing to do so, and then perhaps receiving, my second written production warning.  I believe, I did okay, during the first quarter, and probably, did make rate.  However, during the second quarter, I processed, mostly Mega-B carts, and my first-half posted rate, was 162, which was less, than the acceptable minimum rate.

Considering, that I might receive, a second written production warning, and, in theory, be allowed, to have three, made me make plans, to seek to conserve, the upcoming pay-check, as I would have to coast, for many weeks, if I lose this job, before I receive, a first Social Security payment.  I do have, enough money, in my bank account, to pay my regular bills, without use, of the upcoming pay-check.  I also considered, that I might have a choice, of giving up tomorrow, as a vacation day, to work instead, and thus, to desperately seek, to make rate, for the week, somewhat of a poker game.  I think, what management does with me, is a matter of choice, of intent, and all I can do, is seek to do, as good of a job, as I can, which I what I normally do, and became what I did, on this day.

During second half, third-quarter, I received, many Mega-B carts, as that was apparently, what I was needed to do.  This kept me, from raising my rate.  I also lacked carts, and had to go, to another work-line, to get a cart, which was, a Mega-B cart.  Before I could finish, that particular cart, Horatio asked me, to switch to packing Single Totes, which thus locked in, or finalized, my existing rate, with Multis, perhaps another nail, in my coffin.

I do believe, that I now have completed, a third pay-week, and can work, one more week, before receiving, a third written production warning, which gives to me, the time and funds, to help me, to make it, to a first Social Security check.  I anticipate receiving, a second written production warning, but have yet to receive it…  I ‘joked’, to Augustus and Floyd, saying that I could be home, for Thanksgiving…  AFE boss Don, asked me, if I would work, in AFE, during the final quarter, and I agreed to do this.  I worked between Enon, and a new girl.  Enon is a competent, level-headed, good worker.  Many people, of AFE, including Jackie and Babe, gave friendly greetings, to me.  There was nice music.  AFE remains, for me, a friendly environment.  Being in AFE, turned out, to be a nice way, to end this work-week.  It did seem, like we had personnel present, on overtime, and even so, lacked enough personnel, to handle the work, even though, our work volume, seemed lower.

During the break, between third and fourth quarters, I enjoyed extra strong coffee, supplied by Amazon, in a downstairs break-room.  I saw a few minutes, of the ‘debate’, between Vice Presidential candidates, Pence and Kaine.  I failed to see, any new material.  I tend to align, with Trump and Pence, on their view, of foreign affairs, though I am uncertain, if military solutions, are desirable.  I do believe, that Pence, carried himself better, had a more suitable ‘demeanor’, as a possible President

I worked, a full shift and shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  Boss Justin, gave to me, a nice greeting, as I departed.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.

I returned to my home, and initially, seemed to find, an absence, of both Dikaia and Raoul.  However, both turned out, to be asleep, in the extra bedroom.  Dikaia did join me, and I did give, a hot-dog, to her.  I was pleased, to be able, to relax comfortably, in my living-room.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, from season six, of Married With Children, which helped me, to smile and laugh.  This too was nice.  I went to sleep, with Dikaia, on the sofa, given to me by Whymaster, around 6:00am.

I awoke, at 9:34am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I dozed, until 10:15am.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a bit later, turned on, the other one, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I enjoyed left-over coffee, and then made, some fresh coffee, which I also enjoyed, with ‘mellow morning’ music, as I updated these notes.  Dikaia went outside, for a while, and then went to the extra bedroom, and slept on the bed, with Raoul.  I made a double payment, on my incoming water bill, and paid my outgoing water bill, and also, my monthly medical bill.  I put these payments, into my curb-side mail-box, with its red flag upwards, to indicate the presence, of outgoing mail.  There was a lack, of any incoming mail.  I was amused, and chagrined, to think I spotted, a small tree, growing on my roof.  I changed my towel, in the bathroom, which I attributed, to Raoul’s presence, for otherwise, I might have left that towel, for a few more months.  However, it did have, a slight odor.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, and enjoyed, an episode, from season seven, of South Park, about Mormons, as Raoul, now has some interest, in the Mormon faith.  I had Raoul, observe me, when I went, onto the roof, to check out, that possible tree.  I lacked, a safety cushion, and I was leery, of the worn tread, on my shoes. I wanted Raoul, to call 9-1-1 for help, if I fell.  I remained cautious.  That ‘tree’, turned out, to be a wisteria, which was climbing, onto the oak tree above it.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry.  Selma arrived, and brought her own music, which was loud enough, to make difficult, listening to news reports.  I was able, to view images, of anticipated paths, for a major hurricane, allegedly a category four storm, as it approached south-east Florida.  I hoped, this storm, would remain off-shore, but, even if it did remain off-shore, there could be, some damages, from wind and rain.  Mandatory evacuations, were ordered, for south Florida and coastal areas, all the way, to Melbourne, Florida.  One person, in south Florida, mentioned on his FaceBook, his fear of this storm, and I said nothing, preferring that he heed warnings.  There were images, of clogged highways, from people, seeking to leave, from the possibly impacted areas.  I did feel, I was missing, an opportunity, to be ‘heroic’, as Christos…  I was also reluctant, due to fear of failure.   What happens, in Florida, could seem to be, none of my concern, as it seems irrelevant, to my well-being, so there might seem to be, absolutely zero, benefit to me, from seeking to protect, that area, from this storm, and risk, of a failure that might be used, to tarnish me.  Nobody requested my help…  Nonetheless, in this journal, I do mention, that it remains my preference, for ‘Kokomo’ to be spared, from a direct hit, of the eye of a hurricane.

I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, first with my email connections, and later with my FaceBook connections, as I normally do.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Superior Paranormal, Jeffrey-S, Mary-M, and Sullivan Paranormal, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I felt very tired, and several times, was most tempted, to return to my home, but I did remain, for several hours, and did feel, that I was productive.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, the remaining episodes, from season two, of The Flash, which I found to be, very good or excellent.  The spot, of ‘present’ linear time, in which you live, may be a result, of an intervention, in your linear past, from a future, which has yet to occur…  Raoul continues, to identify, with villains, and this is somewhat disconcerting.  However, even villains, can choose, to change their ways.  I did doze occasionally…  My living-room, was cool and comfortable.  Raoul wrapped himself, in a comforter.  Raoul was pleasant company.  Roger called me, and we spoke, about various television shows and movies.  Raoul made, a nice, small dinner, for us.  I went to sleep, around 4:30am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 12:30pm.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a bit later, turned on, the other one, and then a short while later, fed my fish.  I gave fresh water, and dry-food, to Dikaia inside.  I enjoyed left-over, and then fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave some cigarettes, to Raoul.  Raoul did clean, the dishes from the previous day.  I had Raoul, straighten the extra bedroom, before he departed.  I advised Raoul, to seek to gain, regular employment, to get on his own two feet, in life.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  Raoul departed.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I lacked, any ‘dynamism’.  My ‘get up and go’, had gone up and went, so to speak.  The day was still, calm, peaceful, overcast, cool, nice…  I trimmed my hair, and used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I very much enjoyed, the final two episodes, from season two, of The Flash.  I had dozed, during these, the previous evening.  This time, I fully enjoyed them.  I swept, the back-stoop and walkways.  I finally felt, slightly relaxed, and basically rested.  I received, an automated telephone call, saying that mandatory overtime for my shift, for this evening, had been cancelled.  This overtime, must have been declared, yesterday, when I was absent from work…  I could feel, for those workers, who had to cancel plans, to quickly accommodate, this mandatory overtime day, and now, at the very last minute, at 4:00pm, had that overtime cancelled…

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and discovered, that I had left at my home, the USB flash drive, with items that I wished to share on-line.  I returned, to my home, and got that USB flash-drive.  I then returned, to McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  There was a concern, about Hurricane Matthew, making landfall, at Port St. Lucie, where a nuclear power plant is located, and then causing, a leak of radioactivity, into the sea, akin to Fukushima, which continues to leak.  There were, some meteorologists, who suggested, that it might be, more damaging, if Matthew, remained offshore, where it might then, retain its strength, along the entire coast, or get stronger, rather than, having a devastating landfall, which might then, weaken Matthew, as it traveled elsewhere.  I made several postings, indicating that it would be, my hope, and will, for the storm, to remain offshore.  Henry gave some money to me, so that I could go next door, and buy some cigarettes for him, and I did so.

Russia warned, that without proper coordination, there could come, an accident, where Russian military forces, might shoot at US warplanes, in Syria.  Russian planes, now operate, from bases in Iran.  It might seem, that US missions, against the Syrian government, might need to be done, in secrecy, given Russia’s support, for the Syrian government.  Kurdish forces, are among those, leading an attack on Aleppo, in Syria, the second largest city, of that nation, which is now held, by ISIS.  Much of that city, has already, been reduced, to rubble.  Turkish military ground forces, have remained in Syria, because they oppose, US-aligned Kurdish rebels, who want to form, an independent Kurdish nation.  Iran-backed Hamas forces, in Gaza, shelled an area of Israel, and Israel retaliated.  There was a report, that Russia had deployed, missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, to areas near Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  Russia has long advised, that it would use, tactical nuclear weapons, to stop any invading army.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Zak-S, Stephen-B, Patrick-S, ‘Paranormal,(new)’, Marlene-MM, Broadgate National Spiritualist Church, Elizabeth-J, Doris-B, Mary-M, and Mick-C, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, around three hours on-line, and felt productive.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, four episodes, of Young Hercules.  Roger called me, and I enjoyed, a nice conversation with him.  Raoul returned, and I did make, a nice dinner, for both of us, as thanks, for the fine dinner, Raoul had made, for both of us, the previous evening.  Perhaps somehow, Raoul broke, my can-opener, but was able, to use a knife of his own, to open cans for me…  Raoul gave to me, a pack of cigarettes.  We enjoyed, 13 Hours ~ The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and also, a 1994 show, by Cirque du Soleil, Saltimbanco.  Raoul went to sleep, in the extra bedroom, while I slept, with Dikaia, in the living-room.  We went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I awoke, around 12-noon, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I did seek, to doze some more, and then got up, around 12:30pm.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish.  There were, some rain clouds, but also sunshine, and the air, was becoming warmer, with the approach, of Matthew.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  Dikaia was, tempted to roam, and I put her, onto her chain outside.  I gave, a pair of socks, to Raoul.  Raoul departed, to go to a Mormon meeting.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made, selections of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I was making, a third abstract portrait, of a lady’s face, when I received, a telephone call, from Roger.  I enjoyed, a nice conversation, with Roger.  I then inadvertently lost, the application program, which I use, to make DVDs, and reinstalled one, which I had purchased, but it said, it needed, a license key, to be input, in order, for it to operate normally, and I was unable, to easily find that information.  Raoul returned home, and wished to go, to a grocery store, but then found it too expensive, to go with me, to Food Lion, though they do have, some discounted prices.  At any rate, Raoul departed, and I finished, the configuration, of that application program.  I then finished, that third abstract portrait, of a lady’s face.

I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and spent, a day’s pay, or a quarter, of a week’s income, to buy food, some of which, would last, for two weeks, like cans of dog-food.  I also bought, a can-opener, for about four-fifths, of an hour’s wage, and dog-toy, for Dikaia.  A kind lady, a stranger to me, gave to me, a coupon, to get $2.25 off my purchase, which I then used, and I myself received, a similar coupon, after I paid, for my supplies.  I returned to my home, and Raoul helped me, to bring inside, the things I had purchased.  I put away, my things, as Raoul put away, his own things.

I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Hurricane Matthew, has remained offshore, by five to ten miles, and thus, much of the storm, has impacted the coast.  Matthew is said, to have lost strength, and gone from a Category Four storm, to being a Category Two storm.  There was mention, of a million people, without electrical service.  Most people assume, that electrical power, has been lost, involuntarily, due to storm damage, but I recall, that when winds, reach a certain speed, then electrical power, is voluntarily turned off, for ‘safety’ (insurance liability) reasons.  I affirmed, in response, to an inquiry, from Whymaster, that I had hoped, for Matthew, to avoid hitting, the nuclear power plant, around Port St. Lucie, and to remain offshore, and north and east, into the Atlantic Ocean.  There is a forecast, indicating that Matthew, could travel in a circle, and return to Florida, and go into, the Gulf of Mexico.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays, on this day.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by The Fringe Thinkers, Doris-B, and Mary-M, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I felt somewhat productive, and remained on-line, for about two and a half hours.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, with Raoul, episodes from a mini-series, The Pillars of the Earth.  Raoul then selected, a paranormal DVD, which we both enjoyed.  There was a feature, from Coast to Coast radio, which indicated, that there are 52 areas, in North America, in national parks, where people seem, to suddenly vanish.  Apparently, at least 1400 people, have vanished, during the past three years.  Perhaps there are thin spots, between dimensions or universes, which people, might inadvertently step through, and perhaps, this is a cause, for the appearance, of Bigfoot.  I enjoyed, a nice meal.  Raoul gave many treats, to Dikaia, and said, that he would win her, from me.  I know Dikaia enjoys, having another monkey, to play with, and I like to believe, that it is beneficial, for Dikaia, to have someone with her, during the long hours, when I am at work.  I trimmed, the hair, on the back of my head.  Raoul went to sleep, in the extra bedroom, around 3:30am, and I went to sleep, in the living-room, around 5:00am.

I slept, until 8:00am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 10:30am, and then slept again, until just past 12-noon.  The day was overcast, with an intermittent light drizzle, and cool air.  It was very comfortable.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, who departed, to attend a Mormon baptism.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I straightened, the living-room, and kitchen, cleaning the dirtied items, and the kitchen counters.  I put the kitchen garbage, into the outside garbage container.  My body and face, now seem, mostly recovered, and somewhat back to normal, though a touch lean, but not overly gaunt.  My work reality, now seems, like a distant irrelevant memory, though part of me, was slightly touched, by that shadow, of knowing, that I must soon, put on my harness, and return, to the arena…  I did seek, to pay my next car insurance tax payment, but was told, that I must wait, until November, to do so.  Onwards with at least, a slight smile…

I went, to a Wawa, and bought cigarettes.  I went, to a McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I saw that Hurricane Matthew, had made a landfall, in South Carolina, and was essentially, paralleling I-95, my ‘path’ or ‘border’.  This brought, much rain, but little wind, and weakened the storm.  Perhaps this was, the best of all possible outcomes, though perhaps, less than desirable, for the people, in the storm’s path.  I can say, I tried, and did what I could.  There was a light drizzle, throughout the evening hours.  Raoul later, the next afternoon, showed to me, that the storm, had gone eastward, out to sea, again failing to cross, my border, between Hopewell and Hampton.  I can say, that the storm, did not enter, any area, where I have been, and seemed to follow, my border exactly...

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook. I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  One person, on FaceBook, suggested that some people, might influence weather, and use this ability, to protect against hurricanes, and I shared with this person, one of the newspaper articles, from The Key West Citizen, by Stan Windhorn, with my hurricane protection pledge.

I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Wayne-K, The Pagan Rejects, Kale-E, Janet-K, Ed-K, Paraversal Universe Paratoons, South Sound Paranormal Research, and Karen-RN, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, with those groups.  I spent, about three hours on-line, and felt somewhat productive.  Koko felt, I should regularly attend, a church service.  I do seek, to honor God, with how I live my life.

One person, made a post, saying how white people, had always oppressed, enslaved, and been harmful, to black people and said, that is why Black Lives Matter.  I commented, that hatemongering, against whites, was inappropriate, as it can nurture hatred and bloodshed, and said, some white people, have always championed, equal rights, and fought and died, in behalf of equality, for blacks, and all peoples, and said, that Black Lives Matter, because All Lives Matter.

I returned, to my home, and very much enjoyed, with Raoul, the remaining episodes, from The Pillars of the Earth, which I can easily recommend.  This tale, is woven, on historical facts, surrounding the construction, of the Kingsbridge Cathedral, a structure which has now stood, for nearly 1,000 years.

Raoul said, that he has a cold, and I could hope, to avoid catching it, as I do have, a concern, about respiratory diseases, as I do have COPD.  I did give some aspirin, to Raoul, as he said he had, a pressure headache.  We enjoyed, a very good documentary, about an aspect, of the music industry, Muscle Shoals.  The music producers, and a back-up band, of this area, the Swampers, helped to make great, many music artists, and helped to birth, the ‘Southern Rock’ sound.

Raoul went to sleep, and Dikaia followed him, though she did return, now and then, and did sleep with me, when I went to sleep.  I know, that Raoul is present, when I am absent, and gives Dikaia, many small treats, as he snacks, and it is perhaps inevitable, that she form, a bond with him.  I suppose, a similar evolution, might have occurred, when Raoul went to live, with his father, and then had an affair, with his step-mother.  In a way, perhaps the losers, were the children, as they had, a man who helped financially, and in other ways, to care for them, and then the step-mother, ended up, with another child, from Raoul, single, with four children…

I enjoyed, a movie, Burning Blue, about gays in the military, during the Clinton Administration.  Bill Clinton had sought, to make life better, for gays in the military, with a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy, but even so, 14,000 qualified personnel, were dismissed from military service, due to their sexual preference.  Raoul later told me, that policy ,had been abolished, and then reinstated, by Obama.

I enjoyed, two episodes, from season three, of The Twilight Zone. I enjoyed a small hamburger, and then later, a can, of mini-beef ravioli.  I went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:30pm, and then dozed, until 1:15pm, at which time, I did arise.  I fed my fish.  Dikaia roamed, and I walked, to the mail-box, and found my new electric bill.  Dikaia joined me, as I walked back, and I put her, onto the outside chain.  I fed my fish.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh food and water, to her.  Raoul said, he had a sore throat, which kept him, from attending church, this morning.  I suggested, to Raoul, that he job hunt, and he did look, at Craig’s List, for job opportunities.  There were, some occasional gusts, of strong wind, but the day, was sunny and cool.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I realized, that time, for me, to start my day’, to ‘get ready for work’, had arrived, but I remained, reluctant to do so.  Raoul enjoyed, episodes of FarScape.  Dikaia slept, in the sun… I made, a nice piece, of abstract art, of a male torso.

I asked Raoul, if he anticipated, any immediate need, to use the bathroom, and when he answered negatively, I then used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose, and then shaved, and showered.  I put on, some clean clothing, and my security identification badge.  I now have, some sore areas, on both legs…  My lower back, and ribs on one side, seemed to wish to have, some aches and pain, but I dismissed this, as a tightening of my body, in anticipation of work, and it did pass.  I put away, my Toshiba lap-top computer, and padlocked, my bedroom door.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I seem to have, less candy, than I had anticipated, and the new can-opener, works so-so, so when I buy more candy, I should also seek, another can-opener.  I enjoyed, three eggs, mixed with a can, of tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I updated, my movie entertainment library reference book.  I fed my fish.  I gave, two full packs of short cigarettes, to Raoul.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  There was, a lack of work, and so everybody was assigned, to packing single item orders from Totes.  I was positioned, between Floyd and Doright.  I sought to work hard, and time did pass, at a decent pace.  I was curious, about my rate, but mine was not listed, when rates were posted.  I think, I work, at a decent pace, and am doing, the best that I can, but Doright said, that he felt, that my pace, is slow at least, much slower than his.  Doright said, there is, one standard, for all, regardless of age.  Doright did help me, in a real world way, by getting some totes, that had many small items, and giving two of these to me, at the end, of the work-shift.  I felt myself, to be in Doright’s debt, though Doright said, he was thanking me, for all the candy, which I shared, all the time, with everyone.

Doright was disturbed, that he now feels, targeted for adversity, and blames this, on his relationship, with Horatio.  Doright spent some time, complaining about Horatio, to Liam, among others.  I advised Doright, to consider, working across the street, with Med-Line, or to change to day-shift, if adversity, from Horatio, was going to be, a permanent thing, as it seems to be, from Horatio toward me, ever since I worked, for Justin, packing for Problem-Solve, ten months ago…  I was somewhat enjoying, some friendly banter, with Winston and Friday, when Horatio joined us, and ignored that I was talking, and just started talking, to them…

Amelia returned to work on this day, arriving just over, one hour late.  Amelia occupied, a work-station, of her own choosing, in a work-line, that was otherwise empty, was set-up, for the day-shift.  When her dunnage ran out, rather than changing it herself, Amelia just went, to the next work-station, and pulled the dunnage, from that work-station, to her own.  That resulted, in that dunnage machine, flooding another work-station, with dunnage, when it ran constantly, without turning off.  Amelia left that mess alone.  Perhaps I should seek, some comfort, that if Amelia, is able, to retain her job, then perhaps, so too can I…

I emptied my trash, at the end, of our work-shift, and noticed, as I returned, to my work-station, that Floyd, had left his jacket, at his work-station, so I got that, and then found Floyd, and gave it to him.  I worked a full shift.  It was, an okay day, for me, with Amazon.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Raoul was awake, when I returned, still enjoying, episodes from FarScape, in the living-room, and I let him finish, the episode he was experiencing, before I could put on, something for myself.  I did enjoyed, two episodes, from season six, of Married With Children, with four frozen dinners.  Raoul contented himself, with viewing humorous art on-line, from his telephone.  I mentioned to Raoul, that it would be nice, if he might, share with me, some of the good humorous art, he experiences, so that I could, then share, those items, with my email and FaceBook connections.

I sought sleep, around 6:00am, and Raoul then departed, for my extra bedroom, and Dikaia, went with him.  I understand, that if I am absent, and Raoul feeds Dikaia, and lets her be inside, with him during the long hours, when I am at work, then I am risking, losing Dikaia’s allegiance.  Raoul leaves open, that bedroom door, so that Dikaia can come and go, as she pleases, so it is, her choice, to be with him.  I was unable, to easily get to sleep, and wondered, if some of this, was my feeling disturbed, that Dikaia was absent.  Dikaia did join me, and I scolded her, for her absence, and she then returned, to sleeping with Raoul.  I ate two sweet treats, to help me, to go to sleep, but they failed, to do so, and I was awake, when 7:30am arrived.

I went, to the extra bedroom, and sought to coax Dikaia, to join me, and initially she got up, and headed for the doorway, but then she turned around, to return to the bed.  I sought to grab Dikaia, by the collar, intending to bring her, out of that room, and close that door, behind me, but she snapped at me, tried to bite me, and I slapped her, for doing so.

I guess, any dog, might become loyal, to whoever seems to feed it…  Whereas I had assumed, that Dikaia, had given her allegiance to me, when I was not feeding her, due to abuse, by Jeremiah-B and Amber-F, I do know, that I have been, nothing but loving, toward Dikaia, so this switch, has nothing to do, with any abuse.  Thankfully, I was able, to go to sleep.  I think, I have an inkling, of how Raoul’s father felt…

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

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I am thankful, to my on-line connections, those who share beauty, wit, and wisdom, with me.  I thank my allies, including God, for their love, and kindness, toward me.  I am thankful, for the good health, which allows me, to endure, and recover from, or cope with, health challenges, which I might face.  I am thankful, to McDonald’s, America On-Line, and FaceBook, for allowing me, to seek to connect, with our world, for helping me, to seek to survive in life, through fair trade.  I am thankful to Racer, for the fine computer monitor, which aids me, every time I use my computer.  I am thankful, to everyone and anyone, ever associated, with the John Randolph Medical Center, for their kindness, professionalism, competency, nurture, and life-saving efforts, for myself, and for others.  I am thankful, that Jim-BR, continues to share my emails, with his Open Your Mind group, on Yahoo.  I am thankful, to the people I work with, at Amazon, both superiors and co-workers, who help to make, life pleasant there.  I do believe, some people at Amazon, do work hard, as their norm.  I am thankful, to have a job, with Amazon.  I am thankful to Hessbie, for engaging with me, in fair trade, which enables me, to get on-line, with the Toshiba lap-top, and to enjoy music, in my vehicle, and cool air, in my vehicle, during hot days.  I am thankful, to the artists of our world, those who create beauty, joy, and entertainment, be these painters, musicians, or writers of books, stage-plays, or movies, as they have helped me to smile, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I enjoyed, and can easily recommend, two action adventure movies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ~ Out of the Shadows (2016).  I enjoyed, a nice meal, and an apple pot-pie, as dessert.  I enjoyed, a brief conversation, with Roger, to whom I affirmed, that I probably, should refrain, from wrestling…  I went to sleep, around 5:30am.

I awoke, around 9:30am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I was able, to return to sleep, until just past 12-noon.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish, with some intervals of time, between each step.  I gave fresh dry-food, and water, to Dikaia inside.  I cleaned my kitchen.  I played with Dikaia, by putting into her food bowl, a raw-hide treat, which she would then bury, and I would, with Dikaia seeing me do it, replace it, with a new one, after she departed, so that each time that Dikaia returned inside, there was a rawhide treat, and she would again, seek to hide it, bury it.  Dikaia refrains, from ever eating these, though they are, allegedly edible.  I was amused, and Dikaia, was busy, without boredom.  Dikaia did tire, and I refrained, from adding more, after about a dozen.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved.  I brought Dikaia with me, when I went, and got some cash, from my bank’s Automated Teller Machine.  Dikaia enjoyed the ride, though she was warm.

I returned to my home, and processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday.  I then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I updated, my entertainment library reference book, to include, items from Fishnetterrie, and impressions, of mine, of items I have recently experienced.

Nate arrived, and received, a great friendly greeting, from Dikaia.  Nate used, a ‘voltage meter’, to test for electrical power, and was apparently satisfied, that there was, electrical current, going to that overhead kitchen light.  I gave, all of my cash, to Nate, and he then departed, to get a new transformer.  The cash, which I gave to Nate, was to also pay him, in advance, for securing the awning, over my back-stoop, at his convenience.  When Nate departed, to buy a new transformer, I turned to the task, of polishing the previous chapter, of this journal.  I added some promotional artwork, to the PDF version.  Nate returned, before I finished this task.  Nate told me, that I could apply, for unemployment, if I am ’terminated’, by Amazon, and that I might receive it.  Ramboi came, by, on his way home, walking Precious, from a trip, to Five Forks grocery store.  I gave to Precious, a raw-hide dog-treat.  I fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.

I left Nate, at my home, to finish his work, while I went, to a nearby McDonald’s.  However, after I parked my vehicle, I realized, that I had left, at my home, the USB storage device with the items, I wished to share on-line, so I returned to my home, and got that, and then returned, to the McDonald’s.  I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook. I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day, and shared a piece of my heart art, with someone, who thanked me, for my having done so.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed wit and wisdom, shared by Righteous Phoenix, and Eric-W, among others.  I shared items, on my FaceBook time-line, from paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books with those groups.

Koko was friendly, and engaged me, in some conversation, about devotion to God.  Koko prays for people, every day, before she goes to sleep.  I seek to live my life, in ways that honor God.

Roger told me, that he had, gone in, to the Amazon facility, and applied for a job, but felt, that he had done poorly, on their computer test, which is basically a memory and focus test.  Roger said, he later received, an email, telling him, that Amazon declined, to hire him, at this time.

Hessbie sent to me, an email, asking if I might visit Whymaster, during the coming week.  I replied, this coming week, would be challenging for me, as I anticipated, a five-day work-week, which would leave me, very tired, on my first day off, and I would need, to do my errands, on the remaining day off from work.  I indicated, that the following week, would be, a three-day work-week for me, and that I would then, be more able, to enjoy visiting Whymaster.

Police in Charlotte, did release videos, of the shooting, of that black gentleman, and it did show, that he had ignored, repeated demands, to drop his gun.  There was a video, which I shared, which protested, that beating random whites, robbing stores, attacking vehicles on the street, including public buses, and attacking journalists, was wrong, and was not a form, of ‘legitimate protest’.  These images, of criminal violence, were in stark contrast, to reports, emphasized by ‘liberal media’, of how peaceful, the protests in Charlotte have been.  Journalists perhaps have been targeted, for attack, because the images they capture, of criminal behavior, can be used, to find and arrest, those who engage, in criminal behavior.

That group, of teenage black males, was at the McDonald’s, and they remained, somewhat well behaved.  They did engage, in some loud talk, about finding whites, to attack.  As the solitary white, in their presence, I did feel, that they were seeking, to threaten me.  I found a humor video, that helped me, to smile and laugh out loud, and distracted my mind, from any feeling of intimidation.  Sometimes, an incident, of police violence, seems to influence, some blacks, to become angry with whites, even when, zero whites, were involved…  I was glad, when these youths, departed without incident.

Selma visited, and was distressed, by the mess, left by that group, of teenagers.  I told her, that when these youths visit, in a group, they do sometimes seem, to get into a contest, to see who can be the loudest or most bad’, whereas, when alone, or just with one other person, they do tend to behave properly.  Selma said, she thought, these particular youths, are ‘good boys’.  I can hope, that these youths, apply themselves, to their education, in school, and seek to value intelligence and good characteristics, and seek to hold jobs, rather than, getting their ‘education’, ‘on the streets’, where guns and violence, might seem to be valued most.  Sadly, raising families, is a commendable way, for males to spend their lives, but today, that option, is somewhat precluded, as women, tend to divorce men, and take their property and children.  I think, Selma’s presence, helps to maintain peace, at this McDonald’s. 

I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought cans, of mini-beef ravioli, and tuna-fish.  I returned, to my home, and was pleased to find, that the overhead lights, in my kitchen, now shine brightly.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog to her.  I enjoyed, a can of mini-beef ravioli, and then later, had a hamburger.  Dikaia was good company.  Dikaia’s skin, is back to normal, without being overly sensitive as it recently has been, and I attribute, this improvement, to use of Sentry anti-flea chemicals, though I did catch, one flea. Sentry advises, to only use their product, once a month.  Even though, the day, had intense heat, in the sun, the evening, did cool.  We had, at least a 25-degree Fahrenheit, temperature range, on this day.  I used hydrogen peroxide, to coat a new area, of skin irritation, near one ankle.  The areas, which were irritated, before I waded, in the Chesapeake Bay, are now healing.

I enjoyed two episodes, from season three, of The Twilight Zone.  I enjoyed, six episodes, from the television series, Young Hercules.  I enjoyed, four episodes, from season one, of Legends of Tomorrow.  I went to sleep, around 4:45am.

I awoke, at 10:01am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, in the cool air, of my living-room with a Native American blanket, but without a shirt, until 12-noon.  I knew, that I face, a return to work, and that I probably face, another written production warning.  I intend, to seek to do, as good a job, as I can, regardless of, to which task, I am assigned.  If I still have this job, when I receive, my next pay-check, then I now intend, to make another triple payment, on my car.  I was without any distaste, or enthusiasm, for going back to work.  I did remember, that I had forgotten, to upload the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, when I was online yesterday.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  The day, was overcast, and cool.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food, to Dikaia outside, and put her, onto her chain, when she was, tempted to roam.  I have refrained, from further use, of Bronkaid, and so far so good.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  Two dogs, wandered to my gate, and Dikaia, really wished, to play with them.  These dogs, then wandered, and one went, into Ramboi’s back-yard, where it chased, Ramboi’s chickens.  The other, a puppy, yelped from the other side, of my yard, outside the fence, as it was concerned, about its separation, from its friend.  My presence, did get, the other dog, to stop chasing chickens, and leave Ramboi’s yard.  I called Ramboi, and advised him, of this situation, and he said, he would soon return, to his home.

I finished reading, Fishnetterrie’s, letter to me, and became aware, that she was responding, to a letter, I had mailed to her, toward the end of August.  I leisurely responded to some things, Fishnetterrie had written.  I have mailed, two other letters, to Fishnetterrie, since that one…  I fear, I might be, overwhelming Fishnetterrie, with my correspondence, as she has, other things, to focus upon.  I received, a telephoned text message, from Integrity, advising me, to come to Amazon, and accept an assignment, with Integrity, perhaps something I could do, if Amazon terminates me.

I played, some games, of Reversi-Othello, and then, with some reluctance, began to focus, on getting ready for work.  I straightened, my living-room, and put away, my Toshiba lap-top computer.  I set up, the DVD-player, with an item, for entertainment after work.  I emptied, the kitchen garbage, into the outside garbage container, and then wheeled that, to curb-side.  I shaved, and showered, and put on, a clean tee-shirt, and my security identification badge.  I scrubbed, with a hand-held brush, my winter jacket, as it seemed to have gained, some mildew.  I might, have to do this again.  Ramboi had warned, that our local temperatures, could drop, into the 50°Fs, this coming week.  This could be, one of few remaining days, where I could comfortably shower, without use of heat.  I closed, one kitchen window.  I was tempted, to take another Bronkaid, but refrained from doing so, hoping to avoid, that pervasive feeling, of being tired.  I felt my breathing, was okay…  I ate, one aspirin.

I made selections, of soups, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I was chagrined, to discover, that I had, canned fruit, for four days, while I face, a possible five-day work-week…  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, a breakfast, of three eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  That sense, of being tired, did slightly touch me, and I wondered, from whence it came, as I had felt okay, until anticipating, my departure for work…  I pad-locked, my bedroom door.  I integrated the new pages, into my entertainment library reference book.  I made two portraits, one realistic, one abstract, of Amber-T.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant, journey to work, from my home.  Apparently, Roy did remain, until the end, of Wednesday’s work-shift, and then departed, on his paternity leave.  I mentioned, to Doright, how his words, had fooled me, into believing, that Roy had departed, early on Tuesday, ‘never to return’.  Doright lacked comment on that.  Doright did mention, that he believes, that all work-stations, should be standardized, something I too, once suggested, long ago…  Doright had attended, a football game, and had gotten, lots of sunshine and had, some very nice color.  Boss Corrine mentioned, that Roy was now gone, for six weeks.  Lang is also, now gone, permanently, but nothing was said, about that.  On this day, Horatio took over, Roy’s position.  I am uncertain, as to who, replaced Lang.  I shall miss Lang.  Floyd is glad, that Lang is gone.

Boss Liam, returned to work, on this day, and I was among those, who welcomed his return.  Boss Oscar, was absent, on this day, perhaps now returning, to his normal position, of being a manager, of back-half.  As most always, Floyd expressed, great distaste, for being at work, but was equally certain, that he wishes, to remain with Amazon.  Everyone was assigned, to working single totes.  Both Floyd and I, got totes, with many small multiple items, but my first-quarter rate, according to Liam, was noted, as 70, while Floyd’s rate, according to Floyd, was 118…  I helped Christine, with many problems she faced, throughout the work-shift.

Floyd told me, there had been, an ‘all-hands meeting’, on Wednesday, and everyone had been given, a 50-cents an hour pay-raise, as a standard of living, or cost of living, adjustment.  I thought this gesture, was extremely commendable, of Amazon.

Boss Corrine visited me, and told me, that she was sparing me, from receiving, a first written production warning.  I thanked Corrine, and affirmed to her, that I will seek to do, as good of a job, as I can.  Corrine asked, if I would prefer, to work in Singles or Multis.  I told Corrine, that normally, I have, a good rate, in Multis, while my rate, in Singles, is usually unfavorable.  However, I said, that I hope to improve, my Singles rate, if I do remain, in Singles.  I did mention, to Corrine, that last week, I packed, three Mega-A carts, between 3:00am and 4:30am, and then stayed, an extra half-hour, to help do ReBin work, on regular pay, and then, on the next day, she had commended, three others, for doing fine work, and I felt, that she had omitted me, because she was annoyed with me.  Corrine said, she had been ignorant, of my work, and was in general pleased, with my performance.

I worked hard, the entire shift.  I was fourth, from the end of the line.  The person, at the end of the line, handled mostly all, large items.  Hobbs and Sancho, were ahead of me.  Hobbs would take a cart, and would fill it, with totes, from the front of the line.  Sancho would go, toward the front of lines, and get totes, which he would stack, and then slide them, back to his work-station.  I had thought, that type of ’cherry-picking’, was now prohibited, and could result, in instant termination, but both did this, fairly openly, and also apparently, without penalty.  Christine and I, got totes, from the conveyor belt, as we were supposed to do.  Geronimo returned, to walking around talking with people.

I did mention, to Floyd and Simon, that I had discovered, that WalMart, now offers one of my books, The Thought of Christos, for sale (‘https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Thought-of-Christos-By-Jualt-R-Christos/53101935’).  I really do, sincerely believe, that The Thought of Christos, is a book, which can be useful, helpful, to many people.

Simon said, that we might face, five 12-hour days, during Peak. Time moved slowly, throughout the entire work-shift.  Simon remains, ‘disenchanted’ with Corrine, and normally, only has, less than flattering, things to say, about her.  I do like Corrine, and generally think well of her, both as a person, and as a boss.  I tend to now think, that I do fail, to meet Amazon standards, or am, at the bottom, of what is acceptable, to Amazon.  I have had, some challenges, due to age and health…  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I did have, some cramps, on one side, around my ribs, and then later, on the other side, but I thought, this was movement-related, rather than related, to my heart.  I did wonder, if this might be due, to an expansion of my lungs, thanks to Bronkaid.  These cramps did pass.

I worked, a full shift, day one of five...  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  The air was cooler, and comfortable.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave two hot-dogs to her, and had three myself. I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with one good episode, from season eight, of South Park.  I fell asleep, while experiencing, a second episode, and awakened, at 6:30am.  I moved, to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster, and then fell asleep, until 10:30am.  I was comfortable, and did leave on, my tee-shirt, and sometimes used, a Native American blanket.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer, and was able, to return to sleep, until 12:10pm.  I dozed, until 1:09pm.

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food to Dikaia inside.  Dikaia climbed over the gate, but I noticed, and she returned quickly, when I called for her, and I put her, onto her chain outside.  I continue to receive, many many automated calls, about a security issue, on my computer.  If I answer the call, as I did on this day, I just get, an automated message, asking me, to call that telephone number.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  Nate arrived, and we enjoyed, some friendly banter, before he began to work, on fixing my back-stoop.  I felt okay.  In general, I feel better now, than I have, in a long time, but I do not yet feel, ‘normal’.  I know, that I am using, my heart and lungs, more than they have become accustomed, to being used.  I made three, nice, ‘colorful’ portraits, of Amber-T.

I shaved, and washed my face.  I put on, my security identification badge, and shoes.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish, as my breakfast.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I did return the call, of that AVG representative, but we were cut off, or he hung up.  Nate finished securing, the awning, above my back-stoop.  We talked about, some other potential home improvement projects.  I was ‘ready for work’.  I did feel, slightly tired, but I was not, particularly gaunt.  I thanked Nate, for his good work, and let him keep, an extra $10.  I ate one aspirin, and some water-based, fruit-flavored beverage.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I did feel winded, after going up the stairs, but did recover.  That was the first time, in a while, I have felt, that winded.  I was fine though as far as breathing is concerned, for the duration, of my work-shift.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Gammel and Floyd, before work began.  Gammel told me, that Amelia, had been told, to go to Pick, but instead, she had gone, to AmCare, and complained, about a back problem. Bosses Justin and Oscar, then joined Amelia, in AmCare.  Amelia was then told, to take a week off, and to return, with a medical confirmation, of her back problem.  Amelia has yet to return.  Amelia has seemed, to never do, what she is told, and I suspect, that one day, she might return.

Augustus said, that he wanted suggestions, for whom, to have, as water-spiders, in his stow area.  I have advised Floyd, to seek to do, whatever he can, to improve his position, with Amazon, as he wishes, to remain long-term.  I also suggested, that Doright, would be good, as a supervisor.  Both Doright and Floyd, took tests, or had training, to become supervisors, for Peak, what are called ‘seasonal positions’.  After Peak, these people, are to return, to ‘normal work’, and sometimes, or even often, these people, might then depart, from Amazon, rather than return, to ‘normal work’, following that path, of ‘up and out’.  People who have received, a written warning, within a designated period of time, are ineligible, for consideration, for supervisory positions.  I am content, to spend, my remaining days, with Amazon, as a Packer, though perhaps I might also be, a Slam Operator, as that is, a stationary position.  I mused at how, last year, Floyd would be bitter, about hearing the supervisors, applaud themselves, for the work, done by others, and now this year, he might be, among those applauding…

Christine, Geronimo and Stokley, might have returned, to artificially boosting their rates, on this day.  Geornimo spent much time, happily chattering with many people, away from his work-station.  Floyd said, he would be unconcerned, about that.  Doright was concerned, about his mental focus issues, hurting him, when he took, his supervisory test.  I advised Doright, to just remain calm, and rest assured, that he does know, the material, from the work experience, he has gained.

Horatio assigned me, to Multi-Cart, and I worked hard, and did okay.  I had, a certain calmness, perhaps an uncaring, but still did seek, to do a good job.  Apparently boss Christine, had to urge Horatio, to focus on work, as he spent much time, looking at professional wrestling results.  Time progressed, very slowly, almost painfully slowly.  I mused, that perhaps, that WalMart, now sells and ships my books, on-line only, could be indicating, that WalMart, is indeed, preparing to compete with Amazon, as an on-line business.  Amazon lacks, any retail outlets, and is strictly, an on-line business, like the Sears Catalog business, of decades ago.  I considered, that as a government shell, Amazon might be favored, when there are reports, of terrorism and domestic protests, just another way, for our government, to seek to manipulate, our people…

I would not call this day, ‘uneventful’, but rather, just ‘more of the same’.  I enjoyed, the calmness I felt.  Danny said hello.  Apparently, in-bound is stocking up, on inventory, in preparation for Peak.  Both Single Totes and Multi-Carts, seemed to run out of work, toward the end of our shift.  I had two very good carts, the best I had all day, and was unable, to do them, as Horatio, asked me, to switch to Singles.  Other people, ignored Horatio, and continued to pack Multis…

Apparently, Duke Tobacco, has purchased, at least some, of Florida Power & Light.  It might seem, that my ’family’, people with blood relation to me, even if, I am somewhat akin, to an orphan, is ‘on the ascent’, once again, or it is just their turn…  There was, a Presidential debate, between Trump and HIllary, but our monitors, in break-rooms, were put on soccer games.

I worked, a full shift.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, through a light drizzle, to my home, from work.  I am pleased, that the awning, above my back-stoop, is now okay.  I did offer, that work, to Ramboi, a long time ago, and he refrained, from doing it.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog, to her, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season eight, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I awoke, at 10:00am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was unable, to return to sleep, but was determined, to seek rest, until 1:00pm.  However, I did arise, just past 11:00am.  I wondered, if my spirit, was exhibiting rebellion, against my going to work, by keeping me awake.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  The drizzle continued intermittently.  I retrieved, the outside garbage container, from curb-side, as it had been emptied, and put it, by my back-stoop.  I fed my fish.  Dikaia did roam, and I then kept her inside.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello.  I was still ‘calm’, though not entirely ‘relaxed’.  I was bored…

I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I showered, and shaved.  I changed, the outside light, above my front-stoop. I cleaned, the aquarium filters.  I read an article, indicating that Ouijas and ETs, can be dangerous, to humans, as some paranormal life-forms, and ETs, might view humans, as lower life-forms, to feed and experiment upon, probably a valid warning.  I played and won, games of Checkers and Reversi-Othello.

I did feel tired.  I experienced, two episodes, from Secrets of War, narrated by Charlton Heston.  I made, a nice meal, by mixing macaroni and cheese, with a can, of triple succotash, and a can, of spinach, and two cans, of tuna-fish.  I ate a bowl of this, and put some, into a cottage cheese container, to take to work with me.  I later made selections, of candy, for my upcoming work-shift.

I checked the mail-box, and found two bills, from Global Credit, in behalf of Verizon, though I had paid this bill, in January, of this year, paying a discounted amount, with a quick payment.  I am uncertain, if that payment agreement, is being honored.  I put a copy, of that discount offer, and my payment date, in the envelope, and put it, into my mailbox, with its red flag upwards, to indicate the presence, of outgoing mail.  I also receiving, the new bill, for incoming water, but decided to wait, until my next paycheck, to pay that bill.  I did feel tired, and hoped, that I would become more energetic, once I began to work.  Part of me, is most certainly ready, to stop working, with Amazon…  I fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I did become, short of breath, felt winded, but wondered, if that might simply be due, to my spirit, being reluctant, to go to work, though obviously, realistically, it probably, was a manifestation, of my COPD.  I ate one aspirin, and put on cologne.  I did have some sneezes, and yawns.  I guess, it was, a perfect day, for sleeping…  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some extra strong coffee, to counter-balance, my sense of being tired.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, before work began.  Ringmaster Corrine, commended our circus, for having processed, all the priority items, during the previous two work-shifts, for the first time, in a while, which coincidentally, is the same time, that Roy has been absent.  Boss Corrine also noted, that we have produced, a high volume, during these past two days, which could mean, a cancellation, of the upcoming, mandatory over-time day.

I had, a difficult start, with a tape-dispensing machine, which failed to operate.  I did get, that machine replaced, by water-spider Issa, but it was 6:32pm, when I got, to work normally.  I was assigned, to pack Singles, and so catching up, was basically impossible, for me.  I asked Liam, to adjust my time, to remove the excess idle time.  Later, at the end of the day, faced my keyboard, failing to operate.  I restarted my computer, one time, and then, another time, unplugged and reconnected, my keyboard, and that did seem, to restore use, of my keyboard.

I told Polly, that I might leave Amazon, after this coming Peak.  I said, that part of me, simply is tired, of the grind, especially when packing Singles.  I told Winston, about The Thought of Christos, being offered for sale, by WalMart, though I would not say, that WalMart, is ‘marketing’, promoting, that book.  Winston told me, that WalMart and Amazon, do seem, to have an arrangement, where they offer for sale, each other’s merchandise, a networking thing…

There seemed to be, a lot of talking, on this day, during work, and I suspected, that artificial boosting, had returned, as a norm, and perhaps was a factor, in the high production numbers, mentioned by Corrine.  Floyd thought, that Oscar, would seek, to put a stop, to the artificial boosting, once he returned, to doing his job.  Oscar did start to work, on this day, but apparently, departed very early.  I mused again, that the grind, lends itself, to a mind-numbing monotony, which perhaps can allow, for ‘negative entities’, to touch human minds, more easily.

I worked packing Singles, for the entire work-shift.  Betty was packing Multis, and I was amused, that she dislikes Multis, like I dislike Singles, and yet she was put, in Multis, while I was put, in Singles.  I suggested to Betty, that if this happens again, that perhaps we could switch, but Betty, was reluctant, to do something like that.  I enjoyed, a nice meal, with that container, of macaroni and cheese, mixed with triple succotash, spinach, and tuna-fish.

Time did seem, to move slowly, but it did move, and now this work-day, has become, a thing of the past, ten long slow hours, reduced to a second or two of thought, if that, in remembrance, just imprints…  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I ate more candy, than I would prefer.  Having so much candy, near me, can be an exercise, for self-control…

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I released Dikaia, from her chain, and gave a hot-dog to her.  I enjoyed one episode, from season eight, of South Park, with three frozen dinners.  I fell asleep, during a second episode, before I ate, a fourth dinner, which I had actually cooked, and then retrieved, the next day, from the microwave.  I awoke, around 6:30am, and moved to the sofa, given to me, by Whymaster.

I slept, without a shirt, but with use, of a Native American blanket.  Dikaia did go, under the blanket.  I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, eventually, to return to sleep, until 1:48pm.  Thunder rumbled, in the distance.  It was overcast, but there was, a lack of rain.  The air temperature, was luke-cool.  I was, noticeably gaunt, and had, a mucous cough, probably from, an abundance of candy, the previous day.  However, other than, my chest feeling full, probably from the Bronkaid, I did not feel, my COPD.

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh water, and dry-food to Dikaia.  I did keep Dikaia inside, after she was tempted to roam.  I then later, put her outside, on her chain, when she wished, to go outside.

I wondered, if Binary Kuiper Belt Object 1998 WW31, is a planet, of our solar system.  Perhaps Nibaru?

More yellow blooms, from the plant, atop the big bird-bath, graced my view, from my office.  I made, a nice, realistic portrait, of Whymaster.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I put on, my shoes, a shirt, and security identification badge, and straightened, my living-room.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh water, and dry-food, to her, and then also, a nice meal.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I lacked, that nice little mood boost, which comes from thinking, this might be, the last work-day, of this work-week, as I might, have to work tomorrow.  My mind, was neutral, about the prospect, of extra pay, for an extra day, and I considered, that I might make, another triple car payment, if I do so.  I know, my body might prefer, to have tomorrow off, from work, to begin recovering… I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish, as my breakfast.  I also ate, one aspirin, and then put on cologne.

I was glad, to be, somewhat able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I fed my fish.  I felt, like I could, just close my eyes, and drift to sleep.  I was accepting, about going to work.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, at the maximum setting, giving the computer, the advantage, and lost the first game, and won the second.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  There were some news reports, as I enjoyed coffee, in the upstairs break-room, before work began.  President Obama, had vetoed legislation, which would have allowed, victims and-or their relatives, of the 911 World Trade Center terrorist attack, to be able to sue in court, Saudi Arabians or their government, if links could be proven, between them and the attack.  The legislation, to allow this court suit, had support, from both political parties.  I suspect, that Obama, was showing, his allegiance, to Saudi Arabia, by vetoing this legislation.  Saudi Arabian (and Chinese) money, helped Obama, to gain election.  Saudi Arabia, has also helped Obama, to hurt Russia’s economy, by lowering fuel prices, in support, of Obama’s sanctions, against Russia, in alignment, with US and Western support, for the violent overthrow, of Ukraine’s elected pro-Russia President.

Some ‘conservative’ publications endorsed Hilary, for President.  Hillary now clearly, has support, for the ‘establishment’, the current ruling ‘system’, from both left and right.  Apparently Trump said, something nasty, about a beauty queen, that Floyd told me, was that ‘she is washed up’.  Trump has favored, women who have talent and skill, in professional ways.  Augustus said that Trump’s statement, was being used, to portray Trump, as anti-women, and that Trump, has now lost the election.  Augustus said, that both left and right media, are saying, that Hillary, has now taken, a commanding lead, in all polls  I said, that I could hope, that Trump’s substance, his actual real world promotion, of women within his business circles, based on merit, without any onus, of sexual impropriety, for decades, should be of more value, to women, and others, than some petty incident.  I know, that Trump, favors substance, over image, while HIllary, has valued image, over substance.  Both substance and image, can have their value.  I told Augustus, that I continue, to support Trump.  Perhaps this might later be viewed, as akin to Hillary’s ‘Battle of the Bulge’, a final desperate attempt, to turn the tide, against Trump, though probably, it shall all be forgotten, as time moves forward…

Work was okay.  I was assigned, to the same work-station, which I worked within yesterday.  Liam visited, and seemed to have forgotten, the equipment problems, I encountered the previous day, though I had yesterday requested, that Liam adjust my time, to fix my rate, due to equipment problems.  On this day, the equipment worked fine.  Bluster was my water-spider, and he did, an excellent job.  I worked Singles, for the first quarter, and perhaps had, an okay rate.  I continue to refrain, from looking at my posted rate.

Boss Yan asked me, to switch to Multis, for the second quarter, and I did so.  Only Mega-B carts, were available to me, and I was positioned, somewhat distant, from where carts were placed, so had little chance, of getting Mega-A carts, when they were first brought, to our work-line, from ReBin. I processed, at least five, and maybe six, Mega-B carts.  When Mega-A carts, did first become, available to me, then Boss Cochise, asked me, to switch back to Singles, and I did so, just before third-quarter began.  I would have preferred, to be able, to process, at least one, of the Mega-A carts, to improve my rate…

Bluster became very annoyed, when someone sat, in the chair, that he likes to use, and then Bluster moved, to a different table, during a break.  I could tell, that Bluster’s normally good mood, had been dented, for the final quarter.  Bluster is prone, to wanting his way, and can be, very assertive…   I advised Bluster, that nobody, owns any chair, in any break-room, and that anyone, can sit anywhere.

At our half-time stand-up meeting, Cochise commended us, for making all priority item deadlines.  It was mentioned, that our mandatory overtime, for the next day, had been cancelled.  I could be pleased, but some had made alterations, to their lives, to accommodate Amazon, and were unable, to restore those plans, on such sort notice.  Cochise also mentioned, that after we leave work, he has to spend time, breaking down boxes, and that we should do this…  I could ‘sense’, that some people, thought that someone, who spends zero time, actually working, and just spends time, critiquing the work of others, should not be so unhappy, about having to do, even a little work.  I do comply, and break down, my unused already-made boxes.  I could chuckle, when Geronimo, made a point, to carry five boxes, to the garbage area, and left them intact, for Cochise, to later, have to work upon.  Floyd told me, that Geronimo, left early, right after, leaving those boxes.  I mused, that it is said, that ‘demons’, fail to heed, or see, the word ‘no’, which is a reason, why during one edit, of The Thought of Christos, I made a point, to seek to remove, all my use, of the word ‘no’.

There was also, a great storm, which lingered, with bright lightning, and loud thunder.  I hoped, our facility, would remain protected, and we never did lose, electrical power.  We also were treated, to nice music, for much of our work-shift.  I enjoyed the music.  Bap and Sancho loudly complained, when heavy rock n’ roll music was played, yelling for that music, to be turned off, though that music, is traditionally enjoyed, by some whites. I suggested, that music, can be, a matter of taste, and different people, like different music, so it is normal, for some to dislike, some music, and one should seek, to be as tolerant, of the music, enjoyed by others, as one hopes, others might be, of the music one enjoys.

Doright visited me, and told me, that he felt, that he had done poorly, on his test and interview, for a seasonal supervisory position.  I told Doright, that if he had done, all that he could do, then he should rest content, and continue, to seek to do a good job, and seek another opportunity, to advance within the company.  Friday mentioned, that Doright had said, that the interviewer, said to Doright, that if the interviewer, had not known Doright, the interviewer, would have disqualified Doright, This was thought odd, because in theory, one is not supposed, to know the person, who interviews you…

Many people, seemed to stop working, around 3:00am, and just enjoyed talking.  I wondered, why these people, sought to have jobs, if they didn’t want to work.  I wondered, why management, seemed to tolerate this.  Perhaps many, of these people, had significantly, artificially boosted, their rates…  I continued working, until the end of shift.  We did apparently miss, some priority deadlines.  Time seemed, to move, very slowly, when I packed Singles.  I did enjoy, some quick hazardous warning label approvals, thanks to Brenner and Cleo.  My ‘day’, was made more pleasant, by Floyd, Augustus, and by the music.

I shared candy, with many people, during the work-shift, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I did drive, through some rain, as I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  It began to rain heavily, as I arrived, at my home.  Dikaia’s chain, had become tangled, and it was difficult, for me to release her.  Dikaia had broken, the swivel, on her chain, some time ago, and now, the chain, tangles and shortens, and each day, I unravel it.  Usually though, the amount of shortening, is fairly insignificant.  We both got wet…  I gave a hot-dog to Dikaia, and had one myself, and then, we both had one more.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, and an apple pot-pie, with two episodes, from season eight, of South Park.  I received, a telephoned text message, from Fishnetterrie, saying a movie sounded interesting.  I replied, asking which movie.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I awoke, around 10:00am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was unable, to return to sleep, and so arose, around 10:30am.  I noticed, that my aquarium, seemed to have, less fish, and then discovered, that the intact cover, for my filter, had come off, perhaps when I cleaned it, and it had probably, killed some fish.  I removed the filter and found the dead body, of one fish.  I had to add water, to the filter, to get it, to start working, and in that process, before it did actually begin to work, added too much water, and then had to remove water.  Perhaps sadly, I might have skipped, the whole investigation, except that I wished, to mention, in this journal, that I had acted properly.

I enjoyed, left-over and freshly brewed coffee, with ‘mellow morning’ music, as I updated these notes.  I found, that I had missed a telephone call, which came, at 9:32am.  I had, an automated voice-mail message, which told me, that I was unable, to accept collect calls, from a correctional facility, unless I put money, into an account.  I was curious, as to who, might be calling me, from a correctional facility.  The main candidate, of course, would be Russ…  My mind would be against, further involvement with Russ, and my heart, is unable, to argue with that.  I can easily recall, Russ’ words of love and devotion, all the way, until he got onto a bus, and went somewhere else.  Sometimes good-bye, is a second chance…  However, that I was thinking, about Russ, was a message, to me, that perhaps, I might enjoy companionship, though right now; I continue to enjoy, peace and life alone, in my home, with Dikaia.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, losing all but the final game.

Dikaia came with me, and we went, to a Food Lion grocery store, where I bought hot-dogs, and cookies (that Dikaia might like), and cans of soups, sliced peaches, and vegetables (to mix with macaroni and cheese, and perhaps share, with Floyd), among other things.  Horse said hello to me, in the parking lot, as I prepared to depart.  I am indeed, feeling much better.  I do feel sometimes, like my lungs, are at their fullest, but I am breathing more deeply, and more easily.  I went, to a Lowe’s, and did buy, a swivel, and a hook-up, to connect it, to Dikaia’s chain.  I also bought, a room electrical heater, for use in my office and kitchen.  My spirit smiled, to think, that perhaps, I won’t be, so cold, in my office, this coming winter…  I found, that Lowe’s lacked any window unit air-conditioners, and probably won’t have these again, until next February or March.  I then went, to PetSmart, and bought some fish.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant drive, down River Road, passing the federal correctional facility, on my way, back to my home.

I let the fish, remain in their bags of water, in the aquarium, to equalize their temperatures, while I did other things.  I put away, the things I had purchased, and attached the swivel, to the end of Dikaia’s chain. I released the fish.  I updated these notes.  I fed my fish, and gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I used Inmate Locator, to search for Russ, but found, that he was, at least, not in jail, with his own name.  Part of me doubts, that Russ, would still have, my telephone number.  I shared with Whymaster, the portrait I recently made of him, as well as some information, about a small device, that can make prints, or digital JPGs, from slides and film negatives.

I gladly accepted, 12 requests, to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom shared by Empaths Unite, among others.  I was very tired, and shared promotional art, and text information, about my books, on my own, FaceBook time-line.  I spent, about two hours on-line.

I returned, to my home, and very much enjoyed, 12 episodes, from season one, of Legends of Tomorrow, especially one episode, which really touched me.  I enjoyed, some cookies, which I shared, with Dikaia.  I enjoyed, some lettuce with Italian dressing.  I finished, the left-over macaroni concoction.  Fishnetterrie sent to me, a telephoned text message, which indicated, that she had received, both movies.  I watched, some actual and purported footage, shared with me, by Hessbie, of Apollo lunar orbits, and the moon’s surface, including what seemed to be, ruins of a city.  I went to sleep, around 4:44am.

I awoke, around 10:00am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  The air, was comfortably cool, and I dozed, until 10:34am.  I enjoyed, ‘mellow morning’ music, and left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, the aquarium lights, and fed my fish.  I turned off, the fan in my office.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made, selections of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello and Checkers, and won most of them.  I hit that point, of feeling like, I had nothing to do, a tad empty…  At least I was neither, as tired, nor gaunt, as I had been yesterday.

I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose, and think I am now beyond, my consumption of candy at work.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside, and cleaned her outside food and water bowls, and gave fresh water and dry-food, to her.  I set up the coffee-maker, to later brew fresh coffee.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice large meal.  There was a report, that carbon levels, in our atmosphere, have now reached, a ‘tipping point’, beyond which, there is inevitably, going to be, significant climate changes.  It used to be, a theme, of ‘fight the future’, ‘today’, but now, that could change, to ‘fight the future’, by altering ‘yesterday’…  A major hurricane, is reportedly, now moving, toward south Florida.  I asked my allies, to help to protect, south Florida, from this hurricane, though I remain, basically blind, to weather-related events.  In my own area, there came, telephoned alerts, to many people, including me, advising us, of a ‘flash-flood’ threat, and there did come, a very heavy rain.  My own area, is fairly safe, from ‘flash-floods’, which occur, when a lot of rain, hits one area, and the water runoff, is funneled, into a significantly large amount, a ‘flood’, by downhill paths, that join quickly together.  My area, recently has experienced, what could be called, tropical summer weather.  I disbelieve, that this weather, is directly related to me, so is neither, my automatic ‘bounce’, nor conscious influence.

It was also reported, that Trump, had sent early morning ‘tweets’, a type of short quick communication, continuing to focus, on that beauty queen.  While I can still, seek to maintain, that Trump’s record with women, shows him, to be commendably fair, I am, as a Trump supporter, a touch embarrassed, that he would continue, to focus upon, such an unimportant issue.  Trump’s behavior, seems to validate, Hillary’s claim, that Trump, lacks ‘Presidential temperament’.  At least Trump, is sincere, ‘authentic’…

Shimon Peres, a founder, and leader, of Israel, has died, and US President Obama, with former President Bill Clinton, attended the funeral, in Israel.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook.  I wished, a happy healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.  I returned the ‘pokes’, a quick way, to say hello, on FaceBook, and poked those, suggested by FaceBook. I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by South Florida Paranormal Investigators, Southside Paranormal Society, South Sound Paranormal Research, Zebda-B, Stephen-B, Zak-S, and Martin-M, among others.  I posted the portraits, in Jualt Art, on FaceBook, which I recently made, of Amber-T.

I visited paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritualist groups, and shared items from them, on my FaceBook time-line, and shared with them, promotional art, with text information, about my books, for Writing On the Wall ~ perhaps a bit ‘off the wall’ (‘http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Wall-perhaps-wall-autobiography/dp/1495367770/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391453333&sr=1-1&keywords=writing+on+the+wall+Jualt’), The Thought of Christos (‘http://www.amazon.com/The-Thought-Christos-Jualt/dp/1496150007/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394820302&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Thought+of+Christos’) or (‘https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Thought-of-Christos-By-Jualt-R-Christos/53101935’), The Life of Christos series (‘http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_20/177-8219564-3225431?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the%20life%20of%20christos%20brooks&sprefix=The+Life+of+Christos%2Cstripbooks%2C289&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Athe%20life%20of%20christos%20brooks’), and Rs ~ rambling through spiritual history (‘http://www.amazon.com/Rs-rambling-through-spiritual-history/dp/1500896985/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408727545&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=Rs+~+rambling+through+spirituality+history’).

I alternated, between sharing the web-site, for my interview with Michael and Lindsay, on Paranormal and Beyond (‘http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9FAEs3LJwY’), which has some focus, upon my activities, with weather modification, atmospheric manipulation, as a shaman and shammas, and the show with Royce, on Talk Now Radio (‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DsMfWcQNzQ’), which has some focus, on my books and my family background, and also the show, with Melissa-P and William-P, on Dead Creek Radio, with its focus on religion and spirituality, and their impact on psychics (‘https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?embed_type=widget_standard&embed_uuid=b966a496-cd5d-4668-96e6-c56e3de84486&feed=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Fdcrwill1%2Fdead-creek-radio-with-melissa-and-will-pritchard%2F&hide_cover=1&hide_tracklist=1&replace=0’, and the very nice interview, with Kevin-M and Jennifer-S, on Paraversal Universe (‘http://mixlr.com/paranormal-king/showreel/paraversal-universal-wshaman-walter-brooks/’), with its focus on metaphysics, spirituality, and ‘paraversal things’, and the 160201 show, hosted by Jonathan Mallard, on Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast, with its focus, on my life as Christos, including interactions with ETs, and the 930201 show, hosted by Barbara Norcross, with Reverend James David Nicholls, with its focus on me, as Christos, and metaphysics in general (‘http://youtu.be/FFbSEU5MA3A’), and the 930325 show, hosted by Barbara Norcross, with its focus on psychic awareness, cults, David Koresh and Waco, and sexuality (‘http://youtu.be/Qf8Hhlx6N3o’), and the 920701 show, hosted by Lee Fowler, with its focus on psychic things, telepathy, and world events, and my ability to influence weather (‘https://youtu.be/gPFacpDzZbA’), and the 930106 show, hosted by psychic Barbara Norcross, about ‘psychic things’, and my birth (‘https://youtu.be/kIhPx4ML06c’), and the 930201 interview, hosted by Bob Manning, on Manning in the Morning, which focused on me as Christos (‘https://youtu.be/l9na0JWCryw’), and the 131025 interview, with Chuck Morse, on Chuck Morse Speaks, with its focus, on some of my life, as a journalist (‘https://youtu.be/INiAPpGSsTA’), and also, the 160902 Paraversal Universe program, with Kevin and Jennifer Malek, psychic medium Amelia Pisano, and paranormal investigator Jim Heater, with its focus, on paranormal of yesterday and today, tips about paranormal investigations, ouijas and other portals, shamanism, mediumship, and ‘paralogian’ issues (‘http://mixlr.com/paranormal-king/showreel/paraversal-universe-ww-brooks-a-pisano-j-heater/’).

I spent, over three hours on-line, and felt productive.  I returned, to my home, and enjoyed Dikaia’s company.  The new swivel, has kept Dikaia’s chain, from tangling, allowing her, to once again enjoy, its full length.  I very much enjoyed, the remaining episodes, from season one, of Legends of Tomorrow.  I can say, that the DC television series, have honored, tradition, and remained consistent, even if both Marvel and DC films, have become entangled, with sad tales, of heroes fighting heroes.

I enjoyed three episodes, from season three of The Twilight Zone, and four episodes, from Young Hercules.  I enjoyed, a nice meal, though I dozed, while it was cooking, and did burn it a bit.  Roger called me, and I enjoyed, a nice conversation, with him.  Roger has applied, for a job, as a clerk, in a clothing store, though he anticipates, visiting and working with, a wealthy gentleman, when the results, of that application, are to become known.  Dikaia did, once again, have some fleas.  I enjoyed, three episodes, from season two, of The Flash.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.

I awoke, around 11:00am, and began the brewing, of fresh coffee.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:18pm.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then fed my fish.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I updated, my entertainment review, to include recommendation, of season one, of Legends of Tomorrow.  I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life yesterday, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia.

I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won most of these.  At least my body, seemed filled out, and I felt rested, both of which, were a nice change.  Welcome to October…

Lord and allies ~ I hope, for only safe and pleasant journeys, on all roadways, at all times, and hope that life, is as pleasant as possible, and I hope to remain guided, upon paths of long-term comfort, which includes health, that is as good as possible, which is as painless as possible, and long-term contentment, including happiness and joy.  I hope my life, enjoys love, kindness, consideration, respect, hospitality, and some appreciation, for that which I do, and financial fair trade.

Onwards with a smile...

~  62  ~

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