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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, around 9:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  There was, a lot of noise outside, and this kept me awake, for a while.  I mused, that I would easily prefer, to remain at home…  There had been, an unfortunate energy exchange, between Christine and I, the previous work-day, and this reminded me, that I would prefer, to have peace in my life.  Christine had been grabbing, all of the totes, and this left me, with zero, so I had been, unable to work, and I told her off, for doing this to me.  My security identification badge, came off my neck, when I was sleeping, for the third time, in the past five days, and it has never done this, in the past…  The ‘severance offer’, is now, about six weeks away…  I was able, to return to sleep, and I slept, until 12:30pm.  I returned to sleep, until 1:55pm, and then arose, shortly after 2:00pm.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.  I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version.  I filed that chapter, in folders, for both 2016 and 2017.

I trimmed my hair, shaved and washed my face.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, with my last three eggs, and a hot-dog.  I was out, of tuna-fish.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside, and gave, a nice meal, to her.  I fed my fish.  At least this would be, the last work-day, of this work-week…  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  The railroad crossing, near my Amazon facility, was stuck, In a down position, but cars were able, to pass through the opening, so I was able, to proceed to work, without much delay.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Augustus, before work began.  Floyd was pleased, that another major US corporation, has announced, a cancellation of plans, to build a new facility, in Mexico, and instead, shall build, that facility, in the US.  Trump said, he shall ask Congress, for funding, to build a border wall, with Mexico, and then seek, to have Mexico, provide funds, to reimburse the US, for some of those costs.  There are now, prefabricated walls, which are used, to prevent sound, from disturbing residents, near highways.

Augustus said, there was, a lack of Multi-work.  I wondered, how we could be said, to have a back-log, and yet lack work, at the same time.  Caruso said, that our overtime day, was because, so many people, had been absent, and Amazon wished, to get them to work, and they would do so, on regular time, on this day, unless they had come to work, on Sunday, in which case, they were being somewhat rewarded, with overtime pay.  Caruso said, snow was anticipated, for Saturday, and our facility, wished to get out work now, in case, many people, decided to be absent, on that day.

Floyd had said, that we shut down Multis, the previous evening, in part, so that his department, could set-up, the work-stations, for the day-shift.  I asked Floyd, why are we, so concerned, with setting everything up, for day-shift, when they seem to lack, any concern, about doing the same, for us.  It is normal, for our Multi-stations, to lack carts, and our ReBin personnel, have to make work, available to us, and they do, and then they also, do enough extra stuff, to have work available, for all the day-shift’s Multi-stations.  Floyd said, most people, start out strongest, doing their fastest work, at start, when they are ‘fresh’.  By setting up, the day-shift, with ample work, they get to apply, that ‘freshness’, to ample work, and then they produce, a good rate, which they then say, makes them better, than night-shift.  Floyd says, that we set up, the day-shift, for greatness, while they set us up, for failure.  Floyd said, he has been seeking, to bring awareness, to Brando, to motivate Brando, to seek to improve this situation.  Floyd said, our managers, expect our rates, to be good at start, and yet they fail, to help make that possible, by urging day-shift, to set us up, in the same way, that we set them up.  Floyd said, the day-shift managers, in particular Jack, voice what they need, to succeed.  I urged Floyd, to repeat things, to Brando, at least three times, on different days, saying that is often, what can be normal, to help get information, to sink in.

I worked Multis, between Betty and Boolaboola, and both were pleasant.  There was a time, when getting carts, to the center aisle, from ReBin, seemed difficult, as those carts, seemed to be delivered, to people, and Roy did bring, a cart to me, and I appreciated this nice gesture, which did enable me, to smoothly continue working, and helped me, to maintain my rate.  Many people, including four new Hispanic girls, as well as Betty, Christine, Bluster, and Doright, visited me, for candy.  I enjoyed, some breaks, with Sally, Mary, Carrie, and Madge.  I was able, to have a good rate, in Multis, during first quarter, and was able, to work Multis, for part of the second quarter.  However, the rest of my ‘day’, was spent, packing Singles.  Manley was my water-spider, and he did, an excellent job.  Boolaboola kindly, passed to me, some nice totes.  Trixie was seeking, to grab great totes, to improve her rate, though her quality, was so-so, but Boolaboola, resisted Trixie.  Boolaboola was as stubborn, as Trixie was relentless.  Doright did show Trixie, how to go, to Problem-Solve, to grab totes, from that area.  Doright felt, that Trixie, is a bit too obvious, about her cheating.

Corrine recognized my existence, a welcome thaw.  I also mended bridges, with Cochise.  As I worked on this day, at probably a higher rate of pay, than Cochise, I mused, that perhaps, Cochise should seek, to be a ‘helper’, to those who actually do the work, rather than, only seeming to be critical.  I mentioned to Cochise, that he should ask people, when their rates are low, if there is anything, he can do, to help them, to improve their rates.  I do still, involuntarily cringe, when Cochise approaches me.  Henrico commended me, for my cleanliness.  Yan got stuck, when he sought, to have Trixie and-or Boolaboola, move to a different work-line, and both of them, seemed to refuse.  I told Yan, that I would do, whatever he wished, for me to do, and he did then, let Boolaboola and Trixie, remain in place, and I went, to a different work-line, after first giving, to Betty, a nice tote.

Time seemed, to pass more slowly, when I packed Singles, than when I pack Multis.  However, time did pass.  The day was pleasant enough, and it was, all overtime for me.  I worked, a full shift, and could envision, remaining with Amazon, at least until, my 63rd birthday, in May.  However, I do recall, that Corrine is fond, of giving written production warnings, to me, so I do lack, job security, and that might influence me, to retire, in February, after the severance offer is made.

I worked, a full shift.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself. I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two excellent episodes, from season fourteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.  I awoke, around 8:00am, and had trouble, getting back to sleep.  I awoke again, around 12:30pm, and again, around 1:30pm.  I got up, and turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a bit later, turned on the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  It was cold outside, and Dikaia returned, to the living-room, after doing her stuff outdoors.  I gave fresh water, and dry-food, to Dikaia.  I received, a weather alert, from Amazon, which motivated me, to go to a Food Lion grocery store, just in case, snow might later, make travel more challenging.  My woolen head-covering, which I had previously lent, to Raoul, seems to be missing, but I had another, though the one, I lent to Raoul, had been my favorite...

I went, to Wawa, and got fuel and cigarettes.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and got a big bag, of dry dog-food, but not that large, as I seek to provide some variety to Dikaia.  I got cans of dog-food, soup, and fruit, as well as purified water and coffee.  I got a chew-toy, for Dikaia.  I did get eggs, but forgot, to buy cans of tuna-fish…  There were, very long lines, at the cash registers, as many people, were shopping now, anticipating up to ten inches, of snow.  I received, an automated telephone call, from Amazon, saying the night-shift, would work, its normal hours.  I recall, being inside that facility, when there would come, a large snowfall, and our managers, had said, they would let us know, so we could head home, before our residential areas, got large amounts of snow, but then they would say nothing, and their words, had seemed to be only intended, to keep people at work.  Raoul greeted me, at my home, and helped me, to bring things inside.  Raoul was going out, for the evening, to be with Victoria.  Dikaia got, her chew-toy, a hot-dog, and then, a nice meal.  I played and won, a game of Reversi-Othello.  I fed my fish.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a nice salad.  I got on-line, and then was stopped, by a message, that I had, to get a virus removed, from my Toshiba lap-top computer.  This required, a payment of $100, and over three hours of time, so I was prevented, from doing, much of anything on-line.  I did walk next door, to a Family Dollar, and bought seven cans, of tuna-fish in oil, and a 2017 calendar.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry.  There was, a light snow flurry, but nothing, to be concerned about.  I did manage, to post the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal to jualt.livejournal.com.  I also wished, a happy, healthy, and harmless, birthday and year, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day.

Jim-BR, is now living in his vehicle, though I do recall, that he previously said, he had a little camper.  Jim-Br seemed to focus, on his lost relationship, with his wife, and wondered, what he did wrong, and said, that he had sought, to have them both talk, and for both of them, to have counseling, but his wife, had seemed, to only want separation.  Separation from Jim-BR, for his wife, could mean, child support payments, from the state, as well as, getting to keep, all of ‘their’ property.  I advised Jim-BR, that excuses, fail to pay bills, and that he should, focus on himself first, and rest content, knowing that his connection, with his children, is secure.  I said, Jim-BR should accept, whatever job, he might find, in order to have, some income ‘now’, and continue, to seek better, and seek to use, Craig’s List, and his local employment office.

I returned, to my home, as another light snow flurry began.  I felt full, but did eat, a bag of meatballs.  I experienced, two movies.  I did use, the living-room wall-heater, set midway.  I also turned on, the bathroom wall-heater.  I enjoyed, three episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  The ground, was covered by snow.  Dikaia was reluctant, to go out, into the snow, but I did so, and she followed me, and did what she needed to do.  I went to sleep, around 4:00am.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, until 1:30pm.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, the aquarium lights, and fed my fish.  Raoul returned, and said, there seemed, to be, about nine inches, of snow everywhere.  It was still snowing.  Mike2 did use, my snow shovel, to remove snow, from my back steps.  I retrieved my insulated shoes, from my bedroom.  These are the shoes, to which I glued, a sole, so I could thank myself today, for something I had done ‘yesterday’.  I could also, be thankful, that I had gotten, adequate supplies, and was fine, in my home.

Snowfall continued, throughout the afternoon. I was glad, this was, a day off, from work, for me.  I could feel sorry, for those who had gone to work, the previous night, and had to face, a large amount, of snow, on the roads, when they got off from work.  Seeing street lanes, and street edges, can be impossible, when everything, is covered by snow.  Each time, that snow let up, I felt tempted, to go outside, and shovel it, from my driveway.  I felt, this was a task, that I should refrain, from attempting, before going to work, as doing it, could seriously impact, my ability to breathe.

I decided, to have a frozen dinner, as a breakfast, as I was only budgeted, to have eggs on work-days.  The woolen cap, which I had lent to Raoul, is definitely missing…  Raoul had returned it, by placing it, on the clothes-line, but it is absent now, from that area.  From a kitchen window, I saw, that snowfall, had ceased, so I grabbed, a snow-shovel, and began the task, for clearing snow, from my vehicle, and from my driveway.  Mike2 said, that he was unable, to help with this task, as he lacked shoes, which would be appropriate, for walking in snow.  Mike2 said, he anticipated, a delivery, of appropriate shoes, but that did seem, to fail to occur.  Mike2, did urge Raoul, to help me, and Raoul, sought to do so.  I instructed Raoul, on how to properly use, a snow-shovel, and helped to make, this task, a bit easier for him.  Raoul would throw snow, into the air, where the wind, would bring it back, onto the driveway.  I hoped, that Raoul would see, the error of what he was doing, but he seemed, to be baffled, by the situation.  I switched sides, with Raoul, so that the wind, would carry his snow, away from the driveway.  I worked, much more quickly, than Raoul, but a least, he did help some.  I seemed physically able, to handle this task, and we did, get it done. Ramboi and Chester, roamed the neighborhood, seeking to shoot squirrels.  I could imagine, that life, was already, quite challenging, for squirrels, with much snow, in trees, and on the ground…  However, I do appreciate, that Ramboi and Chester, will eat, what they kill.

I had worn, a woolen cap, and woolen gloves, and my fingers, had become frost-bitten, and they took some time, to become normal.  This was the first time, that I can recall, my fingers, ever becoming, so numb.  Once I returned inside, I found myself, unable to breathe.  This was, the type of COPD, where I felt, that I was breathing normally, but I was actually, failing to process oxygen.  This was, the worst ‘attack’, of COPD, that I can remember…  I reclined, in the living-room, where I was using, a wall-heater, and I nearly passed out.  I did touch, the ‘red zone’, which is between ‘white’ consciousness, and the ‘black-out’ of unconsciousness.  To me, this was very serious, and I could only hope, that it would pass.  I was concerned, that my heart, would be okay, as my exertion, can be like, putting water, in the fuel, of an engine, as my heart, wishes to operate normally, while it is failing, to get the oxygen, to do so, and this can result, in a heart muscle strain, or heart attack.  Mike2, kindly got Dikaia, to leave me be, as I sought, to cope, with this ‘attack’.  Raoul went into denial, and chattered about most anything.  I suppose, I was ‘out of it’, for ten to fifteen minutes, and then I began to recover.  I became ‘normal’.  The mail carrier, did deliver mail…

I received, an automated telephone call, that my work-shift, would work, its normal hours, the next day.  I remained home, and enjoyed some movies, with Raoul, and Mike2.  Mike2 and Raoul, had never seen, Terminator 6:  Genysis, and we all, very much enjoyed that.  After Mike2, went to sleep, I had Raoul experience, an excellent movie, Torch Song Trilogy, a nitty gritty tale, about the life, of a drag queen.  I enjoyed, two nice meals, and some cookies, which I shared with Dikaia.  I also fed my fish, and gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  Dikaia would let me know, when she wished, to go outside, and she did adjust, to the snow, and romped around in it.  After Raoul, went to sleep, I enjoyed, a very good movie, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.  I also enjoyed, two episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  I went to sleep, around 4:45am.

I slept, without waking, until 11:30am.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I returned to sleep, or at least dozed, until 1:45pm.  The day was sunny.  Ice remained, on my windows.  There was, only one spot, with a slight drip, to indicate, that any snow, was melting.  I enjoyed, ‘mellow morning’ music, with left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Apparently, Mike2 had arisen, and consumed, most of the coffee, leaving only a smidgen  I fed my fish, and gave fresh water, and dry-food, to Dikaia.  Raoul did arise, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  Dikaia went outside, to do her stuff, and then returned inside, so I was able, to close the back-door.  I updated, my entertainment reference library book, though this was a task, which I failed, to complete.

I selected a clean shirt, and washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  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 scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I emptied, the kitchen and office garbage, into the outside garbage container, and got Raoul, to get the outside garbage container, to curb-side.  I put on cologne.  At the last minute, Mike2 wanted a ride, to a store, to get cigarettes, as he still wished, to avoid walking.  I declined, as I had, a few things to do, before I departed, to go to work.  I ate an aspirin, and drank, some fruit-flavored, water-based beverage.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I was cautious, as I drove to work.  I found, that all roads, in Hopewell, even the ‘main’ ones, were completely covered in ice.  It is said, to watch out, for ‘the other guy’, and I could ‘joke’, that I met, ‘the other guy’, twice, on my drive to work.  The car ahead of me, was fishtailing, having its rear-end, move side to side, as it sought, to go forward.  A big SUV vehicle, decided to drive, alongside of me, on my right-hand side, which aggravated me, as doing that, was unsafe, given the road conditions.  Then, the driver of that vehicle, decided to make, a left turn, from the right lane, so did drop back behind me, and then turned.  This meant, that driver, lacked any need, to be, on my right side, in the first place.  Fortunately, I retained control, of my own vehicle, and did not hit, an icy spot, that would cause, my own vehicle, to fishtail, like the one ahead of me.  I met, ‘the other guy’, a second time, when a vehicle, came speeding past, which was unsafe, but was also driving, without headlights, which made that vehicle, less noticeable.  Once I got, to State Road Ten, the roadway, became safer, and my drive, from that point to work, became safe and pleasant, though I still drove cautiously, as one never knows, what the road conditions, just beyond one’s view, might become.

Work was, a mixed bag…  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Taloos, before work began.  There were few people, at work.  There were, some new people, working their first day, at Amazon.  In some ways, this added, to my sense, of job security.  If Amazon, is hiring new people, then it might be, less inclined, to seek to get rid, of existing personnel…  I was assigned, to pack Multis.  My work-station, lacked many sizes of boxes, and I got, most of these.  I found, I also lacked spoos, and lacked, a spoo-dispensing machine.  I got, a roll of spoos, and my water-spider, eventually found, a spoo-dispensing machine, for me.  Doright pointed out, some good carts, to me, and Floyd brought to me, a cart with 61 items, in one order.  This helped me, to have, a very nice rate.

I shared candy, with many people.  I ask people, to limit themselves, to five pieces per visit, to help make sure, there will be, some candy, for everyone.  Christine visited me, five times, during first quarter, and on one of her visits, pushed my back-up cart, from behind the cart, I was working upon, to in-between our work-stations.  Christine was working, in the work-station, behind mine.  I said ‘ugh ugh’, to Christine, as she pushed my cart, away from my work-station, to let her know, that I saw what she was doing, and disapproved, and she saw me, and heard me, so she knew, that I knew.  There were plenty of carts, in the center, of our aisle, so there was zero need, for her to grab mine.  I was close, to finishing my own cart, and figured, I’d grab back, my good cart, from Christine, when I finished, the one, upon which I was working.  Christine saw, that I was, about to finish, my cart, so she canceled, the cart, that she was working, and then began, to work, on the one, she had taken from me.  I went to Christine, and asked her, why had she taken, my cart.  Christine said, that it had been, her cart, which she had gotten, from the center aisle.  Christine pushed it to me, loudly saying, I could have it, as she always could make rate, while I never can make rate.  I told Christine, that I knew, what she had done, and that she knew, what she had done.  Christine continued, to loudly yell, that she always made rate, and I never make rate.  That did get me, to look at the posted rates, at the end, of first quarter, and I saw, that I had a rate, of 252, while Christine had a rate, of 129.

Horatio asked me, to go to AFE, after first quarter, and I did so.  That meant, that my nice Multi rate, would fail to count.  I began, to once again believe, that I should accept, the severance offer, when it is made, in mid-February, and seek, to financially coast, until May.  I would seek, to pay, my first-half property tax, and six-month car insurance tax, on income, from Amazon, rather than, from Social Security.  My time in AFE, was made more pleasant, by a visit from Brando, and by Sugar, who worked next to me.  Sugar told me, that Jackie, is now gone, from Amazon, having been recalled, to military service, for one year.  I continue, to doubt the effectiveness, of having military personnel, serve only brief phases…  Most people, who go into our military, now seem, to do so, for employment income, to have a job, and for educational and other benefits, and they lack, any combat experience, and probably, would hope, to never engage, in actual combat.

There was, a news report, indicating that North Korea, is about to test, an intercontinental ballistic missile, one that could hit, the US mainland.  Trump has said, that China should intercede, with North Korea, as China enjoys, such a profitable, one-sided trade relationship, with the US.

I worked, a full shift.  I doubt, that I had, a good rate, in AFE.  It was 6°F.  My phone had died, due to the cold, but later was able, to resume normal operations…  I drove slowly, safely, cautiously after first, removing ice, from my vehicle, and allowing some time, for my windshield, to become unobstructed.  The people, across the street, had parked their vehicles, on the street, which made accessing my driveway, more challenging.  At least Raoul’s positioning, of my outside garbage container, made finding my driveway, a little easier.  There was, apparently some ice, on my driveway, and my vehicle’s back tires, lacked traction, and spun wildly, but then, got a grip, and I was able, to proceed, to my parking area.

Dikaia had left, feces and urine, in the living-room, and I cleaned that.  Dikaia was very ashamed, by what she had done.  I know, that Dikaia, does indicate, when she wishes, to go outside, so I figured, the problem had been, that she had been ignored.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, which I micro-waved.  I enjoyed, one good episode, from season fourteen, of South Park, and part, of a second episode.  I went to sleep, around 5:30am.

I awoke, around 11:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmers.  I heard Mike2, get up and depart, allegedly to go to court again.  Mike2 had said, that if he failed to return, then he was in jail.  I went back to sleep, until 2:30pm, and then dozed again, until nearly 3:00pm.  I found, that the coffee, in the coffee-maker, had been taken, and the machine left on, even with an empty canister.  One can hope, that if a person, finishes the existing coffee, that person, might then make, a fresh pot, or at least, turn off the machine…  I made some fresh coffee, which I enjoyed, as I updated these notes.  I did mention, to Raoul, to please let Dikaia go outside, and he told me, that he had done so, before he went to sleep, around 9:00pm.

There was zero ice, on my kitchen windows, and the ice, on my office window, was only half-way, whereas yesterday, the ice had covered, one entire window, in my office.  It was still cold, even if sunny.  I called, the weather information, and found, that we would remain, below freezing, for the entire day.  Tomorrow, and the days that follow, are to become warmer, with our temperature, in the 50°Fs, this coming week-end.  My fingers, did feel numb, as I updated these notes.

Dikaia did go outside, to deal with, her bathroom needs.  Raoul used, a whole stick of butter, with his macaroni and cheese, and a very ample amount, of my crushed chili-peppers.  The recipe calls, for one tablespoon, of butter, and I normally only use, a few kernels, of the chili-peppers, at a time.  I just generally prefer, to conserve resources, rather than, to waste them…  I fed my fish.  I gave, fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia.  I noticed, that the clock, in the hallway, had stopped.  Raoul made a good joke, that time, had been frozen…  That clock, is battery operated, and batteries, sometimes do have a problem, when the temperature, becomes very cold.

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 enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 5:00pm.

The roadways, in Hopewell, were slightly better, but I continued, to drive cautiously.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, Augustus, and Sally, before work began.  It was, a very good day, at work, for me, with Amazon, thanks mostly, to Doright, who was my water-spider.  Doright made sure, that I had, good carts, and he was, in great spirits, buoyant, and very entertaining, for everyone, for our entire shift.  Doright single-handedly, made this, a great day, for everyone.  Doright also, did an excellent job, as a water-spider.  Doright did right…  I did offer, to take Doright, to dinner, at that truck-stop, north of Richmond, on I-95, and he agreed, and gave, his telephone number to me.  We agreed, to meet, at a place near I-95.

I had, a first-half, official rate, of 203.  At least it was warm, inside our facility, though on this day, I could refrain, from use of a fan, at least for, the first 90 minutes.  I did handle, a priority cart, for Brando, and then, a priority tote, for Roy, toward the end, of our shift.  It was so nice, to have, a good day, with Amazon.  I enjoyed breaks, with Floyd, Sally, Winston, Monique, Randy, Gammel, and Friday.  For some reason, unknown to me, Lilly seemed offish toward me, on this day.  Stokley was friendly, and I enjoyed, his upbeat spirit.  Time passed, fairly quickly.  Floyd also had, a good day, as he worked, doing ReBin, and made a point, to seek and achieve, a very good rate, which made our facility, the top one, in his category.

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I worked, a full shift.  The ice, was certainly slippery, in spots, as I walked, to my vehicle.  I scraped ice, from my wind-shield, and waited patiently, for my vehicle, to warm up, and let my windshield, become clearer.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  The roadways were better.  For me, driving on crushed snow, that has become solid ice, is still, a fairly new experience.  I lacked any challenges, from my driveway.  Raoul was still awake, though he went to bed, as I entered my home.  There were zero ’accidents’, from Dikaia.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I finished, the partial episode, from season fourteen, of South Park, and enjoyed, an additional episode, with four frozen dinners.  I went to sleep, around 5:30am.

I slept, until 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 12:30pm, and then slept again, until 1:30pm, and then dozed, comfortable under my quilt, until nearly 2:30pm, at which time, I did arise.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh water, and dry-food, to Dikaia.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  There was, some thawing outside, and a slight drip, of water, from the awning, above my back-stoop.  There was, a lack of ice, on my office and kitchen windows.  Dikaia romped happily, playfully, in the snow.  My driveway, seemed to be, without ice, for the first time.  Mike2 and Raoul, remained in the bedrooms.  It was cold inside, but warmer, than it has been.  The wall clock, began working again.  Much to Dikaia’s chagrin, I did close, the back door.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia.  I played and won, a game of Reversi-Othello.

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 soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I have nearly used, all of the candy, I have at my home.  I enjoyed, two scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I had six eggs (now four), and used two, rather than three, just in case, I have to work, an extra day.  I entered Doright’s telephone number, into my telephone contact list.  I fed my fish.  I opened, the back door, so Dikaia, could go outside, before I departed.  Dikaia did poop, so I gave, a nice meal, to her.  I made, a piece of desktop background art, from an image, of the Empire State Building, in New York City.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 4:55pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  The roadways, were almost okay.  I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Gammel and Floyd, before work began.  Gammel is concerned, that he would be unsafe, as a ‘person of color’, in any ‘white’ neighborhood.  Gammel felt, only racists, would be celebrating, the end, of Obama’s term of office.  Gammel felt, that all ‘red-necks’, are hateful anti-black racists.  I think, Gammel is sincere, even if incorrect.  Seek to avoid, painting with a wide brush, which is to see, all of a group, as some or many, of that group, might seem to be.

Obama gave, his ‘farewell address’, though he has, another ten days, in office.  For some people, the end of Obama’s Presidential term, means the ’end of the party’, the end, of a ‘free ride’.  Many blacks, are very competent, and hard-working, but, some blacks, think the color of their skin, entitles them, to special treatment, or to a job, for which they fail to work.  This is overly visible, at Amazon.  Many blacks, as a norm, fail to comply, with most regulations, and Amazon’s management, has seemed, to tolerate this.  Most whites, as a norm, fail to believe, that their skin color, entitles them to anything.  I am sorry, if my black readers, and especially my black friends and acquaintances, might be disturbed, by what I have written, in this paragraph.  I truly am, but, what I have written, does seem true, to me, at this time.

Doright and Christine, had a ’disagreement’, which led to their seeking, to outdo one another.  I suspect, that both, were cheating.  Doright spent much time, away from his work-station, and yet ended up, with the highest rate.  Christine had, the same cart, from about a half hour, before the meal-time break, to an hour, afterwards.  My own rate, was good, at 195 for first-half, though it failed to compare, with the much higher rates, of some, who might have employed, some cheating.  I mused, that I probably have, the lowest defect rate, or the highest quality percentage, and yet, Amazon fails, to care about that.  I might also have, one of the highest, numbers of packages made, but Amazon, also seems to fail, to care about that.  I might also, do the most priority items, but Amazon, seems to fail, to care about that.  I accept this, as ’how things are’.  I am now, about one week, from my two-year anniversary, so that stock bonus, should be mine, or belong, to the IRS.  Another five weeks, and I might be given, the severance offer.

I felt tired, most of the shift.  My mood was good.  I worked hard, at a good steady pace.  Our alleged back-log, seemed to allegedly vanish.  We were, running out, of Multi-carts, as meal-time approached, and did run out, after meal-time.  At 2:00am, many people, were offered, voluntary time off.  Only Christine and I, remained in our work-line.  I was not offered, voluntary time-off.  I was sent, to AFE, and worked there, between Gunnah and Richard, who are competent and hard-working.   My tape-dispensing machine, failed to operate.  I worked, a full shift.  My right foot, had begun to hurt, while I was upstairs, and so I had put, onto the floor, a box, to soften the floor.  This pain continued, while I was in AFE.

There was, a lack of ice, upon my vehicle.  I think, it was warmer, when I departed, from work, than when I arrived, at work.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home.  The roadways, were ‘normal’.  My driveway, was ‘normal’.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, two episodes, from season fourteen, of South Park, with four frozen dinners.  I examined, my right foot.  I had thought, that perhaps, I had worn, the wrong pair of shoes, as these felt, like they now, lacked any cushion, or insole, and yet, they had both.  I found, that my toe-nails, had opened my socks, and my toes, were against the shoe.  I did seek, to trim three toe-nails.  One was, absurdly thick.  Two nails curved, around my toes, which made trimming them, very challenging.  I went to sleep, around 6:00am.

I awoke, around 11:15am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, until; just past 12-noon.  I went to sleep again, until 1:00pm.  I went to sleep again, until 2:00pm.  I got up, and felt totally exhausted.  I attributed this, to my COPD.  I got two clean socks, and put them onto, my right foot.  I had Raoul, access my Amazon account, and took this day, off from work, with pay.  I would have gotten, a Peak 2016 tee-shirt, had I gone to work, on this day.  However, I would have probably refrained, from wearing that shirt, outside of Amazon.  Most of the snow, is now gone, from the ground.  I enjoyed, watching Raoul and Dikaia play.  I enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I yawned a lot…  I gave fresh water, and dry-food to Dikaia, and turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then fed my fish.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.

I went, to Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, and bought, 28 bags of candy.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and got cans of soup and fruit, and dog-food, and a chew-toy, for Dikaia, among other things.  ProVision, an internet security company, called me, to find out, if I was content, with their service, and I said, that I have really lacked, opportunity to use my computer.  I bought, a nice steak, as a treat.  I returned, to my home, and Raoul helped me, to bring things inside, and to mix the new candy, into one bag, with pre-existing material.  Dikaia enjoyed, her new toy.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Pete, whom I know, from the Appomattox Regional Library, in Hopewell, as well as, when he volunteers, to ‘help’ on election day.  I enjoyed, a nice salad.  On FaceBook, Freddie-T continued to rant, that all Republicans are evil, which can be counter-productive, to his pro-Democrat political agenda.  Robotic rhetoric can erode credibility…  I would also suggest, that Freddie spend, some of his time, promoting things he likes, rather than, only focusing, on things, for which he promotes hate.  I am reminded, of the protesters, who were ‘anti-war’, but did nothing, to help build and maintain peace.  I can be glad, for my family, if Trump helps to restore, use of family money, from the estate, of Doris Duke, to them.  I expect nothing, from these people.

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.  Rick-A, shared a bit of humor, to help promote, awareness of autism.  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 Ben-RA, Mary-M, 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.  My FaceBook promotion, brought perhaps 20 more ‘likes’, to the FaceBook page, for The Life of Christos series.  I spent, about three hours on-line.

I returned, to my home.  I enjoyed two movies.  Midnight Run, 1988, starring Robert DiNiro, among others, was ‘fun’, about the perils and pitfalls, which can face a bounty hunter.  Snowden, an Oliver Stone film, was very awareness-building, though sickening, in some ways, due to the massive spying, ongoing in our world, by the US government.  I suppose, it could be alarming, for people, of other nations, to feel, that the US, is spying on them, and worse, that the US, has set in place, sabotage devices, to harm the computer systems, in other nations, ‘if need be’…  One might wonder, if Russia’s Putin, dislikes Obama, and-or dislikes, the US…  I enjoyed, three episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.

I enjoyed, a nice steak, and some Nacho snacks, which I shared, with Dikaia.  I noticed, that about 15, of my cans of vegetables, are now gone, though I myself, have had zero of them.  These were stockpiled, for me to enjoy, when I have to buy, my own food, without income, from Amazon…  Raoul seems, to have refrained, from replacing, the things of mine, which he has consumed…  Raoul returned home, and went to sleep, after helping me, to locate, all of Dikaia’s chew-bones.  I went to sleep, around 4:30am.

I awoke, around 9:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned, to sleep, until 12:45pm.  My living-room, actually felt warm.  It was sunny outside, and most all of the snow, had vanished, from everywhere.  I gave fresh-water, and dry-food, to Dikaia.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and fed my fish.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, and then fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I sent, a telephoned text message, to Doright, telling him, I would see him tomorrow.  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 made, a nice portrait of Josh.  I enjoyed, some conversation, with Raoul, once he got up, after 3:00pm, and showed to Raoul, some of the background art, I made for ‘a forum with no name’.  I noticed, that overnight, I seem to have developed, some sort of wart, upon my third finger’s knuckle.

I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and showered, and put on, clean underwear, and a clean, long-sleeve tee-shirt.  I apparently, should buy, a new shower liner, as my old one, has become ripped.  I also removed, hair from the bathtub drain, something I have asked, Mike2 to do, as it is generally, his long hair, which clogs, that drain.  I turned off, the bathroom wall-heater.  I checked the mail, and received, the new electric bill.  I have hoped, to receive, the title, to my vehicle, but that, has yet to arrive.  I called the car dealership, but nobody answered.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a Southwest Salad.  Obama awarded, a ‘freedom’ medal, to Vice President Biden, for Biden’s service, to our nation, and also, ended the ‘freedom’ policy, of allowing Cuban refugees, fleeing Castro’s oppressive dictatorship, to come to the US.  Obama is certainly, a ‘slick politician’, very ‘political’, and deliberately ‘divisive’…  Obama allows Mexicans, to come to the US, because those Mexicans, are likely, to vote Democrat, and bans Cubans, because those Cubans, are likely, to vote Republican.  This was, a very sad day, for ‘freedom’…  I think Obama, was being ‘spiteful’...

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 beauty, shared by Mary-M, among others.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Wayne-K, Danny-O, Patrick-S, Ashley-A, Leigh-N, Mary-M, Susan-GS, Denny-P, and Mike-F, 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 four hours, and felt productive.

There were, two homeless gentlemen, who had a problem, getting money, on some sort of card, and I let them, use my telephone, for maybe 15 to 20 minutes, in order for them, to gain access, to those funds, which they finally, were able to do.

I returned, to my home, and sought to enjoy, a movie, with Raoul.  I made two DVDs, for Fishnetterrie, one with clips, from Cirque Du Soleil shows, and two full shows, and then one, with some conspiracy and paranormal documentaries, all of which, I was able to download, from YouTube.  Raoul went to sleep.  I experienced, the third Roughnecks animated movie, Tophet, and then, very much enjoyed, six episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  I enjoyed, a can, of mini-beef ravioli.  I deliberately refrained, from eating anything significant, as I wished to retain, some appetite, for my upcoming meal, with Doright.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.  I only wore, on my torso, a long-sleeve tee-shirt, as my home, felt fairly comfortable.

I awoke, around 9:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I returned to sleep, until 12:30pm.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave fresh water, and dry-food to Dikaia.  I left open, the back door, as the outside air, was warmer, than the air, inside my home.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a bit later, turned on the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  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.  Dikaia roamed, so I retrieved her, and put her, onto her chain outside.  I also checked, my mailbox, but found nothing.  I made a portrait, of Mack.  I processed, all the images, for my slide-shows.  I won, two out of three, games of Reversi-Othello.  I found, my new electric bill, to be reasonable.  I gave, fresh dry-food, to Dikaia outside.

I went toward, where Doright and I, were to meet, but was unable, to locate, that place.  Doright sent to me, a telephoned text message, indicating he would be slightly late.  I sought to call Doright, to set up, an alternate meeting place, but was unable, to hear anything he said.  Doright called me, and I was able to hear him, once I put my telephone, onto its speaker option.  Doright and I, did meet.  I enjoyed, much conversation, with Doright, as we drove, toward the intended restaurant.  Visiting this restaurant, had been, on my ‘bucket list’, things that I wished to do, before my death.  We did find, what might have been, where I had intended to go, but it was operating, with a new name.  The food, was very good, though expensive.  I did eat, a very healthy meal, with many selections, of different vegetables.  This was, an ‘all you can eat’ place.  Doright is unable, to eat, a large quantity of food, because he heroically intervened, when a man, was beating a woman, in a public place, and he got shot, as a result, and that wound, impacted his stomach, and his intestines.  Doright thinks of himself, as very intelligent, and believes, that other people, might be averse to him, because of his intelligence.  I very much enjoyed, the hours I had, with Doright.

I returned to Hopewell, and parked, at a McDonald’s, and then walked, to a Family Dollar, and did buy, some powdered creamer, for coffee, and some cans of tuna-fish, as well as, some underwear and mustard.  I enjoyed coffee, at McDonald’s, while I spent, over two hours on-line.

Left-wing media, reported that Trump, had refused, to divest himself from his businesses.  Right-wing media, reported that Trump, has turned over control, of his businesses, to his sons, and that he shall donate, any profits, from hotels he owns, in foreign countries, to the IRS, to seek to benefit, the US people.

I like to believe, that Obama, did things, to benefit the US, and was, a good President.  I like to believe, that Trump, intends to do, a good job, and hopes to benefit, the US.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry.  Henry has ended, the serious relationship, he was having, with Victoria.  Mack announced, on his FaceBook page, that he is now, engaged to be married.  I shared, my portraits, of Mack and Josh, on their FaceBook pages.  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 Sonny-G, Mick-C, Jennifer-M, 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 began, sharing my heart-art, on Jualt Art, on FaceBook (‘https://www.facebook.com/groups/JualtArt/’).  I did seek to find, WORLD PRESS WATCH, in archives, of The Key West Citizen, but these, only went back, to 1999.  I also sought, to find WORLD PRESS WATCH, in newspaper archives, of the University of Florida, but was unable, to locate, any reference to it.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, as we enjoyed, a good or very good show, ZED, from 2008-2009, by Cirque du Soleil.  Afterwards, Raoul went to sleep.  I enjoyed, a documentary, from New Thinking Allowed, on ESP (Extra Sensory Perception).  One way, to enhance, any learning process, even with aspects, of ESP, is with quick feedback, which then helps people, to learn, their own unique ways, of identifying, how their own, extra-sensory perception, might function, by indicating to them, which way(s), to use, and which way(s), to avoid.  I enjoyed, a National Geographic documentary, the Presidents’ Book of Secrets.  I also enjoyed, two episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  I went to sleep, around 4:30am.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I returned to sleep, until 12:30pm.  The outside air, had become chilly, and the day, was overcast.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave fresh water and dry-food, to Dikaia.  I turned on, the aquarium lights, and fed my fish.  I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I cleaned, the bathroom sink.  I mused, that it will be nice, when I again have, a cleaner home.  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 went, to a Wawa, and bought fuel, and then went, to a McDonald’s, where I discovered, that I had forgotten, to bring with me, my transfer USB flash-drive, so I returned, to my home, and got that.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Ramboi, and then returned, to a nearby McDonald’s.  I enjoyed, a nice Southwest salad, at McDonald’s.  I bought, two copies, of The Thought of Christos, via WalMart.com (‘https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Thought-of-Christos-By-Jualt-R-Christos/53101935’).  I thought, I might make gifts, of these two books.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook, and I sought to connect, with Jeffrey Mishlove, a metaphysician.  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.  Jim-BR asked, that I seek, to send my email, directly to his Yahoo group, and I was able, to do so.  Jim-BR explained, that his sending email, costs him money.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by JE-Kreps, Zak-S, Paranormal Horizons, Mick-C, Danny-O, Brent-H, and Jason-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.  I continue, to add new groups, to my paranormal data-base, and I remove groups, whose FaceBook web-page(s), have vanished.  I spent on-line, about five hours, and did feel productive.

Freddie-T, was on a rant, saying all white Christians, are hateful anti-black racists.  I said, that I sincerely believe, that Freddie-T, is in error.  Freddie-T, said he clearly remembered this, from experience, going back, to our high school days together, when our high school, was ‘integrated’.  At that time, Freddie-T was focused, on promoting an idea, that Jesus, was a black man, saying that is the main reason, Jesus faced persecution.  It was my belief then, and remains my belief today, that Jesus, was ‘semetic’…  I pointed out, to Freddie-T, that our high school, was already ‘integrated’, when he and I, first attended it, and that what occurred, was that our high school, was merged, with another high school, and that resulted, in the racial ratio, going from 60-40 white-black, to 60-40 black-white.  We did have, a lot of violence, many brawls, but that was due, to black on black violence, as these were, the two major football and basketball schools, in our state, and there was, strong pre-existing rivalry, and then those teams, had to merge.

I suggested to Freddie-T, that he can be proud, of being ‘somewhat black’, without casting hate, onto other groups.  I warned Freddie-T, that sometimes, the hate one feeds, might then appear, at one’s own doorstep.  Some seem to deny, the benefits they receive, from race or gender, while being all too willing, to embrace any adversity, they might face, as due solely, to their race or gender.  Freddie-T focused on Mormons, as being anti-black, but Raoul later told me, that a Mormon church elder, in our area, is black.  I believe Freddie-T, is infected by hate, and I can hope, his spirit, can be healed, though he himself, must seek to aid, a healing process.

I received, an Instant Message, on FaceBook, from Cheri-P, who invited me, to be a guest, on her radio show, in February.  Unfortunately, the available dates, would be, at a time, when I would have to be, at work.  I could take, a day off, from work, to accommodate this show, but was reluctant, to do so, as that month, is when, that severance offer, might be made, and I wished, to attend, that company meeting.  I suggested, that March might be, a better month, for an interview.  Cheri-P, offered to me, the dates of Purim and St. Joseph’s Day, and we selected March 12th.  I wrote, a short promotional blurb, about Jualt Christos, and shared that, with Cheri-P and Jason.  Cheri-P did call me, and we had, a nice conversation. Cheri-P, seems to have, abundant ‘energized enthusiasm’…  Cheri-P, is a psychic, a medium, a healer, using her life-force energies, in a manner akin, to psychic acupuncture.  I suggested, that Cheri-P, peruse the table of contents, of The Thought of Christos, to get an idea, of some topics, she might like to explore.  I expressed interest, in asking questions, of Cheri-P, so she could share, some of the knowledge, she has gained, from her many guests.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, who greatly enjoyed, Dikaia’s playful companionship.  We enjoyed, some clips, from shows of Cirque du Soleil.  We enjoyed, a good or very good, bittersweet movie, Beautiful Creatures, and then Raoul, went to sleep.

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-or inspired or enlightened me, and thus improved, the quality of my life.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home.  I found, my kitchen garbage-can, to be overflowing, so I emptied that, into the nearby, outside garbage container, and put in, a new bag.  I found, Raoul had again, spread his things, around the bathroom, and had the wall-heater, in that room, turned on high.  When I use, that wall-heater, I keep it set, at the half-way mark, to reduce the expense, of using it…  I guess, Raoul anticipates, the expense, for him, is zero, regardless of the setting…  I straightened the bathroom, and turned off, that wall-heater.  The air temperature, in my home, was not even cold…

I had a thought, that I am working too hard, to be supporting, two parasites.  I fear that Raoul, is ‘cruising for a bruising’, i.e. he is going to get, physically attacked, due to his disrespect.  Being respectful, to others, can be protective, toward self…  Sometimes, only a physical threat, can influence a sociopath to change his or her ways, which shows, that type of behavior, can be, a choice…  My reactive mind, can see Raoul, as lazy, messy, a mooch, and expensive, a somewhat useless human being.  I do believe, Raoul can choose, to improve.  However, it sadly seems, that kindness and tolerance, only encourage Raoul, to continue, with his current ways.  Raoul takes much for granted, and sometimes, my patience is tested, by his laziness, and messiness, and the financial expense, he brings to me.  I could wonder, if Raoul, was seeking, to influence me, to put him out.  I could even wonder, if Raoul, was possessed, as a demon, might seek, to isolate a person, from good people, and then harm that person.

I enjoyed, many entertaining episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles, which I can see, as ‘Scottish tales’.  I enjoyed, three frozen dinners.  I trimmed my hair.  I am uncertain, how much longer, I might be allowed, to retain my job, but at least, I have managed, to work through 2016, and have that income, added to my Social Security account, which I can hope, will raise the amount, I am to receive, even if I am forced, to retire, before my 63rd birthday.  .  I enjoyed, Dikaia’s company.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.

I awoke, around 10:15am, and arose.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a bit later, the other, and then, fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia.  Mike2 arose, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him, before he departed.  Dikaia did seek to roam, and I then put her, onto her chain.  I retrieved my mail, which brought to me, my new incoming water bill, and also brought, my new bank checks.  I did eventually, bring Dikaia back inside, and closed the back door, to keep her inside.

I had, two new voice-mail messages.  One was from, an unidentified bill collector, and I erased that, as my bills are paid.  The other voice-mail message, was from the car dealership, asking me, to call them.  I feared, that something might have happened, to my bank account, which caused, my payment, to be voided, or, at best, that they had again found, the amount to be wrong, and wanted me, to write yet another, payment check to them.  I called the car dealership, and was told that the voice-mail message, must have been old, from prior, to my visit, to the car dealership, though this was, the first time, it had appeared, on my telephone service.  Steve thanked me, for my business.  I was greatly relieved.

I polished, my letter, to Fishnetterrie.  I departed, around 2:30pm.  Raoul remained, in my extra bedroom.  I was scared, to check, into that extra bedroom, because I feared, that if I found, the heat on, and a big mess, that I would react, by seeking, to get rid of Raoul instantly.

I went, to my bank, and deposited, the nice check, given to me, by Fishnetterrie.  My bank balance, was lower than I had anticipated, but was still adequate, for my needs, for now…  I went, to the Hopewell Post Office, and bought a big, fun envelope, and postage stamps.  I sent my letter, with my picture, and some DVDs, including the 161203 Wit and Wisdom, to Fishnetterrie.  I later sent, a telephoned text message, to Fishnetterrie telling her, that I had mailed, a letter to her.  I went, to a Wawa, and bought cigarettes and fuel.

I went, to a McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  Henry said hello, as he walked past me.  I posted the text, of the 161208-161219 chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I posted, the two portraits, of Penelope-BR, to her FaceBook.  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.  There was a news report, that Amazon wireless speakers, ostensibly used to project music, can also, listen all of the time, to the area, where they are positioned, and that data, is stored, by Amazon, which has now been subpoenaed, to provide some information, in a murder case.

I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Robin-S, Mary-M, Wayne-K, Joe-WM, and Zak-S, among others.  I added two pieces of art, and removed two pieces of art, 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/’).

I spent on-line, over three hours, and felt, somewhat productive.  I returned to my home.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I later tuned off, one aquarium light, and then, turned off, the other one.  I civilly discussed, Raoul’s disrespectful messiness, with Mike2 and Raoul, asking them what they would do, in my situation, if someone, to whom I was providing shelter, for the winter, left a great mess everywhere, regardless of how many times, I asked that person, to respect my home, and simply, clean up after himself.  Raoul said, he guessed, he would put that person out.  Mike2 said nothing.  I said, I felt, both angry and hurt.  I reminded, Mike2 and Raoul, that I was expecting them, to use this time, of sanctuary in my home, during Winter, to put their lives together, to get on, their own two feet in life, and, if their situations, were the same, come Spring, come March 21st, as they are now, then I would prefer, for them to depart, at that time, so I could enjoy, my retirement, in peace.

I enjoyed, Part One, of the Holographic Universe.  On a quantum, or sub-atomic level, everything we perceive, is a soup, and a difference, between a hologram, and us, is that a hologram, is a projection, of something, from somewhere else, whereas, in theory, we are, our own projection. This documentary series, postulates, that we too, are holograms, living within, a holographic universe, projected from a source, resident outside, of our own reality, of space and time.  It was mentioned, that the surface, of a black hole, retains the data, of everything it has consumed, so that all of those things, could be reconstructed, if projected, to the outside, of a black hole.  Perhaps the light, from friction, within a black hole, casts a projection, to create galaxies, outside of a black hole…  I have long postulated, that everything, is made of particles, with a range and rhythm, of vibration, and that those things, with similar rhythms and ranges, can be ‘solid’, to one another.

I enjoyed, an excellent movie, Sully, starring among others, Tom Hanks and Laura Linney.  Sully was or remains, a hero, and he saved, many lives.  This movie, is uplifting.  One aspect, of events, was that the computer record, indicated one set of circumstances, but then, was proved false, but the actual physical condition, of one of the airplane’s engines.  I have most certainly experienced, ‘questionable’ computer records…  I enjoyed a hamburger.  I lent, a head covering, to Raoul, for his walk, to donate plasma.  I enjoyed, a very good, 1975 movie, Jaws, a shark tale.  I enjoyed, two episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  I went to sleep, around 4:45am.

I awoke, around 9:30am, and it was lightly raining outside.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.   I was able, to return to sleep, until around 12-noon.  It was, warm, windy, and sunny outside, so I opened, the front door.  I hoped, some warm weather, might give, an opportunity, to Fishnetterrie, to plant bulbs.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then another, and then fed my fish.  I gave, fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia.   I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose

A delivery, of blank DVDs, was made to my home.  Mike2 arose, and said, the weather surprised him, as it had been forecast, to rain all day.  Clouds did, begin to appear, around mid-afternoon.  Raoul appeared, and I did retrieve, the head covering, I had lent to him. I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I brought Dikaia inside, when it became, overcast outside, but the sun, did return.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version.  I made three portraits, of Pride, two being realistic, and one abstract.  I think, that one of the realistic portraits, of Pride, is excellent.  I did feel, a slight shadow, about my impending, return to work, though it remains, days away…  I played a game, of Reversi-Othello, which I won, by wiping out, the computer’s pieces.

I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought, a new chew-toy, for Dikaia, and some hot-dogs.  I got some frozen dinners, and cans of soup and fruit, and mini-beef ravioli. Most of my cans, of mini-beef ravioli, had ‘vanished’, which I attribute, to Raoul.  I bought, a new container, of ketchup, as I barely got any, of the previous one, which was left empty, in the refrigerator.  I do prefer, for empty containers, to be thrown away, as otherwise, when I scan, for what I might need, I might think, that a container, has something in it, and then fail, to buy more.  I returned to my home, and put everything away, and individually packaged, the meat.  I gave to Raoul, a nice bag, of meat-balls, with Italian seasoning, and he did enjoy those. I gave some raw hamburger, to Dikaia, and a nice meal, and her new chew-toy.  I fed my fish.  I shaved.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and then discovered, that I had forgotten to bring, a computer mouse with me.  The one, which I had normally used, with my lap-top, had stopped working and I have been alternating use, of the mouse, that goes with my main computer, between my main computer, and the lap-top.  On this day, I had left, that mouse, attached to my main computer.   I walked, to a nearby Family Dollar, and found that they did have, a wireless mouse, which would require me, to also buy batteries.  I decided, to go elsewhere to seek to find a mouse, that functions with a cable, rather than, with batteries, in a wireless way.  I drove, to a Rite-Aid pharmacy, and was able, to buy a mouse, at that location.  I then returned, to that McDonald’s.

I ordered, a very nice meal, and then discovered, when I sat down to eat, that this McDonald’s, on this day, now lacked, an internet service.  I paid Xfinity, for a day’s internet service.  I was then beset, with pop-up pages, which sought to get me, to use their network’s services, like a music-playing service, and a security service.  I would be redirected, away from web-pages, I wished to use, in order, to go to Xfinity’s aligned services.  I had to shut down, my web-browsers, many times, before this stopped.

I was able, to post the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I was blocked, from doing this, when seeking to sign in, enough times, that livejournal.com, invalidated my password, and I had to reset that.  I shared, my portraits of Pride, with his FaceBook, and thanked me, for doing so.  Henry indicated to me, that he might be embarrassed, if I posted something, to his FaceBook time-line, and indicated, that he would prefer, that I send that portrait, of him, to his Instant Message, and I did so.  Henry remains happy, with his relationship, with Victoria, though he does anticipate, a permanent separation, when she is sent away, from this area, for military purposes, though perhaps, she might avoid, that situation, if she were, to become pregnant?

There was, a news report, indicating that US President Obama, had retaliated, for alleged Russian interference, in the US election, by ordering the expulsion, of 30 Russian diplomats, and the closure, of several Russian consulates, in the US.  This alleged ‘interference’, was the promotion, of awareness, that the Democratic Party, had sought to ensure, Hillary’s nomination, by acting for her and against Bernie Sanders, and also, the promotion, of awareness, of Hillary’s emails, which showed, her ‘pay for play’ corruption.  Of course, Obama is ignoring, his own funding, of the opposition candidates, to Netanyahu, in Israel’s elections, or his own role, in the violent overthrow, of the elected President, of Ukraine, because that gentleman, was pro-Russia.  I think Obama is ignoring, how the Democratic Party, has sought to profit, with help, from China and Saudi Arabia.  Obama did mention, that his act, was also in response, to harassment, of US diplomats, in Russia.

There was continued, purported left-wing assertions, that Trump is a racist, and all who support Trump, are racists.  I commented, that I disbelieve, that Trump, is a racist, and that I disbelieve, that I am a racist, and that I believe, that allegations, which say Trump and all of his supporters, are racists, are a form of hatemongering, which is done, for political purposes, but which is counter-productive, as it makes, the left-wing, seem quite unattractive, and perhaps helped, to gain an election victory, for Trump.  I think, the hateful left-wing propaganda, erodes the credibility, of the left-wing.

I think Trump, has decades, of history, of being helpful, to women and blacks, and for those two groups, to turn on him now, and seek to portray him, as anti-black and anti-women, because he is now, a Republican, as they seek to hatefully portray, all Republicans, as evil; is stupid.  It seems to me, to be counter-productive, even harmful to their own, for these two groups, to turn on someone, who has been helpful, to those two groups.  I think, members of these two groups, should be thankful, that both candidates for President, have been said, to be helpful, to women and blacks.  Many celebrities, who have profited, from alignment, with the Obama Administration, are declining, to be associated with, or helpful to, the incoming Trump Administration, which could be a case, of shooting themselves, in the foot.

Fox News, interviewed a representative, for Black Lives Matter, who said, that Black Lives Matter, is not, a racist organization.  I think, it could, be more easily argued, that Black Lives Matter, might not be hateful, than to argue, that it is not racist.  Black Lives Matter, is inherently racist, as it only promotes, the interests, of those, with black lives.  As far as, Black Lives Matter, causing an increase, in violence, against all police, this gentleman asserted, that more police, are injured or killed, by whites, than by blacks.  Perhaps both assertions, are true.  At least Fox News, seems willing, to give voice, to those, of many perspectives.

There were zero 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 Mary-M, Michael-J, 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, around three hours on-line, and felt, somewhat productive.

I returned to my home, and enjoyed, friendly banter, with Raoul.  We experienced, two movies.  I sought to go on-line, from my home, with Xfinity, but found, though connected, I was unable, to remain on-line, which Raoul said, was due to the distance, between my home, and Xfinity internet location.  I was disturbed, that I was able, to go directly, into my FaceBook, without having, to first sign-in, although I had, signed-out, before departing, from McDonald’s.  It is my preference, and previous normal setting, that my web-browsers, avoid retaining, any password data.  I sought to prevent this, from occurring in the future.  I also felt, overly full, as if my body, seriously disagreed, with something I had eaten, and I was uncertain, if my body, would seek to expel, the food, by vomiting or diarrhea.  I was slightly uncomfortable, for the remainder, of my ’evening’.  I refrained from eating.  I did enjoy, two very good episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.

I went to sleep, around 4:30am.  I awoke, around 8:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was able, to return to sleep, and awoke again, at 3:10pm.  I let Dikaia go outside, and then retained her inside, for a while, to prevent her, from roaming.  I turned on, the aquarium lights, one at a time, and then fed my fish.  I continued to feel, slightly uncomfortable, but did feel, slightly better, and then I had, a mild diarrhea, and felt better, after that.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  Conversations with Raoul, delayed me, and influenced me, to have to brew, some fresh coffee.

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 fed my fish, and gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I played, some games, of Reversi-Othello, and won two, out of five.  I remained, basically, without appetite.  I departed, as 7:00pm approached.

I went to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a nice salad.  The internet connection, was back to normal.  I did turn off my computer, as my browser was redirected, to add a feature, and I was unable, to do anything else, so I unplugged my computer, to prevent that.  I posted the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I gladly accepted, one request, 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 Patrick-S, KGRA, Mary-M, Just Us Paranormal, and Matt-C, among others.  I agreed, to spend up to $35, to promote via FaceBook, The Life of Christos series, for a week.  Amazon and CreateSpace, have yet to repair, the display, for Book One, of The Life of Christos, which continues to display, the interior pages, for Book Six.  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 somewhat productive.

There was a news report, that Russia’s Putin, said he would do nothing, in response, to Obama’s orders, to close Russian consulates, and expel Russian diplomats, in the US, until after Trump is inaugurated.  The last major enclave, held by Syrian rebels, supported by the US, is about to fall, to Russian and Syrian government troops.

I returned to my home, and sought to experience, a movie with Raoul, though he spoke, throughout the movie, about other things.  I believe Raoul, might have, some focus challenges, though this could perhaps, allow him, to seek to enjoy, the same movie, many times, each time gleaning, something new from it.  I enjoyed, Dikaia’s company and shared some fig-newton cookies, with her, and with Raoul.  Raoul felt, a stomach disturbance, and decided, to go to bed.  I enjoyed, two very good movies.  One recommended by Doright, A Walk to Remember (2002), is a tale of love and transformation.  The other, Crimes of Passion (1984), could also be said, to be a tale, of love and transformation…  I did feel, a touch of sorrow, about my impending, return to work.  I went to sleep, around 4:30am.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was torn, between arising, to seek to savor, my remaining time off, or to relax, and sleep, a while longer.  I did sleep, until 2:30pm.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  Raoul joined me, and I spoke with him, for a half hour or so, which I feared, would delay, my departure, on a day, when the nearby McDonald’s, might close early.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  My stomach, is apparently, not yet, back to normal.  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 washed my face.  I fed my fish.

I went, to a McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice salad.  I shared, my entertainment review, with my email and FaceBook connections.  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 Ramona-DN, Susan-R, Vicki-B, Patrick-S, Tom-R, Mary-M, Rocky-W, Danny-O, and Wayne-K, 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 enjoyed, watching the New Year, be celebrated, in London, though that was, at 7:00pm my time.  I wished a happy new year, to my FaceBook connections, adding that I hoped, that their fears, would be groundless, and that their hopes, would be fulfilled.  I did, a Google search, for ‘The Life of Christos’, and found Book One, on Amazon listed, but when I clicked on the link, three different times, each time, it brought me, to a product, other than my own, within Amazon.  This was, a touch saddening, discouraging, but, I suppose, ‘par for the course’, aligned with, what has become normal, at times in my life, as far as being ’suppressed’.  I think, this is, a lose-lose situation, as my books, could make, a lot of money, for Amazon, through decades, beyond my life-time.  Amazon seems to be hurting, both itself, and me, though it might have a belief, that it can make, a lot of money, without me.  My FaceBook promotion, for The Life of Christos, continues…

I returned, to my home.  I shared with Dikaia, the remainder, of my fig-newton cookies.  I also gave to Dikaia, fresh water and dry-food.  Raoul had gone out, to a New Year’s celebration.  I enjoyed, some telephoned text messages, with Fishnetterrie and Roger.  Recently, both Fishnetterrie and Raoul, have asked me, why are there, so many characters, named Jualt-R, in movies and television shows.  I am uncertain, of the correct answer.  I would like to believe, that two influences, for this, is because of my time, in America On-Line’s metaphysics chat-rooms, and from ‘a forum with no name’, as perhaps, many writers, producers, and actors, interacted with me.

Mike2 briefly joined me, as the New Year, arrived here.  There seemed to be, an ample amount, of gunfire, to celebrate the advent, of this new year.  At least, there was more awareness, at least on-line, that what goes up, must come down, so a bullet, fired up into the air, can come down, and hurt something.  I enjoyed, two movies, God’s NOT Dead, one and two, which portrayed, some issues and changes, that can or could be faced, by Christians today, in the US.  I experienced, these two movies, as the old year was ending, and the new year arrived and progressed.  I can easily recommend, both of these fine movies.  There was, a quick exchange, of dialogue, where it was asked, where Jualt-R might be, and the answer, was, probably still in his room…  Hmmmm…  I am, ‘among the people’, and I do give, life to Christos, on FaceBook…  However, perhaps there is more, I could or should do…  I enjoyed, a hamburger, and a can, of sliced peaches.  I remained comfortable, wearing my long-sleeve tee-shirt, thick woolen shirt, and insulated jacket, with a cap and head covering, while under a blanket, with Dikaia.

I went to sleep, around 4:45am.  I awoke, at 10:15am, and was unable, to easily return to sleep.  I thought my system, was seeking, to make it difficult, for me, to go to work, on this day.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was able, to return to sleep, and slept until 2:00pm.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, and ‘mellow morning’ music, as I updated these notes.  I fed my fish.

I felt ‘dead tired’.  My COPD, was mildly strong, the type where breathing, can be a challenge.  I felt, the main influence, upon me, was some sort of distaste or apprehension, about returning to work.  This is now, January 1st, which for me, means seven more weeks, before I could first gain, Social Security income.  I know I face, an arena of ‘musical chairs’, for the next few weeks, and I know, that I could be, selected against, at work, and perhaps it is this, fear of being, found undesirable, that is the greatest influence, for my distaste and apprehension.  Of course, my mind would have me, go on towards work anyway…  At least, I am in, better financial shape, to face this possibility, now, on January 1st, than I was, on December 1st.

I swept the living-room, which left me, feeling very ‘winded’, out of breath.  That was a task, which really did, need to be done.  I made selections, of underwear, socks, and a long-sleeve tee-shirt.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I wheeled, the outside garbage container, to curb-side, and retrieved, some junk mail.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Ramboi.  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.

Time seemed, to slip by quickly.  Time came, for me, to focus, on getting ready for work.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved and showered.  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 did peek, into the extra bed-room, and saw, that it now, wall to wall, covered by clothing and discarded trash.  At least I was unable, to quickly notice, any significant damage.  Amusingly, the only thing empty, in that room, was Raoul’s dirty laundry basket, as the dirty and clean clothing, was strewn everywhere.  I was, as ready as I would be, and was willing, to face work, with an attitude, that I would seek, to do the best, that I can.  My remembrance, of work had faded…  I drank, some water-based, fruit-flavored beverage, with an aspirin.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  The parking lot, seemed fairly empty.  I enjoyed, some coffee, supplied by Amazon, with some friendly banter, with Floyd.  I was assigned, to packing Multi-Carts, and the first cart, I selected, had 69 slots, with priority items.  Taloos advised me, that these, were unimportant, as they were already late, as they had been work, for day-shift.  I had completed, about half of these, when Horatio told me, to go see Brando.  Brando was gathering personnel, to follow him, for some unstated purpose.  I asked Brando, if we were, to go to AFE, and if so, asked him, if I could first, retrieve my things, from the upstairs break-room, to then go, and put them into the down-stairs break-room, and he said, this would be okay.  I did these things, and then went, to AFE.  I did first mention, to Horatio and Brando, that I still had, half a cart, filled with priority items.

AFE seemed to lack personnel, even with the people, brought from upstairs.  Almost half, of the walls, lacked personnel.  I had some challenges, getting a scanner, and a tape-machine, which worked.  Many of the computers, were shut down, or were failing, to start-up normally.  There were priority items, on the wall, adjacent to mine, but it lacked, any personnel. So I also set-up, a work-station, on that wall, and did process, the priority items.  I pushed myself, and did feel woozy, at times, a warning sign, that I was pushing myself, too hard.  I considered, that my lungs, were adjusting, to this physical activity, after many days, off from work.    I was later told though, after being thanked, for doing the extra work, that my rate, was only 127.  I thought this was, a bit lower, than it actually was.  Curiously, the guy next to me, who worked slower than I, and spent some time, walking around, and reading some books, was told, that he had a rate, of 181.  At one point, Sugar kindly thought she would help me, and packed some items, under my badge, to help increase my rate.  However, when Sugar did this, then our wall, ran out of work, so rates, probably went downwards.  Then for a little while, there were slots, with many items, instead of two per chutes, which had been normal, but when this increase occurred, our ReBin person, made many errors, so those chutes, then either lacked items, or had wrong items.

Sugar was my water-spider, and she did, an excellent job.  I am impressed, with Sugar, and, at 20 years of age, she is well-positioned, to patiently advance, within Amazon, as a life-time career.  However, I am equally certain that Sugar, could advance, within any corporation, or career, that she wished, and, if Amazon fails, to appreciate Sugar, then she might find, a nicer more appreciative place to work elsewhere.    I worked near Sadie, and she was pleasant, and hard-working, as she normally is.  I also enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Dennis, David, and Gracie, during breaks.  I was asked, to take care of items, which appeared, on vacant walls, and I did so.  There was good music, in AFE, and this was also nice.  A mixture, of current black hit songs, and white rock n’ roll, and some country ‘heartland’ music, was played, and this was nice.  In the past, any time, that anything, other than current black popular music, is played, there have been, some loud protests, from some blacks, but on this day, everything was peaceful, and I did enjoy, the mixture of music.  My thanks, go to AFE manager Don, for the nice music.  Dpn is now going, to seek to enjoy, a short vacation.

There was a news report, saying that Obama, is going to make an effort, to ‘save’ ObamaCare.  It was said, that 20-million more people, signed up, for ObamaCare, in 2016, which was said, to show, that ObamaCare, is becoming ’successful’, or is ganing ‘acceptance’.  I think the words used, are misleading, as ObamaCare, is simply a law, requiring people, to buy medical insurance, or face, a $500 fine, from the Internal Revenue Service, which makes it, a tax.  ObamaCare, does not provide, any medical care.  Our government, earns income, from tax, on the income earned, by medical insurance companies.  Our government, spends a great amount, of money, and anything it can do, to enhance its income, seems desirable, to our government.  That 20-million people, complied with a law, fails to imply, that they like, that law.  ObamaCare would require me, to pay over half, of my Social Security income, to comply, with that law.  And, with medical insurance, now being mandatory, its costs, have sky-rocketed…  I think, Obama had hoped, that his promotion, of medical insurance, which might benefit, some US Jews, might influence them, to allow him, to tilt against Israel, so in essence, Obama was seeking, to buy off, US Jews, in much the same way, that money from China and Saudi Arabia, has perhaps ‘bought off’, US elected representatives.

Time passed slowly at times, and quickly at times, but it did pass.  My plastic belt broke, and I got another, though for a while, I was without a belt, and kept an eye, on the level of my pants.  I worked, a full shift.  I enjoyed my time, in AFE, and did work hard, though I believe this was probably, a bad rate day, for me.  I think our wall, was the only wall, which did get, all the priority items done, by each deadline.  I think Amazon, should find a way, to give some rate credit, for packing priority items, as otherwise, one might feel penalized, for having met deadlines.  It was raining, as I walked, to my car, and drove to my home.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and said ‘good morning’, to Raoul, as he went to bed, soon after I arrived.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two good episodes, from season thirteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I awoke, around 12:15pm.  It was raining.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  It was, the kind of day where I could have enjoyed, just staying on the sofa, without disturbance, though I understood, that with Raoul and Mike2, in my home, that would be improbable.  I was able, to doze, until 2:00pm.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia inside, and left open, the back door, so she could go outside, when she wished, to do so.  The light drizzle, meant to me, that Dikaia, would remain at home, and she did.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mike2 and Raoul.

I made a portrait, of a male face.  I made some desktop background artwork, from a picture of Joey, shared with me, by Pride.  I spent some time, making sure, that all of my art, from 2016, is now resident, on a USB transfer flash-drive.  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 enjoyed three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I 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 checked, the work schedule, on the big board, and found, that we were to work, a ‘normal week’.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, in the upstairs break-room, before work began.  Boss Corrine, told us, at our stand-up meeting, that mandatory overtime, was now posted, on the big board, for our shift, for this coming Thursday.  This was a change, from when I first arrived.  Corrine said thank you, to those, who had come to work, the previous day, noting that about 60-percent, of our work-force, had been absent.

Horatio assigned me, to a work-station, for Multis, and told me, I would be there, for the entire shift, which was, good news to me.  I finished, a partial cart, and then got, a nice cart, from Misty.  Floyd brought to me, a tote, with 175 items, and that had, to really raise my rate.  Deborah was my water-spider, and she eventually brought to me, ample supplies.  I got another cart, and was nearly finished with it, when Ray came to me, and told me, that Corrine wanted me, to go to AFE, for the rest of the ‘day’ after the first-quarter break.  I made a point, to finish that cart, before I departed.  I also, switched to packing Singles, and packaged one item, so that my idle time, during break, until I got started, working in AFE, would count, against me, in Singles, rather than, in Multis.  This would help, to preserve, my good Multi-rate, though sadly, that rate, would fail to count, because I had worked, less than five hours, in that category.

I went, to the upstairs break-room, and retrieved my things, and then went, to the down-stairs break-room, to store them there, and was able, to have, half a cup of coffee, with my remaining break-time, which I enjoyed, with Erin and David.  I worked, near Wynn, and most of the time, there were, only two of us on our wall, whereas other walls, as a norm, had four people.  I handled, the side-walls, with large items, and also, the medium-sized items, on our wall.  Wynn said, if management cared, about all of our priority items, then management, would assign, another person, to our wall. Wynn said, that I might care, about getting priority items done, but our management, seemed to be less caring.  I was uncertain, if Wynn was correct.  Wynn said, that the preponderance, of red lights, was a ploy to seek to get people, to work faster, though focusing, on doing the priority items, could lower one’s rate.  Wynn noted, how some, who were announced, to have high rates, had seemed, to barely be working, and Wynn said, he felt, that the announced rates, might indicate, something other than actual rate.  Neither Wynn nor I, were among those, who were announced, to be making rate.

Brando came downstairs, and visited briefly with me.  Brando told me, that I had been, the fastest packer upstairs, when I was sent downstairs.  At the AFE stand-up meeting, it was said, that our mandatory overtime, was because, our production was slow, and our backlog high.  It was announced, that the three fastest packers, in AFE, would be given, a half-day, of voluntary time-off.  It might seem, that if one worked fast, one would be given, a half-day off without pay, while if one worked slow, then one would be given, an extra day, of overtime pay.  To me, this seemed, at best, confusing, though the message, seemed to me, to be, that management wanted, people to work slower, even while saying, that our production, was low, and our backlog, was high, at ’record levels’.  At least this was consistent, with sending me, from where I worked fast, to where I worked, more slowly.

I did focus, on packaging priority items, on both side-walls, and had to walk, a good distance, to the other side-wall.  I did log-in, to a computer, near that side-wall, so I would have, shorter walk.  Making large boxes, in that short workspace, did get me, two quality warnings, as spoos, stuck to the back, of my boxes.  I moved the spoo machine, to seek to prevent, that error from occurring.

I continued, to maintain, my normal pace, and worked hard.  I worked, a full shift.  I did manage, to get all priority items packaged, before I departed.  I suspect, this was, a bad rate day for me.  Wynn said, he didn’t think, the rate, would be held against me, as he felt, this was not, my normal work category.  I told Wynn, that in the past, I have been penalized, with written warnings, for a low production rate in AFE.  On one hand, I do fear, that management is seeking, to let me go, before the ‘severance offer’, while, on another hand, they might seem, to be seeking, to influence me, to accept that severance offer, as I have indicated, that I already tempted to do.  It might seem, that if I do well upstairs, then I am sent downstairs, to prevent, that good rate from counting, while if I am having, a lower rate day, then I might be given, a written production warning… Ray later visited, and told me, that my rate upstairs, had been 260.  I believe, ‘official policy’ is that those to be sent, to AFE, from upstairs, are to be rotated, fairly alternated, and yet, it might seem, that I am selected first, each time.  I intend, to continue, to seek, to do, a good job.

Obama issued a warning, that it might seem tempting, to think of war, as akin to a video-game, especially as video consoles, to control drones, are used more and more, and many ‘soldiers’, sit at desks.  However, the damages, are real.  The homes, and lives, injured and destroyed, by warfare, are real.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I had asked Raoul, to bring back from curb-side, the outside garbage container, after it had been emptied, and he had done so.  Someone had emptied, the kitchen garbage, into it, and I added, anew bag, to the kitchen garbage-can.  The kitchen sink, was full; of grim and debris, which I ignored…  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season fourteen, of South Park. I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

I slept, until 11:15am.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  It was, a cool overcast day, a good day, to remain asleep, to stay at home…  I returned to sleep, and awoke, at 1:15pm, and then again, at 2:20pm.  My COPD, was mildly strong, the type where breathing, can seem challenging.  I need, the lead time, between when I awake, and when I depart for work, to let my lungs, become ‘normal’.  I think, this is like, exercising on one day, and straining a muscle, and then one feels, that strain, on the next day, except for me, the muscles, which are being impacted, are my lungs.  I gave, fresh water and dry-food, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I did get Raoul, to clean the kitchen-sink.  I began to feel ‘normal’, around 4:00pm.

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 soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain outside, and gave, a nice meal, to her.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I straightened, the living-room.  I cleaned the kitchen counters, including the very dirty stove-top.  I was, a touch amazed, at how, an entire stove, could get dirty, when really, one only burner, is being used.  It also seemed, fairly recent, that I had done this and it seems, to be others, who are making this mess.  One might be tempted, to believe, that a cleaning service, is included, with rent but when one is not paying rent, then it seems, to me, that the least one could do, is to clean up, after oneself.  I ate one aspirin.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I drank, some water-based, fruit-flavored beverage.  I played and won, a game of Reversi-Othello.  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, in the upstairs break-room, before work began.  There was, a Fox News report, that Trump, had made a statement, that he was considering a tariff tax, upon GM cars, imported from Mexico.  GM had a popular model, and its US manufacturing plant, had been unable, to keep up, with demand, so GM, had built, a facility in Mexico, and now imported, some of that model, from Mexico.  Floyd thought GM’s behavior, was somewhat offensive, because GM, had been saved, by tax dollars, from Obama.  In response, to Trump’s ‘tweet’, which is an electronic way, to send, short messages, directly to many people, and is a method, that Trump prefers, to seek to avoid distortion, from news reports, which might ‘spin’ information, according to their own agendas, Ford announced, that it was canceling plans, to build a new $1.6 billion plant, in Mexico, and would instead, invest $700 million, to upgrade, an existing US plant, and would thus create, 700 more jobs, within the US.  I was pleased, by Trump’s effectiveness…  The value, of the US stock market, has risen, ten percent, since Trump’s election victory.

I am so very glad, to be able, to say that I had, a good ‘day’, with Amazon, thanks mostly, to Floyd and Christine.  Someone had placed, onto the floor, of my work-station, a piece of cardboard, and I found, that this made standing comfortable, and this was nice, to learn, and to experience.  Amelia commented, that she had learned, about using cardboard, in this way.  That Jamaican, Manley, was my water-spider, and he did, an excellent job, and I am glad, to harmoniously work with him.

Christine, Mary, and Carrie, played with carts, while Huey was seeking to do so, and then Christine, made a point, to loudly proclaim, that she was going to tell, echoing Huey’s own behavior, which amused me.  Christine also made a point, to tell Doright, that she was the best packer, and that she would gladly, challenge him, to a rate contest, at any time.  Christine also made a point, to get Deborah, to actually stock boxes, rather than, to simply put them, into the work-station, and have the packer, stop packing, and handle the boxes for her.  If Christine gets Deborah, to do her own job better, than this is beneficial, for Deborah, as well as, for all packers…  Christine had been absent, for months, due to a medical situation, and she had felt, that her doctors, mishandled her situation, and she got a lawyer, and expects to win, a nice financial settlement, which will also, reimburse Amazon, for money paid, to Christine, during her absence.  Floyd told me, that boss Who, is no longer with Amazon, in part, due to that trash incident, with Christine.

Floyd brought to me, some totes, with high quantities, and this helped me, to have a rate of 330, for the first hour, which fell, to 267, for the first quarter, which is still, very nice.  Gammel had, the highest rate with 272.  Boss Corrine, at our stand-up meeting, after our meal-time break, recognized a Multi-packer, who had a rate, of 237, for first half.  Corrine did seem, to make a point, to never make, eye contact with me, during this work-day.  I did, on at least two occasions, say hello, to Corrine, but she ignored this.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Smith, Doright, Winston, Friday, Lilly, and Randy.

Brando kindly said, he would have, a ‘power hour’, with a prize drawing, from those packers, who had rates, of above 200, during an hour, toward the end of our shift.  I was uncertain of if that hour, was to be, between 3:00am and 4:00am, or between 3:30am and 4:30am, so held back, on packing some nice totes, brought to me, by Floyd, until just past 3:30am.  I also was fortunate, to get a good slot, in the cart, from which I was packing, just after 3:30am.  I am fairly certain, that I packed, more than 200 items, between 3:30am and 4:00am, so those items, would be relevant, in either hour.

Most of the slots, in carts, had two items, as high volume items, and priority items, were sent downstairs, to AFE, while the upstairs, focused on, reducing our facility’s backlog.  Even if my rate, might have become lower, due to two items per slot, I know, that I had, a large amount, of packages, though Amazon, as its norm, is uncaring about that.  I thought, I might work, on Thursday even if that day, became voluntary overtime, rather than mandatory.  I worked hard, and enjoyed my time, with Amazon.  I am uncertain, if my high rate on this day, would offset, any lower rates, of previous days, during this ‘rate week’.  I worked, a full shift.  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 gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, including 200, from season fourteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.  I awoke, around 8:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was going, to use the bathroom, but Mike2, was in there, so I returned to sleep.  I awoke, around 11:30am, and was going, to use the bathroom, but Raoul was in there, so I returned to sleep.  I awoke again, around 2:00pm, and did arise, after relaxing, for about 20 minutes.

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I gave, fresh water and dry-food, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I checked, my mail-box, and received, the new outgoing water bill.  I had hoped, to receive, the title, or ownership documentation, for the Elantra, but that failed to arrive.  I had, a large number of missed calls, which I suspect, could be, from that alleged creditor.  I suspect, speculate, that the debt in question, which I did pay off, and did send, a copy of my payment, to them, has been sold, to someone else, even after, I paid it off.  I made, two portraits, of a male torso. I charged, my cellular telephone.

I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  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 soups, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I drank, some fruit-flavored, water-based beverage.  I very much enjoyed, relaxing, and viewing many pieces, of my art-work, which were displayed, on my main computer’s monitor, as a screen-saver slide-show.  I played, two games, of Reversi-Othello, and lost, both of them.  I departed, from my home, around 5:05pm.  Onwards with a smile.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I found, that my determination, to work the extra overtime day, if it became voluntary, did vanish, as I got into my vehicle to go to work.  I checked my email, and found a notice, that season eleven, of Bones, had been shipped, and should have been delivered, to my home.  I sent an Instant Message, on FaceBook, to Raoul, asking him, to retrieve any package that might be, outside my front door.  Hessbie asked me, via email, to tell Jim-BR, that Whymaster, had lost his ability, to use email, and I did so.  Hessbie said, he would eventually, visit Whymaster, and fix that problem.

Bluster told me, that our back-log, had increased, during day-shift.  Floyd believes, that our extra, mandatory overtime day, is because management, was annoyed, at how many people, had been absent, on New Year’s day, and figured, they could now have many people, work an extra day, at regular pay, or get some people, to use their own allotments, to miss that day.  After 3:00am, all Multi-packing was stopped.  We could believe, that if there was, a need, for a mandatory overtime day, then we should, have continued, to work Multis, and if we lacked need, to work Multis, then we also, probably lacked need, to work a mandatory overtime day.  However, the mandatory overtime, for the next day, remained in force, as we departed, at the end, of our shift.  It can be annoying, when Amazon waits, until 5:00pm, to cancel work, for 6:00pm.

Brando never said anything, about the ‘power hour’, of the previous day.  Christine told me, that Mary, had been selected, as the random winner.  Mary is, the normal ‘all the time’ winner, and Christine felt, that this was contrived, and felt, that everything, which management says, is manipulative, rather than authentic.  Huey continued, to cease packing, and instead, moved carts around, and sought, to assign them, to certain new packers.  Normally, one might think, that Huey’s rate, would go down, when she declines, to do her own job.  Horatio told me, that I had a rate, of 192, and I was glad, that, even if contrived, it was, a good rate.  I worked, a full shift.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I retrieved the package, from outside my front door.  I gave two hot-dogs, to Dikaia, and had two myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, including 201, from season fourteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.

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 awoke, around 10:30am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:11pm.  I enjoyed being warm, under a quilt, until after 2:00pm.  I think my spirit, was reluctant, to ‘face the day’.  I think, the harder I work, the more I might resent, that Raoul and Mike2, do little, or nothing, to seek to be, financially helpful.  My home was cold, but tolerable.  Raoul arose, around 2:30pm, and said, that someone, had showed him, how he could access movies, on his telephone.  I told Raoul, that he needed to learn, how to get a job.  I suspect, fear, that come Spring, Mike2 and Raoul, will be in the same condition, they are in now, without any improvement, and I shall want them, to leave my home, if so, as at that time, they could comfortably, live outdoors, and I think, they might be fine with that.  I had hoped, that they would use this time, in my home, to get on their feet in life, rather than, only surviving, as parasites.  It is a shame, if it might have been better, more motivational, for them, to be homeless, in winter, to get them, to find jobs, to be able, to support themselves, as adults, in our world.

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I paid my bills, including what I hope, is the final payment, on the Elantra, paying January, February, March, and the partial April remaining balance.  I ran out of checks, but was able, to locate, where I had hid, my final group of checks.  I ordered, some more checks, over the telephone.  I ran out, of postage stamps, so held off, on paying, the outgoing water bill.  I got these payments, into my mail-box, just before, the mail-carrier arrived.  Mazel Tov to me…  I mentioned, to Raoul, that I felt, a bit like, the character, Al Bundy, on Married With Children, on bill-paying day, but Raoul said, he failed to understand, that reference, which also seemed, somewhat appropriate.  Raoul will walk, to the next city, to get some money, for donating plasma, but seems unwilling, to walk, to the Virginia Employment office, in Hopewell, to check the weekly flier, for new jobs.

I was 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 soup, candy, and fruit, for my upcoming work-shift.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I noticed, that the second new regular can-opener, the one which had vanished, has now reappeared.  I threw away, the old regular can-opener, which fails to work.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I said hello, to Adrien and Ramboi, as I departed, from my home, around 4:45pm.

I went, to a Wawa, and got cigarettes and fuel.  The lady cashier, seemed harried and inebriated, and was belligerent…  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  Walking, from the vehicle, to the upstairs break-room, was challenging, but I did have, adequate recovery time.  Trump won, the electoral vote.  Obama is on vacation again, this time, in Hawaii…  Obama has been, a very expensive President, for our nation…  Work was okay, though long.  There was, a random drawing, from the ‘top packers’, of the previous day and an Integrity worker, won a nice, 50-inch, flat-screen television.  Floyd bought, a new television, with his extra income.  I was able, to check my compensation, and saw, I had earned, a bonus payment, of $132.  Twelve hours, of aerobics, is a long time…  You work hard, for a long time, and then see, that there remains, a long time, to go…  Blacksmith was my water-spider, and he did, an excellent job.

An Integrity packer, Huey, sought to ‘play boss’, telling people what to do, with ‘a voice of authority’, and she got aggravated, when I declined, to obey her demands.  I felt this girl, was seeking, to avoid, doing her own work, by acting, as if, she had, other things to do.  She said, she would report me, for my failure, to obey her.  I said, that if she actually, earns a position, as a boss, then I would listen to her, but until then, she should focus, on doing her real job.  She asked me, if I knew, who our President is, and I wondered, if she was implying, something so foolish, as because Obama and she, are both black, that I should obey her.  I decided, she was, a bit insane, and focused, on doing my job, without making, any further comments, to her.  Huey mumbled and grumbled, for a while…

Doright informed me, that we do have, mandatory overtime, for this coming Thursday, rather than it now being, voluntary over-time, as Bluster had said.  It turns out, that the voluntary overtime, for Thursday, is for next week, when we previously had, that day, off from work.  Many people, visited me briefly, for candy.  I worked hard, and had a good pace, for the entire work-shift.  The carts were so-so, with few items, and many wrong or missing items, and I did process, a priority cart, where every slot, had priority items.  I was tired, after the meal-time break, mostly due, to lack of coffee, as the machine, was temporarily out of service.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, in both the upstairs and downstairs break-rooms, during different breaks, with Friday, Winston Randy, Lilly, Monique, David, Dennis, and Evan.  Friday thanked me, for the portraits of him, which I had made.

I enjoyed, a Cuban sandwich, from the Bistro, during the final break.  Everyone packed Singles, after the last break.  The conveyor belt stopped, and was full, and the work-stations, became full, of packed boxes.  This was the worst, that night-shift, has ever left our work area, for day-shift.  As a norm, day-shift often fails, to leave things set-up, for night-shift, and this does disturb Floyd, who says, that day-shift personnel, start telling him, what to do, when they first arrive, and he always spends some time, anyway, setting things up for them, only to find, things are a mess, when he arrives for work.  Seek to avoid, walking too far, down a one-way street.  Seek to treat others, as you would wish, to be treated.

I worked, until just past 6:30am.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  There were some delays, in approaching I-295.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I do now lock my vehicle, to protect my cigarettes.  I felt full, from the sandwich, during the final break, and sought, to go directly to sleep.  However, my intermittent insomnia, had returned, and I remained awake.  I relaxed, with a few cigarettes.  I did feel ‘liberated’, thanks to having paid off, my vehicle, and having money, in the bank.  I felt my spirit, wished to end, my employment, with Amazon, but my mind, says it is good, for me, to continue working, until after Valentine’s Day, at least.  I was awake, when 9:00am approached, and then had, a sweet bread treat, given to me, by Mike2, and that did help me, to go to sleep.

I awoke, around 11:39am, and was able, to return to sleep, until 1:20pm.  I dozed again, until 2:20pm.  I arose, as 3:00pm approached.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Dikaia roamed, and I retrieved her, and the incoming mail, which included, a nice holiday card, from Amazon.  I gave fresh dry-food, to Dikaia, and fed my fish.

I can work, doing twelve hours, of aerobics, which might be unhealthy, but live with two people, who are unable, or unwilling, to put on, a new roll, of toilet-paper…  For anyone, sitting on the toilet, a new roll, was within reach, under the bathroom sink.  I did put on, a new roll.  Apparently, Raoul had again used, my Borax soap powder, which I use, as a flea repellant, to clean some of his clothing. Raoul left, the box of soap powder, and a container, of body wash, on top, of my decorative shells.  I put things away…  One might consider, that if Raoul, really wanted, to have clothing soap, he might get a job, or buy it himself.  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 soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs.  I straightened, the living-room and kitchen.  I did leave, the mountainous kitchen garbage…  I have added, little garbage, as I have refrained, from eating at home, and been absent, and I could hope, that one of the people, who create, the mountain of garbage, might carry it, the ten feet, to the outside garbage container.  I cleaned, Dikaia’s outside food bowls, and gave fresh dry-food and water, to her.  Ice had remained, in her outside water bowl.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 4:55pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  It turned out, to be, an overly challenging day, for me with Amazon, one of those days, which made me wonder, why I was there.  Amos was my process assistant, and he seemed, very confused, disoriented.  Blacksmith was my water-spider, and he seemed tired, and I got most, of my own supplies.  Huey sought, to move empty carts around, as the ReBin water-spiders do, or to move carts, to work-stations, as Amos is assigned to do.  Huey’s main goal, seemed to be, to keep carts, from being available to me, so I had to walk to another line, to get carts.  At start, as people gathered, for our stand-up meeting, Huey was with Geronimo, and I overheard him, tell Huey, that he would help her, with her ‘Caucasian problem’.  When I went, to my work-station, Geronimo was in it, but quickly left, when he realized, that Huey’s ‘problem’, was me.  I thought, that was nice, of Geronimo.

There was, a lack of carts, for Multi-Work, and at one point, Hector directed, for multi-workers, to all move, to packing Singles, which I did.  Huey continued, to pack Multis, though she refrained, from packing the bottom rows, and instead, marked all those items, as missing, and she then gave them all, to a Problem-Solve worker.  Boss Corrine came around, and gave to me, a Multi-cart, which had priority items, and I got them done, on short notice, by their deadline.  Perhaps Amos was disgruntled, that I had returned, to packing Multis, as he came around, and told me, that I had, a Multi-rate, of 73, which I felt, was impossible.  I suggested to Amos, that a rate, of 73, might be, for my time, in Singles, but he asserted, that it was, my rate for Multis.  Floyd had given to me, a big order, with 61 items, and it seemed absurd, for me to even consider, that I had only done, 11 other items, in one hour, when I had done, many carts, and had also, been working doing Singles.  This was very discouraging.

I was then moved, to a distant line, to pack Multi-Large items, at a work-station, which lacked a fan.  I was told, my Multi-rate, was actually 176.  I had to walk, a long distance, to get carts.  My rate, definitely went down, and I considered, that if Amazon, wanted high rates, then it should have, better working conditions   This line, was being ‘managed’, by Cochise….  Many people enjoyed, doing next to nothing, but I was not among them.  Our conveyor belt, often failed to move, reminding me, of that joke, what is a conveyor belt, that doesn’t move?  It is, a table…

Perhaps 12 hours, is a very long shift, which wears down, most people, who work physically hard.  My day, was made more pleasant, by Floyd, Doright, Monique, Randy, David, Dennis, and Evan, among others...  I was moved, to another line, just as a Process Guide, was bringing to me, a decent small cart.  I then was assigned, to packing Singles, but had to set-up, the work-station, and repaired, some of its equipment.  Brando said, he would send, a water-spider, to that line, but he vanished, and a water-spider, never appeared.

It might seem, that there was some friction, between day-shift and night-shift, and between some racist blacks, against whites, and between front-half and back-half supervisors.   I would be, tempted to say, that on this day, it was a bad day, to be a white Packer, with Amazon.  There was, a lack of work, bad working conditions, lack of supplies, faulty equipment, heat, and general consternation.

I scraped ice, from my windows, as I prepared, to depart.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I went directly to sleep.  I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I returned to sleep, until 1:09pm, and then again, until just past 4:00pm.  I was most tempted, to refrain, from going to work.  The car dealership, called me, and said, I had overpaid them, and wanted me, to visit them, and bring cash, to pay off my vehicle.  I thought, they could send to me, a check, for the amount, they would owe to me.  They said, they were unable, to do that.  I said, that I work at Amazon, and have, very little, ‘extra time’...  I was told, by Steve, that I could, mail to them, a new check, for about $700, and then, they would, mail the vehicle’s title, and my first check, to me.  I was leery, of sending, an extra check, to a business, which said, it was unable, to pay a difference, when overpaid…  I lack postage stamps.

I put Dikaia, onto her chain, and gave, a nice meal, to her.  I was, very short-winded.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I departed, from my home, around 4:55pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Molly, before work began.  Colonel addressed our group, at our stand-up meeting, and told everyone, that there would be, no more Multi-work, but Horatio, assigned me, and some others, to do Multi-work.  I worked, between Amelia and Doright.  Doright told ‘tall tales’, but I do respect, his energy and vigor.  At least Doright, does seek, to keep a job.  Doright did, toss carts, with their bottom shelves ignored, back to the center aisle, as a way, for him, to maintain rate.  I did wonder, how Doright, maintains a good rate, when he is absent, from his work-station, so much of the time.  Doright also tossed packages, to the other side, of the conveyor belt, so that other personnel, had to retrieve them, and put them, back onto the conveyor belt.  Doright’s wild exaggerations, reminded me, that sometimes, it is best, to avoid listening to him.  Nonetheless, Doright is certainly, very charming, and can sometimes be, very pleasant.

I felt, that I mended bridges, with Amelia.  My work-station, lacked a fan, and Amelia had wandered around, and gotten one, and then become dissatisfied with it, and wandered some more, and got another, which made the first one, available to me, and I thanked Amelia for that.  Technically, workers are prohibited, from moving fans around.  It turned out, the first fan, vibrated a lot, and bounced itself around, so I made a box, to hold it in place, and thus had, some cool air, at my work-station.

Time passed, at a moderate pace.  Twelve hours, ‘on the clock’, can be, a very long time.  I leave my home, before 5:00pm, and arrive, back at my home, around 7:00am, or later.  I enjoyed, friendly banter, with Christine, Beatrice, Molly, Floyd, Caruso, Randy, Bluster, Friday, Monique, and Winston, during breaks.  Randy, Friday, and Winston, talked about, who to keep, in Problem-Solve, after Peak.  I was reminded, that last year, they selected, against me.  I told Monique, about how my vehicle, my body, might be, a little beaten up, but the passenger(s), my mind and spirit, are okay, whereas, some people, seem to have, fine vehicles, but the passenger, has some problems…  Monique said, she was surprised, that I have continued, to work, and I affirmed, that I wish to work, until February or May.  I would like, to have my 2016 income, added to my Social Security calculations, before I do retire.

It was, an okay ‘day, for me, with Amazon.  I was able, during a break, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I packed Singles, after 4:30am.  I enjoyed, a Cuban sandwich, from the Bistro, during the final break. Our work-shift, was changed, to ten hours, starting next week.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  Dikaia was inside, and I gave, a hot-dog, to her, and had one myself.  I was glad to see, that someone, had taken outside, the kitchen garbage, though nobody, had replaced the bag, which I did.  I skipped eating, and sought to go, directly to sleep.  I remained awake, for a while, and enjoyed, two cigarettes, and then ate, a sweet bread treat, given to me, by Mike2, and that helped me, to get to sleep, around 8:15am.

I awoke, around 11:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:30pm, and wished to relax, until at least 2:45pm, but fell asleep, and awoke again, around 3:30pm, at which time, I did arise.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I fed my fish.  At least my old, aquarium heater, is doing its job properly.  Dikaia roamed, but returned home, fairly quickly, when I called for her.  I then put Dikaia, onto her chain outside.

I could take, this day, off from work, but going in, would be, all overtime, and I could earn, a good bit, of money, by being there, so I was resolved, to go to work.  I shall have, nearly 40 hours, of overtime, on my next pay-check…  I was 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 received, a telephone call, from Amazon, which said, that mandatory overtime, for this work-night, had been canceled, but voluntary overtime, remained available.  I decided, to refrain, from going to work.  Peak 2016, is now over, for me.  I straightened the bathroom, by putting away, all of Raoul’s things, which were, a bit of everywhere.  There was, ample space, in the medicine cabinet, above the bathroom sink, for Raoul’s things.

I called, the car dealership, and found, that they would be closing, at 5:00pm, so I was too late, to go there, on this day.  I did visit, with handsome Adrien, Kevin, and Ramboi.  I mentioned, that one, very nice aspect, of Amazon’s Peak 2016, was how many people, which has been, a very large amount, would say hello to me, by my name, everywhere and-or anywhere, I was located.  I guess, I somewhat ‘stand out’.  Sometimes, it is embarrassing for me, when I fail to know, the other person’s name, but sometimes, these are, actual strangers, who know of me, because of the candy, and me being ‘more senior’ and white, among workers, who are, mostly more ‘youthful’.  Overall though, this was, a very nice aspect, of working with Amazon, during Peak 2016, for me.  Onwards with a smile…

Mike2 joined us.  I returned, to my home, and turned on, one aquarium light.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice meal.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry, who had a date, with his girlfriend.  Commendably, Henry hopes, his upcoming military service, will help him, to become, a veterinarian.  Henry enjoys alcohol, and I advised him, to refrain, from becoming, too high, too often.  I used that analogy, of a construction crew, which is building his brain, at this time, of his physical development, and advised him, that it is, more prudent, healthy, for that construction crew, to be sober, rather than drunk, when that construction, is ongoing.

I gladly accepted, requests to connect with me, on FaceBook, and connected, with Gammel and Henry.  I was given, some videos, to seek to enjoy, by Hessbie.  I wished, a happy birthday, to those connected with me, on FaceBook, with birthdays on this day, and wished to Kendall, a happy belated birthday.  I shared, beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Joel-J, Jason-B, Penelope-BR, and Mitch-W, among others.  I enjoyed beauty, shared by Joel-J, and Zak-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, about three hours on-line, and felt somewhat productive.

I returned to my home, and enjoyed a nice dinner, prepared by Raoul, with macaroni and cheese, and sliced hot-dogs.  I enjoyed, two movies, which I can easily recommend.  Hanussen, is about an authentic clairvoyant, who performed, in Berlin, as Hitler was rising.  Hanussen accurately foresaw, much of Hitler’s plans, and was killed, by Nazis, because of doing so.  Army of One, starring Nicholas Cage, among others, is based somewhat, on actual events, and is about a man, who joked, his last name, was Crazy, and his middle name, was Brooks.  This gentleman, was ‘touched by God’, and-or hallucinations, from lack of dialysis treatment, among other possibilities.  I told Raoul, to never doubt, that God, has a sense of humor, lest God, be tempted, to prove to you, that God does have, a sense of humor.

I performed, some ’basic maintenance’, on my Toshiba lap-top computer, including removing ‘malware’, and defragmenting, the hard-drive.  I also enjoyed, episodes from season one, of Gargoyles.  I did savor, the time off from work.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I enjoyed, some telephoned text messages, from Fishnetterrie, who has now received, all three boxes, of plant bulbs.  I sought to doze, but mostly remained awake, and arose, around 10:00am, rather than ‘wasting’, my time off.  I enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, one aquarium light.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Mike2, and was pleased, that Dikaia, now gets along fine, with him.  I gave fresh dry-food, and water, to Dikaia inside.  I turned on, the second aquarium light, and fed my fish.  Raoul arrived, with a large amount of belongings, which had been, returned to him, by a girl he knows.  The day, was slowly sliding by…

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 reference library book, and my entertainment review.  I made a portrait, of Gammel.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, and added some art-work, to the PDF version.  I enjoyed, random selections, from my overall, computer music library.  Raoul told me, about a lot of clothing, that he would like to have, and perhaps, he was intending, to give to me, some gift ideas, for him, though I think, if Raoul worked, he could clothe himself.  I did ask Raoul; to sweep the living-room, but he refrained, from doing so.  I did get Raoul, to add water, to the little bird-bath, which had become dry.  Many birds visited, and I enjoyed, watching them cavort.

I went, to Colonial Heights, stopping at a Wawa, on my way.  I was able, to easily add air, to my back tires, from that Wawa location.  I was, able to find, the car dealership, though it was located, across the street, from where it had been indicated, and it did have, a different name.  Giving to me, the actual name, of that car dealership, could have made, finding it, a bit easier.  The gentleman, that I was to meet, turned out, to have this day, off from work, but another gentleman, at that location, was able, to help me, to pay off, my Elantra.  The previous check, was returned to me.

I went, to a nearby PetCo, but saw nothing, which I wished to buy.  I returned to Hopewell, and went to the Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, but the lines, at the cashiers, were so long, that I refrained from buying anything.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought cans of dog-food, soup, and fruit, and some hot-dogs, and a nice steak, and a dog treat, among some other things.  I went home, and put things away.  I enjoyed, some fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I made a portrait, of Henry.  I gave a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I played, some computer games, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and was pleasantly surprised, to find Erin there.  I sometimes share, breaks downstairs, with Erin, who works, in AFE.  Apparently, Erin lives in Hopewell.  I gave my telephone number, to Erin, and told him, he would be welcome, to join me, to enjoy movies.  Erin kindly, bought for me, some ‘french fries’, potatoes, which I enjoy, with my normal meal.  It is ‘refreshing’, for me, to share time, with someone, who carries his or her own weight in life, a ‘responsible’ human being…  I enjoyed, a very nice meal.

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 Spectres Paranormal Investigations, 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 spent, about three hours on-line, and felt somewhat productive.  I posted, the portrait I made, of Gammel, to his FaceBook.

News reports, have indicated, Trump is naming, a former head of Exxon, a major oil company, as his Secretary of State.  Obama responded, by banning offshore oil drilling.  Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, welcomed Trump’s election, and Obama responded, by abstaining from a UN vote, condemning Israel, for building more settlements, in occupied lands.  Obama continues, to enjoy, an expensive vacation, in Hawaii.  Obama alone, has added more, to the US national debt, than all previous US Presidents combined.

I returned to my home, and enjoyed, a very good movie, Argo, based on actual events, about efforts, to rescue, six US citizens, who were trapped, in Iran, during the hostage crisis.  I enjoyed three episodes, from season ten, of The X-Files.  I lacked appetite, but did eat, some peanut butter.  I was annoyed, to find that Raoul, had left the bathroom, a total mess, with the shower curtain, off its rod, in three places, with his things everywhere, and with gobs of toothpaste or hair-gel, here and there, in the bathroom sink.  I had turned on, the wall-heater, in the bathroom, and Raoul had left open, the bathroom door, which then prevents, that room, from getting warmer.  I advised Raoul, that most women, would find distasteful, the idea, that what he really wants, is a maid (and total financial support).  I told Raoul, that he is, very messy.  Raoul refrained, from straightening the bathroom.  I suppose, I was also annoyed, that Raoul refrains, from doing, as I ask him to do, in addition, to his messiness.  I fixed the shower-curtain…  I look forward, to having my home, to myself, once again, when Spring arrives.

I dozed some, and sought sleep, around 3:30am, but was unable, to get to sleep, and was still awake, when 5:15am arrived.  I returned to sleep, and awoke, at 1:30pm.  I did arise, and enjoyed left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then, a short while later, turned on, the other aquarium light.  I went to my vehicle, to get cigarettes, and Dikaia jumped, into the car, and refused, to leave the vehicle.  I left her there.  Raoul and Mike2 arose.  I fed my fish.  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, two very nice portraits, of Penelope.  Raoul did somewhat sweep, the living-room floor, and it became, at least better, than it had been previously.

I brought Dikaia with me, and went, to the Hopewell Post Office, which was closed.  I then went, to Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, and bought 19 bags of candy.  Dikaia and I, returned to my home.   I mixed, the items, from the new bags of candy, with the pre-existing material.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I read a page, of Fishnetterrie’s, letter to me.  I wrote some, in reply.  I fed my fish.

I went, to a nearby McDonald’s, and found, that they would, soon be closing, and that I would lack, much time on-line, so I returned, to my home, after wishing a Merry Christmas, to the people there, with whom I interact.  I returned, to my home, and enjoyed three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I experienced, a movie, Goat, about college fraternity hazing, with Raoul, and then Mike2 joined us, and Dikaia did get along, with Mike2.  Mike2 and Raoul, shared some of their food, with Dikaia.

I enjoyed, some very good or excellent movies, including The Great Dictator, from 1940, done by Charlie Chaplain, a satire, about Germany, as World War Two had begun.  Mike2 went to sleep, in my bedroom, during this movie.  Mike2 wished to me, a Merry Christmas, and I returned, the good wish, to him.  Raoul went, to the extra bedroom, after this movie.

The Notebook, is an excellent tale, of romantic love, about persons, at the end of their lives, one with a nice vehicle, but the passenger, was injured, and the other, had a beaten up vehicle, but the passenger, was fine.  Doright had recommended, this bittersweet movie, to me.

I enjoyed, a pork-chop, and gave the bone, to Dikaia.  I later enjoyed, a can of mixed fruit chunks.  I very much enjoyed, and can easily recommend, season ten, of The X-Files, which postulated, a terrible conspiracy involving the aluminum residue, from airplane ‘chemtrails’, being intended, to weaken, the human immune system.  I experienced, the remaining episodes, of this television series’ tenth season.  I enjoyed, the remaining episode, from season one, of Gargoyles, and the first two episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  I sent, a telephoned text message to Fishnetterrie, wishing to her, a Merry Christmas.  I went to sleep, around 5:30am.

I awoke, around 9:30am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I received, a telephoned text message, from Fishnetterrie, indicating that she had sent, a holiday card, to me, via regular mail.  I returned to sleep, until 1:30pm.  I enjoyed, 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.  The day outside, was calm, peaceful, overcast, a nice day, to spend inside, with friends and family.  Dikaia roamed, which got me, to go outside, and check the mail-box, and I retrieved, an envelope, from Fishnetterrie, and also, one from Celestia.  I brought Dikaia inside, and kept closed, the doors.  There were some knocking sounds, of something hard, hitting a wall, from within the extra bedroom, where Raoul sleeps, and sadly, for me, this is not unusual.  I have refrained, from peeking into that room, but fear, there might be, some damage, as these sounds, are not unusual.  I enjoyed, instrumental music.

I updated, my entertainment review, and my entertainment library reference book.  I enjoyed, perusing a 161217 issue, of The Economist, given to me, by Hessbie.  Among other interesting, informative, news items, was mention, that Amazon, had made, its first delivery, by drone, this being, to a British farmhouse.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I opened, the two nice cards, from Celestia and Fishnetterrie, and scanned those cards, to have, as desktop background artwork.  Fishnetterrie, also kindly sent to me, a gift of $25.  I sent, a telephoned text message, to Fishnetterrie, and thanked her, for her kindness.  I also scanned, the nice Christmas card, I earlier received, from Hessbie and Swan.

I got a scam telephone call, from someone, misrepresenting Microsoft Security, and I congratulated her, on having a job, and working, on a Sunday, but scolded her, for trying to rip me off, on Christmas day.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved, and showered, and put on, a clean shirt and underwear.  I was pleased, to notice, that my legs, are now basically clear, of any sores, except for, around one ankle.

I visited, with Ramboi, Adrien, Mike2, and Declan, and did enjoy, my time with them, by the nice big open fire.  I mused, that perhaps, Adrien, Ramboi, Mike2, and Raoul, are all, living on a  ‘ledge’…  I returned, to my home, and cooked a steak, as my Christmas meal, and called Fishnetterrie, and enjoyed, a warm and fun, quick conversation, with her.  I made a comment, to Raoul, about how, if I were, twenty years younger, I might enjoy, fooling around with him, and he made a point, to assert, that regardless, of what age I might be, he would never, ever, wish to be physical, with me, in any way.

I enjoyed, two movies with Raoul, and Mike2 joined us.  Mike2 and Dikaia, do get along now.  I enjoyed, a nice steak, as my Christmas meal.  I enjoyed, three frozen dinners, and then later, an apple pot-pie.  One movie, Final Fantasy XV:  Kingsglaive, had such excellent animation, that its characters, appeared to be ‘real’, and this was, a little scary, as this could portend, a ‘threshold’, where that which is ‘real’, and that which is ‘artificial’, can now seem, to be the same, and this might become applied, in news reports, and even with actors and political leaders.  I wondered, if what some, might call ‘thought-forms’, others might call, ‘holograms’, which are solid enough, to have some ‘reality’, at least when robotic, or controlled by an outside source, whereas, that which some have called ‘energy beings’, might be akin to ‘holograms’, which have their own independence and sentience.

Both Mike2 and Raoul, went to sleep ‘early’, around 10:00pm.  I very much enjoyed, a movie, recommended by Doright, called ‘Mystery, Alaska’, about a town in Alaska, named Mystery, whose residents, had a strong love, of hockey, and eventually played, against the New York Rangers, a professional hockey team.  I enjoyed, another movie, and then two episodes, from season two, of Gargoyles.  I cleaned the kitchen, and bathroom.  I mused, that I did not buy a home, to have it abused, by other people…  I went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awoke, just past 2:00pm.  I was surprised, at how long, I had slept, and attributed, some of that, to the steak, I had eaten, the night before.  I was going, to use the bathroom, but Raoul, was camped in there.  I am uncertain, of what Raoul does, but he does spend, a lot of time, in the bathroom.  My COPD, was quite strong, the type, where breathing, can seem challenging.  I had a mucous cough.  I did start, to feel normal, around 3:15pm.  I let Dikaia, go outside, and she did roam, and I retrieved her, and put her, onto her chain.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  My mind, thought going to work, was worthwhile, as physical therapy, and my spirit, seemed to accept this.  It was overcast, calm, outside.  I updated, my entertainment review.

I used the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose. I shaved, and washed my face.  I turned off, the wall-heater, in the bathroom.  I fed my fish.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, who had, a new belt, and some shoes.  Raoul spoke, of how he used to do, mechanical work, on his vehicle, and welding as well.  I somewhat doubted, either story, and I figured, Raoul had simply, observed these things.  I know that Raoul, as his norm, tends to only do things, half-assed, halfway, perfunctorily, if at all.  I suppose, all I would like to hear, from Raoul, is what he did, to look for a job, or that he has gotten a job.  Getting Raoul, to look for work, is one battle, which I seem, to have lost, though the loss, is actually Raoul’s, and then getting Raoul, to actually keep a job, could be another battle.  I found myself, disinterested, in what Raoul was saying, but remained polite.  Raoul is at least, usually upbeat and cheerful.

I read some, of Fishnetterrie’s, letter to me  Fishnetterrie’s long-time friend, Kent, had died.  Kent had been disabled, and leaned on Fishnetterrie, for a long time.  A friend of Kent’s, Rose, had also died, and her spirit, appeared to Fishnetterrie, the night of her death, before Fishnetterrie learned, of her death.  Fishnetterrie thanked me, for the flowering bulbs, and said, she would seek, to get them, into the ground, in Spring.  I thought, perhaps they should be planted, before Spring arrives.  I wrote some, to Fishnetterrie.

I straightened, the living-room.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 4:55pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I used I-295, just in case, the shorter route, remains blocked, to my use, for work.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd and Augustus, before work began, with a cup of coffee, supplied by Amazon.  I had, a Human Resource representative, confirm to me, that we would lose, our paid time off, and unpaid time off, when the first of the new year arrives, and used, my paid time off, for this coming Wednesday, and also used, two hours of unpaid time off.  Floyd reminded me, that if we have, mandatory overtime called, then I would have to work, or lose, ten hours, of unpaid time off, unless I used, vacation time, rather than unpaid time off.  I then used, two hours, of vacation time, instead of unpaid time off.  I also used, my Amazon gift card, to purchase, 100 blank DVDs, from SmileAmazon.com.

Many people, seemed tired, on this day, including Floyd.  Carts were so-so, in that most slots, had two items per slot.  One Integrity worker, said her time, working with Amazon, had ended, on December 24th, but said, that she was advised, by Integrity, to just keep coming to work, until Amazon stopped her, from doing so.  Integrity gets paid, by Amazon, for workers provided, so it makes money, for Integrity, when its workers, remain as long as they can.  Another Integrity worker, near me, spent so much time, away from his work-station, that I was annoyed, and quipped to him, that if this had been, a real job, then he would be fired, for his failure, to even try to work, but since this is just, a practice job, it is to be hoped, that he learns something, about working, that helps him, to retain, his next job.

I worked, across the conveyor belt, from Christine, and she had, an abundance, of boxes, that were poorly taped, or open, and she even once, just put the items, onto the conveyor belt, without a box, and I retrieved, or fixed, many of these, for her, as she yelled, for me to help her.  Christine contradicted, what the Human Resources representative, had said, and told me, that we retain, our paid time off, when the new year arrives.

Both Christine and I, had some troubles, getting supplies, and many times, I gave boxes to her.  My water-spider, was Deborah, who was, a good water-spider, when she first started, but after a couple of weeks, she has become, seemingly disinterested, in doing this work.  Deborah often now refrains, from bringing supplies, and when she does, she places the boxes, in the work-station, or on one’s work-counter, stopping one, from working, and expecting one, to do one’s own stocking.  I told Christine, that Deborah, was just tired.  Christine would become annoyed, and turn on, her red light, in order to get supplies.

I worked hard, and could hope, for the best rate, I could have, given the two items per slot, which were normal.  I enjoyed breaks, with Friday, Randy, and Monique.  I enjoyed, the meal-time break, with Floyd, who seemed, more distant, and a touch, ‘out of kilter’, on this day.  Time passed, slowly at times, but it did pass.

Some people, described Trump, as ‘crazy’.  I suggested, that perhaps, some of these people, might describe, as ‘crazy’, anyone they fail to understand, and felt, another word, might be appropriate, given how Trump, has demonstrated, great mental brilliance, for decades, in running a business empire, as well as, in achieving his election victory, as an outsider.  Some people, describe the new generation, as ‘millennials’, and view them, as lacking a grasp, of ‘reality’.  One millennial girl, said that at least, milllennials, have plenty of compassion.  I am uncertain, if this is true, given the hatred, some of them, show toward Trump.  I suspect, that it is the millennials, who need, compassion from others…  I wonder, if a reason, some of the young workers, fail to seek to work, is because, they have an idea, that money, is simply, created out of thin air, given Obama’s example, and they lack a concept, of earning money, of seeking to live, through fair trade.  For many of the young, Obama’s example, of living on increasing debt, by printing money, out of thin air, is all they have experienced.  I am reminded, of Britain’s Thatcher’s quip, ‘a problem with socialism, is that eventually, the government, runs out, of other people’s money’.  The millennials, might view that, as irrelevant, given that one, can always, just print more money.  India and Peru, have both recently, declared worthless, some higher denominations, of their paper currency…

I worked, a full shift.  I shared candy, with anyone, who wanted some, as well as, with security personnel, as I departed.  I was able, to use, the shorter, more direct route, to my home, from work.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey.  I found, the kitchen sink, to be full; of dishes.  The bathroom, was filled, with Raoul’s things, a bit of everywhere, on the entire surface, of the bathroom sink, as well as, atop my decorative shells.  Raoul is not, the only person, who lives here, and it is a touch disrespectful, and-or inconsiderate, for him to seem, to think so.  I did straighten, the bathroom, by putting Raoul’s things, into the left side, of the bathroom’s medicine cabinet, as I have asked him to do.  I found, that the chair, next to where Raoul normally sits, was full of trash, and I did throw away, much of that.  Perhaps Raoul believes, that for others, to clean up after him, is a fair trade, for the pleasure of his company, but I have found, that I can enjoy, living alone.  I saw that Raoul, had opened, my remaining beverage container, and begun, to consume it, something he does, at a much quicker pace, than I.  I advised myself, to give a gentle reminder, to both Mike2 and Raoul, by asking them, what they have done, to use, this time of sanctuary, in my home, during Winter, to prepare themselves, to be on their own two feet, when Spring arrives, March 21st.

I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two great episodes, from season fourteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 5:45am.  I awoke, around 1:19pm, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  Raoul returned, with a limp, from the decorative shoes, he had worn, for a long walk.  Raoul kindly gave to me, a pack of cigarettes, which I do appreciate, as that helped to offset, some of his consumption, of my food.  Raoul said, that he felt, the rest of his family, should be helpful, to his son.  I suggested, that the best way, to be helpful, to Raoul’s son, would be for Raoul, to get a job.  Raoul said, he wasn’t focusing on himself, and I said, that he should.  I told Raoul, that Spring is coming, and I do expect him, to be on his own two feet, when Spring arrives, March 21st.  Raoul left my office, after I said that.  Raoul departed, to attend a church meeting.  Raoul; might view, both his family and church, as one-way streets, from them to him…

I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I let Dikaia, run free, in my yard, for a while, and then put her, onto her chain, so that I could refrain, from being concerned, about her running off, into the neighborhood.  I know that Dikaia, can find her way home.  I am uncertain, if Dikaia, remains on good behavior, all of the time, and she is not ‘car smart’…  I fed my fish.  I gave, fresh dry-food, to Dikaia.

I finished reading, the letter, from Fishnetterrie to me.  Fishnetterrie did feel, pain of separation, when her long-time friend, Kent, passed on.  Overall though, Fishnetterrie now feels, a sense of warmth, of being loved, and thinks, perhaps Kent’s spirit, is watchful, over her.  Fishnetterie’s son, was hospitalized, and has, a problem, with his esophagus closing.  Fishnetterrie fears, this might be, a cancer.  I spent some time, leisurely writing, to Fishnetterrie.

I was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I left my insulated jacket off, and was comfortable, with a thick shirt, over a long-sleeve tee-shirt.  I played, one game, of Reversi-Othello, which I lost.  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 washed, Raoul’s dishes, and cleaned the sink.  I know, as a ‘parent’, I should have gotten Raoul, to clean up after himself, as all he was doing, was roosting in the living-room, making more trash in there, and watching television, but at this point, it was simply easier, for me, to clean Raoul’s mess, than to go through the hassle, of getting him to do it.  I know, it would be easier, to be without Raoul, than to be, with Raoul.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I played a game, of Reversi-Othello, which I won.  I put on cologne.  I departed, from my home, around 5:00pm.  Onwards with a smile.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home, using the shorter route, through Hopewell, using Sixth Avenue, and then State Road Ten.   I parked, in my ‘normal’, pre-Peak area.  The traffic flow personnel, are now absent.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, with coffee, supplied by Amazon.  I also, culled through, my email, and sent a note, via email, to Hessbie, saying how glad I was, that Peak has ended.  However, at least, during Peak, I had, some job security, which now, apparently, is ending, as our environment, becomes like that game, of ‘musical chairs’, where we have, more personnel than desired, and workers dance around, in a frying pan.  The arena atmosphere, is returning, though I did not know it, at start.  My ability, to endure, is perhaps eroded, both by my now having, some choice, thanks to my ability, to choose to retire, as well as, having two people, in my home, who are enjoying life, without working.

There was a news report, that Obama had used, the visit, of Japan’s Prime Minister, to focus, on Pearl Harbor, which happened, on December 7th, this now being, the 27th.  I wondered, if Obama’s focus, was because, Japan’s Prime Minister, had been, among the first, to congratulate Trump, on Trump’s election victory.  Perhaps though, Obama’s words, might serve, as a warning, to any, who might be tempted, to think, that attacking the US, might be anything, but a terrible mistake.

After our stand-up meeting, I gave, a ‘quality tip’ to Corrine, telling her, something told to me, by a kick-out worker, which was, to never upgrade, from a box to an envelope, but that one can upgrade, from an envelope, to a box.  At best, one might say, that Corrine was ‘lukewarm’, ‘blase’, to my ‘tip’.  Perhaps I should have sought, to remain, ‘out of sight, out of mind’…  But, though not an error, that I make, it was something, mentioned to me, by a kick-out worker, as a common error.

Selassie asked, to work next to me, and I said, that would be fine, and suggested, that he work Singles, as I worked Multis, as we worked, in a shared space, and he did this.  A girl came, to ‘cherry pick’ Single totes, from the front, of the line, and I suggested to Selassie, that he advise her, to refrain, from ‘fishing in his pond’, as the totes she took, could have been his, and she is officially supposed, to never do, what she was doing.  This girl returned, and took some totes, which Selassie had put aside, to use for himself.  Selassie said, that he was okay with this, and perhaps he hoped, to make some sort, of personal connection, with that girl.  Selassie said, that he is, the fastest packer, a claim, which many make.  Even as Selassie said these words, I noticed, that he had put, a package on the conveyor belt, without first scanning, hazardous warning labels, and I pointed this out to him.  Sometimes, or even often, those who toot their own horns, and loudly proclaim, their own greatness, are those, who are deceptive.

I worked across from Christine, and she kindly gave to me, two burritos, a type of bean sandwich.  I shared candy, with Christine and many others, while I was at work.  I did priority items, from two carts, and had so-so carts.  I needed supplies, but Deborah, my water-spider, refrained from bringing them, though I had asked her twice, for one size box.  I was able, to get the boxes I needed, as needed, from Selassie, but felt unable, to get more, on my own, as I was focused, on doing priority items.  Christine suggested, that I turn on, my red light, but I wished to refrain, from aggravating Deborah.  Christine said, that it is Deborah’s job, to get supplies, for Packers, and if I lack supplies, for a prolonged time, with my blue light on, then Deborah, is failing, to do her job.

A good cart, was brought near me, but Boolaboola, came from across the aisle, and grabbed that one.  Floyd kindly brought to me, a good cart, and then Christine, chastised him, for doing so, and told him, to never do so again.  Before I could package, items from that cart, Horatio came to me, and told me, to go to AFE.  I pointed to, the excellent cart, and Horatio kindly said, I could package that cart, and I did so.  There were, 130 items, in two orders, and that did boost my rate, a great amount, though it would fail, to officially count, as I had spent, less than five hours, in that category.  Before I departed, I made a point, to switch, to packing Singe totes, and packaged one item, so that my idle time, walking from my work-station, to the upstairs break-room, to the down-stairs break-room, to the center area of AFE, and then getting started, in AFE, would be, in the category, of Single Totes, rather than, reducing my rate, in Multis.  This long walk, can be challenging for me.

My time, in AFE was pleasant.  There was, nice music.  There was, little work, and only one time, did a single red light, appear on my wall.  In AFE, red lights, indicate priority items.  I enjoyed, a break downstairs, with Dennis, David, Erin, and Gracie.  Gracie wondered, why the upstairs, was sending workers, to AFE, and asked, if there was, a lack of work upstairs.  I said, there had seemed to be, abundant work upstairs.  David suggested, that the upstairs, was sending workers, to AFE, to try to maintain a good work rate, which would then, cause AFE’s overall rate to drop.  There is a sense, in AFE, that the upstairs managers, just dump onto AFE, which has, a good record.

At start, my tape-dispensing machine, was jammed, and I fixed that problem, and then it ran out of tape, so I got more.  The tape-dispensing machine, failed to automatically dispense, proper lengths of tape, but did so, when I manually selected lengths.  My scanner, failed to operate, even after, I changed its battery.  I got, a second scanner, which also, failed to work, but did work properly, after I got, another battery.  I lacked, some sizes of boxes, but could get them, from the next work-station, and my water-spider, Larry, was very good, and he brought supplies to me, fairly quickly.  I did become concerned, that my rate, would be, less than the goal rate, and thus decided, to depart, using unpaid time off, after the meal-time break, so that I would have worked, less than five hours, in AFE, so my rate there, would fail, to be counted against me.

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, around 11:49am.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was able, to return to sleep, until nearly 2:00pm.  I remained exhausted.  It took me, forty minutes, to write the first two paragraphs, for this day’s update.  Raoul sought, to speak to or with me, and I had, to stop that, as I was simply, too exhausted, to even seek, to participate, even in just listening.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, and she was, a bit unhappy, about that.  I fed my fish.  One baby fish, has survived.  Raoul pointed out, to me, that he has been reading, something called, The Dresden Files, a book series.  The little bird bath, does have water, thanks to Raoul.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a fairly solid purpose.  I felt somewhat better, around 4:00pm.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee tomorrow.  I gave, fresh dry-food, to Dikaia outside, as well as, one hot-dog.

I cajoled Raoul, into starting the project, of raking the leaves, in the yard.  I was somewhat amused, when the rake’s handle, broke in two…  Raoul was able, to use the half-size rake, to do some of the task.  I put into Ramboi’s yard, a fertilizer- or seed-spreader, which Ramboi had wanted.  I did enjoy, some friendly conversation, with Raoul.  I mused, at how, perhaps at some point, biological life, creates artificial machine life, while at other points, artificial machine life, might seek to create, or enhance, biological forms of life.  I was out of eggs, so had, a can of tuna-fish.  I still felt winded, but was better.

I processed, the wit and wisdom, which graced my life, the previous time, I was on-line, and then made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I fed my fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I straightened, the living-room and kitchen.  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, who remained disgruntled, with his management.  Floyd believes, that Robinson, lacks the experience and knowledge, to properly manage, Floyd’s work area.  Brando is also, helping to manage, that work area.  Floyd felt, that as all four, of his buffers, were full of totes, and more totes, were on the way, that an additional tote wrangler, was needed…  Augustus agreed with Floyd.  However, Brando then asked Robinson, what Robinson thought, and Robinson said, that he thought, only one tote wrangler, was needed, so Brando ignored, the advice, of experienced Floyd and Augustus, and listened to Robinson, so things remained the same, and two deadlines, on priority items, were then missed.  Floyd was also unhappy, when Brando designated, the first line, as the line, to handle gift wrap totes, though the gift wrap area, was nine lines away, and it could have been, the line, near gift wrap, that was designated, to handle gift wrap totes.  The difference, was a distance, that those totes, then had to be transported, by the already overwhelmed, available personnel.  I suggested, that Floyd speak more, with Brando, to influence Brando, to appreciate, Floyd’s knowledge and experience.

I did have, a pleasant ‘day’.  I worked hard, in Multis, and was given, many priority carts, by Alfonse.  I worked near, Monique and Carrie, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with them.  Carrie kindly, gave to me, a piece of candy.  After experiencing, my body somewhat shut down, the previous day, I was concerned, about my health, but my health, remained good.  I now wonder, why my body, acted the way it did, and think, that perhaps, I ate something, that influenced, for that reaction.  I enjoyed, brief visits, from Christine, Doright, and Bluster.  Bluster believes, we shall receive, a nice bonus, for November, which will be, one of the few monthly bonuses, we have been awarded, during the past two years.  I do look forward, to a nice check, to enable me, to make a double car payment.  I had an issue, with my tape-dispensing machine leaking, but dealt with that, by only adding some water to it, rather than, keeping the water container, on it.

All in all, I did work hard, and did have some fun.  I was glad, to be with Amazon, on this day.  My health held, and I was fine, for the entire shift. I think Amazon, could be, a great place, for a hard-working young person.  I worked, until 5:30am.  I have worked, 57 hours.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I was able, to fairly easily depart.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.

Dikaia was inside, when I arrived, at my home, and Mike2 and Raoul, were asleep.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two good episodes, from season thirteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 7:15am.  Onwards with a smile…

I awoke, at 11:49am, and turned on, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I was able, to return to sleep, until 1:30pm, and then again, until 3:30pm.  I did have, a serious coughing fit, and attributed some of that, to the temperature change, and the change, in the position, of my body.  It did pass.  I enjoyed, fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, but she was, very unhappy about that, so I brought her inside.  I turned on, one aquarium light, and then the other, and then, a bit later, fed my fish.  I put out, some meat to thaw.  Raoul returned, and I enjoyed, some brief banter, with him.  I did get Raoul, to empty the kitchen garbage can, which was overly full.  I polished the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal and added, a portrait of Fishnetterrie, to it.  I played some games, of Reversi-Othello, and the computer won, two out of three games.  I asked Raoul, to put Dikaia, on a leash, if need be, when Mike2 came home.  Raoul told me, that Dikaia and Mike2, now do get along, and yesterday, it was Mike2, who brought Dikaia inside.

I went, to Cavalier Square, and first visited Rose’s, where I bought a rake, and underwear.  The outdoor air, was colder, than it has been, and I felt winded, while walking, in Rose’s.  I then went, to Dollar Tree, and bought, 20 bags of candy, and a nice small, Christmas Tree, that is battery-powered, and alternates, with a faint glow, between colors of light, which I got, as a gift, for Fishnetterrie.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and got soup, fruit, hot-dogs, eggs, meat, cans of dog-food, and a chew-toy, for Dikaia.  I returned, to my home, and put things away.  I mixed together, all the items of candy, with the pre-existing material.  I gave, Dikaia’s new toy to her, and then, a hot-dog.  I fed my fish, and gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I set up, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.

I paid, for a day’s service, with Xfinity, to get on-line, from my home, but my internet connection, kept being lost.  I was able, to post the text, of the previous chapter, of this journal, to jualt.livejournal.com.  I was unable, to do anything else.  Paying for that service, was a waste of money, from my home.  The source, of the signal, is a pole, across the street, from Ramboi’s home, and that is apparently, just too far away.  Raoul later told me, I could buy, a ‘booster’, or pay, to have my home, designated, as a ‘hot spot’.

Raoul and Mike2, went to sleep, leaving me alone, in the living-room.  I tried out, the new little heater, and it did, take the chill, out of the air, but really was unable, to significantly heat, the living-room.  I can hope, that at least, this particular type of heater, might be cost-efficient, to use.  I sought to enjoy, the sweet bread treats, given to me, by Mike2, but sadly found, that five out of six, of these, had already been consumed.

I received, some telephoned text messages, from Fishnetterrie, to which I replied.  Fishnetterrie has recently experienced, the deaths of two people, with whom she was acquainted.  Fishnetterrie received, one of three packages, being sent to her, by me, via Amazon, as well as, the letter I sent, in November.  I also had, a voice-mail message, from Nate, asking if there might be, any work for him, from me.  I enjoyed, a movie, Dumbo, from 1941, an animated family-friendly tale.  I enjoyed, the Sensorites episodes, from season one, of Doctor Who, from the 1960s.  I enjoyed, two little meals.  I went to sleep, around 5:00am.

I awakened, at what I thought, was 11:59am, and turned on, the coffee-maker, to brew fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, and the next time, that I awoke, it was 11:30am.  I did arise, shortly after 12-noon, and enjoyed fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  I put Dikaia, onto the chain outside.  I fed my fish.  I gave, fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia.  The little bird-bath, had overturned, so I put it upright, and got Raoul, to put water into it.  Raoul and I, spent about three hours, dealing with the leaves, in my yard.  Raoul had already raked, half of the back-yard, so I completed that task, while he placed the leaves, around my fruit trees.  I was able, to rake the leaves, by the side, of my home, where my driveway is located, and the front of my home, and removed those leaves, before Raoul finished, removing the back-yard leaves.  Raoul seemed challenged, at times, to figure out, how to do things.  I felt winded at times, and knew, that I was pushing myself, but did get this job done.  I did take, three breaks.  I retrieved the mail, which contained, the new electric bill, and a property tax bill, for my vehicles, and a nice holiday card, from Hessbie.

Raoul did say, that he would, finish the task, of clearing my rain-gutters, which got me to look, and I saw, that really, much of that task, remains to be done, even though both Ramboi and Mike2, had gone onto my roof, to do that.  I also saw, that in moving the vines, from my roof, the strings, which held them aloft, were broken, and now that has to be redone…  I am unable to say, that hard work, has gotten me anything in life, as my home, is from wise use, of inherited money, and all hard work, has done for me, has enabled me, to survive, though it has, enabled me, to more easily enjoy life.

I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved.  Ramboi and Adrien visited, and hung my gate, onto the poles.  We put bricks, under the gate, to level and elevate it, while it was being secured, so it now hangs, and never touches the ground.  This gate, is now, a joy to use.  I am very pleased.  I fed my fish, and gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.

I decided, to go to a Lowe’s, to get gift cards, for Adrien and Ramboi.  I also decided, to go, to the Wawa, in that area, to seek to use, their air pump, as my back tires, are low on air, and the air pump, at my local Wawa, has great difficulty, getting air, into those tires, and it seems to me, might actually, release air, from the tires, rather than, adding air, to the tires.  I did go, to that Wawa, and bought fuel, but was unable, to easily use, their air pump, as there was a long line.  I then went, to a Lowe’s, and bought two $25 gift cards, one for Ramboi, and one for Adrien.

I went, to a McDonald’s, and made sure, that their internet service, was working properly, which it was.  I then enjoyed, a very nice meal.  There was, a news report, that Hillary continues to complain, about fake news, and urges its prohibition.  There was, a news report, saying that a Texas Republican, is calling for, a significant reduction, in Social Security benefits.  The US CIA allegedly reported, that it was Russian hackers, who sought, to reveal Hillary’s emails, which Obama said, represented interference, in the US election process.  Trump continues to meet, with significant people, of both left and right, and is making his Cabinet selections.  There was also, a commendable focus, on gaining equal rights, for men, in domestic violence, divorce, and custody of children issues.

I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Henry, who is preparing, for his physical tests, for military induction.  I enjoyed, some emails, with Hessbie.  I thanked Hessbie, for the nice holiday card, and then went, to SmileAmazon.com, and bought two mug warmers, to be delivered, to Hessbie and Swan.  I received, a nice Instant Message, from Pride, which included, a picture of him, from back then, and I admit, being surprised, at how young he was, as at that time, we felt, so grown…  Pride sent, an excellent picture, of Joey, my kangaroo, and a picture, of our Indian Guides group.  Bill-B, Chris-C, and Robbie-A, made a point, to alert me, to the posting, of pictures, from the 1968 Comet yearbook, and I downloaded, many of those pages.

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 Jason-W, Kendall-J, CanteOlon, and Brian-R, 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.  As my norm, my first day, back on-line, after days being off-line, is a catch-up day.

I returned to my home, and sought to enjoy, more episodes, from season two, of Doctor Who, but found, a defect, in that DVD.  I did enjoy, two movies, which were very good, Don’t Breathe, a villain versus villain tale, of murder and mayhem, and Hell or High Water, a tale, of legal and illegal robbery, and law and order.  I enjoyed, a small meal, of a hamburger.  I enjoyed, more selections, from that 161203 collection, of beauty, wit, and wisdom.  I enjoyed, a sweet treat, which helped me, to remain asleep, after I went to sleep, around 5:30am.

I awoke, around 1:30pm, and had, a terrible coughing fit.  I turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I let Dikaia, go outside, and then let her, remain inside.  I fed my fish.  I gave fresh dry-food and water, to her.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  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 was glad, to be able, to use the bathroom, for an ample, semi-solid purpose.  I washed my arm-pits, and put on deodorant.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, and fed my fish.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift. I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I was ready, for ‘physical therapy’.  Onwards with a smile.  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, before work began, as I enjoyed, coffee supplied by Amazon.  The coffee-machine, seemed to dispense, its own choices.  I was able, to access my email, and found a notification, from Amazon, that my gift, for Hessbie and Swan, had shipped.  I emailed a note, to Hessbie, saying a package, should arrive, the next day.

I worked, packaging Multi-Carts, and had, mostly so-so carts, but did work hard, and maintained, a fairly good pace.  I did have, an equipment issue, with my dunnage-dispensing machine, as it sliced the dunnage, and then would jam.  Doright determined, that a belt was missing, and he was suspicious, because mine was, the third machine, with a similar problem.  I speculated, that perhaps, day-shift personnel, who work, at the other end, had switched their defective machinery, with our good machinery.  The Christmas buying season, seems to have arrived.

We were sent to lunch, an hour early, at 8:45pm, because there was, a back-up of totes, that were failing, to be processed, so that everything stopped.  I was reminded, of how Floyd, had urged Brando, to get more tote wranglers, and how Brando, had then asked Robinson, if more tote wranglers were needed, and when Robinson had said, there were already, enough tote wranglers, then Brando, had listened, to Robinson, rather than, to Floyd…  I mentioned to Brando, that he should listen, to voices with experience.  It’s a long way, from 9:00pm until 5:30am…

There was apparently, a problem, getting carts, as the day-shift, had bypassed work, for night-shift, and had gone ahead, and ReBined work, for the following day.  That meant, that most of the carts, were already full, when night-shift arrived.  As our norm, night-shift does work, in proper order, by deadlines, and we always prepare work, for day-shift, and sometimes actually do, the day-shift’s work.  We most always, leave the work-stations, properly set-up, for day-shift.  We find, that day-shift, often fails, to set up, the work-stations, for night-shift.  There was, a big build-up, of deadline work, for 2:00am, and 4:30am.  Augustus noted, that his most experienced, ReBin workers, were sent, to work, in Gift Wrap.  Horatio asked me, to do ReBin work, and I gladly did so.  I lacked any ‘training’, or ‘guidance’, about the ‘new system’, but modeled, my set-up, on the other work-stations, and then was able, to easily figure out, how the new system works.

Time passed, fairly quickly.  Brando asked me, to move to any work-line, where large carts, were being handled, and I did so.   I did inquire, if a work-station, was unoccupied, and was told, that the girl, who had been there, had been absent, for at least ten minutes, so I started, to work there.  However, I was then told, that this girl, was merely, using the bathroom, and so I moved, to another work-station, and was then told, that this one, was reserved, for training purposes, which I thought, was a touch humorous, as I was doing the job, without training.  I must admit, that I am a bit tired, of people who are doing nothing, while being paid, to do some work.  I moved, to a third work-station, and was able, to actually do some work, from that one.  All that time though, would be counted against me, as idle time, though I was never, actually idle, and it was the idleness, of others, which had delayed me.  Boss Corrine, kindly gave to me, a scratch-off card, to thank me, for my being adaptable; and helpful.  This turned out, to be a $25 Amazon gift card, a very nice reward.

I enjoyed, breaks upstairs, with Floyd and Augustus, and downstairs, with Grace, David, and Dennis.  Time did seem, to pass quickly.  I worked, until 5:30am.  I noticed, more senior citizens, now working with Amazon.  I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  I was able, to exit fairly quickly.  It seemed warmer, when I departed, than when I had arrived.  It was, a good ’day’, for me with Amazon, and I was glad, to be there.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two humorous episodes, from season thirteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 7:15am.  I did have, a leg cramp, from the twisting of ReBin work, but fortunately, it remained less than serious.

I awoke, at 1:09pm, and turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I returned to the sofa, and enjoyed, the comfortable feeling, until around 2:00pm.  I fed my fish, and gave fresh dry-food, to Dikaia.  I updated, my movie reference library book.  Dikaia jumped the gate, and I retrieved her, and put her, onto her chain.  Raoul returned, from donating plasma.  Raoul said, that after he had donated plasma, when he sought, to ride a bus, he had vomited, and then passed out, and then vomited again.  I added to my letter, to Fishnetterrie.

I was able, to somewhat use, the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose, though I failed, to produce much of anything.  I shaved, and washed my face.  I trimmed my hair.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I discovered, that someone, probably Mike2, had substituted, an old can opener, which fails to work properly, for one of my new ones.  That is minor, but nonetheless sad, as such behavior, can result, in homelessness…  To steal, from one of the few people, if not perhaps, the only person, on the planet, who would give shelter, to one, seems quite foolish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia, and fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  I drank some fruit-flavored, water-based beverage.  I departed, from my home, around 4:50pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I redeemed, my scratch-off card, and got a $25 Amazon gift card, though, by the end of this day, I wished to never ever use it.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, before work began.  This became a day, where I was uncertain, if Cochise, was seeking, to actually hurt me.  Cochise asked me, to follow him, from stand-up, and had me walk, a very long distance, including up and down stairs, and around the entire facility.  To be specific, we walked one line over, then down it halfway, and then over the stairway, back to where, we had started from, then to the front line, and then to the front of the building, and then to the upstairs break-room, and then, Cochise asked someone else, to walk us, to the other end, of the building.  I did mention, to Cochise, that walking, can tax my heart and lungs, so he was, at least aware, of what he was doing.  Cochise said, he was seeking, to find, a second worker, to join us.  I suggested Doright, who was watching television, in the break-room, but Cochise, declined that suggestion.

Cochise had Boolaboola and I, work in Gift Wrap.  Cochise said, that we had to have, a rate of 150.  All that time, spent walking, would be idle time, and count as zero…  Sassy was to train us, but she never came around.  I asked questions, of a co-worker, and learned the new procedure.  Each package, would require, a packing slip, but my work-station, lacked paper, for this, and I had to search, to find some.  My work-station, also lacked tape, and I got some, from a co-worker.  Envelopes were supposed, to go with each gift package, but my work-station, lacked these envelopes, and I had to go find these.  My work-station, lacked boxes, and I got some, from other work-stations, and then found some, in the storage areas.  My work-station, lacked any hazardous warning labels, and I got some, from a co-worker, who got them for me, from an unoccupied work-station.  My work-station, lacked a fan, and I did feel hot at times, and somewhat woozy, now and then.  I did wonder, if the lack of fan, was intended, to influence me, to want cold, to impact our local weather, but I do prefer, the nice moderate weather, we have been enjoying.

The conveyor belt, often was stopped, for prolonged times, and when it did move forward, the boxes, already on the conveyor belt, would still block my ability, to add boxes to it.  Cochise did get for me, a cart, and I put, my boxes on that, and pushed it, to the front, of the conveyor belt, and added my boxes, to the conveyor belt, from there.  I later discovered, that I could push boxes backwards, and make space, to add my boxes, from my work-station, and I did this.  The tape-dispensing machine, failed to provide proper lengths, when on automatic, and lacked the settings, for many of the regular size boxes.  I adjusted, by learning, what size tape, the machine actually provided, and using them accordingly.

Cochise came around, and complained, that I had, a low rate, of 63.  I thought, that rate, might be impossible, except if, perhaps, one was only counting packages, rather than items scanned, as I had packaged, many multiple items, per package, as I was selecting, for carts, with the most items.  Augustus, Doright, Floyd, and Christine, visited briefly, for candy, and each told me, that Gift Wrap, lacked having, an official rate.  However, Cochise was insisting, there was a rate, of 150.  I mentioned to Cochise, that it seemed somewhat wrong, for him, to spend a lot of time, walking me all over the place, which would count, as idle time, and then have me positioned, at a work-station, that basically lacked, most all necessary supplies, and have a conveyor belt, which blocked me from its use, and then to complain, that my rate, was low.

When I finally, had the work-station, operating properly, and stocked, and was making some speed, with quality, then the girl, supervising my end, of Gift Wrap, asked me, to move, to a different work-station.  I asked the water-spider, to stock that station, before I arrived.  Cochise gave to me, a priority cart, which I packed, while the water-spider, was preparing the other work-station.

The other work-station, turned out, to be set-up, for a left-handed person, and I am right-handed, so everything, was a bit cumbersome, and the set-up, was the opposite, of what I had, at the first work-station.  The rubber floor-mat, was old and flattened, and my feet, did begin to hurt.  There was, a lack of fan, so I continued, to feel hot.  There was, a lack of envelopes, a lack of packing slip paper, and a lack, of hazardous warning labels.  I retrieved some of these, from my first work-station.  I mentioned, to that girl, that it seemed wrong, to have me, finally become able, to do a good job, and then to stop me, from doing it, by moving me, to another work-station, which needed so many things.  She asked me, who told me, to move, to that other work-station.  I told her, it had been she.  I was a little amused, that this was a case, of someone, literally, not knowing, what she was doing, or what she had done.

My spoo-dispensing machine, would fail, to cease dispensing spoos, so I turned it off.  It was, bolted in place, so I was unable, to adjust it.  I just used it manually.  Fortunately, a technician came around, and did fix that.  I also lacked, some boxes, and got some of these, from pre-positioned supplies, as our water-spider vanished, and never returned.  Despite the abundance of problems, which I have mentioned, I am probably, failing to mention them all.

Boolaboola got tired, of the situations, and departed very early.  I noticed, during the 15-minute break, at 4:30am, that only one person returned, at 4:45am, as scheduled.  She said, that she had heard, that Pick was to work, until 6:30am, and wondered, if all of us, were to do so.  At stand-up, we had been told, to work only to 5:30am.  I wondered if Cochise, had deliberately, failed to mention this, to cause us, to have a short 15-minute break, rather than, a longer 30-minute break.  Soon after 5:00am, Cochise came to me, and said that Gift Wrap, was to be shut-down, and asked me, to Pack Singles, as we were out, of Multi-work.  To my knowledge, my work-day, was to end at 5:30am, so I decided, to just go home, and clocked out, around 5:10am.

This had been, an unpleasant, arduous, challenging day, and I had made, the best of it.  It is sad, alarming, if I was, deliberately targeted, for adversity.  This was, a terrible day, that influenced me, to consider, stopping work, with Amazon, as soon as, I can financially afford, to do so.  This was, a most awful day.  I did share candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter.  The most worrisome aspect, was how Cochise, might have deliberately sought, to strain my health, with a long walk, at start.  I mused, that Cochise, had influenced, for two good workers, to leave work.

I was able, to easily depart, and enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two good episodes, from season thirteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 7:10am.

I was awakened, by a knocking, on my front door, around 10:30am.  This was someone, from a church, who spoke with Raoul.  I turned on, the coffee-warmers.  I was unable, to easily return to sleep, and considered, refraining from going to work, on this day.  However, I did go to sleep, and awoke again, at 1:49pm, and wished to doze, until; 2:00pm, but fell asleep, until 3:00pm.  I had a terrible coughing fit, with much mucous, which I attributed, to a ham and cheese sandwich, that I had eaten, at work.

Raoul mentioned, that he would be departing, around 3:30am, to go to walk, to donate plasma, to be, one of the first people there.  I quipped, that Raoul, should have had, this goal, when he had the opportunity, to work for Integrity, as he could make, in one day, with Integrity, what he makes, in two weeks, of donating plasma.  However, I am unable to say, with any certainty, that life would be, more pleasant for Raoul, with a job with Integrity, rather than, by donating plasma.  Raoul went directly, to enjoy television, after he arose, around 3:30pm.  Raoul said, that he is unable, to job hunt, because his telephone is turned off.  I recall, going place to place, to apply for jobs, and have again urged Raoul, to go to Rose’s each day, to show his interest, in having a job.  However, I must admit, that Raoul seems, to lack any real interest, in ever having a job.  I was reminded, of Native American tribes, who would send their youth, ‘into the wild’, to survive, for a month, on their own.  I think Raoul, might have failed to survive, and the tribe, might have viewed this, as for the best.  Winter was also, a time of death, for the old, who would go into the wild, to freeze to death…

If you elect, a bunch of crooks, don’t; be surprised, if they seek, to plunder everything and anything?

I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated these notes.  Dikaia roamed, and a neighbor returned her.  Raoul answered the front door, and let Dikaia back in.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain.  I fed my fish.  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 some tuna-fish.  I fed my fish again.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I put on cologne.  I was able, to give the Lowe’s gift cards, to Adrien and Ramboi, and both seemed pleased, and thanked me.  I asked Raoul, to empty the two kitchen garbage containers, and he did so.  I departed, from my home, around 4:50pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  It was a good day at work.  I had, a mucous cough, at start, and felt tired, and attributed some of this, to lack of a fan, which perhaps allowed, for me to feel hot, and accumulate moisture, in my lungs.  I hoped, this would pass, as I worked, in ‘normal conditions’, and this did seem, to be, what occurred.  I was tempted, to destroy, the $25 Amazon gift card, so that nobody would ever use it, but refrained, from doing so.

My day was made more pleasant, by friendly banter, during breaks, with Augustus, Floyd, Monique, Caruso, Winston, and Randy, among others.  Bluster, Doright, Christine, Jules, and Betty, among others, visited briefly, for candy.  I was able, to work, packing from Multi-Carts, and Gammel brought to me, one very good cart, full of priority items, and I met those deadlines, and that cart, probably alone, helped to ensure, that I made rate, on this day.  Cochise visited Boolaboola twice, and she declined, to work in Gift Wrap.  I think Cochise, owes an apology, to workers of Gift Wrap, for the working conditions there.  Amos and Blacksmith, were my water-spiders, and they did, an excellent job.

The day was smooth, though long.  Roy helped me, to find my assigned work-station, on the list, which was, in random order, though it was said, to be alphabetical.  It was again mentioned, that we would work, until 5:30am, but toward the end, of the ’day’, at the final break, at 4:30am, I asked Brando, if it had been decided, that we would work, until 6:30am, and he said yes.  I am glad, that I asked.  I did get to laugh, when Christine was sweeping trash, and Who came around, and seemed disturbed, and dumped two big boxes, of trash, in the area, where Christine had been sweeping.  Apparently Christine, failed to see Who do this, and was shocked, when she turned around, and saw, this huge pile of trash everywhere.  Amos was a bit surprised, by what Who had done, as it seemed to have been done, in anger.  I laughed, at the senseless insanity…  There was some music, in the distance and that was, a nice gesture…

I clocked out, at 6:32am.  I have worked, over 33 hours, in three days.  I look forward, to the first big pay-check, this coming Friday.  I looked forward, to retirement.  I am tempted, to return next year, as an Integrity coach, if my health permits, though I also think, I might enjoy, relaxing at home.  I was able, to depart fairly quickly, after sharing candy, with security personnel.  I had been tempted, to view Cochise, as ‘evil’, but now consider, that perhaps, he was simply inexperienced and overwhelmed.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.

I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with two episodes, from season fourteen, of South Park.  I went to sleep, around 8:15am.  I was able, to sleep until 1:15pm, and turned on, the main coffee-warmers.  I had a terrible coughing fit, where I was unable, to inhale, and there was nothing, for me to cough up…  I hoped, to rest, until 2:00pm, but blinked, and it was 2:30pm, and I blinked again, and it was 3:20pm.  I arose.  I enjoyed, left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  I had, a slight mucous cough.  My arms felt, very tired, and I attributed that, to physical activity, rather than, to my COPD.  I put Dikaia, onto her chain, to prevent her, from roaming, which for me, was one less thing, to worry about.  I fed my fish.

I was glad, 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 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, and some dry-food.  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 was able, to check my email, and saw that Hessbie, had received, the gift from me.  I gave, my $5 Wawa gift-card, to Selassie, to thank him, for the fine meal, he had shared with me, on Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Floyd, Augustus, Molly, Friday, Bluster, Amos, Jules, Carlos, Christine, Friday, and Doright, among others.  Taylor returned to work, after a medical leave, for a shoulder injury.  I was unable, to easily locate, my lunch bag, during the meal-time break, but did locate it eventually.  Doright kindly gave to me, a gift card, to McDonald’s, so I finally got, or can get, that ‘hamburger’, which I have joked about, since I first arrived, at Amazon. I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.

There was a news report, that Hillary won, the popular vote, by over three million votes, though Trump was leading, in the popular vote, when he acknowledged, his electoral victory.  The change, in vote count, is from the Democrat-controlled, major cities, but failed to change, the electoral vote.  Obama said, it was Russian intervention, which caused Trump to win.  Obama failed to mention, that the alleged Russian intervention, was to reveal, the corruption of Hillary.  It was noted, that Trump’s victory, was part of a wave, which gave Democrats, a historical huge loss, in counties, and states, allowing for a Republican sweep, of most all elected offices.

I was originally assigned, to packing Singles, at the end, of a line, where there are, mostly very large items, and resigned myself, to just doing the best I could.  My work-station, lacked any fan.  Fortunately, Yan needed me, to pack Multis, and I moved, to a Multi-cart work-station, which had a broken fan, that failed to work.  Perhaps around, the middle of our shift, the weather outside, became windy and cold, and that wind, was strong enough, to bring some cooler air, into our facility, and I became, more comfortable.

Wynn had suggested, that we would remain, on 11-hour shifts, departing at 5:30am, because of the number, of traffic accidents, which were occurring, when we departed, at 6:30am.  However, ever since, it was announced, that we would now work, only to 5:30am, we have worked instead, to 6:30am.

Yan told everyone, to switch from Multis to Singles, around 4:00am, but I was working, on some priority items.  Yan directed me, to abandon, those priority items.  I brought this situation, to the attention, of Horatio, who told me, to finish the priority items, before switching, to Singles, and I did so.  I enjoyed a sandwich, from the Bistro, during the 4:30am, half-hour break.  Blacksmith was my water-spider, and he did, an excellent job, the entire long shift.  I showed Blacksmith, how to repair, a malfunctioning dunnage-dispensing machine, by taping its receptacle box, so that its sensor, was properly aimed.

It seemed to me, that Amazon, was perhaps being ’soaked’, after 4:30am, as many people, refrained from working.  I continued, to work.  Alfonse brought priority carts, to workers, and the girl behind me, abandoned her work-station, so Alfonse, moved her cart to me.  When that girl returned, she was ‘bothered’, that I now had that cart.  I told her, that Alfonse, had assigned that cart, to me.  The guy, who was wandering around, with her, was belligerent, and gruffly, puffing himself up, probably trying to impress the girl, demanded to know, who is this Alfonse, and does he work, at our facility.  I ‘joked’, that Alfonse, just wanders into our building, and moves carts around, and there is nothing, anyone can do, to stop him.  I did later, explain to that girl, after that guy departed, who Alfonse is, and what his job and authority is.

Cochise told people, that they could go home, any time, after 6:00am, and I did so, once I finished, one final tote.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Doright, in the parking lot, before departing.

Allowing people, to leave, in stages, rather than everyone, departing at the same time, did seem, to help make exiting, go more easily.  I was able, to exit fairly quickly, and enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home.  I gave, a hot-dog to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I went to sleep, perhaps around 6:45am, without eating a meal, or watching anything, on the television.

I awoke, around 10:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I had, a terrible coughing fit where I was unable, to inhale, and I considered, that I am inhaling, a lot more dust and glue, at work, and perhaps this is an influence, for these new type, of coughing fits.  I returned to sleep, until 1:19pm.  I blinked, and it was 2:49pm.  I arose, around 3:15pm.  The wind, had blown open, my front door, and cold air, was coming, into the living-room.  I closed and locked, the front door.  I could hope, the fresh air was healthy.  I did ask Raoul, to seek to remember, to lock the front door, as apparently just closing it, can allow it, to open.  Raoul said he had, refrained from use, of the front door, for weeks, though he did, open that door, to let Dikaia inside, the day before.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated, these notes.  My breathing, became more normal, around 4:00pm.  I gave fresh dry-food and water, to Dikaia inside.  Dikaia did her business outside, and then returned, to the living-room, due to the cold outside air.

I fed my fish.   I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs, mixed with tuna-fish.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I put on cologne.  Ramboi warned me, that our local temperature, would be, in the teens, when I got off from work…  I departed, from my home, around 4:55pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus, Floyd, Molly, Doright, and Friday.  I worked, near Doright and he was, very pleasant company, as his energy and mood were good, and he danced around some, which was fun to watch.  Doright boasted, as he tends to do, about how great he is, but I found, that he greatly exaggerated, the amount of work, that he actually did.  Sometimes, to many of the youths, I am, just an old person, and thus unimportant, uninteresting, probably because, I am outside, of their sexual arenas.  That’s just, ‘how it is’, and I sometimes, forget this, and sometimes, I am reminded, of it.  Bluster dressed, in a festive manner, wearing a gold and black ‘dasheeke’, traditional African attire.  Bluster shall soon, be 65 years of age, and looks forward, to having Medicare coverage.

Horatio, kindly gave to me, three scratch-off tickets, as a reward, for my work performance, on a previous day.  I thanked Horatio.  I worked Multis, until around 5:00am.  Time passed, at a moderate pace.  I remained busy.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Roy, Winston, Selassie, and Randy.  Horatio, Who, and I, worked quickly, starting around 4:15am, to get out, a priority cart, due at 4:30am, which had been overlooked, and we did, get it done.

There was confusion, and anticipation, about when we might be, released from work.  There was mention, many times, of us leaving early, but that failed to occur, though it was not, until the break at 4:30am, that we were told, that we would work, until 6:30am.  I was going to get, a nice sandwich, from the Bistro, but it failed, to be working, so nobody was able, to use it, either upstairs or downstairs.  I would have, gone home early, if offered voluntary time off, but the extra few bucks, could also be nice.

I shared candy, with many people, including with security personnel, as I departed.  It was, very cold outside, when I departed, shortly after 6:30am, but there was, a lack of ice.  Daylight was becoming visible.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to my home, from work.  I do enjoy, occasionally seeing, holiday lights.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I enjoyed, four frozen dinners, with one thought-provoking episode, from season fourteen, of South Park.  My living-room, was cold, but I was okay, wearing my insulated jacket, with a cap and head covering.  It is now time, for gloves and a second pair of pants.  I went to sleep, around 7:30am.

I awoke around 11:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I returned to sleep, until 3:19pm.  Dikaia ran around outside, and did her stuff, then wished, to remain inside.  I discovered, that most of my fish, had died.  The only fish to survive, were four zebra danios.  Even most of the snails died.  Apparently, the new big aquarium heater, failed to work, though it was on.  I sought to adjust it, and found it to be set properly.  It failed to work, after I set it up again, so I then put back, my original heater.  I could hope, the remaining fish, might survive.  Chinese imports, might be inexpensive, but they often lack, quality control.

Raoul added water, on his own, to the little bird-bath, and then departed, and then returned, and then departed again, saying he was going, to a church Christmas party.  I turned on, the little room heater, in my office, to warm, the kitchen and hallway, but it failed, to heat much of anything beyond a couple of feet, near it.  I was able; to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I did turn on, the wall-heater, in the bathroom, though I considered, that if Mike2, smokes those little cigars, in there, then that room, becomes unbreatheable for me, unless I open, the bathroom door, to air it out, and opening the bathroom, door, would then let escape, all the heat…

I retrieved, the incoming mail, which contained some bills, and an envelope, from Fishnetterrie.  I enjoyed, left-over and fresh coffee, as I updated, these notes.  I enjoyed, random selections, from my overall computer music library.  Dikaia sought hibernation, in the living-room.  I revealed, the prizes, on my scratch-off cards, and found that I had received, five in-store dollars, though most items, cost a minimum, of $10, and I received, a $5 Wawa gift card, and a candy bar.  Onwards with a smile.

I found, that my gate, has slightly dropped, which makes latching it, more of a problem.  I can accept this.  I went, to a McDonald’s, and my computer, had some challenge, to start up, but eventually did so.  I saw, where our high temperature, for this day, was to have been 31F°, slightly below freezing, and our low, was around 16°F.  I enjoyed, a very nice meal.  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.  Jim-BR has lost custody, of his children, and must move, from his home, within a week.  This is a sad holiday, for Jim-BR.  Four million children, in the US, are disconnected, from their fathers, by mothers, who want nothing more, to do with their former husbands, and seek to prohibit contact, between the father, and his children.  Only 15-percent, of fathers, enjoy some custody, of their children.

I enjoyed beauty, shared by Brian-R, and Gay Pagan Brotherhood.  I enjoyed, wit and wisdom, shared by Helen-W, Genna-PV, Jennifer-M, and Mike-J, 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.  The connection, for my mouse, stopped working properly, but I was able, to use another slot.  I did examine, my bank account, and found, that I could financially afford, to pay off, the Elantra.

I returned, to my home.  I was pleasantly surprised, to discover, that the big, very pregnant, mottled platty, born into my aquarium, was still alive.  Raoul was enjoying, episodes from Justice League, and I watched two of these, with him.  I then wished, to seek to enjoy, episodes from season two, of Doctor Who, from perhaps 1965, so Raoul went to bed.  I did seek, to use the living-room wall-heater, and the little portable heater, and these helped, to take the chill, out of the air.  There were problems, with the season two episodes, but I managed, to get some enjoyment, from them.  The application program, for my DVD burner, stopped working properly, but, with some extra effort and time, I was able, to get some things done.  I enjoyed a hamburger.  One wooden handle, for a sofa recliner, broke completely, but, with some extra effort, I can still get, the recliner, to operate.  I wondered, if there might be, some negative energy, intruding into my dharma.

I enjoyed, the remaining little films, on Wit and Wisdom 161203, and three episodes, from season one, of the animated television series, Gargoyles.  Time seemed, to pass very quickly, and I thought, this was unfair, as when I am at work, time can move, much more slowly…  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.  I awoke, around 11:30am, and turned on, the main coffee-warmer.  I was quite warm, under a quilt, in the living-room, and returned to sleep, until 3:15pm.  I enjoyed left-over coffee, as I updated these notes.  It was warmer outside, than inside.  I put the little portable heater, near my aquarium, in my office.  The second mottled platty, which was also born, in my aquarium, is also alive.  Raoul arose, made some entertainment recommendations, and departed.  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 returned, and I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with him.  I gave a hot-dog, to Dikaia.  I fed my fish.  I made three portraits, of Friday.

I made selections, of clean clothing.  I was able, to use the bathroom, for a semi-solid purpose.  I shaved and showered.  I put on, two pairs of pants, a sign of seasonal change.  I went, to Dollar Tree, in Cavalier Square, and bought 23 bags of candy.  A girl there, told me, that it would be, 71°F tomorrow.  I went, to a Food Lion grocery store, and bought a big bag, of dry dog-food, a duck chew-toy, soups, fruit, and hot-dogs.  I told the cashier, 71 tomorrow, and she wished me, a happy early birthday.  I told her, that I had meant, the temperature, but I did chuckle.  I returned, to my home, and put away things.  I gave Dikaia, a nice meal, a hot-dog, and her new chew-toy.

I went, to a McDonald’s, and enjoyed, a very nice, great meal, and some friendly banter, with Henry.  Declan also visited briefly.  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, my portraits, of Friday, with his FaceBook.  I shared beauty, wit, and wisdom, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I shared, promotional art, and text information, about two of my books, on my FaceBook time-line.  I spent, about three hours on-line.

I returned, to my home, and enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Raoul, who soon, went to sleep.  I enjoyed, a good or very good movie, Suicide Squad, an action movie, with villains versus villains.  I enjoyed, a truly excellent, wonderful movie, a captivating roller-coaster, of laughs and tears, about heart and mind, Florence Foster Jenkins, based on actual events, around the woman, with the same name.  I trimmed my hair.  I enjoyed episodes, from season one, of Gargoyles.  I went to sleep, around 5:15am.

I awoke, around 8:30am, and brewed fresh coffee.  I returned to sleep, until 1:30pm, and then returned to sleep, until 3:15pm.  I fed my fish.  It was warm outside, while much, of the rest, of our nation, is besieged, by harsh winter conditions.  I slowly awakened.  I had refrained, from thinking about work, so had lacked, any shadow, but I did have a sense, that two days off, was perhaps, too few…  My breathing was still challenged, when 4:15pm arrived…  I updated, my entertainment review, and my entertainment reference library book.  I made selections, of beauty, wit, and wisdom, to seek to share, with my email and FaceBook connections.  I made selections, of soup, fruit, and candy, for my upcoming work-shift.  I enjoyed, three scrambled eggs.  I gave, a nice meal, to Dikaia.  I departed, from my home, around 4:50pm.

I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, to work, from my home.  I enjoyed, some friendly banter, with Augustus and Floyd, with coffee, supplied by Amazon, before work began.  I was assigned, a work-station, for Multi-cart work, and remained there, for the entire shift.  Augustus had anticipated, that we would have, extra work, because of other facilities, being impacted, by winter weather, but this failed to occur, as our computer, had a problem, and that limited, the amount of Multi-work, which we could process.

I noticed, at start, that our work schedule, after Peak, for the week after Christmas, remained 12-hour shifts, though we would work, only three days.  A 12-hour shift, can seem exhausting, to me, as it might, for those, who are actually doing, physical work.  I think those, who do little physical work, are fine, with the longer shift…  We ran out, of Multi-work, and everyone switched, to packing Singles, though even these, were sparse at times.  I did work hard, at a good pace, for the entire shift.  I kept an extra cart, or tote, to help me, to keep working, when new ones, were unavailable.  I often, had to go, to the next line, to get a cart, and this probably, lowered my rate.  I also had, many ReBin issues, with extra items, or missing items, and these errors, from ReBin, lowered my packing rate.  My water-spider, Mick, was very good. Twelve hours, can be, a long time, and even after, a good bit of time, has gone by, there remained, a long time, before end of shift.

I enjoyed, friendly visits, from Bluster, Doright, and Christine, among others, who came for candy.  Manny remained distressed, that Trump would become, our next President, saying the robotic left-wing complaint, that Trump lacks, any Executive experience, discounting the decades, of executive experience, which Trump has had, in business.

I spent time, in the downstairs break-room, with Evan, Dennis, and David.  I redeemed, my scratch-off tickets.  Bluster told me, that the mandatory overtime, for this coming Thursday, had been changed, to voluntary over-time.  Bluster shall take, that day off, as I might also do.  The extra money might be nice, and I shall, ‘play it by ear’, make my choice, on that day.  I worked, a full shift, and departed, around 6:35am.  There was outside, a strong cold wind.  There was some delay, as vehicles approached I-295.  I enjoyed, a safe and pleasant journey, from work, to my home.  I gave, a hot-dog, to Dikaia, and had one myself.  I went to sleep, around 7:30am, after having, one cigarette.

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-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...

~  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 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...

~  62  ~

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