Out of the Blue

I went on some errands yesterday and achieved an unparalleled degree of failure in accomplishing anything. I found a listing at Wal-Mart for a water-mister dealie we've been looking for to cool people on the deck during the summer, but it was impossible to find anyone there capable of reading their own name tag, much less help me locate this hard-to-find item. Plan B was to hit PetSmart and find a new raised food/water bowl for the doggies, but the selection of these they had was bizarre, as they all seemed designed to accommodate dogs small enough that they could walk under our two leggy beasts. Having failed at my two efforts at productivity, I stopped at Best Buy, as I have some Reward Zone credits to redeem, and there's no way a geek like myself could fail to find something there. Of course, following my theme of futility, they were in the midst of some sort of localized power outage, and were closed when I arrived. Sometimes you can't win.

R.I.P.: Phair, woman who named Pluto, dead at 90.

Futile Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Apartment 13.
Desktop Armada.
Savior Tower Defense.
Links: Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat.
Mountain-Dew-scented Xbox controller soap.
Every Rock Band Ever: 10 Possible Lifecycles.
Story: Rotten office fridge cleanup sends 7 to hospital.
Science: Hyena giggles no laughing matter. Laugh it up, fuzzball.
Pooches Sometimes Miss the Point. Thanks Digg.
Media: The nicest prank ever pulled.
Wolverine: The Musical.
ShamWow Guy in Jail. NSFW.
The Funnies: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother.
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Re: Out of the Blue May 13, 2009, 21:10
May 13, 2009, 21:10
 
"but it was impossible to find anyone there capable of reading their own name tag"

Depending on region, Wal-Mart associates make around $10 - $12 / hour, which is no longer a living wage for adults in the US. Most have 2nd jobs just to pay the rent, many are not high school grads, many are over 50.

The same is true for Home Depot, Target, and the other major retailers. Add to this the rip-off health benefits scheme at Wal-Mart and it's no wonder only the most desperate and least qualified are working at these places.

I used to feel disdain for these people, blaming them for being just lazy stupid slackers. Until I got a little first hand experience with the situation. Now I feel sorry for them, most are trapped in these kinds of positions with no real way out.
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