Archives for September 2003

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Yesterday (all my worries seemed so far away - okay back to the subject at hand) felt like a wasted day, I was up early enough but made the dreading mistake of turning the computer on to continue my game of Civilisation 3, five hours later and I did manage to pull myself away from it and nipped into town where I got some glitter glue so I can make a start on the “Chronicles” and even through I should be cutting back I did get the season one box set of Alias so am looking forward to watching that, watched Jaws 2 last night and tonight I have the pub quiz. That reminded me have to be there early tonight for my meal.

civ (32k image)

The above image shows how badly i am doing, not very clear i know but i am the dark purple colour and the opposition is light purple which is dominating most of the map, shown at the bottom of the screen! I do however have a few small footholds on the larger continent which the computer has established its cities (and armies). I spent a little time this morning building up my forces and moving large amounts of them to within striking distance of its cities and resource colonies, so far the peace treaty is holding and I have a larger ground army, which I aim to use to cut off and keep control of the essential resources required to build further units. My downfall however may come about with the large navy that the computer has and the number of nuclear weapons.

I have been playing this ”bloody” game for weeks now and have seen the other teams get destroyed and have on more than one occasion only just survived a similar fate and I aim to have this game finished before I go back to work so the final battle will commence shortly.

After spending most of the day on the computer I added to this at the library and found a couple of really good sites, so good in fact I shall be visiting them on a more regular basis and will add them to my links later.

Finally got rid of loads of old newspapers which I keep forgetting to take to the recycling bin and while I was there I could not resist calling into work, I had half expected head office to have called because there was something wrong with the change of status form which I complete and posted to them, the mistake being how far back to back date my pay - the area manager said June/July I put it down from the 1st June. No one had called however but I did learn that Dot the lady in charge of the linens department had fallen off a ladder on Saturday and had been badly shaken up and sent home. The other bit of news I was told was about Kelly, in fact I was told before I had the opportunity to ask, and that was the fact that from next week she would be working part time, I say part time in fact she will only be working Sundays!
How do I feel about this, annoyed would be the best word to use as Sundays are generally accepted as being one of the busiest days of the week and it is during the week that all the work such as moving stock and putting on all the promotions so she will avoid all of this along with having to deal with customers problems.

I can see there being lists of things for me to do every Monday after she has done the selling on the Sunday.

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Monday, September 29, 2003


Been a few days since I last posted an entry and there is no excuse for it as I have been online everyday, it seems that the more time I have online the less I do but I have been making little alterations to the site, in particular to the links.
I did go into work on Friday to get my pay slip and talk to the area manager about my pay, in fact he seemed more annoyed than I was that it had not been dealt with so I was instructed to complete another change of status form and post it recorded delivery to head office which I did, so hopefully no more problems now.
While in work I did my best no to get wound up over the things that I saw and I did notice that a couple of the spot lights in the bedroom department needed to be changed, I wanted to say something about it there and then but decided against it and will wait until I am back in work until I have a go at her.

I did watch pop idol on Saturday and at the moment that are reducing the 50 hopefuls down to just 10 and they have nearly done that now and after watching the show for a couple of weeks I do think that a lot of it has to do with the song that you sing, if you sing a song that the audience does not know all that well I would have thought that would be a disaster but then again the same could be said about the people who pick a very well known song and sing it in a different way - it all depends on the whim of the voting public, not that I have ever voted! (of course it could all boil down to the contestant with the biggest family or the female contestant who reveals the most

My mother managed to get to her coach to Spain on time and when I called up the house less than five hours after she had gone I could not find a clean glass and the place looked like a tip and as I was on baby sitting duty I washed everything and got it all back in its rightful home. I would have much rather spent my Saturday walking around town but the money I got was worth it even if it was so late when I got home that all the pubs had already closed and all the women had already moved on to the clubs, so no eye candy!!

Most of yesterday was spent at my mothers on the computer and I had hoped to catch up with more friends online but I guess everyone was busy doing other things.

As I am holiday I decided to not bother shaving, as I have to shave every day for work so for the last few days I have just let it grow, I suppose I should shave as you never know when you will bump in to the girl of your dreams !!

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Friday, September 26, 2003

Even when on holiday I could not resist calling into work last night, I had been planning on collecting my pay slip and checking that I had been paid correctly – I am know deep down that they would not have sorted out my pay rise but I can always live in hope.

I totally forgot to ask if there had been any further news about Kelly and her leaving, she was still there and no doubt will still be there when I return. I did learn that the area manager had called down on Wednesday so I am wondering if I have been dropped in it by Kelly (like the last time one of the big bosses turned up and the department was a mess)

Apparently she did not know the figures for the bed department and no doubt the blame for this had been passed on to me, I guess I will discover later if the area manager has anything to say to me as I will be phoning him about my pay and the lack of any increase since I started the job back in March!

Almost a week of my holiday have already passed and I feel that I have achieved nothing and tomorrow I get to baby sit my brothers so should be online for most of the day.

Last night I went to see Pirates Of The Caribbean – The Curse Of The Black Pearl and I have to say I thought it was pretty good and I have to admit that I am not one of the biggest fans of films with Johnny Depp but this one was different and I liked it. In fact I felt sorry for Barbossa and the crew of the Black Pearl, they may have been evil but they were trying to put an end to the curse.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

You would not believe how annoyed I am at the moment, it seems the more trouble you get into the better you are treated. Having never been in major trouble it really goads me when I get to hear that the Young Offenders Service are paying for one of these troublemakers to go on holiday. It makes no difference in my opinion that it is my cousin, who after her court appearance yesterday could not be found a place in a home and was foisted back onto my mother who said that she would look after her until Friday when my mother was leaving to go on her holiday. What they did next was very underhanded as on the journey back from Cardigan they told my cousin that they would pay for her to go with my mother to Spain, all this without first asking permission off my mother as the whole point of the holiday was a chance for her to get away from everyone and just relax and enjoy herself.

So they managed to manoeuvre it so that the problem had been taken off their hands, just glad to see that my tax is being used for the really important things in life! (Admittedly they said it was cheaper to send her on holiday then find somewhere for her to live)

We won! the pub quiz last night with a clear two point lead with 42 points and were the only team to correctly guess the “Who/What Am I” section and that was only because of my science fiction obsession and a clue relating to Battlestar Galatica. So next Tuesday we will turn up earlier than usual for our meal, so splitting Ł12 between seven people should be interesting. There were a couple of new teams at the quiz last night, one team of American tourists could not keep pace and had to leave at half time and it does look like some of the new year of students have finally found the quiz night and it is no wonder education standards have been slipping if there answers were anything to go by. They did seem to enjoy themselves and at the end of the day that is what it is all about - they were quite nice as well.

Most of yesterday was spent in Llandysul, visiting Pam and getting attacked by her new dog. It was good to catch up and as the day wore on I noticed that we both seemed to be running out of things to talk about, much of my life is taken up by work and because of what happened I always feel bad talking about work but somehow I managed to stay for close to seven hours, and that was not including the time it took me to get back after been diverted as the road had sunk.

Spent a little time tweaking the site unfortunately I have had to add some links which if followed will pay me and the revenue generated from these will go to fun prizes for such things as my Mystery Movie Game which should be back soon. (All the sites that have been linked are reputable)
Also the ‘movie’ on show will be changing soon, so you won’t have to put up with A Nightmare On Elm Street for too much longer.

Chain letters are always doing the rounds and nearly everyday I get emails off friends who have forwarded such messages to everyone on there contact list and today my mother got one through the post claiming to be in connection with the “Guinness Book of Records” what was strange with this letter is that the only costs involved were photocopying and envelopes.

Got my brother to test me on the Periodic Table after he got back from school today and I still have all my chemistry locked up in my mind and even he was surprised as to how I could remember that much information as it has been over nine years since I was last in a chemistry class.

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Monday, September 22, 2003

I had a shock on Saturday to discover that I was on holiday for the next two weeks; I knew I had booked time off at the end of September but it did creep up on me unexpectedly. So what will I do with myself for the next two weeks, I have no idea as I have very little money and pay day is not until next Saturday. One thing I do know is that I am going to have to seriously reduce my expenditure and keep my fingers crossed that the area manager will pull his finger out and get my pay (and back pay) sorted out.

Saturday was also shocking in the amount of people from my past who called into the store, one girl who I used to work with at ASDA came in and the funny thing about it was that only recently I had been wondering what she was up to after I thought I had seen her in Carmarthen a few times, after seeing her I am sure that the person I saw was someone who looks very similar. Guess what I saw her but did not get the chance to talk to her, maybe she did not recognise me or maybe she did not want to talk to me after what had happened at ASDA!

Talking of work and I shall try to be brief, there was no letter from Kelly on Friday saying that she was leaving and again no sick note, she has indeed told the manager that she has been offered another full time job and the manager realises that she only wants to stay for one day a week so that she will not loose her commission for the sales she has already made. this was something that she had already told me she was planning and the majority of these old sales should have been completed by November I could almost guarantee that nothing would have been finalised by the time I return to work. I have been trying to decide what would be for the best and I do think that she should just go but I would keep asking about the sick note - because of recent events that seems to have been forgotten about.

Gorgeous woman came in yesterday and as soon as I saw her I thought I recognised her and it was only afterwards when I ran her name through the computer that I remembered her from a previous sale.

Last night one of my cousins was brought to my mothers house by the police as she had gotten herself into trouble and the police would only let her out on bail if she was with a family member outside of the area she normally lives and talking to my mother about it last night reminded me that where you are brought up is important to how you turn out just as much as how your parents raise you. She will only be here today before she has to go to court tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will be visiting an old friend ( don’t know if I would call her that as she was my old manager what is the difference between a friend and an acquaintance?) so it will be a chance to catch up with what is new with her.

I have / HAD what I would call many friends online and as the sentimental person that I am I always find it hard to say goodbye to anyone and I only have to do it now out of necessity as checking my email addresses I have over 100 names of people I have spoken to in the past and that is the problem I seem to be stuck in the past remembering people who have no doubt forgotten the brief conversation we had two years ago and it is for that reason that I have been neglecting the people who really matter to me and have not heard from me in ages except for the general email to let them know my web site has moved or to wish them a happy birthday. However unlike me most of them would not worry if they never heard from me again they would probably assume that I did not wish to speak to them again remove me from there contact lists and get on with life. I am not like that and that is why I dislike the internet, it is so impersonal. For the last couple of weeks I have been trying to get in contact with a friend, some one I would class as a good friend and I have had no reply. With each message I send without reply my worries grow, for all I know this person could be 6ft under after being involved in an accident or could simply not wish to talk with me again. If this friendship was a traditional friendship where you could be face to face this is not likely to have happened.

So this week I aim to get in contact with all my online friends with something more than just a quick hello.

Very likely I have gone to far

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Sunday, September 21, 2003

AnotherFriday Five not answered on a Friday but here they are anyway,

1. Who is your favourite singer/musician? Why?
I don’t really have a favourite singer/musician, I like what I like and it is as simple as that. I have been adding a favourite song at the bottom of most entries so that should give you an idea of my musical tastes and you can always look at my play list
2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
I cannot stand Marilyn Manson, the simple reason for this is I think he looks nuts and I can’t really comment on his songs as the only one I have ever heard was his version of Tainted Love, which was awful.
3. If your favourite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
Very unlikely as if they weren’t in the music I doubt I would know them and I always wonder how much of what you see of them on television is an act!
4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
No, never been to any concerts.
5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from downloading free music?
A controversial subject, and a little confusing as to what “Free Music” actually is if it is a song that a singer/group has placed on the web for everyone to download but the RIAA would not have a case so I am sure you are talking about people using file sharing software. I have quite a few songs on my computer that I have downloaded, although after having a look at them most of the music I have on my computer I actually now own on CD the exception being a few theme tunes of television programmes which I have downloaded. Of course everyone has an excuse but at the end of the day the RIAA does have the right to stop people stealing.

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Friday, September 19, 2003

Saw Tomb Raider 2 last night and will talk about that in the extended section just in case anyone has not yet seen the film, I would not want to give anything away.

I did expect to go into work yesterday and have people make little comments about the wardrobes being built up as no one was in any doubt as to how annoyed I was when I called in on Wednesday and saw that they had already started on it. I did help that Becky phoned in sick, as I am sure she would have said something. Okay as I said in my last entry I was not happy that they had gone against my wishes (I so want to put orders instead of wishes) and could not help but find faults with the construction, would I have been able to do any better - an arrogant person would say yes but the truth is I don’t know.

Finished off the wardrobes just little things to do such as cleaning the mirrors and adding the lights but that can be done today. Kelly told me yesterday that she was planning on handing her notice in today, when I spoke to her later she told me that she had been offered more hours at her pub job and was thinking of asking is she could work part time with us. My suspicious mind of course sees this as the perfect way that she can escape the truth coming out about why she was off during August, one thing I will give her credit for is being able to manipulate people - as she has been back in work for two weeks and there is still no sign of a sick note if she was genuinely ill for the reason she told us there is no reason why a doctor would not give her a sick note. If she leaves there would be many questions left unanswered.

I will no doubt spend more time on this subject over the next couple of weeks.

I have so many DVD’s that I have not had the time to watch yet and I know going to the pub quiz and the cinema is not going to help me get up to date.

Song: Getting Better By Paul McCartney

Okay look at the extended entry to find out what I thought Possible Spoilers Ahead

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

I did get the opportunity to visit the church today and it really has been ages since I was last there but I was lucky as there was a school group being given a tour of the church so I was able to listen in to that. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a church and not a museum. I even found out that they are looking for bell ringers that could be fun!
Never being able to escape work I called in to make sure that they had arranged to collect some furniture which had been given to a customer by mistake on Sunday and I took a look upstairs as well to find that they (meaning Kelly and Becky) had made a start on the other wardrobe, I have mixed feelings about this as I had made it clear to Becky on Tuesday that all I wanted done on Wednesday was the other wardrobe brought upstairs ready for me to build tomorrow. I am trying not to make a big thing of it as I know the manager will only say that it needed to be built and so what if it has been built a day earlier. I think I am annoyed because -

# I left a list of things which I wanted Kelly to do today, I wonder how much of what I wanted done will have been done and more importantly how well will it have been done. I asked her to tidy up the department when I went in there were of course bits of wardrobe about.
# I wanted to build the furniture up just so that I could say I built it, I would never hear the end of it if they manage to get the other wardrobe up in less time than it took me to get the other robe completed or the other shops.

Given too much time and thought to this so need to relax and think of nice things, such as the ironing which I need to do later! So much for relaxing.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

The new bedroom range did turn up on Monday and my attempt to get most of it assembled did not go very well as I decided to get the bed frame in place and work the build the rest of the range around it. That was the plan anyway but was not helped by the fact that there were parts missing so I had to abandon that, and did not get much else done even thought I was there until 8 o’ clock. I did get to speak to the area manager and spoke to him about my pay and he assured me that he had sorted it out with head office, so with any luck I will get a surprise in my pay next month. (I did think about phoning personnel just to confirm but think I will trust that is has been done)

Yesterday I did have more success in building a wardrobe which took me ages because I had to stop every time a customer entered the department, I had hoped to get it competed before going home but some awkward doors saw that idea go out the window!

Caught the film Death Wish staring the late Charles Bronson last night and have to admit that the film has never really appealed to me before but then again I really did not know what it was about so after watching the scenes of violence I would have done exactly the same - liked how the police dealt with him at the end!

Pub quiz last night and needless to say we did not win, that honour went to a team which I personally don’t think deserve to win and I think that they are cheating. It would be easy to do especially if you give your answer sheets for each of the two rounds to different teams to mark they would have no idea what you got for the previous round so when you get them both back it would be easy to add a few points to your overall score. The Religious education students are back after there summer holiday and they ended up marking one of our answer sheets and they did give us the benefit of the doubt on a few questions which was rather nice of them but I know that this favour will need to be repaid over the next few weeks with us giving them help with the answers.

Lost my temper today while I was in the bank waiting to pay a bill, the reason for my slight temper was that some silly old biddy pushed past me in the queue, this happens to me more than I would like it to and every time it does I go off on one using after it is too late to do anything about it. So calm down and chill out, I will just look to my left at the blonde girl in the short denim skirt on the next computer!

Every Wednesday as I go to my car I walk past St Peters Church (One of the oldest buildings in Carmarthen) and for the past few weeks there has been a sign on the gate saying that the church is open to visitors and I have been meaning to take a look around as it has been quite a few years since I had my confirmation classes there and every week I am just a little busy so put it off until next week and I know what will eventually happen - winter will arrive and the church will close for visitors and I would have missed out.

Song: Another Day In Paradise By Phil Collins.

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Monday, September 15, 2003

It was my Sunday off yesterday and because of the uncharacteristic sunny weather that greeted me when I awoke I decided to stop off in Kidwelly on my way to Llanelli to take a trip down memory lane. My grand parents used to live there and I have many memories of taking walks along the river and through the fields, which surround the small town. I did take a few photos so when I get them developed I will get them uploaded along with a proper photo gallery section.

I really don’t know what has come over me to suddenly make me go all nostalgic and go visiting places from my past, I think it may have something to do with me reading the obituaries last week and thinking about the past. I know on Friday night I ended up crying myself to sleep after thinking of my great grandmothers death back in 1997, even after all this time.

Work today I feel will be a nightmare as a whole new range of bedroom cabinet is being delivered and it just happens that Kelly has today and tomorrow off so guess who will have to do all the lifting and carrying but enough about that as I can feel my blood starting to boil.

Song: Changes by David Bowie

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Sunday, September 14, 2003

Work was pretty good yesterday, did not sell a great deal but nearly everyone I served was either an attractive young woman or there daughters were and it is always good to bring a smile or laugh to someone and the rest of the staff were sure laughting at me and accusing me of sitting at the feet of one woman, she was rather lovely but the reason I was at her feet was the fact there was no where else to sit.

Started swimming again last night after a few weeks off during the summer holidays so that is something to look forward to every week and I am also hoping to get the chance to go out clubbing soon as it has been a while.

I did get quite emotional on Friday night and I will explain the reasons for that later this week as this entry is rather long.

A little late but better late than never Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
The name I have now is the same that appears on my birth certificate.
2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
To be honest I would not change my name, I use my middle name and if I ever wanted I could always start going by my first name.
3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
I was told that there were arguments about my name with my father just wanting to call me Lee but my Great Grandmother insisted that I have another name as well and that was Phillip, after the name of the doctor who had saved my mothers life as a baby. Hence the name Phillip Lee and because Phillip had not been chosen by my father his side of the family don’t really acknowledge the Phillip aspect of my name. I think it is an interesting story.
4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
Don’t hate any names, as for names I like I have always liked the name Lucy and that is simply because I once new a girl called that and I had a crush on her.
5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it?
I think the analysis was very accurate, in fact maybe too accurate and I have tried to look at both the positive things that I feel it shows along with the negative, I am sure people who know me would find more faults than I have highlighted. I have highlighted all the aspects of both my first and middle name. I would say that I am hard working and at work I have the nickname of computer boy (will have to get them to change that) and would say I am more technical than I am artistic. Independent I have always been I find it much better to work alone then if you fail to achieve any target you only have yourself to blame. On the negative side because of this independence I may seem self-centred and I have been told on more than one occasion that my expressions are not always very friendly.

You can take a look at the extended entry for more details of the analysis of my name.

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Thursday, September 11, 2003

Well that day has come around again and not wanting to sound insensitive but I think it is good to remember but certainly hope that there are not going to be hours of special programming on television and pages of “Where were you” reports in the newspapers.

Happy Birthday to Cindy

Went to the cinema last night to see Legally Blonde 2 I have to say I have never seen the first one and don’t think that I would add this film to any all time greatest movies list. It was okay it got me out of the house for a few hours and is one of those films that you don’t have to use a lot of brainpower to enjoy.

Song: Message In A Bottle by The Police
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

What is life worth? I don’t really expect to get an answer to that question but found myself reading the obituaries section in the local newspaper. Something which always fills me with sadness. I do wonder what my obituary would say and whether anybody would bother to read it – all I can hope for is a happy life with no regrets.
Why do I feel this way about people I don’t know maybe it is just the way I am so you can imagine what I get like when I have not heard from friends in a long time. You know what I mean

Work was pretty eventful yesterday as I had to retain a customer’s credit card and have since found out that I will get a Ł50 reward from the card issuer which is always welcome but I am unsure if I should offer to pool this money between all the staff or keep it for myself. The manager has told me that in other places they have always pooled the money but there is no such room at our store. Is the manager in a roundabout way suggesting that I pool the money or do I set a precedent and keep it all for myself? I would welcome your comments on this
I already know what I want to do with the money and pooling it would leave such a small amount I would not be able to afford a DVD. (I have worked for the company for over four years and have been in retail since 1997 and this is the first time this has happened)

I forgot to mention earlier in the week that one of my brothers lost his mobile phone, well to say lost is not 100% correct as we know the person who found it and when my mother spoke to his (guilty party) parents she was not greeted by the return of the phone but told that the his (guilty party) phone had been misplaced/stolen on more than one occasion and this new phone which he had found would make up for it and refused to give it back. I have one word for this and to keep this site friendly rated I shall simply say WTF!

Almost forgot rant about lovely ladies I have seen, student came in the store on Saturday for a new mattress for student house and I came so close to telling her that if she was new to the area that there was a good pub quiz with a free drink for all who take part. I did say almost it was literally just after she had left that the thought occurred to me - maybe next time. Talking of the pub quiz a slightly bigger team that usual last night and we managed to come joint third, not the best result but better than being last.

A visit to the dentist today did not go very well, they said that my teeth were fine the problem is with my gums so I really need to look at how I clean my teeth and gums and look at ways of improving them. A good start would be to cut down on the amount of Coke I drink!

Will be going to the cinema later to watch Legally Blonde 2 later so have only had a little time to do some updates on the site. You may have noticed that the sidebar has a few additions and I finally got around to putting up the award from The for reaching 250 members at the CSI Fanlisting and sent out close to 100 emails today to people on my contact list to let them know that the address has changed, and was saddened to have nearly 30 emails bounce back. These are more than likely people I have lost contact with over the months and instead of just wallowing in times gone by I deleted there addresses from my address book and will eventually get around to clearing old files of my various computers.

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Monday, September 08, 2003

I really hate feeling that I have to fight for sales and that is exactly how I felt yesterday. Literally as soon as I turned my back another sales person was there, of course I am talking about Kelly! This is a subject that is making me angry to write about and I don’t particularly want to get into a bad frame of mind before work even if I won’t see her until Thursday.

Today was a little better and I got to leave an hour early for one reason or another but I was only able to have 30 minutes for dinner if I had taken any longer I would not have come back.

My family are away for a couple of days and I said that I would look after the animals for them so that means I should get a little extra time online this week and would hope to use it to catch up with some emails and hopefully get the Mystery Movie Game back up.
I still have a backlog of DVD’s to watch but most of my time has been taken up with playing Civilization 3 and reading a new book, in fact I have finished the book (Fire Ice by Clive Cussler)

It is amazing how early it is getting dark now, a few weeks ago and it was nine o' clock before it started to get dark now it is not even half past eight and dark - go and walk the dog now.

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Sunday, September 07, 2003

I really don’t know what I was expecting to happen at work yesterday as it was Kelly’s first day back after her week off sick followed by two weeks holiday and as I have already said in previous posts no one in the store believes that her reasons for being off sick are genuine and it was really an excuse to have the crucial Bank holiday weekend off.

The day ended with none of the questions we had been asking ourselves over the last three weeks being answered but then again a certain amount of tack is required so no direct accusation was made. I very much doubt we will ever find out the truth about the pregnancy. Sad if it was all just a fabrication, to get out of work and earn more money training army cadets.

Of course today there was an atmosphere in the store and I found myself having to compete again to make sure that I was selling more than Kelly so when she got a sale I did find myself getting annoyed, at the end of the day I was just envious of the sales she was getting and yes I have had it easy for the last three weeks so I will just have to get over it.

I had been planning on getting a digital box to enable me to widen the range of television channels that I can pick up, I am not even sure if I would even work where I live but I thought that I would give it a go and would have if I was able to get my hands on a cheap one! Maybe it is fate that they were out of stock as I really don’t have the money to take a chance that it would work and especially as it was only really one channel I was aiming to get.
On the subject of television the second series of Alias has moved to a different channel which is good for most of the Alias fans who don’t have satellite television as Channel 5 are showing it as a more mainstream time on a Saturday night while Channel 4 who had the rights to the first series would bury it away late at night and mess about with the nights and times it was on, they did the same with Angel and they lost that again to Channel 5 so maybe these shows will be able to get more of a following now. Only problem is I can’t pick up Channel 5!

Today was no better...

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Friday, September 05, 2003

I am really making an effort to post something here on a regular basis so it that time again Friday Five

1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
I really disliking having a major clean out as it is always such a big job and trying to decide what to throw out takes forever, I get bored or tired and end up keeping most things
2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?
I don’t mind general cleaning and vacuuming
3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?
I tend to clean when it needs to be done but do try and keep things tidy as I go about my business
4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
No not really
5. What was the last thing you cleaned?
Last thing I cleaned was my desk in work before I left. (big boss is expected tomorrow)

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Friday, September 05, 2003

Work was fun yesterday as I had to deal with a customer complaint and I do wonder why customers seem to think that a guarantee will last forever and a day. Basically a bed was purchased over a year ago and there is a problem with the mattress, as it is out of the manufactures guarantee the customer would have to pay a usage charge, of course when I told her this she was not happy as the mattress had already been changed a few months after she originally received the bed and seems to think that the guarantee would start again with the new mattress. Oh well I will give her another phone number to call today which should take the problem out of my hands and in to someone else.

I was talking to one of my younger brothers on Wednesday as he was off school sick (I did wonder if he was acting as he has just started secondary school) and he was telling me that his year has seen the largest enrolment ever with about 180 new pupils moving up to the first year. I know this may not seem a lot when you consider cities but Carmarthen has three secondary schools, one of which being a Welsh medium school. What really annoyed me is that things have changed so much since I first ventured in to the school hall for my first day at secondary school, okay they still give the same old speech about you taking the first step on the journey to adult life and all the responsibilities that go with it and the same old tour of the school but when I asked my brother what house he was in his reply was “J” and back in the good old days when there were only four “houses” and they were all named so I asked what “J” stood for and he had no idea - This fact disturbs me greatly.

Wednesday I also spent a bit of time looking at fanlistings to join and have added a few already but when I was going through the lists a question kept forming in my mind and that question was Why do people join fan lists? I know the obvious answer to that question is because you are a fan and want other people to know you are a fan but I found myself asking am I a fan? When do you become a fan of something?

Read the extended entry to find out what I thought about Terminator 3 Spoilers for those of you who have not seen the film yet

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Thursday, September 04, 2003

Typical once I meet up with my Gran and we are walking around town I see the most gorgeous looking women and it really was annoying trying to look but at the same time not draw attention to myself. Talking of women I was looking at the local paper and there was a birthday notice with photo for a girl who I am sure I have seen, try as I might I cannot think where I have seen her before. Oh well I am sure it will come to me one day.

I think today I spent more time walking around town than I have for ages, normally I will just go to a few shops with an idea of what I want and then straight home before going up to my mothers house. Today I took a look at the castle which they are still working on, apparently the archaeologists have found some interesting artefacts in what would have been the old moat which was uncovered during the work.

Tonight I will be going to the local cinema to watch Terminator 3.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

A really poor turn out for the pub quiz last night with only four teams, and I really did expect us to come last but by some strange fluke we came second and got our prizes which were two t-shirts to share between four people!
One of the bar maids (lovely) was sitting pretty close and I thought nothing of it until half way through the second half she went and joined another team, the suspicious mind I have suspects foul play.

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You definitely have your name in history, although probably not for the reason you believe. Yet you are very accepting, non-judgemental, and optimistic almost to a fault. You also have a thing for angora sweaters. How could anyone not like you?

Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!

Found out that the girl in the room next to me is pregnant, the landlord told me this morning when I went to pay my rent and said that this should quiet them down – well it may well quiet them down for a little while then I will have a screaming baby next door to me. On the subject of babies Kelly will be back in work on Friday (or at least we think it is Friday) and it will be interesting to see what she has to say about her absence. I know Liz the manager will be having words with her about the amount of time that she has had off and while doing this will try to uncover evidence that she was lying. So that is going to be fun!

I still don’t have any ideas as to what I will get up to on my holiday as yet another month with me getting underpaid has meant I have very little money left which concerns me as it is only the 3rd September and payday is nearly four weeks away. I really don’t think I could afford to go anywhere so I might just stay around Carmarthen as usual and might even get around to updating my local website.

Today I have been busy looking for new fanlists to join and will have to get going shortly as I am meeting my Gran

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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Would you believe it, a customer in the shop yesterday thought that I looked liked Superman; I immediately checked that I had not put my underwear on top of my trousers to find out that she thought I looked like the actor who played Superman in the television series - Dean Cain. Personally I would not have said that I looked like him, what do you think Comments Welcome

Isn’t it amazing how we close our eyes to the beauty around us, no I am not talking about women I am talking about the beauty of the world around us, how often do you stop and just look up at the sky or over some open fields and think life is wonderful? I would hope everyone who reads this would answer this question in the comments.

I will be updating my Qbee Quilt tomorrow!

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Monday, September 01, 2003

Finally succumbed to Friday Five even if it is Monday!

1. Are you going to school this year?
2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?
Officially finished school June 1997, unofficially left school July 1997
3. What are/were your favourite school subjects?
My Favourite subjects varied as i progressed through school but i always enjoyed History and Geography followed later by Business Studies
4. What are/were your least favourite school subjects?
I always had a dislike for the languages such as French, Welsh and German and dropped them as soon as I could. Least favourite that I had to do would be Mathematics and Physics.
5. Have you ever had a favourite teacher? Why was he/she a favourite?
I used to get on well with most of the teachers, especially as I progressed through school so it is really hard to pick a favourite. However Mr Robinson (Business Studies) would have to be one of those I mention, as he was one of a few teachers I had during my last few years and you knew with him he would mark the work based on quality and not quantity. Another of the teachers I had would mark on quantity and not quality.

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