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Chris and Amy's Wedding
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So I'm going through and trying to import stuff to AO3...
not having titles on most of my posts, and failing utterly to use tags, and having a ton of locked-to-only-me partial works is really throwing a spanner in the works here.
Ugh.

wrestling is life

Seriously.
I remember being a tiny kid watching Rock N Wrestling (the cartoon).
I remember fangirling Roddy Piper when everyone else was a Hulkamaniac.
I remember being like 7 or 8 and watching Wednesday nights on CHCH (the Hamilton station) as they showed WWF Superstars. Basically every week Hacksaw Jim Duggan would main-event.
It was such a staple of my childhood. I used to watch the hourlong Saturday afternoon show with Jess on the phone and we'd discuss what we were seeing. Our first crush (probably) was Shawn Michaels, and we had a fistfight to determine who got to claim him (she won, I was awarded Marty Janetty as a consolation prize). We used to play house (kind of) where she was the daughter of the Million Dollar Man and her husband was Shawn, and I was her neighbor who was married to Marty and all the baby dolls I had were the kids we'd had and were raising as best friends.
When I was in high school and stressed all to fuck, I'd watch wrestling. Monday Night I'd watch RAW live, then at midnight I'd watch the rebroadcast to try and fall asleep. When we finally started getting Nitro, I'd stay up and watch that instead. Tuesday after school, I'd watch the RAW rebroadcast too, just to see all the moves in the match where I might have been distracted by announcing or maybe had been out of the room. I would watch Thunder and Smackdown.
After high school, some friends and I went to a few live events. I know we were at a RAW taping (the one where you could see my brother shaking his head in dismay at Booker T during his entrance, haha) and maybe a second one? And definitely a Smackdown taping where we had a giant RVD sign made of cutout letters and wrapped in holographic wrapping paper. That was the one with RVD vs Mr Perfect shortly before he passed away. A technical/lighting glitch happened and they had to restart the match, it was cool and weird to see the business exposed like that as they had to redo all the same spots.
I was a member of Lance Storm's Book Marks book club. I won a giveaway on his site, and even got a couple of Christmas cards from him and arranged for a birthday card to be sent to my friend Dan.
After I moved here, I got Chris into it (sort of. He's such a good dude, he doesn't have the love for it I do but because I do, he supports it) and we made the over-6-hour-drive to Edmonton for Backlash 2006, where Benoit won the title in his hometown. Also where Randy Orton (in his Legend Killer gimmick) fought Mick Foley in the last WWE thumbtack spot until this year's Extreme Rules pay per view.
In 2009 I started watching Ring of Honor on HDNet, and it got me interested in the indies. I gave TNA a try when on Spike TV, but it was so inconsistent it made WCW look sane and once Christian went back to WWE and Samoa Joe was being booked stupidly I cut my losses, even with Sting and Jeff Hardy still there.
I got back into wrestling hardcore back in April. It was literally the only thing I looked forward to, and the only thing I had an attention span for. I started buying indy DVDs, some PWG, some ROH, some Evolve, and some old DGUSA. Marked out hard for Jon Moxley and Kevin Steen, bought some Best Of DVDs for each of them. Both are in WWE now, as Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens, I'm so glad both of them made it, and made it to the top of the mountain there. We subscribed to WWE Network, and I'm working my way through some of the PPVs every other week. I still have DVDs to watch, plus 6 hours of current WWE programming on TV every week, and it's my also-beloved figure skating season. So many of the great indy guys are in NXT now, like Samoa Joe, and hopefully they get moved to the main roster soon.
It's come and gone, there have been months where I didn't make wrestling appointment TV, I wouldn't record it and only watch if I happened to be home and nothing else was on. But when I've needed it it's been there. Something to distract me from my own head, something that makes sense (even if it's just its own strange internal logic) when everything else in life is spinning out of control. It's probably saved my life on occasion.

Thank you, wrestling.

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So I might be making a change in career. Nothing ever panned out with getting an office-type job, or with applying at banks, but one of my employees told me that Starbucks is hiring for management. I told her she could give the recruiter my name, and he called today. They sound like a good place, actually, and if I were to get the position it might work out to be 20% more in pay. I am on the fence though... for a few reasons. First, it would be going back into food service, although it would be the one place I could handle working food service. Secondly, it would actually be more work standing, and my back is not good. When I am alone for 2.5 hours in the morning at current job, my back is screaming and I pretty much need to sit for 10 minutes once someone else comes in. I have enough reports to check and paperwork to do that I do get these sitting-breaks a couple times a day, and I don't think I would have that there. There is also a lot of repetitive bending, and I know my back doesn't like it on Saturdays at current job when I do the most bending. There are also requirements for lifting up to 40 lbs, and I am on a lift restriction from my doctor to about 15 lbs... I suppose I could always get other people to do the lifting for me, but I would have to be up front about it (I couldn't stomach lying about it in an interview and I am the WORST liar) and I worry it could cost me the job. The location is definitely not convenient to get to, as I bus - it would be at least 2, maybe 3 buses and this city can't seem to get the routes to work in conjunction with each other. Employment is "at will" and it specifies that they can terminate at will with or without cause, and that scares the crap out of me, because what if they don't give me enough time to get to standard before deciding I am not the right fit and I end up without a job?

I know that a lot of this is just anxiety over nothing, and my own personal issues, but I do have a few points to really consider. Is it better to stay with the company I am currently with, at least through Holiday, and then see about maybe trying for another office job? Or should I make the jump to Starbucks, and see where it takes me? All this also assumes I will get the interview after they get the prescreening test back, and then get an offer, so maybe I'm getting worked up over nothing.

In other work news, I go to Vancouver for training next week, which is also something I feel guilty about because how fair is it for me to take the flight out there and all the training and then leave? And leaving just before Holiday ramps up is super terrible timing for my current company, as they are without 2 other managers, and there will be 2 brand new hires in my store PLUS no one to hire or train the seasonals that need to get hired within the next 5 weeks (okay, they'll probably put the assistant manager from downtown in my store so there will be someone, but it puts the manager there into a bad spot)... but I guess I have to look out for me? I just don't like knowing it will hurt people I have come to care about.

In non-work news, we got a 2nd cat, and both babies are getting along well. We haven't had any issues at all, except that Electra (the new one) gets frantic when food is involved and pushes Katie out of her food. We have to feed them separately, but otherwise they get along really well and I have tons of pictures of them sleeping in a chair together.

In fandom news, there is no news. I have not seen any of Supernatural season 8... I have it all on the PVR, but I think I will just try to get it on DVD or Blu Ray tomorrow so I can clear the space on the PVR. I have not had the emotional strength to attempt to watch anything I have to think about, so I have been watching Highway Thru Hell, Storage Wars, and Breaking Amish... high class entertainment, to be sure. And tonight I watched Amish Mafia for the first time, plus I will neither confirm nor deny the existence of Dr Phil or Kardashian-related nonsense on my PVR history.

I might not post much, but I do still lurk almost daily, so although I don't say much I think of you all often!
I Am A: Neutral Good Human Bard (4th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-11

Dexterity-10

Constitution-13

Intelligence-19

Wisdom-15

Charisma-13


Alignment:
Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Class:
Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

So work has been dismal of late. My new RM (new as in about a year and he still seems to take no interest in the smaller stores and does not understand we do not - and cannot - function like the big ones) actually has caused staff to comment things like "I have never seen a regional/district manager so clearly not give a shit about a store before and I have worked retail for over ten years." All we ever get is shit when things go not perfectly, and when things go well we get nothing at all. One of the other stores found out they made their annual sales goal with a full 9 weeks to go and they emailed the vp for our division and cc'ed the RM... and got a letter saying "Congratualtions!" as the entire text back from the VP and nothing at all from the RM.

I also am terribly understaffed and the staff I do have do not care at all about working. It is ridiculous. New hires come in and tell me they don't understand how i can function, and then quit because the existing staff are so terrible, and with our HR policies I can't just fire them, I have to go through all the steps and write-ups. Yeah.

So I started applying at other places, and just got an email asking when would be convenient for a phone interview.

I have never done one, especially not one with someone from a separate HR company. I have no idea what to expect. It is also for a completely different job - admin manager at a furniture store. I know I can probably do it but I am freaking out a little, because I at least know what to expect from where I am and I get 4 weeks paid vacation and decent benefits... and this is a complete unknown. I do know that they have to meet my salary expectations, but other than that I have no clue what to even ask. I also want to stay on at my current job for another 5 weeks (including the one I am currently in) because I will qualify for my annual bonus and it is a significant amount of money, and I have to finish the financial year. Bonus is actually not usually paid out until end of April, but if i work out the year I am entitled to it and I will fight for it if I have to, because we are talking thousands of dollars - last time it was almost $3200, and I was pro-rated for the 7 weeks of unpaid leave I was on. But I don't know if telling them that will cost me the job, so I don't know what to do. I guess I am also partly putting the cart before the horse, as I have not even interviewed yet, but I am a planner and want the ducks all in a row beforehand if I can.

Advice?