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  1. LB log - 20121028

    One thing I'll need to remember to do tomorrow morning is find the Assistant Manager.

    For whatever reason, there were some employees and CSMs (my immediate bosses, so to speak) parroting this line today about how he said that "the remote for the cart machine was fixed". This statement is coming around today, a Sunday, and I never saw any service person at the store on Friday, and I doubt that they make weekend calls. I also doubt that they make night time calls, and any ...
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  2. LB log - 20121027

    Saturday before Halloween means that there's a lot of people doing shopping to stock up today.

    As predicted, the lack of a corral in the lot has resulted in more strays accumulating in its wake through the course of the day. In writing so now, I recall that when I first started the job, I initially moved the corrals to places where I noticed accumulations such as that frequently occur. Not much of a logical stretch. This time, though, I wonder if some customers felt familiar with ...
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  3. LB log - 20121026

    I look forward to work tomorrow in light of a change today.

    One of the corrals which we had in the lot was severely worn to the point where the decorative top was removed and the remaining base of it was bent to the point where it nearly became useless. Running the machine through that corral became infeasible. It has been like that for months, but having it there is better than having nothing at all. For whatever reason, they have decided to take that corral down today. It's gone. ...
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  4. LB log - 20121025

    Rain sounds so much sweeter now that the new gutters are in place. I dare say the entire system of drainage we have is improved by it, to the point that the sump pump didn't activate as frequently. I am slightly confused by this, because if anything I would have expected more water to flow into the hole in light of more water being fed in from the gutters now that they are not junk. Ah, there it goes right now. Still, it's very exciting to not have a waterfall spill over from the roof of the house ...
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  5. LB log - 20121024

    Today is her birthday and our fourth anniversary.

    To make a day of it and since we haven't done so in a while, we decided to go to Fry's to pick something out for her gift. I made sure to present this as a choice at first so that I could be spared the necessity of finding something to surprise her with beforehand. I think it's safe to say at this point that neither of us are particularly interested in getting cheap gifts of food or candy or movies or a game or anything particularly ...
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  6. LB log - 20121023

    My parents' wedding anniversary is in late October, and they are going to take a vacation this year as they have done many years before. Two years ago, they decided to take on a cruise journey through China and Tibet, which shocked me just for how much my Dad loves Bill O'Reilly and Fox News, so I figured that he never would have wanted anything to do with those commies. This year they are taking a cruise up the Rhine river and spending time in some countries there. They have an itinerary printed ...
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  7. LB log - 20121022

    The current 1120 Test Scenario data which I'm entering now uses a fake corporate name of "WorkNAllDay". I might be able to relate, at least to parts like doing this here and retail bullshit earlier. Four scheduled, one no-call no-show, rain, and managers who do nothing but wring their hands when they allow a two-hour stretch during the noon portion of the day to be handled by a lone cartman.

    Songs went pretty badly today. I can't say that I had any of the usual excuses creep ...
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  8. LB log - 20121021

    For the second time in as many years, my parents are electing to completely uproot the stone ground which lines the edge of their pool and have it redone with a different material. When they first moved to the house, the material was simple gray concrete, like a driveway. It was replaced with a red concrete of a different kind of texture this time, and they have decided that the pool water on the surface makes it too slippery (which it honestly was), so there will be a new material put in now. They ...
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  9. LB log - 20121020

    It's a shell game that I play on these days that I work, in respect of the time that I finally have to myself after the servitude. One day, it feels like I'm never off of some horseshit forum (this isn't a subtle jab at this forum). Today, it feels like one of the cats will not leave me alone and demands pets from me for an unusually large portion of time. To wit - this morning, as with most mornings, I quickly scrounge up some coffee and a small bite of food before sitting down to D3 to do five ...
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  10. LB log - 20121019

    I wasn't informed of it before hand, but at work I came to discover that today is the National "Old People Drive Worse Than They Usually Do" day. I'm working with a coworker, and we're pulling a line out from the last corral to go to the end. I see a gold Cadillac inching backwards. I put up my arm to stop the coworker from moving, and he does. We have the carts out in the road by that point, though. The car still approaches. I yell "stop" repeatedly and in increasing volume. ...
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  11. LB log - 20121018

    Form 1120S Schedule K.

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1120ssk.pdf

    I've seen a few of these in the hands of other people for whom I've filed tax returns. This is essentially a 1099 for a shareholder of a S Corporation (though only a coincidence, you can essentially say the S stands for "small" in this case). I recall that when I imported this form to work on it before, that I had massive problems with something about how it was internally made and it would ...
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  12. LB log - 20121017

    I'm just entirely too distracted.

    At least making the test content for Scenario 3 from Publication 4164 isn't taking nearly as long. One interesting change I had to make to Form 5471 is that there's an area where you are to submit currency values with accompanying exchange rates. I didn't pay attention to the test content as I was developing the Form, because I had assumed that the rate would be multiplied by the functional currency amount, where in truth the rate is actually the ...
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  13. LB log - 20121016

    When I make and alter IRS forms in LiveCycle, one of the more maddening issues which took too long to correct was in regards to tab stop order. The problem is that when you alter the forms, and in particular, when you add new fields into the documents, the tab order gets shifted around and usually defaults to something which darts you all over the page. For one, this isn't too much of a surprise, considering that it would probably take too much effort to have the program correctly guess at what ...
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  14. LB log - 20121015

    Today's post is dedicated to Rated E.

    You should write more entries of your own. It's a fun challenge to find new ways to restate how repetitive your daily life is.

    Anyway.

    The visit by my cousin occurred as planned. She's in second grade now and is basically as articulate as other people twice her age. She seemed genuinely happy to see me. Since I get an hour for lunch we had the time to go to a nearby pancake house for some late breakfast, as her suggestion ...
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  15. LB log - 20121014

    Another impossible day in the rain.

    Sump pump works good.

    My Uncle's wife is going to be in town on account of a medical procedure about to be undertaken for her mother, and she's bringing one of her children with for the trip. The child is the eldest of five (yes, five) progeny between the two. My Uncle is fifty and his wife is in the early forties. The child is seven, and she's always had a sharp wit to her words as long as she could speak. My Mom is trying to find ...
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