Archive for November, 2009

Shooting Down the Water Men

Posted: November 12, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized

Wow, what a day it’s been. As if my days weren’t chalk full of information, stress, and tasks, today was very intense.

For the past week or so, a few of us at work have been talking about forming a Union between the drivers because of the mistreatment, overwork/underpay situation, and the lack of respect. We were scheduled to meet with a Local Teamster in Carson, CA to talk about the situation and what they can do for us, if anything. As of last night, we had 50% of the drivers ready for battle against the corporate slave drivers, and then we came in to work.

As we pull into the driveway to the branch, we notice several highly recognizable vehicles that are usually driven by the big wigs. As we walk into the branch, there are signs posted everywhere that simply read, “Meeting @ 7am”. Nothing proper, no details. The signs were hand-written which, to me, indicated it was a last-minute decision. We all had an idea what we were going to hear. I texted Takis around 6:48am with, “Wait till you come into work. Prepare for battle”. I’m sure that freaked him out. The meeting began and, of course, they began talking about the negative side of Unions. On a regular day, we usually clock in at 7am, and we’re out of the branch by 7:40am, latest. Today, it was 7:48am, and we had just walked out to begin our morning process.

These guys came in to talk to us and let us know that they were there for us if we needed anything and that things shouldn’t be so bad that we need a third-party representative. Well, I’ll tell you what: THINGS ARE THAT BAD.

Out of the 50% of the guys that were ready for this, we probably lost about 5%. And although, a lot of us were shaken up by this intervention, I sincerely hope we can all gather ourselves up, and hold the line. We need to continue to move forward, even when it may seem that it won’t yield any results. We may never know what this change may hold for us if we stop in our tracks.

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Lost Track

Posted: November 8, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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Good Evening all. Tonight, I write about something tragic. Something you don’t expect to hear about, let alone experience in front of your eyes.

On my way home today, I was walking towards the train station where I catch my ride home every day, when I was blocked by red flashing lights, sirens, and a sea of people gazing upon something very tragic, but I hadn’t realized what. I automatically assume the worst so that when I hear the truth of the situation, it won’t seem so bad. But today, my suspicions were right on.

Someone, a man, had been hit by the train as he was trying to cross the tracks to walk on to the platform. When I arrived, the accident had already happened and paramedics, working alongside the fire department, were standing and crouching at the front of the train trying to get the man out. After about 10 minutes, they began bringing the man out from under. He was, thankfully, in one piece, but very much in a critical state, I’m sure. The man was taken away on a gurney and into an ambulance which quickly sped off to the nearest ER. The train began to move forward.

After a few minutes, the people on the train were let out, and were asked to wait for the next train. The people on the platform seemed shaken up. I mean, why wouldn’t they, right? The train they were riding had just hit, and could have killed, a man.

People, for some reason, don’t respect the fact that these are fast, heavy, deadly machines. I, personally, have been cited for crossing the track as the train was approaching bus easily a football field away. They take these things very seriously, and ever since then I will always wait for the lights to stop flashing

Memory Lane

Posted: November 8, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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Being on Facebook, and seeing all the old friends I have on their, tends to bring back a lot of memories. Once recent memory has been burned into the grooves of my brain and I thought I’d share. Back in 1993, a little game was getting real popular among the school kids. It was the latest fad that most of were into, and some of us were obsessed over. It was a little milk cap game known simply as Pogs.

I remember in 1993, during my last year at Buford Elementary, a few friends of mine and I went to the World Pog Federation Southern California Pog Tournament at Knott’s Berry Farm. They gave away limited edition Pogs and I can’t remember well, but I believe I got up to the Semi-Finals in the tournament. Alex, Chuck, and David all did better than me.

The game was pretty simple enough for anyone to quickly learn. But it would take some time to master the throw of the slammer. Kids would have these “Poison” slammers that would have specific attributes to them. Or how about the Fat Slammers? Anyone remember those? They were the size of about three slammers stacked on top of one another. The Good Ol’ Days.

I wonder how hard it would be to try to bring back Pogs. Alex, Chuck, and Dave: You with me?

Evolution

Posted: November 3, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized

Hello all, and once again, thank you for reading our blog. Some new, handy updates have been made to the site. If you look to your right, you may notice a couple of new things. First, you can now get live feeds of MiYM directly to your personal websites with live updates whenever we post a new blog! Awesome, I know. As if, we weren’t doing enough with that, you can choose to get your updates through email instead, also on the right.

So there you have it folks. We grow yet again. We also started setting up for podcasting today, as well as testing out recording and such. It’s a very exciting time for Meat Eaters. Speaking of which, if you haven’t become a Meat Eater, What are you waiting for? Just click “Follow” at the top left corner or to the right, under Meat Eaters. Soon, you’ll be getting so much of us, meat will be coming out your ears!

Thanks again fellow Meat Eaters,for subscribing to MiYM. Until we “meat” again.

Epidemic

Posted: November 3, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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Symptoms: Insomnia, nervousness, obsessiveness, neglectant, loss of hunger, and potentially, DEATH.

It is the most dangerous epidemic the world has seen to date. H1N1? Negative. I’m talking about Farmville. “Farmers” are quickly taken in by the fictional world of farming. Hoping to find a chocolate cows, turtles, or ugly ducklings.

Why are people so obsessed with this game? Its a rip-off of a game that was released years ago for the Nintendo Gamecube, and since then has had multiple spin-offs. Even when I’m on the route, people in doctors’ offices, clothing stores, etc., are all playing this.

If you have a Gameboy SP or even up to a DS Lite (not the new DSi), you can get Harvest Moon. The original, Farmville, if you will. You can also get the Gamecube version, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, to get your farming fix and leave the flashy crap that is Farmville where it belongs–in the trash. Happy Gaming!