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.

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?

Black Friday Update #3

Posted: November 4, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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Kmart has posted their ad:

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/11/k-mart-2009-black-friday-ad.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/11/k-mart-2009-black-friday-ad-2.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/11/k-mart-2009-black-friday-ad-3.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/11/k-mart-2009-black-friday-ad-4.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/11/k-mart-2009-black-friday-ad-5.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/11/k-mart-2009-black-friday-ad-6.html

Black Friday Update #2

Posted: November 3, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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Huge Sears Black Friday Ad:

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-001.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-003.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-004.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-001_31.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-006.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-007.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-008.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-009.html

http://theblackfriday.blogspot.com/2009/10/sears-black-friday-2009-ad-010.html

Black Friday Update #1

Posted: November 3, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized

Best Buy has posted a link to win a Black Friday VIP Experience:

http://bestbuyvipcontest.com/index.asp

Lowe’s has posted a sneak peak:

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=categorySelect&Ne=4294967294&category=Black+Friday&N=4294893155+4294961544

Black Friday (Nov. 27, 2009)

Posted: November 3, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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Good morning you carnivores. DST is finally over and, quite honestly, I adjusted well to it. I woke up at 3 a.m. and realized I still had an hour before I actually had to get up. And so October ends and another very exciting month begins. November, and all it holds for us, is well on it’s way.

November is not only home to the most filling day of the year, Thanksgiving, but to the day after, known as Black Friday. Black Friday is the day when all the major stores offer “doorbuster” deals. The term “Black Friday” is said to have originated in Philadelphia around in the 1960’s in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. Most recently, the media and merchants referred to this shopping phenomenon as Black Friday because it was the day retailers got out of the red and into the black, turning profit.

This year, being the birth year of Meat in Your Mouth, you can bet your ass we’re gonna be covering everything Black Friday. We will be updating frequently, up until Thanksgiving with the ads that are released. Bookmark MiYM or simply click on the links to the right to receive an email or daily updates via RSS when we’ve put a new post up.

Happy November all, have a nice rest of the week!