Halifax Harbor in the Fog

June 29, 2009
Halifax, Nova Scotia on a foggy June afternoon

Halifax, Nova Scotia on a foggy June afternoon

We’re RGIS and You Will Suck Again

June 29, 2009

Last week, I got an email from the RGIS corporate gods that included this tidbit of information:

On June 27, 2009 the Average Per Hour (APH) Standards will be raised in several of our accounts. More than half of our teams are already operating at levels that meet or exceed the “New” APH Standards, so raising the Standard may have little effect on you.

In other words, if you were a good little RGIS inventory counter, worked your ass off and met your aph goal -TOO FUCKING BAD! Starting June 27, it’s probably not good enough anymore.

Apparently, not enough of us sucked at meeting our aph goals; so instead thanking us for making the company even more profitable by meeting or exceeding productivity goals, we are being set up for failure again. If aph goals are a moving target, it doesn’t really matter how fast we count. We will never be fast enough. We will suck again.

Apparently, the corporate gods have realized that they need to give lip service to accuracy:

As we strive to execute at higher levels, we must never jeopardize accuracy or customerservice in the name of productivity!

“Oh, gosh, store manager, I can’t image why our inventory counters didn’t give you a good count. We told them never to jeopardize accuracy.”

I tell myself that I am lucky to still have a job. But some days, I’m not sure I really believe that.

Born Yesterday

June 28, 2009

I was washing dishes this evening after channel-surfing to find something suitable to wash dishes by. I blundlered into Born Yesterday with Judy Holliday. Years ago, I had a girlfriend that looked nothing like Judy Holliday but smiled like her according to one of my friends who was a film buff.

Like many actors who effectively play “dumb”, Judy Holliday was very intelligent. She had a genius level I.Q.

The Best Veggie Burger in the World

June 28, 2009

I wrote about Motor City Withdrawal a while ago. Because I thought it was the Lovely Lettuce’s story to tell to tell, I held off blogging more about the best Veggie Burger in the World at Sweet Lorraines. We only ate at the original location on Greenfield in Southfield and we loved it every time.

I concur that it is the best veggie burger in the world that I have ever tasted. They also have the best veggie meat loaf in the world in my opinion. But, of course, the statistical sample on that is much smaller.

New Yorker Cover Created on An iPhone

June 14, 2009
This New Yorker cover was created on an iPhone using the Brushes app

This New Yorker cover was created on an iPhone using the Brushes app

I’m not a big fan of the iPhone, but I have to say that this impressed me. You can find all the gory details here There is a video of the creation of the cover as well.

This just goes to show that a talented artist like Jorge Columbo doesn’t need a system that costs thouands of dollars to create digital art. An iPhone with the right app will serve just fine.

Sometimes sunrise comes much too early

June 13, 2009
Stykkisholmur at sunrise

Sunrise at 1:22 am

How do Icelanders cope with the midnight sun?