Thursday, September 13, 2012


I thought it would be fun to do a weekly 

Look at this photo... ew!
Then read the article below...
and tell me if you think it is true or false.
Simple enough.
Both the photo and the story came from FB.
OH... no fair checking on Snopes!



A spider bite...please read............ And you thought the brown recluse was bad!

Three women in North Florida, turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death. There were no outward signs of trauma.

Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood. These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common. It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant (Olive Garden) within days of their deaths.
The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down. The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail.

The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom.

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read, drove out to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat.
Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider.

The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because of its reddened flesh color. This spider's venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark, damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.
Several days later a lawyer from Jacksonville showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore, before returning home.
He did not visit (Olive Garden), while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock.
Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India.
The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on 4 different planes!
It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country. So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life!
And please pass this on to everyone you care about.
 Now... True or False?
I'll give the answer later in the comments.

Monday, September 10, 2012


( Credit to

Picture a pyramid shaped hive. 
At the top is the store queen bee.  
Just below her are two co-queen bees, below them are a dozen hive division manager bees and below them are hive area manager bees... who have hive co-area manager bees.  
The nectar runs down hill as they say.

When the queen bee warns the hive co-queen bees and they shove whatever threat they think will improve things in the hive on down through the ranks until we little worker bees get steamrolled.  Work is stress.  Expectations are set so high that one can not accomplish what is assigned...
to management satisfaction.

Here's a good example.  Today in one hour, I fielded 52 phone calls. I also had to respond to the walkie-talkie whenever a manager bee wanted something done. They don't page... I page.  I also had to let people into the fitting room... count and search what they were taking in to try on without offending them and recount when they came out again.  Somewhere in the middle of that... management railed at me for not answering the walkie-talkie fast enough.  I explained that I had all 5 lines ringing one after the other and a customer with a question in person. 
(A customer waiting to get into a fitting room was watching and listening to me getting into trouble on the walkie-talkie, which is very loud.)  
I apologized. 
I detest groveling over an unfair expectation.  I feel bad about getting raked over the coals in public and I feel worse about allowing that to happen to me.

Our hive area manager bee got into trouble because not enough stuff was being put back on the racks fast enough for the queen bee... who has been away on vacation.  Hummm... let's see, back to school shopping time, with multiples of returned items, under staffed and badly scheduled.  Of course it must be the bottom of the hive worker bees at fault!  It can't have anything to do with management choices, actions or the lack thereof.  So our area and co-area manager bees have been stinging everyone verbally.

You know what happens when manager bees go bad?  All the worker bees go into a frenzy.  Frenzy actually causes mistakes to happen but worse than that, they begin to sting each other.  There is so much back stinging going on right now that I don't want to talk to any of my co-worker bees. All the little bees blame each other when the other is not around.  They whisper it in conspirator conversations to each other and to the manager bees.  
Our little hive has become a hornet's nest.

Ugh.  I dread the next two days at work.  I can't wait for my day off.  Meanwhile... I will continue to come home every day and search for a different job.  My last retail job was a piece of cake compared to this insanity.  Its exhausting and drains me of my will to do anything more than 
sit in a stupor when I get home.  
Hence the failure to post. 
Thanks for checking in on me and thanks for hanging in there.  
I can't promise a lot.  
But I will do at least a post a week.  
Christmas is coming and if "back to school" was bad... 
I don't even want to think about it.