What A Weekend…

Hey guys, it’s the Andy-San here just waking up in the afternoon of my only day off this week.

I worked all bloody weekend! If I wasn’t working, I was tweaking this site, briefly hanging out with my friends, eating, sleeping, or shitting. Oh, and I mowed the lawn too. Yay.

But yeah, I’ve been hella-busy doing some tweaking to this site. Some of the tweaks are quite noticeable like the time and date for each post, rearranging the time and date and the comments for all of the posts, and putting up a button to add this blog to your favorites in Technorati. The devil is in the details, in my opinion. It took me more time doing subtle changes than it did for the easily noticeable ones. It’s all good & worth it though, but it can be a lot of work setting up a website just how you like it. Even though I used a pre-existing template, I’ve changed the hell out of that thing not so much cosmetically but functionally both on the viewer side and on the administrator side.

Today, I’m gonna get my external hard drive hopefully fixed by Dusty, this guy I went to high school with. We were good friends in elementary, but we kinda did our own thing after that. I saw him at Wal-Mart and asked if he’d take a look at the drive and he said he would. So after I’m done with this post, I’m gonna unplug my tower since he doesn’t have any running XP and head over to his house.

Well, that’s all I have today. I’ll probably do another post today since I didn’t do one yesterday. Until then, see-ya!

Andy-San

P.S: It’s been 1,504 days since I had a website.

Good Customer Service Brings In The Serious Business!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a question.

Before I get to the question, let me fill you in on the situation. Today when I was working, a man asked me, “Why didn’t you ask me if I found everything?” I replied, “Did you find everything today?” He said, “No I didn’t.” I then said “And that’s why I don’t ask. It’s because I don’t know where everything is and also to speed up the process of checking out.” That’s what I was trying to say. What he ended up hearing was, “And that’s why I don’t ask.” I wasn’t quite quick enough to explain myself so I ended up sounding like a Grade-A asshole. I know that in the event that I don’t know where something is, I could page a manager or try to contact someone in that department. However, it would exponentially slow down the checking-out time. You see, from being in customer service for so long, I know that the only thing the customers expect out of me is to bag their items as quickly and as neatly as possible so that they can get their items and leave ASAP. There’s other things besides that, but that is the gist of what customers want.

I try various techniques in order to speed up this process. Such techniques include cutting out certain phrases like “did you find everything today?”, properly bagging items, hand-scanning big things like pop and water, and just plain being fast. The reason I don’t use the phrase, “Did you find everything today?”, is because I don’t know where everything is, it would take up lots of time to find an item that most of the time the customer doesn’t think is essential and aggravating other customers, and if the customer couldn’t find something they would definitely give me an earful about it.

I could do an entire article on proper bagging technique, but for the sake of this article, I’ll just try to highlight some key points:

Point 1 – Don’t bag cans with jars. Putting them together could cause the cans to break the jars during transit from store to house.

Point 2 – Bag raw meats and poultry separately. I’m talking about the stuff you get from the meat & poultry aisle that’s not frozen like ground chuck, steak, uncooked chicken breasts, etc. When dealing with poultry especially, bag it separate from everything else except other raw poultry, provided they don’t make the bag too heavy.

Point 3 – Try to bag things lighter than usual when dealing with older people, injured people, and the handicapped. Don’t do things like put both the flour bag and the sugar bag in one bag. Also, try to put as much stuff into their cart for them as possible. This not only speeds things up, but gets you a lot of brownie points which could put you in good standing with other customers and management.

Point 4 – Bag bread and bread-like items like buns separately so them don’t get squished (lol, grammatics). This is kind of a ‘duh!’ thing, but you’d be surprised how many cashiers neglect this simple rule. There are other items that you can bag bread with like chips, clothes (except jeans since they’re heavy), napkins, paper rolls, and other soft & light items.

Point 5 – Try to bag like items. Even I mess up on this one sometimes, but I try my best to follow it. Bagging a universal remote with ice cream is no way to get through life, son. Which brings me to my last point:

Point 6 – Bag cold things with other cold things and bag hot things with other hot things. If you bag ice cream with rotisserie chicken, you are a fucktard. Period. End of sentence.

So my question to you guys is, “Am I in the right or should I ask people if they found everything?” Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think. Oh yeah, in an effort to combat spam and r-tards, I’ve decided to do first comments by approval so if you don’t see your comment right away, just give me a sec to see that you’re not spam or posting stupid shit like ‘fuckin’ gay’ or what have you. After that, you should be good to go (¬_¬)/¯

When I got home from work today, I found out that my external hard drive is on the fritz now. WTF mate? It makes this clicking sound after it turns on and when it’s supposed to be recognized by the computer. Oh God, I hope I didn’t lose anything!! I’m gonna take it to the computer guy tomorrow to see if he can fix it.

In other news, since we can’t find a bassist, Jon wants me to hop on bass while he sings. He argues that I don’t have the upfront attitude needed to be a frontman and that we can’t find a freakin’ bass player! I’m a little iffy on being bass since I’d have to buy a bass guitar and a bass amp since I have neither. As far as him being the singer, I dunno man, he’s really good at screaming and has that rough rock & metal voice. We’ll see I guess. We’ll see… My stepdad suggested that we both take turns singing different songs or even different parts of a song ala Man In The Box by Alice In Chains.

Well, I’m gonna try to watch some moAr Rosario+Vampire so I’ll see youz guyz later. ‘Night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,502 days since I had a website.

TheAndySan's Hyper-Chance 1,500th Day of Website Ownage!!!1

Greetings one and all, it’s TheAndySan here on my 1,500th day of owning a website!!

Has it been 4 years, 1 month, and 9 days since I first started AnJa on Geoshitties? What began as a suggestion from my best friend Eriopolis that turned into a web design class project has evolved over the years to become www.theandysan.com! It still blows my mind that I started out online at the high school library. The librarians hated it when I would do “non-educational” things online, but despite all that, my website is still alive and kickin’!! Well, maybe not my original one lol! Actually, I just checked AND IT’S STILL THERE!!! It’s at http://www.geocities.com/x_a_dawg/. All that’s there is a missing picture and a link to my site on Dragolf’s server. That site was erased by Dragolf when I was being a fucktard on TheShizz.org. Then I went through a couple of free web hosts like Free Web Hosting.com before starting up my Xanga at www.xanga.com/theandysan. I then moved to http://theandysan.wordpress.com/ and now I’m here!! All that and a slew moAr happened in 1,500 days?! Damn son, where does the time go?!

Well, I’m gonna get me some lunch so you kids enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend! Laterz!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,500 days since I had a website.

Updating Is Serious Business!!!1

Hello, it’s TheAndySan here with an update (OMG, no wai!!1)

I’ve added to The History of TheAndySan so you guys can check that out if you want. I’ve also done some tweaking to the site as well, including new and improved AdSense placement. My bro Jon looked at it on Wednesday, and he said that I should brighten it up by adding red borders and stuff. I’m not particularly keen on that since I like having a dark background with light text because it’s easier to read. Still, I’d like to know what you guys think about it. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about the site design and if I should leave it as-is or make some changes.

In other news, I think I’ve figured out the majority of the main riff from U.N Owen Was Her. You can find a gazillion YouTube videos with remixes and the like, but I couldn’t find a link to a MIDI file of it. If any of you guys have one or know where one is, please link me to it!! That riff’s been driving me bonkers!! I’ve also picked up the newest issue of Guitar Legends that’s about Iron Maiden. I haven’t read much, but it looks f’n awesome!!

Well, I’m gonna head to bed so I’ll see everyone tomorrow. Good-night and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!!!

TheAndySan

Who Are My Inspirations To Play Guitar?

Hey there, it’s TheAndySan here to answer a question that I ask myself everyday: who inspires me to pick up a guitar and play?

Believe it or not, some of my inspiration comes from people who’ve never touched a guitar in their life. People like my mom. Okay, so maybe she’s played a thing or two on guitar, but that’s beside the point. The point is, that I’m inspired by her sticking to her guns when times get tough. She also has a sense of self-worth that was passed onto me. I remember when we were on welfare wayyy back in the day, and although she could have stayed at home and collected the check, she worked her ass off to pay for everything and she managed to go to cosmotology school on top of that! Even though we didn’t have the nicest clothes or the trendiest toys, we never felt beneath other people. We had a strong sense of self-worth and knew that although times were tough, we would get through them and things would get better. And they did.

Of course, I am also inspired by actual guitar players. The most inspirational guitar players from 1-3 are my dad, Paul McCartney, and Marty Friedman. My dad was the reason I got back into playing guitar in the first place. I was always into music in some form or another. I got two Yamaha keyboards from my dad that I always tinkered on. I had guitar lessons when I was 7 and living in Michigan. I began to lose interest because we were playing babyish stuff like Mary Had a Little Lamb and the like. I wanted to play the flute in 5th grade, but I couldn’t afford one so they let me play violin. I was pretty bad at it so it didn’t last very long. In 8th grade music class, I played The Terminator theme for a project. Although the teacher told me to scrap it because I didn’t follow the directions, some of the classmates loved it! I didn’t get back into music again until my dad passed away about 2 months after I graduated high school. In another turn of events, Dimebag Darrell passed away that same year on December 8th (the day after my birthday), the birthday of Marty Friedman and Jim Morrison. At the funeral, one of Dad’s close friends, Rick Barr, asks me if I was in a band and if I’ve inherited any of my dad’s talent and good ears. I honestly couldn’t answer him about the latter, and it planted the seed that maybe I should pick up the guitar again to find out. A couple months later, I learn that one of the new workers at McDonald’s, Travis, plays guitar. After playing his guitar for awhile, he helped me get my own guitar in January of 2005 (I didn’t have my very first guitar at that point so that’s why I needed another one). It was a beat-up Squire Strat with a cable, gigbag, and a small amp for $100.

Paul McCartney has been such a big influence on my dad that Paul’s voice has become familiar and comforting. In a weird sort of way, Paul McCartney has been like a second dad to me. Sure we’ve never met, but when he sings and talks, it feels like he’s singing and talking to me and only me. Paul’s been getting a lot of slag about his albums being mediocre. I think that people expect too much from him. If you’re putting on a Paul McCartney album and expecting it to be Revolver or The White Album, you’ll be let down. That’s not to say his music’s no good. It’s just that you need to lower your expectations a bit to enjoy it. I grew up on albums like Flowers In The Dirt and the double-live album Tripping The Live Fantastic. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I first heard any Beatles songs. Of course I thought they were great, but I didn’t see much different between that and what Paul was doing. Then again, I wasn’t around when The Beatles came to America so I know I would be eating my words if I were around back then.

Marty Friedman, the former guitarist from Megadeth and Cacophony, has been my main inspiration as a player because he plays things that are normally not associated at all with guitar and they sound a-mazing! If you have the time, I highly recommend the following videos:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #12 (I based a riff around this):

Marty In Rock Fujiyama Episode #23:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #15:

Marty and Paul Gilbert in Rock Fujiyama Episode #47:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #22:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama Episode #7:

Marty in Rock Fujiyama episode #4 (I copied what he did to create part of a song called Heavy Metal Waltz):

Wow! I’d better stop posting Marty Friedman videos…for now. Anyway, there are a gazillion other players out there that inspire me. Players like Vince Gill, Gary Moore, Robbie McIntosh (the guitarist for Paul McCartney circa Flowers In The Dirt through Off The Ground), Paul Gilbert, Les Paul (the guy and the guitar), and loads more.

Well, I believe that this post has become redunk-yo-mama-liss long so I’m gonna go eat something before I go to work. Laterz!

TheAndySan

Behold!! www.theandysan.com Is Here!!!1

Hello everyone, it’s TheAndySan hurr to welcome you to the culmination of several years of blogging and lots of hard work!!

I’ve wanted my own website pretty much since I first got on the web back in 5th grade circa 1997. Flash forward 11 years and I finally have it!!

Well, I hate to cut this post short, but I’m freezing my ass of and I’m in desparate need of a shower. See you guys later!

TheAndySan

P.S: I’ve decided to address myself here as TheAndySan in celebration of my namesake site. I’ve also set up a Donate button that you guys can donate me money if you want via Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, et al.

What If Everything You Ever Wanted…

CAME IN A ROCKET CAN?!!!!1 Greetings on and all, it’s the Andy-San here with some very excellent news!!!

After waiting for years and creating several not-quite-my-own websites, I finally have a site I can call my own!! And it’s open now!! Of course, it’ll take a couple weeks to get all the kinks out. But for the most part, www.theandysan.com is up and running baby!! I’ll be moving all of my activity to there so if any of you guys subscribe to me via RSS or something like that, you’ll have to update your feed.

Well, that’s all for this site. I hope to see all of your shining faces at www.theandysan.com!! Bye!

Andy-San