Non-Working Class Hero: Is It Something To Be?

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan here.

When I was working at Wal-Mart the other day, I had to restrain myself from walking out. I have had enough of working for someone else, much less working for Wal-Mart. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Wal-Mart; I feel that I’m at a stage in life where I need to really make something of myself. I also don’t want to end up like my parents who work and work and work just to keep everything afloat. Whenever I go behind the register, my inner integrity’s screaming, “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING HERE?!! YOU NEED TO BE YOUR OWN MAN AND WORK FOR YOURSELF!!!” I totally agree with my integrity.

That’s one of the reasons I started TheAndySan.com; I need to generate income by working for myself instead of selling out my time to be someone else’s slave. Starting a blog is one of the smallest investments anyone can make. It costs me a little over $100 a year for TheAndySan.com (space and domain) and hell, I’ve used free blogs since 2004 starting with GeoShitties. The only thing more cost-effective than free is if the blog pays you to blog. Oh wait, it does! The only limit to what you can make on a blog is what you put on yourself, and even then you could still make more by using content-generators like forums.

While working at Wal-Mart, I calculated how much I’d need to make in order to cover my expenses. My expenses in a business month (30 days) add up to $410. That’s $102.50 a week, $14.55 a day, or $0.60 an hour. Roughly guesstimating from my AdSense clicks, that’s about 3-4 clicks an hour on average. In other words, I could have ALL of my monthly expenses paid for by my visitors clicking 3-4 ads an hour on any of my sites. That’s nuckin’ futz!

After the whole Kontera & AdSense fiasco, I took it upon myself to completely reevaluate how I blog. I found out that a lot of people don’t like it when you change topics in a blog. Hell, I change topics in every post! I told myself, “This is how I write. I’ll listen to what other people are telling me, but I’m not gonna bend to their will. If I did, then this blog would be no better than Wal-Mart or any other job for that matter.”

Then, I decided to make another blog, this one being better on topic than TheAndySan.com. My idea for SpicyMelon.com is for it to be a free online cookbook of offbeat, cost-effective, and/or simple recipes that users can submit as well as ones that I submit. I plan on incorporating a forum into it in the future so keep an eye out for that. If I get enough recipes, I might make it a book and sell the book with all the available free recipes as well as a lot of recipes exclusive to the book.

You might have noticed that I switched out the Chikita ads with different ads. I’m using ads from AdBrite, but I’m still using Chikita’s Linx. You can sign up for AdBrite by clicking on the AdBrite button in the sidebar.

Last night, Eriopolis and I hung out with Cody at his apartment. We played some Magic: The Gathering, ordered another killer pepperoni and Jalapeno pepper pizza from Domino’s, and we watched all of an anime called Kiddy Grade. I didn’t sleep at Cody’s and got home around 8 in the morning and tried to sleep, but those damn debt collectors kept calling and waking me up!! NYAHH!!!1

In other news, I’ve decided not to get the Yamaha CG-170SA with a hardshell case for $360 at the music store. I looked up on Musician’s Friend to see if I could do better, and I can. Check this baby out: Luna Muse Series Folk Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Luna Guitars is owned by Dean Guitars so I already know that this guitar’s gonna be excellent. Here’s a link of the guitar with moAr pics on the Luna Guitars website: Luna Muse Series Folk Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar.

I’m also once again in the market for a new amp. This time, I’m debating between the Line 6 Spider III 2×12 combo and the Line 6 Spider Valve 2×12 combo. I’m gonna save up around $300 and try to find a deal on eBay and if I can’t, then I’ll save up moAr and get something from either eBay or Musician’s Friend.

Well, I’m gonna take a shower before I get ready for work (grr, work). Take care!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 36 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 8 days since www.spicymelon.com (Happy Belated First Week Anniversary!) has been up. If any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon,
Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff via the Share This! expanding button to your site of choice.

Today's Episode: "Where's The Wal-Mart Spirit? Not At Wal-Mart!" Or "A Creative Promotional Experiment"

Good evening everybody, it’s TheAndySan hurr to discuss an ever-growing issue at Wal-Mart.

Today, I was talking to a cashier while I was doing pay station AGAIN, and a customer just started using the self-checkout. One of the managers yelled something at me and then I heard “yeah, that’s right!” in a real snotty way similar to how you’d say “yeah, you better run!” Grrrrrr… That pissed me off right there!! After that, I didn’t feel like working anymore and was half-tempted to just walk out. Now, don’t get me wrong, there was a customer checking out, but I did have a close eye on him and if another customer was checking out and/or the girl I was talking to got a customer, I would have gone back to pay station with no problem.

Anyway, after that settled down, I asked the girl I was talking to before. “Where’s the Wal-Mart spirit? It seems that everyone is their own island, but yet there are little cliques still around.” It felt kinda similar to high school, but different.

The way I see things, as long as you’re doing your job in a satisfactory manner, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you feel like doing, provided you abide by the rules and regulations of your workplace. For example, if you work at a restaurant, you probably shouldn’t eat a burger while you’re on the job. It’s been done a lot from what I’ve seen what I worked at restaurants, and even I’ve been guilty of some food sniping. According to my morals and beliefs, I don’t feel one bit guilty reading a magazine if I have nothing to do and no customers around. I love to read! It helps me keep up-to-date on whatever it is I’m reading about AND it presents new ideas and topics. Now if a customer needed help or something while I’m working at pay station, of course I should put down the magazine and help the customer out. That’s obvious! But I believe that you should be doing something to occupy your mind when you have nothing to do.

In conclusion, as a cashier, I feel that I’m very distant from my co-workers and I don’t feel that teamwork spirit that I did when I worked at a restaurant. Despite all my hang-ups with McDonald’s, when the rush was on and we had our best crew in the back, no other fast-food restaurant was faster. 8 double-cheeseburgers? Done! 4 double-quarter pounder meals? Here ya go! 50 chicken nuggets? Fuggeduboudit!!

Ok, is time for topic end, no more will I speak. I want you all to experience big-bang! Lol, Elektronik Supersonik reference!!

I’ve been thinking of various ways to promote my site and I’ve come up with a good idea. I will write the URL of my site on all of the paper money that I have. When I spend my money, it’ll be like giving someone my business card…kinda. I will number each of the bills and if any of you guys run across one, leave me a comment with the number of the bill so I can see who received it. I will begin Operation: AndyCash tomorrow.

Well, I’m gonna hit the sack so I’ll see you lil’ cupcakes later! Nighty-night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,506 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.