Our Kershaw County School District has decided, on a whim, to make Friday this week an e-learning day. To those of you not familiar with such things this means the kids stay home and do their school work online.

This came about because one high school will be competing in a state championship game for their division. I say division because I think that’s the term. I do not follow football.

I wouldn’t dream of taking anything away from an accomplishment like this for the team involved, so let me say congratulations to the Camden High School Bulldogs. That is quite an accomplishment. Hard work should be rewarded, and I certainly hope y’all rise to the occasion and win Friday.

Closing down the entire school district for one team to compete in a championship is entirely foolish.

The priority of any school district should be the education of the children entrusted to them. And that is not the case here.

This school district is more concerned over a football game than education. More concerned over time off during the year than education.

Concerned over anything but education.

Our school district is a bit of a mess. It seems that many around the country are.

We received drafts of plans for the schedule for next year today. The first two plans start on July 25, 2022, and August 1, 2022.

In the email:

To begin with someone actually sat down on the taxpayers dime and drafted three schedules. Two which cannot be enacted by state law.

I suppose this is bureaucracy at its finest. Wasteful and uncalled for.

When I was a student we ended school before June and went back after Labor Day.

We had a summer vacation actually taking the summer off.

Now we have winter and spring breaks. The week leading up to these breaks, the children learn nothing because they are taught nothing. They go to school and have play days. There’s no homework. It’s a complete and total waste of time.

They shorten school days either at the beginning or the end of the day. Usually out of the blue.

We have Late Start Wednesday’s. The kids start school 30 to 45 minutes late on Wednesday. Supposedly this is so the teachers can do lesson plans and get caught up on paperwork. From what I’ve heard and seen, this is more of a thirty-minute break the teachers are taking. And how many bosses are rolling with that? Sorry boss gotta drop my kid off at school, late start Wednesday!

I’m sorry, teachers this is what you signed up for. This is what you get paid for. Yes the hours during school aren’t enough you knew going in that hours after school were required. This is the life.

It seems like we’ve gone from being in the business of education to be in the business of vacation at inopportune times.

You are a school district not a travel agency.

It would help if you got your priorities straight.

But no you’re more concerned about taking time off and passing out awards to each other. Awards that mean absolutely nothing to working families that pay your salaries.

This is just me ranting. I have absolutely no hope that anyone in the school district would read this and think to respond in an intelligent way. we live on the outer edge of the school district and have never been paid proper attention to by the school district.

I don’t see that happening before both of my children are well out of school.

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New Guy

I’ve been waiting and hoping for a change at one of my locations.

I’m horrible with names and I think I know this guys name, but I’ve only spoken to him twice. He’s a new store lead for one of my locations.

In the past few days, he has taken charge and changed a lot up. I was pleasantly surprised to see the backroom this morning. Very clean. Like walking into a newly built house.

This is a good start, but he’s already working with me on projects I need to get done, and that’s even better.

I’m surprised at this because management for some companies has been a bit lacking. Leadership should inspire people not put then off.

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I am working tomorrow by choice and if I complain I want to be called out.

I need to have some work done on the wife’s car that I, shamefully, can’t do.

So I’m working tomorrow and taking the day off Monday. If the problem is resolved quickly enough, I’m then going to make a day of it and get new tires on the car.

And then, if there’s still a reasonable amount of time left in the day, I’m going on into work because that’s what we do.

I was catching memories on the iPad, and this pic popped up. It’s from this year on our anniversary weekend. We go. We eat. We hike. We spend time together without the kids. Once a year.

I like this one. I say that, and you think I’m talking about the picture. I do like the picture.


I like this one. I think I’ll keep her.

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Just One Of Those Days

Nothing has gone right.

Car trouble this morning. Black Friday and impatient customers, so that was fun.

β€œDo you have this?”

β€œI don’t work here. I’m a vendor.”

β€œIs that what I asked you?”

Retail would be a great gig if it weren’t for the customers.

I left the house at 5:30. By 10:00 I found myself sitting in a church parking lot trying not to lose my…shtuff.

I realize I have come to my mental limit with stress and I just sat there and let it out.

And I found myself praying and realizing that I was not carrying all that weight. I’m not even carrying 1% of it.

No. If I carried all I should have to carry, I would snap and flatten to nothing. He carries it and keeps it off of me.

Lord, I hope I never get what I deserve but thank you for what I have.

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I slept in until a bit after 8 AM. It’s a day off for most of us and a rare day off during the week for my company. We do get to celebrate all major holidays, and the company does observe that.

I said I would, and so I have replaced an O2 sensor on the truck today. It seems that I did it properly as the truck is running fine. It was a proverbial booger to replace. The threads weren’t rusted it anything. The metal part of the replacement was extremely smooth. Unclipping the connector and the placement of said connection was hell to get to. I have added to my knicks, cuts, and scars.

O2 Sensor

I accomplished this before 10 AM. I took a test drive and let the truck run a bit after resetting the PCM. It’s usually so simple to fix most things on this truck. I know there are more significant potential problems but ill tackle those too. Either on my own or with the help of my dad and a friend.

It’s good to know people who know.

We had lunch with Mom and Dad. This is our Thanksgiving and our Christmas. Lunch or supper and then a long visit. No phones. Just sitting and talking. I enjoy this immensely.

After that it was rest and relaxxation because back to work in the morning.

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Y’all know what tomorrow is. I have a lot to be thankful for.

A home. A family. A good job. So very blessed to have all I have.

I complain to much about what happens and not the results of what happens good or bad.

I need to change that. I will change that.

The boss called me today about my new part-timer, and she’s the lady I mentioned the other day.

He asked me if I was going to talk her up to him. I told him I didn’t need to. She’ll show him. I have all the faith in the world in that. She impressed me when we worked together years ago.

I’m thankful I’ll be getting some help.

I’m thankful that at fifty-three years old, I’m still working and learning.

I learn little things to make my days easier at work every day.

Tomorrow morning I’m learning yet another thing on the truckβ€”oxygen sensors.

I have splurged and bought ze fancy French onez.

Bank 2 Sensor 1 is failing, causing the fuel system to work in a closed-loop, according to the log.

I don’t understand all of it, but I know where that oxygen sensor is and how to change it.

This is causing misfires. I can’t feel them but the OBD can read them. The truck starts a little rough but settles in quickly after starting out if the drive. My MPG has actually increased by .5 miles per gallon.

If it weren’t for the OBD reader and a check engine light, I probably wouldn’t notice.

It’s good to learn new things. I feel like I’m tweaking this here and there and I can’t really complain about twenty-two year old parts failing.

It happens.

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No Help

I’ve been without help at work for about a month, maybe a month and a half.

Today I stopped by one of my stores in the way home. I wasn’t supposed to be there but I got lucky.

I ran into Deena.

Deena was the department manager over wireless when I first started working that store. She’s always on time, a hard worker, neat and presentable. Great with people.

She had a few health problems, which luckily she has overcome.

And lucky for me, she’s looking for part-time work.

We were a good team as vendor and department manager. We would be great working together in the same capacity.

Building relationships in business, not just because of business, can play out pretty well for you sometimes.

Over time we became friends. Good friends. Friends who might even end up in trouble with HR together. We have a similar dark sense of humor.

I’m hoping this works out.

Sometimes you have to go through some crap to get to where you need to be.

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Things I Needed Today

It started here.

On Twitter of all places, I found some inspiration this morning. I’m headed off to church soon; then, I have some repairs to work on at the house and some errands to run.

Rarely are my weekends restful.

I needed a haircut, so that happened. I ran my errands and picked up a few things.

Truck wise I’m having trouble with the O2 sensors, and rather than replacing them outright, I’m trying something simpler first. οΏΌ

$27 US

The problem here is sometimes simple ain’t cheap. But it’s still half the cost of one O2 sensor and saved time removing and replacing the sensor. I’m hoping this will clean up the existing parts and make them function properly. My gas mileage isn’t bad and I just recently cleaned my MAF. We’ll see what happens. He ain’t running too bad. Just a hiccup here and there.

Other than that it has been a decent day and you can’t ask for much more.

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Out, Again

The wife and I took off for a bit of Christmas shopping today without the kids.

Lists have been chopped down to 25% at least. This makes me happy. I have to find a few more things for the kids.

She started asking me what I’d like for Christmas.

Almost any bladed tool/weapon makes me happy.

Mostly id like to be surprised.

I have a lot of wants but not many needs. I need my family, a roof over my head, a working vehicle, and a way to make money. Then I’m pretty much good.

I need God.

Everything else is a want that I can work toward and decide if I want to afford it or not.

Short today but…

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