Black Thursday is Upon Us

Halloween is less than a week away! This year has flew by and it’ll be Christmas before you know it. I like to get my shopping plan started early so I try to keep an eye out for early pricing. I would consider myself a Black Thursday shopper but, never for anything in particular. I just like to go out and see what trinkets I can find. Despite the crowds it can be a fun experience. One thing I can always say about Black Thursday is that the poor employee’s suffer the worst. I worked almost 10 years in retail and I don’t think I’ll ever go back….holidays suck! When I worked for Target we always purchased catered dinner for our teams throughout the day. They were always very appreciative of that. I will always remember Target for going out of their way to try and bring a piece of home to work. I would assume that most companies don’t value their employee’s in that way. Macys? JCPenney? Kohls? Best Buy? WAL-MART?

I read an article today that Kohl’s is planning on opening at 6 p.m on Thanksgiving and Macy’s is opening at 5 p.m. Who is making these decisions to open these stores this early? While many companies are starting to pull back on opening so early, retail establishments are just pushing forward. I can only speak for myself but, regardless of what time your store opens, If I’m planning to go there I’m going to go. Makes no difference if it’s 6 p.m (ridiculous) or midnight (like it should be). Its greed and it drives me crazy!

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Giving Back To My Grandparents

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The following story contains bedbugs, hospitals and overall paranoia. It’s been a while since I’ve made a post but, things have become normal again and I’d like to share a personal story with you.  Growing up, my Grandparents were the only parents I knew. They took care of me and made sure I had everything that I need. My mom was around but, she wasn’t really fit to raise me on her own. The story of me and my mom is a story for another day though. My grandparents I owe pretty much everything to for making me the person I am today. My Grandpa is 79 years old and my Grandma is 76. For the sake of titles, we will call Grandpa J and Grandma P.

J was recently taken to the hospital for not being able to do anything on his own. He has always been a very independent person and I’ve never known him to visit a doctor. I am 29 years old and J has never gotten a check up to my knowledge. He just retired less than 90 days ago for goodness sake. At work J has fallen multiple times. He even worked while having less than 50% use of his right arm. I guess the falls became too much to bear and it became time to retire. My mom noticed that J also had issues making it to the bathroom and would have accidents. After taking J to the hospital, we learned that his blood pressure was at 220 which is heart attack levels. He also has a form of Parkinson’s which his mom also had. As hard as it was to get him there, it felt good to have him seen by a doctor.

P gets frustrated when things like this happen and she begins to worry. She overexerts herself and creates unneeded stress. To add salt to the wound, P found out that there are bed bugs in the house. If anyone has ever had bed bugs, it can be quite the experience. You have to take all of your linens and clothes and put them into trash bags. You when have to either take them to a laundromat or dry them on high heat at home. The clothes then go into clean trash bags. Orkin came out for an inspection and luckily they were only in one bedroom and within one chair.

Doctor visits on top of the bed bug clean up has been a nightmare for everyone. We all want to help but, at the same time we want to avoid bringing things to our own homes. It’s such a tough spot to be in. Luckily we’ve worked through the bulk of things and my Grandparents are in the clean up phase. J hasn’t been cleared to come home just yet. Sorry If I just rushed through this all but, I needed to clear my head of this all. This really helped.

From Bright Highs to Grey Skies

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I finally made it down to the Ocean. Today was an awesome day, this morning I took a nice bike ride. The streets are flat here in Ocean City so I kept a steady pace to work up a sweat. I rode for 6 1/2 miles. I think I’ll ride further tomorrow. On the beach there was a nice breeze that blew through. There is nothing like a nice open breeze on a sunny day.

About an hour after leaving the beach, these storm clouds rolled in. Check out the pic above….this is what I’m dealing with right now. Weird!

Pokemon Go: The Blessing and Curse

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It’s been less than a week and the Pokemon Go craze has hit me at every corner. I find myself taking bike rides just to visit Pokestops and pick up much needed items. Pokemon Go is a free mobile game that uses augmented reality to bring Pokemon into the real world. The purpose of the game is to get out and go catch your favorite Pokemon. There are also places called Pokestops (public parks, college campuses, other monuments) where you can find items used for progress in game. I’ve captured about 70 or so Pokemon this past weekend. I took a bike ride through the park and managed to find quite a few. It’s a great way to get people off the couch and out into the world. I’ve passed so many people with their phones out trying to catch their next Pokemon. This is a really great idea and it works. It’s similar to geo-caching without the hidden containers. I found this Zubat flying about this guys back yesterday evening at Target. 🙂

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I found all of these Pokemon over the weekend while riding through the park.

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Even though this is a really cool game and concept, we have to be really careful when we play. I have a few suggestions and tips for children especially when going out to play Pokemon Go.

  1. Please keep an eye on kids. According to USAToday, teenagers used this app to lure victims into specific areas. There is an item called lure in the game that lure Pokemon to a specific place for 30 minutes. It helps the player progress and upgrade much faster. This item can be triggered my one person but, all players in the area can take advantage of it. The teens used this in an attempt to lure unsuspecting people into robbery situations. This leads to my second tip.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings. Unless your walking around a public place or your own neighborhood, please be aware of where you walk. You can never be too careful.
  3. Look both ways before crossing the street. It’s not uncommon for a youngster to see a Pokemon pop up on their screen and they scurry across a street to grab it before is runs away. I’ve seen a few do this in my neighborhood and I can only pray that parents are teaching their kids to look both ways.
  4. Keep an eye on your phone data usage. The game uses a lot of battery power and a lot of data mainly due to the locations tracker. Walking around all day with the app open could cost you. Please keep that in mind

I definitely recommend this game to anyone kid or adult. It’s a fun take on a mobile game and it gets people out of the house. Unfortunately; someone will always find a way to take advantage of others. I just ask that everyone be safe and enjoy themselves.