Well, it's Saturday. At least that is what my calendar says, not that my calendar talks much. I do look at it daily. Some times more than once a day, because retail screw with your head. Really. Today seems like it should be Sunday and it isn't.
Since Tuesday I've been dealing with a rhinovirus. I don't get them normally. When I do, they usually last about a day. Good immune system here. About every 3 or 4 years I'll get one which is more intense. I don't just get a nuisance runny nose. Nope, sinus headaches, a sore throat, and a cough are all added into the symptom mix. Oh, and there's the low grade fever. These colds last about a week. I have one of them now. I went to work yesterday, not so today. I have some chest congestion. As a result, I'm going to call off work. This will leave them short handed. On a Saturday, normally the busiest day of the week, my department is not fully staffed. You are going to have these problems when your scheduling system relies on last year's sales figures. Supposedly trending sales data is also used, but rarely is there evidence of that. Yesterday one person was scheduled in Hardware until 1:00 PM. Ooops.
There was a heated debate in Texas last night. Lying Ted Cruz against Beto O'Rourke. All the headlines say "they clashed." Lying Ted, however, has spent most of his political career... well, lying, and misdirecting. Beto pointed this out. Lying Ted is in trouble. He has gone from a "sure thing," to a toss-up, finally moving into the "too close to call stage," and he's got to struggle through another month and a half, and another 2 debates, until he loses.... Oh, did I just say that? Bet he's feelin' rather feverish right now, pattin' himself on the back, and lyin' to himself about winning the debate.
And evidently most Americans are now seeing the great Tax Bill the Republicans passed for what it really is: a gift to the wealthy and big business. Sure, right after the bill was first passed corporations pissed a little cash around, set-decorations, nothing more. The truth is they're simply not coughing up the new jobs this bill promised. And their revenue is increasing because of lower taxes. Those $$$ are nothing to sneeze at. Wall Street is joyous. But, where are the pay increases? Oh, wait, payroll is an expense. Corporations don't like expenses, especially payroll. So, what do they do? In retail they rely on bare-bones scheduling, giving customer service the cold shoulder. This is how it goes when your economy is based solely on greed.