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A Necessary Evil

Once again, it is that time.  That time where I wait in line at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, only to find out that the prescription is not ready.

I’m not going to blame the Wal-Mart employees themselves, on the contrary, they work in an extremely flawed system.  There are far too few employees, leading to long wait times and disgruntled consumers.

On top of all of this pharmacy business, we find the strange-but-true business practices of the Wal-Mart corporation as a whole.  Little nagging ideas such as being a responsible part of a local economy.

What makes Wal-Mart a necessary evil?

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WTF Wednesday – Parking Poachers

I missed the mark with this WTF Wednesday, but I’m still here.

What is a parking poacher?  ‘Parking Poacher’ is a term I came up with (but is apparently already used) to describe the people who, in a large parking lot, see a person coming out to their car with a cart full of groceries, and wait incessantly for that person to finish loading their car up in order to take their parking space.

While this doesn’t sound so bad, the fact is that these parking poachers tend to block the aisles, completely demolishing the flow of traffic.  Often, one finds oneself behind a parking poacher without knowing it, and soon a long line of people waiting to get by builds up, causing even more disgruntled shoppers.

What motivates a parking poacher?  That perfect spot.  They have to be within 30 feet of the entrance to the store, or their hearts will explode under the exertion caused by walking an extra ten feet.

If you go to a parking lot, and it is very full, please, please use your brain, and bust a few extra calories instead of waiting ten minutes for a parking space that is only 20 feet closer to the entrance.  In the time that you have been waiting, you could have already been partially done your shopping trip, and you wouldn’t be pissing off nearly as many people in the process.

It feels good to get that off my chest.

An Aside
I’ve been planning a lot lately where I’m headed with this blog, and the state of my workflow which hasn’t allowed me to post nearly as often as I would like.  It’s been a year since I started doing this whole crazy thing, and I’ve done all kinds of things that I wouldn’t have been able to experience in the process.

I have 4 or 5 new comics planned, which need to make their way into Fireworks.  I also have gotten over my sickness, so I’m planning the next podcast episode.

So, if you are a loyal reader, stick around, I’m not going anywhere.  Things are coming, but I can’t guarantee dates or anything of that nature.