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June 27, 2005

by Mary -BrytEyz- Ball (Age: 47)
copyright 06-27-2005

Age Rating: 10 +

Hello Folks.

I'm sitting on my bed snuggling with my son Gary (who's not mentally here, but really in the boob tube with Sponge Bob Square Pants... lol) and with my cat Shannon (he's a male cat with a name that could go either way... male or female). I had all four wisdom teeth pulled on Friday and I must admit that my aching jaw is partly my own fault. I couldn't afford to lose concentration today at work so I didn't keep up with the pain meds. And of course I'm not supposed to drive while taking them either. And where would I be without being able to drive to/from work? In the unemployment line is where!

So, now I've finally taken it, but I'll have to wait for it to "soak in" and start working.

At work today there was a major accident with a warehouse worker and a hi-lo. I don't know about you but I would much rather take on something I can WIN a fight with before starting one. Anyway, he rigged up the hi-lo with a bungee cord around the throttle stick and somehow ran into some racks while driving backward. OK, I am not the brightest bulb in the box but even "I" wouldn't do that. Oh, and did I mention he was hauling full out down the aisle and turned a corner at the last minute. That's what all preliminary investigations are indicating anyway. We'll have to wait until he's conscious before we can speak with him and find out exactly what happened, if he remembers.

Apparently he was not able to slow or stop and he went head on into a set of racks, and the hi-lo (throttle rigged with the bungee) kept pushing and ramming as it pinned his head between the hi-lo safety glass and the racks. As if hitting the rack bar with the side of his head and busting his jaw in three places wasn't bad enough, the "safety" glass on the hi lo shattered all over the place, but not before it succeeded in slicing his ear off. Ugh!

Of course, since I'd been the one who used to work in Loss Prevention at Meijer... I was elected to take care of the messy details, the incident reports, the injury reports, the drug test order for the Worker's Comp coverage, the maintenance inspection on the hi-lo, etc. (Thank goodness for our controller and operations manager who helped me a great deal with some of these details.)

And then I went to visit him at the hospital. I kinda felt sorry for him, for all the pain and hurt he was feeling. But I was upset with him at the same time for breaking almost every safety rule at once and getting him and our company into this mess in the first place. Sigh.

Well, in the midst of all that, I had an emergency meeting with the owners of the company, and a meeting later with the administration to review safety procedures (and how to clean up blood appropriately and what to do when someone is in shock, etc.), and then we shut down the warehouse to meet with the employees over the whole thing and to inform them that if anyone EVER does anything like that again they are instantly WITHOUT job! (in a nice way of course). Seriously though, safety is not optional and we have a no-tolerance policy regarding it. Nobody's life is worth rushing an order out or worse... just goofing around for a "fun" time.

THEN... (does it get better? Yes it does!)... my Tuesday night class got switched to tonight. I went to go, and I had all good intentions at first. But... on the way, the gas light went on. So, while I was filling up the tank, two minutes before class was supposed to start, and right when my jaw decided to start throbbing in a trail that led to the back of my head until it felt like it was going to explode and my eyes felt bruised... I saw a sign. It read, "Any Size Fountain Drink Just $0.69!" (And that included cappuccinos and frozen cokes.)

*shrug* It was the last straw, what can I say? My eyes were watering from the pain and my vision was blurry as I scrounged for change and found just enough for 2 Suicide (all flavors layered in a disgusting display of rainbow colored, sugar laden, mixed taste concoction) Frozen Cokes for the kids and a French Vanilla Cappuccino for me. I then wasted no time heading back home to lay in bed and call it quits to a very long and drawn out day!

Aren't you glad you are where you are and not here to have THIS kinda day? (OK, maybe not. Maybe I'm just a drama queen and life's not all that bad... but I quit! LOL. For today at least.)

Thanks for listening. I'll write more soon. Right now I'm gonna read a bed time story to my youngest and relax as I listen to his nightly prayer. What's a Mom supposed to do? *grin*

This is my story and I'm stuck to it!

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        04-16-2010     Mary -BrytEyz- Ball        


Hee hee, yep! That was "Bring your kid to work" day, and I brought you guys. Do you remember we even had real Loss Prevention shirts for you guys? And some Meijer mugs to take home? Yeah, following suspected thieves around the store without LOOKING like you're looking at them or following them... sounds exciting, but really isn't. LOL. I did always have fun with you guys though. Remember the vacation to FL and the silliness we had in the van? (Happy sigh) Oh, what fun times! You are definitely just as bright a ray of sunshine in my heart today as you were then. Huge Hugs, beautiful. And keep being you!

Aunt BJ,

Indeed! Days like that add variety, but the stress will kill ya! :-) So, really... tell me about some of YOURS! A day at TJ Maxx, perhaps? Or at Macy's? I bet you have some stories. :-) Or, even a good ole' family story. I REALLY like those! :-)

Love you both!

- Mary

        04-06-2010     Caitlin Richards        

I've had some pretty rough days and by the sounds of it, you were having a pretty rough day yourself :( I'm really sorry you had to go through that. But while reading your story, when you brought up working at Meijer in loss prevention. I remember, it was SUCH a long time ago. But zach and I came with you to work and we followed a guy with a backpack on because the store thought he might be stealing something :) we followed him from one end of the store to the next :)..its really not that exciting.. but i remember that the three of us had SO much fun!!!

        05-20-2006     BJ Niktabe        

Ah, yes! A day in the life... Isn't it nice that life affords us such variety in our days. If every day played out just the same... *yawn* ho hum! It's nice that you can look back on a day like that and tell it in such an entertaining way!I actually have had days similar in some ways to the one you described here, but thank goodness they were few and far between. It's a bit much on the heart, all that stress!!

        02-24-2006     Eric Carrillo        

Hi, it's always a pleasure to read your work. I don't know that I've experience that much action in one day, well not it that way. I've had my share of emotional drama though. I've finally started writing again. Well, take care.

        09-03-2005     Anna Tkachenko        

I like this story. Today i had bad day too. But because i don`t have many points i will give you only 2 (sorry) points.

        07-24-2005     Stephen Washam        

What a bummer of a day my dear, I really feel for you. I've had a few of those in the past and they are not alot of fun. Take care and Have fun. Steve

        07-24-2005     Kat Voletto        

A little slice of real life, told at a real angle. Really refreshing. Take care, and keep up the good work! Excellent write.

        07-03-2005     Brian Dickenson        

I do like these little slices of other peoples lives, especially when I 'Know' them as friends.
That was quite a day.
One I should imagine that you don't wish to repeat.
Thanks for letting us in Mary-BrytEyz.
By the way, if it's any consolation, my day was worse.
It can't get worse than that. Yours was only about life or death, mine was far more serious,,,,,,lol.

        06-28-2005     Anthony Lane Stahlhut        

Life goes on.......sometimes it goes on your head, sometimes it rolls over your foot and sometimes it just goes by! There is always tomorrow! Have a nice day! :) Anthony

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