June 24, 2004

Gahb'deegah...

Eek...I haven't been here in nearly two weeks. I've thought about lots of great posts, but just haven't been in front of a computer in that span of time. Mainly, because I have been working until my eyes cross, but there are a billion other things that are up.

  • We got the room nearly finished before zero hour. There are three ceiling tiles that need to be placed and two light fixtures. I only wish that someone besides the two of us could have seen how fucked this room was. the more we did, the more apparent was the fuckery. It was bad, thank the gods we survived.
  • We survived the class reunion. It was actually not very well put together. Ideally it would have been an hors d'ouevre mingling type thing, with some dancing after everyone had some actual mingling time. Instead, it was tiny mingling time, sit down dinner and dancing. No one danced. In retrospect, I should have just said fuck it and danced my heart out. However, for some reason, I didn't. I knew a total of four people there, and they all know I'm a nutjob, drunk or sober, so really, nothing to lose. After the event we went to an overly pretentious bar. It couldn't make up its mind what it wanted to be, and the pretention of the clientele was actually laughable. I also got a good chuckle at the number of people with stranger twins--other people wearing the exact same clothes, sheerly because they are that mass-produced and trendy. I was glad that I looked so long and hard to find us stuff that was really us. I was concerned that my dress was too teeny-bopper, but it got lots of positive feedback, and was more unique than the retro fluffy skirt and ballet top I originally had in mind.
    Overall, we did have a good time, and I met some neat people, so it was all good.
  • I started my new job. It's crazy, but I like it. I am hoping to go full-time within the next two months, so that it can be my only job. We open in three weeks, and I see something new every time I'm there. My list of stuff to buy is ever-expanding...it's crazy!!
  • I went to what is officially tied as the best concert I've ever been to. Alliecat and I went to see the Purple One at Excel. It was soo freaking awesome. Seriously, it's hard to fathom how talented he is. The show was incredible. The first hour was a sort of freeform, jazz-style set, of various songs of his. He has an amazing band, just watching them riff like that was incredible. Then came what turned out to be my favorite part, the acoustic set. He did "Little Red corvette" and "Cream," among others. Un-fucking-believable. Seriously. He has so much energy, he strutted and danced the whole time, he was dramatic to just the right degree, he is freaking HOT! Gah. Here it is a full week later, and I am still in awe. Definitley worth going. My only disappointment was that the tees were so freaking expensive, I could neither afford to buy one, or justify the expense. ($45 for a short-sleeve raglan, and either$55 or $65--I was at a weird angle and am not sure--for a long sleeve) I love him and all, but that much for a shirt that at most cost $10 to produce...I don't think so.
    BTW, the show is tied with the time I saw the Smashing Pumpkins in Toledo, and they played for four hours. That was also so incredible, it still gives me chills.
  • in case I didn't have enough on my plate, with the 3 jobs and all, my sis (Alliecat) is here with her three kids. I am trying to spend a little time with them, but that is proving difficult. Tomorrow, we have big plans, and next week is the Taste, which I am jazzed about, so hopefully we will get ample time to enjoy.
  • Finally, I am pissed. My favorite store is closing, thanks to the evil Target empire. I avoid shopping at Target, ever since their issues with paying living wages (what, you mean there are people who have families to feed???) and now that they are no longer a discount store (seriously, if I want to spend that much on my stuff, I can do it anywhere) Now, they are selling their parent company, which includes Mervyn's. Bah. Bah to Target. Of course, thanks to my new job, I really won't have a reason to shop there at all pretty soon. Which is good, because since I will never, ever, allow Wal-mart to get a dime of my money, my discount shopping venues are limited. There's always the Big K, but the last time I was in, they were so rude, I realized that apparently they do not need my business. Anyway, I am hoping I can get some of my new favorite bras on deep discount at Merv's and maybe the adorable petal sweater I have been coveting. Of course, once they close their doors, I will be very sad.
    All that having been said, I will probably shop Marshall Field's now. I like Lord and Taylor, so there is hope there.
    That's my corporate vent for the moment.

Well, I am fecking starving, so I must go...I promise I will be more with it next time.

Posted by raven at June 24, 2004 10:47 PM
Comments

Long time reader, first time poster:
(I've been compelled to comment many times. I'm just busy or incredibily fat and lazy.)

Sooooo: Target is not the evil empire you think it is. Well, after 5 1/2 years, yes I can say it is evil. However, the reason the Merv closed is entirely from a business standpoint: 1) It was a West-Coast chain attempting to make it in the mid-west and 2) It absolutely could not compete with Kohl's or Sears in terms of prices. They were just cheaper. Herbergers and JCPenis are competing in much the same way.
Target/WM offers the most inexpensive products for poor butt's like me (Who cannot afford, or justify buying Juut/Aveda products). And while my fiancee is fond of the Black Hole which is Wal-Mart. (Seriously, light does not escape that store. "Where is the deodorant again?" "Oh, over in aisle Eleventy-Five...with the toys" Riiiiiight.) I am still a die-hard Target loyalist. Merv was no good. And a financial drain. Period.

From a corporate stand point, living wages will perpetually be a heated topic, along with who manufactures the clothes- However the Targ was the 1st company to offer same-sex benefits. And if you came right down to it, I'm also certain that a fair amount of dirty laundry will be found in whatever chain you frequent.

So: Blame Kohls, not Target. Seriously. They've been plotting this since 1998.

Incidently, you can get Mega Huge discounts on Martha Stewart everyday living s#it at The "K" now. I'm not saying, I'm just sayin...

Posted by: Postle at June 25, 2004 08:23 AM

Long time reader, first time poster:
(I've been compelled to comment many times. I'm just busy or incredibily fat and lazy.)

Well, Target is the evil empire you think it

is. (After working there for 5 1/2 years, I know

of it's evil.) However, the reason the Merv

closed is entirely from a business standpoint:

1) It was a West-Coast chain attempting to make

it in the mid-west and 2) It absolutely could not

compete with Kohl's or Sears in terms of

prices. They were just cheaper. Herbergers and

JCPenis are competing in much the same way.

Target/WM offers the most inexpensive products

for poor butt's like me (Who cannot afford, or

justify buying pricy salon products). And while

my fiancee is fond of the Black Hole which is

Wal-Mart. (Seriously, light does not escape

that store. "Where is the deodorant again?"

"Oh, over in aisle Eleventy-Five...with the

toys?" Riiiiiight.)
I am still a die-hard Target loyalist.
Merv was no good. And a financial drain. Period.

From a corporate stand point, living wages will

perpetually be a heated topic, along with who

manufactures the clothes- However the Targ was

the 1st company to offer same-sex benefits. And

if you came right down to it, I'm also certain

that a fair amount of dirty laundry will be found

in whatever chain you frequent.

So: Blame Kohls, not Target. Seriously.

They've been plotting this since 1998.

Incidently, you can get Mega Huge discounts on

Martha Stewart everyday living s#it at The "K" now.
I'm not saying, I'm just sayin...

Posted by: Postle at June 25, 2004 08:28 AM

Hey Postle...
I realize that it was a dog. However, I still feel that if the Target corporation would have put as much effort into the marketing and product/brand placement at both Marshall Field's/Dayton's/Hudson's and Mervyn's as they did into Target, it would have been a whole different ball of wax. Second, Target merchandise (ie. clothing, shoes, etc.) is overpriced for the quality. Mervyn's prices were the same or cheaper for better quality merchandise. I have things from Mervyn's that are well over ten years old, in classic styles that still look great. I cannot say the same of anything I have ever purchased from Target (or K-mart, I couldn't tell you about Satan's lair, aka Wal-mart). As for same-sex benefits, they may be the first US owned chain to offer same sex benefits, but there are overseas chains that are settling here that have offered them far longer. I am glad that Target stepped up on that point, more companies should. I will admit that some of the slashes that they are making to wages and benefits are due to trying to remain competitive with Satan's Lair, however, that doesn't make it right.

As for the other competitors, I do not shop at Kohl's. Never have, never will. Their stores are cluttered, the product is mediocre, and the staff is poorly trained and/or rude. I buy hardware and such at Sears, or if it is something they do not carry, Fleet Farm (and soon, Lowe's), as I do not with to patronize Home Despot. G love's Penney's, and they have excellent sales and clearance. Otherwise, I shop thrift stores.

I am also "poor" and I would rather wait to get something I know is good quality at a deep discount, than pay more at full price for something that is inferior to start with. I'm not just talking brands, I look at how things are made, the quality of fabric (or whatever material it is made of), etc. There is nothing I need so badly it can't wait. As for other sundries, I get them on sale with a coupon when doing grocery shopping.

I do make every attempt to keep current on business practices, and there are plenty of places that keep getting slashed from my list of places to shop.

Well, I have to get my ass to work, so that is all for now.

Thanks for letting me know you're out there! Narcky welcomes discussion.

Posted by: Raven at June 26, 2004 11:12 AM
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