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Ahnsael
Former Disneyland cast member, now managing a casino.
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ahnsael · 19 hours ago
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On Bing Rewards, there were point available for checking out the Billboard Hot 100 songs.
This song, “Butter,” was number one.
Now, I’ve HEARD of BTS, and I know they’ve been a hot group lately, but I’ve never actually listened to them before today.
And then I saw they had a second song in the top ten -- “Permission to Dance,” in at number seven (I said that in my head in my best Casey Kasem voice -- we have Sirius XM at work and every saturday morning at 3am (as well as other times throughout the weekend), they replay an old Casey Kasem American Top 40 where it’s from the same week from some year in the 1970s, which is why the Billboard Hot 100 reward drew my attention).
This is the second song (both are in English, which I didn’t realize a thing they did, as most the other two J-pop songs I really like are in Japanese but I like the music (though I’ve seen the translation) and I’ve seen one translated, and the other they did an English version).
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Honestly? These Bangtan Boys aren’t half bad. In fact, they’re pretty good.
I may have to check out more of their songs. I may be 46 years old, but this is on par with the pop music than I was a kid. They got fantastic dance moves (not sure about the guy who keeps kissing his finger in Butter, but hey -- if that’s his thing, I’m not gonna fault him for it), they got the autotune (but also some skill -- autotune alone doesn’t fix a bad voice), they got the rapper in the group (he only did it in Butter, not in Permission to Dance -- but the “butter” theme carried over to an extent in the videos).
I may have to check out more of their music.
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ahnsael · 2 days ago
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This is the only story I’ve seen about this that includes video highlights.
The two both missed no jumps up to 2.37 meters (7.78 feet), but both missed all three attempts at  2.39 meters (7.84 feet).One other athlete made 2.37 meters, but had misses along the way so they got the bronze medal.
Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar) and Gianmarco Tamberi (Italy) were told that they could have a jump-off to see who could clear it first, but Barshim simply asked, “Can we have two gold?” and the official told them that if they agreed on that, it was a thing that could be done.
True Olympic spirit right there. And Tamberi agreed enthusiastically.
Instead of a “one jump to rule them all” moment, they mutually chose to share the gold medal, with no silver medalist, and the other person who reached their height getting the bronze since they missed a jump on the way to 2.37 meters.
While a jump-off between these two may have been epic, I LOVE the spirit of agreeing to just both get gold medals.I love this sportsmanship.
On a side note, another Italian shocked the world by winning the 100 Meter sprint, even though he had never bested 10 seconds before this year. He ran it in 9.8 seconds, and won gold, and Tamberi was right there to hug him (Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who won the race, was almost unknown in the 100 meter as a former high jumper, so Gianmarco Tamberi knew him well so it makes sense that he was out there to support his countryman and former high jump teammate).
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ahnsael · 7 days ago
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Ignore the “Lion King” part of the title. It’s a blatant lie.
This is Lambert the Sheepish Lion, something that popped into my head a coupe days ago. I haven’t seen it in probably 30 years, but once the song randomly hit hy brain, I needed to watch it again.
Plus, it’s narrated by Sterling Holloway (the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Kaa the snake), which is a treat in and of itself).
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ahnsael · 7 days ago
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All you really need to do is look up, according to Prevention magazine: “You can experience the magic of the nighttime without any equipment,” Jackie Faherty, a Hubble fellow at the Carnegie Institute for Science’s Earth and Planets Laboratory, told Prevention.
Give your eyes 15 to 20 minutes of darkness to adjust. “Don’t look at your phone, or you’re going to ruin your night vision,” she said.
If you miss the twin showers this week, don't fret: What's usually one of the top showers of the year, the Perseids, is set to peak on the night of Aug. 11.
This isn’t the biggest meteor shower of the year, and in my neck of the woods there may be too much smoke from western wildfires to see it anyway, but one of the two coinciding meteor showers Wednesday night is known for very bright shooting stars (to use the unscientific term), but only about five per hour.
Between the two coinciding showers, you could potentially see around 20/hour with clear skies away from light.
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ahnsael · 7 days ago
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It’s official. As of friday morning at 12:01am, I have to be the mask police again.
While I get why the mandate is coming back (at least in 12 of 17 Nevada counties deemed high risk, including where I live/work), I despise having to be the mask police. I don’t mind wearing them at all; I just got REALLY sick of being the “bad guy” in the eyes of our stubborn locals (who, if they had gotten vaccinated, could have prevented this from happening).The next couple days before I’m back at work (and probably several days after that) are going to be a constant state of anxiety as I think about how people are going to react to me telling them they need a mask to be in the building, and it will be me flying solo (I’ll have an unimposing security guard who is really a bartender but wears a security uniform because it was the only way we could get him a raise), but he does his own thing with all the cleaning and restocking involved in being the graveyard bartender. So it’ll basically be just me enforcing this throughout the casino.
Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required at all indoor public spaces in these 12 counties in Nevada. And the Gaming Control Board has issued a statement that says casinos (licensees, as they call us) will be required to comply (just a few days ago a coworker said “there’s no way that Gaming will make us enforce masks again” -- but I took it with a HUGE grain of salt at the time, and now it turns out they were flat-out wrong).
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ahnsael · 7 days ago
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Here is the updated guidance. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
According to their county-by-county map (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view), I live in a high-transmission area (and given the vaccine numbers I had been checking, this is like telling me that water is wet).
But since this Delta variant is so prevalent, and infecting even vaccinated people because so many selfish people didn’t give enough of a darn about it to get vaccinated (remember during WWII, when people saved grease and bought war bonds and did whatever they could to support the war effort? And remember over the past year when people couldn’t handle two small pin pricks, with some lethargy and arm soreness and maybe some nausea as side effects, and they said it was too much for them because they can’t handle a little discomfort, which not everyone gets (other than the arm soreness, as I was told by the soldier who vaccinated me), so they said “screw it, I don’t care how many other people die if I don’t have to feel like I have a bruise on my arm?” We’ve gone from what is known (arguably) as “the greatest generation” to “the most pathetic generation.” What a bunch of wimps who refuse to get teh vaccine.
I get that there are reasons that some people CANNOT get the vaccine. But those who can, and choose not to, are the reason we are going back to masks. Because their selfish selves just couldn’t be bothered to do the bare minimum to help their fellow citizens. Screw the people who made a conscious choice to screw their fellow citizens. Yup, I’m definitely going back to wearing masks, since my county seems to think that once the CDC said “if you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask” it meant “I’m unvaccinated, and nobody’s asking for proof, so I don’t need to wear a mask.”
Sadly, I know SEVERAL co-workers who fall into this category.
So yeah. I’m back to masks.
I’m sick of conspiracy theories with no basis in fact. I’m sick of people using “but my FREEDUMB!” as an excuse. I’m sick of continued “it’s just a flu” BS when no flu has ever killed so many. I’m sick of people still clinging to Trump’s lies about what this is. I’m sick of the denial.
I want to see, for the first time in my life, this nation come together as one to fight this thing, instead of politicizing it and denying it. I want to see this nation grow the heck up.
I want to see America make itself great, not some divided nation where those who try to protect themselves and others are scoffed at, and selfishness is celebrated.
Looks like I’m bringing masks back.
The latest DC guidelines say that vaccinated people are not safe from catching spreading the virus (though we are less likely to suffer ill-effects from it but we are now more likely to spread it), so when indoors I need to mask up again, especially as low as vaccination rates are in my county.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cdc-says-fully-vaccinated-people-spread-the-delta-variant-and-should-wear-masks-this-new-science-is-worrisome/ar-AAMCNdt?ocid=uxbndlbing
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ahnsael · 7 days ago
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Looks like I’m bringing masks back.
The latest DC guidelines say that vaccinated people are not safe from catching spreading the virus (though we are less likely to suffer ill-effects from it but we are now more likely to spread it), so when indoors I need to mask up again, especially as low as vaccination rates are in my county.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cdc-says-fully-vaccinated-people-spread-the-delta-variant-and-should-wear-masks-this-new-science-is-worrisome/ar-AAMCNdt?ocid=uxbndlbing
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ahnsael · 7 days ago
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Two nights ago, we had a guy in the casino whose age was questionable. When I was informed, I approached him and asked for his ID.
He told me he “had to” leave it at work (what job requires you to leave your ID behind when you leave?), but then hit the cash out button and then pretended to search his pockets and a bag for the ID he told me he didn’t have.
While he was looking in his bag, I grabbed his cashout voucher. If I suspect that he’s underage, it’s illegal for me to let him get the money until he proves that he is of age. Yes, it WAS his money. But the moment he put it into a machine, it becomes gambling revenue. And even if he put in a $5 bill, and had $4 left, that is no longer his money. He put it into a slot machine, and at that moment it ceased to be his. It became gaming revenue. And if he won, and was legal to gamble? Good for him. He just took gaming revenue away from us (hey, casinos wouldn’t survive unless there were winners). But once it’s in a slot machine, it’s no longer theirs -- win or lose, anything they cash out is gaming revenue. And if you’re legally gambling? Congrats! You beat the house in a game that is rigged for the house to win. We do have certain payout percentages that we have to meet (per machine, not overall -- some machines we keep 92% of what is put in overall; we have machines that go over or under that in certain time periods but in the LONG TERM, the percentages fall into the legal limits and we’re actually looser than other local casinos because while we want your money, we also want you to win enough to keep coming back, but we are within the state regulations).
He then stopped pretending to look for the ID that he again told me that he had to leave at work, and I explained that I couldn’t give him his voucher, or the $4.00 that it was for, until he came back with a valid ID showing that he was 21 or over.
He got really upset, cursed at me, and left. I followed him to make sure he left (my boss has already seen this part of things since the owner of the casino approved checking surveillance).
But on the way out, he flung the wooden door open so hard that it hit a decoration in the breezeway and split the wood on the door.
So he broke a $3,500 door (at least that’s what my boss says it cost), which will likely have to be replaced (and it was just re-varnished), over $4 that he could absolutely collect if he is 21 or over.
My boss just called to ask what time he came in, which I don’t know because it was in the middle of shift change when I’ve got a lot going on. But our bartender pointed him out and said he thought the guy was too young, so that’s when I went to card him. I said in my incident report that he left at 11:30, but the surveillance footage shows him leaving at 11:25 (hey, I was close).
But I couldn’t tell him when the guy came in, because I was busy getting swing shift employees out of their cash drawers.
Apparently the footage they got from the guy leaving was the back of his head.
It may be enough -- this is a small town, and he left on foot (and has long, curly brown hair in a ponytail which isn’t common in this area -- we have a lot of native Americans with ponytails, but none of them curly), so I’m guessing he’s a local (which may not be correct, as many fire evacuees are in town right now staying in local motels, but our bartender says he’s seen this guy in the casino a couple times before, and he’s tried to order drinks, been carded, said “it’s in the car, I’ll go get it” and not returned, which is the usual “saving face” method of getting caught in a casino while underage).
But I told my boss to look from maybe 10:50 on, and two specific locations where this guy had been before I approached him, as well as where I approached him, so hopefully they can get a better pic to give the Sheriff’s office. The way this guy acted, it would kind of make my day if a temper tantrum over $4 (which I told him he WOULD get back the moment he provided a legit ID showing that he was 21 or over -- got him into trouble that would cost him a LOT more than the $4 was worth). But if I suspect he’s under 21, it’s literally illegal for me to let him cash out his voucher and it would cost me my job.
The only thing I did wrong, according to my boss (and I get his point on this and accept that I SHOULD have done this) was that I should have called the Sheriff’s office as soon as this happened. If he was still walking, with the description I had they could have caught him while he was still walking away. Instead, two of my bosses came in early yesterday and saw my incident report and the door itself, and it wasn’t until about seven hours later that I was instructed to call the Sheriff’s Office and file a report.
But they’re right, I should have called right away. But this was a new situation to me (and they aren’t mad at me; they understand that this was a new situation for me, even after 5 years on the job).
But we have filed the report, and have a case number. And we’re hoping to catch this guy.
Having a temper is one thing. And I can handle being called the names I was called and understand that the guy was venting, but to get THAT upset that a casino doesn’t want you there when you look young and have no ID, and let your temper get THAT out of control?
I doubt he’s getting his $4 back since it’s been over 24 hours with no return visit with an ID, plus now he has possible criminal, if not also civil charges pending over property damage. But by law, we have to hold his voucher for a week. But if he comes back on my shift, I’m getting his name and address off his ID before I give it to him, and then updating our report with the Sheriff’s Office once I have that info. Get ticked off in a business and decide to break their stuff? Don’t be surprised of that business decides to hold you accountable. Especially if they weren’t just doing you wrong, but were following the laws that keep them in business.
Underage gambling is the BIGGEST thing that Nevada’s Gaming Control Board focuses on (not to say they do not focus on other things as well, but this is their number one thing that they look out for, except for last year when mask mandates overrode underage gambling in their book). I’m not ABOUT to get caught letting someone under 21 gamble. I know this wasn’t a sting, because if it was, Gaming Control Board enforcement agents would have been there in a few minutes to say “good job, but you DID let him make change at two kiosks before you caught him” (which probably would have been a fine), but they also wouldn’t send in a shill who would damage our property after being questioned.
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ahnsael · 8 days ago
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Looks like it may be time for me to bring the masks back when I go to work or shopping.
The full recommendation is set to be released later today, but I have a feeling my state or county will be on the list, given our ow vaccination rates.
The short version: the CDC is discovering that the Delta variant seems to be better at breaking through the vaccine, as fully vaccinated people are getting the virus at increasing rates. The effects aren’t as bad as they are for unvaccinated people, or those who skipped out on the second dose, but...I may need to play it safe.
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ahnsael · 19 days ago
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Decided to just get my gaming card thing done this morning, since I had to be at work for a 9am meeting anyway. So I left almost an hour early, after processing my application and paying the Gaming Control Board at a little after 5am, and getting my fingerprints done at my local Sheriff’s Office (all I had to wait for was for them to process my paperwork; there was nobody in line ahead of me).
And since our HR person was at the meeting, I got to hand him my fingerprint paperwork before the meeting today instead of staying late after work tomorrow. So I’m golden on the renewal (unless there are any hiccups along the way, but even with my legal issue a couple years back, he says that shouldn’t affect me as it wasn’t related to gaming).
So I should be processed today and be good.
Now I’m overdue for sleep. The one thing about these monthly meetings is that they keep me up later than I would like to be before a graveyard shift.
So now it’s time for bed. But at least I don’t have this renewal hanging over me anymore.
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ahnsael · 22 days ago
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Okay, I’ve got my gaming card situation figured out. HR emailed me the paperwork I need instead of me having to visit on Tuesday. I can pay my Gaming Control Board renewal fee online, which I set a reminder for myself to do from work Friday morning (payday -- that will be $45). Then, I get to hang out after work for about an hour, probably gamble (but I’m gonna play small so I don’t lose too much) until the Sheriff’s Office (a building I know all too well, unfortunately after my one hiccup with obeying the law, but nothing that should stand in the way of renewal; if it was, I would have lost my gaming card two+ years ago).
They do the “livescan” where they electronically submit my fingerprints for the two separate background checks (a state background check and an FBI background check).
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If they only did paper cards I’d be cutting it too close as they take longer to process and HR needs everything in place by the 20th to renew my Gaming Card on time.
I also set a reminder to bring exact change for the $60.25 that this will cost me.
So to keep my job, if all goes according to plan, will cost me $105.25. Kinda sucks that the casino doesn’t pay for this, considering my track record. I mean, I KNOW they don’t want to lose me (NOBODY is indispensable, but my boss recently told me how important I am, and is starting to schedule a rotating slate of other shift managers to work with me to “learn to respect graveyard” when they see what I do). Seems some other managers see our lower head counts and think we have it easy, without taking into account the procedural things we get done for the day so they don’t have to deal with it -- same goes for graveyard bartenders, who do all the grunt work while day and swing just sling drinks for tips, while the graveyard bartender does all the cleaning that the other shifts ignore, plus the restocking that other shifts ignore, and barely makes any tips most nights despite working harder than day and swing bartenders).
I cannot WAIT to start showing these other managers the graveyard ropes. I have it easy, but only because I’ve had almost five years to develop a system that works. And I’ve written it all out for when people work grave who aren’t used to working the shift, but they STILL struggle with it.
I’m just...good at what I do, I guess.  But with my new health insurance, which kinda really cut into my take-home pay (pretty sure I was mis-quoted the cost by HR), this was a bad time for this to come up.
I called my boss yesterday. I had talked to him about a raise about a month ago (I had a $1 raise a little less than a year after I started, and have had two 50¢ raises since, and that’s it...and on the 22nd, I will have been there for five years, and I deserve more money and called the boss to check where he was at with it, and he hasn’t even brought it up to his bosses yet, so it’s a good thing I called him). We talked about other things as well, but that was the reason for me calling him. I really hope it comes through. The labor market is GOOD for job-seekers right now because a lot of people either cannot work under the circumstances, or they’re milking unemployment. And while I’m not ready to look yet because I love my job, I could get paid $2 more/hr at another local casino to be a non-manager security guard (I currently MANAGE security at my casino). But it’s a bigger casino and I’m not sure I want to leave my smaller casino where I know 90% of the people who come in.
A raise would be good. And it’s been so long that I called my boss on his day off to ask where that stands, after he told me last month that he would push for one, and nothing’s happened since then.
I want to get up to over $13/hour to manage the graveyard shift at a casino, even if we only have between 240-250 machines, and usually start at about 20 guests and then go up a little in the first couple hours, but drop from there.
We’re not a huge casino, but I have to watch the drop process every week (I actually enjoy that, but some nights I do feel in danger when there are strangers in the casino watching what’s happening, and have tote bags with them, and the cordless phone isn’t connecting for me to ask local Sheriff’s Deputies to walk through to scare them away if they are up to no good -- a thing my local Deputies are always happy to oblige unless there’s something major going on elsewhere, which is why I’m now allowed to break company rules and carry my cell phone on Drop Night so if the house phone can’t connect, mine can; and yes, this is a thing that actually happened).
There was also the time where I denied cashing a check for someone because I just got this feeling that all he wanted me to do was unlock my cash drawer, but he wasn’t on the pre-approved list so I turned him down -- and ten minutes later he robbed a gas station a few blocks away (the Sheriff’s Office posted a thing on Facebook requesting any info on the guy, so I called after seeing his picture to tell the investigator where he had been just before that).
Several weeks ago, I was giving CPR to a guest who had had a massive heart attack.
I’m not saying that other managers aren’t capable of this, or that these are normal things.
But what ARE normal things is all the cleaning that cannot be done during the day, the bartending along with being the only cashier/casino attendant/manager, the meth-heads (and some on heroin), having to sign off on the time sheets of people who left at 11:30 after you arrived (and the swing shift manager left at 11:00 and you have no clue whether they were on time so you just have to trust the time sheet since no other manager calls people out for being late even when we ALL know they’re late all the time -- if I leave after 7am and a bartender scheduled at 7am hasn’t arrived, I KNOW they were late, but not HOW late, and they still sign in on time but if the day shift manager doesn’t correct it I have no choice but to accept what’s written), do payroll every other Friday and try to figure out nonsensical timesheets, log every progressive jackpot in the casino every night (even if it’s as little as $5 so we can put it back to where it was if the machine malfunctions), log taxable progressive jackpots to explain why they went down...Graveyard is a LOT of paperwork.
But since other shifts have apparently been disparaging us, my boss wants them to experience it. I get this, and I support it. But that’s going to take even MORE time away from me as I teach them the graveyard ropes.
This is going to be hard. Thanks, boss, for making my job harder than it is so I can teach other people how hard my job actually is. But the first is a swing shift manager. So I get to show him how filthy the casino is left for me (I’ve been told to hold people over to clean up, but swing shift won’t even clean up their OWN drink glasses, and when I’m busy dealing with shift change, I forget to mention the mugs and glasses behind the counter -- and that’s on ME for not making them clean up after themselves).And one casino attendant SUCKS at counting out of his drawer and I have to deal with his “nightly freakout.” I think this may be the first thing I subject the next grave manager to. Because he has been swing shift. He was the one overseeing this guy for a while now. And now he gets to see my end of the nightly freakout (this guy can be 1¢ short and spend 40 minutes beating himself up over it -- NOBODY’S getting fired over 1¢, but he acts like his life is on the line and we keep having to take over for him just to find out that he miscounted his pennies). Why freak out over 1¢? So you made a small mistake.1¢ isn’t going to cost you your job. Just have a manager verify, submit the shortage of 1¢, and be done with it. We can afford the penny in our casino.
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ahnsael · 28 days ago
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I think it may be time for me to stop wearing a mask.
My new insurance has kicked in. I'm fully vaccinated.
The reason I've still been wearing one is that the Delta variant is coming on strong. Even if it doesn't make me sick, I could still catch it and spread it. But the 64%+ that are unvaccinated in this county have made their choice about taking their chances.
And maybe I should LET them take their chances without my involvement in trying to protect people who have literally zero desire to take any of this seriously.
Yeah, I think I'm making the call to stop wearing a mask when I start my new workweek Thursday night/Friday morning. Let people decide for themselves whether they want to choose to be at risk. It's not on me anymore.
It's going to be a hard habit to get out of, though, after over a year -- so maybe I should remove all the masks from my car now to remind me that it's not my job to protect people from their own ignorance.
Their health choices are no longer my responsibility. I’m a casino manager, not a nurse or doctor. If I worked at a place that catered to kids, who cannot yet be vaccinated, it would be different, but I work in a 21+ establishment where EVERYONE could have chosen to be vaccinated. So it's on them if they chose not to. I'm done trying to protect people who refuse to take steps to protect themselves. I may have given CPR two weeks ago (a massive heart attack is very different than “I refused to get the vaccine and now am dying”), because I care about the people around me, but I’m done feeling bad for people who choose not to get the vaccine and then get sick from the very thing the vaccine prevents. Screw it. I’m at the end of my rope on this..
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ahnsael · 29 days ago
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Got an email from HR yesterday saying that my gaming card (which is required to work in a Nevada casino) expires on July 22nd (which will be my five-year anniversary from my hire date -- apparently these have to be renewed every five years). Would have been nice to have gotten more than 3½ week’s notice, since it’s going to cost me over $100 to get it done (fingerprints, Gaming Board application, etc). And the HR guy can’t even meet with me to give me the required paperwork until next Tuesday, the 13th. So I’ll have a matter of days to get everything done and come up with the cash to pay for it. And I just upped my insurance, which lowers my paychecks by about $200/two weeks,so I’m wondering whether I can afford it right now (I do have one other paycheck coming between now and the 22nd, so I’m going to try as best I can). The communication in this company SUCKS.
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ahnsael · a month ago
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Next week I have to renew my gaming card with the state of Nevada (they expire after five years if not renewed).
I just checked in with Human Resources to arrange getting the paperwork and starting the process. They can’t meet with me to give me the paperwork until the 13th.
I mentioned my DUI from a few years ago and they said I should be good since I fulfilled my obligations related to it and it’s not a gaming issue, and I haven’t done it again (in my group counseling there were people on their second or third DUI, and after everything I had to do after my first and only one -- victim’s impact panel, driving school, three days in jail, and a $900 fine -- all I could think was “why would you do this a second or third time?” I’ve been good since those days and GrubHub is my friend if I’ve been drinking and get a food craving). But I have until the 22nd to get this gaming card thing done, and HR just emailed me today about it. It’s going to cost me about $100 (more if I get my fingerprints done at a place that specializes in fingerprints for gaming, less if I go to the Sheriff’s Office and have them sign off on it, so HR is going to give me directions to the Sheriff’s Office). And my paycheck just dropped almost $200 after my new insurance kicked in this week. But I’d rather pay $48.25 (cash only) to get it done by the Sheriff’s Office than $70 from the fingerprinting service I used in 2016. Even if being fingerprinted by a deputy will bring back memories of when I did something I shouldn’t have done. But I HAVE to get this done by the 22nd, or I can’t legally work in the casino anymore.
But I like this job overall, and I work with a good crew, so I definitely want to keep this job (even if I could get paid more at other jobs -- liking what I do is more important to me than more money -- though more money would be nice; my boss said he’d look into getting me a raise a while ago, but so far nothing; I’ve had three raises in five years so I would love to see that happen, but that’s not all in my boss’s hands).
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ahnsael · a month ago
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I literally cried while watching this.
Not only was Disneyland closed for over a year, but even after reopening, staples like The Disneyland Band weren’t allowed to perform.
Just knowing that they’re back makes me happy, even if I don’t have the vacation time to visit right now.
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ahnsael · a month ago
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The second song of this appearance of the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan Show is something I’ve never heard before, but I think BB King would be proud.
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ahnsael · a month ago
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Last night I got an update on the guy I found unresponsive with a purple face, slumped over a slot machine last Monday.
I had received two prior updates. One was later that morning, when I was told he was breathing on his own and speaking. on Wednesday, I was told that he was ambulatory and in good spirits, but still in ICU. So the update I got last night hit me kind of hard.
His brother and the brother’s wife came in to pick up the scooter and the money he had on his slot machine when he went down (I haven’t been able to so much as glance at that machine without thinking about this guy).
He’s still alive. For the first time, I found out that it was a major heart attack.
But three of his aortas are 90% clogged, and he doesn’t want open heart surgery to unclog them. He’s going to let nature take its course, and say some goodbyes and apparently also tell a few people off before he passes. But he’s not long for this world with his refusal of surgery.
Part of me gets it. Maybe he just feels that it’s time. And he was really nice to talk to when he was in the casino and...you know, still breathing. Not so nice to talk to when I was shouting “Sir, are you still with me?” while shaking him to try to wake him up and just realizing he wasn’t just asleep.
And part of me is angry. That was a rough situation for me. I got emotionally involved, which I can’t help -- that’s just who I am. I got him down to the ground from his scooter without dropping him (and he was a fairly large guy -- thank you, adrenaline rush). I performed CPR on him with 911 walking me through it. The deputies took over (several of them, working as a team). Then paramedics took over (at least six of them, I forget exactly how many). He was still unresponsive when he was wheeled out of the casino. Paramedics must have done something even more amazing than they did when I was watching, because they brought him back.
And now he’s just...giving up. And I don’t know whether “angry” is the right word. I’m definitely upset. I haven’t been able to process whether that means angry, or just sad, or...just a feeling of “it was all for nothing.”
There’s definitely sadness. There’s also happiness that, if this is his choice, at least I was a part of giving him time to say the things he wants to say to people before he dies.
Before his scooter was picked up yesterday afternoon, it was a reminder every time I saw it. The machine he was playing will always be a reminder.
Tangent time. Because I need to put my head a little bit straighter by remembering a time there WAS a happy ending (as far as I know).
Just like I can never visit the Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland without thinking of the time I was a lead checking on an ice cream cart outside of the restaurant and heard a radio call that First Aid was responding to the restaurant for a child not breathing. I went up to assist with crowd control only to find that the only cast member around was the Custodial cast member who had called it in, and I realized “I’m the guy wearing a tie, and everyone is staring at me, so I guess that means I’m in charge until First Aid gets here. Crap.”
I loudly told the custodial cast member (loudly to snap her out of her shocked state -- she was still holding the radio to her mouth and hadn’t moved since I got up there) to get everyone 20 feet back and to clear a way through for First Aid. She jumped into action and got it done (I think I only got about 10 feet of clearance, but she got an aisle open for First Aid, so she did a great job having to control a crowd that size by herself when crowd control isn’t her normal job function).
I grabbed the kid (and this was back when CPR included mouth-to-mouth) so I reached in to check for obstructions, and had to dig his tongue out of his throat. About 30-seconds of old-school CPR (mouth-to-mouth alternating with chest compressions) and he was coughing and losing the blue tint to his face (it strikes me now how I distinctly remember this kid being blue, but the scooter guy being purple).
Once he came to, his mom picked him up and started to walk away. I asked where she was going, and she said “I promised him I’d take him on Splash Mountain.” I had to stand in her way and tell her she wasn’t going anywhere until First Aid got there and made sure the kid was okay.
A week later, there was a probably 14 year old boy who wasn’t breathing and, once again, I was the closest lead, so I went, thinking “Not again” -- trying to save someone’s life is STRESSFUL -- and found this teenager unresponsive in a pool of THICK vomit. I was grossed out, but...in those situations, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Fortunately for me, one of my managers got there just before I started, yanked me up, and told me to wait backstage (this was by the Kodak boot near It’s a Small World, so I went back to the break room in the Storybook Land boat storage and just...cried). He never told me how it turned out, and I didn’t ask. But he knew how stressed I was after the first one (I had to go backstage to write a statement, but even after I wrote it, I needed about another hour before I was with it enough to go onstage).
Sorry for the aside, but...situations like this stick with you (or at least with me). Knowing that someone’s life could be in my hands and that they may die in my arms is stressful as heck, and those situations (again, at least for me), are things I cannot forget.
I’m sad that it’s going to end this way for the guy we referred to as “scooter guy” while he was in the casino (none of us knew him, and I’d never seen anyone play slot machines in a scooter before -- not that there’s anything wrong with that, and none of us said “scooter guy” in a derogatory way; we just didn’t know him and it was the way we described him so other workers would know who we were talking about -- I worked at Disneyland so I’m used to scooters, just not in this job; we now know his name so we don’t call him “scooter guy” anymore but I don’t want to use his name in a public post), but I know none of it is something to feel guilty about -- I did what I had to do under the circumstances, but I’m just really bummed that there is no happy ending coming. But that is his decision to make (hopefully after discussing it with family, but even if he didn’t, it’s his life/death to deal with as he chooses). But it almost feels like him refusing surgery is tantamount to him committing suicide. And I’m really bummed out by that. I cried a few times overnight. And I’m still not sure which part of what I’m feeling caused it. I think it’s mostly sadness, but there’s also the selfish reason that “in the end, what I did may have made a short-term difference, but in the long run it meant nothing.”
And I’m also upset that I feel that way. What it means to him and his family, I will probably never know. So part of me just wants to just let it go but...I became personally invested in this (which may have been my mistake). Why should I feel bad for someone who is going out the way he wants to go? His body, his choice. I’ve been on tumblr long enough to know this.
 But there is that element of “unintentional betrayal,” I guess one would call it. He has no idea who I am. I only know his name, and didn’t know it until after. But it’s his life,and his call to make.
I’ll be okay in the end, knowing that I tried in every way I could, including calling others who were better-equipped to help than I was. But in the short term, this is gonna be hitting me pretty hard.
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The Monkees are a band I grew up on.
They were put together for a tv show where they were a mischievous but fun-loving group of guys who were in a band together,overall good guys.
They ended up embracing the psychedelic movement later in their carrers, as seen in the video above.
They made a full-length movie called Head (below), which was basically a straight-up drug trip of a film.
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I met and saw The Monkees perform live once in the 1990s. This was after Mike Nesmith left the band, and just after Davy Jones broke his leg in a horse fall (he still danced in a walking cast, but it wasn’t the dance he did before because of the injury -- he said “I owe you a dance next time we’re here” but he died before that happened). Sam Goody’s at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood was doing a meet and greet, and I used to work for the company, and a manager friend who still worked there invited me. I also won a ticket to the concert on the radio.
Davy was hip. Peter was AMAZING. Mike...had a lady who looked to be about 15 years old on his lap whom he was more interested than with fans. But the concert was great (at one point Peter asked someone near the front to put out a joint because the smell was bothering him).
I bought the tour T-shirt. I made the mistake of going to Burger King the next day while wearing it, and dripping mustard on the shirt (that stain never came out).
I saw the show. They were the old non-psychedelic Monkees. No Mike Nesmith. I really enjoyed it. But while I do like this performance of “Listen to the Band,” I prefer the non-psychedelic version below.
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But that’s just me. I’m glad I got to see them in concert after growing up with the show, even if they later went a different direction before coming back as a novelty act.
Mike and Mickey did ge together in 2019 to perform the song together.
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I didn’t realize until this clip mentioned Mike and Micky as the two surviving Monkees that Peter Tork had died. I knew that Davy Smith had, but I’m glad to see that Mike got back together with Micky
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ahnsael · a month ago
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It’s going to be an interesting Olympics. While many in the US and in other nations are trying to pretend that things are back to normal, the hosts of this event that will be watched globally are worried. To the extent that they are not only requiring the wearing of masks, but those in the audience aren’t allowed to cheer (good luck with that -- how does one watch something amazing happen, which is something that happens in sports often, including the Olympics, and fans remain stoic?).
We’ll see how the Olympics affect transmission rates -- not just during the Olympics, but as athletes return to their home nations. I’m not saying that the Olympics shouldn’t happen, but it will be interesting to see how the virus spreads as a result.
I’m glad that I’m vaccinated. Even so, I’m still wearing a mask to lessen the chance that I catch the virus (with no harm to myself)  and still spread it to the unvaccinated around me who are foolish enough to not still wear a mask. Yes, they’ve made their choice, and it’s not necessarily my job to protect fools. And yet...I don’t want anyone’s death on my conscience. Even if it’s their fault more than mine.
There will be a time where I stop wearing a mask. But that time is not now. I want to normalize this so those who are NOT vaccinated don’t feel like outcasts (but I really hope they GET the vaccine -- but so far my county is less than 43% vaccinated, and yet about 3% of our guests are wearing masks, so people just don’t care about the possibility of catching/spreading the virus.
I don’t know how longer it will be before I just give up and let people just suffer the consequences of their decisions, and stop wearing a mask. It may be July 1st, when my new, better medical insurance kicks in. But at some point, I may have to just let people deal with the consequences of their own decisions. Sometimes I wonder if I care TOO much for total strangers.
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ahnsael · a month ago
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I know WDWNT isn’t the best source of information, but this article isn’t speculation. And I thought it would be of interest to @jimstares.
I cannot wait to visit again, but I have to. I don’t get vacation time again until I hit my anniversary at work next month, and I don’t want to visit during peak season when crowds are large (I don’t think they’re at full capacity yet, so maybe it wouldn’t be a bad time to go, but there’s a LOT of pent-up demand and with having to make a reservation, I think it’s better to wait).
I could also see saving up and spending a week in Walt Disney World instead. While I’ve been there several times, it’s less familiar to me. Going to Disneyland feels like going home. Which is a good thing. But Walt Disney World feels more like a (very exhausting) vacation. So I don’t know which I will do next.
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