Monday, September 30, 2013


Tis nice to once again be blogging just because I feel like it, though truth be told I can tell I am rusty at it.  I managed to reread my last entry, and while I have no critique of the content, my writing certainly needs a little work.  Far to often I found myself falling into the trap of overusing certain words or phrases.  I guess that comes from not exercising my mental muscle enough.

Beyond that I thought the blog went about as well as could be expected, a few people read it which I guess is a good thing, it means that there are still people out there (and who read, imagine that!!!).  While it lacked in comments, I have never been one who measures their blogs worth or lack thereof on some sort of statistical merit.  The blog is for me first, if anyone else gets something from it that is great, but it is not the mission of my writing to substitute what the page means to me in order to seek some sort of mass appeal.  I got some good feedback (thanks Mel) and well as some bad feedback (thanks Ruth) and really that is about all I could hope for.  I was not expecting any sort of ticker tape parade upon my return, and if your life was spent waiting for and hanging on my every word, well then I have to say you have an even sadder life than me.

Okay, a sad life is probably an overstatement.  In the grand scheme of things my life isn't that bad. Like I mentioned in the last entry, while I was away I did receive a promotion at work, so if someone were to ever make an organizational flow chart of where I work I would be somewhere near the very top of that chart, there might be a person or two ahead of me on that chart, but they would either be ownership, or Dee who has been there longer than me in the same position I currently reside.  So while before I was mostly responsible for keeping the store stocked and dealing with vendors and ordering, now balancing the books for one of our stores and dealing with the Pennsylvania lottery for both locations also falls under my purview.  (You can tell I am getting my blogging legs back because I just used purview in a sentence.)

The management thing is a work in progress for me though, I think I have an ample understanding of the books and an appreciation for pricing and what we need to make on most of our items in order to keep the business afloat, but I need to work on my people skills yet.  I do not have the patience of Job, that is for sure.  Hopefully I will get better at it with time, I just don't know how much time I will have.  Ed will be leaving for Florida soon, it is what he does every winter, and Dee just put her house up for sale because she is reaching a point in her life where I think she wants to move on to bigger and better things, but that also means at some point if I stay on the current path, all of the responsibilities will rest almost solely on my shoulders and I am not sure they are big enough to carry that large of a burden.

While I was away some other things have happened, or are about to.  Like tomorrow night, for the first time in the history of this blog the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be involved in a post season baseball game.  Yes, those same hapless Pirates who, prior to this year, last had a winning season in 1992 are going to be playing meaningful baseball in October.  On the flip side of the coin, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have set a standard of if not excellence, then at least better than average football for the better part of the 40 years have started the season 0-4.  It is something out of bizarro world to behold, people in town talking about baseball in October and not football (unless it is to complain about how bad the football team is).  The only thing that would be stranger than this would be to wake up tomorrow morning and find out that Lindsay Lohan was clean and sober. Or that a Khardashian won an Oscar.  Just saying.

Anyway, I would like to stay and chat, but I still have invoices to do yet and at some point I might even make something to eat.  Who am I kidding, I will just order in.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Now where were we?

It seems like ages since I have actually sat down and banged out a blog entry.  It used to be that I could grind them out with a certain amount of frequency with which I thought I could at times be insightful, entertaining and sometimes even funny.    What actually happened to the good old days as it were?  Well for that kids, it is time once again to gather up ye olde Peabody and Sherman and visit the Wayback Machine.

Friday, September 27, 2013

I am back

It has been a long time, probably too long, but I am getting very close to posting something brand new in this space.  Before I post something new however, let's kick off my return party with a little music, music that is more than appropriate for reasons you will find out about soon enough.  Excuse me if I continue to substitute my name for Mack in the lyrics however.   Return of the Matt just sounds cooler to me.

Maestro, if you please

Our inspiration (the title for this blog)

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