Feb 27, 2011

For those of you who thought you could only be locked OUT.

I work on the sales floor of Target. Usually, I close. This means that at the end of the night, around 11 or so, the LOD (Leader on Duty, aka manager) arms the building, that way if anyone breaks in, an alarm goes off and police are probably notified. I don't the specifics, but the point is that the building get armed, and you can't open the door until the LOD puts in his code, which will unarm the building for about a minute. Just enough time to get everyone outside so we can go home.

On Friday, Ally and I were working in softlines (all the clothes areas) and when everyone was done zoning, our LOD had everyone bring up all the abandon (merchandise that guests left lying around somewhere in the store where it doesn't belong. This gets sorted and then put back on the shelves later, except for perishables, which get defected out of the system) and then we were all leaving. However, in softlines, instead of bringing the abandon up to Guest Services, we take it back to the fitting room to be sorted out there into Infant's, Ready-to-Wear, Men's, etc. So we took our two carts of abandon back to the fitting room and put away all the empty hangers and then took up our empty carts back up to the front of the store. We put our equipment away and got ready to head out.

We were maybe-- MAYBE-- five minutes behind everyone else. As we got up to the TSC (break room/ employee entrance and exit/ locker room/ LODs offices), we paged the LOD overhead to ask him to come let us out. Nothing. We paged him one more time. Still nothing.

Ally went to go get a walkie and try to get him to come up from there, and I went off to see if he was in his office or anyone else's. His office was locked, so that wasn't really a good sign. He wasn't in anyone else's office, also not a good sign. He wasn't answering on the walkie, a pretty bad sign. Ally was a little concerned, but to be completely honest, I thought it was awesome. She was ready to just walk out and let the alarm go off, but I was pretty sure there was something else we could do.

I told her to call her mom (who also works at Target) and get the number of the softline's TLOD (Team-Lead on Duty, which is a step just under LOD) and maybe she could come let us out. And if she couldn't, then she might have the number of someone who could.

So while Ally is talking to her mom trying to figure this out, I remember that they have our numbers all on the system. They have to so that they can call us to ask us to come in early or to pick up an extra shift or whatever. So I go to the computer behind the desk in the TSC (which was already logged on) and I sit there looking at the icons on the desktop. None of them look promising to have a list of numbers. So I open up the start menu and see Excel, which would be a PERFECT place to have a bunch of phone numbers. The 2nd most recent open file there was filed as ETL's Numbers. (I don't really know what ETL stands for. But it consists of all the managers and the general store manager.)

At this point, Ally got off the phone with her mom (who had just given us the softlines TLOD's number) and we called the LOD that night.

"Hey, this is Samara."
"Are you guys still in Target?"
"Yes, we are."
"Ok, I'm still close-- (he lives about a half hour away)-- I'll be right back."
"Sweet, thanks."

We waited there for a few minutes and he came to let us out, apologizing profusely. Apparently he had let the "last person" out and when everyone got into their car and drove away, he saw two excess cars in the parking lot. He waited around for a few minutes in the parking lot to see if anyone else came out of Target, and then left to go get gas and go home. Cue phone call. Although he was a little confused about how we got his number... Muahahaha!

And that's the story of how Ally and I got locked inside Target.

Feb 25, 2011

Can't I just be a bum?

Follow up: I did pretty well on my chem test. Not as well as I'd have liked to, but still well enough to potentially get an A overall in the class.

But goodness. I hate work. Nothing personal against Target, I think they treat us fairly well. (Well, at MY Target they do.) It's just the whole concept of working at all. Going somewhere to labor, when I could be studying instead, for $8/hr. It's not the worst thing in the world, but I wish I either got paid more, or had a job I liked more. Or both. That would be pretty ideal.

I suppose that's why I'm going to college, though, right?

On a side note- I'd like to thank the Wizard for fixing the speakers on the computer :) It makes me happy to be able to listen to music again.

Feb 21, 2011

2 down, 4 to go. And then a final.

I have my 2nd test in Gen Chem 2 today!

Wish me luck!

I put my calculator in my backpack, so I definitely won't forget it this time around, which is good because I will need to do a few natural logs...

Feb 15, 2011

I'm going to China!

The title is just in case someone here didn't know. But yes, I'm going to China this fall to teach English. I have a feeling anyone who cares knows that, though.

So in my gen chem 2 class, when we first started, Dr. Wieder told all of us that if we didn't do our homework, we were guaranteed to not pass his tests. And if we did do our homework, we weren't guaranteed to pass his tests. When I heard this, I thought "Oh no! I need to start doing my homework!" It's not something he collects, it's just something we do so we know how to do Chemistry.

Well, as it would turn out, my first test in Chem was the same day as my first test in Criminal Justice. Awesome. My criminal justice teacher is pretty cool, I like him a lot, but he doesn't really teach us much. We definitely have to read and study our text book to do well on the test. And the material we covered in chem was something we had covered my first semester, although it definitely wasn't my strong suit (thermodynamics). Since I didn't know anything, really, about criminal justice, I spent a great deal of time studying that and absolutely no time doing Chem homework. It wasn't that I didn't want to do the homework, necessarily. It was just that I needed to study for criminal justice. And that was taking a lot longer than I thought it would.

So the day of my test came closer and closer. I was paying attention in chem and felt like I understood what was going on, but I still hadn't done any homework. So I turned my panic stricken "I need to do homework!" thoughts to more "Challenge Accepted" thoughts. I decided that I would make it my personal mission to pass one of Wieder's tests without doing the homework. Probably not the best idea ever, but it excited me.

The day of my tests, I did my Criminal Justice one and did awesome. So in my hour-and-forty-five-minute break before Chem, I decided to read up on thermodynamics in my text book and study a little before the test. I felt like I had it down comfortably, although I had only been reading and not actually doing any of the example problems in my book. (For the record, doing any of the problems in book doesn't count as doing my Chem homework because I have a different text book than Wieder uses.) It would probably be a good idea to go through a problem on my own to make sure that I could do it, so I reached into my backpack to get out my calculator and--

It's gone. No calculator in my backpack. I must have lost it somewhere. It belongs in THIS backpack. I have a Mon/Wed backpack and a Tues/Thurs backpack, and my calculator belongs in my Mon/Wed backpack because that's the day I have Chemistry. I thought back to the last time I had it. It was in Chem Lab. Did I leave it in the Lab room? No... No I definitely put it back in my backpack... And that was when I realized that my Chem Lab is on Thursday. Which means my calculator belongs in my Tues/Thurs backpack, which makes sense because my math classes are on Tues/Thursday.

So. My calculator is at home. Not only did I not study for my Chem test, but I also left my calculator at home. Looks like I'm going to be doing math by hand. Hopefully there's nothing too crazy...

I took the test, which went alright... Sorta. There were a lot of problems where I'd do all the math for it, get my answer, and the answer I had didn't correlate with any of the options on the test. So I'd go back and try to do it again. Still nothing. (Note to self: It's important to know the density of water.) So I'd give up and just pick an answer. But in general, I felt like I did alright. Everyone says Wieder's tests are impossible because he doesn't ask the question straight out, but it didn't seem that bad to me. Maybe that's because this class is just Gen Chem, and he usually teaches OChem, but the test itself didn't seem all that bad to me. If only I had a calculator...

The next class day, we got our tests back. I got a 69% on mine, which isn't just passing, but it's only 1 point away from getting a C! Not only that, but the class average was like a 62% or something. So, now that I've won the challenge, I can properly prepare for the rest of the tests and get A's on them all. That way, at the end of the semester, Wieder will drop my 69 test and it will be like it never happened.

Oh, and I went through and checked why I got certain questions wrong. For three of the questions, I got partial credit because I made dumb little mistakes that would've been easy to fix if I had read the questions correctly. I forgot to switch one answer from Kelvins to Celsius. I got my endothermic/exothermic terminology mixed up. And I forgot to add in part of the answer in the very last question. Had I gone through and fixed all of those, I would've had a 76% on this test. Oh well. Live and learn.