Happy New Year, everyone! 😀
Well, 2018 is behind us. I’ve heard/seen some people say it was a bad year. I’m glad nobody told me, because I thought it was a pretty decent year. I don’t frequently talk about my work, but I work at Walmart. I’ve been there since the beginning of October 2015, so just about 3 years, 3 months. For over 2 years, I was a truck unloader and then a supervisor over the unload team. I worked 2 PM to 11 PM, or 14:00 to 23:00, for those who use the 24-hour clock. Truly awful hours. Well, back in February, I stepped down from being a supervisor and went to 3rd shift, working from 10 PM to 7 AM, or 22:00 to 07:00. This move allowed me to work hours I’ve wanted to work since I started there, as I’m a night owl and I love being up all night. I also got to get away from that unloading job, which was extremely physically demanding. Plus, I was supervising a lot of lazy people. Not all of them, but probably about 2/3 of the team I was supervising didn’t seem to care about getting stuff done. Also, several were resentful that I’d been promoted, so I got some blow back from them. Stepping down was one of the best decisions I’ve made since I started with that company, as I’m working better hours, have a hell of a lot less stress, and am working with a lot of people that I like. Also, at the time I decided to step down, they were about to send me somewhere else for training related to my supervisor position. I’d been saving money at that time for the transportation to and from, which I had to pay for (I don’t have a car) and they were going to reimburse me for that. I’d already gone for some training back in December 2017, and it was a giant pain in the ass. So, since I was stepping down, I no longer needed to go to that training, so I had some extra money.
At that time, I went to Microsoft’s website at that time to see about maybe buying some games for my XBOX 360, and saw they were having a deal with free games if you bought an XBOX One from the Microsoft store, so I did that. That was a great deal, and I love that console. I’ve made some other good video game purchases over the year too. One of my favorites was the Hyperkin Retron 77. That’s a clone console that plays Atari 2600 games in glorious HD. I was able to snag one off of Ebay a while back, and I also started up a new collection of Atari cartridges. I grew up with Atari, and I love Atari, so this is great. I’d purchased other recent clone consoles from Hyperkin, so I knew what to expect quality wise. I find they’re very well built and work great. I also got some HD cables for my Playstation 2, so now I can play Playstation and Playstation 2 games in HD, and I’ve been working on collecting more of those games to play, along with working on some of my cartridge collections, such as the Sega Genesis. And, finally on the gaming front, I was able to get a Super NES Classic after they hype died down because we had one in stock at work. I also was able to get a NES Classic, which I couldn’t buy back in 2016 because they were never on the shelf long enough for me to be able to get one. I was looking at electronics one day, it turned out to be the day after those were reissued back in the Summer, so I was able to buy one. 🙂
As for other hobbies, the lightsabers have been going well. I’ve gotten some hilts I’ve wanted for quite some time, as well as some newer releases from Ultrasabers and Sabeforge. I’ve also been collecting more movies and TV series, another great side effect of working at Walmart. I also buy some of that stuff on Amazon, depending on who has better prices. I picked up the first two Captain America movies this morning before leaving work, because Amazon has them for significantly more than Walmart. Another hobby of mine is reading, I love books. I love novels, nonfiction books (on certain subjects) and comics. I went to a giant used book clearance sale back in August and got a bunch of practically brand new paperback novels for 50¢, and Amazon was having a huge comic sale in the Kindle store at the end of the year, so I stocked up on DC and even some Marvel graphic novels. It was a good end to the year.
So, that’s my take on 2018. It was a good year overall. There were some bad things that happened in the world, for sure. But, there are every single year. Until people stop hating each other and learn to live together, there will always be bad things that happen. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future can’t come soon enough. But, I try not to focus on the negative, especially on things that I can’t possibly change, and instead focus on the good things in my life. I hope 2019 is as good for me as 2018 was, and I wish everyone a happy New Year and hope 2019 is good for everyone reading this as well.