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Jun 2, 2016 - Day 53 - Bad Math

Well we had a “manager’s” meeting today. I put manager’s in quotes because I am not a manager, but I was asked to attend since I am consistently in one store that does not have a dedicated manager. Neither is Margie, but she was asked to attend, also. She didn’t want to and was hoping the only reason she was told about it was that they sent an email to her to tell me about it. Even though I’ve gotten emails they evidently no longer had mine correct. I liked being included in it. Evidently the sales are down in some stores including mine,...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Day 52 - Eeww yuck, Animal Skins

I forgot to mention yesterday that we had a salad for dinner. The lettuce came out of Margie’s garden. After about 2.5 hours this morning we had done about $60 in sales. The first sale was mine over one hour after the store was opened for $12.59. Just about a half hour later we had done about $200 more. We received more animal skins today and Margie had to unload them. She is not at all happy about having to touch the animal skins. If it was just the fur it wouldn’t be so bad but she really doesn’t like that the feet and head are still on...

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May 31, 2016 - Day 51 - Card Declined

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s blog the cute little girl that was buying a piece of ivory. She had a huge wad of money with a hair thing around it. I only saw ones. Her total came to $10.50 with tax, she counted out the 10 ones and then tried to get the hair thing back around the wad of money. She had a one track mind. She wasn’t about to get the 50 cents until she got the hair thing around those bills. I finally asked her if she had brought all her savings with her. Her big sister said it was “grandma” money. I asked if she was going...

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May 30, 2016 - Day 50 - Keep The Change

Margie and I both worked today. She was by a couple of times doing her shipping. When I went to lunch she was there so I ate back in the shipping room where she was. I saw her packing a lot of expensive knives from the knife store. A lot of her shipping comes from the knife store since people are concerned about carrying the knives with them and I’m not sure they even can. Before I came back there she had already packed the wolf hide I sold yesterday. She wasn’t too happy about having to handle that. I told her that it wasn’t like it was...

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May 29, 2016 - Day 49 - Margie Came to Visit

I had to work again and Margie was off again. It just isn’t fair. The manager did say the other day that there isn’t any reason Margie can’t take off next Friday when I’m off. Especially since that is my only day off this week. This is what we’ve been saying all along. The stores are now going to be open seven days a week since there will be ships in every day. The only reason for Margie being off Saturday and Sunday is so she can get the mail Monday through Friday. However, the manager said they could have anyone get the mail and any large...

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May 28, 2016 - Day 48 - It's My Birthday

It’s my birthday, and I gotta work. Margie is off. She found me a button with flashing lights that says “Happy Birthday.” My boss went and got me a maple donut with bacon bits on it for my birthday. It’s very slow today. A little while after I had my lunch break the Manager decided to close most of the stores. She was leaving mine open and since it was my birthday she gave me the option of staying or leaving and having someone else take over my store. I ended up opting for going home. I didn’t think we really had anything planned but I just...

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May 27, 2016 - Day 47 -Eating out for my Birthday

Margie told me this morning that she was going to pay for something for us to do for my birthday. It won’t be on my birthday. It will just be sometime while we are here. Now I have to figure out what I want to do. There are a lot of things we have talked about, but everything is so expensive that it would have to be for a special occasion. Just taking a ferry ride to one of the other towns is a couple hundred dollars. I would like to see Juneau, the capital of Alaska but the only way to get there is by boat/ferry or plane and it’s very...

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May 26, 2016 - Day 46 - FRY BREAD, YEA!!!

Well Margie’s little incident yesterday has gotten around. One of our coworkers that she had told evidently must have told a cop friend of his. Now she was told that she should keep an eye out for the fellow that offered her $50 for a peek at her nipples, because they would like to talk to him. They don’t need that kind of thing affecting their livelyhood with the cruise ships. They understand that it may have been legitimate for him to ask the questions he did if he is a student of sociology. However, the legitimacy ended when he offered...

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May 25, 2016 - Day 45 - Zero Residual Presence

Today we had one more ship than we had yesterday but about 300 less passengers. I did a lot more stocking today and some rearranging. This was mostly because I know more now. I know that it is OK to rearrange things and I know where more things are. I made a display showing the four kinds of bears. We have these secret or puzzle boxes in several shapes. Three of the boxes depict a brown or grizzly bear, a black bear, and a polar bear. I put these three boxes together along with two bags of Huckleberry gummi bears. Get it? My display showed...

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May 24, 2016 - Day 44 - You Wanna Make $50

We had the same number of cruise ships today as we did yesterday. However, we had about 4000 more passengers. Sales were much better today and I ended up only one cent short on my closeout. One fellow came in the store and showed us the permit given to his grandfather giving him permission to enter the Yukon for mining purposes in 1898. This was during the Klondike gold rush. A woman who had been in the museum asked me about a painting, and took me to show me where it was. I thought she wanted to buy it and as we got further in the museum I...

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May 23, 2016 - Day 43 - Trump Family's History of Prostitution

We both worked today. Margie goes to work at 8:30 unless she thinks she needs to go in early. I leave around 9 to get to work at 9:30. I was ready early and rode my bike over to the warehouse for a bit before I left. Margie got her orders together for delivery to town. I’ve been riding my bike to and from work if it isn’t raining. It is actually almost 3 miles to where I am working now. Margie also did some shipping today. I’ve been told that the minimum for shipping is $25. However, Margie gets several things where the shipping fees have...

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May 22, 2016 - Day 42 - Fifteen and Sixty One, hmm.

We were both off today, since there weren’t any cruise ships in port. This is the last day that will happen until the end of the season. Margie called and talked to her son in New York. Then she called and talked to her two granddaughters. We talked to a couple of our coworkers outside. One of them has been a barber and cuts some hair here. By the time I got out there they were talking about giving Margie bangs which I think I would like. So, I asked him if he could do it and make it look good. Then they started telling me how he said he...

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