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Last Day on the Job

A lot has happened since my last blog about life at the till at a local grocery story. As you can well imagine, the last three weeks have produced some very unexpected turns of events. All of a sudden, I… Continue Reading →

A Moral Dilemma on the Job

In the short time I have been working as a grocery clerk, I have had my fair share of unusual circumstances: insufficient funds, weird purchases, strange confessions, and unexpected reunions, though nothing measures up to the one I am about… Continue Reading →

Death in the Family

This morning, at 1:30 AM, my mother passed away at the age of eighty-seven. Hers was a lingering death, what with declining health and growing discomfort. When I received the phone call from a family member, asking me to attend… Continue Reading →

On the Job – Part 5

It is Thursday morning, January 18th, one day before Trump’s swearing-in, and I am about to attend my twenty-third day on the job as cash checkout/clerk for a big grocery company in Victoria. After one month on the job, I… Continue Reading →

The Story Behind a Sinking

It has been over ten years since the Queen of the North sank off the BC north coast in March 2006 near Hartley Bay. During this time, BC Ferries has fired ten personnel including the captain, and seen the fourth… Continue Reading →

On the Job – Part 5

I have now completed five weeks of work and here is what I have learned so far. One, the capacity to learn to work through little problems at the till, which can be many, in the course of an eight-hour… Continue Reading →

Issues for the New Year

Here is my list of twenty big social and political issues I will be following in 2017 as the world grapples with the need for clarity and solutions: A. The need for healthcare reform in Canada and the United States;… Continue Reading →

On the Job – Part 3

I am now in the fourth week of my job experiment, and I would be lying if I said it was a cakewalk. What really is happening is that I am learning to adjust my life to some new constraints… Continue Reading →

The Death of a Stranger

This morning I woke up to sirens going off below our bedroom window. Not unusual given the fact that Gorge Road West is a major corridor for ambulances moving across the city. What I didn’t realize at the time, as… Continue Reading →

On the Job – Part 2

Near the end of Week two and I have so much to report on my job as a grocery clerk. I am on a steep learning curve without the use of a manual, just a lot of visuals and oral… Continue Reading →

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