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On the cusp of change

Your Monday is my Friday - but only for another week.
I gave my two week notice at the toy store. On June 11th I'll start my new job at Law Seminars International. I'm doing my usual almost-compulsive pre-change preparations: running through the new place's website, reawakening old skills (anyone have good tutorials to point to for MSAccess?), imagining what they are going to need from me, and how best to have it ready for them.

Selling toys has been fun, and I do love working retail, but I very much look forward to a job that doesn't require nine hours a day of standing, and lets me have my weekends back. I never knew how important those were to me until I didn't have them for ten months.

There's another, unrelated, change I'm slowly coming to realize I should choose. Did you ever have something that by any rational objective measure is completely unimportant, or maybe has a tiny impact but is inconsequential, and yet every time you encounter it adjusting it becomes important to you personally? Like, I know some people really do care about which way the toilet paper hangs on the roll (I am not one of those people).
Well I have some places online where I've been methodical about answering questions, giving feedback and just generally providing response whenever I think it might help. But while it's been fun, and something I'm doing out of joy, it feels now like it hasn't actually mattered. If I don't keep up with it, not only will no one mind, no one will even notice.
I'm thinking it's time to find out if that's the case. Maybe someone else will jump in. But maybe I've been talking more to myself than I realized.

Now - off to sell toys!


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Jun. 3rd, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your new job! I hope it's enjoyable - it certainly sounds interesting.
Jun. 3rd, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Like, I know some people really do care about which way the toilet paper hangs on the roll (I am not one of those people).

Undershot is all! Overshot spells doom! Only a fool would hang toilet paper in overshot fashion!

The argument that convinced K was that overshot made it easier for a cat to unreel immense quantities of TP onto the floor. I suppose a truly determined cat could manage this even with an undershot roll, but it seems to slow them down or cause them to lose interest.
Jun. 5th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
So . . . people not civilized enough to be owned by cats are not civilized enough to have tp etiquette?
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
True tp etiquete is "there should be some". Which way the roll hangs depends on circumstances. For Bill and Kelly undershot is best, because otherwise the roll can serve as a playtoy for cats and piling up on the floor. For my old apartment in Chicago overshot is required, because the holder is recessed into the wall, and the brick and tile construction guaranteed some mild condensation waiting for any paper foolish enough to rest against the bottom edge.

For the vast majority of situations it doesn't matter and can be left to individual preferences (which in my case is "don't care").
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