Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Why I support Prop 8

Although I am only a permanent resident and I can't vote, if I could vote I would vote YES on Proposition 8 in California. Many people here are against prop 8 and claim that by voting yes on prop 8 we will be taking away fundamental rights of gays and lesbians. Voters would not be taking away any rights of gays and lesbians, they already have the same rights as married men and women. I think this link says everything that I would say and Californians should vote YES on Prop 8. To me the part that makes the most sense is the biology aspect of it. A female can not reproduce without a male (or his sperm) and so it just makes sense that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that those precious children have every right to be brought up in a home with a mother and a father, not a mom and a mom or a dad and a dad. It makes me sad to think that teachers are supporting this measure because per California law children are to be taught about marriage in school. Marriage is a religious institution not a government institution. Non-supporters are saying that if I parents doesn't want their child to be taught about these things in school then they can pull them out of class for the day. I don't think that teachers should be the ones teaching children about marriage, I think it should be mommy and daddy that should be teaching these children about marriage (another reason why I want my children to go to private school or something similar). Just read the article, it's really well written.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Work

In case you didn't know I work at Jamba Juice as a shift manager. I was hired in April and got promoted to Shift Manager (or as they call it lead) in July. I think I do an awesome job being a lead. I always get everything done that I'm supposed to get done, the customers are happy, the employees are happy and my manager is happy. I even got a raise last week. I really like my job because it's fun and I know that my manager really cares about me. The only thing I hate about my job is the store owner. We get along ok. He's really weird socially. He almost never smiles, and when he does it's weird. When he's in a good mood everything is awesome. When he's in a bad mood you better watch out our you'll get yelled at for the stupidest things. But he always seems to be in a bad mood, especially when the store manager isn't at the store (when she is taking her time off). Like today. He "yelled" at me because there were 3 people in line. 2 of which were together (apparently they were trying to decide what they wanted), then the other person in line just got there. The store owner walks out to the lobby and tells the guy he can go ahead of them. So he goes to do that and the other two finally decide what they want so the guy just walks out of the store. While the beginning of this is happening I was in the back checking one of my employees off the register (I have to input the information on the computer). There is a screen in the back office so that you can see what's going on out front while you are in the back. I enter the front of the store about the time I see the owner talking to the guy. He asks me who else is on register, so I get the other employee to go on his register but while that happens the guy walks out the door and the owner is pissed. It's not my fault the guy can't wait 10 secs for someone to take his order, he clearly didn't want Jamba Juice that badly. So the owner proceeds to tell me that I should have seen this and should have told the guy on register to take the other guys order, and he also "yells" at the guy on register for not taking his order first.

Another incident: I need to explain something first before I go into the details. The employees have to count their registers before they are put on a register out front. We had machines that automatically count the change and cash for you based on the weight. Well both the machines that they had broke so all employees have to count the change out by hand and it takes them about 20 mins. My manager took all the change out of the cash drawers and put it into baggies and marked the amount in each baggie, apparently I was not supposed to use these baggies but the rolls instead. This incident happened about 30 mins after the first. All the computer screens for the registers froze, so I had to get the owner to come out and fix it. When he is finished fixing it he is walking back to his office and notices a plastic ziploc bag sitting on the counter where employees count their registers. He brings it out front and asks me what it is. So I tell him that it was for the change that an employee had in his register. He told me that now it's going to be a hassle because the next person that counts the register will have to count $5 in nickles and that I wasn't supposed to use the change in the baggies. So it's my fault that he is such a cheapo that he can't order a change counter when we keep having problems with the old ones and now both of them are broken? He even told me that the new one was going to be here until next week! If it's such a big deal then why didn't he have it overnighted!

I know he's the owner and that whatever he says goes but he doesn't have to be such a jerk to people. Honestly if we didn't have the manager we do and I wasn't moving I would find another job where they appreciate me more. I got a raise last week b/c my manager things I'm doing an awesome job. She said she was really impressed with me and she's really happy with the way I do my job. If he keeps it up he's going to lose all the really great employees and all the crappy ones will be left. We already have barely enough leads to cover all the shifts. I'm so glad I'm leaving in December, so for now I'll just grin and bear it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Capstone Project

In order to graduate from California State University Monterey Bay (where I am currently attending) I have to do a Capstone project... which is essentially a really big graduation project. It's kind of lame that they make you do it but right now I'm having a little fun with it. I'm currently taking a Genetics and Advanced Cell Molecular Biology class. Last semester I took Biochemistry. The nice thing about taking these hard classes is that I have a really good understanding of Biology and how all these tine tiny molecules make up you as a person. It just amazes me that all these really complex reactions and such are going on in our body all at the same time millions and millions of times and that all of these components come together so beautifully to form you! I don't/ can't understand how any scientist wouldn't believe in a higher being. The chances of all of these things coming together on their own is really 1 in a trillion billion million (i.e 1 in never). For my capstone project I'm going to be writing a 20+ page paper on drugs. I know it sounds boring but there is this really cool website I found from the University of Utah that explains the basics of what I am writing my paper on. It just amazes me that scientists have the technology to make drugs that will have very very minimal to no side effects based on a persons DNA. So here's the link
, go check it out and give me some feedback on it because I want to here what people who have less biological knowledge then I do think about the topic. That way I can try to incorporate that in my paper. My paper is supposed to be geared towards the general population.


So I just found out that I don't have to write a 20 page paper but I have to read a lot of research papers and do a power point presentation and then present it to two professors on a poster! So much easier, but I still have to do research!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

PCAT...

So I figured some of you might be going "PCAT? what's that?". The PCAT is the Pharmacy College Admissions Test. The tests basically weed out those people (i.e. me at the moment) who wouldn't be a good candidate for Pharmacy school. I'm graduating this semester and I am trying to get all my applications in for Pharmacy school which doesn't start until next Fall. One of the requirements is to take the PCAT. I wish they would just look at my grades because my Math and Science GPA is awesome! We'll see what happens. I'm trying to come up with alternative plans in case I don't get in. Maybe I will take a year off and work and take the test again and apply again (which might be the better option since as of right now I have no clue where we will be living). I don't know I'll figure it out sooner or later. Well it's off to bed for me so I can get up at 5:30am and go to work!