AWSI Musings: Annie Gets Lumberghed…

Doc tagged along during one of Annie’s Target (pronounced Tar-jey) Pokemon outings.

Maybe a bit too close… hard to tell if he influenced what happened next.

Annie’s Pokemon adventure started in the lower level / receiving part of the the store.

She found two shelving units in the corner full of Excel boxes (Pokemon cards, etc.) and ended up spending her first 15 minutes moving them from the shelves to a flat cart (dodging rollers and other boxes). All told, there were 9 with labels for the Toys section and 7 for the front of the store. She marked the boxes with the date from the shipping label. Some were from 27 March. Most were before March 30. There were two with an April 3 date.

>> Doc noted that Annie’s head was spinning trying to figure out how to efficiently and effectively deal with that kind of volume.

She maneuvered the cart up the freight elevator and through the store to the farthest check-lanes (25 & 26) where the wall of Pokemans are on display. Then she settled her next task — sorting through products which are mixed in all 17 boxes, to make sure all SKUs (stock keeping units) were represented. That involved neatly stacking each SKU on the belt of lane #25. Fairly straightforward.

>> Doc observed that Annie was moving with her usual speedy yet thoughtful pace.

About 4 boxes into the 7 upfront, a voice comes up from behind.

“I’m going to need you to put everything on a cart.”

Now here’s were it gets amusing. In Annie’s ears, she was hearing Lumbergh from Office Space and thought it was a joke. Great for her imagination except, she said it out-loud before turning around.

The voice, which just so happened to be attached to a man named Greg, was not amused. In fact his face took on the same red as his Target shirt. Very Elmer Fudd-like.

Then came the lecture on how all lanes needed to be available. Something about “you people” and “if you can’t get this cleared up in less than 15 minutes, I’ll get someone…”

Yeah, he started sounding like a male version of Charlie Brown’s teacher.

Doc helped Annie keep her focus and not lose momentum or energy reacting to the “Not Lumbergh” man. In fact, she knocked out nearly a dozen boxes in 3 hours with both sections looking full and ready to facilitate sales. Left it all nice and tidy too.

All good.

But man, what a test.

The saving grace is that those two visuals, Lumbergh and Elmer, are continuing to provide laughter in an ice box humor way.

Note: This is what Bugs does to the frustrated Elmer.

We still think it is kind of funny she actually said what she was thinking out loud.


AWSI, Annie has internalized a lot of what we talked about with the Covey quotes in Friday’s DragonBustR Reader.

Furthermore, Covey states that within the freedom to choose are those endowments that make us uniquely human:

  • self-awareness;
  • imagination (the ability to create in our minds beyond our present reality);
  • conscience (a deep inner awareness of the principles that govern our behavior, and a sense of the degree to which our thoughts and actions are in harmony with them);
  • independent will (the ability to act based on our self-awareness, free of all other influences.)

It’s all good!

—The Gang

Notable: The additional lanes weren’t needed.


And the Enchanted Jukebox Sez…

Free your mind!

Why oh why must it be this way?
Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said
Free your mind and the rest will follow…

And Joey Sez…

You can’t make an omelet
without breaking eggs.

Destruction before creation.

#SCMF!


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