Boxing Day. It is a funny old day when you think about it.
It is like the punctuation to say that Christmas is over and it start to go back to our normal lives of mass consumerism. I will say this though I did notice that there were less adverts promoting Boxing Day sales than ever before.
If anything there seem to be more of a focus on 2016 and the New Year sales, book a holiday, everything is going cheap.
In fact two weeks before Christmas was even a glimmer on the horizon I did spy a couple of adverts saying that the New Year sales will be coming soon which fills a bit harsh to me. There is all this pressure and nonsense to get us to splurge out for the big day only then to tell us that in a couple of days later the things we bought are going to be horrifically reduced in price.
This is why will you write can I do my stocking filler shopping on Christmas Eve.
Even more than normal this year TV has been horrific.
Yes there have been a couple of semi-decent Christmas specials but nothing really that you would go out of your way to sit down and make sure you watch it whilst it is being broadcast. At least not for me.
Instead I caught up on some movie watching: first up, the motion.
The Martian film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stuck on the planet Mars which sounds plausible enough given the rate of how we seem to be obsessed of going to this far-flung planet for no reason at all that we are aware of and master governments are hiding something from us which in all probability is actually what’s happening but I digress.
It is not a bad film but neither is it a good one especially if you’ve read the book. Personally I listened to the audiobook and went through the 10 hours of audible listening in four days and for someone with my attention span that would make a fruitfly jealous that is no mean achievement.
The film suffers by the lack of time given to the major plot points. The trip across the moon takes the best part of the year and we get a montage of that. The bit where he realises when his growing the potatoes actually made a bomb and evacuate. The explosion of the whole because of a microfibre return from being used to much. All these little plot points are forgotten about on the film suffers from it but at least it didn’t suffer is bad as Specter.
Quite how this became the biggest grossing film of 2015, until Star Wars came along, I have absolutely no idea. If they were trying to kill off Daniel Craig as being 007 in some sort of weird plotline then they managed to sexily achieve that.
What they didn’t manage to establish was any sense of menace from the main protagonists or explain why the token woman in the film fell in love with James Bond some 10 minutes later after she said she would never fall for someone like him.
The payoff at the end of the film is underwhelming to say the least but that is a small set up for what potentially could be the next plot point for the next Bond film but it just seemed to lack anything.
The director just seem to be phoning home on this one and whilst to set pieces of action are okay they don’t exactly achieve anything or bring any centre real menace or achievement to proceedings.
Put simply is one of those films you don’t mind having a conversation with someone over the top as you can pretty much guarantee you aren’t going to miss anything.
Back to Boxing Day.
It’s a shame that after the peacefulness and tranquillity that is Christmas day Boxing Day is just seen as another day off work providing you don’t work in retail. For those of you who do my thoughts go out to you because I used to be in that situation and it sucks having to get up after the one day off you had to recover from Christmas Eve.
There you are in a shop nodding and smiling selling the goods that people bought two days ago for double the price and all the while knowing you’re being paid a minimum wage.
Oh, whilst I remember I am not sure if I posted about this but about four months ago I went for a tourism and IT officer position based in my local town of mine. The one-page job description then turned into a 52 page document description of what the job might encompass and what the company is trying to achieve. Despite spending several days carefully creating the presentation telling them that there is no magic wand or solution to fix any struggling business unsurprisingly I didn’t get the job.
Spent despite my extensive knowledge of setting up and running businesses, being involved with marketing and latest web trends, I am continually learning more skills in this field which is what they were after by the way as they wanted someone to come in and help the struggling businesses of this dilapidated sign instead, they went for a teacher.
Yes, is that of a business person or so one who shows any entrepreneurial flair they decided that the best move was to employ a teacher to give IT lessons.
So I wasn’t entirely surprised to see the same role coming back up on my job searching quest yet again but mysteriously for a lot of lower rate.
What makes me think I had an impact on them was that I did give them some freebies in terms of knowledge, of course this turned out to be a mistake as they took my dears and pass them off as their own.
The website got a makeover, the introduced themselves to some of the businesses I said would be a good idea and a couple of other things so I wonder if I do get in interview how do I say something but not say anything. Basically I don’t want to give away my ideas for free.
I can’t help but wonder what it is I am doing wrong. But then again I don’t always believe that I did anything wrong. Sometimes I look at the people who was sat in front of me and you can see that they like to play it safe, by the rules, they want someone to take all of those risks for them but they don’t know someone who’s going to take any risks.
Yes I realise that does sound like I’ve contradicted myself but think about it.
Take your manager in your job for example. Has he employed someone who is energetic or go getting or has he just employed a hard worker who seems to have a lot in common with himself?
It is tough being arraigned here and maybe it is exactly the same everywhere else but here it just feels like people want to put you down because it is not their idea. There are only a few people who are creative thinkers and actually applied themselves to things.
I used to be part of that mindset but just recently I’ve been wondering when I got kicked out of my own company why didn’t I go more aggressive and take on my own store and put them out of business?
Granted they did sabotage any nor business relationships I had with people but I still had one or two in areas that I could have majorly upset them but that’s by the by.
Right now I have a choice I either try my best and set up a small online shop with as many automated processes as I can or I fail.
So with that in mind as Boxing Day comes to an end I am going to open up a spreadsheet, start up a website and pray I make some money.