Posts Tagged 'Massachusetts'

The cutest veteran: a work story.

Let me tell you about this adorable old man I helped today. And how he reacted when he found out I would not be able to put the Veteran Indicator on his license.

The Veteran Indicator is something that Massachusetts started doing about a year and a half ago. Veterans can show us a copy of their discharge papers, showing they were honorably discharged from service, and then we put this little star with “VETERAN” on their license. Some places, like Home Depot, give discounts to veterans so this is a  handy thing to have. The Registry and the Veterans Affairs Association worked together on this, and the VA has dictated very specifically that we can only accept DD-214s, DD-215s, and certificates of honorary service, which they gave out for World War II.

So the first part of our time together went something like this:

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His daughter was with him. She was so patient and helpful! She helped collect all of his service-related ID cards out of his wallets. None of them were discharge papers. I took a couple of them over to my manager. Sometimes I think we can’t accept something, but then she sees it and she’s like, “Yeah, this is fine!” And then everyone is happy and smiling and all is wonderful.

Except we totally couldn’t take anything he had with him! Which made the second part of our time together similar to this:

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His daughter was mortified. And amazing. She was apologizing and trying to coax him out of the building, promising him they would come back because she knew exactly where his paperwork was. I’ve seen frustrated people before. They all react differently. And he was feeble, he spent most of the time sitting, so I didn’t think he was going to hurt me. Technically we’re supposed to call the police when someone mentions a bomb but it seemed a little empty since he could barely walk.

And that’s the story of the first time I was called a slut!



I’m not generally a fan of New Years resolutions, but after a careful review of last year I decided to set a few goals for myself. With any luck, I can make 2013 a GRAND SUCCESS!

1) Eat More, Exercise Less.
– If there’s one thing I did too much of in 2012, it was exercise. Yuck. Mallory had me roller-blading, jogging, training for a 5k (which we all bailed on, ahaha. Success). I was walking at lunch with Stephanie. It was the worst. I’m going to try and cut exercise out of 2013 completely, and replace it with even more of my favorite food (i.e. pizza, hot pockets, and mac&cheese. Oh, and SODA).

2) Don’t leave Massachusetts.
– Best state in the US. Has everything I need. I hate adventures. I see no reason to leave, possibly ever again.


3) Reading Goal for 2013: 1 Book.
– I set a perfectly reasonable reading goal for 2012 of 52 books. And only read 39. Ridiculously disappointing. So this year I’m going to aim as low as possible in hopes on not letting myself down again. Cross your fingers for me, people!

4) Drink more Soda.
– Right now I’m averaging about 3 cans of Mt Dew a day (give or take, and mix in a ginger ale every so often). But you know what? I just don’t think I’m drinking to my full potential. Why not cut out water and orange juice completely? Yeah. This is happening.

5) Run Desert Sand into the Ground.
– I love my car. And nothing says, ‘I love you,’ more than destroying something. This year I intend on saving a ton of $$$ by not spending a cent on my best friend. Oil changes? Naw. Tire rotation?  The alignment is bunk anyway so why bother. She wants to over-heat again? Let it happen! She’s already got 210,000 miles on her. She’s basically dead anyway.

6) Continue to Live with my Parents.
– Because I’m a winner. And we get along great! And nothing spells success more than a 25-year-old with a moderately good job living in her parents basement.

7) Spend Frivolously.
– As frivolously as possible! If at any point I have more than $20 in my bank accounts (combined), then I’m doing something wrong. How can I live life to the fullest if I’m not blowing all my money on pointless things I don’t need? Exactly, I can’t. I’m probably going to empty my debit card into Target after I finish this post.


8) Neglect The Tragic Whale: Blog & Shop.
– Oh I’m still going to have my blog and my shop, but I’m going to neglect the shit out of them. Posts every 2-3 weeks, skipping Wednesday Whale Love completely, not working towards becoming part of a larger blogging community. And the shop? Pffft. I’ll be ignoring every message, sending orders out a week or so late, skipping delivery confirmation. Oh, you want a shipping notification for your purchase? That’s neat  because I’m going to forget to send that. You’ll know it shipped when it shows up at your house. THIS IS HOW YOU RUN A BUSINESS!

9) Dress Down, Every Day.
– I really want to show the people I work for that I have NO INTEREST in advancing, so I’m planning to go out of my way to dress down for work. I’ll take it a step further than jeans and a sweatshirt, though. I’m talking same jeans all week, the sweatshirt with pen across the chest and holes in the elbows, writing on my hands and not washing them, I might stop washing my hair and face. I don’t take my job seriously and now I’m ready for management to know it.

10) Allow the World to Crush Me.
– Every so often, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can literally feel a pressure pushing down on my shoulders. It makes it hard to breathe and sleep, to hold myself up right, and screws up my back. I call it “The Weight of the World” and I have to fight it. Sometimes it’s so hard that I think the world might win, that I won’t be able to push it off, and that I’ll be crushed to death. This year I’m going to give up. I’m going to let the weight of the world crush me.

Did you make any New Year resolutions? Here’s to achieving all of our goals!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Partly inspired by Brittany over at Shubette Handmade’s Week of Thanks series, I thought I would share some things that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving :)

Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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