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This summer has been hard

It has been a hard summer, so I am sorry that I haven’t posted. I’ve lost a family member, had some health issues, and am now going through a job switch. With that in mind, I will not be posting very often for the near future. (If at all). I know that I already have been doing that, but I figured you should know what is going on.






Summer Posts

I wanted to drop this note. Know that my posts have been a little more than sporadic lately and I am sorry about that. No, no one has died or gotten sick. But I have kind of been enjoying summer a tad too much.

And I think I kind of want to do that. Of course, I do plan to keep updating the blog when I can but at least for the summer I plan to post sporadically at best. I am sorry about the inconvenience but this is something I feel I must do.

Enjoy your summer,


Dating Sites always suggest my brother

So, I am on a few dating sites. Sites like POF (Plenty of Fish), OK Cupid and a few others. I am lonely and I would like a mate. Makes sense.

But one thing they always seem to do is match me up with my bro. I get it. He’s in my area (we live in the same house), he’s similar to me (we’re siblings), and we’re both available. Too bad we don’t do the incest thing.

Now I understand their confusion – Often I go by Alley instead of Jen. And we don’t use the same last names (if I use that name). But I’ve been matched before when we have the same last name. So go fig. I usually just laugh and ignore him.

But then I got this email from POF:

POF humor

Apparently my brother is my top match. Nice one Plenty of Fish!!

Do poor people deserve iPhones?

I thought about having a long winded essay about why I think that shouldn’t even be a debate. Then I realized that I provably shouldn’t do that. So, what I will do is let you watch this video. It will provably do more than I can anyway:

Maybe I was wrong . . .

While I was away I didn’t get much comments. Then again I never really do. Only the spammers seem to love me.

Spammers love me(Click on the image for a better view)

In the time that I have been away dealing with personal stuff – there have been only four comments made that have made it through the Spam Filter.  And all of them have been Spam. Yeah, I guess they are good spam messages since they made it through and all, but seriously! Come on guys show me some love. Don’t just let the spammers talk to me. They are lame. Just like this message:

Bad Spam

So, okay this one DIDN’T survive the spam filter, but why should it? It’s just a bunch of text and links. I know you guys can do better!!!! I want to see good spam. Spam that can survive the filter. Fake spam. Written by you. This is the first bullshit contest I will be running like in forever! So, you gotta be a part of it! I mean it’s stupid. That should be enough.

So, here’s how it works. You compose a spam message comment to ANY of my previous posts on this site. It can be from three years ago or even this post. You write something totally not on the topic of the post and include a link. Because this is what all spammers love! The link can be anywhere. In the message, in the name, or anywhere else you can fit it. But the link must be the same. It must point to Channel the Alley. Why? Because this is my damm contest, that’s why!

Now, when I find comments that meet these criteria – not only will they go live on my site – I will collect them and post your best on a special post dedicated to you. Because in the end, you are the reason why I continue this blog. Even with personal and work issues. I want to hear from you and celebrate you! Isn’t that enough?

But what about prizes? I know every good contest should have prizes! Yes, they should. I will purchase a humble bundle of your choice for 10 dollars. Which means you get great games or awesome apps or awesome books for free!! And the world gets 10 dollars for charity. But, with only two prizes available you will have to work hard. Be creative. And it’s all yours!

Why not create a better prize? Because if I do, then you will take this too seriously! This is supposed to be a booby prize after all. So get cracking.

Contest ends at the beginning of next month. Let’s say July 4th. That makes it sound cooler.

Now get going!

Time to start posting again

So, like the last posting – things are a lot better at home and work. I have more time to myself (and I plan to get even more of it), so I can focus more on stuff like my house(i wanna clean it so badly!) and the internet. And while I am guilty of playing Minecraft for hours and hours I don’t wanna be guilty of ignoring you guys. You have followed me through this boring gap and are still here. And that means a lot to me. So, I can’t leave ya hanging any longer. I have to restart posting. IT MUST BE DONE!!!!

BUT OF COURSE . . . It’s not quite that simple.

It will take me a little while to get into the swing of things. To get stuff queued up and ready to go. I may even choose a less frequent schedule of posting so I can enjoy the summer more. Believe me I NEED THAT!!! I just don’t know what I am going to do . . . YET!!!

But I do know that I want to start posting again. So I will. They will be a bit sporadic for a bit, but they will settle down soon enough. The important part is that they are appearing again. And that’s not too bad!

Which will happen in the next post. BYE!

So, yeah things are better . . .

As expected, things got weird and tiring for me. However, they are getting better. My brother’s surgery went well (although he is home all the time and I have to do wound care). All the stuff with my coworker ended (she ended up getting fired, but not on the account of me), and my hours at work will reduce shortly. (They go down not next week, but the following week.

Still, I am very tired (then again I just came off of six days on). And things are not going awesome for me everywhere. For instance, I am NOT going to Anime North this year despite plans to the contrary. This is all because of a screw up at work (on my part) that left me with the wrong weekend off. There is nothing I can do about it now though (believe me I have tried). So, that is off the list (yay . . .).

For those of you attending next week’s con I wish you a great and crazy weekend. I know it will be! I wish that I could be there with you, but I have to cash out hordes of people during their holiday weekend. YAY. . . AT least I get holiday pay. That’s something . . .

So, I am working a lot during the next couple of weeks (And dealing with wound care), so the blog will be mostly silent. I will try to get some posts together soon and queue them up for you. That way you have something to watch. I do have a lot of videos in my youtube watch later waiting to be seen by you. Too bad I haven’t gotten it out there yet! But it will happen. This just takes time.

As always real life gets in the way of virtual life. But that’s life. What can you do?


New Posts will be a couple of days

I should have posted this earlier, but there will be a gap for a few days. With the new position and other stress I just don’t have the time to post. I will resume ASAP. Thanks for understanding, and sticking with me through this. – Alley

Remembering my time as a Toy Sales Associate

So, as of today I am no longer a Toy Sales Associate. I am officially a Cashier! Now while this transition has brought up many feelings (both happy and sad), I want to commemorate the happy ones. That is why I am posting this post and offering up a present to you, my followers. A final image taken from when I was a Toy Sales Associate. Enjoy.

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Now, were you expecting that? I bet you weren’t!!!! This is a toy that I found while stocking on Tuesday. It was the most detailed Ram I had ever seen. Which included a nice set of balls. Why, I do not know. But it did cause confusion on what to do with him and his brothers.

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There were three of them in all. They came from the back room and where in the same bag. All of them were not on file and had to be put back on. And each one cost $4.88. That is, if you wanted to buy them! I didn’t. But I didn’t know where to put them either. I held on to them for most of my shift until finally I dumped them here. In Easter. For someone else to find. I don’t know if they were sold, but I hope that they were. I would love for them to go away. But then again I feel that way about all problem children like these three.

Here’s to a successful cashing career!! BAAAAHHHHH!!!!

Is that the sound that sheep make?

Petsmart Grooming

So, it’s St. Patty’s Day (or it was recently) and what could you do to celebrate the robbing of people’s religion? Well, chalk your dog green, of course!!! Wait, you didn’t think of that? Well, Petsmart did.

Petsmart GroomingYup, this is real – grabbed it myself from their website.

Your poor little lab can celebrate his Irish Heritage with green ears & a shamrock that looks kinda like a flower.  Which is interesting because Labradors didn’t come from Ireland and well . . . the shamrock makes him makes him look more like a flower child than a leprechaun. But hey! You dyed your dog’s hair! That’s good, right? I mean the dog looks happy. I think . . .

I know that my dog provably wouldn’t like this. I mean he hates wearing the clothes I throw on him sometimes. Let alone frickin’ chalk for St. Patty’s Day. But then again, what do I know? It could be awesome . . .

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