My new “10 years of service” pin

As you know, I have been working at the T.J. Maxx in Bridgeville, PA, as a regular employee for 10 years.  While I was at work yesterday afternoon, I got a pin that says “10 years of service” on it.  I also got a certificate that says that I have been working at T.J. Maxx for 10 years.

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I have been working at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville, PA, as a regular employee for 10 years … and, on June 12, 2017, I got this “10 years of service” pin while I was at my workplace.
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I have been working at T.J. Maxx for 10 years now!

10 years ago today, I became a regular employee at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville.  When I first started working there, I would work there from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. twice a week.  I would work there on Mondays and Fridays … and I would sometimes work there on certain other days as well.  I worked there on a Saturday back in 2009.  Some years later, I would start working there from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. twice a week … and now, I work there once a week from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  On at least one occasion, I would work there until 2:30 p.m. … and I was able to leave work at 1 p.m. on some occasions.

For the past 10 years, I have been working in my store’s back room … and, for the past 5 1/2 years, they have also allowed me to work out on the sales floor on some occasions.  I really like working there … and I hope that I can work there for at least 10 more years.

Some of those employees have been working there with me since day one … and many other employees are not working there with me anymore, but, of course, we are still friends today.

I have also talked about some of my co-workers in my blog posts as well.  I’d like to show you some of them now.

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On May 1, 2017, I bumped into Nicholas Ciesielski, who works at the Railyard Grille and Tap Room. When he was there that evening, he was just another customer.
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I bumped into Julie Hock, one of my former co-workers, at Bee’z Bistro and Pub on May 6, 2015.
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On November 26, 2016, I bumped into Taylor Uram while I was at the Railyard Tap Room And Grille in Bridgeville. We sometimes work at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville together on certain days.

I would like to thank the people who have had the chance to work with me at my store for the past ten years.  These guys are some of the best co-workers that I have ever had.

Enjoy your day!

Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For June 2017

Can you believe it?  The month of June is here … and we are almost halfway through 2017 already.

I will be giving my features a break this month … and, in some of my blog posts this month, I will talk about some of the milestones that I will be celebrating this month.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “Remembering Joseph’s Battle With Lyme Disease One Year Later.”  I first got Lyme Disease one year ago this month.  It was found early … and I was able to get rid of my Lyme Disease symptoms a few days later.  I wrote some blog posts about my experiences with it last year … and I will let you guys read those blog posts for yourselves again.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I have been working at T.J. Maxx for 10 years now!”  Now, I had actually worked at the Bridgeville T.J. Maxx store as a volunteer from September of 2006 until June of 2007.  Then, on June 11, 2007, they hired me to work there as a regular employee.  I currently work there once a week, but, several years ago, I worked there twice a week.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “My mother is turning 50 today!”  My mother, Susan Pratt, will turn 50 on June 19, 2017 … and I will talk about the event in one of my blog posts on June 19th.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I have had a classy friend for one year!”  Last June, I became friends with a person named Jonathan Reed, who is married to one of my classmates from school.  I turned my new friend into one of Mr. Classy’s “stand-ins” just days after we became friends.  He’s a very classy person indeed.

I will also talk about some more interesting things in my blog posts this month.  Enjoy your day, my friends!

Joseph’s Top Blog Posts About Friendship

This weekend, I will be writing my 650th blog post … and that blog post will be about one of my friends.  Of course, I’m not gonna tell you which friend it will be about yet, but I can tell you that it will be about a very classy friend.

Before I write my 650th blog post this weekend, I’m gonna tell you about some of my top blog posts, which are about friendship.  Of course, some of the blog posts that I’ve written down over the past 2 3/4 years are about some of the friends that I have made over the years.

I saw my friends and a sunset at Oakdale’s parade this year! (July 31, 2016)
A fantastic co-worker and a fantastic friend (November 22, 2014)
A fantastic uncle … and a fantastic friend, sort of (November 23, 2014)
Celebrating 10 years of friendship (January 23, 2017)

I have some of the greatest friends in the world … and, yes, I will be writing more blog posts about my friends in the future.  Enjoy your holiday weekend!

My 31st Birthday Was Fantastic!

Two weeks ago, I became a 31-year-old man … and I celebrated that birthday by going to the Railyard Grille and Tap Room in Bridgeville that evening.  I really like that restaurant, even though they don’t have too many things for me to choose from.  The staff members there also gave me a little cake to eat while I was there.  I had actually eaten some birthday cake at my house a couple of hours earlier … and I was able to take my cake home.  I ate some of it the next day.  I was able to talk to some of the staff members who were there at the time … and they were all friendly, to say the least.

My 31st birthday was a fantastic one, to say the least.  I’m enjoying the fact that I’m now a 31-year-old dude.

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On May 1, 2017, I celebrated my 31st birthday … and I went to the Railyard Grille and Tap Room in Bridgeville.
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I was able to wear one of my two Crosby jerseys to the Railyard Grille and Tap Room on May 1, 2017.

I also talked to Nicholas Ciesielski, who works at the Railyard Grille and Tap Room.  I had previously met him at this restaurant back in November.  He was at the restaurant that evening; however, he went there as a customer, this time around.

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On May 1, 2017, I bumped into Nicholas Ciesielski, who works at the Railyard Grille and Tap Room. When he was there that evening, he was just another customer.

Now, in less than one year, I will be turning 32.  Maybe I’ll go to a fantastic restaurant then.

Enjoy your day!

I’m getting used to the changes that are being made at my workplace!

Last Friday, I had a semi-chaotic workday at my workplace.  That was because they were making a lot of changes to my workplace.  Earlier this week, I told you that they were putting a HomeGoods store inside of my T.J. Maxx store.  It had actually been a T.J. Maxx store for almost 36 years.  Beginning in just a few days or so, I will be working in what is called a “combo store.”

Now, today, I went to work … and my workday wasn’t as chaotic as it was last Friday.  They are now putting the finishing touches on our new HomeGoods store.  Some of the people who used to work with me at T.J. Maxx will now be working at HomeGoods.  Yes, we’ll all be in the same building, of course.  We’ll just be doing different things, that’s all.

Again, it’s gonna take a while to get used to the changes that they’re making at my workplace, but over time, I’ll be able to get used to them.  After all, I’ve been working at my store for almost 10 years now.  We’ll see what happens, of course.

My semi-chaotic day at work

Over the past several weeks, people have been remodeling my T.J. Maxx store, which is located in Bridgeville.  It has been a T.J. Maxx store for almost 36 years now … and, now, they’re putting a HomeGoods store inside of the T.J. Maxx store.  I’m excited about it … and I’m also nervous about it.  They’re changing almost everything around in the store.  Today, I’d like to tell you about a semi-chaotic day that I recently had at my workplace.

This past Friday, I went to work like I always did … and me and several of the people who work with me in the back room had to work upstairs because some people were fixing things up downstairs.  There were also several new workers there as well.  It was a fairly chaotic morning for me.  I almost didn’t have anything to do upstairs at that time, but luckily, I was able to find something to do just minutes after I went into the back room.  Things did get better as the day went by, though.

I was able to clean some things out on the sales floor on Friday afternoon.  The afternoon was a relaxing one for me, in a way.

So, as you might have guessed here, I had a semi-chaotic day at work this past Friday.  I’m starting to accept the changes that they’re making to the store that I have been working at for nearly 10 years now.  I like it there a lot.

I’m literally surrounded by my co-workers!

On November 26, 2016, I went to the Railyard Tap Room And Grille in Bridgeville with my relatives … and while I was there, I bumped into two of my co-workers.  One of them still works with me at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville … and one of them used to work with me at that store a few years ago.

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On November 26, 2016, I went to the Railyard Grille And Tap Room in Bridgeville with my relatives. I bumped into two of my co-workers while I was there.

All right, so let me tell you who I bumped into while I was at the Railyard Grille And Tap Room yesterday afternoon.

First, I bumped into Nicholas Ciesielski.  Nicholas and I both worked at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville together a few years ago.

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On November 26, 2016, I bumped into Nicholas Ciesielski while I was at the Railyard Tap Room And Grille in Bridgeville. We both worked at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville a few years ago.

Second, I bumped into Taylor Uram.  Taylor and I sometimes work together at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville.

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On November 26, 2016, I bumped into Taylor Uram while I was at the Railyard Tap Room And Grille in Bridgeville. We sometimes work at the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgeville together on certain days.

It all started ten years ago today!

Ten years ago today, I started to work at T.J. Maxx for the first time … as a volunteer.  At that time, I wasn’t getting paid for it.  I was still going to school for a few more months … and I would just go to my store on Thursday mornings … and sometimes, I would go there on Thursday afternoons as well.

I did a little bit of everything at that time.  I did work in the back room while I was there … and on some occasions, I also worked in our store’s cash office.  I didn’t really like being in there, even though it was pretty fun at times.

In June of 2007, I would start getting paid every week while I was working at my store.

Today, I would like to give a special thanks to someone who was able to allow me to start working there once or twice a week ten years ago.  The person’s name is Sharon Dowden. She was able to bring me to the store as a worker ten years ago, whether I was getting paid for it … or not.  It’s a job that I enjoy doing to this day.

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