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Joseph is back at work for the first time since mid-March!

This past Friday morning, I returned to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville since the afternoon of March 13th. My first day back at work was very interesting, to say the least. My temperature was taken at the store’s entrance. My temperature was 98.1 degrees, so I was able to work there that day. I wore my plain white mask while I was there … and I did my best to stay at least six feet away from other people while I was there. I was able to do the things that I usually do whenever I work there once a week. My co-workers were glad to see me … and, in a way, I was glad to see them. I didn’t buy any classy items while I was there this past Friday, but I may buy myself a classy item or two while I’m there this Friday.

Now, I got some plain white masks at Big Lots recently … and I will do my best to show you one of those masks in a future blog post. Of course, I will be wearing my plain white masks to T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville many times in the future, whether I go there as a customer or as an employee.

Stay safe, my friends … and enjoy your day!

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Which one of these two masks should Joseph wear when he goes out again?

I am giving my computer a break this week. This week, I thanked more of my blog’s followers in two more of my blog posts … and, today, I will give you guys a surprise blog post … and here it is.

I will be able to leave my home in just a matter of days. I was originally supposed to return to T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville tomorrow morning at 9:30, but I will not be able to do so until further notice. I will try to leave my house in the near future. If I do, I will try to wear one of my two masks with my classy outfit. Should I wear my white 3M mask or my Pirates mask whenever I go out again?

I have two masks at home. One is a white 3M mask and one is a Pirates mask. Which one of these two masks should I wear whenever I leave my home again?
This is my white 3M mask.
This is my Pirates mask.

I hope you guys like my two masks as much as I do … and, whenever I leave my house in the future, I will try to wear one of these masks with a classy outfit.

I will start using my computer again on Saturday morning at around 5:00. Please enjoy your day, my friends!

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Joseph will soon be going back to work again

Since the afternoon of March 13th, I have not left my house … and, believe it or not, the last time I was not in my house, I was actually leaving my workplace, which is T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville.  For about 2 1/2 months or so, I have stay in my house or very close to my house, but I have walked down to my mailbox a few times a week … and I walk in my half of the block, whenever I don’t see a lot of people outdoors.

Well, in just over 2 1/2 weeks or so, I will be able to go back to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville for the first time in almost three months.  Part of me is ready to go back and part of me isn’t ready to go back.    I have worked there for almost 13 years now.  I would love to work there forever, but I may not be working there forever, but who knows?  I will probably be there for a number of years.  I became a regular T.J. Maxx worker on June 11, 2007.

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Staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Now, for the past several days now, lots of people have been talking about the Coronavirus Outbreak that’s been sweeping through our country in one form or another … and they have been seen stories about it just about every day for the past few days or so.  Now, the Coronavirus is in Pennsylvania and it’s also in Allegheny County, so a lot of people, including myself, are doing whatever they can to stay safe during this Outbreak.  That means a lot of us will have to stay home as much as possible for the next few days or so … and many of us won’t be able to work for a while.

This past Friday, for the first time in quite some time, I was able to stay home for the entire day on a Friday.  I was not able to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville then since the store would be closed for the next few days.  I am doing everything I can to stay safe during this Coronavirus Outbreak … and I hope you guys are also.

Now, as you may have guessed, I write all of my blog posts at home on my computer, which, of course, is in my “computer room.”  I generally write four or five blog posts on my blog every week … and I will still write blog posts for you guys while I’m in my “computer room.”  I know you guys like my posts a lot … and I hope you guys will like the posts that I write down as we continue to deal with this Outbreak.

Enjoy your day … and stay safe as we continue to deal with this Coronavirus Outbreak.  We will try very hard to get through it.  Yes, I will continue to write my blog posts at home.

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I saw dark clouds and snow over the weekend!

Now, over the weekend, we had a little bit of everything in the skies above Pittsburgh.  Now, on two of those days, we had gloomy mornings and nice, sunny afternoons.  On Saturday, the skies were generally clear all day long, to say the least.  Now, let me show you what I saw on both Friday and on Sunday.

This past Friday morning, before I started working at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville, I saw a lot of dark clouds in the skies above Great Southern Shopping Center.  Now, in the two photos that I snapped that morning, I also saw some grey clouds and white clouds … and the skies were both grey and blue at that time.  Now, whenever I left work that afternoon, it was nice and sunny outside!  Friday ended up being a nice day after all.

Yesterday morning, I saw some snow on our property.  We didn’t get a whole lot of snow that morning … and I was still able to see some grass in our backyard.  There was a coating of snow on our deck as well … and the items that were on our deck were covered with snow as well.  Not long after I snapped these two pictures, the snow melted, the sun came out and it warmed up just a little bit.  As we get closer to Spring, let me remind you that on some days, we may get a little bit of everything in the same day.

Next time, I will write my 1,325th blog post … and I will give you a hint.  It will be about one of my favorite shirts ever.

Stay safe, my friends!

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Tunch And Joseph

During the second half of my blog’s fifth year, I will give you some chances to revisit some of my past blog posts … and, during the month of July, I will give you chances to revisit posts from my blog’s fifth year. Today, I will give you a chance to revisit a post from January of 2019 … and it is called “Tunch And Joseph.”

Now, just one week before I wrote this blog post, I happened to bump into Tunch Ilkin while I was working in the front part of Bridgeville T.J. Maxx. I was cleaning the shelves that were near the line that goes to the cash registers … and Tunch just happened to walk inside of the store whenever I did just that. Tunch was a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers for more than a decade … and he also does a Steelers-themed radio show called “Tunch And Wolf.” He also does commercials for Colussy Chevrolet, which is located in South Fayette. Anyway, meeting Tunch Ilkin in person was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me … and it is an experience that I will not forget.

Next time, I will give you a chance to revisit a post from May of 2019 and it will be about one of the classiest people that I have ever known.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around July 16th in previous years …
Joseph’s tea might have some “zing” in it (July 16, 2018)
Look who I bumped into! (July 16, 2017)
How does Joseph make his videos? (July 17, 2016)
Revisiting a lesser-known blog post: The “cool dude” is back … and he just bought some new flip flops! (July 16, 2015)
I am celebrating two milestones on Facebook today! (July 18, 2017)

Joseph Pratt's Interests And Some Other Things

If you’re wondering why the title of today’s blog post is “Tunch And Joseph,” let me explain the reason why I called it that.  There’s a radio show called “Tunch And Wolf” … and, in it, they talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It’s a little play on words or something like that.  That’s why I called it “Tunch And Joseph.”

Well, anyway, I’d like to tell you about the celebrity that I met while I was working at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx last Friday.  While I was working near the front of the store that morning, I noticed that Tunch Ilkin, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1980 until 1992, came into the store … and he happened to notice that I was working near the front of T.J. Maxx.  While I was working late that morning, I happened to meet Tunch Ilkin in person … and I was able…

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Four Pennies, Please

Whenever I go to a store, I sometimes see items that are worth either 99 cents or 49 cents or something like that.  Of course, if I like the item that has a price that is worth 99 cents, I may buy it.  That’s not exactly what I want to talk about today.  I want to talk about a rather unique experience that I had while I was cashing my paycheck at T.J. Maxx this past Friday.

My paycheck was worth $37.99 this past week … and, just minutes after I completed my shift at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx, I went to one of the cashiers … and the person cashed my check for me.  Now, since the check was 37.99, the cashier asked me if I had a penny … and, then, I just asked her to give me four pennies.  She told me that I would be getting 99 cents in coins, but that didn’t bother me too much.  I probably won’t be using the pennies too much, but I may be able to put them to use at some point in the future.

Will I start a penny collection someday?  Probably not.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around March 5th in previous years …
Joseph’s Top Blog Posts About Spring (March 5, 2018)
My map of Bridgeville (March 6, 2017)
Joseph’s Road To His 30th Birthday: Joseph’s 23rd Year On Earth (March 6, 2016)
Let me ask you a question about our snow-covered mountains today! (March 5, 2015)
A frosty morning (March 7, 2016)

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Tunch And Joseph

If you’re wondering why the title of today’s blog post is “Tunch And Joseph,” let me explain the reason why I called it that.  There’s a radio show called “Tunch And Wolf” … and, in it, they talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It’s a little play on words or something like that.  That’s why I called it “Tunch And Joseph.”

Well, anyway, I’d like to tell you about the celebrity that I met while I was working at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx last Friday.  While I was working near the front of the store that morning, I noticed that Tunch Ilkin, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1980 until 1992, came into the store … and he happened to notice that I was working near the front of T.J. Maxx.  While I was working late that morning, I happened to meet Tunch Ilkin in person … and I was able to talk with him for about five minutes while his mother was returning an item.  My Pittsburgh friends should know who Tunch Ilkin is in one form or another, whether they saw him as a Pittsburgh Steelers player, as a host of his radio show “Tunch And Wolf” or as a spokesperson for Colussy Chevrolet, which is located in South Fayette.

This was an experience that I will never forget.  Tunch Ilkin is by far one of the best people that the Steelers has ever had.  Again, if you were wondering why I called today’s blog post “Tunch And Joseph,” you’ll know why.  It’s about me meeting a celebrity named Tunch Ilkin.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around January 11th in previous years …
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Joseph’s DVDs (January 11, 2018)
Joseph’s Flashback: I had three substitute teachers in one day?! (January 11, 2017)
I see some clouds … and I see some fog! (January 11, 2016)
My sweater vests (January 11, 2015)
Why is Joseph wearing two different loafers? (January 10, 2017)

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My 888th Blog Post Is About The Number 8

Happy Memorial Day, my friends!  Today, I’m writing my 888th blog post down … and, today, it will be about the number 8.  I will tell you some rather interesting things about the number 8 … and I will try to use the number 8 in the things that I’m talking about here.

The current year is 2018.

One of my favorite routes in the Pittsburgh area is Route 978, which is located in my part of Allegheny County.

For the past few weeks, I was able to watch channel 208 for about 90 minutes on certain evenings.  I needed a way to unwind after going through some tough days.

I started my blog on the eighth month of a year, which would be August.  I started it in August of 2014.  August, of course, is the eighth month of the year.

Depending on my mood, I usually do my best to wind down during the 8:00 hour on certain evenings.  I will watch a program during that hour, if I’m up to it.

Whenever I gave my computer some “vacation time,” I will usually do it for eight days at a time.

My part of National Hill has eight other houses, which are all very unique in many ways.  We actually have nine houses in my part of the neighborhood, but I do like to give praise to the eight other houses, which are located in my part of National Hill.

In the past, I would sometimes work eight hours a week at my local T.J. Maxx store, but, in recent years, I would just work four hours a week at the store.  I really like it.

So, there you have it.  I was able to give you eight interesting facts about the number 8 that I think are interesting to me.  It was the subject of my 888th blog post.

Enjoy your day!

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph gets star struck at T.J. Maxx!

When I have not been able to see any celebrities from Hollywood during my lifetime, I have been able to see some local celebrities over the years.  I won’t tell you specifically who they are.  Let’s just say that I have seen them at various places in the Pittsburgh area, including Kennywood Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  The celebrities are from various TV and radio stations throughout Pittsburgh.

Now, last Spring, at around this time or so, I actually bumped into a local celebrity while I was working at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx.  I had just finished taking my break at work, when, all of a sudden, I just happened to bump into Christine D’Antonio, who is a reporter for KDKA-TV, which is the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh.  I told her that I watch her on KDKA regularly.  She is a terrific reporter.

Will I ever get star struck again?  Maybe.  Who knows?