i kind of like that layout thing and so i made another one lol

CV$ tips

So fun fact I work at cv$ and boy lemme tell ya. You do things right and you could take half the store. So here are some tips I can tell you from working there a year and a half 

*** please note that of course this varies by location and states in regards to lp and laws about chasing and who can lay hands on you. And every store has a different amount of cameras and a different layout. It would be in your best interest to go to a store in a “"nice”“ neighborhood


- as far as lp goes, there’s almost never anybody in the store from lp or corporate unless of course it’s predictably busy. My particular store is near a stadium so when they were going to the championships, we had lp and police stationed inside the store to stop ppl from walking out with beer. 

- if there is lp, they will be plain clothes

-cameras are not monitored unless you’re being sus, but even then it’s more likely that the manager will follow you around

- we have a no chase policy but I’ve literally seen some manager ignore this and go after them in the parking lot. They also technically cannot touch you but I’ve seen this rule broken before. But I’ve also seen a guy get stopped for beeping at the door and my manager literally see two champagne bottles in his backpack, but bc he didn’t see him conceal them, he had to let him go lol.

-in my state, it’s actually legal for managers to physically stop theft from happening, but it’s against company policy. Again, this doesn’t stop some of them.

-if you wanna return something without a recipe, we scan ids. If you paid with debit, we give cash back. Ppl return expensive medicine and vitamins all the time with receipts from the garbage and merch from another store that they lifted, and we just have to give them the return. You can get a lot of money this way, just don’t do it to frequently.

SHIFTS/best times🌞🌚

- i work in a 24 hour store, so the shifts for a store like that would be something like 2 manager in the morning, along with 3 sa’s, around 7am- 3:30/4pm. Then on week days, unless it’s expected to be busy for holidays or games, another manager comes in at 3:30/4-11/12 with 2 sa’s, one leaving about 7:30-9pm. Then it’s just one sa and one manager until the night crew comes. On weekends  There’s always two manager so and 2 sa’s before 9pm. 

-the night crews are usually facing, putting up tags or shipment. This varies by store but I would not recommend going at these times bc they are bored and pay extra close attention to ppl. It’s so so sus to go at these times for anything other than wine or beer.

- on shipment days, which where I’m at is 2 times a week, is fridays and tuesdays. The truck could come anywhere between 11am to 7pm. On these days, there is obvi more staff on the floor, but the night crew handles the majority of the unloading. Still Be careful bc the truck could come early and the managers will put it up in that case. There are also more sas these days. I’d say find out the days near you by asking something like “"you’re out of this when will you get more”

- basically if you notice only one or two sa’s, And don’t see a manager around, you’re probably good to go find a blind spot. 


- avoid pharmacy, cosmetics, liquor, allergy and electronics. Obvi this varies by store but the best places I’ve noticed to conceal is grocery, unless it’s by the door like the one in my store, cards, hair brushes, and seasonal. Just do not let anyone see you and you’ll be good. Remember that cameras are probably not monitored, but act like they are.

-rdif tags are on some cosmetics, nails, all alcohol(along with those cylindrical tops you need a magnet to get off), expensive types of vitamins and medicines, and batteries. But sometimes the towers are old and shitty like in my current store so if you conceal it under a few lays in a bag or on your person you might not even set them off. The liquor tops will always go off tho.

- if you beep, just keep walking. I know everyone says this but for real. Don’t stop. If we don’t see you conceal it, there’s nothing we can do.

-dress normally, be kind and be quick.

- DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT BRING A LARGE BAG OR BACKPACK INTO THE STORE UNLESS ITS FOLDED UP IN YOUR CART/BASKET. This is an automatic red flag for us to keep an eye on you. You’re better off concealin on your body or in the restrooms. If the store has a minute clinic, then they also have a restroom. The ‘take two and put on back’ method is probably the best way to go about things.


- cameras are intimidating, but almost never monitored

- if you beep, keep walking

- As long as nobody sees you, and you don’t conceal on camera ( which I know sounds like genaric advice but avoiding sa’s is not hard at all bc we have to stay up at the front anyway) you can literally get away with so much.

-we do have pictures in the back of people involved in organized retail crime, but thats it. They pretty much stay there forever.

All in all, just be safe, use common sense and you’ll be sittin’ pretty. Of all the people we’ve caught in our store lifting, the one mistake they all made was concealing in front of someone. Not even on camera. If someone sees you, it’s over, just dump and go. Say you forgot the your card or something, ppl do that all the time. Again I work a 24/7 store so I can’t speak for stores that close or more suburban stores.

Good luck babes💖💖😘 

Call me an easy-to-please dumbass but...

All the decisions Hanyu’s made in his career thus far have turned out to be practical, and sound ones (even when they didn’t seem like it at first) while remaining exciting. This one is no less so, even if it might seem disappointing at first. Why is this, you ask? Let’s put a few things (28, to be exact) into perspective (I’m not blindly positive, y’all):

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Originally posted by imayoshishouichi

loooooooooove love love these panel shots

you might think im abt to impose another stupid “lOOK HOW SIMILAR” statement but im doing this to illustrate just how different (surprise!) the protags of knb and rxl are today

to first brief over robo’s personality

stupidly honest, annoyingly methodical, straight-laced, can never take a hint, always unimpressed and expressionless: that’s how robo was introduced to us and that’s how he acts in reality, but alr the danger of falling under a subconscious impression is present not even 5 pages past the pilot chap

i could tackle each of his traits as more examples turn up in the future (as long as robo continues acting like himself these examples will turn up - eventually - whether we like it or not) but i’ll just take “can never take a hint” at random: it’s not bc he’s incapable of processing the atmosphere that he ends up never taking a hint. these traits are the result of his actions rather than a cause so as such, you could even apply a clear logic on the process that leads to him being “stupidly honest” or “always unimpressed” and/or some of his other traits that are, i think tragically, the only things to appear in public view in the end

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My Top 10 Favorite Songs From John Lennon (Part 4)

Hi there everyone! So two things:

  1. I accidentally deleted my original draft of this entry, so I had to start all over again! Really made my morning fun…NOT! LOL.
  2. I regret that I could not find a full Youtube video of my number 7 choice. Apple Records is do dead on about not letting their songs play there. Thankfully I found a preview video, so that is what I will be using. Later on I will post a video of the full song I managed to find on Dailymotion. If I could, I would share it here, but layout of this thing wont let me.

Number 7: All You Need Is Love

Although “Imagine” and “Happy Xmas” are the John songs that immediately come to mind when thinking about love and peace, “All You Need Is Love” is somewhat of a prelude to those two. It was a special song, written for a special event. The Beatles were going to represent the BBC and Britain in a world satellite broadcast. It was to be done on June 25, 1967, in a studio, where the group would be accompanied by an orchestra and several other invited guest for the event. Because it was a summer broadcast, it was important that they would perform a song that embodied the season.

“All You Need is Love” is a unique song from many of the other Beatle tunes. For one thing, it uses different instruments the dudes weren’t used to playing. John played the harpsichord, Paul a double bass, and George a violin. Ringo played his drums as always. However when you watch the broadcast video, they aren’t playing those respected instruments. That’s because the song was already pre-recorded and they were just singing/playing over it. Which for me, is quite amusing, since you can see them chewing gum all casually and relaxed, in the middle of this big event. Their outfits are colorful, the studio is filled with flowers and balloons, and the orchestra is wonderfully huge, making it a moment that would stand out in their career.

At this particular point in Beatle history, John’s image was witty, sarcastic, free-spirited, but also quite intellectual (with books like “In His Own Write” showcasing that). But this song was the first time he would begin showing off his desire for peace and love in the world. It’s interesting to see the evolution of the man going from one image to the public to another one in the future, and this song kind of marks the beginning of that evolution (mind you, I’m talking specifically about his image, not who the man actually was).

The lyrics to the song are simultaneously easy and hard to understand. The chorus is straightforward enough, with it’s constant repetition of the phrase “all you need is love”. The verses though, make you think. It’s not that they don’t make sense, but rather it’s not entirely clear how they tie in with the message of love. From what I’ve been able to understand, I think John is spreading a  message of encouragement. Encouragement that you can do anything and achieve anything, as long as you have love. It’s not a very deep message in that it’s complex, but it’s very feelgood and a universal thing that people connect with, which is why I think it succeeds.

For me though, I love the music in this. Those trumpets are fantastic! They give the song this whimsy and magical feel to it. I just imagine myself listening to this song as I walk in the park, prancing around like an idiot, not caring what other people are doing or thinking of me (because I’m weird like that lol). I also love Paul’s “all together now”, the use of La Marseilles at the beginning, the use of “Yesterday” and “She Loves You” at the end. You wouldn’t think those things would work, but somehow it does. And it’s cute that this is the song used for the finale of Yellow Submarine, as it perfectly fits the tone of that film. Plus, it’s funny to see animated John dance to this. And I can guarantee I’ll be dancing and smiling to this song, every time I hear it.

Stay tune for my number 6 choice…


Special Hirakawa Daisuke Talk Show Report 14.05.17
II. Fan Letters and Photobook Behind-the-Scenes

Part III | III | IV | V

He started reading some fan letters and said that it felt a lot like he was hosting a radio show. The first letter read, “Hello, Hirakawa-san!” to which he promptly replied, “Hello!” Everyone laughed because he was really acting as if it was a radio program. He looked up, appearing really surprised and confused, and asked up why we were laughing. But then, he went on. The first one asked about all the activities he did for the photobook and wondered which one he would like to do again.

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The Russian situation

Russian Cup and Batumi are happening soon, in some days, so I just wanted to let you know how I was looking at the current situation before everybody gets injured and I have a mental breakdown. Just for “what could have been” purposes.

In general they look much better than last year (and not even talking about 2013 because that was a joke). They could even have some injured people and still muddle through. 

Basically the seven that will travel to Glasgow, if everything goes, miraculously and for the first time, well, are the girls that went to Montpellier and Baku (Kharenkova, Spiridonova, Paseka, Afanasyeva, Komova, Mustafina and Tutkhalyan), unless someone had vastly improved in recent months (maybe Dmitrieva?).

The locks

- Aliya. I have to explain even why? The only thing I’m curious about is how her routines will look, because seems she could have different BB and FX routines. The rumor has it she is training a RO+Layout on BB, but I don’t know for how long, so maybe she will not compete it if she just started doing it like… one month ago, but if she started the training right when started working with Starkin (which I suspect), she could be showing it in Penza just for testing purposes. About her tumbling passes, I don’t have a freaking idea. There was a video of her training the triple, which looked nice (for her), but in general her twisting elements look worse at the actual competition than in training, so, please, don’t do it (oh my god). She seems to be upgrading for a double L turn also. Long live the Queen.

- Afan. She has had some health issues with her teeth lately, but it shouldn’t affect her performance. If she doesn’t get injured, she is, OBVIOUSLY, in. I’m more curious about if she is finally doing BB again or if she is waiting until next year, because that could change the situation of who gets named or not for the team (if she does, bye bye Seda for sure). She will not train UB anymore. About VT, thanks God she is coached by Nazarova and not Ulyankina, because that means we will not see a dreadful Cheng. I’m sure we will see her turns combinations again, and also the full front after the 2.5, even if just for test it at RC for next year. If I’m not wrong, they will wait until 2016 Nats or later for finally trying the Chusovitina. Prepare your rosaries, guys, Mama Afan’s ankles will need them.

- Vika. She looked surprisingly way better than what I was expecting from her at Baku, and that was 2 months ago. Back then she had some small issues adapting herself to competition again now that she is two thousand metres tall, but I bet her routines must look more “controlled” now. And even with those issues, she was way better than almost 80% of the NT. I’m happy she didn’t leave Yelfimov. In general, I’m not expecting to see her best this year, she should just be a team player in Glasgow, and concentrate her individual goals for Rio (this basically means NO AMANAR PLS). I would be happy if she brings back the BHS+arabian. At least in Batumi or Russian Cup EF. I want to see it one more time before I die.

- Spiridoz. I’m kind of angry that she’s a lock, but what can I do. She can do bars, and nobody else can. Honestly, I won’t give a f*** about her other events because she always showes promise domestically and then in the actual intl competition messes up completely. If she only could live up for her beam potential… (she actually has an interesting set). If Paseka goes to WC, her BB QF routine could be the end of her career or just another confidence pass for next year. Because with just bars she’s not going anywhere. Especially with Melka and Skrypnik waiting for the 1st January to eat her alive for that UB spot.

The hopeful ones

- Kharenkova. Her possible upgrades for this competition are basically the reason why I’m mostly interested in RC this year, although seems that she has had some back problems recently. How will she respond Seda’s Baku performance? She beat her for that spot back in May. Both will be fighting for that 3rd AA spot, and, to be honest, Masha is in a better position than Seda. She loses to her on VT, but wins on UB and BB. Bars are unconsistent for her, but shows more promise than Seda, who is basically not useful at all on them. Both are excellent on beam (I would say Seda could be better than her), but Masha’s general consistency is what set her apart from Tutk. On FX, it will depends in Masha’s upgrade (seems that she will be adding herself to the new Russian DLO trend, the whip whip triple is so 2013 lol), and how she adapts to it. If she were just more expressive… Her music is already amazing. I think she will make it. 

- Paseka. I’m sorry, guys, but I think I’m starting to like her D: No, really, let’s be serious, Maria has gotten better with time. Her amanar doesn’t look like an uncontrolled, not charged beater anymore (although her entry is still the best tribute to V for Vendetta that I have seen in my life), even if her Cheng is not just horrible, it’s hilarious. Thanks God the judges are on the sidelines lol. Her bars are nice but very basic, although attending how overscored she was during Nationals, V-Rod likes them (just an excuse for putting her on teams? mostly). She could be useful on FX for that 3rd TF spot, just if she regains her last summer form. That routine was beautiful. Because her floor from Universiade has to be a hidden camera, not even Anna Li. To be honest, even if it sucks, she doesn’t need UB or FX. If she made the Olympic team with just an horrible Amanar and a mediocre Lopez, she will make a pre-Olympic year team with a much improved Amanar and a way more difficult second vault, even if it is just an ode to puking.

- Tutkhalyan. In my opinion Seda will be fighting both Paseka and Kharenkova for their spots. She could work as a 3rd AAer, as she did during Baku, but also as a VT/FX specialist, that also could help on BB. In general, she could be more useful that either Paseka or Kharenkova. Potentially, she could be used in any event during TF, except bars ofc, and not score worse than any of her teammates. Her problem is her inconsistency, especially on BB, her main event, her lack of experience, but also the fact that the judges don’t seem to like her. Going for Kharenkova’s place would mean that she will have to compete BB and FX. Tbh, I would prefer to watch Seda compete on FX over Masha, who seems very weak and unstable in this event. But the same doesn’t happen on BB. Seda either has the routine of her life or messes up, no middle point. And normally she messes up. Sadly. That’s why I don’t think she will take Kharenkova’ spot unless Masha gets injured or starts having consistency issues on BB and Seda hitting time after time. Taking Paseka’ spot seems easier, in some measure. She just needs a vault as difficult as Paseka’s ones. Yes, be afraid. She’s coached by Ulyankina (Sosnitskaya, Paseka herself), so it’s not insane to consider that she will attempt the Amanar anytime soon. Last summer she told in a interview she had done it in training, and during Baku’s PT seems that she attempted a couple. And they were not very successful. Maybe she surprises everyone and has a decent and safe Amanar, she actually has a kind of nice DTY (if we forget her entry, and the fact her knees are a little bit bent), but I wouldn’t put a lot of hope on it. It is not her time yet.

So, my Team Prediction by the 16th August (just one month before RC):

Aliya Mustafina VT UB BB FX

Viktoria Komova UB BB

Ksenia Afanasyeva VT FX

Daria Spiridonova UB

Maria Paseka VT

Maria Kharenkova BB FX

Seda Tutkhalyan (Alt.)

The ones in the sidelines

These are the ones I don’t particulary think could make the team “by themselves”, or really factor in the mix, unless improving incredibly, or, what seems more probable, if someone between the top 7 gets seriously injured.

Dmitrieva. She has surprised me so many times this year. She was the rookie of Nationals for me. Attempting a DTY, and revealing later a much better Lopez, scoring as high as 14.7 on BB, and showing, probably, one of the best FX the Russians have this year (watch it on YT, it’s great). She is getting more consistent each time she competes, and, if she had a much better UB set, she would be just right there with the top ones. But sadly she’s not. Although I think that she has a lot of potential, and, if well paced and coached, could be a dark horse, maybe not for Rio, but yes for 2017 and the next quad. She reminds me a lot of a young Afan, and also has in herself all the style and spirit of the Russian school. Damn it, I REALLY WANT HER TO MAKE IT BIG. I just hope she kicks ass in Batumi at least. (If a gymnast like Afan, Paseka or Tutkhalyan gets injured, she could take her spot. Maybe she doesn’t have the same level of difficulty, but we would gain in quality for sure.)

Shelgunova. Oh, my Zhenya, you could have been so great. If you just weren’t that injury prone and had that form of absolute shit. What can I say, except on VT, where she just has a FTY (although she has competed a DTY in the past), she has tons of difficulty, nothing less of 6.0 in any event, but a form that could kill Elena Grudneva just with looking. She seems a nice girl, but you don’t make teams for being nice, and I just wish she never makes one. Unless she doesn’t work on her form (what is a little bit too late), she will not pass from the 8,3 E score (as if lol) in her life. She is a favourite of V-Rod (another proof that this woman is crazy), but Andrei doesn’t seem to like her. In something he had to be right, finally. (She would take the same spots as Dmitrieva, but I would take Nastya first.)

Kramarenko. Old but good. Very g00.000d tbh. Lol, sorry. Love you Kramo, but I had to do it. Getting serious, she was the one that left Komova out of Worlds last year (actually was Vika herself, but technically Kramo took her spot, although she ended up competing AA), and did very nice actually (for being a Russian. On a beam): She has done very well at Nationals, Universiade and at those Bundesliga meets lately, but sadly I can’t see her factoring that much anymore. She’s basically a refill if either Komova or Spiridonova gets injured, as she can easily get an UB score in the high 14′s, even over 15. Everybody knows that she has nice form, style and a interesting routine’s composition, so I don’t think It’s needed to say that she can be trusted. Unless we are talking about VT. Then, just call the firefighters. 

Sosnitskaya. I don’t even think she will be back this soon, and even if she does, I don’t think she will be fully recovered. And even if she is fully recovered, I don’t think she will get further than Tutkhalyan. She could just factor in VT, and this year Paseka is better than her. Maybe FX, but I never saw the hype about her. Yes, big tumbling passes, but bad executed and with horrible basics. An to top, she has changed her Pretty Woman music, gaudy but at least entertaining. If by a miracle she is back by next month (which I doubt because she is not settled to compete in Batumi), she could replace Paseka, and if so, Afanasyeva.

I refuse to even discuss about Nabieva. For God’ sake, let’s have some dignity, Russian stans.