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derekleffew

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Found this job posting and thought it somewhat strange, is it just me?

Production Support, <national dept. store chain>
<national dept. store chain>'s Center City is looking for assistance with the set up of one of our holiday attractions. We require all those who apply have the ability to take instructions well and have a basic understanding of truss and lighting systems. This work will be done on over night shifts, so please only apply if you have availability to work from 8:00pm - 3:00am. Please submit all inquires to [email protected]<national dept. store chain>.


Sounds like something could go wrong, so that's why I posted it here. I know very few people who "have a basic understanding of truss and lighting systems" who also "have the ability to take instructions well.";) This almost to me falls under the "anyone can be a stagehand" mentaility. Am I wrong?
 

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Found this job posting and thought it somewhat strange, is it just me?
Production Support, <national dept. store chain>
<national dept. store chain>'s Center City is looking for assistance with the set up of one of our holiday attractions. We require all those who apply have the ability to take instructions well and have a basic understanding of truss and lighting systems. This work will be done on over night shifts, so please only apply if you have availability to work from 8:00pm - 3:00am. Please submit all inquires to [email protected]<national dept. store chain>.
Sounds like something could go wrong, so that's why I posted it here. I know very few people who "have a basic understanding of truss and lighting systems" who also "have the ability to take instructions well.";) This almost to me falls under the "anyone can be a stagehand" mentaility. Am I wrong?
Is this job posting something specific to Vegas, or something for IA, or what?

(That's the kind of posting I like to see. I fit pretty well into "takes instructions".)
 

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What store so I know not to walk under the truss in the set when doing my Christmas shopping?
 

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No, it's from a "League of Theatres" postings of a major East Coast city.
 

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What store so I know not to walk under the truss in the set when doing my Christmas shopping?
I'm not sayin', but I hope you're already participating in the boycott for the "stores formerly known as Marshall Field's."
 

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Ha, I remember that. You should have been up here when Macy's officially opened. I swore there was going to be a riot. Then a few weeks later, the Carson Pririe Scott building closed. It was kinda funny...at the time. THen again, I'm not from Chicago, so it didn't affect me as much. When they took over back home on the other hand...
 

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Derek,
Dept stores do "holiday attractions"? I'll have to check it out.

Available 8pm-3am? That might interfere with... ya know... sleeping.
 

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Derek,
Dept stores do "holiday attractions"? I'll have to check it out.

Available 8pm-3am? That might interfere with... ya know... sleeping.
Nah That's when all the fun decoration work happens. Golden Time ! A call that starts at 8 and goes past midnight MMMMmmm Double time at least! Odd that a mall or store would be looking to do it's own decorations though. Nowdays most places seem to hire a reputable scenic company < is there really such a thing?> In times past bug dept. stores would have a whole division just in charge of decorating for the holidays, Now most places want all the Xmas decorations to all go up the night of Thanksgiving, so the place can be magically transformed the next morning. Let me tell you that is one long night, specially if you filled up with turkey for lunch.
 

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I nominate Charc for the job. He knows lights well enough, has a "basic understanding of truss"... he's seen pictures... takes instructions well, and that shift won't interfere with his school schedule. He can just sleep during the worship service. Plus as a bonus he's used to doing dangerous work without supervision.
 

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Van, you don't get out to the stores much do you? Sam's Club had Xmas trees on display the end of August and Bloomingdale's was decorating in Sept. I'm already annoyed by the Lowe's commercial where the shopper is making hand gestures and the sales associate is telling her exactly what she wants. Every year it comes earlier and earlier. The job posting was dated 10/15/07.

I'm sure they want everything complete by at least "Black Friday," so the positions are most likely already filled. Tomorrow I think I'll wrap my palm tree trunks with the white Italian lights, before it gets too cold, as it's only 81°F here today.
 

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There's something morally wrong about using a palm tree as a Christmas tree. And not having a chance for a white Christmas, even though it seems no one knows how to drive in the snow. It's funny watching traffic up here when it snows, it's not like they haven't seen it before.

/hijack
 

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Whoa derek you called mini's Italians......

I only know that cause I'm a freak and know Christmas light history.
 

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My local Lowes started opening up the Christmas stuff the first week of October. It's insane.

Is Charc not reading this thread? I to hear something from him after my last post... maybe he's doing his homework for a change... or he's laying on the floor and that English class still hasn't heard his screams.
 

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Whoa derek you called mini's Italians......

I only know that cause I'm a freak and know Christmas light history.
Okay, gafftapegreenia, enlighten us:) on the history of electric Christmas lights.

Mr. Tivoli once told me:
"They're called Italian lights 'cause they ain't so bright !";)

Seasons Greetings one and all.


 

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Well, its really quite simple. Mini lights were originally made in Italy. Italians have always had a thing for glass (Murano glass anyone?). They started to gain popularity starting in the 1970's. In those days you had about twenty or so lamps per string, and when one died your whole string was shot. The color wasn't as long lasting, and the lamps looked much more "hand made" than the mini lamps of today.


www.oldchristmaslights.com
 

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You think they had Norway Spruces and Fraser Firs in Bethlehem?
Touche sir. It just goes to show how we're brainwashed that Christmas = a nice Douglas Fir all trimmed with ornaments and Christmas lights with a little angel at the top.

That being said, my point still stands. :p;)
 

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Touche sir. It just goes to show how we're brainwashed that Christmas = a nice Douglas Fir all trimmed with ornaments and Christmas lights with a little angel at the top.

That being said, my point still stands. :p;)
But since the tradition of having a Christmas tree actually has nothing to do with Bethlehem, or Jerusalem, but instead comes the great frozen north-lands of my forefathers, it is kinda weird. Can you imagine Erik the Red sitting in his great haul, having a fine Yule feast, with a decorated Palm tree sitting behind him? I think not.
 

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