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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Brief Com-Post*

*check the sidebar for a definition.

I haven't done a Com-Post in years but, in responding to Joe's post When Caesar Crossed the Rubican River  I realized my comment was a prime example of a Com-Post*.


I learned long ago not to go too deep with any subject, especially my work, when talking with Mrs. Dan O. She will still occasionally ask me, "How was work?". My pat answer, repeated for well over a decade every time is, "It was work." Hell, even MY eyes glaze over whenever I try to explain to anybody what it is I do. It's not that deep really, it's just if you don't have the technical background, I might as well just do the "Charlie Brown's mom voice": "wah wah wah wah-wah-wah." Kind of like what I hear when management talks.

I often quote Elton John at work. "All this science I don't understand; it's just my job five days a week" and mean it.

I also will, on the rare occasion, throw out a movie or music reference to a situation that nobody get but me. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cigars International, Just The Latest Addition To My Shit List


Timeline on how to lose my business.

Feb. 10: I placed an order for cigars with a place I've ordered from for probably 8 years, Cigars International. Normally, actually always, they ship the next business day and I get them in 2 - 3 days.

Feb. 13: I checked my email expecting a shipping confirmation (I'd gotten the order confirmation on Friday). No email so, I went on line to check the order status. "No recent orders" was what I found under My Account. WTF? I sent a message via their online Customer Service contact form.

Feb. 14: (Not feeling the love): Next morning I had a reply that they'd experienced problems with a computer upgrade and I would be getting an email as soon as the order shipped. Fine. I get computer SNAFUs.

Feb. 16: Seriously? Just how fucking incompetent are your IT people? Still no shipping confirmation email; no order in My Account online. So, time to call, talk to a live person and find out if they were hacked by the Russians or if they were sharing Hillary's server that she wiped. They were so busy that after 15 minutes on hold I opted for their callback option. Left all pertinent info and was promised a callback before the end of Customer Service hours that day (they're open until 11pm). Place order for 5 pack from Famous Smoke Shop to hold me over.

Feb. 20: Still no email or callback (no weekend Customer Service hours so it's technically only been 2 days since the same-day callback promise). heh. Go online; still no order showing up; go to Customer Service contact form to try that again. Explain to them the timeline so far; explain how they could be handling this better by posting updates on their website or sending an email blast to all customers with outstanding orders. Hit [Submit] and get an error message. Tried several more times. No go. Copied my message and pasted in a PM on their FB page.

Feb. 22: Received Famous Smoke Shop order.

Feb. 23: Still no ship confirmation; no order history; no callback; no working online contact form; no callback; no reply to FB message; no post on website or Facebook informing customers of what's going on.

Place call to Customer Service and let it ring for 4 minutes; not even a fucking recorded message answers now.

BUT, they're still sending out emails about their "deals" and the website still appears to be operational except for Customer Service, of course.

How the fuck do you run a business like that? I've given them plenty of opportunity to make this right. I had to since I've never found deals, on cigars I can afford and enjoy every day, anywhere else. But, now I can't even get a hold of them to tell them to "Piss-off!".

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mental Idiot Road Rages Over A Digital Expression

I got a free coffee on my way to work this morning. Well truthfully, my truck got a free coffee. Some moron in a white SUV tailgated me all the way up 301 (I was pacing the vehicles ahead of me at a safe distance at 55 - 60 MPH) and of course, passed me as soon as we entered the highway even though I was at 70 MPH by the time I reached the merge point.

I offered a hand gesture to relay that they were welcome to drive on by as fast as they want now that I was no longer a rolling obstacle in their manic drive to get to a job they probably bitch about all day. I can say a LOT with just a finger.

But wait! There's more! All of sudden Mr. or Ms. "I'm-in-a-hurry-and-everyone-is-in-my-way" wasn't in a hurry any longer. Seems my token gesture of goodwill so angered the driver that I had to be taught a lesson. The lesson being that when in a hurry and getting flipped off, one must move over and apply brakes in front of person doing the flipping.

Fine. Me: Turn on left turn signal; move to left and pass formerly-in-a-hurry-asshole. As I pass I hear a thwump, yes a thwump. Well, what would you call it? Fucking moron who was in such a hurry just threw their apparently still full coffee cup at me.

I continued to pass and move over and continue on my way. The now coffee-less asshole passes me again and tries the whole braking thing, again. Really? This person seriously needs mental evaluation. I apply high beams, he or she decides to be in a hurry again and speeds off.

Me: SMH LMFAO. I still have my cup of hot coffee. :)