I had forgotten when but some time last year I ordered a replacement
battery for my UPS from Apex Battery.
I just got an e-mail from them with the following comments
Time to check your warranty
It has been 11 months since your order with Apex Battery.
Nothing is more important to us than treating our customers with the
best quality service. This is why we wanted to send you a reminder to
check your battery today before your warranty expires. We also wanted to
take this opportunity to introduce you to a few of our other new sites,
iCables, Ink & Toner and Marine Battery. Check em out!
If you are having any problem with your battery please contact us before
your warranty period has expired so we can remedy your situation.
Same thing, C-less.
Case in point: I was canned at the end of January and while the
wooddorking is picking up, I decided to go after a "Master Gardener"
certification at the university. I grew up on a market garden and have
always enjoyed planting, harvesting, eating, etc.
Local greenhouse operation, very well known, advertise that they're
looking for PT help.
"Hmm." think I. With my years of experience dealing with customers, and
their garden/landscape/botany expertise, there could be a mutually
beneficial relationship here. I send in a job app. Get called for an
interview. "Can you be here at 2 PM?"
I arrive at 1:50, and am directed to what can best be described as a
"holding area". There are already a half-dozen 20-something surly
punks in t-shirts and jeans. I'm wearing pressed slacks and shirt, not
looking too shabby, if I do say so myself.
10 minutes after the time I was asked to attend, nobody has even
bothered to say hello.
I got up, walked to the font counter, left my card and asked the young
woman to please pass it along and tell her employer that I was insulted
at being treated so rudely.
Got home and sent an email explaining my feelings, and that while I had
spent somewere between $4 and $6K with them over the past 10 years,
they would never get another dime from me.
If they treat POTENTIAL employees like that, what the hell's their
attitude to customers?
The world in general has become rude and inconsiderate. That said I
wonder if you may have been expecting a little too much out of what you
may have been actually showing up for.
Here in Houston those positions are generally held by undocumented
laborers that are looking for any work not a PT regular job. Most often
none can speak English and they sit in a holding area until some one
comes along and picks a couple to go to do a particular task of job.
From one day to the next there will be a different group of workers and
job applications/employment forms are not even bothered with.
Possibly, Leon. But Sasakatoon is a small city, about 240,000, and as I
am connected into the gardening/horticulture community this can hurt
In any event, I have my choice of employers right now.
Not at this point in my life. Was let go after 17 years with a
newspaper publisher back in January. From here on in, my loyalty is
only to me. Working on building my own income.
I've landed a part time gig with Canadian Wookworker, 20 hours a week
or so, retail sales to the high end hobbyist and medium sized shop.
Start Thursday. We'll see how it goes. I've got a contract with the
provincial returning officer coming up in September - November for the
election here, and am talking to Canada Post this week about some other
In the mean time, I just finished a stain matching gig for a couple
renooberating their home for sale, and will deliver an oak bookcase to
a client next weekend, again the stain matching...
So while the severance has just about run out, things are looking up!
Good on you, Dave ... Last time I had a company job, one that I wasn't a
full partner in, was 47 years ago. Makes life interesting. I'm sure you'll
do just fine ... all it takes is a healthy measure of try.
It hasn't been easy, and I know it won't be easy going forward, but at
least I know I don't have to ask permission any more.
It's been weird, having to define myself rather than letting the job
define me. Definitely takes getting used to, but so far I like it.
And the worst possible thing that could happen? We'd have to sell the
house and take our equity as cash!
When we went to look for a long term care home for my parents, one thing
I made sure to ask the people working there how long they had been
there. One home in particular, I found a regular response was 15, 20, 25
years. Another home: 2 years, 6 months, 1 year..... and the places
showed it too.... and even smelled differently as well.
The nicest place, where mom ended up, was by far the cleanest. The
nicest people. All long-term employees...and it was the only one
operated by the county. IOW, no private penny-squeezing slum bastards.
Mom, afflicted with an advanced case of dementia, is in a Lutheran
sponsored home in Brenham, TX that fits the good part of the above.
Always impressed when I walk in ... the place smells clean no matter
when you go, is always spotless, and the employees responsive. A tough
job taking care dementia patients, and they do it well.
When Linda's Dad was in his final year a few years back, things were so
bad at the local old folks warehouses in Hot Springs that we opted for
her to basically move to AR for the duration and care for him at home.
The girl was bound and determined that her Dad die at home, surrounded
by family and the familiar. She stuck it out until the last day before
making the decision to move him into hospice ... he was in hospice less
than 24 hours before passing.
Two of the prettiest drives in Texas,
105 East from Brenham to Navasota.
36 North from Brenham up to Abilene.
The latter goes through towns like Hamilton, where the main street on a
Saturday morning looks like something out of a 40's movie. And, speaking
of movies, I think there is still an old time working Drive-in movie on
36 outside of Gatesville.
My wife works in a private long term care facility here in Toronto, but
she is not an employee of the place. It is unionized and the permanent
staff are lazy and stick to the union rules etc. My wife works for a
private agency and spends upwards of 10 hours a day four days a week
with an elderly lady making sure she gets the care she needs and
deserves. God know what it costs that lady per month, as she must of
course pay for the place and their staff, plus my wife and whatever the
agency charges for her services.
The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.
Went to ship a package yesterday via FedEx. "Thirty-four dollars" the clerk
said. I gave him my debit card.
"Declined," he said. I gave him another debit card on the same bank
(different account) which was accepted. When I got home, I called the bank.
"Both cards were accepted," said the friendly attendant. "What company was
this?" she asked. "Oh," she responded when I told her, "this happens about
twice a week. FedEx is particularily awful about double charging."
Returning to the FedEx storefront, I explained the confusion to the store
manager. His advice was to bring in both bank statements and they'd
cheerfully refund the mistake(!). I reminded him of the significant and
severe penalties for credit card fraud and theft. I also informed him that I
He called some factotum at the FedEx headquarters (located next to a very
large chicken processing facility somewhere in Nebraska) where the helpful
lady said the charge is not actually MADE until the package is delivered.
Since the package was sent overnight, I should know soon. Whether a
mushroom-shaped cloud arises over my town is still an open question.
I suspect a ghastly flaw in the FedEx computer system. The manager did
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