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  • October 22, 2008
  • By John
  • Comments Off on BurgerKing
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BurgerKing

I guess i'm a sucker for punishment but it's so close to church, when i need a quick meal it's convenient.  And the food isn't bad at all.  It's just the service.  and not just this burgerking, just about any burgerking i visit has the same results.  I love the "Frozen Cokes (ICEE)" and the onion rings with the zesty sauce.  But most of the time, the forzen coke doesn't work, they don't include the sauce, they include onions in the burger when i ask for none.  Recently they began a national thing on the back of the receipts you could call a number and do an electronic survey.  great!  Now i finally have a chance to tell them how much the valley restaurants suck in service.  (You can't do it online, i've tried.)  The first question in the survey is "what is the store number of the restaurant you visited"  I turned over the receipt, found Store # but after that was blank!  What, they new how much they sucked and so people couldn't complain they took that off the receipt?  So.. back online, looked up the location and it revealed the store number.  So.. when you call to complain on the survey line about the BK next to church, it's store# 12431

i just came back from lunch, stopped by BK here in weslaco (store# 13003) and of course they got the order wrong.  Big surprise.

The survey phone number is 1-866-425-4745 and takes about 4 minutes.

Complacient? Niave? Just don't care anymore?

So the sky if falling around me and it's just life as usual around here.  Our economy is going down the toilet, health care cost are skyrocketing, along with fuel prices, and i could have sworn i heard my 401k make an audible thud this morning.  I almost don't want to watch/listen to the news anymore.  Being a "news junkie" i never thought i'd find myself at this point but i can already tell you what they are talking about.  I just don't want to hear it anymore.

Perhaps i've found myself to distracted and consumed by other things in my life.  Patti is still not back to her normal health.  That on top of the work she does in the real estate industry, stresses on her so much.  And i'm completely helpless to do anything for her to ease her struggles.

Even in our community we're hearing and seeing the same thing.

The state of mind that I am in is one of little to no tolerance for ignorance (really carelessness is what it is…meaning just not giving a bleep as long as you’re happy and not inconvenienced and being content to not know the truth so you can’t be held accountable) in the body. I am frustrated (not offended as some would like to think) simply frustrated. There is a dire need in this “American way of living” for real conviction, for people who will stand up for what is right at all times, regardless of the loss of respect, friendships, family, jobs or whatever man kind deems important. This is where I am…where I have been. - Sojourner

Am just feeling like a lemming waiting for someone to jump first?  Am i just to distracted worrying about Patti?  It goes without saying that my concentration hasn't been very.. um.. concentrated?   Maybe we should all just uproot and go to canada.  I don't know why but that's actually been on my mind alot lately.  Doesn't have to be toronto... maybe one of the smaller towns.  Listowell was really nice.  Especially in the winter when everything was white.  You could come home to a fireplace, warm chocolate, basements.. sigh.

Ozzie

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I don't think he knows that he's not a kitten anymore. I still remember the day i got to bring him home. He was already potty trained. He knew how to use the scratching post. I was thinking earlier how someone could possible give him up for adoption. I was even finding myself getting upset about it.. but the more i thought about it.. the more i realized that if they hadn't given him up, i would have never gotten to know him.

He's been such a great cat. He greets me when i get home, like he's been waiting for me to come home. He'll sit in my lap and just purr. He'll even come lie down next to me in the morning to be there before i wake up.

I don't consider him adopted.. or my son or anything like that. it's more of a symbiotic relationship. I don't think of myself as his dad. i'm not his master or anything. He's just another member of the family.

On that thought, i'm not sure what type of parent i would actually be. With ozzie, all of the hardwork was done already. He came home with me ready to love, to play and to be the best cat i've ever known. with kids of your own, it's up to you to get them to that point. i don't have any idea how to do any of that stuff. i don't know how to raise kids up.

Patti's tubes are tied, so their isn't really a chance of us being pregnant, but the thought does cross our minds. Not that we're second guessing things... but just that "what-if" chance. If we ever did end up pregnant, it wouldn't be something horrible. it would be surprising, and shocking, but not something i would regret. i think i would be most apprehensive about my own ability to take on the responsibly of someone else's life. What if the kid doesn't like me? What if they decide they want to play baseball or something. I don't know the first thing about baseball or worse, what if they become a democrat?

Patti has done an awesome job with the children she's already had. My part in their lives has all been after the fact. Even getting to hang out with the Leals. I love those kids, but again, the Leal's are the one's who did all the hard work. I just get to enjoy all of their company.

I know i couldn't ever be as good a parent as Patti. I don't have any disillusions about that. We just went to my dad's 75th birthday party saturday. 75 years. can you imagine that? I'm having a hard enough time with the year after the year i'm currently at. and that's not even half that. When i'm that age, what am i going to be remembered for. what kind of legacy am i going to leave.

ok i have no idea where i went with all of that. i don't think it makes any sense. i need some sleep.

ketchup

it's been a few days since i've said anything on here so here's the latest.  I really don't like BBVA aka, Compass Bank.

I'm sure they are not mean people or anything, and i'm sure that their banking practices work... but Patti put it best, People in the valley are backwards.  They do not work like the rest of the world.  When it comes to customer service, people in the valley are really spoiled.  (not including the customer service (or lack of) from Time Warner Cable, but that's mostly do to the fact that their is not other cable provider willing to come down here.. but that's another post)  I enjoy the benefits of a community bank.  I like being able to walk into my local branch, know the ladies in the lobby and have them address me as i walk in by my name.  I like being able to call a local customer service number and talk to someone who probably live near by where i live and speaks a language that i speak and fluently.  I don't want to have to pay for extras like Internet Banking.  I like knowing that if i deposit cash, that i can withdraw that same cash the same day.  I don't like being charged for each direct deposit i get.  just to name a few.  yeah, i guess the valley has grown on me and i've gotten spoiled too.  I spent a few weeks shopping around for new banks.  Frost had two neat features, 1 was a online-only bank account.  I heard about these when i was working for a bank a few years ago.  No brick and mortar banks.  everything is done electronically.  They even gave you interest on your checking account.  They also had another account that would reimburse your atm fees from other banks.  I looked at several other banks but in the end, the one we chose to move all of our accounts to was First National Bank.  It's a pain having to change all the direct deposits and auto debits but consolidating everything has been something i've been wanting to do for a while anyway. 

What else has gone on... Patti, Tori and Randall are all sick.  The Flu is what they are calling it.  Needless to say, it hasn't been to fun at home.  Hopefully they will start feeing better soon. 

Hurricane IKE doesn't seam to be heading our way anymore.  Grant it, i love the fun of being in the middle of it all.  Putting my skills to the test.  Being away from home really stinks.  During Gustav, i got to enjoy it from the comfort of my bed, getting our Louisiana stations on their backup systems.  Our Corpus stations may encounter some trouble.  I'll be in my pajama's ready if they need. 

During all the research i was doing looking for banks, i saw that a few of them had some openings.  I threw my resume out there to see if i could find something closer to home.  After almost 6 years this drive is getting old.  Also not seeing any sort of raise in 6 years is also pretty despairing.  And corporate is telling us to cut even more during this last quarter.  So.. looking forward to things changing around here doesn't seam to promising. 

our future generation?

I was thinking about categorizing this under humor but it's kind of sad.  I wish i could have a few words with this person's English skills teacher.

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the most annoying sound in the world

as much time as i've spent in the live music world, it's odd to say i still have my hearing.  Actually i have fairly accurate hearing.  It's extremely annoying though hearing the high pitched whine from external power-supplies, CRTs or even LCD monitor inverters.  It's like wearing a hearing aid 24 hours a day.  I guess i should consider it a blessing though.  I can usually tell when a PS is going faulty before there is any notable deviation in it's output. 

So i'm sitting here in my office trying to get work done and hitman is sitting next to me eating this bag of some chex-mix stuff.  The crunching sound is so loud it's driving me crazy.  Gordetos i think is what's it called.  it's not like he's doing a billy open mouth smack and munch thing.. 

And just now Jay walked in and is now threating to go get some too.  I'm going to scream.  If i had any cash in my wallet i would go buy out that machine right now.  the sound is so deafing i can't think of anything else.  i was going to put on my ipod to try and drown it out but decided not to bring it this morning.  go figure. 

  • June 2, 2008
  • By John
  • Comments Off on premium -vs- regular
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premium -vs- regular

filling up at the pump really hurts. i spent $54 to fill up my car just a few minutes ago. I heard from a friend that you car will go futher on premium rathar than regular. I thought, ok.. i'll try this out

on 5/21/08 i went to Valero on Pike and Texas in weslaco.

purchased 12.181 gallons of premium

6 days later i traveled 225.5 miles

on 5/27/08 i went to exxon on nolana and 10th st in mcallen

purchased 12.913 gallons of regular

6 days later i traveled 254.3 miles

So the premium gave me 18.51 mp/g, the regular gave me 19.69 mp/g

A cost savings? not on this trip. I might need to give it more time to "take" but at the cost of fuel. not something i want to $pend to much experimenting on.

  • May 12, 2008
  • By John
  • Comments Off on i should be getting referral fees.
  • in geekstuff, ramblings

i should be getting referral fees.

a few weeks ago, after admiring the kids nano's and video ipods, and other do-hickeys, i started to consider getting my own.  But i didn't want one just just play music.  I wanted one that would be functional.  so i started with my research.  i don't know how people can impulse shop.  Just go out to a store, see something you like and get it.  I can't.  I need to know what i'm looking for.  I need to know what the consumer reports are, the cost of ownership (ink cost, batteries, maintenance, hazardous waste disposal fees, etc) 

Some may say, "what about when you got your car?  you went for an oil change and you came home with a car"  well.. i had already been shopping for an SUV.  I just happen to find the right one while i was there.  and i didn't come home with it... i came back the next day to get it. 

but anyway.  After looking at all of the mp3 players on the market, i finally gave in to my standing rule, no apple, no google.  and i came home with an itouch.  not only is this thing an mp3 player, but it has a built in wifi adapter letting you use apple's safrai to browse, built in youtube browser, pop, imap, and webmail accessibility.  video playback, photo storage, and other cool things i haven't played with yet. 

A few of the downsides are the need for itunes to sync, and the fact that i got the 8gig version.  I can use up gigs really quickly.  i just need to get out of the habbit of syncing my entire library.  i should probably clean up my library to.  i have a very eclectic musical taste.  shuffle would reveal pedro the lion, kendall payne, bob marley, cyndi lauper, chopin, petra, metalica (pre 2000), gershwin, la mafia, ladysmith black mambazo. 

anyway- back to the point.  i've already recommended this little device to several people.  Even my boss this morning got a recommendation from me on this toy.

and back to my two moral standards, no apple no google.  well..  iGoogle is now my homepage, my rss reader of choice, my calendar sync method, my ical generator, and even my preferred search engine.  i've sold out.  sorry.  i have to support my family somehow.  even if it means putting my morality on the line.

some parents..

Argh! some parents are so frustrating!

Ok, so khkz is doing this contest right.  From the first day jay was talking about it i could smell trouble.  people would send in their video and the video with the most votes would win jonas brothers stuff.

first problem was acepting movies over the counter rather than only online.  the 2nd problem was having it invove kids.. because for some reason... moms here in the valley act like kids.  we've had these ladies calling all week complaining and threating.  i sit back and listen to them rant through the phone across the room and can't help but wonder what the kids are going to end up like seeing their parents act like that.  grant it.. there we're some cool parents.. the only ones you ever remember are the ones that leave an impression.  and it's not just tickets for some dumb concert.  i'm sure you people in the school system know what it's like to have to face a mom every now and then.  what ever happened to the concept of sh!# happens.  kids your going to have to learn to deal with it.  your parents are not going to be fighting your battles for you forever.  In life your going to be forced to work with people you just don't like... learn to deal with it now before you get dispointed later.

there goes my weekend plans

so i had these two subborn computers at work. apperently, when you deploy ie7.0, it doesn't like to be uninstalled more than once. ended up having to nuke one of them and spent the rest of the day reinstalling all the software back on it.. now i have to do the same to another computer. so after a long day at work, i wanted to get away with my wife finally after the week month we've had. made the reservations (after almost not getting any) made sure randy was going to be home, got the kids away.. and looking forward to a nice time when i can finaly love on my wife the way she deserves to be loved. we spent valentines day working on the banquet so by the time we got home we were just both so tired...

well.. as you can probably already tell.. murphey happened. some people decided to invite themselves over and well.. that was pretty much that. so now- maybe time for a movie? it's almost 10... how about shakes instead?

how cheesey.

i need a burst of inspiration. i need some new ideas. seams like all the good themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.

wow.. haven't thought about that movie in a long time..

You hear about some kid who did something stupid, something desperate; what possessed him? How could he do such a terrible thing? Well, it's really quite simple, actually. Consider the life of a teenager - you have parents, teachers telling you what to do, you have movies, magazines and TV telling you what to do, but you know what you have to do. Your job, your purpose is to get accepted, get a cute girlfriend, think up something great to do with the rest of your life. What if you're confused and can't imagine a career? What if you're funny looking and can't get a girlfriend? You see, no-one wants to hear it. But the terrible secret is that being young is sometimes less fun than being dead.

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