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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Oh, and one other thing, you are the only one who cares about that cute thing your child did the other day. You ever notice how when telling a story, peoples eyes glaze over. There is a reason for that, is because they don’t care and are spacing off during your boring ass story.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Think about this, the criminals know that if they do break into a house, the police aren’t going to try to catch them. The criminals know, if they murder someone, the police will spend about one day, trying to catch them. And even if they are caught, they will get a short sentence and be back on the streets. More than half our prisons are full of people on drug crimes. Most drug crimes are NOT violent, and really cause no harm to anyone, other than the user. Politicians and police use drugs as an excuse for more serous crimes, but in reality it’s a small portion.
What do our police do instead of crime solving? They sit on the sides of roads and write speeding tickets, or they hang out in Starbucks. Don’t believe me? I used to work for Starbucks, for many years, trust me, I know. If you can actually get a cop to show up in regards to a crime, it is hours later, and they have a I don’t care attitude about it. They file the report and they go back to drinking coffee and writing tickets.
If the government really want’s to reduce crime, I have an easy solution, hire people who care. Then take some of the billions of dollars that goes to the DEA, and spend that on fighting real crimes, instead of busting some sixty year old lady pot dealer.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Not that this letter will actually go to Steve but here is a copy of a letter I’m writing to Apple about how much I hate my IPod and issues I’ve had with it.
Attn: Steve Jobs
Approximately two months after purchasing my IPod I began having issues. After another month or so, I called into customer service and it was told that I needed to send the IPod in for service. I was sent a return box, I sent my device in, and received it back. I was able to use the device for a couple more months before different issues started. I called again about a month ago. The person I spoke with, walked me through the same troubleshooting I had already done, via your website. He let me off the line saying it would be working, without verifying it actually was working. It was after 6:00pm by this point. I’m assuming he wanted to go home. The IPod was not working. I called in again a couple of days after that, after holding and talking to multiple people (one person was rude and argumentative), I was sent another return box. After returning that device I was sent a replacement (different device this time), I plugged the replacement Ipod in to my computer and of course it didn’t work either. I called again, received horrible customer service, and am now being sent another return box.
- Multiple issues with IPod(s), different issues requiring sending in the devices for repair.
- When the return box is sent to me it requires a signature. This is an empty box, I see no reason to require a signature.
- When IPod is returned to me it does NOT require a signature. IPod is left on front porch while the empty worthless box is not.
- Customer service is only open till 6:00pm, since most people work till 5:00pm they are rushed to call in.
- Out of my multiple calls into customer service, every call I made, I experienced long hold times.
- After calling in had to be transferred, hold, and repeat my issues.
- Did not feel any sympathy towards my issues by the customer service agents.
Having worked in the telecommunications industry, and now in the software industry, both dealing with customer service, I can understand what the job is like. I can also understand that people sometimes just get unlucky when it comes to electronic devices. What I can’t understand, is how a company doesn’t take the time to properly train its customer service agents to show empathy for its customers. Not once did anyone actually say, “I’m sorry you’ve had so many problems with your IPod.” The most recent customer service agent sounded stoned, mumbled, and I had to repeat information to him multiple times (slowly). I also don’t see how it’s a positive experience to require signatures on empty boxes while not requiring a signature for the actual devices.
I’m in the market for a new computer and was considering switching to a Mac. I even went down to my local store, talked to a sales rep, and have been reading online reviews and checking forums. As of now, I’ve decided to stick with a PC. If Apple can not make a working product in something as simple as an IPod, how can I expect a working product in a$2,000 computer? If Apple can not provide quality customer service, how can I expect to receive quality service if needing to call in for issues on that computer?
I realize that I’m only one customer, and in the grand scheme it’s not going to affect your business on a whole, but I can also assume I’m not the only person with such issues, especially giving the long hold times when calling in for service.
Your company might be the number one media player on the market today. But with more and more people experiencing issues like mine, and alternatives being released, the IPod will end up being what the Apple computer was in the 80’s and 90’s, something everyone had but no one has.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
This whole story was all over the news this last spring. Now, even though they found what seems to me like a decent amount of evidence, and who knows what they found that wasn’t told to the news, the police still have not found her killer. I only worked with Nicole, so I’m not close to the family or anything, but for some reason I can’t help but think that, the detectives have since filed away this case, and are now sitting around the office ass grabbing and have more or less forgotten that a person actually lost their life, and a family lost a loved one.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
- Christmas Music! – Everywhere you go from thanksgiving to Christmas they are playing it, and it’s all the same songs over and over again.
- A person who you weren’t planning on buying a present buys you one, so you end up obligated to buy them one in return.
- People who are too lazy to write Christmas so they write x-mas instead.
- People of other religions and beliefs, who protest things like trees in school and other Christmas items. Damn it people, get a fucking life and stop wasting everyone’s time!!!
- Going to the store/mall - There is never any parking, it’s always packed, people are rude, and they are usually out of whatever I want.
- How just about every musician has to come of with a Christmas song or album, which usually consists of crappy remakes.
- Presents – the gifts most people get are lame ass crappy items that if I really wanted, I would have already bought for myself. Now I just have more junk for the garage, closet, or attack.
- Adam Sandler’s Honica song - I liked it the first thousand times but come on, isn’t it getting a little old to hear it every freaken year!
- Seattle retards that can’t drive in the snow, or for that matter any retard who can’t drive in the snow.
- People who don’t like the term “Merry Christmas” because it’s offensive (see The Rooster).
Monday, December 11, 2006
Ok, people this is really starting to get old!!! I’m sure by now, we have all heard about James Kim, his family being stranded, and him dying because he wondered off into the wilderness. Yes, I guess it’s sad he died. And yes too bad for his family. But come on!!!! Why is this such a big deal?!?! It’s not like it’s the first time something like this has happened, yet every time I check the news lately there seems to be a story about it. Did they forget about a little something called the war in Iraq, where dozens of people are dying everyday.
Besides constantly talking about this, cnet (company he worked for) is putting together information for people on how to survive. Survival and prevention tips. Multiple things about this piss me off. The first is that cnet is a technology site and normally doesn’t do news like this. But of course since it’s someone who works for them, now it’s newsworthy. The second thing that pisses me off about this, is the types of advice they are giving on survival;
- portable cell towers – sure, that’s reasonable and totally inexpensive.
- Get a CB – yeah because CB’s are all over the place these days.
- personal locator beacons – available all local 7-11’s I’m sure.
- a Web 2.0 company could create a "fail-safe service" that would raise the alarm if you go missing. – great, now just start the company.
- GPS system – “Hey honey, looks we are stranded on a logging road. Aren’t you glad I brought the GPS unit?”
It goes on. There are some actual useful suggestions but mostly it’s crap. You want to know why he died and just about everyone who posted suggestion would die in the same situations? Because they have absolutely no common sense. That’s the problem with these people, they sit behind desks all day, thinking about IPods, camera phones, and new computers, and they spend no time thinking about how to do anything useful. The corporate environment does NOT promote out of the box thinking and by sitting in a box all day, you loose your ability to think beyond it.
You want to survive in the wild? Use the other side of your brain!!! I posted a couple weeks ago about a guy in the exact same situation. Guess what? He survived because he wasn’t a dumbass.
And finally, a story on NPR The Heroism of James Kim I quote, “He must have been an extremely amazing individual. I would only hope I could do the same for my family." You do!!! You only wish you could get stuck in the woods then crawl off into the snow to die for them. Wow, that’s just great of you. Personally I’d prefer to one up it and live, but hey that’s just me.
The easy resolution is just to have everyone walk as fast as me.
Friday, December 08, 2006
At Cingular for Christmas, you get nothing! As a contractor for Microsoft, the company I contract through (Volt), has a holiday party and gives a fleece jacket to everyone.
Cingular, suck my hairy ass!!!!!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Here is my first. Actually, I shouldn't say this is the first, I've posted in the past on cop stupidity. Anyway, check out this link, basically the story is about some hippie who got stuck in the woods on some logging road. The police incompetence comes in when the family is basically saying, “Hey we are pretty sure he’s down this road”. The response, “sheriff's deputies said the road already had been searched” This family has apparently dealt with the police before, because they didn’t believe them, and hired a bunch of snowmobile riders to cruise down the road and check. Guess what? They found the guy in his vehicle on the snowed in road. The lesson here, cops are lazy lying bastards.
I also want to throw out props to the hippie, for surviving two weeks with his car stuck on a snowed in road. A similar story about a family in the same situation, the guy in this story, didn't make it.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
At the check out stands, the lines are down the isles they are so busy. I normally use the self check but had a pretty big cart of items, so I got in line for one of the checkers. About the time I make it to being third, the checker swaps with someone else and leaves. The girl who takes over doesn’t know the code to unlock the register so that she can start checking. She has to try calling the first girl, who must be out having a cigarette or taking a crap because she doesn’t come back, until after many calls and lots of waiting. The lady eventually comes back and shows the new girl how to log into the register. I’m using the word new, as it’s obvious this second girl is new at checking.
She rings up the first person, then goes to ring the second people. This group is a Mexican mom and her daughter. The mom can’t speak English and the approximately ten year old daughter has to translate. The daughter tells the checker their phone number (Albertsons requires those stupid ass shopping cards) which doesn’t come up. Rather then hassle with it, the checker just gets another card and uses it. The checker is very flustered throughout this process. The Mexican family then hands the checker either a gift card or WIC card. The checker takes a few minutes how to figure out to ring this as well. Then the final total comes about $11.00. The Mexican lady hands the checker a $100.00 bill. The checker then starts trying to total and cash it out. Basically, she can’t figure out to ring up $100.00 cash. She yells over to the checker in front of her, “How do I ring in $100.00 cash?” He responds with “1 0 0 0 0 cash.” She presses some buttons but still can’t get it, so she asks the checker behind her. That checker responds with the same answer, “1 0 0 0 0 cash.”
On a side note here, I actually used to be a checker for Albertson, trust me it’s not hard. She should have the total amount showing, she types in the number one, then the number zero four times, then hits the cash button. It’s not rocket science. But also having been a checker, I remember being very flustered at times when starting out as well.
Anyway, back to the story. She eventually figures it out and the till opens, of course she barely has enough money to change out the $100.00 bill, but she manages to do it and that lady leaves. Now it’s finally my turn. You can also note here, that just about everyone in line behind me has moved to other registers, I was more or less stuck at this point, since I had already placed my items on the rotating counter. She start ringing me up and after talking to me about my frozen items, and feeling the need to dig through my pile and ring those first, then incorrectly charging me on some of my produce items, she finally finishes. I’m in no mood to correct her so I pay and leave.
By the time I left, I had probably been in that store for nearly an hour. And half that time was spent in the checkout line.
It’s shit like this that makes me so fucking cranky!!!!
Monday, December 04, 2006
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
As I'm sure everyone knows, they released the PS3 this last weekend and although I didn't sit in line for days to buy one, I'm already a little disappointed in it. I currently have the PS2 and unfortunately will probably switch to the 360. Why? One reason only, Windows Media Center. I love the idea of being able to download movies onto my computers hard drive and play them on my tv. Unfortunately PS3 doesn't offer a similar option, leaving me with only one choice. Damn you Sony!!! Damn you to hell!!!
I know, this is a lame post and not really bitchy. But, it's the day before a holiday, maybe next week will be better.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
really f**d up about it, the cops are suing Burger King. They should be suing the people who did it but no, they are going after the big corporate money.
Jackasses! Fucking law enforcement. Read any number of other reports and it’s about how the judicial system is being caught up in frivolous lawsuits, yet when they get a chance, our police force does the exact same thing.
Look people, you are going to a Burger King, obviously they hire the lowest of the low, the retards and incompetent, and in many cases the ones who can’t speak enough English to get real jobs. What do you want someone to stand over every employee’s shoulders and watch them work? It can happen but keep in mind you will then be paying $100.00 for that Whopper. Oh and on another note, “then went to a hospital for medical evaluations.” Give me a break. A little weed isn’t going to hurt you but then again, the hospital visit help with the lawsuit.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I call in this morning to ask them why they raised the rate, on my third attempt (the first two calls, I was disconnected by the automated system) I finally managed to speak to someone. I explained everything and she transferred me to someone else. I then of course had to repeat all my verification information with her and wait exactly 7 minutes for her to leave me on hold and review my account. I know this from the timer on my phone. Anyway, she came back and told me she could reduce it to 15.9%. My response being of course, “no, I want it back to where it was.” She then agrees to go down to 13.9%. She then explains that they did notify me back on August that it was going up. I don’t recall the mail, so if I did receive it (don’t get me started on the postal service) I must have just assumed it was junk mail. Anyway, the reason my rate went up, is apparently there is something that came up on my credit report. Does this mean they randomly run my credit without notifying me? And it’s also going up because I have to high of a balance. Which is true, even though I’ve never exceeded my limit, I did charge a few large items this summer that I have been slowly paying off.
First, it’s fucked up that they will raise my rate, even though I have been a good customer with them, just because I have a high yet never exceeded balance. You would think that would be a good thing, since it is more money they make each month off me. Second, it’s Fucked up that they would use something on my credit as an excuse even though I have been a customer. Third, they have crappy customers service. Finally and most importantly, now I have to deal with contacting Equifax and finding out what the delinquency is and dispute it. Knowing my luck, and anyone who has read this blog knows what my luck is like, someone has probably stolen my information and now I have to deal with the hassle of fraud and disputing stuff on my credit report.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
On one hand we have Wal-Mart, a company known for paying low wages, with low benefits, and who tends to move in and force others out of business. On the other hand we have the UFCW union who’s known for doing nothing that actually benefits its members. I’ve never worked for Wal-Mart and I don’t shop there, so it’s hard for me to speak on how they treat employees. I have on the other hand, worked for a grocery store that required membership in the UFCW. I can tell you from experience that the only thing they did was collect money from the workers. I at no point did I feel I was making decent money due to the union. I did however fully understand that if I didn’t pay money each month, I would loose the privilege of standing at a cashier counter watching people buy food I couldn’t afford.
In my final analysis of who’s right and who’s wrong here, I’ve decided there is no right or wrong. They are both large entities trying to make as much money as possible for the people who have control. No matter who wins, the worker looses
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I normally wait till after work to do my posting but I can tell it’s going to be, “one of those days”. It’s now 3 hours since my alarm went off and here’s the breakdown.
(This is actually pretty typical.)
week yet. (Usually needs to be approved by Tuesday to get paid by Friday) Actually wasn't their fault, problem with the system.
person on what the e-mail was about. (it’s no wonder it takes Microsoft so
long to get things done) And yes the original e-mail was
cafeteria to grab some food. They have little egg McMiffin type things, the
lady said the back ones where ham and front was sausage. I grabbed the back
one only to find out after getting back to my desk that it wasn’t ham but
apologies. The guy actually running the register was borderline retarded.
wanted tea instead of coffee) so all I needed was hot water. A couple of
guys decided to take their sweet ass time using the fancy new Starbucks
coffee maker before I could finally get my water.
And yes, I know people are dying, starving, and living in poverty around the world… But come on, I’m a white America male, it’s all about me!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
This is probably no surprise, as the general population is full of crap, but let’s take a look at the one who motivated me to do this posting. three_ster, has written 1082 reviews as of the time I’m writing this. First, what kind of geeky no life looser has the time to write 1082 reviews since June 26th of 2000. let’s do the math, roughly 6 years gives us 72 months. 1082 / 72 months equals 15 reviews per month. Not a huge number once it’s broken down. To put it in prospective, I’ve had my account since December of 2004 and I’ve done 13 reviews total. Then again, I have a life, work, friends, girlfriends, a dog, etc. But even having a life I could probably come up with 15 reviews a month and I’ll tell you how… Plagiarize. I looked at some of this persons reviews and a few are opinions on college life, movies, and other crap. But others are obvious rip offs. I can’t prove this as I don’t have the time or desire to search for the sources. But I can say that when I was in college, (which is what appears this person was during the majority of the reviews) I didn’t have the time or money to go purchase and play with a bunch of electronic devices. It could be some of the electronics are borrowed or loaned to this person but somehow I doubt. One review I read even stated, “I never went here but this is what my friends have told me.” When at least this person was somewhat honest in that one.
Why the hell am I being so cranky over some hack on the internet? First, this person gave me a “Somewhat Helpful” instead of a “Helpful” or “Very Helpful” like everyone else did on one of my reviews. The other and obvious reason is money. epinions does provide a stipend on reviews. It’s a small one and not really worth the effort. To give you an idea in 2 years and 13 reviews I’m up to 78 cents. But, should I happen to start copying other people’s reviews and work my way up to 1082 over 6 years, heck I’d be rolling in the dough.
Friday, November 10, 2006
I gave her three months notice that I was raising it but for some reason I don’t think she realized I was serous. So she tried just paying the old amount at which point I was like, “no you owe an extra $100" She got pissed argued and attempted to get me to change my mind. After I said it’s not going to happen she goes to her room, looks online, and apparently finds a new place to live. If I only would have known earlier that's all I needed to do. She called me the day after and told me she was moving out. Even better she was moving out the following weekend, ie tomorrow.
She moved a bunch of the junk and other crap that has filled my attack and home to the garage earlier this week in preparation. As I see all this happening, of course I start to get a little happy. Unfortunately, I am The Cranky Monkey for a reason. Nothing good ever happens as it’s supposed to. Last night she goes to sign the lease. It turns out there was some issue and she’s not getting the place. Even after I lied when the guy called me and I told him she was a great tenant.
Now, I’m in the same situation as before except for I now have a garage so full of junk you can’t see the walls.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The fact that people still listen and even believe some of the crap that comes out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth, just goes to show how ignorant and narrow minded the conservative right winged really are.
And Rush, because I’m sure you read this blog, instead of picking on actors with diseases why don’t you come out here to Seattle and pick on something more equal. We have a few Orcas in Puget Sound you are probably well suited to interacting with.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
It’s interesting that a company that has been around for as long as Microsoft and has released so many products still can’t release things on time? As we all know windows Vista has been delayed for what seems like forever. I’m sure we all hope that it will work properly on release and we won’t need to wait for various service packs to fix issues. Personally I’m not working on that project but I think we can pretty much all agree it won’t work well on initial launch. This then leads us to upgrades and the release process.
I’m working in a different group and different product but it is Microsoft which means, I have to deal with upgrades and releases. I’m working on one scheduled for early next month. I say early because the release date is tentative. This isn’t a new experience, coming from AT&T/Cingular it was the same thing. Very rarely can I recall a time when an upgrade or new product was released on time. For the most part I don’t really care about stuff being released on time or not as I get paid either way. But, sometimes it does affect my life and that’s when it gets irritating.
For example, at Cingular I was working on an internal tool scheduled to be released on a Sunday over the summer. The first day that was scheduled I couldn’t take off and had to be available in case any issues came up. This of course means, over the summer I wasn’t able to take a camping trip or make any plans with the expectation I had to work that Sunday. Another note here, the people in charge usually don’t decide to postpone a system release until the day before it’s scheduled. Anyway, at Cingular I had to cover for this system release that kept getting pushed back until it got to a weekend that I did have something planned a trip to New York. Instead of pretending to be sick, which is what I should have done, I told my boss that I needed to have that weekend off and a couple days after. I made it clear that my knowledge of the product was equal to my co-workers and they could easily cover for me. My boss at the time, unfortunately was a totally bitch. We will call her Chrissy for the purpose of this article. So, I asked Chrissy if I could have those days off. She isn’t the kind of manager who can make decisions on her own, so she took it to her boss. They both decided the answer was no, I couldn’t take those days off. We argued over it, but of course, I lost and didn’t go on the trip.
Here’s the kicker… As you can probably guess the release was postponed and I could have gone on the trip anyway. As I’m sure you can also guess, the notification went out to late for me to actually go on the trip. And to add icing on the cake, my boss at no point apologized or expressed sympathy about not allowing me to go on a trip and forcing me to stay home for a system release that didn’t happen.
To all of you office workers out there involved in system releases that interfere with having a life outside of work. On behalf of the management that doesn’t even know I exist, I apologies, since I know they won’t.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I’ve seen quite a few women wearing them lately and I have to say good job ladies! Finally women’s fashion I can appreciate. Hot boots and a skirt should always be in style. So women who read this blog, keep it up and if you ever want to pose for some pictures you just let me know. Unless you are fat, in that case, even sexy hooker boots won’t make you hot but Jenny Craig might. Jenny Craig and visits to the gym instead of your friends Jack, Mac, or Wendy.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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Monday, October 16, 2006
I noticed, as we walked to the next location with our bags, I wasn’t the only one with broken booze, a bag in front of me that someone was carrying and leaking everywhere. We then moved to the customs line and began the very long wait to make it through customs. It was interesting watching the faces of the customs workers, you could tell they woke up for work everyday just thinking how much they loved there jobs, not a smile from a single one. Anyway, we went through customs and handed our luggage back to the airline people to put back on the plane. We then had to leave the airport walking to the Alaska air check in.
We didn’t have to actually go through the ticket check in but we did have to go back through security. This is where it got fun. There were two girls standing and half assed checking ID’s and tickets. The girls seemed primarily focused on the conversation they were heavily involved instead of actually checking tickets. I easily could have handed them someone else’s passport and they wouldn’t have noticed.
We then went to the x-ray machines. There was one very fat girl sitting and watching the scan of people’s bags and a guy on the other side of the metal detector. I went to put my belt, wallet, keys, etc into one of those plastic buckets but there were none.
I called over to the fat chick and said, “You are out of plastic trays.”
It was more of an FYI statement and I was expecting her to get up and get some or have someone get some.
Instead she responded with, “we are out of trays” and performed no action.
I piled most of my small items on a book I was carrying or in my shoes and put them through. On the other side I was able to retrieve most of my items except for my keys and wallet that fell off the book and on to the conveyer belt, they were stuck where two conveyer belts met. After the broken booze, the customs line, and it being late, I was starting to get irritated especially with the fat ladies rudeness.
“Hey, I need my stuff that’s stuck there since you wouldn’t get any containers.” I snapped sharply.
By this time another lady, also fat, ugly, and rude came up. She handed me my things and rudely stated, “You should have waited for someone to get more containers.”
I should have kept my mouth shut but then again, so should she. “Maybe if she would have told me to wait or I would have known that someone was going to get some containers I would have.”
We continued to bicker and I tried to walk away. I don’t know if she was in charge or what but it was obvious she was the type of person who when given a little bit of authority she feels the need to impress it upon everyone else.
Eventually I was able to start walking away at which point she yelled out, “have a nice day sir.” In a very rude fuck off tone of voice.
I responded in kind, “If you work real hard maybe next year they will give you a raise to $11.00 and hour.”
She didn’t quite get the insult at first because I had managed to walk pretty far and was actually past the two security guards before she yelled at them to stop me. Initially they weren’t even sure who to stop and tried getting my friend Bob. Even more ridiculous was the reason she told them for stopping me, because I had an “attitude problem”. First, that’s not the first time I’ve been told I have an attitude problem but more importantly was the fact that these incompetent snatches put in charge of protecting our airline security actually waste valuable time stopping people for having an “attitude problem.” Bob and I had to stand there continually try to explane to the security guards as to the reason for my attitude problem and what her and her fat friend did to cause it. The whole time this woman interrupted and argued. I don’t think during this time the security guards said more than two words. What they should have said was, “stop wasting this guys time and he’s obviously not a threat to the safety of the plane. But instead they just stood there. Eventually we did make it through and I have to give props to Bob for getting my back and attempting to explain to these retards how they being ridiculous.
On another note, I did some research and the baggage security check people actually make more then I thought. According to the house Committee on Transportation they start out at $15.00 an hour. According to the USA Today, they also undergo criminal-background and medical checks. They have to be able to lift 70 pounds, be proficient in English and be U.S. citizens. New hires complete 40 to 60 hours of training, and everyone is subject to up to three hours of additional training weekly. So really what it comes down to is just about anyone can become a screener.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Today, I’m sitting at my desk and the lady next to me is whistling something. Same thing as the guy yesterday, it’s some unrecognizable song at a low level and of course it’s only parts of whatever song it is.
It’s like in the movies, how just before the crazy person does something crazy, they whistle acting nonchalant…. Then they strike.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
So I ask him, “Is that how you clean at home to?”
He quickly responded with, “Yes, except for when my wife is around.”
I gave him my fake and you’re a jackass laugh, but I didn’t say anything further. He left shortly after as we gave each other fake smiles. Hopefully he went back to his office feeling like a lazy P.O.S. Unfortunately and in all honesty, he probably went back to his office thinking not so kind thoughts about me.
This brings me to a larger point about working for Microsoft that I have noticed, and it is that a large number of people don’t clean up after themselves. As you may have read in earlier postings, I sit next to a guy who bathes once a week, I’ve had rather nasty experiences in the men’s room, and I pass quite a few people in the halls who think Dove is a bird and Irish Spring is a spring in Ireland. Now I am adding can’t clean up after themselves to the list. Obviously, this isn’t everyone just like it’s only a few that smell bad, it’s only a few that can’t clean up after themselves. But it comparing this building to the one I worked in at Cingular, this break room gets way nastier. People leave out the empty milk cartons provided for coffee and there is a pretty constant amount of other trash and crap left on the counters. Keep in mind this is a break room, so there are garbage cans provided. But when it comes down to it, there are no repercussions from not cleaning up after yourself, so why bother, especially if you are a lazy P.O.S.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
“Wow sitting around for hours writing code… great time. Wow, writing and maintaining a code related blog… interesting. And look at that, a whole bunch of geeks who spend too much time sitting in front of computers commenting on blog postings about Microsoft... super. I’d say while you are all sitting in your dark offices staring at computer monitors, I spent the day with your wives. But let’s be honest, has anyone on here actually ever had a girlfriend to marry. And two, I am currently sitting - in front of my computer - at my desk - at Microsoft.”
Here is the actual post if you want to read it http://peterwright.blogspot.com/2006/09/switching-to-mac-and-ubuntu.html#links
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
My first issue with the article is it’s more of a commentary, Joel Connelly’s opinions as compared to a neutral news reporting article. Which would have been fine if had actually housed the article in the commentary section instead of local political news. This isn’t a huge gripe as I don’t expect neutral reporting in the news. We are people and our opinion comes out in just about everything we do, even though we might be attempting to be natural. What I am inclined to be surprised about, is it was an unfriendly article on Maria Cantwell a democrat. The P.I. is generally known for leaning more towards the liberal side of the spectrum.
My second issue is the subject of the article. It’s an article about him wanting to do more and her wanting less. I believe I read a similar article every election. The incumbent doesn’t want to debate and the challenger does. When it comes down to it, who really cares about political debates? My guess, there probably isn’t a single person reading the article who hasn’t already decided who they are voting for. So what’s the point of watching some debate where a couple of politicians read from their pre-packaged responses to the issues? We already know what they are going to say to just about every single pre-approved question that comes up. If they want to actually change people’s minds, how about opening up the questions to real audience members with real questions, and even better, they can actually provide an honest answer to the questions.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
To the Seattle can’t drive dumb asses - This is directed towards each and every one of you Seattle retards that can’t drive in the mother fucking rain! You live in Seattle, it rains 9 months out of the year here, you dumbfucks. What is so hard about providing enough space from the car in front of you so that you don’t rear end them? Or just watching the car in front of you so when they hit the breaks you do the same? And those of you who drive super slow all over the place because you are scared to actually move your car, you are just as bad. The rest of us people who actually know how to drive and don’t cause wrecks everyday, have to go around you. You are the people who cause fucking traffic slowdowns; especially when you have to slow way the hell down to stare at whatever car wreck is on the side of the road.
To the rest of the people out there - Here in Seattle it is fall and starting of the rainy season. What this means is, my drive now takes twice as long to get anywhere, anytime of day. Since last week, I’ve had two women almost side swipe me while changing lanes and not paying attention and another actually rear end me. Luckily it wasn’t hard enough to do any damage to my vehicle. I drive a Toyota pickup with a tow hitch on the back. It put a nice dent in her front bumper though. I saw another guy rear end someone this morning, hard enough his airbag went off. And I actually pass an average 1 to 2 accidents on my way to work each day. The past two days in a row I’ve had a fire truck pass me on their way to an accident.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
People! When you take your kids out, act like a responsible fucking adults and make your children behave. Your job is to be the parent not the best friend! Your job is to raise the child to be a responsible worthwhile member of society. Letting them crawl on the floors of restaurants is not providing them with useful life skills. My only hope is, while they are down there, they east some nasty rotten piece of food and you get to spend the rest of the night cleaning puke.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
So listen up buster, I know you read this blog so get off your pansy ass and start taking the damn boat out. The best way to learn how to do something is to do it!!! So what if some 20 year old girl can back a boat in the water better then you, that will just give me time to keep her company why we chat and make fun of you. And big freaken deal if it takes you more then one try to load the damn thing on the trailer, practice makes perfect.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
At work, 11:30 I decide to take a lunch, go to the cafeteria to find out there was a fire or something, a bunch of firemen are around, the cafeteria is closed till the firemen say it’s ok to re-open. After standing 10 minutes waiting I decided to drive to lunch. I work in a business campus, so it’s either the cafeteria or a drive to town for food. It also means loosing my parking spot in a very full parking lot.
I get onto the highway going to the nearest town, referred to as RTC. But guess what? Yep another accident, again I find out about till after getting on the highway. A drive that normally takes 5 minutes took over 30. And of course the exit I want is closed due to the accident and I have to take the following one, along with everyone else. Approximately 45 minutes later I make it to a Quiznos for food. I get my food to find out the lid on my cup was broken, spilling my soda all over the table I was at and a little on me. One and a half hours later (seems to be the magic number) I make it back to my desk after searching for parking.
I can’t wait till my drive home.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Here’s the point, he didn’t piss or if he did I couldn’t hear it, I’m assuming he was crapping and pushing at it by the sound, which means, that guy takes a seriously fast crap!!!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Cingular locates its call centers in BFE, where they hire the lowest wage and educated people possible. Most anyone with an actual degree will go work somewhere else for more money.
They are union and no matter how incompetent people are, it’s almost impossible to fire them.
The information that is sent to call center reps doesn’t actually tell them how to fix problems. And it’s written so poorly even if it did tell them how to fix a problem they wouldn’t understand it. Take into consideration the same low end customer service reps are the ones who eventually get promoted and end up writing many of the processes and policies.
The tier 2 people are no different then the tier 1 people. Since they are union when a customer service rep goes to the tier 2 department they don’t really get a raise. And when they move to that department it’s not based on skill level it’s based primarily on time employed with the company.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Lt. Ehren Watada (article) an actual officer in the military has made the decision that he shouldn’t have to fight in the war. He says it’s because the president “lied to us about the war” Hmmmm, a politician lied, there’s a new concept!!! I don’t know why he joined the military and I don’t care. All I know is, as an officer his job is to set the example for others. And now he’s trying to get out of it by making his desertion public and a political issue in the hopes it will affect the outcome.
“Watada spoke of the "wholesale slaughter" of Iraqis and said he did not want to be a party to war crimes by serving there”. You know what Lt. as an officer you could have been in a position to influence the outcome and maybe show people all Americans aren’t war mongers and killers, you could have instilled some of that belief in the men you were to lead and the people you were supposed to protect. Instead the only thing you have done is show the soldiers over there they can’t even trust the officers in their own chain of command.
Monday, August 14, 2006
If any ELF people read this, you are complete fucking retards!!! The only things you accomplish is getting people against your cause, instead of supporting it, and you make people like me (environmentalist) want to take a wooden bat to your heads. I bet you also used a gas powered car, when pouring gas on the house to start it on fire, before going back home to your wooden built house as well… People like you are the reason other people should carry guns.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Is banning personal electronic devices, liquids, or whatever really going to prevent a terrorist from blowing up a plane? Probably not, because when it comes down to it, they will learn what they can get on a plain and will adapt. What’s next, an anal exam for each passenger as we board?
How did they catch this latest group? It wasn’t due to luggage inspections nor was it due to any actual airport security measure. It was due to police and intelligence agencies doing their jobs and catching the criminals ahead of time. This terrorist organization won and they didn’t kill a single person. Why? Because they have increased our paranoia, made us afraid to fly, and for those of us who do fly, they have made it even more of an unpleasant experience then it already is.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The odd part about this that I don’t understand is, Microsoft pays pretty damn well, even its contractors are paid well. We live in America where as far as I know they don’t build houses without basic plumbing. And even worse case scenario that a persons shower breaks, Microsoft has lockers and shower facilities in many of its buildings.
Now, if you are reading this, if you stink, and if you work anywhere that involves interacting with others, take a god damn shower in the morning!!! It’s takes 10 minutes and soap is cheep and easily available at all grocery stores.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Why is the other side of the story not told about responsible pet owners who control their animals? I agree that many pets run amuck but we shouldn’t ban all animals because of a few bad owners, we should ban the few bad owners. Personally, if taking my dog to a friends house or a party I check with the host first to make sure it’s ok, then when I do take my dog, I keep her under control at all time, usually keeping her right by my side. Also when taking her to outside seating at restaurants, I make her lay down until we are ready to leave. If more restaurants offered to allow pets in my area I guarantee they would see decent business from the owners. And like I said, if they are out of control, toss the owner along with the animal. I bet we would see an improvement in both animal and human behavior after that.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I’ve been to Sonics games and had a good time when I was there. But do I go to games regularly? No. what I do experience is the traffic that always comes with any sporting event in Seattle. Will I miss that? Hell no! Yes, it’s too bad that we are loosing our oldest major sports team. And yes, it will probably affect city and local business revenue.
The city of Seattle wants money, the Sonics want money, and the owners want money. Welcome to America! What happens if we lose the Sonics? The city will actually loose money. They get some of the game revenue. The Sonics will make money after the move. I hear the Oklahoma crowd actually attends games. And the owners will make money. I’m sure Howard Schultz is sitting just fine after this deal. The real tragedy I see here is that some of the fans won’t move with the team and clear up just a little more traffic for me. Let’s just take all the people who will be loosing jobs and send them down with the team.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
What’s my point here? Nothing really… Oh, how about, if you can’t come up with something interested to say yourself, shut the hell up.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Here’s what I said anyway:
…..Something that’s always amazed me about people with gambling addictions is how it’s always the addictions fault. Did the evil gambling addiction man make you spend all your (parents/governments) money at a casino? Did he physically grab your hand, force you to buy the chips and made you place the bets? “Excuses are like assholes, everybody has one, some just stink worse then others”
I’ve known people who were actual addicts, i.e. they had a physical addiction to something. If they didn’t shoot the heroin they would get sick. That’s an addiction.
I bet if your parents stop paying your bills for you, you would suddenly find some motivation, depression or not. It’s easy to gamble away money given to you by the government and worry about paying it back later. Try getting a job and paying for college yourself. Get off the “I’m so dramatically depressed bandwagon”, stop going to crackpot shrinks (they are all the same), and do something…..
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
An underage kid sets up a MySpace account meets some pedophile, the kid goes out and does whatever with the pervert and it’s the fault of MySpace. I’ve read multiple articles on this subject and rarely if at all do they mention the parents. Why is it the responsibility of the company to police this behavior? Everyone I talk to agrees that, it should be the responsibility of the parents, yet no one especially our government takes any actions to hold the parents liable.
I’ve got a grand idea… a comprehensive test you are required to take before you are allowed to have a child. One of the questions can be on how to police your child’s internet activities. If you fail the test you can’t have children. Yes, I know the logistics and enforcement of such a law would be impossible. But the idea of putting owness on a parent to actually do their job and raise their children themselves isn’t extreme. Maybe that’s what our politicians should spend some time on instead of blaming a company that’s just doing what it set out to do, introduce people to each other.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Notice in this picturem we have a funny looking guy with a bunch of camera gear.
When I’m not busy bitching about things, I’m a photographer on the weekends and sometimes shoot weddings. I did a wedding for a couple who had it at a fancy house which turned out to be V's. The couple are acquaintances of his and he was loaning the place out, which was nice of him. Anyway as you can see in the picture, besides not knowing how to dress himself, he spent the wedding taking pictures of his own. I’ve never shot a wedding without other people running around shooting pics so no big deal. The point of this story is, the guy was an odd bird and kind of pushy. Actually that’s not the point, I’ll get to the point later. During the wedding he would walk down the isle, getting in peoples way to take a shot totally interfering with their view. One lady actually had to move seats because of him.
Now back to the article, it makes him sound like a normal easy going guy who loves photography, which might be true, other then the odd bird part. The article also makes him sound like an accomplished photographer, which I do take issue with.
Now for my point: Let’s put it in prospective, he’s carrying two Canon 1D’s, they run from about $5,000.00 to $7,000.00 each. Another couple grand in lenses, add memory and other accessories he carrying over $15,000.00 in camera gear. The article talks about him hiring professional photographer, taking trips and all that crap. When it comes down to it, anyone with that kind of money to spend, can take beautiful pictures. You take an African safari, take 2 thousand pictures while there, I’m sure you would get at least a handful of decent ones.
Money does not make a person a great photographer. Looking throughout history, poets, writers, artists, and photographers usually fall on the less rich side of life. At least at first they do. The reason for this, you can’t buy an imagination and creativity. And creativity usually comes from necessity.
One final point, what kind of person has his own pictures all over his office, house, and rotating on a plasma screen? An odd bird.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Why don’t I quite my bitching and go find a job I actually enjoy and want to do you might ask? My answers to the questions above are why.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
For those of you out there that think those jokes are funny just respond to this post with where you want to meet. And try not to be a big coward about it and bring a bunch of buddies to protect you!! Or act like you will show then not show. And finally just fists, like in the old days before you realized you could cause a fight then run away from it like a little piece of shit!!
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Today I went to northwest trek, a place that touts itself as “a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts”. Anyone who knows me knows I’m morally against zoos and taking animals out of the wild, caging them and putting them on display for the ignorant public. This place actually offended me more then the typical zoo. It still had the fenced animals on display. It still had the morons howling at the wolves and loud children who have no concept of real wildlife. What really offended me was the fact that this place actually acted like it was some kind of animal refuge, like it actually cared about wildlife, like it actually was trying to make a different at $12.00 per adult and $8.00 per youth. What this place really is doing is taking animals from their natural habitat and displaying them so they can charge admission plus the price of a hot dog. At least zoos actually try to do some animal research in the process.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Then come to find out… they aren’t ones she made, they are copies of ones that someone made a year ago. So really, who knows where they came from.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
I went to the dog park this morning, and there is this older lady with her fluffy white pure bread whatever the hell it is. She is in the process of going into the park and has her dog on a leash, no problem so far. I start to walk past her with my dog and head down the trail. I of course, have my dog off the leash since it’s an off leash dog park. Anyway this lady looks at me and my dog like my dog will attach her any second. My dog of course isn’t paying any attention to her. Anyway, this lady walks wide with her leashed dog, totally avoiding me. I walk past and take a nice little walk with my dog. When we get back around, the lady is leaving the park with her dog still on the leash.
Now for my bitching... Why take your snobby self and your pure bread dog to a leash-less dog park for a walk, and keep your dog on a leash for less then 10 minutes, while totally avoiding other dogs and people?!?!? I mean come of people, if you don’t want your dogs around others, stay the hell home where you obviously belong.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
My response, “actually the fucking construction was so close my fence this morning I could reach out and touch the guy who woke me up.... apparently no noise in the morning laws in my neighborhood.
Here is the IM conversation that followed… Names changed
Preacher Bob says:
Cranky Monkey says:
Preacher Bob says:
Cranky Monkey says:
And as much as I really did want to reach over and touch the guy... he's just doing his job so I couldn’t blame him.
Preacher Bob says:
I bet if you called the cops or the city they'd stop them from starting so early.
Cranky Monkey says:
It’s ok. I look forward to the foundation and house that will be following, so close to my dining room, that way we can wave at each other, why they shag in the bedroom, and I eat dinner.
Cranky Monkey says:
If they leave the window open I can offer pointers
Cranky Monkey says:
And throw food of course
Cranky Monkey says:
It will be a hoot
Cranky Monkey says:
I sure hope it ends up being one of the 3 story house instead of the 2 story places... help keep the sun from shining on my yard
Cranky Monkey says:
And since I am known for being such a lucky guy, I’m sure it will be
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
A co-worker who knows I have a large number of bathroom comments on this blog sent this to me.
Edge Designs is a company run by all women - they design office interiors. They recently had an opportunity to
do a project in NYC where the client offered the women of this company a "free hand" in all design aspects.
The client was also a company that was run by all female execs. The result? Well, we all know that men never talk, never look at each other, and never laugh much in the restroom.
The men's room is a serious and quiet place. But now, with the addition of one mural on the wall, let's just say the men's restroom is a place of laughter
Monday, March 06, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Saturday, January 28, 2006
I received an e-mail stating that I had a balance owing of $21.95 and that I would need to go to a web site to update my credit card information, it had expired. I logged on and went to update my information. Since my account was canceled it would not let me update my credit card. I e-mailed MSN customer service stating that I could not update my credit card and requested they mail me a bill. I received a reply stating that they could not and the only way I could pay my bill was with a credit card. I e-mail back once again saying, I could not update my information on the web site, then how?
The response was to call 1-800-386-5550. I did as instructed and called. I asked if I could just pay my bill over the phone and was told the only way they could take a payment was to reinstate my service and update my credit card. I asked, “If you reinstate my service then I will be billed for something I’m not using?” The answer was yes. I did not want to pay for something I’m not using.
She told me to call 1-877-396-2798. I asked if she could transfer me and the answer was no, as they do not have the ability to transfer. I called the number she gave me and received the accounts receivable department. I asked if he could mail me a bill? The answer was no. I asked if he could take a payment over the phone? The answer was no. In fact he was surprised that I was told to call him, because the first person should have been able to help me.
He told me to call 1-800-632-0162 and guaranteed me that they would be able to take a payment. And of course he could not transfer me. So I did as instructed and called the third number. Now as you can guess, she was also not able to process my simple request of giving them money. She was also shocked that the accounts receivable person was not able to assist me, as that was his job. She did however process an escalation request and someone was supposed to contact me by the end of the week. I asked, “is this person going to be able to take a payment?” She did not know but guaranteed me that I would be contacted.
After getting off the phone with her I decided to give accounts receivable one more try. I called and spoke with a lady who once again I told my story to. She did not ask for my account information but did put me on hold. A few seconds later I was speaking with someone else, apparently she is the only person in that company with the ability to transfer calls.
The last person I spoke with, once again heard my story, put me on hold, then came back asking for my credit card information. I could not understand how he was the only person able to take a payment, but he did assure me that it was taken care of. I asked him if I could get a confirmation number? He had nothing to give me but did assure me that he took the payment. I asked for a rep i.d. or some way of referring to him? All he gave me was the name Skip.
I ended that call hoping my ordeal was over with and that the payment was taken care of. As you might expect it wasn’t. The payment never processed and in the end, I had to write to the Better Business Bureau. After a few weeks I received a letter from MSN that my charges were credited off.
So please if you are ever offered a free year of MSN internet service just say no, or if you have a friend or loved one who is thinking of using MSN please talk them out of it. There are plenty of other internet service providers to choose from who are cheaper, offer better service, and make it easier to give them money.