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Thursday, January 31, 2013

5 Simple Rules for Text Message Etiquette

  1. If it is going to involve more than three responses, just call the person. It's a phone, use it as such
  2. Texting is the only time you can use LOL, LMAO, TTYL, etc. all other times should be avoided, use your words. 
  3. Don't text and drive. Whatever it is, it can wait, really. 
  4. If a person doesn't respond right away don't freak out. Yes, this is a world of constant contact, but it is possible that the person is doing something and will reply later. Maybe they are on the phone, watching a movie, or taking a shit. 
  5. Jokes don't always come through, unless you end the sentence with "joking". If it can be misinterpreted it probably will be.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Online Pharmacy Experience

Like a lot of people these days I have a hard time sleeping. Sometimes, I might try my doctor for a Ambien prescription, which I'll take every once in a while when I am having a hard time sleeping. But thanks to the increase in prescription medication addicts out there, doctors are getting more stingy  to the rest of us, making it harder to get a prescription.

About a month ago, I decided to try one of the online pharmacies Bestrxpill4u.com. Sure the prices are higher than what I would pay with my insurance, but I don't take them that often and figured it was worth a try.

I placed my order, and supposedly to confirm the order, they needed to contact me, which involved giving them my number. They called, I confirmed the information and the prescription arrived. I studied the drugs to make sure they matched online images, so that I was sure I wasn't taking anything bad. I tried a half of one that night, and slept fine.

However, since then they have begun to harass me daily with phone calls trying to get me to buy more. They call at 7:03 AM and again at 7:04 AM, again at 11:00 and so forth and so on. They call so often, anytime I see the number, 1-800-340-6598 or 1-888-277-2060 on my phone I already know who it is. Yes, I've now memorized the 800 number just from seeing it so often. And I've started turning my phone on silent each night so it doesn't wake me up in the morning when they call.

It is unfortunate that they added me to the stalker call list, as I might have considered ordering from them again. But honestly, with the sketchy packaging, and drugs that could or could not be the real thing, and of course the harassing phone calls, I won't ever use them again, and would recommend the same for others. and have to give BestRXPill4U and negative review. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jefferson, Travel, and Happiness

In a letter to a family member, Thomas Jefferson wrote "travel makes you wiser if less happy." in the letter he goes on to expound on the value of travel yet how it wises one up to the world beyond our borders. Through the letter he encourages this family member to focus on education over travel here at home.

After a recent trip I've re-read this letter, and can relate very strongly to what he is saying. At home I work for a large corporation, I deal with other large corporations complaining, and over emphasizing their value, and how we need to cater to them. I deal with 2:00 AM phone calls because a CEO has nothing better to do with his time, and I deal with the term "fire drill" where someone important creates an issue where there doesn't need to be one.

On my overseas trip, however, I dealt with real issues. I saw orphans living in  small cement building, so crowded full of kids that each tiny little bed shared two kids.  I saw a country with an unemployment rate over 80%, compared to our 8% that we complain about here. I experienced police checkpoints, where cops pay their salary via the bribes they get at each stop. But most importantly, I saw people trying to improve the overall world we live in. People who were focused on saving wildlife on the brink of eradication. I met people from other countries who were there trying to make the world better, to have an experience that makes them better, and who cared about more than the bottom line of the corporate dollar.

Yet upon my return, I re-enter the surreal environment of my daily life. A life of repetition and exhaustion, where each day leads to the next with no break in between, and an answer to what I did on a Monday, is the same as a Wednesday or Friday, and on some days even a Saturday or Sunday.

I think Jefferson was witness to this on his travels as well, and when encouraging his nephew to stay at home and get a good education, he was also encouraging happiness in his nephew. They say ignorance is bliss, and it is true because through our own ignorance we don't realize how miserable we truly are.