Sunday, February 26, 2012

Is this thing on?

     Miss me?  It certainly has been a while since I have been around these parts.  It is almost like opposite year, in that last year I blogged almost every day and now I barely blog at all.  Truth be told, things have been happening, but the things that have been happening border on those lines in the sand I sometimes mention here, where there are things that I just don't believe are for public consumption.  So, no you don't get the whole story, just what I want to tell you as a biased observer of my own life.

     With that being said, I will say that things have been difficult at times between Jen and I since my last blog on here.  There have been missteps on both our parts, but we seem to be working through things, which is a good thing.  But the last month could easily be described as the hardest month we have had together to date.  I will not go into details as to everything that happened because that is where the line gets drawn.  

     As for other things, well they are what they are I guess.  Work continues to get piled up on my desk at work, I am now in charge of most of the ordering at our other downtown store, which sucks because I am pretty sure I have enough on my plate already.  

     The only plus about work these days is that I was clued in on something that I was previously unaware of.  As you know, because I deal with so many vendors at work, there are a decent number of freebies that come across my desk.  Some of those things get doled out to staff, other things I get to keep for myself.  Well, as I am at work the other day I see that a promotion card had come in the mail from Pepsi regarding a program called Pepsi Rewards Plus.  Now I knew nothing about this, I asked around, no one in management was aware of this program, so I really didn't know what to make of it.  So I went and do what I always do when it comes to the potential of free stuff, I did some investigating.  Turns out that we were getting points for all of the orders we were making and these points were being put into an account, which could then be redeemed for prizes, or as luck would have it, Amazon gift cards.  So I managed to snag a cool $150 or so in Amazon cash thus far, which is nice.  I like when I can get free stuff from the web.  I have already bought a few things with the money I have gotten there (in addition to my giftcards from Swagbucks).  Since I have found out about this program I have managed to get a few things for Jen; a set of wooden spoons, a watch, Yahtzee and the newest Final Fantasy game for Xbox, I got my cousin a juicer for her 40th birthday and I even picked myself up a new set of Corelleware.  The thing is I still have around $70 in my Amazon account.

     Of course I could use that for books, but I still have plenty of reading material to get to, and the gods have not been helpful in that regard.  I finished two books this year and was just starting to get into a third book, the newest Stephen King ("11/22/63") that my mom had gotten me for Christmas.  I was doing quite nicely too, I had read a little over 100 pages in just a couple of days, when I was reading page 116 and saw that a sentence continued on the next page.  Except it didn't, the next page was the beginning of a new chapter of the book.  I was a tad bit confused.  Then I looked at the bottom of the page and saw what was wrong.  The copy of the book I had went from page 116 to 149, and all of the pages in between were missing.  Now because I didn't start reading this for better than a month after Christmas, I don't even know if my mom has the receipt for me to return it or exchange it for another copy.  And I am hooked enough into the story that I would like to finish reading it, so I may just try contacting the publisher first and see if I can get a new copy from them.  

     While I am catching up on things here I guess I would be remiss if I didn't do some updates around here as well.  The change meter goes up by another $1.54 and the new total is $319.67.  Plus I continue to just rock the Coke points.  After cashing out in December for 1500 points so I could get Sammy an 8 GB MP3 player, I managed to pull another 570 points together to give Jen a year's subscription to Pogo and I am already back to 126 points again.  That is due in large part to the fact I have been keeping up with taking a long walk on most Sundays, just this morning I took one where I found 62 points.  Hey, as long as people will throw away free stuff, I will gladly take it.

     Well, that is enough blogging or one day, I don't want to prattle on too long, lest you thing I actually do this regularly or something.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bizarro world strikes again

Here we are, roughly a year or so since a gunman open fire at a meet and greet Rep Gabrielle Giffords was having with her constituents in  her district in Arizona.  Rep Gifford would end up being shot in the head during the onslaught and while she survived the attempt on her life, her long process of recovery has left her incapable of performing the duties required of her office, so she has stepped down from her Congressional seat.  So how would you honor someone who was shot in the head?  Well, the United States Navy thinks it will be cool to name a gun boat after her.  Can I possibly be the only person who finds this just the slightest bit tacky?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Incomplete Vending

Good evening kids!!! Yes it has been a while since I have done this, so excuse me if I am a tad bit rusty here. Just sitting down at the Squirrel Cage, having a little dinner out for a change and thought I would take the opportunity to write something. Sadly I have picked the wrong booth, the people in the neighboring booth are still bitching about Bush/Cheney. I will try to tune that out as best as possible, given that was what, 4 years ago? Yes kids, I have more than moved on from that era.

Anyway, ;like I said, it has been a while since I told a story around these parts, and since today is a special occasion of sorts, the first sighting of Jesus on a Stick Guy in months, this seems like as good a time as any to tell one of the work related variety.

Our story involves a gentleman by the name of Johnny B (to be referred to hereafter as JB, because I am too lazy to type) and his company, Complete Vending, with which we do business from time to time. Complete Vending is an outfit that deals in a variety off products, from them we get everything from equipment, like freezers and such, to some overstock items that he picks up in his wanderings. The thing is, Complete Vending is a bit of a misnomer, because I would be hard pressed to think of a single business transaction we have had with him that has been remotely beneficial for us.

Some of our business dealings we have had with him have turned out like this, JB came to us a couple of years ago saying that he had extra cases of Powerade he was looking to get rid of. That is a product that we would just normally buy from our Coke vendor, we don't sell a ton of it, so we usually only keep one case as backup in our stockroom or each flavor we sell. But JB talked Ed into buying about 30 cases of the stuff, so the Complete Vending truck arrives and I proceed to catch this stuff and put it away, wondering just how we will ever move this much product, when I find that we ended up with a

bigger problem, almost half of the order was either past the sell by date when it came of the truck, or it most certainly would be before we ever got around to selling it.

If that were the only problem with JB and Complete Vending one could chalk it up to a mistake, but that is just par or the course when dealing with this outfit. They sold us two freezers, one of which didn't work properly from the moment it came of the truck, they sold us a cooler or our deli that, when we plugged it in, saw a plethora of stink bugs come out of the vents; they are who we deal with on all matters regarding our coffee set up, from the urns and brewers we use to the product we sell and their cappuccino machine has never worked properly, often times spitting out nothing but hot water rather than hot chocolate, French vanilla, etc. When JB was questioned about this, he simply said that we needed to clean it more often. It took nearly two years for them to realize that the problem wasn't cleaning, but actual broken teeth on the gears inside the machine (a problem that they still haven't fixed by the way). Complaints about the coffee he provides and how awful it tastes were met with the same response, we don't clean the machines often enough. It doesn't matter that one of managers took a packet of this coffee home, brewed it in his own pot and came back and said that, yes the coffee does suck, the fault all ours, because to hear JB tell the story, he has this coffee in 200 restaurants and everybody loves it.

Well, fast forward to about a week ago. Remember that I said that we bought two freezers from JB, one of which was useless from the moment we plugged it in? Well about a week ago the other one died as well, roughly 7 months after we purchased it. So a number of people tried calling JB, including our owner Brian, and JB would not return any of the calls. When asked what we should do, since we were still buying our coffee from JB after all, Brian said to not give him a dime, find someone else to get coffee from for the time being. So I placed some calls and found out that grocery provider could provide us with cappuccino mixes and coffee for the time being, so I went head and ordered 12 cases of coffee.

Brian said, that if questioned by JB, just say that the reason we haven't bought any coffee from him is simply that we still have plenty in backstock. Now maybe it was the fact we haven't been buying anything from him, maybe he decided to do his job and actually see what was wrong with the freezer he provided, I don't know, but yesterday who would show up in our store but the ever so elusive JB. Not that he actually told anyone he was coming, he just showed up and started walking about the place like nothing was the matter.

Brian comes upstairs and proceeds to talk to JB for a while, what was actually said I really have no idea, but JB was acting like they were long lost buddies, just looking to catch up on old times. Maybe they talked about the broken freezer, I do not know (though we still have it and it is not fixed or replaced) but at the end of his visit JB decides to grab a cup of coffee for the road. So he goes and pours himself a cup and does whatever it is he does to his coffee, takes a drink of it and looks at Brian and says, see this is how the coffee should taste when you clean the pots regularly. Yes, JB is so fucking stupid he didn't even realize that the reason the coffee tastes better is because it isn't the shit he sells us.

Okay, my dinner is eaten, the plate taken away and I am enjoying my after dinner cigarette and iced tea, so I guess it is time to put a wrap on this and pack up the laptop and go home. Till later kids, I am outtie, like a belly button.

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