Recently I mailed a ponytail of hair that I had cut off to Locks of Love. They emailed me a certificate of appreciation! I don’t remember asking for one, but I have to admit it is nice to get a “Thank you” from someone now and then when you do something good.
I think “Thank You” is a term that has been badly neglected in recent history by many people. So many people take each other for granted. I don’t know anyone that likes to be taken for granted, do you?
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I’ve only been to four high school graduations. My own, and my kids’ graduations. Up until last week, when I was invited to attend the graduation of one of my nieces. Since my last kid’s high school graduation was in 2006, I had anticipated a level of electronic advancement and sophistication that would knock my socks off!
My kid’s graduation ceremonies were held in a large college auditorium. My niece’s graduation ceremony was held outdoors, in the school’s football field.
My kid’s graduating classes were smaller than my niece’s class, so there was time for more entertainment, which included extraordinarily superb live music and videos. Scholarships and awards were handed out during the ceremonies. Apparently scholarships and awards from my niece’s school were handed out previously during a convocation ceremony. The
There were many differences between the ceremonies, which really surprised me. But there were a few common threads – the kids went up on stage to receive their diplomas, and even though the audience was requested to NOT cheer for individual students, and to hold their applause until EVERYONE got their diploma, every single graduate that walked across the stage WAS cheered by their family and friends. And, as usual, the people that were the most vocal, both in frequency and volume, sat right behind ME. Seriously, people, screaming “Boo-Ya” every 90 seconds throughout the entire ceremony was really over the top! I really wished that there had been some type of security to come and escort those people out of the stadium!
I still have a migraine, and it has been a week since it happened! I hope to never have to go to another High School Graduation ceremony again!
Posted in Community, Family and Friends, Life, Memories, Opinion, Rants, Videos and tagged family, graduation, high school, kids, memories, opinion, school by Linda Bradshaw with .
On October 22, I decided to go online to subscribe to the local newspaper – the Culpeper Star-Exponent. The process took several minutes, and I placed the order under my business name of 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com. I ordered a special deal of $10.85 a month through some kind of EZ Pay plan.
When I clicked on the “order now” or “submit” or whatever the button was to finalize the whole order, I got an error message that the order did not go through, telling me to call their customer service number. So I called the customer service number, explained to the lady what happened. She apologized and said that she would be glad to help me with that. I had to give her all of the information again, and she quoted me a price $11.40 for the month.
I told her that I wanted the $10.85 price, and she said that deal was only through the Internet and she could not give me that price. I asked to speak to a supervisor, or if I could get an over-ride, and she said no. She did suggest that I wait a couple of days and try to order online again.
Well, I was aggravated, but did not want to wait a couple of days, so I went ahead and told her that I would pay the higher price, so I placed the order through her. The paper was supposed to start the next day, October 23. It did NOT start the next day, there was NO newspaper delivered.
On October 24, I got TWO papers, both dated October 24! I thought to myself, “well, that’s a strange glitch, I will wait and see what happens tomorrow and if I get two newspapers again I will call to straighten the situation out. Well, you guessed it, the next day I got TWO papers, again dated the same day.
Note: looking through the newspapers that I did get, I saw a full-page ad for the EZ Pay subscription of $10.85 on page B7, telling people to call them at 540-829-5496. There was no mention that in order to get that price you had to place the order online!
I called circulation to ask them what was going on, and they said that I had TWO subscription accounts now. One in my business name, and one in my personal name! Well, that was annoying on several levels – I had ordered the subscription to be in the business name only, not my personal name, and I only wanted ONE subscription, not TWO!
I explained to the customer service representative what had happened, and that I only wanted ONE subscription, not TWO, so would they please cancel one of the orders. I asked them if one of the orders was for the $10.85, and they said yes, the one in the 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com was for $10.85, and they other one (the one in my personal name) was for $11.40. I asked them to cancel the one in my personal name, and keep the one in my business name. They told me that they would do exactly that.
Today, Saturday, I was hoping to go down to the newspaper tube and get my Culpeper Star-Exponent Newspaper. But the box was empty. Hoping that maybe the paper would arrive later in the day, my hubby and I went out running errands for the day and got back home at 5:30. Stopping at the newspaper tube to get the paper, I was very unhappy to find that the tube was still empty! However, in the mail box are TWO bills from the Culpeper Star-Exponent for both of the subscriptions!
Going inside, I found the customer service number and called them to ask them to make sure that I get a newspaper tomorrow, Sunday. Their office is closed until 6am Sunday morning. I am finding this to be quite the exercise in patience! I am considering sending this post as an email to the newspaper in the form of a Letter to the Editor. What do you think?
Posted in Life, Opinion, Rants, Shopping and tagged 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com, business, customer service, frustration, Internet, newspaper, price by Linda Bradshaw with .
Today my sister and I ran errands in town. I had a Staples gift card and a coupon for twenty percent off any item and I needed a new laptop briefcase. My old one had been was given to me as a gift somewhere in the area of 1990. That bag had been used a lot. I took it with me to college classes, I took it with me to work. I used it for a laptop briefcase (even though it had no padding at all) for several years. That bag was a real trooper – definitely had gotten our money’s worth from it!
But, the zipper had broken, and so it was finally time to retire that bag and get a new one. And so, the trip to Staples, gift card in hand. Any other day I probably would have bought a plain, boring, black case. But this time, I don’t know why, exactly, I decided to buy the most outrageously brightly colored neon pink and orange color block laptop case that they had! My reasoning? Well, chances of my son or husband borrowing that case are slim to none. Not to be selfish, but, it would be nice to have something of my own that the rest of the family doesn’t borrow all the time! And they DO have their own laptop bags! But even MORE important, in my mind, was that if I were in a public WiFi location with my laptop stashed inside this bright pink and orange bag, it would be just a bit more of a challenge for a thief to nonchalantly slip out the door unnoticed, with an unobtrusive black briefcase that looks just like everyone else’s.
When my sister and I were at the checkout counter at Staples, we saw one of their Easy buttons. I don’t know what came over me, but I just had to announce to everyone that was within hearing distance “I said NO!” And then I pushed (or more accurately, slapped) that Easy button. Of course, it replied “That was easy!” My sister, the cashier, and I all laughed, and I said that I have to buy one of those and put it beside my computer at home. Whenever anyone pokes their head into the room I am just going to say “NO” and hit that button. And for good measure I hit that button a few times, saying “no” each time. It was oddly therapeutic! I suggest everyone gets one of those, takes it home, and practices saying “NO” and hitting that button, over and over and over. You just might feel a lot better!
Posted in Family and Friends, Life, Opinion, Shopping and tagged coupon, gift card, laptop by Linda Bradshaw with .