A few weeks ago, while grocery shopping, I purchased a couple of quick meals – the kind that you don’t have to keep refrigerated, or frozen. The kind that you keep on the shelf. This particular brand was Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowl, Teriyaki Flavor. The photo on the front of the box made the meal look super yummy! I was disappointed with the actual meal. Yes, it was easy to fix, just add a bit of water, and heat it in the microwave. Two things, however, were disappointing.
The box was labeled “mild,” yet the “sweet and tangy Japanese style sauce” was so spicy, that my mouth was on fire! I only used about 1/4 of the sauce that was provided, but the sauce was very hot. The abundant veggies that were shown on the cover photo were almost completely absent – they were a dry powder that did not reconstitute well. I ended up eating only a couple of bites of it, then threw the rest away. I am providing you with a photo of the packaging, showing what the food supposedly looks like, and a photo of what I actually got!
So, two years ago, I got a LG (Android) tablet from AT&T as one of their “get a free tablet when you get an iPhone, if you sign a two year agreement to pay for a line for two years.” The two years expired, and I did not use the tablet in such a way that it required a telephone line. I only used it at home, using my WiFi. And, I did not like the Android as much as I liked the iPad that I got for my hubby.
This month, the two year agreement had expired, and now I was going to have to pay $20/month for the line. I called AT&T and asked them to disconnect the line, explaining that I did not need the line. The customer service rep kept trying to overcome my objections, kept offering me a discount on the line, and would not agree to disconnect it. I persisted, saying I did not want a discount, I wanted to disconnect the line. Finally, I asked to speak to her supervisor, and, after repeating my desire to speak to her supervisor about eight times, she finally put me on hold. When she came back, instead of connecting me to a supervisor, she started to speak, non-stop, for the longest period of time. I kept saying “no, supervisor” repeatedly. When she finally paused for breath, I repeated “supervisor” and she said “hello? hello” I can’t hear you, so I’m hanging up now!” And then she hung up!
I called AT&T back, spoke to a different customer service representative, explaining how frustrated, and angry I was with the representative I had just spoken with. She agreed to disconnect the line, effective today. I asked if I could speak with her supervisor, explaining that I wanted to register a formal complaint against the previous service representative. She immediately transferred me to her supervisor, and I explained the situation, saying I wanted to register a formal complaint. He took the information, and said he would send the complaint to the appropriate department, and arrange for the previous representative to receive better training. Then I asked him for a customer service credit, and he acted like he had never heard of such a thing! I had to explain to him that companies can (and often do) give a customer service credit (on their bill, for example) as a way to “set things right” with customers when they complain about having received poor customer service. So, eventually, he agreed to give me a $25 credit on my bill.
I don’t think that I should have had to go through all of that, and I think that the supervisor should have offered me a customer satisfaction credit, and not waited for me to have to ask for it. With all of the competition out there, for cell phone service, I have to say that I’m surprised at this poor customer service experience that I had today!
Oh, dear iPhone, you certainly make life interesting!
A few months ago I purchased the newest iPhone 6s, and it has been an interesting experience! There are frequent system upgrades that I have to perform on it. If I don’t run the upgrades, it does not allow me to make and receive calls, or texts, and acts crazy in general. Even if I do run the upgrades, it still runs crazy. I try to blame it on solar flares, giving Apple the benefit of the doubt, but I’m not really sure if it is solar flares, or hackers, or if the phone haunted by evil spirits, or if it is simply poorly designed. I wish that Apple would send me a text when an upgrade is needed – sometimes I don’t know an upgrade is needed until I am far away from home, and in the middle of something, and need my phone to be working properly. When performing an upgrade, I can’t use my phone. Sometimes the updates only take ten or twenty minutes, but sometimes they take hours! It would be nice to be able to schedule an automatic time for updates to happen, like in the middle of the night, when I’m asleep. But no, I only find out when I’m trying to use my phone, and it is acting crazy! Very inconvenient!
Speaking of crazy behavior, one example is that many times, (several times a day!) when I have the phone resting on a nearby counter, or in the console of the car, I notice, out of the corner of my eye, that it has decided to initiate a phone call with the last telephone number that either called me, or that I had called! I usually notice it fast enough to disconnect the call before it goes through, but sometimes the call is to someone with caller ID, and they will call me back to ask me why I was calling them. When I explain what happened, sometimes I get the impression that they don’t believe me! I wonder if this happens to anyone else……
The dictation feature of the phone gets crazy sometimes, as well. In fact, many times, it stops working completely and I have to reboot the phone, or turn the dictation feature off, then on again. Sometimes that is an indication that it needs an upgrade. Many times the dictation feature does not understand what I am speaking, and types something completely different! For example, once I said “Facebook” and it typed “Face butt.” Yesterday, I was using it to dictate a text message to someone, telling them that I was just getting ready to go into the Giant Food store in Warrenton. This is what it actually typed:
I almost hit “send” before proof-reading it! I can only imagine what the reaction would have been from the person I was sending the text to! What I had actually said was “We are heading into the Giant Food Store in Warrenton.”
Never a dull moment with my iPhone, that is for sure!
I don’t know about you, but I have a very hard time sleeping if there isn’t a fan running in the room. I’ve never been able to sleep if there was a television on, or music. That keeps me awake! I need that white noise so badly that I often travel with a small fan in my suitcase! The hotel rooms heat and air-conditioning units never ran constantly, and often would have other noises that surge, which makes it hard for me to sleep. If we lose electricity during the night, what wakes me up is the loss of the white noise.
One of the challenges of having a fan in the bedroom, is exactly where we could put it. In the last house we lived in, my devoted husband installed a ceiling fan, trying to help me out with space-saving and white noise. Unfortunately, the motor of that fan surged with a very disturbing rhythm that prevented me from sleeping at all!
Over the years, we have had a variety of fans in our bedroom. Some were the large square fans that you could put in a window, or on the floor (but they were easily tipped over by pets.) More recently, we used pedestal fans, to keep the spinning blades further away from making contact with pets, or small children that may come visiting. A few weeks ago, the good folks at Ozeri asked me if I would be interested in receiving a fan from them, in exchange for trying it out for a couple of weeks and then writing a review on Amazon for them. Looking at the description of the fan, it appeared that it would take up less floor space than the pedestal fan we have been using for the past year, so I agreed.
When the Ozeri fan arrived, I wanted to assemble it myself. I like to assemble things. I ended up asking my husband for help with the base – it was two pieces that snapped together. I found that difficult to put together – the instructions were not clear, and it was resisting being snapped together. The material used for the base was a very thin plastic-type of material that seemed as if it would easily break with very little applied pressure, and I was afraid that I was going to break it. My husband agreed to help, and he ended up having to stomp on the thing to get it to snap together. I heard a very loud crack as it snapped together, and I almost freaked out, thinking that he had broken it. But, it was not broken, and once that was snapped together, the rest of the assembly was easy, even though the assembly directions were really rather vague.
We’ve been using the fan for almost two weeks now, in our bedroom, and so far, we both like it. The fan is quiet, but not completely silent, and it moves a good amount of air. I like the slim style that takes up less floor space. When oscillating, it is very quiet. I read another review that someone else wrote on Amazon that complained that their unit made a clicking sound during the oscillation, but my unit does not do that. I like the remote control, and the fact that the remote control can be stored in a compartment on top of the unit. To me, that is important, as we have a gremlin that steals our remote controls……
I don’t know how long it will last, so I can’t speak to durability. I saw some people mentioning trouble with the buttons on the remote control. So far, I have not had that trouble. If I were to make a suggestion for improvement, I would suggest some LED lights to dimly illuminate the controls on the fan, and on the remote, because when the bedroom is dark, I can’t see the controls (and I like to change the speed of the fan sometimes in the middle of the night.)
For years I have used an old-fashioned bathroom scale that has the dial that moves back and forth for a few moments before it would stop at a number. I’ve never played roulette, or slot machines, but I often thought about how that action must resemble something like a slot machine or roulette wheel, wondering when and where it would stop!
About a year ago my husband brought a digital scale home, declaring that the old-fashioned scale was not accurate, and he wanted to use this digital scale. It was a large, black scale, and I didn’t like how much space it took up in the bathroom (compared to the smaller size of my old-fashioned one.) I was not crazy about the black color (I don’t know why….) I also didn’t like that this new digital scale told me that I was four pounds heavier than my old-fashioned scale! And, I especially didn’t like how I had to tap it several times with my toes to “wake it up” before I could step on it to find out the results. Often, the results were an “E” which apparently meant that it thought I was stupid in some way!
So, when the good folks at Ozeri reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing (an honest review) their bathroom scale that didn’t require any “toe-tapping” on my blog, in exchange for being able to keep the scale, I was happy to accept their offer! I was flattered that they reached out to me. I was happy to be able to use a digital scale that didn’t require any “toe-tapping” before stepping on it. And, I thought that maybe I would give it as a gift to one of my friends/relatives that didn’t have a bathroom scale. I accepted their offer, and they sent me a scale.
When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at the pretty green color – perfect for my guest bathroom! I was expecting a white scale – not sure how it happened that the one I got is this pretty light-green color! Anyway, I think it is much prettier than a standard black or white scale! The Ozeri scale is smaller than the black scale that my hubby had brought home. I’ve included a photo that I just took, that shows the two scales, side by side. The Ozeri is the one on the right. I like that it takes up less floor space! The scale is slim enough that I can tuck it under a wire rack that I use to store extra towels, so it tucks out of sight when I am not using it. When I step on it, it gives me the results quickly.
Today, before writing this post, I decided to put both scales beside each other and see if they gave me the same results. I had to tap that black one many times before it would “wake up” and not give me an “E” result. So aggravating! The Ozeri scale did not need to be tapped – I just stepped on it, and it quickly gave me the results. I don’t know which scale is more accurate – the black scale told me that I weigh .2 pounds more than the Ozeri scale. They both told me that I weigh more than my old-fashioned one…..
So, my honest review is that I like the Ozeri Precision digital bathroom scale. And, I’m going to keep it for myself. Sorry, friends/relatives…. get your own!