Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Service With A Grimace

I admit it--I'm a big fat Liberal. And I live and work in a town full of change-fearing Conservatives. I have a few friends with whom I share similar political and religious beliefs and I will discus different issues with them. But since I don't like confrontation at all, for the most part I keep my mouth shut, especially at work. Today I had a customer that was being loud and making comments that I don't agree with. I believe he was aiming them at the young man (the boss' son) who was working with me. I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe he thought he was being funny, or maybe he was trying to get a rise out of my young co-worker. What he got, finally, was a rise out of me! I tried to keep my head down and finish checking out his groceries, but it got to be too much and finally I made a few comments that I probably shouldn't have. Funny thing is, I think it went right over his head! Somehow, I don't think he realized how mad I was. Finally, I asked him what his solutions to our problems were. He didn't have an answer for that and he left. I'm going to remember that--because it apparently works!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exciting Things! Follow-up

One week ago today was a big day for my little town. Dean Karnazes stopped here on his Run Across America with his team to host a 5K run. There was alot of excitement. For almost 2 months plans and preparations were made. The Garden Club and some of the High School kids even worked uptown during the week prior to the run to make the town look it's best. Although we are in our "rainy and windy" season, the day was sunny and calm. The run started at the Grade School, and all of the students from the three schools were present. I took the day off and went early. Everything went well. There was lots of TV cameras filming every angle of the event. The next day there was a wonderful write-up on the Run Across America website. We were told the actual clip would be on Live! with Regis and Kelly on Monday. Everyone set their VCRs/DVRs--and nothing. It was never on. They skipped right to Indianapolis. There was lot of disappointed people. And to be honest, I'm a little pissed about it!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Little Silliness

The closest Blockbuster closed recently and one of the reasons stated was the popularity of Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, etc. A good friend of mine works part time at the only video store here in town and she mentioned business was down. She also mentioned Netflix as a possible cause. Because of our recent financial situation, I've been considering getting rid of our cable, or possibly even going down to just basic cable, which would cut our bill in half and I would still have local channels. Many of the shows I like I can watch on-line, therefore it seemed like a workable idea. I didn't start watching Glee until the second season and I thought maybe I could find it on Fox's official site, but they are only running second season episodes. One day last week I saw an ad for one free month of Netflix and decided to give it a try. I signed up and did a search for Glee, but it wasn't available. However, I did find Torchwood! We don't get BBC America and I've wanted to see it for a very long time. I was happily watching episode after episode when, a few days ago, Glee was listed as a new release. For three days that's been my main entertainment! I have gotten absolutely nothing accomplished! I think I'm going to have to keep Netflix. I'm sure I will still rent the occasional DVD. Gotta help out the local businesses, after all!