flotsam, peeves, there is something wrong with me

Non-problems and irks (sweating the small stuff)

There are real problems to ponder. Real issues to be irate about. Turn on the news; pandemics and natural disasters and the markets and the political nightmare-of-the-day.

Plenty of bigger matters.

But sometimes, the small stuff is just easier to focus my ire on. Like a rest for a weary mind.

###

Cafeteria Fail

Like, that the disappointing pizzas in the cafeteria are allasudden mini pizzas, not slices.

They aren’t suddenly any better, mind you. It’s just a different size and shape. Single serving. This is probably coronavirus related. Not wanting people to touch things.

But: The boxes to carry away are for slices, not mini-pizzas. They don’t fit.

Also, the mini pizzas are roughly (I would guess) the equivalent of two slices (I always buy one slice). And there’s no prices for the mini pizzas. I doubt they’re free, but there’s nothing so much fun as not knowing the price of something when you buy it. Especially if you know going in you’re probably not going to eat it all, so … wasteful.

The calorie sticker they still have up is also the per-slice sticker. So there’s another mystery I wasn’t hoping to build into my day.

Whatever. I think I have a granola bar up at my desk.

Continue reading “Non-problems and irks (sweating the small stuff)”

flotsam, reviews

And the fail goes on

Not me. But I felt just like this. [Image Source: Microsoft ClipArt]
After all the frustration and heartache of the car dealership fail I mentioned in my last post, you’d think it could just get resolved already, and we could all move on.

Not so.

This morning I dropped my car off at the dealership (which, because I’m that ticked, I’m going to name again: Global Hyundai in North Plainfield, NJ). Because I’m a household of one person and one car, taking my car for service would usually mean staying with the car while it was worked on (in the interest of fairness, over the years I’ve dealt with some very nice, friendly, helpful people in their service department). 

But waiting for my car to be serviced, my friends, is a collosal waste of my time (and in this case, it would be all day and a waste of my vacation time as well). So I begged a pickup from a colleague (who had the day off so instead I was wasting her time & gas in the effort; PS I can’t express how thankful I am to her).

Nevertheless. I dropped the car, and waited for my ride, and went to work.

And by the time I got to the office, I had a call from the dealership. Continue reading “And the fail goes on”

flotsam

Customer service in America

As I am writing this blog, I am on hold with my cable television provider. You may recall that I mentioned in passing a week ago that the sound was cutting in and out on my cable TV.  Well, I confirmed the sound was fine on the TV, and tried resetting the unit, and when that didn’t work… they reset something on their side and 24 hours later I had sound restored to my cable.

Everything has been fine in the interim, but here we are a week later, and on every channel I get about 2 words out of every 5 minutes of dialogue.  Continue reading “Customer service in America”