Archive for March, 2007

31
Mar
07

Who’s The Perp?

Trust me when I say that you’ll want to read the story. Let’s say that you live in Texas, like I do. In Texas you can use deadly force in a lot of situations. And there are many more where you cannot. Now let’s go on to say that you are a married man in Texas and you come home and shoot the dude that your wife is boffin’ outside the bonds of holy matrimony. Even though some might consider it a crime of passion, you’d probably expect to be arrested and charged with some kind of crime, right? Not so much. Darrell Roberts, of Fort Worth, isn’t even charged for doing just that. Why? Because Darrell’s brain addled wife told Darrell that she was being raped. Darrell thought he was just protecting his wife with deadly force, which is allowed under state law. A Grand Jury has indicted the pin head wife for causing the shooting. She could face 20 years in the can.

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31
Mar
07

Pizza Delivery Nightmares

I really enjoy cooking. I try to cook every day. But let’s face it… Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to create something fabulous in the kitchen and I really don’t want to gout for a meal. The default selection at this point is to order a pizza or two. I like Papa Johns Pizza. You can order it online and I find that it tastes better than most of the other offerings. Lately, though, my local Papa Johns cannot seem to even be able to find their collective butt hole without a roadmap, much less deliver a hot pizza. I order the special, charge it to my credit card online, get confirmation that the pie will be delivered in 30-40 minutes. At an hour and 15, I’m waiting on hold to yell at the manager (who finally picks up, issues a credit, and tells me that my pie should be there any second (it did show in a few minutes, but was stone cold). Last night I do the same thing, order the special online and pay for it. At an hour, I start getting angry. I call and am asked to hold, fine. I then get disconnected. I call back, no I will not hold, I want to speak to the manager now, tell story, get credit, am told that pie is in transit. Pie shows up. Wife looks at pie and instantly knows it’s not our order (I can’t eat mushrooms and this one is carpeted with ’em). I run out to grab the driver before he scoots and give him back the pie. He slaps his forehead and says that he’s switched the delivery addresses. Great… go fix it. I go back inside… where my phone rings. It’s the other customer who has been delivered my pie. I tell him to hang on because his order is heading to him. 30 minutes later, both stone cold orders arrive at the right places. Papa Johns is going to have to give me one helluva compelling reason to ever order from them again. How hard can it be to make your own pizza?

30
Mar
07

Starbucks Barista Rant

Shamelessly cut and pasted from here. I thought it was so funny and necessary that it deserved reprinting…

To all of you silly, sad caffeine addicts who line up like lemmings for your overpriced lattes every morning: there are some things you should know.

1. We are not your friends. We are usually not your neighbors. In most cases, we absolutely loathe you, but we are outwardly friendly — because we are paid to do so. You are not getting special treatment, and we really don’t give a shit about your last vacation or your new baby or your real estate problems. We ask how you’re doing because it’s a way of making conversation, and we are pressured to make conversation in this line of work. Now, there are some customers who are genuinely liked, but they’re few and far between. If you have to think about it, you’re probably not one of them.

2. Oh, you work from home? We are not your water-cooler break. We may be the only humans you have interacted with for days, but do not expect us to be interested in your stupid home business or your racist, sexist, totally unfunny commentary. Get your drink and get out.

3. Enough with repeating the George Carlin Starbucks order joke! It was funny the first time we heard it. Maybe. You are probably the four hundredth person to say it to me, expecting me to laugh, and I guarantee that you’re going to be disappointed.

4. Tipping is greatly appreciated. While Starbucks does provide great insurance and other benefits for its employees, and sometimes even a decent hourly wage, baristas are not guaranteed a certain amount of hours per week and NEVER get full-time hours. So: we have great health coverage but can barely buy groceries. Our tips help augment our meager paychecks. If you don’t want to tip, don’t – but quit bitching about it. I’ve noticed that the complexity of your drink order is quite often inversely proportionate to the size of your tip. The rudest and most difficult customers NEVER tip – usually the stay-at-home-moms wearing fifty grand worth of diamonds, yammering into their trendy pink KRAZRs and paying absolutely no attention to their horrible offspring (who are wreaking havoc in every way possible.) Bitches.

5. SKIM MILK is the same as NONFAT MILK. Do not order a “skim nonfat latte” – it’s redundant. Similarly, don’t say that you want a “grande skim latte” and then correct me when I call out “grande nonfat latte.” You bitch. Which brings me to:

6. We are trained to call out drink orders in a particular way. This helps to ensure that we get all of your stupid, nitpicky details correct. DO NOT
• Correct me (see above)
• Tell me as snottily as possible that you “don’t speak Starbucks.” That is quite possibly one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard.
• Keep asking me, “Is it decaf? Did you get that? I ordered decaf. Are you sure it’s decaf?” F+CK YOU. Yes, I got it.
• Tell me how to make a drink. I know what goes into a mocha. You probably couldn’t make one if someone had a gun to your head.

I may as well continue! DON’T:
• Lean on the hand-off counter, effectively blocking any of the people who ordered BEFORE you from getting their coffee.
• Take your drink, rip the top off, gulp down one-third to one-half of it, and then ask me to “top it off.”
• Snatch the first drink to come up, because of course it’s yours! You’re the only f+cking customer in the place! You ordered a grande latte and this is a Frappuccino, what does it matter! You got there first!
• Scream at me because you don’t want whipped cream, when you never specified that.
• Get all pissy when I ask if you want whipped cream on a nonfat mocha. Because some people do, the drink usually comes with it, and we are here to serve your demanding ass.
• Come in wearing a floor-length fur coat and, when asked if you need a bag for your purchase, say no because you want to “save some trees.” Please save me the forehead bruise.
• Hold your two-year-old up to the pastry case and ask him to choose something. Grown men (well, stupid grown men) are struck dumb by the variety at times; no toddler will be able to work out what he wants in under three days. Select something for him and move on.

7. If you are yapping away on your cell phone when you get up to the counter, TELL THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END TO HOLD ON. Do not try to communicate what you want by hand gestures. Do not stare at me blankly – YOU approached ME. Especially, do not roll your eyes at me and heave a sigh before bitchily telling me what you want while still babbling into the phone.

8. If we’re out of the sippy-cup lids and have to give you a regular old flat lid with a tear tab (this occasionally happens) – do not freak out and scream at the manager that it will spill and ruin your “very expensive car.” Buddy, I’ve seen that car (you double-park it outside the front door almost every f+cking day) and it’s not all that, so get off your f+cking high horse. And if you have enough money for that pricey auto, either buy a decent travel mug with a locking lid, or get the f+cking car detailed if something spills. And maybe lay off the caffeine. Asshole.

9. If you order a Frappuccino, I will hate you even more.

10. Quit bitching about the names of everything. Yes, there is a “tall” size. No, it’s not the smallest size – that would be the “short.” Somewhere along the line, it got dropped from the menu, but can still be ordered. It doesn’t make much sense to me either, but I didn’t come up with the nomenclature for this shit. Order by the names on the menu, because I’ve had people ask for a “medium coffee” and get inexplicably pissed off when I give them a grande. Which is a medium coffee. If you eat at McDonald’s, you put a “Mc” in front of just about everything – get the f+ck over yourself and get used to it.

11. Keep your f+cking $1200, four-foot-wide Bugaboo stroller out. Of. The. Store.

12. If you are one of the seriously annoying, mind-bogglingly stupid Change People, it’s very likely that I’m restraining the urge to beat you senseless. Especially if you say something like, “I have twenty-four cents, if it helps…” – you are not helping anyone. F+ck you and your exact change. Don’t giggle and tell me how heavy it’s making your bag and that you need to get rid of it. How about this: remove your spare change from your bag or pockets daily. Throw it in a change jar. When the jar fills up, cash it in. So simple, anyone can do it!

13. When you order “three shots of espresso, over ice, in a venti cup, extra ice” – WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. You’re stealing, because you pay a lot less for that than you would for a latte, and then you fill it to the brim with milk from the condiment bar pitchers. You probably eat at buffets all the time and surreptitiously stuff your shoulder bag full of food, too. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but you really should learn it: if you can’t afford something, don’t f+cking buy it. Asshole.

14. Just because I work at Starbucks doesn’t mean I’m stupid. If I had a penny for everyone who treated me like a complete idiot because I work in the service industry, I’d be a retired billionaire by now. I probably scored higher than you did on standardized tests, am better-read, better-educated, a better writer, more articulate, more interesting, more observant, and better-traveled. However, because I am an artist (as are many of my co-workers) I don’t make the kind of money that the lawyers, doctors, and CEOs of the world do; this does not, however, make me a second-class citizen. So stop f+cking treating me (and everyone else who works at Starbucks) like one.

15. Have a nice f+cking day, you bastards!

30
Mar
07

Swimmin’ On The Edge

Aquariums are a popular addition to many restaurants, even moreso for those that serve Oriental food. But this is something else. A restaurant in Japan, where space is often at a premium, has decided to combine the fryer with the fishtank. The boiling oil floats on top of the water, the crumbs fall down into the water, and the little goldfish stay the hell away from the top!

29
Mar
07

I Miss My Hooker

John Lee Hooker was da man. I think that boxed set I’ve got is going to get a workout over the next few days!

29
Mar
07

Freedom From Registerfly

I have escaped the clutches of Registerfly. Every single solitary domain that I had with them has been successfully ported to another registrar. Every screwey charge that Registerfly tried to put on my credit cards has been successfully charged back. Given the total train wreck atmosphere of the situation, I have gotten out relatively unscathed. There are folks who have outright lost their domains and income streams as a result of the Registerfly shenanigans. The Dummit Law Firm has initiated a class action law suit. The Register has the full story. My damages are limited to lost time, aggravation, and frustration. But I know that there are folks who got hit much harder. I hope that this suit winds up winning, but I am very skeptical of anyone ever collecting anything from it.

28
Mar
07

Return The Servicemen

Everyone has thought that Bush was going to use the specter of nuclear escalation as a pretense to invade Iran. We’ve got the largest “war games” naval exercise in many years going on in the Gulf… and Iran and Great Britain are playing the brinksmanship game. If those servicemen (and woman) aren’t returned in short order, Tony Blair is gonna have to go kick some ass in Iran and the US is going to have to back him up. Surge, quagmire, muck, crap.