I am sad about what is happening in the Ukraine. People deserve better. I also am sad about a Facebook posting someone I know posted. The implication of the post is that somehow this is Obama’s fault. Please people, think before you post. There is no way i can wrap my brain around this being the fault of the President of the United States. Why is it that whenever some people don’t like what is going on worldwide lately, it is Obama’s fault. We, I repeat, “WE” cannot be the conscience of the world nor can we make them act the way “WE” think they should.  It may be an international problem, not singularly a problem for the United States to solve.

In addition, we as a people and country need to pay attention to our gifted authors. If anyone has read the last book written by noted author, Tom Clancy, this entire situation in Kiev, Ukraine and the Crimea is so familiar. Part of what is happening is a part of his book.

Also remember, money is the root of so much of this (also in the Clancy book). It was on the news this morning, natural gas prices will probably sky-rocket since that part of the world has a large presence in the natural gas production and transmission industry. Go figure. Read people, read.

Now, the Russian legislature is writing a bill to allow reverse annexation.  If a country or part of a country wants to be annexed BACK into the Russian Federation, they could form a government and have a vote and allow it to take place.  Nothing like doing it after you have indicated you want it done and have sent threats, ultimatums and troops to get what you want.


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Congratulations to CVS!

CVS announced today that they will no longer be selling cigarettes in their stores by October. “For CVS, the move will be costly. The drugstore chain estimates it will lose $2 billion in annual revenue from tobacco and other sundries as a result,” (quoted from Wall Street Journal article).

Being a former smoker, I applaud the companies stand with linking health care with elimination of the sale of cigarettes.  It is definitely a starting point.  Maybe other chains will follow suit.  Making it a little more difficult to purchase the cigarettes will help others stop smoking and taking better care of themselves.  Having lost someone to lung cancer who was a smoker, I can only hope this will help a little.  Of course, Target and Wegmans made this same decision a few years ago without a lot of fanfare.

NOW, if we could only get the sale of beer and alcohol out of our pharmacy stores and gas stations, we would really be taking a step forward. I have never been able to rationalize  gas stations selling alcohol while providing fuel for vehicles on our roads. They keep telling us drinking and driving don’t mix, yet gas stations sell both at the same time. CURIOUS!!!!! Would be nice to stop that too!

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Sad Commentary

I stopped at the library the other day looking for the next book for our discussion group. Made a stop in the restroom and was shocked to see that the spindles that hold the toilet paper were padlocked in place.

NOW, that is a sad commentary when public facilities have to padlock the toilet paper rolls.  I don’t know if it is to prevent theft or to prevent people using it for destructive purposes (like flooding the facilities or starting a fire), but still. . . Padlocks on the toilet paper is just sad.

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Must WE Update III

Well folks, I guess a being consumer advocate for myself has paid off. I have just checked with the other people who were getting the wrong name on caller ID and have been told the correct name (mine) is coming up. Great! Now I’m not sure that 1. Comcast made their change or 2. the change that Time Warner made resulted in the correction, but whatever it was, it seems to be fixed.

We must stand up for ourselves and not allow corporate America to run our lives their way. Sometimes being on this soapbox is fun!

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Must We Believe Whatever “They” Say? Part II

A friendly update! I did find out this evening that the Time Warner database has been corrected. My aunt if finally getting my name on her caller ID.

It pays to stand up for yourself and work to get an issue resolved. Sad to say that so far I have not heard of any resolution with Comcast. Guess I will have to continue to monitor that situation. Definitely not letting it go!  Glad to find out that some companies can take care of subscribers in a timely fashion regardless of what others “say”.

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Must We Believe Whatever “They” Say?

I have recently had my go-around with being a watchful consumer. This is strange, but the final outcome has been that we must believe in stupidity at some customer service level.

Let me digress just a little:  Recently I made a phone call to my local church.  My friend who answered the phone asked why it came up Thomas, Gary?  Good question!  Gary has been deceased for eight (yes, count them 8) years.  My phone account was immediately updated to reflect that it was only in my name.  Upon hearing this from my friend, I made a trip over to my local providers store.  After a 45 minute wait, I explained to the representative the problem and he asked if I would wait while he investigated the situation.  When he returned, he showed my on his electronic tablet that the information in my account was correct and that this should not be happening.  His supervisor became part of the discussion and told me there was nothing THEY could do since their information was correct.

When I was getting into my car, a gentleman that I had seen in the store approached me.  He told me he had overheard the conversation and since he worked for my provider, he gave me the information on what I needed to do, say and report to in the “tech” department.  When I asked why the people inside the store were not aware of this information, he said they would be that afternoon.  I returned home, did what I was told to do and received assurance both verbally and by text message that the problem would in fact be resolved.

As the days went by, I found that there had not been any resolution and I decided to contact my provider again.  Couldn’t get to the original tech, but this one said he could help.  Well . . . he assured me that a request was sent to other providers to please update their databases for called ID, but not to be too hopeful that it would happen.  Many are notorious for NOT updating that information.  Great!!!

Next step I decided to try was to contact the provider for the church, Comcast.  After getting stonewalled three times (the number on the account – don’t have one, the number with the problem, gave it, what’s the password – don’t know not mine, got to tech support, they can’t do anything without an account, not even the supervisor.  Next, transferred to the business office.  Once again I explain the situation and once on hold again, am told that they database I am referring to in only updated quarterly.  Since my provider put in a request on Jan. 7, it should be resolved by the beginning of April.  Question:  There is no way you or a supervisor can have  this change to NOW?  No sorry, that’s not how it works.  NOW!  I have worked with computers quite a while and find it hard to believe that someone at Comcast cannot get into the proper program and make the correction. Do they really believe that the public is so “naive” to just swallow whatever they say?  If Target could get into their data as quickly as they did when their customer’s information was hacked, why can’t a “computer” provider access a database and make a correction.

Such a sorry state of customer service when the “provider” can just shrug their shoulders, believe that the consumer is just going to go along with what “they” say, and by saying “I’m sorry. I understand.” will be enough to make it go away.  This will not be going away.  I will definitely follow-up.  I’ve written down names, dates and information provided.

It’s interesting.  My provider has taken care of the situation at their end:  made sure the data is correct and requested that others update their files with the correct information.  I even doubled checked with someone with a land line phone provided by carrier and the caller id comes up with my name.  The others evidently just don’t care.  That definitely leads me to cross these other providers from my list of companies to possibly do business with in the future.  I know what my answer will be in 90 days if this is not corrected.  We have a great consumer advocate with a local television station that I will be more than glad to share information with.  Don’t think I won’t!!

Thanks for listening and make it a great day!

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New Year, New Beginning

A new year brings with it a new beginning. Looking back over the last 8 years, a new beginning (again) needs to come to the forefront. Eight years ago my life changed dramatically, in a way I was not fully prepared to face. It was too early to be alone, without my best friend. There were too many plans that were being left unfulfilled. It was impossible to deal with all the emotional issues so suddenly staring me in the face. At that moment and for the last long eight years, I have consciously and unconsciously put the needs of others before my own. I have learned that I cannot solve the world’s problems, at least not until I have solved my own. I cannot make the world right for others until I make the world right for me.

Hindsight is definitely 20/20, but we cannot change the past. What happened, happened. The decisions made and supported were just that, decisions made and supported. For reasons that are oh so personal, that is how it was. I can no longer allow those decisions to overshadow my life. They were made and carried out and looking back, there should never have been remorse for those decisions.  There is a reason that I am still here and I am going to spend my time and energies to finding that reason and follow-through with that plan. There was no wrong-doing with that past, so there was really no reason why I thought I needed to forgive myself for what was done.

Happy New Year to one and all. May this new year find you healthy and happy. May the year ahead provide you with all that you need to grow and move forward with this thing called “LIFE”.

Love and hugs to all.

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