Jul 022009
 

Any of you that talk to me with any regularity lately will know that my job has been a large stressor in my life for the last 2 or 3 months. As it is will all retail chains, sales are down and the preassure is up from the higher-ups (who actually spend very little time […]

Apr 282009
 
Gripe: Senseless Panic

Last night I was at Walgreen’s and caught a strange sight out of the corner of my eye: someone had cleared room in the midst of the candy and gum on the impulse rack to place a row of surgical masks. Did it make me feel like the manager of the store was concerned for […]

Dec 202008
 
Gripe: People who don't clean their sidewalks

In a city like Chicago, there are huge numbers of pedestrians. They are mostly people who walk to the bus or train, and they rely on a safe sidewalk to conduct their daily business. Unfortunately, cleared sidewalks are a rare find on most of the city’s streets. This poses a lot more problems than most […]

Dec 112008
 
Gripe: Family Christmas Movies

First off, let me say: I hate Christmas. That’s not really fair. I don’t hate Christmas. I hate what it does to people, but that’s a whole entry on its own I will likely explore next week. Now what I really do hate is the movie that comes out every year, about this misadventures of […]

Dec 012008
 
Gripe: CTA Fare Box Clocks

Less than one year after moving to Chicago, Joey and I got rid of our car. We tease and say it was to decrease our carbon footprint, but in fact the car was just too expensive to keep it full of gas, pay the insurance, pay for parking permits, repairs, oil changes, etc. Since that […]

Oct 172008
 

Here’s a brief transcription of an exchange between a customer and me today.Customer: “You have this on number 7?”Me: “No, I’m sorry. That’s our smallest size and it’s an 8.”Customer: “Do you have this on pink?”Me: “No, I’m sorry. It’s only available in white.”Customer: “Maybe you have this on number 7 point 5?”Me: “No, 8 […]

Oct 102008
 

Am I the only one that’s noticed the high volume of prescription medicine commercials on television? They always show a person, or group of people, that is just thrilled to have a disease. And, call me crazy, but don’t the side effects they list usually seem to be worse than the disease the medicine was […]

Oct 102008
 

Am I the only one that’s noticed the high volume of prescription medicine commercials on television? They always show a person, or group of people, that is just thrilled to have a disease. And, call me crazy, but don’t the side effects they list usually seem to be worse than the disease the medicine was […]

Oct 072008
 

For well over a year now, Joey and I have been sending our HP Notebook back and forth to HP’s repair center for repairs. It is the same problem every time: the mother board fails, and the wifi adapter is no longer recognizable by the system. The first couple times this happened, I called the […]

Oct 072008
 

For well over a year now, Joey and I have been sending our HP Notebook back and forth to HP’s repair center for repairs. It is the same problem every time: the mother board fails, and the wifi adapter is no longer recognizable by the system. The first couple times this happened, I called the […]