Nov. 21st, 2012

Annoyances...

AKA why I no longer like this time of year...

So I had to get the oil changed in the CR-V today and figured I'd price out new printers while I was on that side of town. You know, for a future purchase, since my current one no longer wants to print with magenta.}:/

But first I had to go by Michael's as I needed a few small boxes.

ONE person working the registers. Line of people 3 deep when I get in line, 10 deep by the time it gets to me.

She was asking every single person if they get Michael's email coupons. If they say no, she asks if they want to sign up and starts rattling off all the good points. Then she tells them to have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Mind, the line is in front of the windows, in the sun, so it's getting warm and the store was already warm as it was.

So she gets to me, and does her spiel. I say no, but I don't shop here often enough to make it worth my while anyway (I don't, usually I order these boxes online). Well, she clammed up and gets a face like she's eaten a lemon.

Hands me my receipt and ... that was it. Ok then. So I pointedly told her to have a Happy Thanksgiving and walked out.

Head over to Walmart- what? They tend to have good printers for less than other stores. I really don't care for this particular Walmart as the employees can be very rude, but well, I was going past it anyway.

It's busy, but tolerable. Not bad prices on printers, make mental notes.

Then I head to Staples, which is next door to Best Buy.

Oh Staples. I get that you don't get many customers, but when a person says they're just pricing printers, leave them alone already. And for cryin' out loud, don't look so shell shocked when I say I don't come out on Black Friday, let alone send your co-worker over to annoy me.

SHE actually tried to tell me you have great deals on Friday, AFTER I said I wasn't coming out. Then she hovered.

If there's nothing I hate more about store employees, it's the ones that hover. I just want to look at printers in peace, is that too much to ask?

Then she asks what I planned to use it for. At least, I think that's what she asked. Her accent (Irish, maybe Scottish) was really thick and I had to ask her to repeat herself. After a second of hesitation, in which I deciphered what I hoped she'd asked, I said I did a little of both - printing and photos.

Then of course she just HAD to recommend a printer. HAD to, it's like a requirement or something. And she asked if I was coming out on Black Friday AGAIN.

Look, the answer is going to be the same no matter how many times you ask or how you ask it or when you look at me like I grew a second head when I say NO, I don't come out on Black Friday.

So, left Staples, went to Best Buy. Little kids EVERY. WHERE.

No, lady, your kid is not cute when they're sprawled across a computer box, kicking their feet in the air. No, sir, your son is not cute when he's demanding that you buy that game for him right now this instant oh my. *headdesk*

And NONE OF YOU are special that you need to not only block one side of a narrow space around a display of HP printers, but BOTH SIDES.

Cheaper prices on a couple Brother printers I was eyeing though.


And whoever decided playing Christmas music BEFORE Thanksgiving was the ideal thing to do, needs to have their music privileges revoked. Permanently.

Now I have to go price tires for Orion. Yay fun?


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Sep. 16th, 2010

Possible goodbyes...



There's an old Birch tree out at the end of the drive in front of the house. It's the one landmark I could always describe to people so they knew how to find the house.

Back in June, after that rash of severe storms that brought down a Tree down the road, cut out electric for nearly 24 hours and resulted in the landlord having 3 Trees removed down there, Asplundh came by and chopped out the top of the Birch facing the road, where the telephone pole wires ran. It hasn't really recovered or grown THAT much, so I'm failing to understand why they're back again today, needing to chop out more or...



Possibly remove it in its entirety. I told them they had to talk to my landlord. The guy said he hoped he wouldn't have to remove it, but couldn't explain why it needed chopping back again.

I'll miss that Tree if they do remove it completely. Though the red barberries planted in its shade won't miss it, I'm sure. I do have a potted Washington Hawthorn I can plant in its place if I need too as well. Heh. And lots of Birch seedlings scattered around...

And yes, I had to move Orion, the CR-V, out of the drive.}:/ No idea where my neighbor will park now, as I'm in his roommate's spot and he certainly can't park in the drive like usual right now. Heh.

Although, if they remove that dead branch that's directly over where we park, I won't complain one bit...


Seems my BiL, SiL and niece may be moving to the other side of the state in the next few months. The BiL put in for a new position within the company he works for and has apparently had a first interview, with a second planned for next month. She says they should know something by the end of Oct.

Huh. Good for them, I guess. Means we won't see the niece/goddaughter as much, but... well, whatever makes them happy, I guess.


In other news, the hair is now two-toned. Green on top, merging into blue at the bottom and blue-green in the back - though currently it looks black.



And let me tell ya, it wasn't easy getting a shot that showed the top, bottom and back. Sheesh.