Last year I bought a new battery for my truck from WalMart. I usually go to Farm and Fleet for batteries, but my neighbor talked me into WalMart. When I purchased the battery, the clerk assured me, "If you have any problems, bring it back and we'll take care of it."
I've been having trouble with the battery for the last three months. It wouldn't hold a charge. It must have been 10 or 12 times I had to jump the battery. After checking my charging system, I returned to WalMart to get a replacement battery. Ha! The clerk at the auto desk said I have to wait for an hour and a half while they test the battery. She said that people try to scam them and get free batteries. Thing is, when I first arrived, I found a wallet on the counter. I turned it in to the clerk. Now the clerk was suggesting that I was trying to scam the store. "Would I have turned in the wallet if I was a crook?" I asked the clerk. No response.
Of course, nothing gets done until you get the manager involved. We had to go through the whole rigamarole again, and he also said I had to wait an hour and a half while they tested the battery. I went ballistic. Nothing was said about this at the time of sale. Now, the clerk said I could go home and return later to see how the battery test went. I asked, "How am I supposed to drive my truck home without a battery?" Silence, again.
I finally got as new battery. I had to yell and fuss and raise hell. After I got the battery, I told the manager that I had managed an auto repair shop and I never made my customers go through hysterics before I would honor our warranties. He said, "You didn't have to get upset." I said, "I wouldn't have received a new battery without raising hell." Again, silence.
The moral of the story is, don't buy auto batteries from WalMart. They claim to have solid warranties backing their products, but when you try to get warranty service, they treat you like a criminal. I hate that damn store and ruefully regret buying a battery from them. Never again.
Hello everyone and welcome back! It's been a very busy and crazy week. Man, did it fly! By the time Thursday came around, I was wondering where the time went.... Well, without further adieu, your questions...
1) If you had an extra day in a week, what would you do with it?
2) Who taught you how to swim?
3) What comic strip do you like to read?
4) What is the scariest crowd you have ever been in?
"The powerful short was produced in Croatia as a public service announcement drawing attention to the issue of domestic abuse. The video ends with the young lady holding up a sign that translates to, 'Help me, I do not know if I can wait for tomorrow.'
"No one was actually hurt fortunately in the making of this video. All effects were done with professional makeup. But the message it is getting out there is extremely important."
When I first saw this, I thought it was real: a battered woman put a video on YouTube to get help. I also wondered how she got her face in the exact same position in each shot. Learning that the video is a public service announcement explains everything. Nicely done.
Hello, my party animals!How are you?Huzzuh, huzzuh!It’s the first day of spring.However, you wouldn’t know that by going
outside.All we get is cold and snow.March madness is the frigid weather.Crazy temperatures and precipitation.I hope that April brings us showers and not
Oh my dear, dear friends.As you know, I missed the last get together.I’m so sorry.I ended up at the original place that we selected for the party.I was out of town on Thursday and Friday, so
I didn’t see the updates.Junior opened
my email (he’s going to get it), so the location update message was already
marked as read.I never saw it. Oh my.I did have a nice time, though, drinking
green beer and lime vodka and anything else that was liquid and green.The St. Patrick’s Day
celebration was going on inside and outside.Eventually, I got rip roaring drunk, and Señor Zanza had to come and
take me home.I had a lot of fun, but I
missed my dear Irregulars.Next time for
Mr. OrbsCorbs gave me my “presents” from the gathering: a
VHS exercise tape entitled “Fat Buster Plus” and a can of diet Pepsi.Oh my.I could go ballistic over this, but I won’t.I’m too much of a woman for that.I have only one thing to say: beware.When you least expect it, I’ll be there.Thus spake Madame Zoltar®!
The Catholic Church has a new pope, and from the early
returns, it appears that he is a winner.One thing, Your Eminence Sir Mr. Pope Francis, be careful about unexpectedly
running out and joining the teeming throngs.The faithful you meet love it, but we live in a world of nut jobs.I’m afraid that someone is going to take a
shot at you, sooner or later.Be
careful, Sir.And please don’t eschew
the Popemobile.It’s for your
Finally, a number of my clients are also members of the
Somerset Club that Mr. OrbsCorbs blogged about below.They are perfect gentlemen.And they’re rich, too.Woo hoo!
Thank you to each and every one of you for reading my post
today.I so enjoy crafting a blog for you.Wednesdays are for my Irregulars.
"City's exclusive Somerset Club rich in tradition"
"Just steps away from the bus stop bustle of Monument Square is a
no-frills doorway that leads to the Somerset Club - Racine's most
exclusive fraternity and perhaps the ultimate good old boys
"It occupies the top floor of the Janes Building, a five-story
structure at Sixth and Main streets. The club faces Lake Michigan,
the Downtown post office and a bus stop crowd of students, working
people, hustlers and idlers.
"The Somerset Club, however, is literally and figuratively far
removed from the petty concerns of the street. It is a men's club
that for more than 100 years has culled its members from Racine's
wealthiest, most influential and respected families.
"Men do not apply for admission to the Somerset Club. The club
decides who will be offered the fewer than 100 memberships."
That article is from 1995. Did you know about the Somerset Club? I didn't. A friend and I were talking about Dewey's, the new bar downtown. It's located in the Janes Building. My friend mentioned the Somerset Club. When I asked him about it, he said the club was for the wealthy big shots of Racine. He talked of it in the past tense, though. A Google search soon proved that the club is still alive and active in Racine.
Today is the last show at the Riverfront Theater in Bradenton, Florida, home of the Manatee Players. Don't worry, they Manatee Players are doing fine...they will be moving into a new $15 million theater later this month.
However, the old Riverfront Theater (built in the 1950s) is where I did a lot of shows with them back in the 1996-2001 range. I met many long time friends in shows and had great times there and now it will be torn down. Obviously, lots of us will miss the old theater even though we all know how much better the new building will be. For several years, I spent more waking hours at the theater than anywhere except work.
Tradition was at the end of a show, you would sign the wall. Many shows made little logos to sign. When I visited in January, I knew it would be my last time in the theater so I took some pics of the walls I signed.
Buildings hold lots of memories and emotions. As I write this, the curtain will go up in less than 20 minutes on their last show, a review starring many of the regulars at the theater over the years called "What I Did For Love". I would be there if I could (heck, their last stage production was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and I would have pulled a Tanya Harding to to that show...Miles Glorioses specifically).
Trying to catch up after last night…those in the northern hemisphere are enjoying Comet PanSTARRS this week. Well, I am visiting Chile and got to see Comet Lemmon last night. Comet Lemmon is pretty far south right now but will be putting in a dawn appearance for the northern hemisphere in April.
Comet Lemmon (discovered on Mount Lemmon in Arizona, hence the name) was not visible to the naked eye last night. It did show up nicely in small binoculars and on my Canon 60d.
Comet Lemmon also has a very different color than PanSTARRS. You have probably noticed PanSTARRS is very yellowish while Lemmon is much more blue. Cyanogen gas and diatomic carbon are tinting this comet whereas PanSTARRS is dominated by reflected sunlight from its nice dust tail giving it a more yellowish ting.
I don’t think Lemmon will put on as nice of a show as PanSTARRS, but its worth checking out as it moves north.
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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