Coke Rewards – Expired Idiocy

28 Jan 2012
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Back story: McDonald’s runs a promotion/contest every so often that is tied in with the board game Monopoly. The food comes with game pieces that could potentially win you cash and fabulous prizes.  But more likely you will win more bad for you food from McDonald’s, or other worthless crap.  Each game piece has a code you can enter online to hopefully win more useless things.

Even though I do know better, I enjoy me some cheap crappy food from time to time and time again. So when there is a chance for me to buy the McCrap and get free McCrap out of it, I jump at the chance like your mom around sailors.  I did this and won a bunch of Coke Rewards points.  End of back story, what’s my point?   Read more…

Methodist Hospital San Antonio (Part 2)

01 Nov 2011
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This is the continuation of this post: Methodist Hospital (Part 1)

I highly recommend you read that long post first, as it contains all the back story and other bits this story might reference to.  Lets continue to Part 2:  Read more…

Methodist Hospital San Antonio (Part 1)

29 Oct 2011
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I normally do not put personal information on my site.  I try to avoid talking about my family, or any other information like that.  Partially because I’m paranoid and I don’t want me or my family easily researched/cyberstalked.  But the absolute absurdness of what happened to me and my Family at Methodist Hospital requires me to share it.    Read more…

Parenting Fail – Jungle Gyms Sold Seperately

14 Oct 2011
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I hate the public.  The people. The places.  The percentage of idiots is just astounding.  Alas, I still need to go to public places.  Stores, restaurants, so on and so forth.  Yes I could cut a lot of that out by other means, but I’m lazy and am not going to cook every meal I eat, or grow my own food.

Recently while I was out enjoying a very high quality expensive dinner with my family (read: I was at Denny’s), I was able to witness great, and horrible parenting within the same meal.  It was amazing.  Read more…

Hewlett Packard Can Go Fuck Themselves!

16 Sep 2011
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Never in my life have I seen a company so mismanage an order, and have little to no information about what’s going on in their business than I have with HP.

As I mentioned HERE, I am one of the unlucky few in limbo with HP and trying to get their discounted Touchpad tablet. I was able to get a successful order through, but it still hasn’t been processed.   This is how they’ve lost me as a customer…  Read more…

Hewlett Packard – How To Anger People (UPDATED)

29 Aug 2011
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This story is about Hewlett Packard (HP) and their TouchPad fire sale, the first part is kind of a summary for those who aren’t aware, then the ironic/retarded twist in my adventure into the fire sale.

To bring you up to speed if you are a none techie person: HP released a Tablet about 2 months ago called the TouchPad.  About two weeks ago they announced they were scuttling their consumer hardware division, specifically the Tablets/Smartphone division.  Last week/weekend, they announced they were going to liquidate the remaining stock of TouchPad’s in a huge fire sale.  The remaining stock of TP’s that normally sold for $400-$600 was now going to be sold at $100-150 (depending on the model).  More on the TouchPad’s history can be found HERE (See #10), and also HERE, and about the Fire Sale HERE

What ensued was a mass geek grab up.  It was as bad as Black Friday, or the release of a next gen console/Apple product. Online stores servers nearly crashed, stock at certain locations went in minutes (Walmart, Target, OfficeDepot, Staples, you name it).

HP’s EPP site sold out almost instantly, as did it’s consumer site.  And HP’s Small Business site had an error.  They listed the Touchpads at the fire sale price, but when you added them to the cart they showed as the original $399+ price.

My wife has said she wanted an ebook reader every now and then, and $100 for an item that can do that and much more was a bargain.  So I attempted to get me one, and that’s where my adventure begins.

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Restaurants – Canned Drinks

26 Aug 2011
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Recently I was dining with some family at a restaurant of their choosing. It was a decent enough Chinese (Asain?) cuisine type establishment.  Friendly wait staff, decent decorations, and a pleasant atmosphere.  Everything was good, until they brought us our drinks.

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Super Size – Double Team

19 Aug 2011
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When browsing some movies lately I watched the movie ‘Super Size Me.’ It’s about a guy who eats nothing but McDonald’s for a whole month, blah blah blah, bad for you, etc etc.  It got me thinking about the option at most fast food places. Read more…

Sams Club – Subtle Christmas Creep 2011

12 Aug 2011
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Simple quick post.  Sams Club in my area of San Antonio TX has started the Christmas Creep season subtly. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas Creep is the process in which stores start putting their Christmas decorations/items for sale up months in advance of Christmas.  Read more…

Brake Check – Awkward Responses

09 Aug 2011
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The other day I posted this story about Brake Check and how I thought they were giving me the shaft on a simple brake job. Well, when I shared the article on Twitter I made sure to include them to let them know of how I felt.  They replied. Read more…