The thoughts of a writer.

Friday, October 31, 2014

No More Office Air

To save money, air will no longer be supplied at the office. Employees who want air, should bring their own air from home. Telecommuting is not an option; as we need employees at their desks in order to maximize discomfort. Rumors of the restrooms being closed are untrue. We are still discussing whether this is a viable option.


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CuTRis to Protest at Vikings/Redskins Game

CuTRis to Protest at Vikings/Redskins Game
UnAssociated Press
October 31, 2014

CuTRis has said he will join all the other people protesting at the Vikings vs. Redskins game on Sunday in Minneapolis. People are outraged that a team would have such a politically incorrect name. CuTRis has said that he is upset that the Vikings would use a group of people (i.e. the Vikings) as their mascot. Being one-quarter Norwegian, CuTRis said his ancestry is not a mascot and he wants a more politically correct name, such as "Team that Sucks at Football."

When asked how he feels about the Redskins name, CuTRis said, "It is probably time to change that name too. I mean if it was the "Blackskins," it would already have been mandated (to change) by the legal system as a "hate crime." If the name was the "Whiteskins," everybody would be like, 'that's a really dumb name!' It is interesting that the (football team at the) nation's capital would have such a politically incorrect name."

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Happy Halloween!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Eye Hurts A Little Bit


Why is Kmart Closing?

I went to the Burnsville Kmart recently. I literally had only minutes before I had to go to a meeting, but since the store is closing I wanted to see if I could get a deal on shoes; and boots for my son. I found both and all for 30% off.

When I got home that night, I knew the boots would be big on him, but when I looked at the two child’s boots that were tied together with a cord and had a cardboard tag with the size, I noticed that one boot was bigger. In fact, one was a size larger! They had sold me two different size boots and gave me a receipt that said, "no exchanges and no refunds" (because the Burnsville store is closing).

I was pretty upset so I contacted Kmart Corporate customer service online—and of course, they didn’t get back to me (very quickly).

So the next day, I went to the Kmart in St. Paul (because it is closer for me); and waited in line at customer service. And waited... Between the “competent” staff and the questionable customers, it was not good. I finally got to the front of the line and the first clerk said, "It’s from Burnsville," in the kiss of death voice. She showed the receipt to the other clerk (who seemed more senior) and said again, "look, it's from Burnsville."

I showed the new clerk the two attached boots and the two sizes. Then she asked, "What you want to do just get two the same?" I said, "Yes." "Run on back and see if we have some," she said. So I found a pair of matching boots and she let me switch them.

Then, five days later I got an email from a Kmart Corporate customer service representative. She copied the entire return policy that is on the back of a receipt (from a non-closing Kmart store) and sent it to me. I replied that this was no help at all.

Another day or two passed, and I received an email from an “email adviser” from “Kmart Help.” He told me that I can’t return the boots because they came from a “liquidated store.” I replied to him that he sucks and selling mismatched merchandise as a set to trick customers into buying is a bad policy and it might be one (of many) reason(s) the Kmart stores are continuing to close.

Update 10/31/2014: Received a phone message telling me to check email regarding this issue. Email apologized and offered a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. I replied back as to where she could put the coupon...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Way to Hurt ISIS

Since ISIS likes to point a hundred cell phones at the atrocities they commit (murder, torture) so they can broadcast it on social media, I say we should bomb the cell towers and Internet infrastructure in their location(s). Take away their cell phones and means to contact the outside world. This shouldn't be too difficult.


Can't Coexist with Colonoscopy?

Click photo to enlarge and "back" to go back


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stop Political Propaganda at Home

My new sign has effectively eliminated the daily political propaganda that I had to pull out of my door each day!

The "No Solicitors" sign is not enough; as religious and political sellers seem to think it doesn't apply to them for some reason.

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Work Meeting

Why do they always use the idea from the guy in the middle???

Explanation for "young" people. This was a cartoon and "Chumlee" in the middle was not too bright...

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Monday, October 27, 2014

9 Mile Creek

60 degrees (F) and sunshine yesterday, made for an amazingly nice walk at 9 Mile Creek.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

What's Wrong with this Picture?

Kmart is closing, but you can still get a job there (with flexible hours)...

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Here is a Real Homeless Person

Bones of Rice Street


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nice Weather = Panhandlers With Small Backpacks

The nice weather we have been having each afternoon, seems to have brought out the panhandlers. Having worked at one time in social services, I have developed my own opinion on panhandlers. I don't think most of them are legitimate. They hold up cardboard signs proclaiming that they are homeless, out-of-work, stranded, or whatever. Often there is some biblical reference as well such as, "God Bless." A woman panhandler recently had a sign that said she was a homeless single mother; but there were no children with her. Were they at daycare? The men usually have beards. Not like the homeless guy I see on Rice Street—who tends to have a long, unkempt beard, but rather a beard you might see on regular guy who has a beard. In addition to the flannel shirts, etc., they all seem to have, sitting close by, a backpack. The issue I have, is that most elementary school students carry a backpack that is at least as big as the backpacks I saw the other day—which seemed awfully small for a homeless person; many of whom carry all of their worldly possessions with them. How much food, clothing and necessities can one carry in a tiny, child's backpack? Some people will give money to these beggars just in case they are really in need. I don't tend to believe that the "fair weather beggars" who swarm—one per highway ramp during rush hour are really anything more than opportunists who would rather beg for money than earn it. Of course it is possible that the cigarette and bottle of water they have, had been given to them by the previous motorist who went by; but personally I doubt that most of them are really in need.