October 6th, 2012

piranha - the bee is not in the bonnet.

Can we extend this to ALL election campaign phone calls? Thanks.

For the last few weeks, I've been getting calls on my cell from an "unavailable" phone number every morning between 9:00am and 10:00am. I haven't been answering because, hey, if it's important they'll leave a message, right?   But I was feeling cranky, so when my phone started vibrating yet again I reached over and picked it up.

It was a call from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and they were asking for a donation of something like $150 because it is "so very important" to get those Democrats in control of Congress.

Me: Are you kidding me?
Democrat: We realize that it's a lot, but it is so important-
Me: Yeah. I'm broke.

He then begins to whine about how we have to get those Republicans unseated or else this country will be ruined. I have to cut him off-

Me: Look, I registered as an independent because I don't care about this stuff. Can you please remove me from your phone list?

The caller continues with his script, ignoring me, reminding me once again that it is so important to get more Democrats into Congress, so if I'll just donate $75 then it'll help so much-

Me: Yeah. Did you not hear the part where I said I'm broke?
Caller: Well, we also have a matching foundation that will triple your donation. So if you donate $33, it'll be practically $100.00-
Caller: But it's so important-
Me: These are the only two important things I care about: one, that you remove me from your phone list, and two, STOP CALLING ME!!
Caller: How about I send you something in the mail-
Me: I don't want to hear from you. I'm going to hang up. If you call me again, I'll vote Republican just because they have enough sense not to bother me!

And then I hang up.
A couple of hours later, while I was in class, I noticed that an "unavailable" phone number was calling my phone. AGAIN. I couldn't answer, but I'm 99.9% certain it was the same stupid organization.

The next day, I get another call from the DCCC.  This guy is even worse.  I'm on the train, so I can't hear everything he says, but each time I say, "Please take me off your phone list!" it sounds like he's saying I have to contact the FCC because they can legally call me.  WTF?  He proceeds to tell me that we HAVE TO SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS INTO OFFICE BECAUSE THE EVIL REPUBLICANS WILL TAKE WOMENS' RIGHTS AWAY OH NOES THE EVIL MUST BE STOPPED!!!  After asking him three or four times to take me off the phone list and being told he can't/won't do it, I say some dirty words and hang up on him.
Does this work, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee? Does being this obnoxiously aggressive and tone-deaf get you more donations? Because I'm not kidding. If I have money to donate to your cause, I'll find you. Otherwise, I don't want to hear a peep out of your group. I am thoroughly convinced that all politicians suck balls at this point, so I really don't care who I vote into Congress.  (Usually, I just go with third party candidates.)  Besides, the representatives and senators in my area are so strongly entrenched that I doubt any campaign will unseat them, so I might as well vote Republican just to spite you.


Extremely long wait for "fast" food

My dad and sister and I went to a KFC/TacoBell. It was just after noon, but there were only two or three people in front of us, and we were able to order pretty quickly. We got our drinks and sat down, and a few minutes later my dad went over to the counter, figuring the food should be ready soon. And waited. And waited. And waited. I checked the receipt - our order went in at 12:19, and it was 12:33. I went over and told him this. The girl behind the counter asked if we needed to order and we said we were waiting.

She said, "Sorry about the wait - the drive-thru has us totally backed up on tacos, and... she doesn't like being helped."

It was several more minutes before we got our food.


I'm sorry, if it's the lunch rush and half your food service is getting backed up, you are just going to have to learn to work with other people.

So that's a suck from the person who is apparently cranky and refuses help, and a suck from the manager who doesn't put another person on tacos when it gets so backed up that it takes NEARLY TWENTY MINUTES TO GET OUR FOOD.

We didn't bother complaining because it was obvious they knew about the problem and were not doing anything about it.

Jersey Mikes

I went into Jersey Mikes about 15 minutes ago to get some delicious subs. As I'm walking in, the employee is holding a stack of Potato Salad in tiny containers. He trips and drops one into the recycling bin. It was semi full. He then pulls it out and PUTS IT INTO THE FRIDGE with the rest of the salads! I was totally grossed out and said something to him and his manager. His manager apologized, the actual employee who dropped it argued with me that it 'wasn't a big deal' and 'he'd eat it'...maybe I'm a germophobe but I wouldn't want to eat something that was dropped into a recycling bin :\ His response was very rude and snooty as well, complete with eye rolling.

MetroTransit...oh MetroTransit...

I normally have pretty good luck with MetroTransit (the buses/light rail where I live), but today had me cocking my head before I figured out what was going on.

I was going somewhere and I'd used the trip planner on the website to figure out what buses to take and where to catch them, which normally works just fine, and can even tell you if a bus is running late. It directed me to a stop I normally use down the street from my house. There's construction near that stop, which had apparently progressed this week to having part of the road torn up (but out of the way of where the bus in question normally drives). I wondered if the stop was still in service, but there were official MetroTransit signs at the stop that all suggested that yes, this stop was still in service.

But I was still confused why the bus I was waiting for (high-frequency route) still hadn't come yet, so I ended up walking down the street and trying to see if there was anything that would explain things. At the next stop down, which is the stop previous to the one I was waiting at, there was a big "Buses do not stop here: board X bus at πth St and Explorer Ave" sign. I went to the named stop and caught the next bus and ended up being late to where I was going, but I was baffled as to why they never marked the first stop as out of service. I really hope it was just an oversight on someone's part.