Friday, September 29, 2006

WTF!!!!!!!

Showtime or HBO is airing a new series of which the name escapes me but it is seemingly about a serial killer who is an FBI agent or some agent that specifically investigates or should I say, hunts down other serial killers....

Today a Congressman from Florida, Rep Mark Foley, 52, resigned his seat because he was caught sending sexually explicit email to a house page - teenage, High-school students who attend classes under congressional supervision and work as messengers. This guy sat as chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, introducing legislature to protect children from exploitation by adults over the internet, I mean, what has this world become???

Who can one trust???

This a**hole once accused the Supreme Court of siding with pedophiles over children, when lo and behold, he is a pedophile his own damn self!!!

Follow this link to read the full editorial: Disgraceful

I mean, WTF!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Why should words spoken cause a person to take another’s life?

John Mayer said it, we keep waiting on the world to change....LISTEN WORLD, if it isn't about Religion, it is about racism, if it isn't about racism it is about tribalism, if it isn't about tribalism it is about sexism, if it isn't about sexism it is about ageism and it goes on and on and on and it really NEEDS TO STOP!!!!

If we drill down to the most autonomous society, with everyone looking the same, having the same religion, there will still be some sort of disagreement or other. So, why make life more difficult. Why look for a reason to hate your neighbour? It really upsets me to think that in this beautiful world we live in, we cannot all find a way to co-exist, peacefully and without strife!

Why did all our ancestors who fought and died for that very cause even bother? Why?

It is time we take responsibility for our actions and stop waiting for other people to tell us how to act or react, especially when we are asked to do negative things.

It is time we learn how to just WALK AWAY!!! It is time we learn how to just TURN THE OTHER CHEEK. It is time we used our mouths and our voices for dialogue instead of using our fists for war!!!!

This world is big enough to house every one of us and then some, why don't we use the time we have on this earth to enjoy one another and raise our children to respect and love their neighbours.

THINK!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wachovia vs Washington Mutual....

I believe the reason the US has a stronger economy than the rest of the world is because of our understanding of customer service. The belief that if the customer is kept happy there will, in turn, be a repeat visit and possibly spreading of good news.
So how come one bank understands this while that same premise is lost on another?

Every time I see the Wachovia commercials, their main focus is to express how they have been rated No. 1 in customer satisfaction; you better believe it because I am one of those extremely satisfied customers. Wachovia thrives on keeping their customers happy and will do what it takes to earn and sustain one's business.

Conversely, Washington Mutual sucks! Wamu has no concept of customer service and is only concerned with the money they can make from ridiculous fees. Yes, the company that prides itself on fee free banking is fee hungry!!!! What? How shocking, you say, how can this be, you ask?

I have accounts at both banks, the Wamu account was opened because they had branches in more cities than Wachovia did at the time and I was doing a lot of traveling.
Well, my account had a good bit of money in it and apparently was supposed to maintain a "daily balance", which, by the way, the nonchalant banker who opened the account failed to mention. No big deal, I read the highlights but I have two accounts and did not expect to be charged a fee, even though both accounts added up to more than the required balance.

Wamu charged me a service fee and when I contacted them to see if they would refund the fee they vehemently refused, even though I have had that account with them for over three years and have never dropped below that required balance; even though both my accounts are linked!

I was shocked because when I asked to speak to the manager the response was even ruder with less empathy! Oh, my goodness! I was livid! No matter, I moved the money into the account to maintain that balance as requested when lo and behold, I noticed another service fee.
The reasoning was because by the time I made the transfer it was already another cycle and did not make the daily balance threshold! What?

I was already miffed at the fact that the first time I requested a refund they had refused but it was not going to happen again, no, not this time with my balance correct.

Secondly, Washington Mutual has on several occasions released my personal information to individuals who are not included on my account; imagine that, yet the charge a service fee, humph, for poor service.

I spent most of the morning calling to get my $10 back! I was not asking for the other $20 but this $10, I was getting back. The first four employees I spoke to could care less, it was almost as if they had a recorded response in their brains and were programmed to play it back should a client call with a refund request. One manager was so ridiculous that I asked for her manager who she claimed does not speak to customers. When I asked her to transfer me to another manager she hung up. I kept calling until I finally reached one customer service team that placed the refund but the damage had been done.

I was utterly disgusted by their nonchalance because I know bank managers have a discretionary amount that they can refund to clients. It was just very irritating that this bank did not look beyond those minor accounts I have with them to see that there are several other products that I could potentially need. My accounts have always been in good standing so this should have been an easy fix. Also, the very first time I called about the fee, the first banker I spoke to should have not only refunded that fee but also used that opportunity to educate me on my balance requirements, my dynamic statement cycle and an option to convert the account to a different one should I not continue to maintain the required balance. None of that happened!

Wachovia would have immediately refunded that charge and also gone the extra mile to explain the account features and other account options.

Shame on you, WaMu!!!

Why, Judge, why?

A few days ago, while I scanned my TV for a clear picture, I came across the Divorce Court with a new judge. This new judge, Judge Toler replaced Judge Ephriam, stories claim the TV show let her go because of her hair, okay WTF?

Anyway, as I watched the new set and the new Judge, Toler seemed spunky and able to fill the shoes of her predecessor so I kept watching. She was presiding over a case of a young couple, where the wife spends all her student loans on everything but her fees and loves to tan.

Judge Toler caught herself chastising the ditsy wife about her love for tanning. She told her that tanning is not very good for her skin because of the "Melatonin"….! She kept repeating this word and as I recoiled in abject disappointment because I know she meant "Melanin", I lost interest in anything else she had to say. I was going berserk as she constantly repeated that word and felt confident that she was imparting some knowledge on the self proclaimed "Paris Hilton of wherever she was from (like that's a good thing)".

I was wishing I could magically go back in time to the taping of that show and whisper in her ear, "The word is Melanin, woman, Melanin!"

I would like to know WHY the editors of that show could not cut that bit out.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Mind Boggling....

Last Saturday, I watched an episode of "The Outer Limits" the Sci-fi show that makes you think, it was kind of uncanny because it felt like they had somehow gotten into my head and made a version of some of my thoughts.

I tend to wonder about life and the way we live on this earth...You may say, "oh, she's a nutter," but I believe that the world, the earth, the universe is one big living organism and we as humans have been given a license to live on it. It is a cycle, we live off the earth and other micro-organisms live off us! If we can live like good guests and take care of our environment then it will in-turn be kind to us; likewise, our bodies, we need to take care not to invite unwanted visitors.

The show was about a team of astronauts who had discovered an opening to traverse time-space continuum but quickly realized that they had entered a zone in the universe where they were not welcome. One of the scientists on board noticed some round nuclei and likened it to the white blood cells in the human body, prepared to destroy their vessel like an unwanted parasite.

I decided to equate the earth's meteorological shifts to our bodily functions: Rain ~ Tears from our eyes, Thunder ~ coughing, Volcanoes erupting/earth quakes ~ Bowel movements, Hurricanes/tornadoes ~ sneezing...it makes sense! What if we are, ourselves, micro-organisms living in one big something?

In the medical world, it is commonly touted that the human body and its functions peaks slightly before age 30 and then begins to gradually decline thereafter. And so starts the downward spiral, therefore, if we are to equate our own existence to the universe it means that at some point, this world will come to an end but does it mean that somewhere else another world is being born?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Reality TV vs Real TV...Big Brother...Amazing Race

Okay, Big Brother has been on for seven installments and I didn't start watching until BB6. Halfway through that season, I was flipping through my tv, and by the way, I am probably the only human on this earth who doesn't have cable, satelite, Tivo, whatever; my pictures show kind of fuzzy thanks to my not so effective aerial, but I digress, I noticed some very attractive looking individuals and I was, shamelessly hooked. I was particular taken in by pretty Janelle who is so very sweet, although to her detriment quite gullible but defies all blonde stereotypes (but then again she might not be a true blonde). I like her because she is a smart young woman with a very good heart, well, most of the time anyway.

This season the show was about BB All-stars and they brought back all the favourites, this is when I was introduced to a fellow named Will. Will and Janelle were similiar because they are both very gorgeous individuals but their game play was different, Janelle played with beauty but Will played as a beast. They each were enamored by one another, they are both easily the greatest players of the game but have now been evicted, Will by Janelle, Janelle by Will's boyfriend, who might just take home the half mil. I think I am losing my point somewhere, oh yes, I decided to blog this because I really enjoy watching Janelle but now that she has just been evicted I am not so keen on watching the show anymore. Why?

Why is it that with reality tv, and I don't know if anybody else feels this way, my favourite person is out of the game and suddenly I have lost all interest in the show? Whereas, on real tv shows with actors, it is not the actors that do it for me but the acting? Or is it the concept of the show?

I love Amazing Race, which is also a reality tv show, big fan of that show, infact I plan on auditioning for that show, I happen to like the concept because it encompasses my most enjoyable hobby in the world - Travel. For me, with that show, it has never been the characters, although, honestly, I have a stupendous crush on Phil Keoghan!

Anyway, I'm not really sure where I was going with this but poor Jannie...I was really rooting for you, I hope you atleast win the $25,000 jury consolation prize :) Cheers!!!