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Pet Peeves

   Gerty  There are so many things that have changed due to the communications revolution...BUT...none so annoying as the ability to ignore a phone call!!

I am aware of daily-day-to-days pressures on people. I do not spend an inordinate amount of time on the phone because of hearing difficulties. I enjoy conversations with the many members of my family. Yet, the phone call keeps ringing and no one answers! Why!?!

The best answer I can get to that question is another fact of the communications revolution. Everyone has his/her own phone. "If my phone ain't ringin', it ain't for me!!"

Note to self: Contact attorney--contemplating serious changes in will.
April 29 at 10:54 EST .

   8 people like this.

   Bettijo  Gerty, I, too, have a hearing disability. I am totally deaf in my left ear and have severe hearing loss in right. I wear a hearing aid in right hear, but they cannot fit me for one in my left. It is so bad that I avoid using the phone for business purpose and just plain forget it if the customer service representative is in Pakistan or English is his second language.

I saw a phone advertised that really caught my attention and I ordered it from manufacturer (do not order for third party ). I just LOVE it. It is CapTel 840i manufactured by Ultratec and made for hearing impaired individuals. It has a screen about 6 or 7 inches square which prints out what the person on the other end of the line is saying (like closed caption TV ). It has answering machine which also makes use of the screen if the caller leaves a message. It has large buttons, clearly marked buttons for "Flash," "Redial," "Mute," and "Tone." You can adjust the volume with button and light below keypad. It stores numbers in a phone book or you can manually dial them. It keeps a history of incoming calls (caller id ) until you delete them. I have had it about a year and don't know how I ever got along with out it.

I paid $99.99 for it and a representative of the company delivered it and helped me set it up and taught me how to use it.

On the few occasions I have had a problem (very rare ) or a question, I have a button which says "Customer Service," which I press and am immediately connected to a live human being! Imagine!

I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone with a hearing disability. And, as I said, I love mine. (The company should hire me as their spokesman! )
16 hours ago .

   Bettijo  That should be "from a third party." One more thing, it comes with an instruction manual written in English (not technogobble ) which is easy to read and follow. Something else you need to know before buying one, it has to plug into an electrical outlet, the phone jack, AND connects to your computer with a USB cable.
16 hours ago .

   Flaming Sword  Postmen and women who cannot (or are too lazy to ) read..Box at the end of the street will all our individual boxes. Almost any evening you can watch people going to their neighbor's door to give them their mail. How I miss the individual delivery to the front door mailbox. Especiallly when it's pouring, or cold, or I'm in my "can't go outside dressed like this" clothes.
April 26 at 15:12 EST .

   12 people like this.

   BirdsNest  We have a PO box and they cannot manage to put our mail in our box. One woman took our mail to another post office because we live closer to that one. She did not want to bring it to us at our home because she doesn't know us and she had opened the envelope by mistake.
April 28 at 08:18 EST .

   Gerty  I hear what you are saying. However, my problem is UPS. There is a one-word difference in street names for some of our neighbors. We regularly get packages for those who live several miles from us, but DH insists on delivering these packages himself.

I wonder what UPS would do if I send them a bill for the deliveries we make FOR THEM?
April 29 at 11:02 EST .

   Flaming Sword  Gerty,
Raise Cain with them. I get a lot of UPS packages and this used to happen to me a lot. I got fed up and started calling and really giving them heck every time, and insisting on the name of the employee I was talking to. It stopped. Hasn't happened in 6 mo or more. I think that driver got a serious butt chewing. Maybe they're tired of their bad PR?
April 29 at 16:02 EST .

   Balogreene  Drivers in Virginia! Today I was on Rte 123, waiting to turn onto Rte 1. Since I had the red light, I, and the guy next to me waited. Rte 1's light turned red, a car in it's left turn lane moved a little. Our lite turned green, the car on rte 1 moved more. The car next to me and I were not very fast on the uptake. The person with the EXTREME red light turned left, in front of us.
April 24 at 21:10 EST .

   6 people like this.

   Gram77  Following road rules plus maintaining courtesy seems to be gone.
April 26 at 09:32 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Escaped commieny  It's drivers in every state !! Try being 75 ft long, bright orange, 80K lbs and expected to stop on a dime.
April 26 at 15:41 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Ole buzzard  Having my knees sound off like a bowl of Rice Krispies every time I stand up!
April 20 at 18:32 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Gerty  Mr. Buzz--welcome to the club!!
April 27 at 04:46 EST .

   Gram77  May I please put Hubby on this Wall.......just for the day? :(
April 20 at 11:09 EST .

   8 people like this.

   HopeandGlory  I hear ya Gram . . . and you certainly may.

As my saintly Mother used to say when she was "Browned Off" . . . "Life gets kinda tedious donit!" . . . Smile!
April 20 at 17:29 EST .

  4 people like this.

   Balogreene  Just remember guys, we don't all have hubbies to put on the wall, and sort of (only sort of ) wish we did. (smile )
April 20 at 19:25 EST .

  3 people like this.

   BirdsNest  I have a hubby and some days he gets on my last good nerve, but then he says something so totally sweet all is forgiven. Sometimes I forget he is so ill.
April 24 at 08:18 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't know how my friends here on the Connection feel about Walmart but I love it---especially since we have one in a delightful little village just over the State line. The store is vermin free (in more ways than one ) and the help are just that---helpful in every way!

So, what am I doing here on the "Pet Peeves" wall?

Evidently, the powers that be for Walmart are engaging in a little bit of bait and switch which I did not appreciate today!

Rows and rows of merchandise were lined up in various parts of the store. A huge sign was posted above each of these aisles labeled CLEARANCE. As I viewed the items from row to row, I noticed several I had purchased at a prior visit to this same store and the price of the item was exactly the same. Now, that's strange, I thought. Why are they here on the clearance shelves? Doesn't 'clearance' carry the connotation of 'marked down'?

Yes it does---unless you are in Walmart's!! They have taken the low road and opted for the exact meaning of 'clearance'. That is, stuff they want to clear out of the store! And that does not mean any discount on the original price!

Be aware, people. If one or two of the article are marked down, it will clearly be shown. If not, you won't find out until check-out...or worse, when you get home!

PS I pointed this out to one of the lovely office people and DID receive a 10% discount on an item I was buying---for my 'inconvenience'.
April 10 at 19:17 EST .

   11 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  A little story here: I was green as grass, about 19 and had a job in the house-ware dept of a high end dept. store, Fowlers. We had pressure cookers on the shelf for 19.99, they put an ad out for these advertised for 29.95 on sale for 19.95, I went upstairs to ad and said hey wait, we are only going 4 cents off, I was told sit down, shut up or lose your job. Blinkers off, no more Mayberry for me.
April 11 at 11:40 EST .

  5 people like this.

   MeiDei  Along with your experience EC, those outlet stores sell merchandise made especially for them, more so than overstock from their regular retail stores. It's not necessarily a "bait & switch" - it's mostly to keep the shelves full & customers interested.
April 20 at 10:36 EST .

   RedWhiteBlue  Not really a pet peeve and I don't know where to post this question. Even though we are signed on on Lucianne, why do we also have to resign on at this website using the same logon? I just thought if we are already logged on at the other place that it would transfer over to here. Anyone? Thanks.
April 5 at 11:59 EST .

   14 people like this.

   RedWhiteBlue  I was shocked at how many over the counter meds are in boxes instead of bottles. I did my yearly clean-out of the med container and was annoyed actually. They are the worst things to store, they take up much more room, the meds are in those blister things inside the boxes (UGH!, they don't stand up nice, falling over, etc. I don't remember so many meds coming in boxes in the past. I LIKE MY MEDS TO BE IN BOTTLES! And now some prescription meds come in those blister packs. I was taking them out for mom to put in the med weekly thingy and man, some broke up as I was pushing them, etc. I did ask the pharmacist if they can get those meds loose and in a bottle...he reluctantly said yes but they are the ones that have to push them out and put them in a bottle. Some come from the manufacturer in those nasty blister packs.

Just another pet peeve added to my list. TeeHee.
April 5 at 11:56 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Gerty  Just found out what you were talking about, RW&B. The prescription I picked up this morning now comes in those blister packs. I had to take a pair of scissors to it!
April 10 at 18:49 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Carmen  A dangerous example of this is the Benedryl in those little blister packs. When you are stung by a bee and are allergic, you don't have time or patience to open up multiple little packets that aren't user-friendly even when you are calm!
April 23 at 13:33 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Straitpath  I am a mother of seven and I dearly love them and their spouses. I am the oldest of eight siblings whose families I love very much. I have thirty four grandchildren that I love very much. With that many people to deeply love and be concerned about, and with life's trials my life is a series of big and small worries, as is natural. I lost a dearly loved brother in November to an accident. My beloved daughter just suffered a miscarriage. I have two drug addict teen grandsons who are ruining their lives. I have two granddaughters who are contemplating marrying apparently the wrong men. I have much faith, but I get worn out. Tonight I got the message that a grandson was involved in a daredevil ski accident and was apparently paralyzed. His 27 year old brother and another married grandson were with him when the accident occurred. I go into action trying to find out what was going on, how badly was he hurt, trying to contact his parents, etc. finally the 27 year old brother says April Fools. Cruel.
April 1 at 22:16 EST .

   11 people like this.

   MeiDei  As the mother of a son who was paralyzed in a freak auto accident I felt the air sucked out of you - I hope you had a brilliant come-back to the 27 year old. 7 children + 34 grandchildren, God Bless You.
April 3 at 09:55 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't know if I will ever learn my lesson ~but~ buying on line is such a convenience!

I also don't know if I should mention names, so I won't. Suffice it to say, buying from a company who is in China and deals ONLY from China is not a good idea. They have you over a barrel. Trying to return an item--no matter how good the reason--is an expensive lesson in futility!

Evidently, they have a different idea of what is 'truth in advertising'. They also seem to have a totally different sizing system, perhaps more suited to the Asian stature. Finally, this particular company (widely advertised throughout the internet and facebook ) has adopted the lowest methods of treating consumers from their American counterparts!
Summary: I finally got a refund through Paypal but it took two and a half months and $55 (the cost of returning the item to CHINA ). Don't care! Learned an expensive lesson. Will not ever buy anything directly from China again.
March 25 at 14:06 EST .

   14 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  Well Miss Gerty it is not just China ! I have been buying from Puritan Pride vitamins for years and yesterday received an email for a $15. credit automatically applied to my order. I use their website for research and specials and placed my order for $175., when the receipt printed there was no credit, so I called, Jennifer said call back in 30 minutes, the order hasn't processed, so I waited, called back and was on hold for over 10 minutes. I called again, this time for 'place an order' instead of customer service, well they transferred me for another wait, finally they said they would give me 5% off the next order, my response THERE WON'T BE A NEXT ORDER AND CANCEL THIS ONE
March 26 at 18:30 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I used Puritan instead of my favorite Life Extention Foundation for the price, but I guess you get what you pay for. They aren't cheap even with the membership discount, but I know where they live in Maitland and Fort Lauderdale and trust them, so I will pay the higher price for the quality and customer service.
March 27 at 16:40 EST .

  7 people like this.

   RedWhiteBlue  I've baught a couple of things fromebay and amazon...and not realizing that it's being shipped from china. That fact sometimes is not obvious. Well, after waiting 2-3 MONTHS to receive them....I clearly forgot I ordered these things....and they are ever junkier than the junk we get here!!! I do wish that there was a way that these websites would WARN shoppers that the junk is literally coming on a slow boat from china. since then i really am critically nosy about where these products are coming from. It would be nice if they all had a place that we can PERMANENTLY mark off stuff from china so that we don't make that mistake again.
April 5 at 11:46 EST .

  7 people like this.

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