Random Thoughts

When looking for your glasses, always check the top of your head first.

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I think I would ask them to pray for Biden to win the election just to see their reactions.

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I actually do that with socks — grab a pair, throw them over my shoulder, go to the living room where I can put them on, get distracted, remember that I was going to put on socks & shoes, realize that I don’t have a pair of socks in my hands so I’d better go get one, walk all the way back to the bedroom and grab another pair of socks, throw them over my shoulder, repeat until I get a shoulder injury from the weight of all the socks I’ve placed there.

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I’m thinking about how to phrase a post about gifts for the you be the judge thread.

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So, my clothes dryer is broken and the part needed is on 2 week back order. So, this weekend, I washed my clothes in the still working washer, then loaded the wet clothes up and went to the laundromat. As I was loading my clothes in the dryer, an employee came over to me and said “Uhh… sir, that’s a dryer.”

I KNOW!

I’m surprised this isn’t more common. It’s not like washers and dryers break in tandem.

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I mean, I know what he was thinking

“This white guy wearing a designer a Target t-shirt and $20 Wrangler jeans has probably doesn’t know the difference between a washer and a dryer.”

Jokes on him. The reason I can afford $20 Wrangler jeans is because I know the difference between a working washer and a broken dryer.

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For the cost of drying one load of laundry at the laundromat you could have bought some clothespins and strung up a line in your back yard. Just saying…

personally, i would have done the whole load at the laundromat, rather than trudging from one place to the other with a load of wet laundry

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When my parents got divorced my mom got the washer and my dad got the dryer.

My dad didn’t have much choice but to take the clothes to the laundromat to wash, but he did bring them home wet and throw them in the dryer. He purchased a new washing machine very quickly though… like within a week or two it had been delivered and installed.

My mom had the washer so she washed the clothes in it and strung up lines and line-dried the clothes all summer long and then bought a dryer in the fall when it started raining more frequently. Her money was tight so she appreciated postponing that expense for a few months.

I do recall a time or two running out during a sudden thunderstorm to retrieve clothes on the clothesline. But mostly it worked fine and she continued to line dry clothes in good weather for several more years even with the dryer.

The value of the time and effort saved exceeded the additional cost of going to the laundromat.

Plus, it was raining.

Great way to infuse grass pollen in all your clothes for your allergic household member!

I’m going to lob this at the shithole named Facebook, but it could apply more broadly to any company:

Maybe instead of trying to figure out how to use AI to “enhance the customer experience” FB could do something more simple, like (1) fix its perpetually shitty search function so I could do something like “find a specific post from some date range” or “find a specific user that I’m interested in, instead of a dozen others with the same or similar names that don’t have a goddamn thing to do with who I’m looking for”, and (2) actually provide services that users want so as to increase their happiness, increase user engagement and use that to gather better, more relevant personal data that it can then sell to other companies.

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Generally speaking companies could increase my satisfaction by:

  1. Stop recommending that I use your app and then have the features that I want to use only available on your website. If your app doesn’t work, why are you pushing me onto it?!?!

  2. Stop having your customer service people waste my time asking me lots of questions about how my day is going. Let’s accomplish what needs to be done as quickly and with as little unnecessary conversation as possible. We both have better things to do than make small talk about the weather.

  3. Don’t tell me my account balance unless I ask for it.

  4. Don’t require me to input my account information as a condition for getting to a representative unless that representative is actually going to have my account information once I finally get through.

  5. Do listen to what I’m saying about my issue.

  6. Don’t send me a gazillion surveys about how you did. I guarantee that money is better spent on hiring better and / or more people.

  7. If you put me on hold, just play music. Do not tease me by constantly interrupting the music with a pre-recorded message. Better yet, do the thing where you call me back.

And FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

  1. Stop saying that you are experiencing “higher than normal call volumes” Every.Single.Time I call. It’s insulting that you think I’m that dumb.
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Even better, don’t do that either. You [the company] have horrible taste in “music”.

Eh, if they don’t have the call back option, music is good… I know the call didn’t disconnect, but I don’t have to pay attention to it if it sucks.

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This really deserves to be higher on the list. I freaking hate it when the music cuts and it’s not a person, just some random ‘thanks for your patience’ recording. You got my hopes up!!! The callback option is nice and every company should have this, it can’t cost much to implement that.

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I need to get my butt off the couch.

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i moved mine to the beach chair

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It takes big, big, balls in a custody dispute, to accuse the opposite party of being accident prone when you, yourself, just recently blew out your knee and were temporarily incapacitated enough to need to wear a diaper.

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My childhood home (age 3 to 11) is for sale. Parents bought it for $50k in 1989 and it’s listed for $220k now. I think they sold it for close to $60k in 1997.

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