April 2009



These are some popular suggestions of 10 things to do when you are bored for a short period of time
Blink wildly and then close your eyes really tight for an interesting light show.
See how long you can hold a note.
Try to not think about penguins.
Use your secret mind power
Pick a passing by and try to use your mind power to command them do something, like drop their bag or knock into someone. The law of averages dictates that sooner or later one of your mind commands will come true, so you can convince yourself that you really have super human powers and waste even more time trying them out.
Pretend you’re a robot
Scratch yourself
Repeat the same word over and over until it loses its meaning
Pinch yourself
Pretend to be a car

Ok I never thought of doing any of those things, if I was bored. Call me crazy, but my list goes like this.
Watch TV
Listen to music
Call someone
Surf the internet
Read
Sing randomly to the dog
Eat something
Go for a walk
Doodle
Clean out my purse
Write

I guess those popular suggestions were written by a man.

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Happy Earth day to you
Happy Earth day to you
Haaappy Earth day to yoooohhhoooo
Happy Earth day to you!
(sing with the Happy Birthday tune)
I am thinking what kind of stuff can I do to celebrate Earth day.
Since the weather has cooled down a bit may take a nature walk.
Use only one lamp tonight.
Try and use public transportation.
Express gratitude to our Mother Earth.
EAT CAKE!


Now that it is over whew!
Check out the few deductions that I heard people made and the IRS accepted.

Cat- as pest Control.
Dog- as a security system.
OB-GYN visit- as maintenance and repair.
Toilet paper- Office supplies.

People can sure get creative with their deductions.


I finally am able to get on the Internet again. You know it does not seem possible that I use the Internet all the often, (hehehe) I sure do. I was missing logging on and navigating from one site to the next like some seasoned explorer.
My modem died, I found it floating on it belly one afternoon after work. I was going to flush it down the toilet, but had a second thought; maybe my Internet provider would replace it for free. Yeah and gophers fly!
They did replace it but I had to take out another contract with them and wait a lifetime for the new modem to come in. Well the lifetime of a Gastrotrich, three days, if you factor in the weekend, 5 days.
When the modem arrived, I carefully hooked it up and proceeded to have a problem loading the program to my computer. I call the technical line for help.
This is how the call went.
Good afternoon this is David, I am going to provide you with technical support. Is your phone number blablabla? Who am I speaking with?
Thank you Miss. Doookind.
Me: My name is Duncan.
David. One moment please.
Thank you Miss Doookind for holding I appreciate your patience. What is the problem today and how may I assist you? I see we sent you a new modem, did you receive it?
Me: Yes I did and I am having a hard time installing… (David interrupts me)
David: We are here to provide excellent service and we are happy to help you in any way possible. Did you receive your new modem?
Me: Yes, David can you hear me ok?
David: Thank you for calling Ms. Doookind what can I do for you?
Me: I am having problem installing my… (David interrupts me again)
David: What version of windows are you running?
Me: Windows? I am not on Windows.
David: Ms. Doookind could you please log onto Internet explorer?
Me: David I cannot log onto anything, I am stuck with this pop up window… He interrupts again…
David: Ms. Dookind what is on your screen right now?
Me: David I am trying to tell you what I problem is.

This is the way it went on for the whole phone call, which made loading the new modem software take three times as long. At one point I said to David, hey you are not listening to what I am telling you. At that point he asked me, “how are you today?” Then put me on hold and came back and asked, “how are you today?” I said with frustrated voice this is the second time you have asked me that question in less the 2 minutes.
David was reading off a script and was so hung up on this script that he did not listen to my response. I know that customer service is important, but technical support representative reading from a script just does not work for me.