Utilities. They are never a fun thing to deal with. Today I tried to get my new apartment set up for Internet and Cable. I attempted to do it all online, this makes it so much more easier then having to talk to some stupid sales representative who just wants to give me more stuff then what I really need, but of course the online feature wasn’t working properly and continually sent me back to the homepage. I broke down and called. I had to listen to repeated movie advertisments. “Your normal over the top, over baring, over protective mother played by Diane Keaton loves her daughter Mandy Moore in the hit film “Because I told you so”. A) If someone is over the top they aren’t normal. B) I threw up at the mention of a Mandy Moore movie and C) I DON”T CARE! Finally I got a sales person who tried to sell me a bunch of shit I didn’t want. 45 music channels? No thanks. High Definition? I don’t have a high def TV! An extra phone line? I am only getting this stupid digital voice because it makes my whole package cheaper! They just don’t listen. The customer service is always incredibly horrible. It’s a nightmare talking to these people. It’s like walking into that store “The Buckle” at the mall. Those people practically strip you down and redress you in an outfit so that you’ll buy something.
Not only was the sales girl pushy and annoying, but she made everything extra difficult. I had to spell my name at least 3 times to her. She never took my e-mail address even though I specifically said I wanted to deal with Comcast that way. She told me they have great flexible installation times which turned out to be 9am – 11am, 10am- 1pm, or 1pm – 5pm. Now I work 6 days a week and keep my Sunday’s to myself. None of those times work for me. What, does Comcast not care about people who have normal 9 – 5 jobs? Needless to say, after bitching to her about the ridiculous set up Jennifer (that was her name) revealed to me that they do have a 7am – 9am window. Why didn’t she say that in the first place? What a moron. I scheduled that appointment, but I’ll probably still be late to work. Just as I’m about to finalize my order she comes at me again.
“Adam, did you know that your installation will cost 59.99 but if your bill is over 129.99 a month, just 4 dollars more then your current bill then installation will only be 29.99? You should buy Showtime movie channels, it’s just 10.00 dollars more.” What a scam. They purposely set that 129.99 limit to kill anyone who gets the Comcst Triple Play. It’s horrible. These people don’t give a shit about the customers. It’s insulting. I agree to her non-sense so she’ll leave me alone. Then she hits me again, “oh, Adam, it seems you have a previous balance with Comcast that dates back to March of 2005. It’s for $175.00 at Carson St. in Muncie. Hmmmm, that’s funny. I moved out of Muncie in December ’04. After I graduated. And had transferred my account over to my roommate Stacey. Lucky for me, Stacey left my name on the account and either my roommates neglected to pay the final bill or Comcast is raping me. Either way I was pissed. I took care of the problem and told Jennifer I hated Comcast with a passion and that they were always taking advantage of people. She didn’t respond.
“well, is there anything else I can help you with Adam?” Yeah, how about a loan so I can afford to live. I went off on another tangent to her about how I think the installation is crap. Just mail me the boxes and softwear I can install it. Oh no, the installation guy has to turn the jacks on. So I am paying $60.00 so he can flip a fucking switch. What a waste. I told Jennifer I was unsatisfied with Comcast but that I was trapped with them. She said goodye and something about being Comcastic. I wanted to kill her. It was my only solution to our ongoing conversation. Comcastic? I should sue. Shetlandponytastic may not be that cool, but I had that name long ago. I hung up. Twenty-Seven minutes. It took Twenty Seven minutes! What a waste. If the online feature had worked I would have had it done in 3 minutes. I hate Comcast. I hate utilities. And I HATE TALKING TO SALES PEOPLE ON THE PHONE! Whew, much better.
I keep telling myself, Adam, tonight and all weekend you are going to sit at home and pack up things in your apartment. I don’t want to though. That’s no fun at all. I’d much rather just go out and have a good time. Maybe I could do late night drunken packing? That could be fun! Or I could have a packing party, just invite friends over and make them all pack my things for me while I supervise with a bull whip and martini. Yes, that sounds much more fun. Who wants to come?
Anyhow, I realized yesterday that trying to help people out can backfire on you sometimes. Where is the reliability in the world? I am scheduling new events for the Red Cross today which is a relief. We need to get ourselves out in the public eye more often. They have new Gatorade AM flavors. Will this really make me awake in the morning? Doubt it.
Alright, I gotta jet. But one last thing, I looked up Shetland Ponies on wikipedia, awesome. I got apple juice at the gas stationt his morning. more awesome. And 309 has a picture of himself in a Speedo on Facebook. Not awesome. I was quit terrified.
Well, here we are again. How are you doing? Seriously, play along, answer my question out loud. NOW. ok, anyway, works been brochure-maina lately. I just don’t understand why people are calling me and asking em to attend a health fair that is the next day. Don’t they plan ahead? Wouldn’t you give me notice? Sadly, I have to decline their offer of attendance and just mail them some…brochures, or literature if you will. Red Cross is always something new, but it’s just not enough. I am applying for new jobs daily now.
I finally started packing up my apartment. It’s gonna be a warzone there shortly. I haven’t a clue as to what I am gonna do with some of the crap I’ve collected. It just tends to pile up ya know. I should really report that the ISO LedZeppelin show I went to was astounding. When the vocalist started Immigrant song, I just thought of Aubrie. Sing it outloud. NOW! AAAAAAHHHHHH. It was an amazing event and I hope I get to see more like it soon. I love outdoor live music. It’s unbeatable. After the show I had cocktails with some friends from college, it was nice to see these people and it made me wonder why I don’t do more with them or create a better friendship with them since we all live in Indy.
Other then that I think things have been pretty normal. I have started to get people at Big Daddied to say Waka Bamm, it’s a great word to say. Say it outloud. NOW! Thanks. didn’t it feel good? Well, I am off to continue my work day, possible karaoke tonight and possible Indians game as well. I can’t decide. I really need to go shopping and find a birthday present for my sister.
P.S. Missi is by far my most frequent visitor to my Xanga. thanks Miss!
And what an eventful weekend it was. Friday was loads of fun as I helped coordinate an event with the United States Olympic Commitee and the American Red Cross. The event turned out extremely well and we fo ra lot of new business of out it. I celebrated by going to Big Daddies and drinking naturally. It was a great time, except for one person who felt the need to publicly embarass me. Needless to say, I felt uncomfortable and left. A few more drinks and then off to my apartment where I cleaned and watched movies Saturday I worked at Big Daddies where time creeped by at the pace of a dying snail. It was horrible and utterly unbareable. It was all made up for though when I arrived back home and met up with the incredibly awesome Lizbian and Caleb. We had an awesome time exploring “The Flannel Turkey”, a new lesbian bar. We even joined the Gobble or Bust club. Anyhow, we later ventured to Talbot Street, someplace I had never been. I had a great time and really look foward to going back. The night was awesome, aside from running into my annoying uncle. After Steak N Shake it was off to bed. I awoke in a daze and felt completely exhausted but knew I had another long work day ahead of me. An open to close Big Daddies shift wasn’t what I needed, but after making around $200 I changed my mind. Anyhow, I’m back to work at Red Cross and ready for whatever the week wants to throw at me. I am suppose to go to a Led Zeppelin symphony concert on Friday, but I don’t have anyone to go with now. Any takers? Hope everyone had a great weekend, and remember even Shetlands love apple juice.
I borrowed this one from Beth, looks like next year it is. creepy.
How old are you going to be when you get married?
Put an X in every box that applies to you
[x] You know how to make a pot of coffee
[ ] You keep track of dates using a calendar
[ ] You own more than one credit card
[x] You know how to change the oil in a car
[x] You’ve done your own laundry
[ ] You vote in every election
[x] You can cook for yourself
[ ] You think politics are exciting
TOTAL SO FAR: 4
[ ] You show up for school/college/work every day early
[x] You always carry a pen in your bag/purse
[ ] You’ve never gotten a detention
[ ] You have forgotten your own birthday at least once
[x] You like to take walks by yourself
[x] You’ve watched talk shows
[x] You know what ‘credibility’ means without looking it up
[ ] You drink coffee at least once a week
TOTAL SO FAR: 8
[ ] You know how to do the dishes
[ ] You can count to 10 in another language
[ ] When you say you’re going to do something you do it
[x] My parents trust me
[x] You can mow the lawn
[x] You can make adults laugh without being stupid
[ ] You remember to water the plants
[x] You study when you have to
[x] You pay attention at school/college/work
[x] You remember to feed your pets
TOTAL SO FAR: 14 (I don’t have plants or pets, so I feel cheated)
[x] You can spell ‘experience’ without looking it up
[ ] You work out on a regular basis
[x] you clean up your own mess
[ ] the people at Starbucks know you by name
[x] Your favorite kind of food is take out
[ ] The first thing you do when you wake up is get caffeine
[x] You can go to the store without getting something you don’t need
[ ] You understand political jokes the first time they are said
[x]You can type quickly
TOTAL SO FAR: 19
[x] You have realized that the weather forecast changes every hour
[ ] Your only friends are from your place of employment
[ ] You have been to a tupperware party
[x] You have realized that no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job
[x] You have more bills than you can pay
[ ] Most of all your friends are older than you are
[x] You can say no to staying out all night
[x] you use the internet every day
[x] Your wardrobe hasn’t changed in a while
[x] You can read a book and actually finish it
TOTAL ADDED UP: 26
I attend my first Health and Safety fair for the American Red Cross tomorrow. It should be an interesting day to say the least. It’s only 4 hours, and I am going with one of my cool office co-workers so I am excited about that. The real bummer about doing events like this is transporting all the materials. We have 1200 brochures, 400 mouse pads, Candy, a giant table cloth and table banner, a table display which weighs more then me and who knows what else. The event is taking place in a building on the circle, not exactly easy to navigate. I have a feeling I am going to be carrying LOTS of stuff around the city. It won’t be fun.
Other then that, things are transpiring pretty normally around here. Yesterday I got to relax after work and play guitar hero with my friend Amanda. She’s a natural. My sister and I are supposed to be playing X-Men Legends this week sometime, but lord knows when. These are the highlights of my life. Sad.