Category Archives: Living in Florida

Toto! We are not in Kansas anymore…

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Hello! Hollywood!

Not a lot of Bookstores in South Florry…

The Conciege at the glamorous hotel laughed when I aked him where a bookstore was located downtown.

After the big laugh, he reminded me South Florry was famous for reading

50 Shades of Gray.

That “tome”  was the “most read” book in Florida.

Really? 

Larry the Librarian

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Ikea hates me…and you and you…

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With bright shiny faces, brimming with optimism, we placed our order in person. We purchased the Double Dresser and Mirror, and paid for the delivery and installation of the furniture.

Confirmed Delivery was clearly slated for be Thursday between 10:00  and 2:00pm.  

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We both had full calendars at work and so we hired an assistant to be on site to receive the merchandise and oversee the delivery and installation.

Thursday, at 8:00 am, GoodWill  removed the large antique dresser we were replacing. We had carefully emptied all the clothes, shoes and various items ready to put them in the brand, new dresser in a few hours. 

Katie, our Assistant, waited….There were no calls to confirm the arrival. She read and re- read the agreement and knew Ikea would certainly be efficient and on time.

Wrong on both accounts.

She started by calling the infamous 800 number…She spoke to three people who assured her they would be right back or connect her to a superior. Zip, Nada, Zero.

She was on hold for two hours. The first go around.

Based on Katie’s report, I called. I know a thing or two about Customer Service. The first time the Ikea person said they would right back, I was put on hold for 30 minutes.  Somebody else came on, and put me on hold; 15 minutes later,  I was assured me that Laura would call me the following day at 1 o’clock to iron out the delivery problems and line up the furniture  delivery for two days later.

Meanwhile, our entire bed and floor was covered with suits, jackets, shirts, ties and dozens of carefully organized shoes were lining the walls.

 What problems?

Laura did not call. 

We got back on the phone, gave anyone who would listen, our Case Number.

Somebody near the delivery department indicated the delivery wouldn’t happen that day and they would get back to us.

(I made the mistake of glancing at online reviews…the barrage of complaints went on for pages and pages- in multiple languages. Yikes.)

Like heck?!

There is no way I was going to take that for an answer. Naturally, I asked speak to supervisor, there were no supervisors, they put me on hold again. Another two hours.

I cleaned out the refrigerator, the hall closet and three drawers while on hold.

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 The Following Day, I scrutinized every line of dozens of IKEA reviews and got more and more depressed as I realize thousands of people were irate upset and incensed by ICKEA’s inefficiency and general disregard for any semblance of professionalism.

There were volumes of horror stories written by poor IKEA customers.

We thought we would be the exception. We had dotted all the “i’s” and crossed all the “t’s” and prepaid for the delivery and the merchandise and the installation. We were on the IKEA Mad Not So Merry Go Round for three days before we spoke to a human who cared.Untitled-2

This is a warning.

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Things don’t go better with The Evil Koch Bros…

We don’t have the luxury of time…

The Things Go Worse with Koch Brothers are bankrolling politicians…

 

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Psst!  Things don’t go better with The infamous Koch Brothers

Shocking: The Volume of Koch Industries‘ Toxic Output leaves you gasping for air:

Guess Who are the Top 30 Polluters in America?

According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute, only THREE companies rank among the Top 30 Polluters of America’s air, water and climate:

  1. ExxonMobil
  2. American Electric Power
  3. Koch Industries

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How now Koch – Pollutants are Dumped!

Thanks to Koch’s paper-mill giant Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries dumps more pollutants into the nation’s waterways than General Electric and International Paper combined.

Koch ranks 13th in the nation for Toxic Air Pollution <gasp>

Koch’s Climate Pollution – outperforms Oil Giants like Valero, Chevron and Shell.

Gassed!

Across its businesses, Koch generates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year.

 

See:  The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party – by Frank Rich – New York Times

 

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“Koch and his brother David Koch have quietly assembled, piece by piece, a privatized political and policy advocacy operation like no other in American history that today includes hundreds of donors and employs 1,200 full-time, year-round staffers in 107 offices nationwide.

That’s about 3½ times as many employees as the Republican National Committee and its congressional campaign arms had on their main payrolls last month, according to POLITICO’s analysis of tax and campaign documents and interviews with sources familiar with the network.”

And the staggering sum the network plans to spend in the 2016 election run-up ― $889 million ― is more than double what the RNC spent in the previous presidential cycle.”

 

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/koch-brothers-network-gop-david-charles-217124#ixzz3wI8fL43O

We don’t have the luxury of time…The things Go Worse with Koch Brothers are bankrolling politicians…

 

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Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-koch-brothers-toxic-empire-20140924#ixzz3oSboE3R7

 

You could warm Mars up, over time, with greenhouse gases.
Elon Musk

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What are The A, B, C’s of Florida?

 

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Found written on a piece of paper at the Dunkin Donuts at Trump Tower:

PHLORIDA…Florida… from A-Z

Alligators

Bugs, insects, cucarachas, 

Canals

Dunkin donuts on every corner

Emi-grays – Senior citizens from foreign lands

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Gray-matters? 

Hurricanes

Intracoastal Yacht Envy

Jellyfish

KFC on every corner

Lizards, geckos, salamanders, reptiles! Oh, no!

MYAMMY…

No one Says, “excuse me, pardon me, thank you.”

OMG! The Snow Birds have landed

Panthers, Palmettos, and Palm trees

Quickest, rudest, worst, drivers in 50 states

Russians really roam ’round the state

Snowbirds and Snow Flakes

Tornado watch – Earthquakes? Who knew?

UV Rays demand daily sunscreen, hat, and dark glasses

Various Versatile vandals and scam artists abound

Water, water, everywhere

X-rated, hard core, taxi drivers everywhere

Youthful face lifts, tucks, butt-lifts, sculpting: the rage

Zero tolerance for aging? Plastic surgeons to the rescue

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Something is rotten in the state of Florida

In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush, but still lost the election.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Florida gave Bush that pivotal state, and doomed Gore to lose the Electoral College.

That odd scenario – where the candidate with the most votes loses – has happened three times in U.S. history.

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Just try to cancel the New York Times online

Mary’s first job after college – just a temporary gig- was to be a telephone solicitor for a Mortuary and Cemetery.

She thought she was hired because she was smart, attractive and a college graduate. Then she met her fellow telephone solicitors.

The training took 20 minutes. Brunhilde, the trainer, gave everybody a binder, and instructed candidates not to open the binder. 

Brunhilde, the sales manager said something about completing a quota of phone calls every 30 minutes. The goal was to reach out and speak to people and tell them about the wonderful mortuary and cemetery deals the company offered. If anyone expressed an interest, the call was directed to her, the Big Guns across the desk. If anyone had a question or “Stop order” (AKA stop calling me)  all you would have to do is look at the tabs in the binder, find a similar topic, open and read the comment to the potential customer. There was an answer for each comment or question.

Example: We can’t afford it. Binder: Try The Layaway Plan

Mary lasted three days doing phone calls – fielding questions, complaints, inquiries, hang ups and not making one single sale. A learning disaster.

What she did learn was how to deal with telephone solicitors.

FlashForward and Mary’s effort to  cancel her online New York Times subscription.

She went to her online account and clicked “Cancel” which immediately took her to another window – where she was prompted, nay coerced, to call the New York Times or start “A chat.”

There was no way out

She called the 800-number and spoke to Tiffany – as succuinctly as possible she said she wanted to cancel her account.

Tiffany wanted more. She pressed why was Mary canceling. To close the conversation, Mary said she was moving. (Wrong answer, Binkie!)

Tiffany said to hold the line. Mary realized Tiffany was going for the Big Guns – the Brunhilde. Seconds later, a gravelly, female voice greeted Mary and reconfirmed the fact that Mary wanted to cancel her account.

The woman asked her “why” she was canceling. Mary replied it was “personal.”  The deep throated woman pressed again, and asked why.

 Mary replied, “I do believe I just told you it was personal.  I want to cancel my account today.”

Again, the pushy-pushy broad tried.  UPS was knocking at the doo, Mary said she had to go.

And, pushy old Big Guns would not give up. She tenaciously growled she had one another question. Big Guns launched into “Do you realize you are giving up the best journalism et cetera et cetera et cetera blah blah blah?”

Mary said, “Yes, please cancel the account.”

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
― Maya Angelou

Disastrous

Cannabis Candy? Hoax or panacea?

The women in the book club had been friends for decades.

There was hardly a secret between them.  Until Joanie and her  perpetual insomnia battle ended abruptly.

One meeting, she arrived bounding with energy and brimming with enthusiasm. She announced she had finally found a pancaea for her sleep deprivation.  Most of the gals assumed she was back on Ambien. 

Joanie had all the girls sit down with wine glasses filled. She shared her most recent foray into research for a Good Night’s Sleep. She cut to the chase and admitted she discovered that an old friend had a medical marijuana license and had “turned her onto” some fabulous cannabis chocolate edibles to induce sleep. You could hear a pin drop.

The ladies in the book club perked up. The more Joanie bragged about sleeping through the night, the more fascinated  the women were with this new product. Many of them suffered from insomnia, too.

Joanie told them about Green Health Consultants and an RN, Eloise Thiesen, with  whom she had booked an appointment with for the next week.

They agreed to meet the next week, and rather than discussing books, they would be discussing yummy edibles, and medical cannabis. And, so it begins

 

Yes, you can Call Eloise Theisen, RN who counsels patients on how to use cannabinoids safely and effectively to treat illnesses and reduce the intake of pharmaceuticals.

She provides patients with phone, office and in-home counseling, and individualized treatment plans developed in collaboration with dietitians and patients’ doctors.

 

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Berry Bites…

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Bloomberg for President

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When #45 grows weary of this President gig…

and Pence ( and Mother)  can’t stand the heat in Washington

let’s take a look at “The Best Replacement” Michael Bloomberg

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Although Bloomberg served as a Republican mayor, many of his views lean towards the left of the political spectrum.

He is an avowed advocate for fighting climate change and recently donated

$30 million to the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign.

There is no such thing as CLEAN COAL

While Trump and his cronies extol the ‘virtues of coal’ the reality is that it represents an ever-shrinking portion of the American workforce, and is hugely destructive to the environment. There is no such thing as “clean coal.”

Bloomberg’s announcement is good for anyone who cares about the health of American cities and the global health of the environment.

It’s a key first step towards navigating around Trump’s gleefully nihilistic policies but is still only a first step.

For the nation to prosper, more prominent business and tech magnates need to rise to the occasion and offer similar programs.

All Hail, Bloomberg!

Heroes:

Mayors for Climate Protection meet in Miami – sidestepping  #45

“..Rather than bemoan President Trump’s decision this month to pull out of the Paris Agreement, an accord signed by 195 nations to battle rising temperatures, many Republican and Democratic mayors here said the move had re-energized them.

A separate effort by Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, and a group whose members call themselves the Climate Mayors also picked up support here; more than 300 mayors have signed a document to abide by the Paris accord and “intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ climate goals.”

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