Let us all give thanks this year

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Photo by Micah H.
Photo by Micah H.

As we all gather for Thanksgiving this year, despite what is going on we have a lot to be thankful for. 

There is a lot of discourse in the United States after a long and heated election. It is continuing now after the surprise outcome that many did not see coming.

But we need to be thankful, thankful we live in a country that allows for the discussion and disagreement to take place. There are many countries in the world that do not allow for this to happen.

We need to be thankful that in two months we will have a peaceful transition of the presidency. There have been many transitions of leaders around the world that have not been peaceful.

While we are celebrating we must not forget the history we have to learn from. For this we are thankful because we can learn from it and not make those same mistakes again. This world is closer and more diverse than ever, we need to be sure that people from all backgrounds are safe and protected. 

Finally, we should be thankful for our family and friends. Without them, specifically for me, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I hope that is the same for you too.

If it is not, there are places where you can go to get that love and support. I hope you can find that.

There is a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day in 2016. Let us all pause and think about it and try to combat all th negativity that surrounds us this season. 

My packages are having some good trips trying to find their way to Colorado

I think the US Potal Service is losing its since of geography. I’ve had two issues with deliveries going all over the globe without being delivered to me in Colorado. 

The first one was ordered in mid-July for a gift. It’s was ordered from an entity in London but shipped at the end of the month from Stockholm.  

It made it to San Francisco on August 9 and was scanned a few times in Burlingame and SF through August 18. It was scanned in Los Angeles on August 19 before being scanned in Stockholm again on August 24. It is back in the United States now after being scanned in New York City on August 26. It made it across the Hudson today to Teterboro, NJ. 

Another package that we ordered shipped from Memphis on August 19 but the USPS thought it should go to Guam where it was scanned on August 24. It made it to Hawaii on August 26 where it remains today. 

Hope my packages are having fun and will someday make it to Colorado. 

What You Don’t Know About The Do Not Call List

I was having a quite wonderful evening until 9:22 when Promark Research Corporation called. I then learned that the Do Not Call List doesn’t apply to them.
While I removed myself from their call list, I’m not to happy that our elected officials sold us out and excluded companies like that. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

What I think that got me upset was that they called after 9 am in the evening. Im still not sure they are supposed to call that late. No research firm shouldn’t be able to call that late. They sounded offended that I was upset.

Promark, get a clue and a conscious. The business you are in and how you are doing it is unethical. You do not get good information when you make people upset.

Update: While the law exempts from companies seeking opinions or completing surveys, including the call hours, best practices specify that companies should follow the law and restrict calls from 8 AM to 9 PM. Promark doesn’t seem to be following best practices.

The Original Pancake House feels like home

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I had to come down to the Tech Center for a training today. To make sure I got there on time I came early and went to the Original Pancake House on Bellevue.

The 49er flapjacks are wonderful meal to get and adding eggs just makes it a great breakfast.

I’ve been to the founding Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon. The one on Bellevue reminded me of that one even though it was in a strip mall.

What does this photo say about our country today?

20120820-170825.jpgThis photo epitomizes how stupid our country is becoming. People need to figure out things on their own, they don’t need to be told how to do everything.

If we become more dependent on others to tell us how to do things, then the dumbing down of our country will continue.

If you don’t know how to do done thing, experiment with it until you get it to work. Do something for yourself and solve your own problems.

So is it wrong…

To turn left at a stoplight that isn’t changing?
My wife and I (she was in a separate car behind me) were at a stoplight coming out of a park-n-ride and we were waiting for the light to change so we could turn left.

The problem was that it wasn’t changing. We sat there for over 5 minutes waiting for it to change and nothing happened. I think what was happening is that there was a lot of snow on the ground and either we were not in the correct spot or the sensor wasn’t picking us up.

I waited until there was no traffic and safely made a left turn. My wife behind me waited a little longer but turned right not wanting to break the law and turn left against a red light.

So the question is, was it wrong to turn left against a red light when it wasn’t changing?