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?

The U.S. Postal Service Makes Use of False Advertising and Lies

The U.S. Postal Service are a bunch of liars and are getting away with false advertising.
I shipped a box to California from Colorado using Priority Mail from the U.S. Postal Service on December 18. Throughout all their documentation and advertising they say a Priority Mail shipment will be delivered within 2-3 business days.

In addition, they said if you wanted something to arrive by Christmas using Priority Mail, you had to ship it by December 21.

Well the package I shipped on December 18 failed to arrive. In addition, three Priority Mail envelopes that I shipped on December 20 that said would arrive on Thursday, December 23 failed to arrive.

So all the advertising that promises delivery in 2-3 days is a lie. If any other company was to do that and make those claims they would get hit up with false advertising.

When I called to complain, the Postal Service said that the 2-3 days is not guaranteed and it is only a guideline. Priority Mail is also not available for refunds. They said that they were out trying to deliver all the packages, but they probably had too many.

I met all their requirements and deadlines. They failed to meet their responsible service levels.

I’m sorry USPS, but if you can’t meet what you say you don’t deserve to be in business. No wonder your business model is failing. Failing miserably.

You just ruined Christmas for this family.