Archive | October, 2006

Happy Halloween from Little Miss

31 Oct

Little Miss would like to wish you a Happy Halloween on her first celebration of the holiday.

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Happy Halloween

31 Oct

Little Miss would like to wish you a Happy Halloween on her first celebration of the holiday.

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Daylight Savings Time

28 Oct

I’ve always hated Daylight Savings Time. It completely sucks having it be dark when I get off of work, or close to dark. But this year, I’m dreading it more than ever, because the people that thought up this brainy idea must not have had a baby at home and a job to get to.

I’ve been trying to get Little Miss to stay up later in the hopes that she’ll sleep later all this week, but it hasn’t worked. In fact, she has been waking up earlier — sometimes at 6am, which after tomorrow will really be 5am. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to go to work and function, but as it is, I’m dreading this.

Any tips?

I’d Give This a Witty Title, But I have A Baby Toy Blaring In My Ear

23 Oct

Yesterday, we went for a hike to enjoy the Fall leaves in the Sierras. It was a beautiful day until our dog Tucker decided to run away.

He had never done this before, but next thing we knew, he was gone, and we were calling for him and he was gone.

We retraced our steps, calling for him and whisteling, and no sign of him. We then drove up a dirt road next to the trail with the window down as we whistled and called for him.

I had visions of him being eaten by a bear.

When we had finally given up looking for our black dog in the pitch of darkness, we started to drive away, and our little black dog ran in front of the truck.

I could have strangled him, but refrained.

JB is sitting next to me playing with one of Little Miss’s toys and trying to annoy me so that I’ll get off the computer. I guess he’s winning. Good night, all.

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Is it just me…

23 Oct

Is it just me, or is the formatting on my site all screwed up?!

Now what have I done?!

Google Issue Resolved — Two Weeks Later

23 Oct

I couldn’t believe my shock on Sunday when I opened my Hotmail account (thank you, Microsoft) to find this message from Google:

“We have completed an extenaive investigation of your account and are re-enabling your access to this account. The account settings have been restored to the first name, last name, and secondary email address that you provided.”

Low and behold, I followed their directions, and was back in my infamous account within minutes.

Now was that so hard, Google?!

But what cracks me up is that after well over a week of silence on their end, they say they did “an extenaive investigation”, which I assume is really an extensive investigation. I think perhaps someone was investigating this site, as their investigation didn’t involve me providing any further information, as I had offered them.

So to conclude my thoughts on Google, they need to have a process in place (ala eBay) to deal with account hackers in a more timely fashion. I know many people think that I wasn’t giving them a fair shake, but really, I don’t think I’m asking too much. And honestly, even if they charged for an upgraded account that came with support that actually responded to you in a timely fashion, I would have been all over that.

But, I’m over Google. I’m clearing out the data on my account and giving it a proper burial. I’m moving on to bigger and better accounts with actual customer service.

I just have to decided where that will be.

But one thing I’ve learned is that blogs are a great medium for customers to get their voice heard. The traffic to my site has sky-rocketed this month. I think as long as bloggers save their rants for valid customer service levels, this will remain one way that us Davids out there can shoot stones at the Golliaths of the world.

Freakonomics on Car Seats

23 Oct

Thanks to my brother, who pointed out this link to the Freakonomics site.

My favorite quotes are as follows:

“On a recent Monday morning, nearly 20 police officers gathered in Clarkstown, N.Y., for a four-day seminar. They had assembled to fight one of modernity’s great scourges: child deaths in motor-vehicle crashes. Each officer was given a 345-page training manual issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). At seminar’s end, each would be certified as a ”child passenger safety technician,” which primarily means that they would be experts in the installation and use of child car seats.

Why does it take four days to learn about car seats? Because any given seat is a tangle of straps, tethers and harnesses built by one of dozens of manufacturers whose products must be secured by the diverse seat-belt configurations of any passenger vehicle sold in the United States. According to the NHTSA manual, more than 80 percent of car seats are improperly installed.”

“So if car seats and booster seats aren’t the safety miracle that parents have been taught to believe, what should they do? The most important thing, certainly, is to make sure that children always ride with some kind of restraint — and, depending on your state, a car seat or booster seat may be the only legal option. On a broader level, though, it might be worth asking this question: Considering that Americans spend a few hundred million dollars annually on complicated contraptions that may not add much lifesaving value, how much better off might we be if that money was spent to make existing seat belts fit children?

My thoughts exactly!