It’s been nice being out of the house this week after isolating for a week with Covid. There are weekends when I don’t leave the house but an entire week was tough. On the plus side I was super productive working remotely and actually enjoyed working from the house this time as opposed to when I did in 2021 because everything was closed.
Microsoft FINALLY released their award-winning Flight Simulator last week on their Cloud Gaming platform and it’s even better than I expected.
I’m a huge Flight Sim fan and used to play for hours when I was younger. The latest version takes its imagery from Bing Maps and can replicate real-time weather conditions in your current location. So it’s about as real as you can get while staying firmly planted on the couch. The Bing maps are a little out of date but it’s pretty easy to visually navigate around town and fly to various landmarks in the area.
And finally… I was robbed last night. Robbed of an hour due to Daylight Saving Time (DST). I had JUST gotten used to the sun rising at 7 am and now we’re back to 8 am for a while. I miss the days when Indiana didn’t change times twice a year. We even had a special Time Zone on computers called “Indiana (East)”. It’s still there last time I checked even though it’s not used anymore.
That’s it for this week. I have a camping & disc golf trip scheduled in a couple of weeks. It’s going to be nice playing outside again.
Now that it’s getting cold outside hot coffee is starting to sound good to me again. I usually only drink hot drinks in the winter while preferring cold any other time. I’ve enjoyed iced coffee all summer since its easy to make using a concentrate I get at the local store.
Remembering I had some money on my Starbucks account I stopped at the location near my office. It’s been a while since I’ve been in here because the service is well below average. They seem to dedicate all of their staff activity to the drive-thru and, even today, they were serving 3-4 people in the drive-thru to every one person in the store.
After I ordered my plain coffee & walked over to the condiment bar for a splash of half-and-half. Wait a minute, the stainless steel thermos is missing! The guy standing next to me saw what I was looking for and said “you have to ask them for it”.
So back to the pickup counter I go and I waited to get someone’s attention. The employees were too busy tripping over each other to get the orders out the little window to notice me standing there. After a few moments I got one of the worker bees attention. “Cream?” I asked. She was already reading my mind and grabbed a little paper cup and proceeded to pour out a couple of ounces of the heavy moo juice. I asked, “do you have one you’d like me to put out on the station”, thinking I would be a nice guy and do them a favor. “No” she said. “We keep it back here now so it doesn’t run out as fast”.
Then it hit me. The Ghetto Latte has gotten so bad they have to ration out the dairy to keep people from cheating the system. I assure you this is a real thing. I’ve seen it time and time again where people turn a couple of shots of espresso over ice into one (or in some cases when they ask for an extra cup) two Lattes saving themselves a few dollars in the process.
Way to stick it to the man cheap skate. I’d be willing to bet that’s your idling car parked crooked in the handicapped spot too. Bonus points if you’re talking on your speaker phone while oblivious to everyones personal space the entire time you’re in the store.
So once again, those who take advantage of things make it inconvenient for others who go with the flow. Say what you want about Starbucks. I know it’s over priced and there are better options out there. In this case it was a choice between office coffee (usually empty), a small Keurig we have in our area (meh, I don’t get the pod thing), or something slightly better.
I’m curious if this practice of keeping the half-and-half behind the counter is a isolated thing at this particular Starbucks or if this is a common practice at other coffee shops too. Anyone else witness a Ghetto Latte in the making? I’d love to hear your stories!
Earlier this week the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it would stop Saturday mail delivery in August and that’s just fine by me. I say cut it down to 2-3 days a week.
I go to my mailbox a few times a week and it’s full of advertising inserts, credit card offers and stuff I never even look at. I pay my bills online and I rarely, if ever, send any kind of written correspondence, and I’m sure I’m not alone. As a matter of fact, I hate all of the waste generated by direct mail marketing. I didn’t ask for this stuff but I have to take care of getting rid of it…
The USPS is supposed to be able to pay for itself with the fees it charges to use its service but after being “forced” to take a HUGE loan to pre-fund its union pension program it’s become under water to a tune of $15-billion. Yet another example of how unions are not good for business anymore (that’s another post all together).
So far I have not read a lot of complaints about the USPS decision. I think it’s just a sign of the times and probably not the first reduction of service we’ll see in our lifetime.
After using the iPhone for a while I’ve become quite fond of it but with any device there tends to be a few quirks. Case in point; the iPhone alarm clock…
The Apple iOS starts just about all phone interactions with a swipe of the finger. That swipe becomes second nature to a lot of us because we’re unconsciously swiping to unlock our phones all day long.
So guess what happens when your alarm is going off at 6 am and you grab your phone to silence it (in my case hit snooze a few times)? That instinctive swipe motion turns the alarm OFF! You have to press a small red button titled “Snooze” to silence he phone for nine minutes. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve accidentally disabled my iPhone alarm in the morning. I think I’m finally getting the hang of it though…
Who came up with the nine minute snooze threshold anyway? Three of the four alarm clocks I’ve ever owned all had the nine minute snooze. The fourth one had a seven min snooze. I want a 10 minute snooze so I can easily calculate how many times I can hit it before I REALY need to get out of bed…
Having heard about you years ago (1993 to be exact) and becoming impressed with your ability to turn a disaster into an opportunity I was excited to hear you would be expanding your operation setting up shop in the Indianapolis area.
Immediately after expressing my excitement on a popular social networking site (Facebook, have you heard of it and seen how news travels on it?), that excitement was quickly tainted by friends and acquaintances who have befriended you in the past.
“Not good” they said. “Nothing special” I was told. Seriously? How could this be? A fast food chain who avoided collapse and is currently in the midst of a Midwest expansion must have something good going for it. If it’s not the food than what is it? Do you just have the best marketing department in the business?
When your first Indianapolis area location opened there were reports of huge lines. I took this as a good sign. People usually like change and having a new fast food option in the stagnated Indianapolis market was surely welcomed. Then I heard you would be opening up a store in my hometown. The location was perfect (not to mention a prime piece of real estate that’s been vacant for years) and would surely draw the crowds like your other new locations…
Then you finally opened. I drove by a few times, not in the mood to eat at the time, and was surprised at the lack of business. Maybe it was just the off-peak times I was in the area.
One day last week I woke up and was in the mood for something a little more substantial than a bowl of cereal. I thought to myself “time to give breakfast a try at Jack-in-the-Box!” I thought it because saying it out loud would have been weird…
I drove across town and hit the drive thru. Again, no real line of cars like I was expecting… I was greeted by a friendly voice behind the speaker grill who asked if I would like to try a loaded-something-or-other. I declined her offer and requested a simple Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit.
Then, I sat behind 2 cars for what felt like an hour… I love the “open kitchen” concept where I can see the employees making my food while I wait to pull forward, that’s a nice touch. Once again I was greeted by a friendly member of your staff & was handed my food. I drove the 5 minutes back to the house & that’s when this story turns ugly…
Have you ever stopped at a gas station and been tempted to buy one of those breakfast sandwiches in the warmer next to the cash register? They’re usually on “sale” for 2/$2.22 or something like that. Well I’ve bought one (a few times actually) and they’re not half bad, especially for the price. They’re always a lot hotter than you expect and you have to wait a few minutes to eat them or risk a 2nd degree burn (not a good thing at 8am).
Well Jack, your Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit was cold. I’m not talking a few minutes in a bag in a car on the way home cold. I’m talking about a partially frozen biscuit bottom. Not only was it cold but I think you ran across the street the day before, bought the remaining breakfast sandwiches from the gas station, and froze them as a backup in case you ran out of product during the “morning rush”. I think you were frantically microwaving said sandwich during my ridiculously long wait in the drive thru line.
In a blind taste test I don’t think I (or a veteran road warrior) could tell the difference between the Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit from the gas station and one from your store. Oh, wait I know how to tell… yours is cold and costs twice as much!
I’m disappointed in you Jack. I’m disappointed that I was holding out for a new fast food option. I’m disappointed that your friendly staff could not feel the block of ice in their hand as they put the product in the bag. And finally Jack, I’m disappointed that my first experience with your food has me wishing another chain took over that vacant space.
I really hope you read this and take it to heart. If you continue to suffer this kind of quality control your expansion in this market is going to suffer. Sure I could have called and complained. I could have driven back and asked for a refund. That would not have fixed the problem. The problem was the blown first impression.
I hear you have good (cheap) taco’s but I’m not sure I want to risk it again. Besides it’s probably just a reheated version of the place down the street…
Had to call Apple customer support this week for a client who had some equipment stolen. I was VERY impressed with how they handled the call. VERY helpful and efficient. Good example for some of the others to follow (I’m talking to you HP, Cisco & Microsoft!!)…
Not often I have ANYTHING to positive to say about support so I thought I would at least pass it along.
Oh great, the “If You See Something, Say Something” (IYSSSS) campaign is launching PSA’s to get the public even more worked up…
I started seeing the IYSSSS billboards around Indianapolis prior to this year’s Super Bowl. The funny thing is, at least to me, the toll-free number they give is not using an acronym or anything so the chances of someone actually remembering it is slim. It’s OK, that’s what 911 is for!
I’m committed now to watch the rest of the movie just to see how it ends. Probably going to wish I got those 2-hours back… I’ll let you know how it goes…
Oregon judge rules bloggers aren’t journalists – A U.S. District Court judge in Portland, Ore., ruled that a blogger who wrote about an investment firm that subsequently accused her of defamation must pay the company $2.5 million because she’s a blogger who doesn’t legally qualify as a journalist.[MORE]
Lots of issues with this case, especially with her acting as her own attorney. This is not the first time Blogging has been linked to Journalism. There are some correlations but most serious (i.e. professional) journalists probably don’t blog. Why would they? They get paid to write for a living so why do it for free?
So does getting paid to write make you a journalist and afford you the protections that come with professional journalism? It could but I think it has a lot to do with WHO is paying you. I can put ads on this Blog and technically “get paid” but I’m not specifically being paid to Blog…
I can even make up a fake “Press Pass” online. This does not make me a photo-journalist. Although… It might be useful though to gain (lawful) access to restricted areas and events (kidding)…
I’ve been posting a lot of reviews on IndyScan.com and I realized I had never taken the time to explain why I’m doing it. First of all, I only review things I like. I don’t waste my time complaining about things I don’t like (there are lots those too)
If you see a review on IndyScan.com it’s going to be about something I like and I want to share it with others. It might be a product, restaurant, video, etc. It’s on this site because I want you to know about it.
Now I do have a Rant category and I use it for just that. I guess you could call it a negative review but hey, it’s my site and I get to choose (ha).