Monday, January 13, 2020

Paying on time puts you at the front of the line and uppermost on the radar

Recently, a new staff member took my weekly order for an item I order frequently. She stated that I'd missed the deadline by an hour and she couldn't take it.

Humph, I thought.  Now, I'm a good customer.  I pay on time.  I'm always courteous.

So, I thanked her and called back and asked for my usual customer service rep, who'd been promoted.  Because I'm a good customer, I felt I should be accorded the trappings and benefits that reliability affords.

With no hesitation, he put my order in and confirmed with the e-mail.  Within 15 minutes, the former rep called back with an apology and with a promise to treat me with the type of respect and adoration that a long-time, faithful customer deserves.

So, there!

Monday, December 30, 2019

It is love

I love the holiday season.  Time for gift giving, renewing friendships and time to bask in the spirit of the season.

My favorite part is reconnecting with family.  I visit my sister in Arizona who also entertains her daughter, son in law and two beautiful children who make the yearly pilgrimage from their little cubbyhole in Chicago to my sister's spacious abode.

Being around the children allows me to see the wonderment of Christmas through their young eyes.  It's uplifting.  It's wonderful.

It is love.

And, ultimately, that is the best part.

Getting the greetings, hugs and love from family on first sight is so great.

It is love.

That is the essence of the holidays.  Being with family.

It is love.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Being adventurous

Well, I'll be off to Cancun on Saturday.  And, I'm up for a new adventure.

Three years ago, I explored the cave at Rio Secreto.  Awesome!

Then, two years ago, I was submerged into a tank and swam with the fish. Thirty minutes of eyeball-to-eyeball with fish.

Then, last year, I zip lined. Exhilarating!


This year, I have a chance to commune with the Mayans in a late-night ritual where you chant, dance to drums and connect with others in a circle.  Mayan style.

All of this takes place in the rainforest.

The downside:  Everyone strips to their bathing suit.

Hmmm.  My body is not the best and I'm OLD.

But friends say, "Go for it!"  Throw your fat-shaming to the wind.

With that, I'm in.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Back in the mix

Well, my chapter (Theta Omega of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority) asked me to run for  PR and marketing chairman -- a volunteer position. Since I'd served in that role for the international organization, I felt it would be demeaning to run and campaign.

That was a condition.

The Nominating Committee told me that I had no competition.

One hurdle cleared.

Plus, I've been basking in my retirement life and didn't really want to work hard.

So, the former chairman called who informed me that I can set my own schedule and the tasks should revolve around what I want to do.

Second hurdle cleared.

Then, while this isn't a hurdle, they praised me and lifted me up and appealed to me because they have a need and I was the only one with the qualifications to really help the chapter soar.

With that genuine appeal, I was all in.

So, I'm back in the mix. Not making money but, hopefully, I'll make a difference.

Monday, October 21, 2019

The pleasure and perils of international travel

I just got back from South Africa....Cape Town.  I visited Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned and I saw the majesty of Table Mountain and the serene animals on a safari.  I also dined at Gold Restaurant, a totally eclectic establishment with a unique take on service.  Instead of one big meal, patrons get a taste of everything on the menu...including Ostrich salad, a Ghanian peanut chicken and more.

It was delightful.

What I didn't like was the long....LOOOOOONG plane ride.  I knew it would be but being in that space was brutal.  My seat mates were fine but on the final leg, a mother with two bratty kids joined me in my row.  They were running and crawling up and down the aisle and the mother had no control over them.

I got no sleep.

My brother says that the answer is to seat in first class.  That may bust my budget but worth considering since that was the only downer to an otherwise-memorable trip.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The final slam

I love tennis....always have.  So, as the year's final slam comes to an end, I reflect on the triumphs, tragedies, ups and downs.  But, mostly from the joy I received.

Serena reigns and I hope she finally gets that 24th slam at this US Open.

Venus is still regal although it hurts to see newbies beat her.

Taylor Townsend has found her racket and is defying all by making a deep run.  She's been humiliated by the Tennis Titans because of her weight and, she's had to endure that and still try to win.

Coco Gauff is the future of tennis. I was concerned that she was getting too much swag but the gracious way she lost to Osaka showed graciousness and class.

Madison Keys was showing promise but still flails away during crucial moments.

Sloane stole her coach back and hasn't gotten her mojo back at the same time.

As we begin the final weeks of slams, I'm happy to reflect on the matches and narratives surrounding the tour.

I got to Cincinnati for a major tournament and, despite the mosquito onslaught, I had a great time.

So, the winner is yet to be determined.  But, for me, the winner was good tennis.

Monday, August 26, 2019

I took the lesser evil to reach the higher goal

My subscription with Direct TV/AT&T expired after two years and my reward was to have my bill increase by $74 a stay on.

Cable bills are high as they are and I went ballistic.

So, I called Infinity/Comcast and they quoted me a nice price.  I set up the appointment for them to come out and set me up.

Then, I called AT&T to cancel.

My. My.  They offered me such a deal and adjusted the monthly fee -- significantly.

When I added in the $ to have Comcast come out and set up the service.  And when I considered having to get accustomed to a new set of channels.  And when I thought about the uncertainty of this new service, I caved.

I decided to stay with the devil I knew -- or the lesser of two evils.

The good thing is that it will only be for a year and that will give me time to master all of the nuances, and get used to a new set of systems (hulu....ruka and etc.) so I can cut the cord.

And, that is the ultimate goal.