Thursday, September 27, 2007

expedia sucks

so, as some of you know, i am in a wedding in saratoga springs, ny in the end of october. i booked the flight months ago with expedia to fly into newark airport (a 3.5 hour drive from the destination, but a good airport). we were going to land in nj at around 6 pm on a wednesday evening (3 pm california time, so we would be fine for the drive after that). the wedding is on a friday, so that would give us the full day thurs to hang out and go to the rehearsal dinner and all. i get an email from expedia letting me know about some schedule changes, which is fine, but then they hit me with a change that puts us into nj at 11pm instead of 6pm, which does not work for us at all. so, i call them and they politely tell me that im sol but that they will credit me $100 towards my next trip. at this point i was not mad, so i thanked the person and hung up.

well, the more i thought about it the more i thought that i had been wronged. i spent almost $1300 on our two tickets (well, for the round trip) and i wanted my flight back. so, i called again and was a little mad this time. they told me that i could not have a refund, but that i could switch flights for $100 per ticket and the difference of the new flight and thast i had to book with the same airline (american airlines). i would have to mail in the paper tickets first, and wait until they emailed me and then switch. whatever.

so, i decided i would call the airline directly. they told me that since an alternate flight had been set that i couldnt get a refund. then i was totally angry and said that it was not an alternate to me, the consumer. an alternate would not be getting me to my destination at an ungodly hour (which 11pm is when an infant is involved), but getting us there at around the same time ad the original flight, but maybe taking a different route. i sounded pissed too, and actually told the operator that i was sorry that she was getting the brunt of my anger when i knew it wasnt her fault (i always feel bad about that sort of thing). well, she checked with her supervisor and they said since it was a change of more than 90 minutes that i could switch flights.

so now i am sending my tickets to them and getting a direct flight that will arrive at arouns 6pm nj time. what a pisser. all that mess just to get there when we would have originally.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

not sticking to my decisions

i have a hard time not buying things from companies i dont like. now, starbucks is a pain. their coffee is awful, and i almost never buy coffee there. i do like their black iced tea, and if it werent $2.10 for their large (i refuse to use the lame language they have developed for their sizing), which really isnt that large anyways (24 oz i believe), i might buy from them all the time. but there is a drive-through coffee spot right by my house that has great coffee and tea, and their iced drinks are avaliable in a 32 oz size, for which they charge $1.80 for iced tea. very reasonable. now, there is a starbucks nearby too, but i dont go there for the previously stated reasons. but the thing that starbucks has that the local guy does not is a store on every corner. today i was running errands for work and wanted an iced tea. the local guys shop was not near my errands, and i hadnt thought about getting tea earlier, so i went to starbucks. the tea was good, but some people would stick to their decision to not go places that they dont really like, and i just couldnt.
then came lunch. i had been i wasco after the errands i ran and was headed to shafter at about noon. there is a great sandwich shop in shafter that i have gone to a number of times and always been impressed with the quality of food (lots of meat, many things to dress up the sandwich, good iced tea, pepsi products, fresh salads, etc.). well two weeks ago i had woody order me a sandwich so i could pick it up on my way into town and when i got there i said i had a salami sandwich no mayo, no tomatoes to pick up. the gal working there told me that she had a salami, no tomato, no onion that woody ordered. well, i told her that he wouldnt have ordered it that way, as he knows that i LOVE onions and HATE mayo. she said that she took the order and thats what he ordered, then asked if i wanted to buy another sandwich. well, i was pissed, but i bought another. i paid for both sandwiches. when she bagged them both i told her she may as well give the incorrect one to someone or throw it out, as i was not going to eat something soaked in gross mayo. i told woody what happened and he was mad too, and i swore i was never going back. well, i did.

doesnt it look yummy??

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

or maybe...

now, this one wouldnt really work since georgia is almost walking, but its pretty funny.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

decisions, decisions...

this might be the most important decision i have ever had to make.