Monday, January 4, 2016

And they want $15.00 an hour...

Anyone who knows me at all knows cooking is not my forte.  I can count on one hand the foods that I actually prepare and cook, but I am an expert at ordering out, picking food up, and getting delivery. I'm also an expert when it comes to adding or subtracting without the use of a computer.

Recently, I offered to "cook" the best way I know how and went to Wendy's to buy lunch. I clearly placed the order into the microphone (because it was too cold to get out of the car).  I was asked to pull up to get the total which should have been my first clue that something had gone awry.  Once I arrived at the window, the worker very politely told me the computers just went down and that it would be a minute to get the total.  I smiled, rolled up my window, and patiently waited.  Within about a four minute period, the same woman came back to the window and told me it would just be a bit longer. I continued to smile and nod and patiently wait. When she opened her window all the way, I figured everything was A-OK, but she asked instead if I would be paying with cash. I told her I had a gift card, but depending on the total, I might have to add some cash to it. Now it was the workers turn to smile and nod and I continued to wait. I was quite hopeful when the lady came back and told me the computers were "reloading" but shortly thereafter, she opened the window one last time, handed me all of my food and said, "Here you go." I asked her how much I owed and she said I had been waiting long enough and the computers aren't coming back up. They didn't have a total, so I was just to take the food.  I asked in a few different ways about payment making sure she was really just giving me our meals. She insisted that I just take the food and asked if I would come visit them again. I told her I definitely would come back. (I wanted to drive back around to the little microphone right then and there, but I refrained.)

While I appreciate the worker's concern for the time that I spent waiting (which was probably only 7-8 minutes total), I couldn't believe the way they rectified the situation was to give me the food for free.  As a school teacher, I was biting my tongue so hard, I could almost taste blood.  I wanted to ask her to pass me a piece of paper and a pencil so I could add up the total. I would have even included the tax, but again I refrained. Forget the paper/pencil method, wasn't there one calculator available? Even if they couldn't figure out how to include the tax, they could've at least gotten some of their money. Again, the lady who waited on me was polite and courteous, but polite and courteous is only part of the job.  There needs to be a Plan B if the computers are down.  If they are still able to make the food, they need to figure out a way to get their money.

I must say, though, that was THE BEST Wendy's I ever had. Free is delicious!  And I did go back since then, but unfortunately for me, their computers were working.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours be surrounded by Christ's love this Christmas season!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

It's ChristMOOSE time...a MOOSE wonderful time for books!

Books make wonderful stocking stuffers!  
You can place an order from now until December 17, 2015 to guarantee Christmas delivery!
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About the Book- The Moose at the Manger

When Muse the Moose accidentally wanders off from her family, she becomes lost in the forest. She luckily finds a friend in Star Bright, the brightest star in the sky, who leads her on a fantastic journey. When Muse becomes The Moose at the Manger, she realizes her most important journey is yet to come.

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About the Book - Mark the Missing Moose

Jimmy was on cloud nine during Show and Tell when his classmates cheered for him and his best friend, Mark the Moose.  That happiness quickly ended when Mark went from being Jimmy's sidekick to becoming the missing moose. Saddened and angry, Jimmy didn't want to talk to anyone, not even his own mother.  His best friend was gone and he was all alone! When it was time for Show and Tell again, Jimmy didn't want any part of it until he heard what his friend Joe had to say.  Follow Jimmy as he discovers that opening up and letting others in can really help him out.

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Mark the Missing Moose
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About the Book - My Hero, My Ding

‘I awoke in the darkness listening to the sound of a jack hammer.  After a few moments, I realized it was me, the jack hammer, my heart.   Fear engulfed me and I remained still wondering why my heart was pounding so heavily in my ears.  Where was I?  The room was dark, and except for the throbbing of my heart, silence ensued.’

Even though they were hundreds of miles apart at the time, the message of her grandfather’s death reached her in a dream.

My Hero, My Ding tells the poignant story of Lisa and her grandfather and the overwhelming bond they shared.  You’ll find yourself captivated with love, and find yourself gaining a deeper understanding of life-lessons. Experience the antics that were shared and discover the respect and affection between two ordinary people with an extraordinary connection.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  
May your day be filled with family, friends, food, and fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meanwhile in Contract News...

Barbara Byrd-Bennett makes a cushy deal with the feds.  No surprise there. Well, she did say she was sorry, so I guess all is well now in the land of kool-aid.  The prosecution had 20 counts against her, each of which held a maximum of 20 years in prison, but the Chicago way wins again...BBB had to only plead guilty to one charge and could spend up to 7.5 years in jail.  I'm sure 9.5 already worked it out that she doesn't spend one minute behind bars.  The first thing that should have happened is that BBB had to pay back that $23 million dollars.  But, I forgot, she apologized.

In the meantime, here is the latest offer from Chicago Public Schools for the teachers' contract.

Is there a strike around the corner?