Archive for April 2004

San Bernadino: future beachfront property?

April 30, 2004

I can’t tell whether to laugh or cry at the preposterous earthquake miniseries, 10.5. Sensationalist pseudoscience.

Where to begin? There is no geologic evidence of an earthquake worse than 9.5. The most severe earthquake in the continental US wasn’t even on the west coast — it was the 1811 earthquake in the Mississippi valley. It caused church bells to ring as far away as Boston.

Thank heavens for satellite TiVo. At least I’ll have something good to watch this weekend.

Hooked on Phonics worked for me!

April 27, 2004

I’m getting disgusted with the level of typos and misspellings today in the internet era. There’s no excuse now that we have advanced spelling checker dictionaries with email and word processing software. It’s even more annoying when I read email from supposedly well-educated people.

Frankly, I wouldn’t graduate anyone from an MBA or Ph.D. program if they consistently send out misspellings or typos. And I certainly won’t hire them, either.

Bye bye MCI

April 26, 2004

I finally told MCI to disconnect phone service. They were never able to sign us up for the Neighborhood program. The incredible part is that it was simply a billing problem. They did establish local and long distance service on the line, but they could never sign us up for the Neighborhood program. Over a two-month period, I was told repeatedly that they would fix everything in just two weeks. Should I really trust our phone and internet service to a company with such a disasterous record for customer service?

Next step: a complaint to the California Public Utilities Commission.

RIP: Supersize?

April 19, 2004

This morning, I read that the CEO of McDonald’s died unexpectedly. Being a cynic, I immediately read the story to learn that he died of a sudden heart attack. I wonder how many supersize fries and drinks he consumed…

Arnie the … environmentalist?

April 10, 2004

Governor Arnold “Hummer” Schwarzenegger made a surprising proposal yesterday: allow hybrid vehicles to drive in the carpool lanes by single drivers. How about that — help the environment at zero cost! Who would have expected that from Governor S?

Who’s funding the terrorists

April 8, 2004

It’s you, the American motorist. The next time you fuel up your V-8 “Hemi”-powered super-4wd SUV to drive alone for 10 miles, you are putting your money into the hands of the next Bin Laden.

To help, you don’t have to give up a quality vehicle for a golf cart. Conservation need not be deprivation. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Keep the tires inflated to the recommended levels. Combine trips. Carpool with a friend. Save the big vehicle for hauling people or gear, and take a smaller car for short errands.

They don’t need our money.

My new hobby

April 1, 2004

In February, I read about a new package from MCI called The Neighborhood. For “one low price”, you can get unlimited local, long-distance, and DSL service. We would save about $35 per month on the plan. To avoid losing our current DSL service, I decided to activate a new phone line and get that line converted to MCI. I was told that it would take up to two weeks to get service from MCI.

Well, six weeks have passed, and the only thing I can get from MCI is polite apologies and empty promises to investigate things. Each time I call to investigate, I am told that everything will be fixed in two weeks. It’s more like waiting for Godot.

So how many more weeks do I give MCI before I give up and file a complaint with the California PUC or file a lawsuit for advertising a non-existent product?

Isn’t deregulation wonderful?