Saturday, November 29, 2008

The District Of Columbia: Where Customer Service Goes To Die

Since arriving in the district, I have noticed a high level of bad customer service. Indifferent and rude workers, disappearing help, and difficult to navigate stores.

I was perplexed. Didn't these people want me to spend my hard earned money in their retail and restaurant establishments? I had been taught that customer service was more important than anything else. Did these people not get the same lesson?

It seems, however, people in DC don't want you to go out of your way. They don't want you to talk to them. They want their purchase, and they want out. They are embarrassed when you lead them to their item, or look excessively for what they asked for. "I can just go online," they say. "Really, don't go through any more bother." Or, "Really, I just want my purchase." Or even just a wave of their hand. As though you are an annoying fly.

It is incredibly isolationist. Okay, so some of the time people are trying to sell you things. Homeless people want your change. You've got a lot to be hard-hearted against.

But allow yourself friendly customer service. It's what we're here for.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Reminds Me Where I Get My (Stolen) Catchphrase

Have you ever heard me say, in a strange childlike tone, "Sus-pic-ious!" This is the clip that made me do it. I haven't seen it in about three years, and apparently one watching was all I needed to do this over and over and over again.

(See Rickrolling post. I forgot about Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends mostly because I do not have cable and spend hours watching Cartoon Network. Anymore.)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Gets Thanksgiving Rickrolled

This is so April Fool's Day 2008 of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Insta-Nostalgia.


Let Us Eat Cake! Jon Stewart Turns 46

Happy Birthday to Jon Stewart, who made the last eight years under the Bush reign palatable.

George W Bush Sanitizes his hands after touching Pure Hope

CNN Reports:

Obama recalls shaking hands with Bush, who then "turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president's hand." "Good stuff. Keeps you from getting colds," Bush said, according to Obama's account.

President Bush is to hope as vampires are to holy water. Without the hand sanitizer, he would MELT! Oh noes!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Time Travelers Wife MOVIE?

I've loved The Time Traveler's Wife for a little more than a year. I let my sister borrow it and never got it back.

I reread the local library's copy. It is beautiful. It appeals to my sense of science fiction (time traveling! can't control it!) but also has a lovely story of a relationship.

The movie rights were purchased by Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's movie company. I assumed the project was dead.

It is not. Instead, it is slated for a 2009 release! With Rachel McAdams as the lead female role!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I have won NaNoWriMo

I am not quite finished with the story, but I achieved the word count. Excellent.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ann Coulter learns that silence is golden

Is it fitting that someone who spreads such ridiculous nonsense broke their jaw and had it wired shut? Is this Aesops Fables?


Monday, November 24, 2008

Tally Hall! Headed into the studio! In January!

I have a need for new Tally Hall music. Hurry up guys. I might forget you. I can only play Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum so many times. Stop working on your internet variety show and make music. Please.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ra Ra Riot - Can You Tell?

Kristen likes them. I quite like this song as well. Take a listen.

Today's Obsession: Ben's Chili Bowl

Picture Credit: alvaro_p-ff

This place is super tasty and recently had its 50th anniversary. Next time I'm going to have to bring Moist Wipes because the chili is super messy. For less than a second during the movie Talk To Me, Ben's Chili Bowl was flashed onto the screen.

Before the election, they had a sign up of people who eat free: Bill Cosby (No one else). Before the election was called for Barack Obama, the sign had changed to this:

Maybe we'll see them in there one day. The Chili Cheese Fries are excellent.


Perfect Fifths cover versus another Jessica Darling

That's the new one.

These are two of the older ones:

I still like the first one best, but the fifth cover isn't bad. Lets hope this means Perfect Fifths is awesome.

[Megan McCafferty]