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« Reply #2685 on: August 02, 2012, 11:52:21 AM »
For some reason this morning I thought of my one (and only) experience of a 'facial'. It's not the kind of thing I had money for at the time but it was a gift certificate to the local 'luxury' spa so I thought, why not?

The woman spent the whole. time. telling me all about how dreadfully I am going to age and how *awful* my skin is in order to upsell me a load of products. I know that's where they make their money, but it made it a very unpleasant experience. Also a lot of what she said was just utter rubbish. I have that skin that blushes easily and turns very red with heat, exercise or alcohol so chances are that when I am old I will have lots of broken capillaries in my face. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that, but buying her brand of *cleanser* is never, ever going to make an appreciable difference to it. Note, that I already do look after my skin, just according to this lady not with 'good enough' product. I felt awful that someone had spent a lot of money on this facial as a treat for me and it was just an absolute ordeal. It's turned me off facials forever. Not only that, but several times I have told other people not to use their services and told them why.

The kicker is that although I don't get facials I do spend a steady amount on other treatments (now) and not one red cent of it goes to this place.

About ten years ago, I was a patient of an amazing dermatologist (Dr. B) here. He was down to earth, and very patient with me as I always ask a lot of questions. I had an annual appointment and went as scheduled.

I knew something was wrong walking in the door, because there were glass cabinets of fancy cosmetic creams and brochures all over the lobby. I get to the back, and Dr. B has moved out of the area, and there is a new doctor. This new doctor was pleasant, but not warm and started to tell me how this $400 cream would repair all of my wrinkles, etc. I let him finish the exam, and left. I never went back. I was 33 at the time and I have always had very good skin, so I really don't think I need to buy that cream.

This seems so strange to me. If you had an appointment with Dr B, how could a different doctor just be there? Aren't appointments in the US for a particular doctor?

Dr. B had sold his practice in the time between OP's annual appointments. So the new doctor took over all of Dr. B's old patients.  That's why she was meeting new doctor for the first time

But usually there's a letter or something sent out that says "Dr. B has retired/moved/is no longer at this practice, we are very excited to welcome New Dr." I've never been surprised by a new doctor when walking into a previously scheduled appointment.

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« Reply #2686 on: August 02, 2012, 12:13:41 PM »
Mine is more of a 'If I have a choice I'll never use them again" kind of thing. My company moved me halfway across the country, from Arkansas to Georgia, last month.

They were supposed to be there Monday morning - they didn't arrive until Tuesday late afternoon. They seemed to be great at first - polite, friendly, worked hard, asked questions, etc. I will admit, our old house was a zoo - a few steps up from hoarders - but I'd spent months going through and discarding everything I could, and while it wasn't clean and wonderful like I'd have liked, it was at least MUCH BETTER than it had been before my work. The last day of packing, however, when they said they would be out of the house and on to the storage unit by noon, was insane. We had scheduled HVAC work to be done that day (my DD is staying in the house) and were expecting them after noon. They got there, and the movers, who had known the HVAC guys would be there, had left to the last the very back bedroom. The one you had to pass the HVAC closet to get to. The one that had all the huge heavy furniture in it. Yeah, that one. As you can imagine, it was insane.

They finally finish the house about 4pm. I'd told them that DP had her last appointment with her oncologist that day, at 4, so I'd have to leave to take her at 3:30. I arranged for the storage people to open the gate for them, and I unlocked my unit and took off for the doctor. When we got back to the unit, they were still working (almost 7pm). I'd told them it would be six or seven dish barrels worth of fragile, and a huge number of framed art piece to pack. They thought I was exaggerating. I wasn't. They finally finished at 8:30, and said they would meet us in Georgia about 12 hours later. This is a 10-11 hour drive, at minimum, so we were frantic - we still wanted to have dinner with DD before we left, and I still had some things at the house to load into our van! We rush through things, and get to Georgia about 7:55 - I think we broke a few land speed records in the mountains.

The movers arrive after 1pm.

The driver immediately starts making noises about having to be somewhere else the next day, and that he would be napping while the guys unloaded. I was unhappy about this, but figured they would work like they were supposed to. It was like I was playing the bingo game from Hades as we unloaded - I was checking off numbers, directing traffic, keeping DP and the dog happy, and trying to unpack the kitchen so I could function. The end result is that we worked until 10:25 at night, no lunch, no dinner, no breaks longer than 5 minutes. The driver came in about 9:30, very cranky, and not in uniform - turns out he'd parked under the bedroom window of my new neighbor's 7 year old, and left the truck running while he napped, and they had come and knocked on the window to ask him to move or turn it off, as their daughter was trying to sleep. He was all but screaming at the guys to get the stuff off the truck. They finally finish, and the guys go outside to close up the truck (and I thought to load the trash like they were supposed to). The driver hangs around for a few minutes, waiting for a tip, until I tell him I'm about to pass out and he needs to leave, now (and I was!).

You guessed it, they left the trash.

They were supposed to be there for two days unloading. They were supposed to unpack and cart away the trash. They did none of it. It took a frantic call to the local branch from our 'moving concierge' to get a local crew (1 guy and a truck) to come out and help me unload the boxes so that I could reach them (they were stacked to the ceiling in places, and still are in 1 room) and to unpack part of the kitchen. He also took the trash.

They did a half job on the whole thing - I'm unpacking a few boxes every night, and the damage bill is in the thousands already. Poor packing, insane things (wardrobe boxes full of junk, and so full of packing paper I'm throwing away almost full boxes of it for every two boxes I open, and hanging clothes not in wardrobe boxes but folded still on the hangers into regular boxes).

I don't know if corporate moves are always like this or not. I certainly hope not. The company I work for is known for moving folks around, once they reach middle management, about every three years. Argh!

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« Reply #2687 on: August 02, 2012, 12:23:00 PM »
I've had two moving company experiences. One, the larger one, was fantastic. They were prompt, courteous, gave an accurate quote and did everything they said they would. The other, a small company that was subcontracted to a larger company, was a total disaster and afterwards I realized they had broken a couple DOT regulations (I was learning DOT regs as part of my new position). I left bad reviews of them online because they wouldn't take my calls, and the larger company just said "Oh, sorry about that." Don't know if they are still in business or not, but I don't plan on moving again for quite a while (10+ years) and I will carefully check online reviews if I do have to move.
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« Reply #2688 on: August 02, 2012, 02:56:38 PM »

I don't know if corporate moves are always like this or not. I certainly hope not. The company I work for is known for moving folks around, once they reach middle management, about every three years. Argh!
Military moves are like this, if you don't watch the movers like hawks and make them do it right. You really need one watcher per mover.  We've had movers try to: pack a treadle sewing machine head (cast iron, and heavy as sin) in on top of ceramic figurines; a rosewood spice rack by wrapping packing tape around the rack to secure the bottles in place; a stained glass window by folding it in half (!); mark a box full of craft patterns as "old Christmas cards"; jam all of the glassware together as tightly as possible; and mark all the boxes packed in the kitchen as "kitchen misc." so that you had no idea where the particular kitchen thing you needed was.  We also had trouble making them understand the number of book boxes that we needed.  When I say "We will need 60 book boxes" that means 60. S-I-X-T-Y.  One more than 59. Do not assume "Oh, she must have meant 16" because if you do, someone will have to go back to the warehouse and pick up another 44 book boxes.  We've done this every 3 years, on average.  We know how many boxes of books and records we had last time.  We have acquired more books since then.   Also, do not argue with me and tell me that you've been packing for 20 years.  How many of your shipments have you UNPACKED after a 6-week transAtlantic crossing? 
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« Reply #2689 on: August 02, 2012, 05:08:36 PM »
Since they do frequently have good finds, and I do love a good find, I'm not going to boycott our local thrift store over today's incident, but it did leave me with a sour taste in my mouth.

The store closes at 6:00, and when I found myself passing by it at 5:40 I decided to pop in quickly to see if they had a particular item I've been lookin for. I know how annoying it is to have customers stay past closing, so I fully intended to be in and out, 10 minutes tops.

As I walked in the door at 5:41, I was informed they were closing in 10 minutes. I wasn't terribly impressed that they clearly planned to kick me out 10 minutes early, but okay, it was 1 item, I could hurry. 3 minutes later, they shut off the lights. I decided they must not want my money today, took the hint, and left. I was back in my car by 5:45, a full 15 minutes before they were supposed to close.

There is a Book Rack used book store next to my husband's locksmith shop. Their state hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The woman who owns it is never there at 9 and closes at 4:30 or before every day.

It reminds my husband of his time in Germany while in the Army. If a local restaurant, store, or pub said they closed at 5, that meant they were walking out the door at 5, and you had better be gone long before that.
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« Reply #2690 on: August 02, 2012, 05:14:07 PM »
Not to much never shopping there as never working for them, but still.

My father has been telling me for about a month now that, since I haven't been able to find a job otherwise, I should sign up at a local temp agency, which I had not done because something on their website seemed wonky. Well, today he got up early and drug me there, whether I wanted to go or not. We stepped in, waved hello to the lady sitting there filling out an application, said hello to the lady working there until she bothered to deal with us (no, she didn't appear to be busy with anything when we came in), and noted that I was looking to sign up. She then noted that all applications had to be filled out online (??), gave me a card, and shooed us out the door like we were a nuisance.

Now, I can't say I know what I'm talking about, but my father works customer service and he was downright pissed at our treatment. He decided to call the numbers on the card and speak to someone about it. The first number was for a private phone that had nothing to due with the agency, and the second had been disconnected.

Feel free to tell me if this is a temp agency thing, but I'm thinking I won't be dealing with these people anymore.

In my area of the US, most employment applications must be completed online. Many will accept a resume or cv initially, and then have you complete the application online later.

As far as temp agencies, my mom worked for one for 2 years and was very glad when she found a permanent position elsewhere. Several of the assignments were not at all what they were supposed to be and she had trouble getting paid for a few of them.
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« Reply #2691 on: August 02, 2012, 07:05:34 PM »
Not to much never shopping there as never working for them, but still.

My father has been telling me for about a month now that, since I haven't been able to find a job otherwise, I should sign up at a local temp agency, which I had not done because something on their website seemed wonky. Well, today he got up early and drug me there, whether I wanted to go or not. We stepped in, waved hello to the lady sitting there filling out an application, said hello to the lady working there until she bothered to deal with us (no, she didn't appear to be busy with anything when we came in), and noted that I was looking to sign up. She then noted that all applications had to be filled out online (??), gave me a card, and shooed us out the door like we were a nuisance.

Now, I can't say I know what I'm talking about, but my father works customer service and he was downright pissed at our treatment. He decided to call the numbers on the card and speak to someone about it. The first number was for a private phone that had nothing to due with the agency, and the second had been disconnected.

Feel free to tell me if this is a temp agency thing, but I'm thinking I won't be dealing with these people anymore.

In my area of the US, most employment applications must be completed online. Many will accept a resume or cv initially, and then have you complete the application online later.

As far as temp agencies, my mom worked for one for 2 years and was very glad when she found a permanent position elsewhere. Several of the assignments were not at all what they were supposed to be and she had trouble getting paid for a few of them.

I used to do a lot of temping, and in my experience it depended on the agency.  A very small local operation was great, listened to what I needed (short-term, holy wage, etc) and backed me up on obs.  A middle-sized franchise was sneaky, would send me out to jobs that were looking for long-term/temp to hire, (which I could not do) and expected me to lie to cover up their laziness. Surprisingly, the huge nationwide firm was reasonably good (I expected the. To be even less attentive to individual needs, but they weren't so bad...). I liked going, actually, I learned a lot about different fields that I never would have otherwise been exposed to.

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« Reply #2692 on: August 02, 2012, 07:37:57 PM »

I've always been facing the mirror, but without my glasses I'm so blind that I might as well be in a closet, for all the good it does. 

Hehe - me too.  And he'll always ask me what I think, and I always have to tell him, hold on, let me put my glasses on, or "from the little I can see, I think it looks good!"

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« Reply #2693 on: August 02, 2012, 08:23:33 PM »

There is a Book Rack used book store next to my husband's locksmith shop. Their state hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The woman who owns it is never there at 9 and closes at 4:30 or before every day.
Hmm.... there was a yarn shop in San Angelo about 40 years back,  that ran business hours like that.   Sometimes she would be open, and sometimes not.  Found out from the newspaper that it was a front/money-laundry for someone who was running an "escort service!"
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« Reply #2694 on: August 02, 2012, 09:25:50 PM »

There is a Book Rack used book store next to my husband's locksmith shop. Their state hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The woman who owns it is never there at 9 and closes at 4:30 or before every day.
Hmm.... there was a yarn shop in San Angelo about 40 years back,  that ran business hours like that.   Sometimes she would be open, and sometimes not.  Found out from the newspaper that it was a front/money-laundry for someone who was running an "escort service!"
Hadn't Miss Hattie's been shut down by then?
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« Reply #2695 on: August 03, 2012, 09:17:52 AM »

I've always been facing the mirror, but without my glasses I'm so blind that I might as well be in a closet, for all the good it does. 

Hehe - me too.  And he'll always ask me what I think, and I always have to tell him, hold on, let me put my glasses on, or "from the little I can see, I think it looks good!"
"Actually, looks a little fuzzy to me. Oh, hang on..."
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« Reply #2696 on: August 03, 2012, 08:29:43 PM »
For some reason this morning I thought of my one (and only) experience of a 'facial'. It's not the kind of thing I had money for at the time but it was a gift certificate to the local 'luxury' spa so I thought, why not?

The woman spent the whole. time. telling me all about how dreadfully I am going to age and how *awful* my skin is in order to upsell me a load of products. I know that's where they make their money, but it made it a very unpleasant experience. Also a lot of what she said was just utter rubbish. I have that skin that blushes easily and turns very red with heat, exercise or alcohol so chances are that when I am old I will have lots of broken capillaries in my face. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that, but buying her brand of *cleanser* is never, ever going to make an appreciable difference to it. Note, that I already do look after my skin, just according to this lady not with 'good enough' product. I felt awful that someone had spent a lot of money on this facial as a treat for me and it was just an absolute ordeal. It's turned me off facials forever. Not only that, but several times I have told other people not to use their services and told them why.

The kicker is that although I don't get facials I do spend a steady amount on other treatments (now) and not one red cent of it goes to this place.

About ten years ago, I was a patient of an amazing dermatologist (Dr. B) here. He was down to earth, and very patient with me as I always ask a lot of questions. I had an annual appointment and went as scheduled.

I knew something was wrong walking in the door, because there were glass cabinets of fancy cosmetic creams and brochures all over the lobby. I get to the back, and Dr. B has moved out of the area, and there is a new doctor. This new doctor was pleasant, but not warm and started to tell me how this $400 cream would repair all of my wrinkles, etc. I let him finish the exam, and left. I never went back. I was 33 at the time and I have always had very good skin, so I really don't think I need to buy that cream.

This seems so strange to me. If you had an appointment with Dr B, how could a different doctor just be there? Aren't appointments in the US for a particular doctor?

Apparently, Dr. B sold his practice when he transferred out of my immediate area. It was scheduled months in advance, and I wasn't notified of the staff change.
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« Reply #2697 on: August 03, 2012, 08:37:18 PM »

There is a Book Rack used book store next to my husband's locksmith shop. Their state hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The woman who owns it is never there at 9 and closes at 4:30 or before every day.
Hmm.... there was a yarn shop in San Angelo about 40 years back,  that ran business hours like that.   Sometimes she would be open, and sometimes not.  Found out from the newspaper that it was a front/money-laundry for someone who was running an "escort service!"

The owner is a lady in her 50's and she brings her 80 year old mother to work with her. Her mother has a sitting area in the front of the store. This is the kind of store that is absolutely packed with books, and it is very difficult to find anything without assistance.
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« Reply #2698 on: August 03, 2012, 09:49:54 PM »

There is a Book Rack used book store next to my husband's locksmith shop. Their state hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The woman who owns it is never there at 9 and closes at 4:30 or before every day.
Hmm.... there was a yarn shop in San Angelo about 40 years back,  that ran business hours like that.   Sometimes she would be open, and sometimes not.  Found out from the newspaper that it was a front/money-laundry for someone who was running an "escort service!"

The owner is a lady in her 50's and she brings her 80 year old mother to work with her. Her mother has a sitting area in the front of the store. This is the kind of store that is absolutely packed with books, and it is very difficult to find anything without assistance.

Was either of them married to the guy with the used book shop that didn't allow anyone under 18 to shop there (after the 1980s or so)?
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« Reply #2699 on: August 04, 2012, 07:45:59 PM »
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned or not; if so, it bears repeating.  All this talk about restaurants and bowls and silverware reminded me of my biggest irritation in restaurants.  When I order a dessert and the waitress delivers it to me along with a stack of dessert plates and a fistful of forks so I can share with the table.

No!  I wanted it all for myself!   ;D  And now I'm forced to share.  And if I don't share, I look selfish.  And my dessert sometimes costs more than my lunch - if I do share, does anyone chip in to pay?  Never.
This reminds me of a funny dinner: a group of us from church had gone out, and it so happened that I was seated next to the only single man in the group, and all other diners were married couples. We ate, I ordered dessert for myself, and was rather surprised when it arrived with 2 forks.  But I ate it all myself, chatting away with others at the table. As we were getting up to leave, I suddenly realized that I hadn't been given a check. It turned out that the single man had been given a check with MY meal on it as well as his own, and he'd gone ahead and paid it! :o