Posts Tagged ‘outrageous’

College Pro Painters – Very unprofessional!

I’ve been trying to get some bids for a new roof and an exterior paint job on my home of two years and as I have seen the handmade signs on the road-side for many years in the Portland Metro area advertising “College Pro Painters”, I decided to call them and get an estimate.  I called and made an in-home appointment for 1:00 PM on July 13th, 2013, approximately ten days prior to the actual appointment.

On the day of the appointment at 1:15 PM (yes, they were late!) they called and left a message to say that they, “Would be on time for our 2:00 PM appointment.”  I guess they must have thought that as I’m a senior that I wouldn’t notice the delayed appointment time!  Anyway, come 2:05 PM (yes, late again!) a woman named “Lauren” called to cancel and asked to reschedule?!!  I told “Lauren” that due to their lack of professionalism and their un-business-like way of conducting their operation, I would not now or ever be interested in using their services!  And then hung up the phone.

Today is July 18, 2013 and guess who just called me to state that she had a note that I was interested in getting an estimate?!! You’re kidding me right? Evidently at her young age she has already developed selective senility considering “Lauren” and I spoke only five days ago!  She also didn’t like me “bad-mouthing” her company and kept trying to cut me off by speaking over me, and doing it rather loudly!

Admittedly she tried to offer me a “trim paint job” as recompense for the bad service and their rude behavior, but putting up with more scheduling headaches from them for the sake of paint on a few skinny boards . . . not worth the attitude.  Forget ’em! I don’t know what her/their problem is but if she is indicative of their company and the other employees they use, then the world would be better off if they’d just closed their doors, permanently!

By the way, a different girl this time called a couple of days ago saying she received a note stating “I might be interested in an estimate” . . . .  sheer stupidity!!  And they’re supposedly “college educated”?  Hmmmm . . . I doubt it.
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Hillsboro/Aloha kids in danger!

I can’t hold my tongue anymore.  After seeing yet another near miss earlier today I have to say something that some might not take too kindly to.  I live in zip code 97006 near S.W. Cornelius Pass Road.  We live close to (actually in line of sight with) Reedville Creek Park and it is located along S.W. Cornelius Pass Road between two large schools.  In this park located among the basketball courts and soccer field, is a skateboard arena.  One of them huge concrete monstrosities that draw kids from miles around, which can be a good thing in itself.

You parents are familiar with it, a place kids can meet their friends, socialize, play some sports and unsupervised, buy and sell drugs . . . .  oh, wait!  I said a good thing didn’t I?  It’s bad enough that the kids are bombarded with the drug dealers and such at this park, but to also risk their young lives just getting there is unforgivable.  This is where the near miss should be of concern to all.   Many of these kids travel on foot, on bikes and on skateboards, down the adjacent streets to get to this park.  Most stay on the sidewalks, then there are the “cool kids” that walk down the middle of the side streets.  This still isn’t a problem.  It is when they cross Cornelius Pass Road to get to the park that is a problem.

When the youngsters cross the street it is rare that they actually check approaching traffic from both directions first!  They don’t cross the road directly either as if it were a cross walk, they meander diagonally across two bike lanes, two traffic lanes (one in each direction) and a wide median . . . all without looking first!  And this is done often by those walking, biking and skateboarding!  Today I saw a youngster dart across the street between two cars stopped at a traffic light!  Yes, the traffic light has a cross-walk too.  A number of the children cross the road one and two blocks from the park where there is no cross walk or traffic light to help them because it is closer and easier to dash across the street between traffic then to walk to the intersection and cross with the signal light.

The traffic in this area numbers in the thousands of vehicles per day.  It is the main connection between U.S. Highway 26 also known as the Sunset Highway and Highway 8 also known as the Tualatin Valley (T.V.) Highway.  While the road in front of the park is two lanes, it changes to four lanes at the intersection with the traffic light.  It means that two lanes of traffic merge right in front of the park with vehicles competing to see who will be first to the single lane.  This area’s speed limit is supposedly 35 Miles Per Hour but I have only seen a few abide by it.  Many times I have seen cars doing minimally 50 Miles Per Hour, some I’m guessing up to 70!  Some of those are Police vehicles with no sirens and no lights showing.  I’ve been waiting to see another vehicle pull out from one of the many side streets directly in front of one of these fast movers some day and the results won’t be pretty.

So what is the answer?  Excessive speeding in this area requires enforcement by the local Sheriff’s Department and the City Police Department.  Quit ignoring the situation and start writing citations, lots of them.  Crosswalks?  Crosswalks and possibly a blinking light to warn approaching motorists to the foot traffic at some of these intersections.  Or even a crossing guard, something!  As for the drugs and such, supervision.  There should be at least one parent for every so many kids supervising them for a few hours each day in the park.  Maybe a couple of parents, for a few hours then another parent(s) does a shift and so on.  Until the park closes.  Then it should be checked occasionally by the local Police throughout the night.  (Yes they even using the park at 3 in the morning!)  Why not have the Police supervise them during the day?  Why should the taxpayer’s money be spent raising your children!  As they say, you brought them into this world, you take responsibility for them!

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No to the Wounded Warrior Project!

And this is why I will no longer give or support the WWP!  Here’s the link to “An Ordinary Texan” and the article on his blog that I’m speaking about. Here it is again in full, it should be especially of concern to any fellow Veterans and/or Gun-owners.  Please take the time to read this:  http://gunsnplanes.blogspot.com/2012/11/wounded-warrior-project-rejects-gun.html

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“No Soliciting” signs

“No Soliciting”  That’s pretty straight forward isn’t it?  I thought they would also be very easy to understand.  Or at least to the normally educated person it should be.  I was mistaken. Since I’ve posted two of these signs near my front door, I’ve had three people knocking on my door trying to “sell” me something.

Two of them “just happened to be in the area” and wanted to tell me about their “great products”.  Lawn aeration for one and a new replacement roof for the other.  The third one stopped by today.

The conversation went like this:

Salesman:  “Hi.  I just happened to be in your neighborhood on another job and I thought I would stop and introduce myself to all the neighbors.”

Me:  (Seeing that he is also holding one of those doorknob-hanging advert cards in his hand with the words,”Special Offer” in big print on it)  “What are you selling?”

Salesman:  “Oh I’m not selling anything!”

Me:  “Glad to hear it, good-bye!”

Salesman:  “No. Wait! I wanted to tell you about . . . “

Me:  I point at one of the two “No Soliciting” signs then again say, “Good-bye”.

Salesman:  “But I’m not soliciting!”

Me:  “If you’re pushing a product, a business, a political party, a religion or asking for donations for your own cause; that’s soliciting.”

Salesman:  “That’s not soliciting. You don’t even know the legal meaning of soliciting!”

Me:  “At my door, that is my definition which is all that matters!  Besides, you’re not much of a sales rep if you constantly argue with your prospective customers now are you?”

Salesman:  “But I’m not soliciting.”

Me:  “Then what are you doing?”

Salesman:  “Well we’re just trying to get our name ‘out there’.”

Me:  “So it’s your business you’re pushing. That’s soliciting, good-bye.”

Salesman:  “But that’s not the legal definition of soliciting.”

Me:  “Next time you’re ‘just in the area’, do two things first, would you?”

Salesman:  “What are they?”

Me:  “One, look up soliciting in the Dictionary and then two, look up the “Green River Ordinance”. We abide by it in our community. Good-bye!”

Then I closed the door. Now all of this has caused me to wonder, if these people are really lacking in a proper education or are they just acting stupid and believe some garbage their supervisor is telling them?  We may never know . . . .

 

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Some “Gun-Nut” Good News at Last!

I’m sure by now that all of us “gun-nuts” have heard the news about the current failure of the Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) if not, find it here.  While it might only delay the draft for another six months until after the election, it at least gives notice to these Washington idiots that we aren’t stupid enough to go along with the lame, liberal claims in support of this plan to ban guns totally.

After all, if the U. N. wants to ban guns elsewhere around the world it is one thing, but in trying to force this same belief on the American Public it is going to upset at least 110 million of us who firmly believe in the 2nd Amendment.  While even if Obama is somehow re-elected and he and his cronies manage to push the issue down our throats, I don’t think it will be readily accepted by the majority of us no matter what he says.  Am I a revolutionist?  No, not at all.  Just a realist.  But even with only half a brain since my stroke, I can read the writing on the wall of what might follow if such a Treaty came to pass.

And believe me when I say that Obama can read it too. He’s just hoping to get his “new-world” beliefs past us quickly at any cost before we finally stop his “messing with America”!  Remember his idea of a “Private Army” reporting directly to him  he spoke of in the past?  Why?  Because without them he would have no way of forcing his “plans” on us in the end and he knows it!

Do the words, “citizen-soldier” bring any thoughts to mind?  It should.  That was the idea of this Nation’s Minutemen.  Citizen’s grabbing their rifles, forming up and fighting this nation’s enemies.  The citizen-soldiers name came into being again with the “National Guard”, these same citizen-soldiers again facing combat in Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and more!  Fighting for their homes, their families and their country.  Similarly the same can be found with our law enforcement personnel across the country in their protecting of our homes, families and country.

Would you think for a moment that if Obama told our troops and our law enforcement to start locking up or shooting honest citizens that refused to turn in their guns, that they would actually do it?  Turn their guns on their neighbors, even their own families, simply because they wouldn’t turn over their guns?  Maybe a few in the beginning, but then soon the tide would turn and they would no longer be able to enforce such madness.  I’d make book on it!  And this is why he needs his own army!  Meanwhile rejoice in the temporary defeat of this anti-gun treaty because it will be back in six months!  NRA, get ready again ’cause here they come!

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Social Networks Barred

What do all these social networks have in common?

Goggle Docs, Instagram, Photobucket, Picasa, SmugMug, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn.

Answer?  I don’t and won’t use any of them!  I am so tired of forever getting lists, posts and invites from all these sites!  Got so bad I’ve already Blacklisted some from my emails and will do more soon.  When will people begin to realize that “socializing” online isn’t very social at all.  How many of your hundreds of “friends” do you have that are truly friends?  Offline?  See what I mean?

So do yourself a big favor.  Shut off that computer, smart-phone or what ever you use to connect with the internet and walk next door or across the street and meet your neighbors.  Better yet, with Summer coming on, invite them over for a neighborhood barbecue!  Believe me, they will make better friends than the “like” on the computer.  And it won’t wear out your thumbs!

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Warning about “2012 Senior Benefit Program” card!

I got a yellow card today. States that it is about a benefit program that will pay up to $30,000 toward funeral expenses!  It says it’s from an outfit called, “National Data Research Center” and it requests you sign your name, your phone number and you and your spouse’s birthdays then just drop it in the mail, postage prepaid!  First off, it’s a scam!  They are trying to get your information so that they can sell it to other parties for up to $25 a  lead. Mainly for annuities and insurance companies so that they can inundate you with their ads, fliers and mailers for their products.

At the least, hopefully this is all they’ll do to you. Seems this information can also be used for identity theft!  So what do you do with the card?  You can contact the local Better Business Bureau as it seems Oregon’s BBB had run-ins with this outfit before.  In 1997 and again 2001.  The Dallas, Texas BBB says the company is based in Melissa, Tex., and lists its owner as Ronald Morgan. The BBB says Acc-U-Lead (Morgan’s company) also does business under the names National Data Research Center, Lead Room, United States Senior Service Inc. and USSS.

The Oregon Better Business Bureau (BBB) link can be found here. The entire link if you have difficulties is: “http://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org/Contact-BBB/”  Listed are not only the emails, but the phone numbers and addresses too. If you want to learn more about National Data Research Center, just google it.  All sorts of information can be found there.

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