Posts Tagged ‘stupidity’

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 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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Idiots Posing As Parents

Well I thought there were enough idiots in the world as it was, but now a sorry excuse for parents brand their children as if they were some sort of fence to be tagged with their graffiti and calling it art!  All right, many people like tattoos and as adults they have the right to deface what the Good Lord gave them in any way they want.  I have no problem with this whatsoever.  But to put their children through this painful process without any consideration for the child is akin to child abuse and it should be treated as such!  Including the filing of charges by Children Protective Services.

What’s going to happen when the child is older and realizes that a good majority of the population doesn’t have these crude markings with the garish colors on them?  One would think that once this phase/fad falls out of fashion at some point in the future, that the child might be a little angry at his/her parents for using them as a human target for their graffiti now. Wouldn’t it be wiser to leave them unblemished so to speak and let them decide for themselves at a later date if they want it or not?  And just go get the parents a box of Sidewalk Chalk instead for now. See some samples of this atrocious behavior here.

Just a thought.

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Are they really this ignorant?

I’m referring to this YouTube Video called: “Uninformed Protester Says Obama Is Not Raising Taxes“.  Is it just that some lazy protestors choose to repeat falsehoods they hear as fact or is it just because they are too stupid or unwilling to verify the facts in the first place? Maybe they want to spread falsehoods in the hopes that some others will accept their lies statements as fact, as in the recent notoriety of one Oregon school teacher’s website carrying out ongoing verbal (and since proven false) attacks against The Tea Party. The more irrational the times, the more irrational the people*.

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* Quoted from Dennis C. Marsh