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[tweetmeme] Do you remember when I asked for donations for the No Destination Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House?  Well one of the awesome donations we received was a 40″ Flat Screen TV!!  The group decided to sell separate raffle tickets for it.  The tickets are $10 each and the winner will be pulled on August 28th at the Poker Run.


You need to be local to Upstate NY because the winner of TV will need to pick it up in Round Lake, NY.

You can purchase tickets for the raffle or register for the poker run at The Rusty Nail in Clifton Park, Bentley’s Tavern in Malta, or The Mill on Round Lake.  You can also leave me a comment and I will contact you through direct email with more information if needed.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Who’s coming on the Poker Run?

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I’d be so happy about a floor!!!
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When I bought my house about 3 years ago, I reserved the extra bedroom as an office.   Within a couple of weeks I had the ugly 70s rubber-backed carpeting pulled up.  What a mess it made!  Whoever designed that type of carpet should refund everyone who has to deal with removing one!!  Michael scraped up as much of the dry rotted rubber as he could.  He was working at it for days.  It was quite a job.  Eventually he got around to painting the room, and then it sat… and sat… and waited… and wanted….  Until this weekend when finally the hardwood floor was installed.  I was cranky and impatient for 3 years because I wanted my office to be finished.  Trying to work in my sun-room isn’t the easiest thing in the world.  Well, take a look – I think it was worth the wait!!

A HUGE Thank You goes out to my friends Kevin & John for helping me get the job done!!  They even put up the molding for me!  They’re truly awesome!  And I’m so glad they had fun while they were doing it!  They made the job pass so quickly!  Good humor goes a long way!!

Isabella checking things out

While we were laying out the floor Michael said “A tree gave it’s life so you could have a nice floor.”  LOL!

This floor feels a little different....

Oh – before I forget – To Gail (Kevin’s wife) Kevin really really really wants an air nailer.  You should have seen the HUGE smile he got on his face when he started using it!!  I think he was sad when I had to return it to the rental shop!!  LOL!

"I don't have much traction...."

So, now that the floor is in – do any of you have ideas for office furniture? I can be picky, but here is the main criteria:

  • Can’t look like college dorm furniture
  • Needs to have file drawers that are deep
  • Needs to be STURDY and have good sliders on the drawers
  • Preferably wood and not laminate
  • Economical Price
  • Large desk surface space

I’d love for a company to come along with an office setup product review right about now 🙂
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend – the weather was beautiful for most of it!

Leave me a comment if you have any office furniture ideas and also while you’re at it, tell me if you did anything fun this weekend!

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I haven’t posted rants on here in the past, but I had a situation happen last week that still annoys the hell out of me when I think about it.

I was visiting Colonie Center in Albany, NY.  I went to the customer service desk.  At this desk you can purchase lottery tickets, gift cards, and get general information about the mall.

In my experiences throughout my life I was led to believe that people at customer service desks should be courteous to the patrons of the business they’re working for.  I have worked with the public for years, and though I’d never say the words “the customer is always right” I do subscribe to the idea that you ALWAYS treat the customer with respect and you always say “Thank you.”

I approached the customer service desk.  I moved slightly to the side to fill out a form.  While I was doing this two additional customers walked up.  They were immediately assisted.  (She had a snotty attitude, but she answered their questions.)  While she was helping the second woman I finished up my form, and put my money with it on the counter.  It was quite obvious I was finished.  As she finished with the second, I incorrectly assumed she would move on to helping me.  She looked right at me and moved 3 feet to her right and started typing on her computer.  It was obvious she was playing on Farmville (or some similar online game) and logged out to proceed to log in to another website.  After about a minute, she walked back to the counter and took my form and money, processed it and laid my receipt on the counter.  While she was processing it, a security guard walked up to the counter and started shooting the breeze with her.  She commented to him that she needed to log into an online customer service training that she was required to complete.  At this point I picked up my receipt and I couldn’t resist commenting.  “Since you’re going to be taking your required customer service training, let’s pray that it teaches you to acknowledge your customers in front of you and how to say “Hello” and “Thank you” since you didn’t say a single word to me during my entire transaction.” As I was walking away she screamed after me “Thank you Ma’am, please come again.” In an extremely snotty tone.

When I told a friend of mine about the situation he immediately physically described the girl and knew exactly who I was talking about because he’s dealt with her in the past and agreed that she needs a serious attitude adjustment.

From now on – I’ll take my business of that sort to Crossgates.  They may not be a ray of sunshine over there, but at least they’ll acknowledge my presence…..

What kind of bad customer service have you had to deal with?
Do you still do business with the establishment?
If yes, explain why.

Customer Service Graphic from: http://www.whalecottage.com/blog/tag/whale-cottage-camps-bay/

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Today we celebrate our independence.

Hug a soldier and say Thank You.

Spend time with your family and loved ones, and remember, many soldiers can’t be with their families today.

Do you have a special way to celebrate independence day?

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Photo courtesy of Michael T. Henry.

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The Weekly Sadness: My friend Shane Anthony Leone died on Tuesday February 2nd.  He was a wonderfully kind, caring and compassionate friend.  I will miss him.  😦

The Weekly Read: The Road by Cormac McCarthy you can read my review of it on the Goodreads page.
My favorite quote was from page 12: “You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget”

The Weekly Music: Behind Blue Eyes – The Who and Calling All Friends – Low Stars

The Weekly Movie: The Wizard, Independence Day, Employee of the Month, Roadtrip, and Jerry McGuire “You had me at hello.”

The Weekly TV Show: The wait is FINALLY over.  LOST is back on for it’s final season.  I’m STILL confused though!!

The Weekly Big Blog Moments: My Please Help!  My friend needs relationship advice blog got almost triple the views of my biggest blog hit day ever!  That’s pretty incredible.  I wish it were for a happier reason though.  What I can’t believe is that over 200 people came to my blog that day and NOT EVEN ONE new person subscribed to my blog.  I’m shocked!

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Sarah Palin’s response to Rahm Emanuel & Rush Limbaugh using the word retard or retarded. The word was used properly.  Retard is defined as: “Sometimes offensive: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress.  The way our government has been lately, I don’t blame him for using the word, because it does seem that many are limited in the intellectual department….  It wasn’t used against her child.  Sarah needs to get over herself, it’s NOT all about Sarah!!  Also, I just now realized that Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to have her own website.  Interesting….

The Weekly Time Waster: The NYS Senate Committee has passed a gallons per mile bill.  Seriously?  NY needs to learn to do math on their own.  Why are you wasting valuable time creating shit like this.  I want to drive 1000 miles my car gets 25 mpg therefore it will take me 40 gallons of gas to get there.  It’s MATH not rocket science.

The Weekly Tea: Garden Aria White Tea

The Weekly Food: Grandpa Pete’s Vodka Sauce Grandpa Pete’s had a booth at the Home Show this past weekend.  They had samples.  OMG their sauces are good!  They’re worth every penny!  (Or should I say Penne?)  LOL!

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away? It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing reactions at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.

The Weekly Birthdays: Darrell Kuhn, Jen Adams, Jay Gruen, Katie “Pampered Chef” McKay, and Joey “The Word” Parola

The Weekly Annoyance: If you list things on eBay, and I buy them, make sure they get to me.  Excuses are annoying.  “I lost your gift certificate.”  “Your game must have been lost in the mail.”  ANNOYED!!

The Weekly Activity: Helping one of my best friends who a HUGE relationship issue. Hopefully he’ll sort it all out soon….  Thank you to everyone who commented and gave advice.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter:
Angelos Tzelepis – He likes wine, photography and soccer – good combination if you ask me 🙂
Never In Vegas – They’re a great Rock ‘n Roll cover band from Boston, MA
Punxsutawney Phil – I had to add him – I wrote a blog about him 🙂

The Weekly Charitys I’m Pimping: You’re going to get two this week.
Hannah’s Hope Fund – This little girl has Giant Axonal Neuropathy.  She is an adorable 5 year old little girl.  Dorris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation is providing a matching grant for all funds raised through February 15th, 2010 up to $500,000.
Save Bannerman Castle – I wrote a blog about Bannerman Castle they’re trying to raise money to work on the restoration.

Weekly Cool Stuff: My good friend Janet Reeves has submitted a video for the CBS casting call for Survivor Season 21.  I think she’d be awesome on  the show.  Check it out and leave her a comment.

Weekly Grand Totals:
Time spent on the phone being a sounding board for my friend with relationship issues: 1025 minutes = 17+ hours
Different types of tea I drank: 2

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you were going to be a product reviewer, what companies would you ask for products?

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I want to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone who commented on yesterday’s blog.
My friend is really struggling with the whole situation.  A few developments have happened throughout the day….
I think at this point deep in his soul he knows that this isn’t going to work out well.
I think he’s just hoping that she’ll come out and say “I can’t do this” but we’re wondering will that day be coming?
I think he’s going to see her tomorrow so it will be interesting to see if she answers any questions or gives him anything to make this situation better.  Or will she act like nothing is amiss?

My friend hasn’t been able to get online to see all of the comments, but I’ve read him some of them.
He very much appreciates that every one of you who commented took the time to do so.
Thank you again.

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What’s everyone doing this weekend?

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Tracks

What the hell, I’m going to publish this at 5:30AM instead of 9:15 AM.  Forgive the spacing, WordPress keeps changing where I put everything!!!!

New Hamburg Train Station

This past Thursday January 21, 2010 Michael & I went to NYC because I won tickets to go see Cavo & Joshua Radin at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.  We decided to get up early (well early for us anyway) and drive down to New Hamburg, NY to catch the Metro North train from there into Grand Central Terminal.  On the train ride down we passed Bannerman Castle.  I had recently seen something on the news about it and it looks like it could be really cool to visit if they can get the place restored….

On the train ride down there my good friend Dave from high school started texting me.  He goes into the city all the time so I asked him where we could find good NYC Pizza.  He referred us to Two Boots on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal.  Michael had a slice that had sopressata and sweet Italian sausage on it which he loved.  I kept it simple with a slice of Sicilian with some plum tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on it.  Thanks Dave for the help 🙂

Bryant Park

Once we got lunch out-of-the-way we decided to start wandering around the city.  So I checked out my handy-dandy Inside Out Map of NYC to get us going in the right direction and off we went.  (Inside Out Maps are AWESOME!  They’re a bit smaller than a paperback book and the map just flips open and everything you need is right there.  They also have a built-in pen and compass.  We decided to head towards Times Square and wander around there because that’s where we needed to be for the concert.  On the way there we passed through Bryant Park which was kind of cool for me because I’ve watched Project Runway lately and that’s where New York Fashion Week takes place.

Hershey Store

Checking out the pastel M&Ms

Once we got to the Times Square area, we went to Godiva, The Times Square Hershey Store, and M&M World.  Yes, yes, yes we went to NYC to buy chocolate!!  We got a few truffles at Godiva.  We got some York Pieces and Almond Joy Pieces at Hershey’s.  We ended up not buying anything at M&M World but we had a fun time exploring the store and taking pictures.  They have this thing that you stand in that scans you to tell you what color your favorite M&M is.  Mine came back White because I’m so kind.  I let out a big laugh with that one 🙂

Looking at puppy shirts....

Hanging with the M&M Monkey


I was thrilled when they told me that they had a puppy section.  They had some cute stuff, but they were kinda overpriced, and didn’t look like they’d fit Bella well, so we didn’t get one….  We did end up getting her a squeaky yellow guitar at The Hard Rock Cafe later in the evening though.  We’re going to give it to her next time her Daddy and her Uncle Shawn play Guitar Hero or Rock Band because she likes to squeak along to the music….

The Late Show

We walked over to the Ed Sullivan Theater where they film The Late Show with David Letterman.  There was a HUGE line of people outside waiting to get inside for filming.  I think they were on stand by because we walked by a short time later and heard them announce that they had everyone they could use for the day and “Better Luck Next Time.”

Times Square

We went to Dave & Buster’s for dinner.  (I know, not somewhere most people would pick in NYC, but we had fun)  We had a nice dinner and then we played some trivia and a couple other games.  All in all we ended up with 1,070 tickets.  We ended up not cashing them in.  We’ll hold them until next time we go there and hopefully get something nicer.  I could have gotten a shirt or something, but I wouldn’t wear it so we’ll wait….

After dinner we decided that we’d had enough walking (my feet were KILLING me) so we went over to The Hard Rock Cafe and got in line for the Cavo & Joshua Radin concert.  After about 20 minutes someone came out and asked all the people who had VIP Meet & Greet tickets to form a separate line.  Everyone from the line moved to the new line except for us and two guys behind us.  Michael joked with the guy in charge “Come on, you can’t take 4 more can ya?”  Angelo from Sony Music said “What the hell, when you get to the table tell them Angelo said it was okay.”  So in we went.  Honestly I’m not a real “star-struck” type.  I never know what to say to them and usually end up saying something stupid.  That night was no exception.  While talking to Joshua Radin I said “Well I know you’re not supposed to say Good Luck to performers so how about break a string?”  I thought it was amusing instead of break a leg.  Luckily he DIDN’T break a string that night.  Joshua and the members of Cavo were all really nice guys.  After the meet and greet we were able to get a table with a nice view of the stage and we invited the two guys who were in line with us to join us.  We had a nice conversation and a great time at the concert.

Joshua Radin playing in the crowd

After the concert we went back to Grand Central Terminal to catch out train back to New Hamburg.  Boy were we tired!  We finally got home around 3AMish I think.  Thankfully Shawn was able to stay at the house with Bella because she probably would have freaked out if she was left alone that long.  I’ve gotta admit – we’ve spoiled her a bit when it comes to attention and companionship….  She was thrilled when we got home 🙂

Bella with her Baby Puppy

HUGE THANK YOU’S GO OUT TO UNCLE SHAWN!!!

I hope you all enjoyed this.
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