Archive for November, 2011

German European American Society Anniversary

G.E.A.S

Besides selling on-line at Online Auction.com. I do have a personal life.The German Club (G.E.A.S.) that I belong to just celebrated their 40th Anniversary Party. 

My Mother, her Husband, Aunts and Uncles were some of the original founders. Sadly, many are gone now but we do still try to keep up the traditions that they started and we still honor the Charter Members that are still with us.  This event is only held every 5 years so it is quite the occasion.

  I have been fortunate to be able to run their website and have just published some new videos of the event.  We had a great time!  
If you would like to view some of the just OK videos, you can view them at our site www.geasnorfolk.org.

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Quality Control in your Undies!

OK, lets talk Quality Control.  What happened to it?

I’ve decided that there isn’t much when it comes to underwear. And, yes, you could consider this a rant.

Some years ago I was always pleased with a product that I purchased made by Maiden Form.  But things always seem to be changing and they no longer made my cute undies with one hundred percent cotton and due to medical reasons I had to find underwear from another company.  I really needed more than a cotton liner.

You would think this would be an easy task. NOT!

I have wasted a lot of money on briefs, trying to find a product that fits well.  I’m not a rich person and am pretty frugal so I cannot justify buying underwear that sells in department stores to the tune of 7.00 to 10.00 a pair!  I go with the 6 packs.  Now, in the old days if there was a Name Brand company on the package like Hanes, Jockey or even JC Pennies brand Underscore you would assume that there is a certain amount of quality control that these name brand companies would demand.  Even if they are no longer manufactured in the USA.

I am totally disappointed with companies that are touting their glorious names and give us crap!  Briefs are supposed to be briefs not a high rise leg cut.  Side seams are twisted and crooked.  The Jockey, Hanes and Underscores are packaged fine but just wait till you wash them.  Of course, if you wash them you cannot take them back to the place of purchase and complain!  Finding an affordable 100% cotton brief, That Fits Properly, is nearly impossible.  Quality has been lost in this country.

It is a sad day when these big name companies just ride on their laurels and never bother to make the quality of their product a priority!

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Tooting My Own Horn

Tooting My Own Horn

Yesterday morning I finished decorating my internet store front for a contest that Online Auction.com is sponsoring.  I only bring this up because it took me a little longer than anticipated!

I have learned a little html and Css code over the years, enough to get by so I could make nice selling pages.   What always amazes me is how quickly you can forget simple code when it hasn’t  been used in just a few months.  I guess the old adage holds true, “You don’t use it, you loose it.”

Come visit and take a peek at my decor.

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Herman Cain – Poser

Herman Cain Poser

Let me begin by saying I have always been an independent voter.  I say this so you know that I don’t have any favorites in the race for President in 2012 as yet.

My first thought when the Herman Cain hoopla hit the fan was “Why isn’t the Media mentioning the Corporate Insurance”? Listening to media outlets is worse than reading an Enquirer (heck the Enquirer has been sued so many times I might even believe them more).  Talk about misleading sensationalism.  I really don’t know if these allegations are warranted or not.  But…

Why would I have an opinion?  

Because I’ve been involved with something similar.  It wasn’t an accusation of sexual misconduct but it certainly involved lawyers and insurance companies.  In a nutshell, when I was working at a hair salon, my client said she had fallen in a small puddle of water that was on the floor.  This was during Xmas holidays so the shop was full and we were enjoying food and festivities.  She had been sitting in a shampoo chair and said when she stood she said she had slipped and fallen in said water!  We found none.

Anyway,  all of us were concerned and we wanted to know if she was all right.  Even though she was cradling her arm and said it only ached a little she refused our offers to call 911 for an ambulance, we offered to drive her to hospital and she wouldn’t even have an aspirin!  My client had come in for a permanent wave and, by golly, she was going to receive her perm today.  At one point she even got belligerent.  

I proceeded with the permanent, which usually takes three hours.  She finally calmed down and even ate and enjoyed the festivities.  We finished the perm and she got into her car and drove herself home.  I know because I called her to make sure she got home safely.  I had bad vibes, none the less, so I made notes of the events on her record.  She had been my client for 8 years.

Two weeks later the owner of the Shop got a letter from a lawyer representing my client who placed a lawsuit against the owner’s insurance for my client’s broken arm!!  The client  just confirmed my suspicion when she called me at home and hinted to me that I should back up her story.  I was livid.  I figured if her arm was broken there might have been some real pain, swelling to her arm, fingers or hands after sitting for a three hour permanent wave!  She left our shop perfectly happy.

Now, the conclusion of this story.  Two years of litigation between the lawyers and the Shop’s insurance company.  Many phone calls to myself and the owner from both sides of the litigation.  The lawyers, in the end, told me that she had changed her story three times and knew she had been lying.  We had not varied our story of the event, ever. (As Judge Judy says:  Its hard to remember a lie but easy to remember the truth.)  

Guess what?  They settled with her!  No matter what the truth!  Just to expensive after two years of paper work.  We, at the Shop, were in total shock.  The only thing that made us feel better was to know she didn’t receive a dime.  No cash.  The insurance company gave the money for her doctor’s appointments (trying to find something wrong) to Medicare!

This story has nothing to do with Herman Cain but I, certainly, can relate to the way these claims of improprieties might have been handled.  Since this story came out, it was refreshing to hear one or two in the media mention the Insurance Settlement quandary.

Could it be that Herman Cain is becoming a threat to the congressional establishment, Republicans and the Democrats alike?  How many more women will come out and claim sexual indiscretions now that the two original ladies have declined to go public?

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