[Rant] Minor Rant III: For a Few Hollers More

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FedEx as a company needs to be put out to pasture. They've supposedly* stopped handling all Amazon deliveries, and that's great, but Amazon itself is getting to be such complete and utter crap that I spend more time shopping off Amazon than I do shopping on it, and all of the places that I've replaced it with are using FedEx for their shipping. I'm so sick of every second delivery of mine waiting days in some out of the way truckstop in Sweetbrier, CA or spending three days bouncing around the various sorting facilities in North Salt Lake, UT. I understand that the seller didn't pay for extremely expedited shipping, but that doesn't mean you need to wait the full 14 days when you could have it here sooner!

For example, on the 31st of August I bought two tubes of the same product (Nutri-Cal supplement for cats) from Chewy.com. One tube shipped from TX and the other from NV. The tube that shipped from NV made it here the day after it shipped. The tube that shipped from TX isn't due for another week, and is currently sitting in its third sorting facility, this time somewhere on I-84 in NE Oregon. The seller has no way of knowing that FedEx is going to completely fuck up the routing when they sell the product, but more and more often I wind up cancelling orders as soon as I get the FedEx shipping confirmation - which invariably has a receipt date way outside the promised date range, and then the company is upset and there's nothing the reps can do about the shipping choice, it's all a huge fucking mess. Honestly, if I could, I'd rather have ODFL handle my freight deliveries - at least then I'd know to expect them a month late and broken.

*My most recent Amazon order was also broken into two parts, and the part coming USPS is due to be here today, while the part coming FedEx is due sometime between 9-12 and 9-23 - except that, when I made the purchase, it was Prime Eligible, in stock, and due to be delivered today as well. If I didn't really, really need it, I'd cancel the order and find it somewhere else, like I have the ten or fifteen other orders this has happened with in the past year.
As a FedEx employee, I cannot legally answer to any of that, except to assure you all effort is always made to make sure our customers and all addressees are served in the best, fastest, friendliest way possible. I am sad to hear your stories of woe, and can only assure you that Customer Service will be happy to elp you with any complaint you may have.
 
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I AM A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON AND NOT AT ALL THAT HANDSOME LOOKING DEVIL ABOVE.

FedEx routing is absolutely horrendous, and the customer service is next-to-non-existant. I'm currently still working for TNT, which was bought up by FedEx a few years ago. As we go through the merger process, it's really quite horrible how many different ways I've been told to tell customers to Fuck Off.
TNT had the opposite problem - pretty much any customer worth over $50/month could have their own custom set-up especially for them, which probably ended up costing us more than $50/month to maintain, which isn't a winning business model. And is a pain to maintain, as coders and support staff leave with their knowledge. The FedEx side is much easier...All customers get the same system. Too complicated and bloated for you? Fuck off and use DHL. Not enough options and automation systems? Fuck off and use DHL. Your set-up requires things to be added in another order? Fuck off and use DHL.

Anyway, I assure you, FedEx has gotten rid of Amazon, and we're very, very happy for that. What they demand is insane, and what they pay for it is BS. Non-customer prices are, say, $50. Regular customers might pay $10 for the same shipment. Really big customers, $2. Amazon? $0.20. This is not an exaggeration.

FedEx mentally is People-Service-Profit. They claim these are the three pillars...But I assure you, People only need to Serve to make more Profit.
 
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My internet apparently went out sometime around midnight last night. My wife - the tech genius she is - knows that whenever that happens the first thing I do is unplug the router & modem an then plug them back in. She called me at work & told me that she'd done that but nothing. So I get on the phone with the cable company and for almost an hour talk to them. Is there an outage in my area? Yes, we've cycled the modem. Can you ping the router, etc. The cable guys asks what color the internet light is on the modem. I ask the wife that and also whether or not it's blinking. She sends me a picture.

She didn't unplug the power to the router & modem. Well, she DID, but she also unplugged the inputs and lines out. And, of course, didn't know where to plug them back in.

I apologized to the cable guy and will be showing her how to power down a modem & router when I get home. Tech rule of thumb: Don't unplug shit if you don't know what it is!
 
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I am so fucking tired of every other teacher at this school thinking they are the center of the universe. Maybe once, just once, you lazy fucks could actually be helpful or listen to your colleagues. Stop throwing tantrums every time you don't get your way, especially on the insignificant bullshit.
 
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"keep them in your breast pocket and pants front pocket at all times".
No biting each other, and constant cuteness within easy reach!
 
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So yeah Grubhub is...pretty terrible.

My last delivery yesterday I got at three, while the order was ready...before/at 2:17....while I was still finishing a delivery.

The main reason for this is, when you order from Grubhub, it goes through three distinct order pools, the first pool is Premium, second is Pro, third is Partner.

If said job is rejected by enough premiums, it goes to the pros, and if said job is rejected by enough pros it goes to partners, a process that can can take up to an hour.

Oft-times I'd get deliveries like this where the customer would ask why its taking the driver so long, when in reality its because an app that doles out deliveries based on a ridiculous gamified schedule.

Point is, if you gotta order from Grubhub, either put instructions in the app or call the place to prepare it ONLY when said order gets a full delivery person, otherwise you'll be waiting on cold food.

THAT-and they cut the Adjustment pay of 11 dollars per hour, making the app the exact same value to work for as every other crappy courier app.
 
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I went on three dates with a girl, and we really seemed to hit it off. We had a lot in common and always enjoyed each other's company. We were even making plans for a fourth date tomorrow. Then I got a text message from her tonight saying she didn't feel a romantic connection. She said she was sorry to do it over text but she wasn't sure if she could express how she felt over the phone or in person.

I know that she at least told me something and didn't ghost on me. On the other hand, a TEXT MESSAGE? We dated for nearly a month and she ended it with a freakin' TEXT?!
 

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I went on three dates with a girl, and we really seemed to hit it off. We had a lot in common and always enjoyed each other's company. We were even making plans for a fourth date tomorrow. Then I got a text message from her tonight saying she didn't feel a romantic connection. She said she was sorry to do it over text but she wasn't sure if she could express how she felt over the phone or in person.

I know that she at least told me something and didn't ghost on me. On the other hand, a TEXT MESSAGE? We dated for nearly a month and she ended it with a freakin' TEXT?!
Well, my thoughts went two ways...

First, gals can't be too careful these days... seems to be a run of guys not taking rejection well, and you can never tell.

Second... if not, smells like dodged bullet. Like I said.... you never can tell.
 
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First day back at work at my old job after a year abroad. I talked to some of my coworkers about how things have been going. Holy crap how has this place not burned down in my absence?

Anyway, *cracks knuckles*, time for me to whip this place back into shape.
 
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So in about 5 and a half hours I am going to have my power shutoff for anywhere from 12 hours to 5 days, all because PG&E doesn’t know how to do its job AND not start huge wildfires. But that’s not what the rant is about. We’ve got plenty of supplies and food that doesn’t need an electric stove/oven, so we’re good.

No, my rant is about my stupid fucking school district. At first they were going to insist on keeping school open, with no power, and... have kids read in the dark? I don’t know. But someone basically had to tell them no, and they begrudgingly cancelled school for today. But they are making us teachers come in anyway, because “we are still paid employees and are expected to use the time productively.” In the dark. With no light, computers, phones, or internet access. They even threatened to have teachers work for our groundskeepers, just so they can say they got us to work instead of giving us a day off too. Assholes.
 
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So in about 5 and a half hours I am going to have my power shutoff for anywhere from 12 hours to 5 days, all because PG&E doesn’t know how to do its job AND not start huge wildfires. But that’s not what the rant is about. We’ve got plenty of supplies and food that doesn’t need an electric stove/oven, so we’re good.

No, my rant is about my stupid fucking school district. At first they were going to insist on keeping school open, with no power, and... have kids read in the dark? I don’t know. But someone basically had to tell them no, and they begrudgingly cancelled school for today. But they are making us teachers come in anyway, because “we are still paid employees and are expected to use the time productively.” In the dark. With no light, computers, phones, or internet access. They even threatened to have teachers work for our groundskeepers, just so they can say they got us to work instead of giving us a day off too. Assholes.
You don't have a union to stand up to this garbage?
 
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You don't have a union to stand up to this garbage?
No word yet. All I know is that I'm at work right now, and they told us we would have the day to work on whatever we wanted. So it sounds like someone told them that they can't make us pull weeds or clean toilets just because kids aren't here.
 
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School admin is always a pain. When I taught high school last year I got along with most of the teachers. My department head was also pretty cool. But hot damn the admin kept finding ways to screw up.
 
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The oils are so concentrated that it takes a good bit of volume to balance their intensity. I think if you had been trying to flavor the cake batter instead of the meringue that it may have worked better, because when you get down to it meringue is mostly air.
 
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meringue is mostly air.
And no fat for the flavor to spread through, either. It's different when you're making candy, the flavoring in candy has to be intense to survive basically being boiled in sugar.

Is this for something keto-related? Because you'll have better results flavoring the butter or shortening with a drop of oil and then using that.

I feel you on the hazelnuts, though. They can go from perfect to burnt in something like 5 seconds flat.

--Patrick
 
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Minor 'cause I'm feeling okay, but I'm a little concerned about my blood pressure. Now that I'm on the new regimen of medication, I think it might be a little too *low*. Systolic is good, with occasional spikes above 120. Diastolic worries me. It's gone into the 50s more than a few times, and sometimes even into the 40s. I've called and left a message for the cardiologist to see what they think I should do.
 
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I should add that this isn’t advice anyone should take without their own doctor’s input.
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Salt encourages your body to retain water, which raises your blood pressure.

--Patrick
Mine is always low and used to drop significantly when I stood.
 
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