Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Be a doll, pass me the Excedrin...



Is today over?? Can it be over if I just get into bed and not get up until tomorrow?? Please????

I would just like to state for the record, that I HATE, HATE, HATE "service" companies. You know, like AT&T, DirecTV, Verizon, etc etc etc. After pushing God knows how many buttons, how many times, if you're lucky you'll get to talk to a real, live human being. Who might speak English. And who will definitely talk to you with rudeness and a severely condescending attitude. I'd like to make a national holiday of just hating on India and/or Pakistan or wherever the hell these stupid call centers are from. Seriously. Forget a day of prayer. I just want a day of hate. I've gone over to the dark side, people. And they have free chocolate, so I might not be coming back.

I'm kidding.

(Mostly. I think.)

You know when you start up with a company, it's almost NEVER on the first of the month, or the last day of the month. So you have to pay a "prorated" amount. This is code for taking it up the ass, hard. And you always pay these companies a month in advance, so you have a HUGE first bill and then it levels out. So....when it comes time to disconnect, you should have a month left of service after you pay that last time, right? Nope. No, no, no, no. Because these are "service" companies!!! Why on earth would you assume you would get any service??? Hello??? That word went out with the Kennedy administration!!!

No, when you call to arrange your disconnect, you ask what date you are paid up til, only to find out that somehow along the way that your payment date is now in "mid-cycle". What?? No one could adequately explain this to me. So they get ya comin', and they get ya goin'. The only service these companies provide is migraines.

But they aren't getting another penny out of us!!!! Firstly, because I have a budget and taking it up the butt one last time wasn't in the plan. And secondly, it's just become a matter of principle at this point. I have spent countless hours on the phone with these jackasses in the nearly two years of living here, and I'm just not going to reward their crap with another hard earned dollar. I refuse!!!! And as much as I'm going to hate not having cable past Friday, or phone & internet past the 30th, I'm not giving in!!!

So yeah, I kept my computer here, only to have no internet service. Call me Charlie Brown!!!! At least I have my air-conditioning (knock wood!) because we are having major heat advisories right now, and poor Rachel's has been out for two days. The part to fix it is backordered and has been for months!! Yes, our housing is privatized and they only care about taking our money, not providing us with any service!! See??? It's everywhere!!!


The hold baggage pick up went smoothly. No reason for it not to, as we were totally prepared and had everything on the dining room table and garage (for the dirty, dusty Army equipment). But you never know - the best laid plans....and all that jazz. I forgot to take "before" pics but took these "after".

Thomas goofing around
Little truck! The one coming next time will be HUGE and have empty wooden crates on it. When you move overseas, all the boxes and furniture get put into wooden crates. Then the crates are put into those metal storage containers seen often on trains, for the boat ride over the Atlantic.
The movers were fast, friendly and fast. Just the way I like 'em.
Army shit stuff.

And some good news:
It was sooo yummy good with lime tortilla chips!
And The Bella is going to be wearing this awesome outfit on the 4th!! Cynde made this especially for her from the bloggy contest I won! LOVE IT!!


Next battle, the housing office. I'm primed and ready to go and they have already tried to start trouble.....I'm going to eat them for breakfast!!!!!


Michelle aka Mommy said...

give 'em hell girl! :)

blueviolet said...

I'm glad that went well. The housing office ain't got nothing on you!

foxy said...

Dude, i HATE HATE HATE service companies. Pissers.

Cherie said...

Service companies are the bane of life sometimes! Very Frustrating!

Excited to see you guys packing up!

Love the dress for Bella that is SO dang cute!

just call me jo said...

Having moved less than a year ago, I still feel the pain vividly. Such a headache, assache, and everythingache. Go to the mattresses!!! This is business, not personal.

Regina said...

OMGOSH...you go girl!! Remind me NEVER to get on your bad side. LOL..I so would not want to be the one dealing with the Jeanniewrath!!!

Just remember to breathe and think of side walk cafes.....

Cheeseboy said...

So much going on. I wish you the very best of luck in your move.

Anonymous said...

I love that little outfit that is just so cute, wonderful job your friend did on that.

I do hate calling any service center just for that reason of having to push so many numbers just to get to maybe talk to a human. And I agree they do seem to be so rude.

I hope your week gets better, hugsss

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your move! That salsa looks amazing. And the dress for the 4th is so cute! I am a new follower. Have a great day!

Kelly said...

I hear you! Me too.


Intense Guy said...

Hey.. you has connections in the ARMY... time to go "nu-clear"!

Frances said...

I'm glad the movers were good ones. I agree with you on the service company cr@p. I am usually patient, but they can try even the most patient of people.

I hope tomorrow is better for you.

Garden of Egan said...

Wow! I can't believe it's almost alreay here! I'm so excited for you I could scream.

KatCollects said...

Take a deep breath and count to 10, or maybe 200 : ) I love the outfit for Bella, can't wait to see a picture of her in it, she will be adorable!

Bridgett said...

Oh Jeannie! BIG HUGS to you and I am so sorry you are having such a hard time! Hope you get to relax and enjoy your time in Italy! Gotta tell you I am jealous! I have a super dear friend there that has been my pen pal since 10th grade and I would love, love, love to meet her sometime. I will go one day but until then I can live it through you! LOL Hope your moving experience gets a lot better!

Super sweet outfit for Bella. Love that! I hope to see pictures of her in it. You know she's going to look like a little doll!

Yummy looking salad! Look at you go!


gigi said...

I hope today is better!!! Smile and breath and pray for you are the Queen.

SonyaAnn said...

I'm having phone and sate-light problems so I know a fight is on the horizon!!! I'm going to refer them to read your post! You summed it up perfect.
I can't wait to see pictures of your new place! Good luck!

Grand Pooba said...

Wow Jeannie, where were you when I had to call all my "service" companies? I'm sure you could have gotten some money out of them for me!!

Geez moving over seas is crazy! I hope all your stuff gets there safe! (And you too ;o)

Oh and if there's chocolate, I'm so there!

AliceKay said...

Wow...I'm frustrated just reading what you're going thru. I hope things went okay with the housing office. (if not, i hope you gave 'em hell) *hugs*

The pics of Thomas were great. LOL

That dress is really cute. Bella will look adorable in it.

Hang in there! *hugs*

Faye said...

You are really a tiger, Jeannie! Go get 'em! I know you'll be glad to be moved and settled.

On a serious note: what's in that pineapple salsa? It looks wonderful Do you have a recipe?

Mary said...

a small tip if you are shipping a vehicle, check your battery and cables before you leave (I'd even take a picture). When I shipped my car from HI to FL, I'm unsure if they unplugged my battery or not, but the cables to the battery were completely corroded by the time I picked it up (in Orlando), but I safely made the 6 hr drive to NW Florida before my car stopped running. MANY hrs later I had to get the cables replaced, and a new battery. I don't think the salty sea air likes vehicles :o)

Mighty M said...

Sounds like such a crazy day!! Sorry I haven't been by all week, I have barely had time for the computer.

I love Bella's outfit - can't wait to see her in it!

Annie said...

I totally second you on the hate day!!!! :) I get so aggrivated after talking to them - aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

My goodness, that outfit is so darling!