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Sunday, May 9, 2010
I researched the different types of travel mugs that are available and there are basically 2 types, spill proof and splash proof. Spill proof will not spill because they has some type of stopper to prevent the liquid from spilling. These are great for putting them into your computer bag or backpack because you know that they won't spill and ruin the gear in your bag. The splash proof are designed to be carried in the upright position because their main function is to keep the liquid from splashing when jostled around. Both the splash proof and the spill proof are insulated to help to keep the contents hot or cold. Which type that you choose, boils down to how you are going to use them, carried around in your hand or stowed in your bag.
After determining which type of travel mug that I wanted to use, which was spill proof, I checked online at one of my favorite gear shops, REI. I decide to get the flip top version of the spill proof mug instead of the screw on top version because of the convenience of the flip top always being connected to the mug, nothing to loose or keep track of. The top flip opens and locks back to prevent it from smacking you in the face while drinking, a really nice feature. The gray button is the stopper, up for closed and down for open, simple! The beverage flows slowly and smoothly into the food grade sipping collar, no spilling on your shirt and tie here. My coffee stays warm for hours thanks to the double walled design and thermal seal on the stopper. Clean up is a breeze, unscrew the top, unscrew the stopper and rinse with hot water. I chose to get two, one for cold and one for coffee. They are available in natural stainless, navy blue, forest green and steel gray. Pick up one of these travel mugs and you won't be sorry!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Lyrics | Evanescence lyrics - Broken lyrics
Everyone is broken...I heard someone on TV say that and I thought, how true. We have all suffered from a broken heart which for most of us first happened in grade school. We have all broken our promises from time to time and we have all broken the law by using our mobile phones while driving. So being broken is as much a part of our lives as being honest. But, like being honest, being broken can be a positive thing. Broken eggs are required for making a delicious omelet or a birthday cake for a great celebration. "Break in case of an Emergency" signs require us to break the glass in order to sound an alarm that can save lives. Breaking bad habits can help us to achieve our goals which is always a positive thing. So destruction can be a good thing!
So the next time that you have a yummy chocolate bar, break off a piece and share it with a friend...
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
As a result of this blog post, Best Buy, the parent company of Dealtree.com , contacted me to apologize for the experience that I had with their trade-in program and refunded the shipping charges. I greatly appreciate the integrity that was shown when they admitted that they had made a mistake and did their best to rectify it.
Back in January I decided that it was time to recycle some of my portable electronics, a couple of Nintendo DS Lite's, a Nintendo GBA SP and an iPod 30Gb Video. I figured that now would be a good time before their value drops to nothing. So I contacted Best Buy's Trade-in program online and input the information to determine what the value of each item would be. The NDS Lite value was $64 each, the iPod Video was $49 and the NGBA SP was $12. So the grand total would be $190 dollars for items that I was no longer using. The deal is that if I ask for a Best Buy gift card I would get more money than if I asked for a check, so I figured that $190 dollars at Best Buy is better than $120 dollars cash (the amount that the check would be).
I decided to move forward with the trade in and accepted the amount that Best Buy would give me. Best Buy emailed me a shipping label for each item. I packed up each item, attached the label and sent them off to BB in SoCal (Irvine) on January 18th. Within a couple of days, the UPS tracking said that they received the packages and Dealtree.com (who contracts with Best Buy) would inspect the items within 7 days and send me an email confirming their value.
On January 26th, I received emails from Dealtree.com verifying the values of each item. The iPod was verified at $49, the NGBA SP was verified at $13 (they added a dollar for more than 3 games) and one of the NDS Lite verified at $57 ($7 less because of a missing cover, okay). Now comes the shady part, the other NDS Lite was verified at $0 because it was not working, "would not read games". I know for a fact that it was working as my 6 and 10 year old niece played with them as we were packing them up to ship out. I get an email stating that the trade in value is $0 and if I don't respond within 72 hours then the amount would be accepted and the item would be recycled. If I wanted the item returned to me, it would cost me shipping both ways ($19.30). I asked them to test it again and I got a canned response of "we test the units several times before we make a determination".
I decided to pay the ransom and have the NDS sent back to me. I got the NDS back on February 2nd. I happened to be going over to see my 10 year old nephew that evening, so I took the NDS over, handed it to him and asked him to play a game in it. He grabbed one of his games, put it in and started to play. I said, does it work, he said yeah why? I told him that this is one of the NDS's that we sent in to get money for it and they said that it didn't work. He said, what a bunch of liar's, I said "exactly".
On February 8th I receive the Best Buy gift card in the mail for $119. The name on the mail was not mine but the address was correct along with the gift card value so I figured no big deal. Gift cards don't have names associated with them, right? I mean if I give someone a Best Buy gift card they don't have to show ID to spend it, right?
Today, I get an email stating,
"Do to an unknown error with the original issuance of your gift card you may have received, or will possibly be receiving a gift card with an incorrect name associated with your address. We have voided this card and you will be receiving a replacement that shipped February 9, 2010. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Thank you, Best Buy / Dealtree Trade-in Department"
Man oh man, they lie to me, hold my NDS hostage, and then mess up on the gift card addressing!!! Do yourself a favor and don't use the Best Buy Trade-In program. BTW they also take in Notebooks, TV's, Cameras, more complicated items to test...
I will be reporting them to the BBB.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
As of 9pm on 2-2, my email was back up and running. The outage was approximately 16 hours for me...your mileage may vary...
This entire morning Surewest's email has been down. Granted, this is the first time that I have experienced the outage with Surewest, but it is a major inconvenience non the less. I have a second email account which is actually my primary inbox, but I have some items that only go to the Surewest inbox and not knowing what I am missing is a bugger!
I have been on Twitter for over a year now and I like the quick and simple communication and information that can be found there. I didn't want to get into facebook because I didn't want to maintain another webpage. I keep this blog going the best that I can without it being a drudge. Well I have finally decided to get on facebook. So if you want to find out more about me and my views, friend me on facebook (hope that I said that right) or follow me on Twitter.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Adidas® Elite team duffle bag lets you carry your gear in style and comfort with a dual-adjustable, no-twist shoulder strap that has an extra-padded strap pad. The bag features a zippered main compartment, a FreshPAK lined wet/dry shoe tunnel, an end cap with a valuables pocket, spac...
Very Large Bag, Great to Carry All
Pros: Durable, Large Capacity, Good Zippers
Describe Yourself: Outdoor Professional
What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
Great quality bag. I upgraded from the medium to the large and believe me, this is a LARGE bag. It's nice to have so much capacity, just be careful not to overload it or your shoulder will suffer. For most people I would suggest the medium, the large works for me because I travel frequently to out of town soccer tournaments and it is nice to have everything in one bag.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I got a hold of these prototype iPhone gloves this past week and absolutely love them! These gloves have 3 layers of material, fleece, Thinsulate and spandex. Despite the 3 layers, they are incredibly thin and comfortable. The palms have a grippy material which works great in wet weather. The piece de resistance is the exposed thumbs which makes operating the iPhone a snap. Look for them at a retail location near you soon!
Monday, January 11, 2010