Shotty Work and Dishonesty

This weekend the fiancée and myself enjoyed a weekend away. Just a one night stay in what is normally a pretty dam good hotel chain. Clean sheets, clean towels, everything recently vacuumed, and washed down. What more can one ask for?

Later in the evening while needing to go to the bathroom my attention was drawn to a spot on the wall. The spot would be a small hole in what was a larger patch on the wall. At first I thought it was maybe just a pad batch of plaster, but then I realized where the bathroom door swing path led to. Now after the first time one would think to put a door stop in to prevent it from happening again, but I guess that would be a bridge too far. Then I started looking around the room and saw several other patch spots with shotty finishes.

I’ve seen enough quick fix patch work in my time working along side my father to fix others errors, but what really irked me was the hotels slight bit of dishonesty. Upon walking into the room it was a little stuffy so I walk over to the HVAC unit and see a sign that reads “unit controlled by wall panel”. So I search the room to find it hidden behind the desk lamp. It was one of those old General Electric mercury switch units. Finding it odd but not giving it much thought beyond that I lower the temperature and activate the fan.

About and hour later my fiancée comments that the air temperature hasn’t changed so I give the wall unit a second gander. This time I pulled the cover plate off to find that mercury tumbler but no additional control wiring. At that point I returned to the HVAC unit and pick up the sign indicating to use the wall control unit and find that the actual control panel is there.

Normally I would take some time and call out this Hotel Brand on the carpet and dress them down a little, but the summary of offenses isn’t that great. Just more disappointed in the general underhandedness.

New Words

So apparently the Oxford Dictionary has decided to add some new words to their official list. While reviewing it a majority of the words don’t make sense. Maybe one or two I can get on board with, but the majority is a joke. A few did make me giggle, but the vast majority make me question the professionals who decide the addition of new words.

I understand that as a language evolves new words and concepts will arise over time, but I think that the evolve part is being forgotten. Some of the words the exist now in the English language are as a result of laziness or just plain ignorance. I may jokingly use some of the “new words”, but never  in a serious context.

Maybe its just me getting old or my inner educator breaking through, but something has to give.

Drivers Liscense Retest

Aside from a freshly minted driver and discounting the obvious dangers there are when you intoxicated or texting while driving I would say the next most dangerous group driving are the elderly. Before anyone decides to get high and mighty on me and start throwing he ageist term around hear me out.

Every time I have to go anywhere further than a mile from my home I will come across a senior driver whom for whatever reason drift from side to side of their lane. Now, I know that any vehicle will just by the nature of physics drift a little, but these said drives are drifting feet not inches. What’s worse is sometimes its into the emergency shoulder, the next lane, or worse yet opposing lane of traffic. They will correct quickly, but there will come a time where that’s a day late and a dollar short.

It is a fact of life that as we age even with preventative exercise and vitamins your reaction speed will diminish. Which is why I want the elderly retested when they have to renew their license’s every so many years. I am aware that peoples doctors can revoke their licenses for a variety of medical reasons, but physicians are more empts to hand out a handicapped tag before they’ll revoke or suspend someone’s license.

I can dig up plenty of newspaper articles to back my logic and I have a few personal experiences with older family members to back me up as well. I know a lot of people will point out that driving is sometimes seniors only form of independence left but I will ask if their life or another’s life is really worth the potential accident they could create. I will also hold my maternal grandfather up as a shining example of the ideal situation. As he aged he realized that his reaction time was slowing and even with the aid of glasses eye sight was diminishing. So as time went on he would restrict when and where he would drive. Finally one day he would stop driving altogether. Never asked him to surrender his license, just knew it was a good idea to drive unless there was no other choice.

Man Cards

Gentlemen if you haven’t been informed by now upon reaching manhood as determined by whatever you are issued a set of man cards. You start each year with five and can earn no more. Lose them as you will as the year goes on. (Loss of said man cards is determined by the rules set forth in the bro code as determined at the yearly men’s council.)

In a moment of weakness today I had to surrender one of my own man cards because I willingly drank a pumpkin spiced latte from dunkin. I am still hanging my head in shame but it was worth it.

In the event that you do have children all man cards are permanently suspended until the youngest is 18 years of age. As a parent it is understand that you inevitably have to do some unmanly things for sake of your children and there’s sense in besmirching ones record unnecessarily.

Please refer to the Dr. Cox link below for further source material.

Dr. Cox Man Cards

Want v. Need: Vehicles

I find that people more and more now have no clue what the difference between a want and a need are. Just to clarify a want is something you desire, but don’t have to have. A need is something that is necessary and you can’t do without.

For this specific want vs. need discussion I am talking about vehicles. Let’s start with the fact that not everyone needs a vehicle. If you live a city or metro area where there is an excellent infrastructure in place with multiple forms of public transportation one does have to ask themselves if they really do need to own a vehicle of some kind.

The area in which I live in does have a daily bus service, but the schedule is haphazard at best and does not have 24 hour service. Thus it makes a vehicle a need and not a want which brings me too my next point. If you live in an area where a vehicle is a necessary part of life take care of the damn thing.

I see vehicles on the road on a daily and wonder how they pass inspection. What confuses me even more is peoples inability to properly prioritize what should be fixed/working on their vehicle. I’m not going to sit here and run through every single thing, but ill try and water it down a bit. Engine, breaks, tires, and exhaust should be top priority. Body/frame would be next in the line up. Everything beyond that to, me anyway, is just icing on the cake.

Let me put it this way. If your sound system or low profile tires and spinner rims cost more than the value of your vehicle you priorities are messed up.

It’s A Wonderful Day In the Neighborhood

One of my best memories from childhood is watching Fred Rogers. Honestly, if you aren’t down with Trolley and The Land of Make Believe feel free to stop reading.

I think Mr. Rogers is the ultimate litmus test for when asking yourself if something is a good idea. Instead of asking yourself “What would my grandmother/father think?”, instead ask yourself, “What would Mr. Rogers think?”

Many of you may be Googling who Fred Rogers is and that’s fine, but if you grew up watching and learning from this man you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Keeping it simple today people.

Can I Get Beer Flavored Beer?

Can we please stop fucking around with flavoring everything, especially beer. I get that there are different kinds of beer’s IPA’s, stouts, porters, etc… However, I will not stand for flavored beers.

I have tried several of the fruit flavored beers, chocolate, and the biggest sin of all….the coffee flavored beer. At no point in time did I think that any of them were something I would be willing to try again and/or drink on a regular basis. All you beer connoisseurs go stand in the corner of the bar as far away from me as possible. Normally I would have you all dragged to the nearest public squares strung up from the yard arms and flogged, but I better things to spend my time and energy on.

I’m gonna link Dr. Dennis Leary’s bit about flavored coffee’s here to further illustrate my point.

Dennis Leary Coffee Bit