Coming out of the Closet ... Meet my New Partner

This is not going to be a political blog...but certain people have been riling me up about the issues and I must do my part to say something....

Yes, we can compare apples to oranges here, because really, the chances of McCain's running mate becoming the President due to his untimely death is higher than normal.

This has been sent out as an email for the last week, and it's believed that this might be the original source, but I wanted to add some links -from a large variety of sources- so this doesn't just become some liberal passing around made up facts to make the republican party look bad...(note the color changes mean you can hover and click to follow a link)

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

  • If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

  • If your total resume is: local weather forecaster; 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people; 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people; then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man in his eighth decade.
  • If you spend 3 years as an effective community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

Politics suck (as do all the colors on this posting!!)-everyone just wants to make each other look bad. I believe all the candidates running for office right now are probably good-intentioned people who feel they could do the best job, but based on:

One man is near the average age of death for most American males.
His running mate is a woman who has proven that she is just *really* not qualified.

One man may not have the years of certain experience that some feel he needs, but he has experience in a vast variety of "things" and he is quick, he is witty, he is smart and he knows how to handle himself in social situations.
His running mate is a well-liked (judging by the lack of negative news media about him), experienced, seemingly-level-headed guy.

....I suppose it's time I come out of the closet....

(i know-shocker, huh?)

Please make the right choice. Our country depends on it.

I Really LooooOOOOooove Jon Stewart!

Re: Gov Palin:

Why do you think some people embraced her as a folk hero?

STEWART: I keep hearing that she's ''like us.'' There's this idea that people who hunt and have ''good'' values are somehow this mythological American; I don't know who ''this'' person is, I've never met them. She is no more typical ''us'' than I am, than Obama is, than McCain is, than Mr. T is. If there is something quintessentially or authentically American about her, I sort of feel like, you know what? You ''good values people'' have had the country for eight years, and done an unbelievably shitty job. Let's find some bad values people and give them a shot, maybe they'll have a better take on it.

Video of the Day

(found via The Rebellious Arab Girl - a blog I stumbled upon randomly one day. She's a good writer, check her out!)

Chris Rock: Voice of the People

I don't always agree with Chris Rock OR Larry King….but this interview was great.

This was one of my favorite parts:

KING: You must be ... proud that at this stage in our history a black man is running for president on a major ticket.

ROCK: Um, you know what? I'm proud Barack Obama's running for president. You know? If it was Flavor Flav, would I be proud? No. I don't support Barack Obama because he's black.

This is what I think a lot of people are missing: it's not just whether someone is black or female---it's whether they are a good option. The Alaskan lipstick wearer is on the ticket but I am most definitely not supportive of her. I consider myself a good strong believer in standing up for your fellow woman, however, as nice and motherly and kind that uterus-bearer might be….she just is not qualified to be the Vice-President. It's kind of a big deal…she's running as second in command to a man in his SEVENTIES who has had some serious health problems in the past. Ovaries or not-she is not a good choice.

McCain has had multiple skin lesions removed—the last one (on his face) was just over 2 centimeters in diameter and was the most invasive and dangerous form of skin cancer (and any primary tumor in the skin thicker than 1 millimeter is considered at an increased risk for "having dissociated," or moved to other parts of the body). McCain is at greater risk for recurrence because of his age, gender, and multiple bouts with melanoma, but he has been cancer free since 2002. (and note that there currently is no cure for melanoma once it spreads).

McCain is 72…the average male life expectancy in the U.S. is 76. McCain's father died of heart failure at 70. Granted, his mama is a sweet little old lady in her 90's….but does that ensure that this guy is going to make it? I would guess that I could easily find a million and four cases where men died earlier than their elderly mom.

Headline News!!! Ship Sinks, People Die!

With all the things going on in the world, are we still REALLY researching an iceberg incident that happened a gazillion and four years ago?

Is there really anything to learn from this unfortunate tragic event?

We already have a movie and soundtrack…do we need more?

Seriously, I just don’t know what we are looking to solve. The facts are pretty clear:

  1. There was an iceberg. There was no detection system other than some sleepy guy looking out into the deep dark night, scanning for hours and hours at a time. This issue was taken care of with the development of sonar radar, right? Perfect-then we won’t repeat this problem.
  2. There were not enough life jackets or life boats for the number of people aboard the ship. Yep, some genius really didn't think this one out very well back in the day and now we have worked through this issue by requiring ships to have enough jackets for everyone and the boats to save them all. Problem solved!
  3. Jack loved Rose, but she was meant to be married to the wealthy and more “suitable” mean guy. Problem solved- they found each other and sailed off in the sunset on a broken door. Lesson learned-true love will find you in the least likely of places.

What else is there to learn??
Do we need to continue MORE research on this??

Can’t we focus our energies and efforts on other things….like maybe…I don’t know…curing cancer? Or if historical researchers really must have something in history to research, can’t they research the success and failures of different leaders to help advise our current leaders on what works (like having a complete PLAN, which includes how to END the war you pushed for…) and what doesn’t (like NOT having a plan to end the war you pushed for).

Doesn’t that make sense?

I just do not CARE about the Titanic anymore. I don’t understand why people (and maybe government funded researchers) are STILL trying to figure things out 97 million years later. It was a boat that hit an iceberg and shrank. How does this still continue to fascinate people? I just don’t get the value in it.

I understand why it might be someone’s hobby or personal interest….but seriously….can we just let this go?

And focus on more important things…like the never-ending Iraq war. Or the financial crisis we have brewing around us. Or the fact that we never acknowledge the influence Alaska has over Russia (I mean really-it sounds like Alaska has been fending off the communists for decades now and they just never get the recognition they deserve).

Why Aren't You Sleeping, Kaylen?

Oh....because there was a new amazing book release this last week.

This series, starting with Eragon, then Eldest and now Brisingr, is AMAZING. I'm not typically a big sci-fi/fantasy genre-lover, but these books are amazing.

It's 784 pages, but really, I wish it was 784 more.

Christopher Paolini is a really great writer, I can not say that enough times, because really-he is a GREAT writer!!

**oh and I went to bingo after work yesterday with an old friend.
We didn't win....but the enthusiasm we displayed was worth more than what we could have won. And, as always, it was fun to hang out with friends.

Crazy Ali

Read my Mail!!!

With all the talk about people hacking into other people email accounts, it got me thinking about what I have in my email and how upset I would be if it happened to me. I'm sure that there's nothing as exciting as Gov Palin's email...nothing scandalous that would cause my house-husband to be indicted...

I'm certain I have VERY highly secretive things in there somewhere, but well, not really.

Here's an example of an email string that took up a full day and about 16 emails back-and-forth. (Thanks to Al Gore for inventing the Internet, because otherwise this important discussion would never have been possible!)

There are certain foods that are essential to life (i.e. chocolate) and some that are just not's Alison and I working on the perfect Life Menu:

Vegans are crazy... CHEESE! HELLO!?

Kaylen: I could live without cheese. I don’t think I could live without chicken. Just the boneless skinless breasts though. The rest of the chicken is unnecessary.


WELL- I for one could never live without cheese.

I could live without chicken, though it would be hard.

I could live without red meat, but not bacon... I could be like a half and half vegan.


No meat (except bacon).

Chocolate Cake.

No Eggs (on their own, doesnt count if they're mixed in with something)

No Mayo on sandwiches,but in potaoe salad completely acceptable as long as there are no eggs.

See how this goes?

Potatoes are allowed so I think I'd be pretty set to go.


I could have written that, aside from the cheese and bacon part!!! I bet the mayo in my fridge is from 2 yrs ago (I should prob check that). I am pretty sure we haven’t had bacon in my house for at least 8 yrs.

I could live on chicken and potatoes.

What about deviled eggs??? I like those about 2X a year. They are mixed with something, but they’re mixed with mayo, so it kinda means no, right?


Deviled eggs...not OK because they are whole eggs.

But lets say you were baking cookies (with eggs) those are OK. See how this works? But deviled eggs are really good 2 times a year.

Same with ham...usually on those same 2 occasions actually.

What about bread products, those are acceptable right? or wait, are they?

Kinda like milk-I can’t drink milk plain. I can’t not picture a cow and the udder of a cow very near my mouth. But milk in mashed potatoes and stuff when baking is totally acceptable, cause I think it’s like cooking with wine.

Bread and pasta are a necessity.

I cut out my bread drastically this last year-i guess some people think it’s not healthy, but with spaghetti---french garlic bread is the very best thing to have. I almost don’t even need a fork, I can just push my pasta onto my bread(with another piece of bread) and eat it like an open sandwich.

Have you had spaghetti with tomato soup? It’s what we call Poor Folk Spaghetti. I love it.


exactly. milk...totally the same rules. But probably not yogurt, thats a little too milky. but what about ice cream...OK, not vanilla ice cream or any white ice cream at all. SO chocolate, mint (green colored) etc. are fine.

Bread and pasta are fine then, agreed. Just no meat in the pasta and I could skip cheese...mmm....for the most part on my pasta. not mac n cheese to have that.

My favorite leftovers is a spaghetti sandwich!! YUM. I could go for one right now. Cold spaghetti on bread. mm mm mm


Wait---butter pecan ice cream is white!!!!!!!

Well, really , it’s off-white and I almost always add hersheys syrup, so it’s never really just white!

Yogurt is pretty milky, but in the last year, I have found that I like it IF I add granola, which I normally detest, but I enjoy in my yogurt.

Mac-n-cheese is a definite must on our life menu. The box kind OR the baked kind, either way.

I have never had cold spaghetti sandwiches but I will!!! We hate pasta leftovers so if we have extra after dinner, I always throw them and feel bad, so this is a perfect solution.

No recipe for Poor Folk Spaghetti---just cook the pasta and then mix in the tomato soup. It has to be mixed together in the pan, not on your plate-cause then it pulls in the heat from the pasta and I don’t heat it after it’s mixed, but you have to have the soup be the same temp as the noodles.

Coffee For Everyone

I was reading Men's Health the other day (yeah right) and they have this section called "Eat This, Not That" and I'm reading up on: "The 20 Unhealthiest Drinks in America." Just skimming through to see what horrible drinks other Americans are drinking and making sure that Dr. Pepper and Cherry Coke are NOT on this list.
Which they are not, and which is good-cause they are the BEST. (Sunkist was the worst, which surprised me! It's made from ORANGES-a fruit!! Hello??? Fruits aren't bad!)

Anyway, I'm scrolling down the list and come across this, which makes me *gasp*:

7. Worst Coffee Alternative

Starbucks Venti White Hot Chocolate

640 calories
23 g fat (15 g saturated)
76 g sugar

Caffeine abstainers will find little nutritional refuge in Starbucks' hot chocolate concoctions. This one packs an entire day's worth of saturated fat, with more than enough sugar to set you up for a dramatic mid-afternoon energy crash. Stick with the Steamed Apple Juice instead.

Some of you may have heard-I do NOT like coffee.

I highly dislike the smell of it, I dislike the taste of it, I dislike the lingering aroma of it that never goes away, I hate the way people obsess over it and make it such an integral part of their life.

I have never ever ever ever EVER been a coffee fan. I have strong suspicions that it might be because I had to prepare the coffee maker for my dad's morning coffee and would go to bed with the smell of coffee on my fingertips-cause it is impossible to wash off that smell!!!

But then last year, just about this time actually, a work-friend of mine introduced me to this holiday drink at Starbucks (someplace I also used to have very anti-affectionate feelings for)....but a ray of light....

....I taste the heavenly drink that is MORE than a drink.

It's a
peppermint white chocolate mocha.

It's like drinking a melted piece of chocolate with this slight side flavor of the yummiest peppermint in the world-just a slight flavor, not over-powering.
It kind of melts in your mouth and hugs your throat as you drink it and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy....
Like getting a hug from a giant stuffed teddy bear .
Like finding a $50 bill you thought you had lost but it was somehow left in the washer and turned up in the dryer-all fresh and crisp and ready to be spent.
It's like having a stranger come running after you when you dropped a brand new glove.
It's like having a cat curl up in your lap and purr out of happiness for no reason whatsoever.
It's like getting the perfect haircut (which I recently did).
It's like putting the last piece of a puzzle together.

It's just...... Goodness. Sweet, natural goodness.

So it startled me when I saw that the sister of my drink, the white hot chocolate, would be looked down upon and titled the Worst of anything.....

And then.....


6. Worst Hot Coffee

Starbucks Venti 2% Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

660 calories
22 g fat (14 g saturated)
95 g sugar

Important Rule of Thumb: Avoid holiday-themed items from coffee shops at all costs. From peppermint to egg nog to pumpkin, these are often the most sugar- and fat-packed drinks you'll find at places like Starbucks. Make your own flavored drinks instead, using skim milk, sugar-free syrups, and, of course, skipping the whip.

Todays Lunch

Woohoo! Third free meal of the week for me!
The new team at work had two lunches planned for me (at local restaurants) and then today was someones anniversary celebration. Free lunches are always the best.

Sooooo-we went to California Pizza Kitchen. I haven't been there before, but it was pretty good. I am not a big pizza fan, which all my friends think is odd-but it goes along with my lack of enjoyment of cheese....BUT I like a nice margerita pizza - it has all the elements of a good lunch pizza:

  • A light amount of cheese (to meet part of the daily calcium need)
  • A spackling of tomatoes (to meet a veggie requirement)
  • Something green - another veggie (that's TWO in one meal!)
  • A thin crispy crust - so you don't feel too full to go back to sit at your desk all afternoon

A good choice! I had half my mini pizza for lunch and the other half for dinner! Yippee, a bonus meal.

The new girls are hilarious. Someone told this really funny story - which I fully can not remember any piece of right now, but trust me - it was FUNNY. Go ahead and laugh---just in anticipation of how you would have if I had been able to share it with you.

Things That Surprised Me Today

The United States actually has a passport ID card.

I like to think I'm "up" on the news of the world. I watch the morning news, I read the local paper daily. I check yahoo headlines at least 4 times a day. I read about three blogs on a weekly basis that cover things from the entertainment world to the political mishmash.

But somehow I missed that this card really came to be??

I don't know how that happened. I know I remember when people were talking about having a National ID card (which this IS) - but I didn't realize we were actually going through with it.
Does anyone else see that this is just a step for the governments master plan of controlling every move we make? They can track this card, they will access all your email accounts with it (yes, even the ones you think are secret), they can use it to block you from using an ATM, which lights turn red when you're running late, or make your cable tv go fuzzy during your favorite show. I'm certain this is all about controlling the masses.
Fight the man!

I also learned that thanks to our local high school having an open lunch hour, my commute from work to home is MUCH different if I want to go at noon, instead of 8am.
Drive to work at 8:10am = 12 minutes (that's with hitting three red lights (one is a free right though so doesn't really count)

Drive to work at 12:40pm = 19 minutes (hitting traffic upon traffic thanks to the four drive-throughs I have to drive past to get to the freeway.

I learned that I can refrain from drinking soda even when faced with a fridge FULL of the most yummiest of soda: Dr. Pepper (not that I needed to specify), which I AM faced with daily at work now....but take me to dinner and I can NOT prevent myself from saying the words "yes, please, I would love another coke."

If I don't do the laundry - the teenager will!
Granted, he hasn't fully gotten the grasp of the final step of folding and putting into drawers, but he can wash and dry like a champ!

We are STILL at war??

Hasn't this gone on long enough? I understand that we can't just take down a country's government and then walk away, but come on....can we justify 4168 of our men dying?
And still not having a clear plan on when this will end? Is this just a little bit reminiscent of something that we went through in the past? I do not believe this war was started for the reasons that were pushed upon us.
I do not feel I am unpatriotic.
I do stand behind the "support the troops" cause (I even had a volunteer event on multiple occasions to send cards to them), however, when will we stand up to our government and let them know this is not acceptable??

I look forward to having a new reign of power next year when Obama takes over as the head of our nation.

If It Feels Right, Do It!

I start my new job TOMORROW!!!!
It's still very surreal.

I'm going to miss some of the people I used to work with, but I'm sure that I will meet some new and wonderful people who will be fun as well. From all the people I have met thus far in this company both in my interview with this company two years ago and then again last month - I think that they are just a wonderful and amazing group.

I'm not too nervous-it just "feels right" to be making this change.
And that's a great feeling.

I remember making the decision to move to Korea back in yet another lifetime. It was a BIG decision and one I didn't come to lightly, but it also just "felt right" once I finally made the decision.

Other things that "feel right":
  • Thai peanut sauce mixed with chicken and spread over white rice
  • Being accepting of others regardless of religion, sexual preference, nationality, english speaking abilities, age, IQ, financial statement
  • Leading volunteer projects with large or small groups of volunteers
  • Doing a puzzle while watching a movie, with a comfy blanket and a cat nearby and enjoying a cherry coke
  • Hot fudge poured over a warm and moist brownie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Getting weekly massages and having my insurance company pay for them
  • Hanging out with my girls at the bingo hall, just talking about life and working on winning a thousand dollars
  • Cranberry juice and vodka
  • Having a house with two lovable, squeezable cats
  • Organizing my closet and getting rid of a trunk-ful of items which I have thought were important in the past, but which I have discovered are just "things"and no longer need to be kept in order for the memory surrounding the item to be treasured
  • Regis and Kelly Ripa
  • Grilled chicken breast (boneless of course) with a side of garlic mashed potatoes

You just know some things go together....some things just give you a good feeling.

I am Mentally Unbalanced

I am the one!!!

Happy Birthday, Nat!!!!

Yesterday was my young friend Natalie's bday!!!

Natalie is awesome.

Here are some reasons why (not all-just some):
1) She's super-sweet
2) She's honest to a fault (she found she wasn't charged for a pair of sunglasses one time and snuck them back into the store and put them back on the shelf so she wouldn't feel like a thief)
3) She is very high-energy, even when she's tired, she comes across like she has energy
4) She has a kind heart - I met her volunteering and she was doing two-three volunteer events a month some months. For NO reason other than she is a good person. And she took it upon herself to always help clean up after my events, whereas other volunteers just pack their things and go.
5) She's a great bingo partner
6) She laughs a lot
7) She's not judgemental or mean - you just can't NOT like her
8) She can always make you laugh, usually without meaning to
9) She will bust out a dance move at any given time

Happy Birthday Nat!!!!

Facts for the Factbook

A study shows 1 out of every 5 Americans do not use email. That's 20%. We know one of them is John McCain. I think Dave Letterman is probably another. Regis Philbin (who I find adorable) doesn't use it-he actually said this today: "He pulled out his e-phone and called for the car..." E-phone? Cute.

The same number (probably the same individuals in the study) have not used the Internet.

The study said 30% have never used a computer to create documents; which I assume means 1) they don't need to for work, or 2) they still have a typewriter.


You're Going To Lose. Again.

I just can not win this game!!! I don't think it should come for free on your computer-it's not good for your health.

It's called Spider Solitaire, but should be called Stupid Solitaire, or maybe NeverGetAnythingDone Solitaire, or TotallyRiggedGame Solitaire.

I could just reset my stats and start from scratch and then maybe my numbers would be better-but I thought it would be a fun challenge to work my way up from a really low number and make it more exciting....back when I thought I could actually win more than one game an hour.

I have been stuck in my 20th percentile for MONTHS. I know I'm smarter than this stupid game.

You have to get all the decks arranged from high to low (king to ace). You can move things from one stack to the next as long as it is in order, like I could move a red eight to a black nine, but then I can't move the black nine until I move the red eight. It goes on and on until you run out of moves and then you get this stupid message saying that you suck and do you want to try again and I am pretty sure that no matter what I click on---it starts again...cause I can not stop playing.

And I can not stop losing.

It's solitaire-it's not a Mensa-regulated game, it's SOLITAIRE!! Sometimes I get stuck at this game for HOURS. I think it's some kind of mean game that Microsoft is tracking to see how long people will waste trying to win.

Jenny complained about this same thing to me last year and I remember thinking she was ridiculous....but was right!!!

"I am usually right!" says Jenny

The End is Here!!

I have finished my last day of work at my "old" job!!

Driving off the hill for the last time was bittersweet. I really did like 95% of every day at my job and I'd been in that position for 18 months. In that 18 months, the two other people in my section left so I was the "old-timer."

The knowledge that left with them has now left with me. I did very little training of anyone and what I did offer was mostly unsolicited. I guess the management believes that they will just figure things out as they go...which is not the way I prefer to work-I think if it's something that is done in worst-case scenarios, but in this case, it was a choice. Which is where the bitter sweetness comes in - I have issues with the management there....issues that I'm glad to leave behind (though I'm sure the new job will have issues, hopefully different ones though!)

I hope they select someone of high caliber to replace me so the group I worked with doesn't have too hard of a time, but I don't hold out a lot of hope. I somewhat feel like I'm abandoning my group - but they all understand that you have to do what's right for your own career, and that means me leaving them. Sad.

I had been planning to have an End of Summer Potluck Picnic in the Park next weekend with everyone so I'll see them all there, though now I'm calling it the End of Summer and Goodbye to Kaylen Potluck Picnic in the Park. It somehow worked out so that I ended up planning my own goodbye party!!! A very weird coincidence. Just another of the weird things that fell in place with this new job offer.

Which is still all very surreal. I think it will be more real on the 15th when I actually walk in the doors of my new building.

From one of the funniest guys I know (from my "old" job):

Too true.

The Shoe Store Incident

The kid has taken on this challenge of joining the cross country team at his high school. A challenge because he has never really been a runner. But YAY for him for taking the step to do this.

And after six days on the team (of two-a-day practices)...shin splints.
Isn't that the way life goes.

But the real story is The Story of The Shoes.

As a teenage boy, he is mandated to dress in baggy clothes and skater shoes. It's mandatory, which is the reason that ALL teenage boys look this way. Thankfully, his shirts are not long and baggy and his shorts and pants do not hang down 12 inches from his waistline. But he does only wear shoes that are not required to be tied. Ever. I wasn't even sure he remembered HOW to tie shoes until I saw him do so recently.

You must tie your shoes to be on the cross country team and so we had to get him a pair of good running shoes. I also needed a pair of new walking shoes (as some of you know I had to lay around all summer due to a medical issue and have recently gotten back in the game of trying to get into shape). Two pairs of running shoes...that's expensive. Shoes are ultra-important when you are just starting out as it is very easy to give up on a new exercise routine if your shoes are causing you to have pain all over. And a bad pair of shoes are the worst.

So we head off to a local shoe store that has a Buy One, Get One Half Off deal. They have a great selection so I figured we would do well...and we did.

The teen picks out a great pair of Nike running shoes. We compared two different shoes, we interrogated the super-young saleslady, we finally selected the perfect running shoe for him. And it was as expensive as I expected: $75 for one pair of shoes.
(kids are expensive!)

I found a nice pair of Nikes on sale for myself that were a steal (ha) at $50.

They also had some socks that were super-low like teenage boys find necessary at a great price of 2 packs for $10.00 (that's four pair for $10).

Just to review:
Boys shoes: $75
My shoes: $25 (half price)
Socks: $10

Total expected to pay: $110.

HOWEVER - I had brought in a pair of shoes I bought at this store approximately 9 months ago that didn't ever fit well enough to wear outside the home. I didn't have the receipt with me (though they only honor receipts that are less than 90 days old anyway) and when she rang them up, she found they were now worth a grand total of $5. Ridiculous since they were brand new - but whatever, they were old old old and not that great and I only paid $14 for them originally (from the last buy one, get one half off deal I made).

So.....Total expected to pay: $105 after $5 store credit.

We walk up to the counter, I put my Nikes on top of my shoes to return (which were on the counter), the other Nikes go next to them -because they are size THIRTEEN and nearly not big enough to fit on the counter at all. I explain to the girl that I'm returning these (point to old shoes) and buying the rest.

My phone is buzzing, the kid is talking, stuff is going on, the saleslady does her own thing and then give me a receipt to sign...and I sign off as I read it and find that it says $38. She packs up the giant-size pair of Nikes (value of $75) and the socks ($10) and starts to hand me the bag.
The kid says, "Let's go mom."

hmmm....wait.....I'm sorry miss, what about my other shoes? She explains some kind of funny not-real math and tells me she returned them and took the store credit off my purchase. She made no sense. I look to the kid, who can sometimes be very smart. He says "let's just go."

but...I need shoes.
And not-so-smart saleslady isn't giving me any.

I asked her to explain it again...and she tells me that that she returned my Nikes and dress shoes and put the amount towards the giant size Nikes and socks.
I just looked at her and then realized how much she really wasn't getting it and then clued her in---"those were Nikes I wanted to BUY. I didn't come into the store with them."

So she calls over the manager and they talk funny math for a minute and then decide that they have to ring up the second pair of shoes separately because I paid for the giant size pair with a credit card and for some reason they can't reverse the charge or just give me a credit and start over. Whatever, just get me my shoes.

The saleslady and the manager work together, do their funny math, talk it out amongst themselves, review it twice and then ring it up and give me a receipt to sign.

For $26.

Let's review:
Expected price to pay: $105

Price paid so far: $38
New price paid: $26

Total paid: $64

SO - I look at the receipt, I look at them, I look at the kid (who says again-let's go mom!) and then I tell the nice ladies that it doesn't look right to me and they mentally sighed about my lack of shoe store register knowledge and explain what they did and how they had to do it special because of the error on the first one but assure me it's correct.

At that point I had to walk away. I feel like I tried to teach them logic and how 2 + 2 = 4 even if you ring it up as 1.5 + .5 +. 25 + .25 + 1.25 + .50 - .25.

I made an effort. I was honest. I let them know it was wrong...TWICE.

And that is officially the best shoe store ever.

(but if those girls aren't working, I'm not buying!)

September, Already??

What?? It's September???
How did that happen?


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