Do you still shop at Walmart?

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They have some great prices, but good grief it’s not worth it about 99.99% of the time. Once you pick a buggy you can’t tell it’s got a busted wheel until you roll it over two levels of cobblestone entrance tile and hit a smooth surface. By then, they are banking on the fact that you won’t care enough to exchange it. Thus, never servicing their buggies.

They always have someone begging at the entrance. If you don’t give them any money they give a condescending look and tell you to have happy holidays but they are condemning you to hellfire and damnation. The salvation army is usually out the day after Halloween out and one lady was apparently using the kettle as an ashtray. I don’t know if she was smoking a cigarette or a bong but the smoke was billowing into the solarium of vending machines.

Driving to rent Digital movies

What’s more convenient than downloading a digital movie? Buying a code online, driving to a box, getting a disc, and then downloading a movie and then throwing away some trash. The whole reason I go to Redbox is to get a high-quality physical media disc for a second rate movie. I cringe when I watch a movie on demand or Netflix because of buffering and pixelation of the dark backgrounds. I wonder how many movies are streamed at the theater? Would the average moviegoer notice the difference?

Parking lot drag strips

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I’ve noticed that there is a sense of anxiety in theme park parking lots. Everyone is in such a hurry to get one extra car ahead. So much so as to almost cause fatal car accidents. Stop and yield sign lose their meaning. Flashing signs that indicate your speed only seem to make you want to get a higher number. For what? One extra parking spot closer to the tram ride? Is vehicular homicide worth it?

Do you let your 8 year old smoke?

8yearoldSmokerJust thought it was odd when I was renewing my policy during open enrollment for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Can’t believe it’s an option, but I’m sure if you clicked next on the signup wizard you would be denied coverage and reported to DSS. At least, that’s what should happen.

A side note, I got a letter from South Carolina Blues saying that there are cheaper options than I currently have. There was also a slam about our “current administration” in there too. But the shocking thing is I compared the two plans and one of them was $300 cheaper for the EXACT same coverage. Let that be a warning to you. Go check out your open enrollment options, don’t let your same policy roll over. You could be paying more than you should.

How to get free coffee at Disney resorts


I once stayed at the Swan and Dolphin resort inside Walt Disney World during a company retreat. It’s a really nice hotel and something I wouldn’t choose to stay at normally. The cafes and restaurants are out of this world expensive so I can see why someone would want to float the bill to someone else. I had a large purchase on my room and it turned out to be $28 worth of food at the Java bar. I at first thought it was an in-room charge for using the Starbucks coffee pods.

When I checked in, their credit card machine was down. So they used one of those carbon-copy machines to do an imprint. I’m shocked those things still exist. I assumed someone found my card and went caffeine crazy. To my dismay, all someone had to do is write down a room number to charge it. You should have to at least verify the name or show some I.D. This hotel went retro with the credit and mistakes were made. The good thing is they gave me my money back, but the guy in accounting didn’t act like he believed me. I said I have a digital trail that shows I was in Hollywood Studios during the time of purchase. But the tone from him was “Yeah, sure”. Oh well, at least someone got free coffee overpriced coffee.

How to screen your calls the right way.

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Caller ID has made our life so much easier. It’s hard to imagine a time where we had to lift a receiver, listen to a voice, and make a decision to hang up. Today, we are just a button click away from avoiding a call. We see a contact who we know is going to take at least a half hour away from our life, and we can silently click to voicemail. However,  don’t send the call directly to voicemail. Let the phone ring to completion. If you double-click your iPhone, they will know you’ve purposefully avoided the call. If you are using the toilet you can send a custom text message as a replay saying you will call them back. No sense in interrupting your Disney eMoji Blitz game in between movements.

How do you handle unknown callers? My general rule is this. If you don’t recognize a number, send it directly to voicemail, if the call is important they will leave you a message. If they don’t, add it to the block list. Mine is currently over one hundred numbers.

Zero wait time at Magic Kingdom?

Can you guess which ride? No, it’s not the auto-flush toilet. Even those have a wait time. On a side note, you should probably hand out fast passes to the toilet bowl near Pecos Bill’s after you eaten two pounds of beef nachos. It’s tough to find zero wait times, but it’s possible. Just a tip, if you ever see a 13 minute wait time on Haunted Mansion or Tower of Terror, there’s no wait.