Rants: Chevrolet. While the truck drives fine the voice recognition software for making calls and requesting directions is probably the worst on the market. Chevrolet needs to seriously rethink the software they are using because it's pathetic enough that my next truck will not be a chevrolet unless they can prove to me they have a solid interface. You request directions, it doesn't understand what you said. You ask to dial a person and it constantly asks if a name is correct - it's supposed to learn your voice but it keeps asking dumb questions. Dodge is looking better and better all the time, just no more 318's.
Raves: Gonzaga Basketball. Who said we don't have basketball in Washington. While my DAWGS can't figure it out, for 16 years Gonzaga has. NBA go suck eggs. 3/22/15
Raves: Gas stations not on the sides of the freeway. Check out the price of gas next to the freeways (.25 cents higher). Nice to have my local fredmeyers and 7/11. 3/20/15
Rants: Paypal Inc If you use Paypal to pay for items online be careful if you want to pay by credit card. I did two transactions using my american express card explicitly, paypal switched it back to my checking account. I complained to them but they said I did it. I complained to the BBB but due to the nature of the problem I had to file with the Attorney Generals office. I have...... 3/19/15
Rants: All the Gas Companies Money grubbing jack your gas up thugs. They didn't like the glut of gas on the market which caused a decent dip in the ever increasing price of gas. They fabricated a shortage (probably by personally lighting up a refinery). Created a low inventory and shot up the price by almost $1.00 over the past 4 weeks. Tell me they do not manipulate the market to make a buck and I'll show you a stockholder.
Rants: Snohomish County Ding ding ding on this one. Seems they can't keep their hands out of my pocketbook. Indian reservations no longer have to pay taxes so they stuck it on all the law abiding citizens with me getting a 20% tax increase because they and their casinos no longer have to pay taxes. Pure Bull Shit.
Rants: Samsung Phones Seems they've gone the dark side now. If you want to upgrade to the next platform you won't be able replace the battery. WTF? Disposable phones costing you an arm and a leg... Now you can't even replace a faulty battery.
Raves: Costco Regardless the issue they will take it back. The traeger we'd bought actually caught fire in the pellet box. Costco took it back. Traeger didn't want to return it.
Rants: Turbotax Filled out my tax forms as I have with Turbotax the past 15 years. Two forms were not available. Why do I need them? Called, lasted 55 minutes on the phone with a gal that promissed to get a tax professional on the phone. Probably 7 times she told me she had someon on the line. After 55 minutes she screwed up the phone and it disconnected. Probably saved me another hour on the phone but in the end I never got taken care of. On the plus side, the forms did become available several days later but I still contend I didn't need them.
Rants: Traeger Grills Sales technique at Costco. If you buy this grill we'll give all these cookbooks free (don't tell costco because they don't like giveaways). Two months later, still no books. Contacted Traeger and they said they aren't sure what they can do. Know what I can do?? I can return to Costco and let them know "why". Perhap Traeger won't be selling in Costco any more...
Rants: Seattle Times I removed the link to the Seattle Times from my domain due to requiring subscriptions to view their articles. I suggest using the internet for local news coverage via Yahoo and Google. The Everett Herald is also pulling this stunt but at this time they are only locking mobile devices. They too will be pulled once they switch.
Rants: Wells Fargo How anyone can stomach such a pathetic company. Predatory lending practices, purchasing up contracts and prohibiting refi's from happening.
Trying: Frontier Communications For years having had fiber optic internet but Directv we chose to try Frontier TV. By the time we got done, our internet bill skyrocketed and our bill for Frontier was higher than Directv. It was not what we were quoted. Nothing frontier can do to fix the problem. On the plus side is a gal from Indiana that has been attempting to monitor my bill each month and provide a discount to make up for the mess. Good attempt at customer service. Why won't frontier just fix the problem instead of bandaiding my account each month?
Raves: Seahawks Another Seattle path to the superbowl! Go Hawks!!!
Ignorance: The Washington State Governor Allows Boeing to reap billions of tax free dollars in exchange to "build" the 777X. Boeing then goes through loopholes to offload all the work. Nice job....
Upcoming Challenges: Home repairs (roof, floors, back lawn, garage door)... Yikes. Refi is in order this year so we can pull money to fix.