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Why don’t you get a new plumber?
Tuesday, 8 Feb, 2011
Why don’t you get a new plumber?

Recently, my wonderful neighbor Joe mistakenly left my spigot on while wrapping my pipes. He didn’t leave it on a little so it would drip: he had it running full force. And I have no independent water source — only rainwater collection.
By the time I got to my place (it’s my second Austin home – my country […]

Trusting my neighbors
Tuesday, 25 Jan, 2011
Trusting my neighbors

I live in a truly cool loft in downtown Austin. For weekends, I have a small farmhouse 20 miles away. I have a beautiful acre, 65 Live Oak trees, a small pond with varying numbers of fish (I seem to be feeding someone with these fish that seem to decrease in numbers regularly) and some frogs, […]

What do I do with my brain?
Tuesday, 18 Jan, 2011
What do I do with my brain?

I have a very unusual brain and experience the world differently than most. As a person with Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD – a form of Aspgerger’s), I experience the world in systems. I listen for systems, hear people speak in systems, ask systems-based questions. Some folks find me obnoxious, some charming. Some find me smart/interesting. But certainly […]

Craig’s List, Monster.com, and University Job Boards all suck
Tuesday, 11 Jan, 2011
Craig’s List, Monster.com, and University Job Boards all suck

Looking for a tech person, I tried everything any normal employer would try, assuming that amongst them, I would find the right person. But I was wrong.
The people that showed up have been unqualified, and the job boards had no way of qualifying or filtering them for me.
I originally just posted on Craig’s list, but was receiving very […]

PAYPAL is a bad vendor
Tuesday, 4 Jan, 2011
PAYPAL is a bad vendor

Here’s how to get whatever you want to purchase on line for free: use PayPal. All you have to do is dispute your charge, and you WIN! Your purchase will be FREE! Your credit card will return your money, you can keep your purchase, and you’ll have no liability!
Of course, if you’re a vendor, you lose. PayPal will, basically, do nothing […]

Who represents Starbucks – or all companies?
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010
Who represents Starbucks – or all companies?

After my complaints last week about a Starbucks manager refusing to exchange a defective CD, I received 3 phone calls from different customer service folks at Starbucks (one of them was the ‘entertainment’ manager, and I’m not sure what that means) apologizing and offering to send me a replacement CD. All proclaimed that the manager who wouldn’t […]