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Don’t Let Fear Mongering Cast Your Vote

There is a vote today in the City of Houston to rescind the HERO Ordinance. Fear mongering has boiled the issue down to men being able to use women’s restrooms and hurt you or yours. This is simply me saying, no, it’s not about that. Rape, murder, and assault are still against the law. This ordinance is not about empowering criminals. That is all.

When Does It End?

I’ve hired my friend and huge blog supporter, SherryH, as an occasional staff writer here at BFS.  ?  SherryH lives near the coast of North Carolina. Her family consists of her husband, their two adult sons, and the requisite writer’s cats. In 2013, Sherry survived a brain tumor that destroyed her eyesight. She’s determined not to let that slow her down. She recently started blogging at http://www.blindnotinvisible.wordpress.com/. I’m tired, you guys. I could use some support or a few words of encouragement. MrH and I have always had our financial ups and downs. We’ve been in deep financial water before. Crisis #1 In the mid-90s, we got into credit card debt. A lot of credit card debt. By 1996, we owed nearly $16K spread over several cards along with two car loans and a mobile home loan. At the time, MrH was making just under $20K a year, and I was an at-home mom of a toddler and a preschooler. Somehow, we pulled it out. Conquering Crisis #1 We went to a credit counseling service and got a repayment plan. The budget we set for ourselves was absolutely draconian. There was nothing for clothing or entertainment.  No room for retirement savings … Read more…

Bad Customer Service is the #1 Way to Lose Your Business!!!

Mr. BFS and I were craving Chinese last night, but our favorite place is closed on Sundays.  So we called our 2nd favorite and ordered our norm – General Tso’s Chicken and Chicken and Broccoli for pickup.  And now, I doubt I will go back. Picking Up the Order This part wasn’t so bad.  I walked in, waited for the person in front of me to finish paying, and asked for my order.  I handed them my credit card to pay and saw him bring out one of those old, mechanical, credit card copy machines.  He explained that the normal machine was down.  I didn’t mind, but took back my credit card, and handed him the last of my cash.  That covered our meal and a nice tip even though I was picking up my own order. The Main Issues When I drove back home and handed over the food, Mr. BFS had his General Tso’s Chicken, but I had Beef and Broccoli.  I really do not enjoy their beef – it’s spongy.  🙁  So I called at 5:50pm and explained that I received Beef and Broccoli instead of chicken like I ordered.  I then asked if they could just make … Read more…

Don’t Waste My Time!

I am using today’s post to vent.  If that’s not your thing, please feel free to click on yesterday’s post instead. Wednesday was an awful day for Mr. BFS.  It started with a dentist appointment (periodontal maintenance 3 months after the uber-work was done).  That was followed with 2.5 hours of purely wasted time. The Situation Mr. BFS was recently elected to be a representative for his division of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO).  It’s a volunteer position, takes more time, and the only benefit seems to be networking.  But Mr. BFS is excited about it and ready to work.  🙂 His first order of business was to pick up some supplies from the previous rep…easy, right? The previous rep asked Mr. BFS to pick up the stuff from his office, so they made an appointment to meet after the dental appointment.  Mr. BFS drove the half hour and arrived as agreed upon, but the other guy wasn’t there.  His staff asked my husband to wait a little while for the guy to pop up…and continued that request every 15-20 minutes for more than an hour.  My hubby finally said he couldn’t wait any longer, the staff convinced … Read more…

Internet Censorship through the Death of Net Neutrality

Net neutrality died yesterday – http://news.yahoo.com/u-appeals-court-kills-net-neutrality-152413671.html. Let me boil it down in my own words: Your internet provider can now pick and choose what sites will get what sort of connection for you. Yep, my AT&T internet provider can now make sure that I have a crap connection to Comcast.com or Netflix if they decide to mess with their broadband settings to their competitors’ sites.  And the US Court of Appeals decided that since I could simply change internet providers if I didn’t like what mine was doing, then giving them all that power is okay.  It’s not. It’s not right on any level. What about the people that don’t have any real choices?!  In many small towns throughout the USA, there aren’t 15 different companies that you can use.  There’s one and now they can mess with everyone’s access to knowledge in that town. And even if you have multiple options, who wants to switch providers just to be met with the same problem but to different sites? Keep an Eye On Your Access Please, for the sake of keeping what rights we still have, keep an eye on your access when online.  You need to keep in mind that … Read more…

Seriously, Grow a Sense of Humor

Today’s post is venting.  Feel free to come back tomorrow for Happy Crystal again.  🙂 Stop Being a Baby! I am freaking sick of some people right now!  Specifically, people that go out of their way to be offended. Now I understand that some things are offensive – like calling a redhead a tampon if you are not Tim Minchin (seriously, click that for a really awesome song about prejudice).  But I could barely hold back a laugh while I wrote that, so obviously even that is not too offensive to me.  But I do concede that some things are just offensive, the way they are said are offensive, and that the people saying them are flat-out douches.  I will not argue that being offended is impossible. But stop TRYING to be offended!  It’s stupid.  Here is what set me off… Manatee Gray Apparently, a gray dress at Target was being offered in “Dark Heather Gray” at some sizes, but “Manatee Gray” in the plus sizes.  Okay, so I laughed right off the bat, but a bunch of people were not amused.  But it wasn’t an intended offense.  Manatee Gray was a standard color in lots of other stuff too, not just plus … Read more…

I Do Not Feel Money Guilt

WARNING – Today’s post is not from perky Crystal.  It is from frustrated Crystal.  It is a rant.  Check back some other day for happy and peppy again, lol. Our roommates are awesome.  I mean, sharing our home with anyone was obviously going to be a little tough, but our two friends that live in the guest bedroom try really hard to be considerate and helpful while they work their way through college.  They are great. BUT, one of their mom’s hates me.  No worries, the feeling is mutual. Why I Don’t Like Her There are many reasons that we don’t like each other, but here is what it boils down to: She is mean to her future daughter-in-law (our roommate). She tries to constantly emotionally manipulate her son (our other roommate). She is sneaky…she literally “stole” a bag of chips.  I mean, she didn’t pick them up and eat them like a normal person would.  She carefully palmed a bag and put it in her lap to eat later when she thought I wasn’t looking.  That sneakiness worries me.  I don’t care about chips, but what else would she take if she thought she could get away with it?  And why did she … Read more…