Inspired by actually being able to remember my iTunes password, I have added CatPaint to my iPhone’s photo arsenal. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.
Archive for November, 2009
I just celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary. Fourteen years of marriage … I don’t think that used to be a lot, but it seems like it is now.
The secret? There is no secret.
I can tell you my favorite part of the relationship: We have fun. Probably 75% of “our stories” could end with the phrase “… and hilarity ensued.”
I’m looking forward to a lot more hilarity ensuing.
I have no idea how I lived in Huntsville for almost three years without visiting the Harmony Park Safari. Although I’m not much of a zoo person anymore, I can totally get on board with a drive-through safari.
Animals including deer, goats, llamas, miniature horses, a bison, a zebra, and a small variety of fancy-looking cattle will come right up to your vehicle door, expecting a handful of corn.
Note: Buy at least one bucket of corn for $5 at the entrance. Do you really want to be the one piker on the whole safari path who doesn’t feed the animals? They can smell cheap, you know.
The drive-through park is open from 10 a.m. until sunset March through November. It’s an awesome way to spend a fall or spring afternoon. Summer afternoons I cannot vouch for, since intense heat and pasture animals can be an odorous combination.
Entry fee is $6 a person. If you’ve got kids who are in any way scared of large animals, don’t bring them, because the animals are decidedly not scared of you and will hover menacingly next to your vehicle. Especially the emus.
Harmony Park is located at 431 Clouds Cove Road SE. Google Maps will get you there, but it’s a rural area and cell service is spotty, so you may not be able to follow the blinking blue dot the whole way.
Harmony Park Safari in South Huntsville: If you live here and you’ve never been, GO. It’s a riot.
More pics TC.
Posted in Home, tagged appliances, big-box stores, competition, credit card, customer service, economy, home, home improvement, Huntsville, kitchen, remodeling, repair, shipping on November 9, 2009 | 3 Comments »
You’re the manager of a big-box home improvement store and the economy’s hit bottom. Do you cut employee hours across the board, so much so that potential customers can find no one to take their money?
It looks like you do.
I spent 20 minutes in the appliances section of a huge home improvement store yesterday, waiting with another lady who kept pressing the “please come sell me something” button to no avail. I had the exact make and model of the appliance I wanted in hand, on a printout given to me a few weeks earlier by one of the store’s employees. All I needed was for someone to order the appliance and charge a large amount of money to my credit card.
But no. The section of the store in which NOTHING is priced UNDER $500 and most everything is priced OVER $1200 was completely unstaffed on a Sunday afternoon.
What’s funny is that the OTHER big-box home improvement store had already pulled a similar stunt with me and my remodeling dollars several weeks before.
I’m not begging anybody to take my money. If showing up is half the battle, you guys LOSE.
What a boon for the local mom-and-pop stores that have survived the competition. I bet bad customer service experiences get more people through their doors than anything else.
Every appliance in my kitchen is going to have to be replaced in the next couple of years. It’s very handy to have a list of the stores that don’t really want to sell me anything.