Today hasn’t started off well at all.
The alarm didn’t go off again, and the time is set correctly.
I think I’m just going to have to chuck the thing and rely on the Pacmate.
I’ll have to get used to waking up with that alarm.
Then, when I got to work, the system locked up when I clocked in.
I really don’t need that happening because it’s already effected one paycheck.
My paycheck last week was a couple of dollars short, six dollars to be exact.
Then, when I went to put the phone headset on, I found that someone has stolen the little foamy earpiece.
Ghetto bastards!
I don’t have fifty cents to replace it right now.
I really shouldn’t have to replace it.
People should just leave anything alone that doesn’t belong to them.
Is it really that hard?
If they want to steal each other’s stuff, fine.
But leave my stuff alone.
This isn’t supposed to be the ghetto, so don’t act like it is.
Then again, why am I surprised?
It may as well be the ghetto, given the people who get hired out here.
I plan to post about my Thanksgiving holiday later.
Hope everyone had a good one.

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I just got a call from someone who got totally screwed by someone a lot higher up in the food chain than me.
The notes said that the member could not be located, along with the doctor because they were in a hurricane-effected area, and this was on 10/25.
They apparently told the caller that they were working on it, that the prescriptions were in the system, and that everything would be fine.
The prescriptions are not in the system, (deleted or otherwise), and the messages were very vague.
Go client!

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You can definitely tell it’s the holidays from the attitudes of our callers today.
We’re getting yelled at left and right, and several of the supervisor calls have actually been escalated to real supervisors.
These people just need to pay their bills like they’re supposed to, and things would be just fine.
The clincher was from a woman who insisted she wasn’t going to pay $53 for 30 pills, when her doctor wrote the prescription for 30 pills for 30 days.
We sat there going round and round about it, because we can’t take the pills back unless they’re narcotics, which these weren’t.
I’m already not in a cheery mood.
I hope my mom isn’t in a bad mood when she shows up or things could get interesting.

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I just got a call from someone who got totally screwed by someone a lot higher up in the food chain than me.
The notes said that the member could not be located, along with the doctor because they were in a hurricane-effected area, and this was on 10/25.
They apparently told the caller that they were working on it, that the prescriptions were in the system, and that everything would be fine.
The prescriptions are not in the system, (deleted or otherwise), and the messages were very vague.
Go client!

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You can definitely tell it’s the holidays from the attitudes of our callers today.
We’re getting yelled at left and right, and several of the supervisor calls have actually been escalated to real supervisors.
These people just need to pay their bills like they’re supposed to, and things would be just fine.
The clincher was from a woman who insisted she wasn’t going to pay $53 for 30 pills, when her doctor wrote the prescription for 30 pills for 30 days.
We sat there going round and round about it, because we can’t take the pills back unless they’re narcotics, which these weren’t.
I’m already not in a cheery mood.
I hope my mom isn’t in a bad mood when she shows up or things could get interesting.

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I need to be sitting here doing blog stuff about as much as I need another hole in my head.
However, I can’t sleep because I’m all stuffed up, and I’m drinking some orange juice to try to make myself feel better.
I’m also washing a load of laundry because I’m going to go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving and I found while packing that I need a few more things clean.
I’ve discovered an inline trackback plugin for WordPress and a Google adcents plugin for it as well, and I plan on installing those so I can test them out.
I’ll most likely finish this glass of juice though and head to bed.
I’ll also make a pot of coffee in the morning because I only have one soda left, and that’s for lunch.
I just started looking around at some of this blog stuff, and those who know me know how easy it is for me to get drawn into some technological persuit I have no business being in at that particular time.
But then, that’s when the funnest things strike: When you really need them not to.

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I need to be sitting here doing blog stuff about as much as I need another hole in my head.
However, I can’t sleep because I’m all stuffed up, and I’m drinking some orange juice to try to make myself feel better.
I’m also washing a load of laundry because I’m going to go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving and I found while packing that I need a few more things clean.
I’ve discovered an inline trackback plugin for WordPress and a Google adcents plugin for it as well, and I plan on installing those so I can test them out.
I’ll most likely finish this glass of juice though and head to bed.
I’ll also make a pot of coffee in the morning because I only have one soda left, and that’s for lunch.
I just started looking around at some of this blog stuff, and those who know me know how easy it is for me to get drawn into some technological persuit I have no business being in at that particular time.
But then, that’s when the funnest things strike: When you really need them not to.

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I just got a call from someone on an Air Force base who was standing in as a speaker for a veteran who can’t speak because he’s mute.
He went to a civilion pharmacy to get a prescription filled, and when the pharmacist or tech had a problem filling the prescription, he was simply handed a piece of paper with our number on it, circled.
That’s really crappy, in my opinion.
For one thing, it’s laziness on the part of the pharmacy, because they could have very easily called us themselves.
For another, they took advantage of his inability to speak, and just sent him away like some child.
I think to do that to someone who’s fought for this country is doubly disrespectful.

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According to “Labor Decree” number G-d-Only-Knows, (“labor decree” is what I’ve taken to referring to the rules at work), we’re now required to use the phonetic alphabet.
This would be fine if not for the following: (1) Certain words such as Echo and Golf are consistently misinterpreted by members and others on the phone; (2) We spend more time explaining the words and answering questions about our choice of wording than we do actually making sure the particular letter we’re trying to get across is understood.
Case in point: My last caller responded to “Foxtrot” (for those who don’t know, foxtrot is the word used to designate the letter “F” in the phonetic alphabet), “Foxtrot?”
When I explained that we’re required to use the phonetic alphabet, the caller replied: “I thought you had a horse.”
You can stick that in the amateur humor files.

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I just got a call from someone on an Air Force base who was standing in as a speaker for a veteran who can’t speak because he’s mute.
He went to a civilion pharmacy to get a prescription filled, and when the pharmacist or tech had a problem filling the prescription, he was simply handed a piece of paper with our number on it, circled.
That’s really crappy, in my opinion.
For one thing, it’s laziness on the part of the pharmacy, because they could have very easily called us themselves.
For another, they took advantage of his inability to speak, and just sent him away like some child.
I think to do that to someone who’s fought for this country is doubly disrespectful.

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According to “Labor Decree” number G-d-Only-Knows, (“labor decree” is what I’ve taken to referring to the rules at work), we’re now required to use the phonetic alphabet.
This would be fine if not for the following: (1) Certain words such as Echo and Golf are consistently misinterpreted by members and others on the phone; (2) We spend more time explaining the words and answering questions about our choice of wording than we do actually making sure the particular letter we’re trying to get across is understood.
Case in point: My last caller responded to “Foxtrot” (for those who don’t know, foxtrot is the word used to designate the letter “F” in the phonetic alphabet), “Foxtrot?”
When I explained that we’re required to use the phonetic alphabet, the caller replied: “I thought you had a horse.”
You can stick that in the amateur humor files.

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While in the the break room on my lunch, I saw a clip on Garth Brooks.
He’s apparently releasing a new boxed set, exclusively sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club, because he wants to make sure it’s affordable for everyone.
He made a comment about how hearing that someone would love to have his CD but can’t afford it breaks his heart.
What a dweeb.
Anybody with a brain knows he’s putting out another boxed set because his last album didn’t do so hot, and he needs some cash.

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While in the the break room on my lunch, I saw a clip on Garth Brooks.
He’s apparently releasing a new boxed set, exclusively sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club, because he wants to make sure it’s affordable for everyone.
He made a comment about how hearing that someone would love to have his CD but can’t afford it breaks his heart.
What a dweeb.
Anybody with a brain knows he’s putting out another boxed set because his last album didn’t do so hot, and he needs some cash.

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Two items caught my attention while watching CNN this evening.
The first had to do with the recent news that Katrina’s victims who are now staying in hotels will be required to vacate those hotels by December first.
Jessie Jackson made an appearance, and basically said that the evaccuees could be housed at unused military bases near New Orleans, opining that they should be housed near their former homes, allowed to work and be housed by the government on military bases, and that money being used to fund the Iraq war could be used to pay the tab.
There were video clips of evaccuees yelling at FEMA representatives, and mention of a letter written by New York City’s mayor asking that the deadline be extended.
Nobody mentioned that this money doesn’t grow on trees, and hotels anywhere, but especially in the Big Apple, are expensive.
I imagine the residents aren’t getting a group rate, and that FEMA, through American tax dollars, is footing the bill for every person staying there, and that bill is probably upwards of $80 a night.
They’ve been there since September.
You do the math.
And don’t forget that, along with New York, there are 40 other states with similar tabs.
Throughout this entire episode, I’ve been completely amazed that, not only are the New Orleans evaccuees acting as if they’re owed, it’s portrayed as completely acceptable behavior by the leftist media.
What happened to the American ideal of working hard, and accepting help graciously?
These people can’t actually think that the feds are just going to keep paying the bill.
I, for one, am growing quite tired of this kind of ingrattitude.
Being a victim of a major natural disaster is no excuse.
The citizens of Louisiana, (especially those of New Orleans), have been raised on the idea that the government is supposed to take care of you.
Welcome to the real world folks.
In the rest of America, that’s not the way it is.
Most of us have to take care of ourselves, disaster or not.
Here’s a thought.
Instead of yelling about what you’re not getting, take a moment to thank the proprietor of the hotel you’re staying in.
He or she is most likely losing business due to your occupying rooms, eating at the hotel restaurant, ETC., and is having to deal with just as much government bureaucracy as you are.
Take a moment also to be thankful for the generosity you’ve received, and continue to receive, from the rest of the citizens of this country.
We’ve been gracious enough to put up with the tantrums, with little to no outcry against them.
Keep in mind that the people you elected to represent yourselves failed to ask for a declaration of a state of emergency, and that, despite this, you have been evacuated, and have been able to live off the generosity of others for months now.
No, the government we have isn’t perfect by any stretch of the word, but part of what has happend is a direct result of corruption within your own local government, which you bear the responsibility for electing.
How long is anyone really supposed to be expected to house you for free?
Indefinitely?
Rest assured that there is no possible way that can be accomplished.
And now, for tonight’s other gem.
In California, at San Quentin, there is actually a man on death row, who, believe it or not, is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
This man is a former gangster, specifically the founder of the Cripts, who has, since his incarceration, written children’s books and been a staunch advocate of peace, and spoken out against gang violence.
That, in and of itself is a good thing.
It means he’s had a serious change of heart, and can be confident that, when he meets his Maker, he will find that he’s earned some eternal reward.
But there’s still the matter of paying the penalty for the crimes (robbing and murdering four people), he was convicted of, by a jury of his peers.
There have been vigils outside the prison, and even the “illustrious” Snoop Dog has written to Governor Schwartzeneger requesting clemency.
If I were the governor, it would be a no-go.
It’s great that this individual has devoted the rest of his life to good causes, but he still has to pay for the crimes he committed.
The fact that people can bring themselves to request clemency for a murderer on such grounds as “Look at what he’s become,” and the fact that the media can report this story in a positive light without recrimination from society in general demonstrates the level of degeneracy our society has descended to.
Anyone who has truly had a change of heart and repented of his wrongdoings would accept the penalty.
I would say I’m surprised the man is nominated for a Peace Prize, but if Yacir Arafat can get the Prize, anyone can.
I can’t help but wonder what the reports will look like when the man is actually executed.
I imagine all his supporters will go into mourning, and, God forbid, we’ll be subjected to op-eds about how corrupt we are for executing a man despite the good he’s done.
If we take the time to remember the people he killed, or, even more abstractly, the fact that four lives were needlessly extinguished, it should put things back in their proper perspective.

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