Thursday, July 31, 2008
Also, don't get mad at the front desk because we cannot locate your friend (who is part of a large group) that changed rooms with someone else (who is part of the same large group) and didn't bother to let the desk know. It's not my fault you are a dumbass and your friend is an irresponsible asshat.
Nearly every night he works I get a complaint about him taking too long. There's also been a lot of times I've had a guest ask me if I can wake him up. That's just a little embarrassing. And it seems like I always have to call him on the radio when someone needs him.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Earlier tonight a diamond level card person throwing a fit because the Starbucks at the hotel was out of the tea he wanted. I didn't handle the issue. I'm glad I didn't. I would have had trouble containing myself. The guy told the front desk clerk he was complaining to that Starbucks was closing early and refusing to serve him. Not the case, they were just out of a particular type of tea. That's all and his diamond status isn't going to fix that. It can't fix the fact that he's a total asshole either.
I guess being a diamond member makes it OK to lie to get what you want and get people that work at the hotel in trouble. Because the other night auditor was ready to yell at the baristas until he found out the real story.
The customer is not always right, in some cases the customer is a lying sack of shit, especially if they have a card. And that's the problem, card carrying assholes like the one in this story ruin it for the good card carrying frequent customers. They are like spoiled bratty children, but worse because they are adults.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Bennigan's Closed After Parent Co. Files For Bankruptcy
Independently Owned Franchises Not Included In Bankruptcy FilingsPOSTED: 8:57 am CDT July 29, 2008UPDATED: 1:47 pm CDT July 29, 2008FORT WORTH, Texas -- The parent company of Steak & Ale, Bennigan's Grill & Tavern, and Tavern restaurants has filed for bankruptcy while employees of Bennigan's report that company-owned franchises are closed nationwide as of Tuesday, less than two months after their parent company said it was not preparing to shut down.The restaurants, owned by Plano-based Metromedia Restaurant Group, filed for bankruptcy protection in the Eastern District of Texas under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code early Tuesday, NBC 5 reported.In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, a company seeks to liquidate its assets and shut down.
In the filing, the company indicated that it has up to 49 creditors. It said it would have no funds left after administrative expenses are paid to repay its creditors.Independently owned franchises are not included in the filings, and the filings do not include the Metromedia-owned Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bonanza Steakhouse restaurants.
NBC 5 called a local Bennigan's Tuesday morning and was told, "We won't be opening anymore." A call to the company's headquarters yielded a "no comment" early Tuesday.Employees at a Bennigan's in Plano were greeted by a sign Tuesday on the front door reading "WE ARE CLOSED. THANK YOU." Next door, a Steak & Ale sat empty in a deserted parking lot but there was no sign posted.The manager of a Colorado Bennigan's told KMGH-TV he was spending the morning calling employees to tell them not to come in. He did not want to be identified by name."This sucks. I'm out of a job," he said.A waiter named Steve, who wouldn't give his last name, said the staff got a phone call Tuesday morning telling them the restaurant was closing.Neither Bennigan's nor the Metromedia Restaurant Group returned calls for comment.A lawyer listed in the filing, J. Michael Sutherland of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal LLP, did not return a call.According to a recorded message on the law firm's answering system, not all stores using the Bennigan's and Steak & Ale trade names have filed for bankruptcy and some franchise locations were not included in the filing.The filing lists 38 separate entities that it classified as "debtors" but does not include a list of locations that are shutting down.All restaurants have been struggling as consumers cut back on discretionary spending to better deal with high gas prices, the weak housing market and inflation. The hardest hit have been casual dining chains and bar and grill restaurants, which charge higher prices than fast food and other quick-service chains.Bar and grill restaurants have also suffered from intense competition. Morningstar analyst John Owens said several chains expanded quickly, making it more difficult for customers to differentiate between them and forcing many companies to cut prices to lure diners."Bennigan's was the weakest of the major players," Owens said.Meanwhile, commodity costs have soared, forcing chains to either raise menu prices or see profits plunge.Credit has also been tight, making it difficult for companies to restructure their debt.In June, Metromedia Restaurants said it was formulating a proposal to present to its lenders to restructure its debt, but said it was not preparing to file for bankruptcy.In the filing, the company indicated that it has up to 49 creditors and owes less than $50,000. It said it will have no funds left after administrative expenses are paid to repay its creditors.The news appeared to be a shock to most of the company's employees, but some may have had an inkling that the company was not doing well.Steve, the Bennigan's waiter in Plano, said he recently went from making $30 on a good lunch shift to only $10."Business has been slow," said Steve, who said he relies on tips. "I went from making a lot of money on a shift to making very little."Of the nearly 800 restaurants generating more than $800 million in annual sales, 20 restaurants are located in North Texas, according to Bennigan's Web site.Steak & Ale was founded in Plano in 1966. Bennigan's was established 10 years later in Atlanta.
True story - after we lost my uncle, my mom and I always went to either Bennigan's or TGI Friday's on the holidays. No sense in making a big holiday dinner for 2 people. In more seriousness, this puts a lot of people out of work. And the job market is tough as it is. This further enforces my view point that America is headed toward another great depression.
Here's the original contents of what I said.
And after months I'm still being talked about.
Or at least mentioned.
I love being me.
Moving right along.
I didn't expect anyone there to miss me at all. Truth be told I was bored and needed entertainment. I knew those idiots would do exactly what I expected them to do. Well the ones that responded to the thread. And sure enough, my words got edited. No surprise there what so ever. It's easy for the simpletons that "moderate" that board to edit someones words that actually come back with an intelligent response. Witty even. Even the ban wasn't a surprise. Amusing though -
Your account has been temporarily suspended. This suspension is due to end on Sunday, January 19, 2014 10:56:50 AM.
I was disappointed with the thread being locked. I'm sure that one post could have stirred up a lot more shit left open.
At any rate, I win. I don't give 2 shits that I got banned. Why would I? I was expecting it. The accusations of me being an attention whore are priceless. Here's why - Someone on a message board is only an attention whore if you allow them to be one. The only real way to deal with an attention whore is to ignore them. Anything else pretty much gives them what they want. And If you are going to keep talking about someone on a regular basis for months after the last time you heard from them, you got a problem. I didn't even think about that board until I started this blog and put it in my list on the right side. Haven't talked about it since and this will probly be the last time.
In print: Saturday, July 26, 2008 Gallery owner Bill
Schramm is arrested outside Erotic Lounge in St. Petersburg on Friday night. Officers arrested Schramm and another man after a raid on the gallery. Earlier, police had received a complaint about a penis statue in front of the business.
ST. PETERSBURG — The night started with a complaint about a giant penis
Before it was over, police had pinned the owner of the art gallery to the ground and taken him to jail.
"Oh, my God," said gallery owner Bill Schramm, his glasses falling off in the scuffle. "This is the city's response to a penis. That's fabulous." Officers arrested Schramm and another man after a raid Friday night on the Erotic Lounge in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg. It wasn't the statue that they were arrested for.
Instead, investigators said they saw a nude man in the gallery, a violation of a city
ordinance that prohibits places that serve alcohol from allowing the public display of genitals.
The gallery's show on Friday included a cypress penis statue larger than a person in front of the gallery. Schramm said he installed it there about 5 p.m. Sometime during the evening, police received a complaint about the statue. A St. Petersburg police officer stopped by, told Schramm it was pornographic and told him to take it inside. He refused, saying it was art.
Later that evening, the show was still going on when police converged on the shop. As Schramm was talking to a St. Petersburg Times reporter about the statue, Sgt. Joe Collins dashed inside. Schramm put his hand up to stop him and tried to hold the door closed, police said.
In an instant, officers tackled Schramm, forcing him to the ground and cuffing his hands behind his back.
Officers sat him on a chair under the gallery's overhang while they searched the shop and detained the customers, telling them there was a liquor violation and asking to see identification.
Schramm, 46, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and violating the city ordinance.
Inside, police found a nude man, Joshua M. Culotta, suspended from the ceiling in an aerial harness that Schramm earlier called a "chandelier."
"He was in plain view," said Collins, the investigating sergeant. Officers said
they arrested Culotta, 26, for violating the city ordinance. The man, who is
deaf, seemed confused and told a reporter, "I was just modeling." As officers
handcuffed him, he started to cry.
"He'll be okay. Misdemeanor charge," an officer told one of the man's friends.
The walls of the gallery were covered in erotic images. One painting depicted Superman in underwear with an erect penis.
Attached to a bathroom door of cloth were signs reading: "Human petting zoo," "Tipping allowed & encouraged," and "Dare to explore." Police said they found a man in his underwear inside the bathroom but nothing illegal.
Collins said the police began an investigation Friday night after hearing
that the gallery was displaying genitals while serving alcohol. He would not
specify how they knew, saying he wouldn't reveal an investigative tactic.
But because the business has a liquor license, police have a right of entry
and don't need probable cause to go inside, Collins said.
"It's art," said Craig Christopher, 42, who said he had barely sipped his beer when police entered. "So what's the problem with that?"
Stephanie Garry can be reached at (727) 892-2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Suspected bomb turns out to be string cheese
Jul 22, 2:54 PM (ET)
CENTERVILLE, Utah (AP) - A piece of string cheese made to look like a bomb forced the temporary closure of a Centerville grocery store. Police were called to Dick's Market over the weekend for a report that a someone had left a device covered in duct tape near a dry ice cooler.
The store remained closed for two hours while bomb-sniffing dogs and a bomb technician investigated.
They eventually found the device was a piece of cheese.
Centerville police Lt. Paul Child said juveniles are suspected of planting the item in the store.
He says the closure caused thousands of dollars in losses to the store, including from milk, ice cream and other items that spoiled during the closure and had to be thrown out.
You would think the dog would have eaten the cheese. Of course how one mistakes cheese and duct tape for a bomb is beyond me. C-4 doesn't look like string cheese.
Jul 25, 6:17 PM
In this photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's department, Keith Walendowski is shown....Full Image
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee man was accused of shooting his
lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with
felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed. According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police quote, "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want." A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident. She said he was intoxicated. Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted. A call to Walendowski's home went unanswered Friday morning.
For that kind of money he could have gotten himself a really nice riding mower. But it was his mower, shouldn't he have the right to shoot it?
Bun Light Presents: Real Men of Genius
Today we salute you, Mr. Internet Message Board Fighter.
By doing nothing more than typing, you fill the internet with worthless crap.
You reply to things that no one else will. (The thread views are blowing up!)
Sure there's danger - empty threats, carpel tunnel and possibly banishment (You better be careful)
Your fearless, senseless nature keeps you going long after the rest of us have gone to sleep. (Keep on fighting!)
So crack open an ice cold Bud Light, you fearless fighter because the internet might actually be a fun place without you (Mr. Internet Message Board Fighter)
Keep the Bud Light though, I prefer Jagermeister.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Obesity gene 'affects appetite'
Rates of obesity are on the rise
Children carrying the first gene that has been clearly linked to obesity find it harder than others to tell when they are full, London-based researchers say.
They studied over 3,000 children to see whether the FTO gene impacts on the ability to burn calories or appetite.
The researchers found those with copies of the gene's risky variant were less likely to have their appetite "switched off" when they should be full.
The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
FTO is the first common gene to be linked to obesity in Caucasian populations.
Previous studies have shown that adults with two copies of the higher risk version of the gene are on average 3kg (6lb 10oz) heavier, and those with a single copy are on average 1.5kg heavier, than those without the gene.
We are looking at a thousand-piece jigsaw and we have shown how the first two pieces fit together
Dr David Haslam
National Obesity Forum
The researchers, from University College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, set out to learn more about the way the gene works.
They tested whether children aged eight to 11 carrying the higher risk gene variation had an altered appetite through height, weight and waist circumference measurements, and a questionnaire which asked parents about their child's eating habits.
They found that children with the higher risk version of the gene tended to overeat and to struggle to recognise when they were full.
The effect of the gene on appetite was the same regardless of age, sex, socio-economic background and body mass index.
Prof Jane Wardle explains the research into FTO and obesity
Lead researcher Professor Jane Wardle said: "It is not simply the case that people who carry the risky variant of this gene automatically become overweight, but they are more susceptible to overeating.
"This makes them significantly more vulnerable to the modern environment which confronts all of us with large portion sizes and limitless opportunities to eat."
However, Professor Wardle said the effect of the gene in isolation was relatively small.
She said it was likely that many genes contributed to obesity and appetite, each making a small contribution, but together creating a substantial effect.
Dr David Haslam, clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, said the research was "very interesting".
However, he said: "We are looking at a thousand-piece jigsaw and we have shown how the first two pieces fit together.
"It is a step in the right direction, but what we don't want to say is 'we have got the gene for obesity, therefore we can cure it' - that is not going to happen for many years to come."
Interesting. I've been battling my weight for a good portion of my adult life. Maybe this is why. Maybe they can find a cure. Although the current broke-ass starvation diet I'm on is working.
They have been bothering me all night. Though I did learn how to make an international call and send a fax to Japan - several of them. But I have been busy with something that was not the audit up until now. They are being forced to check out this morning, we don't have the room for them. Big group checking in that it going to be here a few days. Been sold out for this group for months.
I need to go back to school. I'm sick of working in hospitality. I need to finish out my degree so I can teach full time.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Piglet with monkey's face
Villagers were shocked after a monkey-like piglet was born in China.
Curious locals flocked to the home of owner Feng Changlin after news of the piglet spread in Fengzhang village, Xiping township.
"It's hideous. No one will be willing to buy it, and it scares the family to even look at it!" Feng told Oriental Today.
He says the piglet looks just like a monkey, with two thin lips, a small nose and two big eyes. Its rear legs are also much longer than its forelegs, causing it to jump instead of walk.
Feng's wife said the monkey-faced piglet was one of five newborns of a sow which the family had raised for nine years.
"My God, it was so scary. I didn't known what it was. I was really frightened," she said.
"But our son likes to play with it, and he stopped us from getting rid of it. He even feeds it milk."
Neighbours have suggested the couple keep the piglet to see how it looks as it matures.
Hmmm pig and monkey, sounds almost human. I jest, but could this be the next stage in evolution for the pig or random mutation?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Oh yeah and she doesn't want to take up too much of my day because I have to go to work tonight.
Thats my mom for ya, putting the whole world ahead of herself.
So I'm calling around, saving her some work. Also she initially called me because she was having trouble using google to find thrift stores. I tried to explain but she got confused and flustered, then it all came out about my father.
Isn't my ship pretty?
This is a Gallente Customs Major. Looks like a bigger version of my ship (the tiny one next to it).
Are you my daddy?
Friday, July 25, 2008
I should have checked the forecast first.
My girlfriend said she would trade me for that, it's clear and cool in Virginia where she lives. I must say it wouldn't be a bad trade, she's got mountains up there. Some day I want to use my mountain bike on real mountains. Though I do prefer the beach and I don't think riding on the mountains would be a smart thing to do at night.
I want to blog from space.
Science: Vint Cerf
Preps Interplanetary Internet Protocol
Posted by timothy on Thursday July 24,
@03:57PMfrom the would-be-helpful-at-the-jupiter-hotel-too dept.
TechFiends32 writes "After years of working with NASA to bring Internet connectivity to deep space, scientists say Vint Cerf's efforts may be nearing completion. To combat the apparent challenges of extending the Internet into space (such as meteors and weighty, high-powered antennas), Cerf and others have made significant efforts, like adjusting satellite-based IP, and working on delay-tolerant networking (DTN) to address pure IP's limitations in space. According to principal engineer at The Mitre Corp., Keith Scott, 'The 2010 goal is designed to bring DTN to a sufficient level of maturity to incorporate it into designs for robotic and human lunar
[+] internet, space, lag (tagging beta)
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Which is good because I'm sure the aliens will want to use the internet. You know, so they can creat accounts on monster.com and take our jobs.
Science: Apollo 14 Moonwalker Claims Aliens Exist
Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday July 24, @12:48PMfrom the
An anonymous reader writes "Former NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell — a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission — has stunningly claimed
aliens exist. And he says extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on several
occasions — but the alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments
for six decades. Dr Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview that sources at
the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little
people who look strange to us.'"
[+] nasa, space, kucinich, iwanttobelieve, littlegreenmen (tagging beta)
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Or maybe the aliens will come online and bully us!
Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Internet Bullies?
Posted by timothy on Thursday July 24, @08:46PMfrom the warning-link-contains-classic-deep-trolling dept.
creyes123 writes "I run a free website with an online model airplane design calculator. The number of registered users has quickly climbed and I've gotten many ompliments. Out of nowhere, a fellow shows up and proceeds to bad mouth the calculator in a posting in one of my forums. After I politely point out that he's mistaken and should have looked at the documentation before posting, he changes the subject and bad mouths a different 'flaw.' The cycle repeats a few more times, with no apparent end in sight. I want to encourage folks to share their opinions, but constructive criticism was clearly not his goal. I feel that the whole episode was just a massive time waster for me. What did I do to deserve this? Could I have handled this better?"
[+] internet, toy, donotfeedthetrolls, dontfeedthetrolls, ignorethem (tagging beta)
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And moving on to the BBC -
There's oil in that thar Arctic!
Arctic 'has 90bn barrels of oil'
Oil prices are tipped to rise The Arctic is estimated to hold 90bn barrels of untapped oil, according to figures from the US Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS says the area has three times as much untapped natural gas as oil. Drilling plans in the Arctic have been controversial, with environment groups worried about the effect on wildlife.
While oil prices have been falling in recent days to around $125 a barrel, many analysts expect oil prices to remain high, and even to rise again.
Screw the environment, I want cheap gas. Let it be the next generation's problem. From the looks of things, I may not be contributing much to the next generation.
Soy foods 'reduce sperm numbers'
Soy products contain chemicals mimicking female hormones A regular diet of even modest amounts of food containing soy may halve sperm concentrations, suggest scientists. The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found 41 million fewer sperm per millilitre of semen after just one portion every two days. The authors said plant oestrogens in foods such as tofu, soy mince or milk may interfere with hormonal signals.
However, a UK expert stressed that most men in Asia eat more soy-based
products with no fertility problems.
Well that might explain a few things about me. I've heard about this sort of thing in the past, first time I saw it on a reliable news source. or at least what I thought was reliable. At the least I can blame it on me being a vegetarian, right?
I know we are looking for a desk clerk as it is, I have a feeling we will be looking for more. Maybe a shift supervisor as well. If anyone is interested, you can apply online. It's the Embassy Suites in downtown Tampa. If you don't have the decency or work ethic to show up for work on time, don't bother to apply.
Next time I have a meeting with the general manager I'm going to suggest that we have a houseman start work at 7am, maybe 6 on high volume days. As it is they do not start until 8am.
You will buy me an EVE-Online PC in the Gallente case. What would be really great with it is a matching mouse pad, posters and coffee mug from the EVE Store. Caldari case shown here.
If you love me more you will send me to EVE FanFest in Iceland.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This is getting quite old. The 7ish crew we call them. Scheduled to come in at 7am, almost never come in on time. And when they do show, most of them are never ready to work. They have to get dressed (I have co-workers that come in not in uniform), or put on makeup, or go to the Starbuck's (one in the hotel) or all the above and maybe a few other things. At any rate, I'm stuck at this front desk later than I should be.
Its like that at most of the jobs I have worked at over the years. Not many people care enough to show up on time. If they show up at all. I have to say its even made me quit a few jobs because the management did nothing about it.
And here it is after 7 and no one's here.
I used to talk about a lot of things on various message boards, but I've managed to either get banned from those or totally alienate myself.
Oh yeah, there's blogs on my myspace page. Have a look.