No, you did not find a shortcut for this left turn.
Some of my friends are shocked…
That as of this point, I have only seen the first two episodes of Lost this season.
I plan on watching them! I just need more time, and I’m not quite as crazy involved as you are! In fact, after watching the season premiere, I was a bit irked by the amount of commercials during the show. Towards the end, I could have sworn there were just as many commercials as there was actual program.
So, instead of sitting down and watching the third episode of Lost, I decided to re-watch the first episode and keep track of when the commercials were, and when the episode was on. Here are the results:
Ok, so at first glance, this chart seems to fit the ratio of commercials to episode time that I am used to. It seems a bit high, but heck, it was the season premiere – we can tolerate that, right? Well, then you look at the Commercial to Episode ratio over the length of the premiere, and then you see the annoyance:
You can see them hook you in with fewer commercials, then ramp up the ratio as much as we can tolerate for the rest of the episode. Apparently the tolerance threshold is about 1 minute of commercials for every 2 minutes of episode.
Thank god for the ability to record these shows an skip past the commercials!
Subway wins my “most annoying commercial” award of 2010.
I know it is early in the year, but this jingle drives me nuts. Nuts like keep me up at night with the jingle in my head.
Make it stop!
No other business operates like the airlines. The airlines can get away with murder in regards to your ticket with no reprimand! If other businesses would start selling one product only to deliver a different product, they would quickly go out of business. There are a few key tactics they use that just would not hold up in a normal business.
The Bait and Switch
There have been several times where I decide to fork over the extra money and pay for the direct flight from point A to point B. Hey, this reduces the likelihood of not making it do your destination; it is worth the extra money, right? Inevitably it seems like something always goes wrong; whether it is a mechanical problem with the aircraft, weather conditions, or over-booking of the flight, I have been forced to take non-direct flights to get to point B for the same price that I paid for my direct flight. Why in this case does the airline not give me a partial refund on my “direct” flight that I decided to pay extra for? Not only am I getting to my destination at a later time, but I’m also now increasing my odds of something else going wrong on the second (or third) leg of the flight!
The Purposeful Overbooking
I’m sure everyone has experienced this. Airlines even admit that they do this. They sell more tickets than there are seats on a plane, and when everyone actually shows up, there are 10+ people on a standby list that end up getting bumped from the flight that they paid for. Imagine walking in to a car dealership, working out a deal on a new car, signing the paperwork, paying them, and then receiving a different car – it would never happen. Yet airlines are somehow exempt from being able to deliver on all of the tickets that they sell.
The Nickel and Diming
I recently flew on TACA airlines, a Central American airline, and I was amazed at the service I received. They still played movies and gave out free headsets, they still gave out food to the passengers in coach, they were incredibly attentive and helpful and checking baggage didn’t cost extra. On top of it all, the aircraft itself was much newer than typical US aircraft, and was actually comfortable. I vaguely remember the days where US airlines were like this. It is sad to think that some airlines are considering charging extra for using the bathrooms on the aircraft during flight. Now, to be fair, plenty of other businesses use this nickel and diming technique, but don’t worry, I hate them too.
Part One of my Idiot Driver series – all taken from my commute!
Location: The exit from 820 East to 35W North
Idiots: drive me nuts when they do this and actually cause traffic on 820 East to backup because of it…
My oh my this company likes to get around (aka keep changing names so people can’t get information on the scam-company as easily).
As of today, with my previous post about Watson Brooks, I have received many comments about similar shell company names that this shady company uses. It appears that they are using at least 8 different company names. Many of the actual websites appear to be down, but people continue to get letters from them:
But three are still up and rocking that awful website music:
Alas, I have heard nothing more from them to me about their legal threats. I keep checking my Facebook inbox and I guess Amy Yates doesn’t want to be friends. Also, it appears they have at least four letter signers of fake Vice Presidents to:
I wouldn’t put it past this company to continue to put these letters out under different shell company names. If you know of any others, let me know in the comments so I can add it to the list.
Update 9/18: Added a new company name and Vice President to the list – thanks to Sam for sharing another shell company name! Also – it appears that all of these shell companies are being driven by “TravelAgencyAppointment.com“. It looks like most of these shell company sites are down, but they are certainly still pumping out the scam letters. This is getting down right stupid.