Another Hallmark Moment!
Some cynics say that Valentine's Day is a holiday created for the retail industry, to stimulate sales during the long stretch between Christmas and Easter. Of course, we've added MLK Day, President's Day and St. Patrick's Day, but none of them represent a blockbuster excuse to drive shoppers into the stores.
I could be one of those cynics except for one important fact; It doesn't have to cost money to show someone you love them! So you can look at it as another excuse for a sale, or you can look at it as a reminder to take a moment to appreciate those who are special in your life.
.....I'm voting for "Plan B"!
Confused about DTV Yet?
OK, so the switch to all-digital TV isn't going to happen for another four months. Instead of Feb. 17th, it'll now happen on June 12th. At least, that's the latest word from Congress. So what the heck is this all about?
It's about as confusing a mess as any governmental project could be!
frequencies now used by TV stations are needed to expand emergency
services networks and commercial wireless carriers. Going digital
will free airways for these expansions. But...
The result? 47 million coupons mailed out, 21.7 million redeemed (less than half) , 14 million expired, over 11 million unaccounted for, more than 3 million people still on a waiting list for coupons, and as many as 184,000 more requests are received PER DAY!Oh yeah, and the NTIA (National Telecommunications Information Agency) has run out of funding for the coupon program and needs between $250 - $330 million more!
Uh-huh... Don't we all!
The Elliptical Saga Continues
In our last episode (the Jan09 Newsletter), we left our immense, 400+ pound crate with our new ProForm Space Saver Elliptical exerciser at the bottom of the stairs.
Since then, practicality won the day and it was assembled on the spot and parked in the room, directly across from the stairs. The assembly process was an exercise in itself! Instructions stated, "Do no destroy the shipping container as all returns must be sent back in their original boxes." Right! It's twice my weight, and held together with several dozen heavy brass staples.
I hacked at it with a utility knife, exposing what looked like a failed oragami project on steroids, with pieces of metal and plastic barely visible deep inside. More hacking.
Finally, after several hours and two split knuckles, I had the beast fully assembled and looking perfect... just like the sales picture.
The only part I didn't have to assemble was housing that contains the internal belts, wheels, weights and gizmos that make it go. Naturally, the only part that didn't work was that one! If you could get it to move at all it made a horrible, metalic screeching sound.
Warranty? Well, yeah, but you had to pay to get a service repairman to come to the house. Or ship it back (in the original box.) Or pay a lot for an extended service policy that covered everything plus the house-call.
Bought the policy, got a repairman to the house (he knew what was wrong before he got there..."That piece breaks on all of 'em!") and ordered the parts needed. The parts arrived a couple weeks later, but the repairman hasn't gotten the company's authortization to make the repairs yet! "I'll give you a call when it comes in..."
Bottom line: We've spent a whole lot of money and waited nearly two months for it first to arrive and then to actually work, and so far all we've gotten is a lot of frustration and a feeling that ProForm doesn't give a damn about anything once they've got your order. Buyer, beware!!
PS...They've discontinued this item.