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    Is it standard procedure when you are working with customer service (spectrum is the one I’m working on now) to put you on hold to “look into it” and then either completely hang up on you, or kick you back to the general wait list?

    This would be highly unlikely, although a smaller tel-com that doesn’t outsource their customer service might be able to ‘get away with it’ more so than if you were calling T-Mobile or the like. My company has provided customer service, sales, tech support, etc. for TMob, Bell Canada, AT&T, Comcast, etc. and there is no way a single one of them would put up with this handling their customers in such a way. In fact we don’t have a single telephony application that would make it possible to put a contact back into the queue. Hanging up would be another story.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Is it standard procedure when you are working with customer service (spectrum is the one I’m working on now) to put you on hold to “look into it” and then either completely hang up on you, or kick you back to the general wait list? I’ve had this happen to me so many times I think it’s a tactic to get you to get frustrated and give up. After ten minutes with agent one, she kicked me to hold and I had to wait another ten minutes on hold and then start all over.

    And agent two is absolutely useless so I have to wait again. Ugh.

    Based on the ‘glowing’ reviews my dad gives Spectrum this sounds about par for the course for them

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Is it standard procedure when you are working with customer service (spectrum is the one I’m working on now) to put you on hold to “look into it” and then either completely hang up on you, or kick you back to the general wait list? I’ve had this happen to me so many times I think it’s a tactic to get you to get frustrated and give up. After ten minutes with agent one, she kicked me to hold and I had to wait another ten minutes on hold and then start all over.

    And agent two is absolutely useless so I have to wait again. Ugh.

    Based on the ‘glowing’ reviews my dad gives Spectrum this sounds about par for the course for them

    Honestly spectrum has been far easier than when I had frontier and dish. I spoke with three reps in the span of an hour phone call. First one kicked me to hold, second one was completely useless, claiming he couldn’t access any specifics on my account (?) third one was super nice, helpful, and able to answer all my questions. It’s just such a crapshoot who you get and a lot of time waiting on hold and for someone who can actually help. I can see why a lot of people get frustrated and just pay whatever they are charged. I was routinely hung up on when I was trying to end my frontier and dish accounts.

    Then I spent time with tech services as our WiFi cuts out a lot and he was very thorough and helpful.

    I have been far more happy with Spectrum but it’s getting to the expensive part as promos end.

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Is it standard procedure when you are working with customer service (spectrum is the one I’m working on now) to put you on hold to “look into it” and then either completely hang up on you, or kick you back to the general wait list?

    This would be highly unlikely, although a smaller tel-com that doesn’t outsource their customer service might be able to ‘get away with it’ more so than if you were calling T-Mobile or the like. My company has provided customer service, sales, tech support, etc. for TMob, Bell Canada, AT&T, Comcast, etc. and there is no way a single one of them would put up with this handling their customers in such a way. In fact we don’t have a single telephony application that would make it possible to put a contact back into the queue. Hanging up would be another story.

    The only we can send someone into a queue is to transfer them to another skill and I am almost positive we cannot transfer callers back into the same skill they are already on. My teams are typically dealing with a very specific set of customers (unlike the support SS) provides) so if we do accidently hang up on caller ( Mr. Fat Fingers checking in :wave: ) we almost always know the caller and can ring them back quickly.

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Is it standard procedure when you are working with customer service (spectrum is the one I’m working on now) to put you on hold to “look into it” and then either completely hang up on you, or kick you back to the general wait list?

    This would be highly unlikely, although a smaller tel-com that doesn’t outsource their customer service might be able to ‘get away with it’ more so than if you were calling T-Mobile or the like. My company has provided customer service, sales, tech support, etc. for TMob, Bell Canada, AT&T, Comcast, etc. and there is no way a single one of them would put up with this handling their customers in such a way. In fact we don’t have a single telephony application that would make it possible to put a contact back into the queue. Hanging up would be another story.

    The only we can send someone into a queue is to transfer them to another skill and I am almost positive we cannot transfer callers back into the same skill they are already on. My teams are typically dealing with a very specific set of customers (unlike the support SS) provides) so if we do accidently hang up on caller ( Mr. Fat Fingers checking in :wave: ) we almost always know the caller and can ring them back quickly.

    A specific set of customers doesn’t like to be taken.

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    So this is a question – what bothers you more…your hotel shower lever not automatically switching back to the tub faucet or your spouse who doesn’t check and do it after they shower.

    That ice cold water blast from the shower head never feels great when you aren’t expecting it

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    So this is a question – what bothers you more…your hotel shower lever not automatically switching back to the tub faucet or your spouse who doesn’t check and do it after they shower.

    That ice cold water blast from the shower head never feels great when you aren’t expecting it

    Always start the water before you enter the tub!!

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      Yeah I never run into that issue because of my irrational fear of said blast of cold water.

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      I run the water a good five minutes before I think of going into the shower.

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      I run the water a good five minutes before I think of going into the shower.

      Jeez are you guys using 10-gallon water heaters? :mrgreen:

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      I run the water a good five minutes before I think of going into the shower.

      Jeez are you guys using 10-gallon water heaters? :mrgreen:

      At home I need 30 seconds to verify water temp cause I know where the handle should be. But in a hotel, never get in until you know what temp the water is coming out so you can adjust accordingly.

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      Slap Shot wrote:


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      I run the water a good five minutes before I think of going into the shower.

      Jeez are you guys using 10-gallon water heaters? :mrgreen:

      At home I need 30 seconds to verify water temp cause I know where the handle should be. But in a hotel, never get in until you know what temp the water is coming out so you can adjust accordingly.

      It’s not that as much as my wife not putting the lever down so it will come out of the bath faucet instead of the shower

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      I let it run a few minutes to make sure the temp is where it is where I like it to be.

      Craw-sticking: when the water pressure is sh* in a hotel. I want that shower to kick my butt with pressure.

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      Or at hotels when the shower head is too low. Hate that.

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      Or at hotels when the shower head is too low. Hate that.

      Welcome to my world. At 6’4″, that’s every hotel I stay at. :chainsaw:

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      Greyeagle wrote:


      Or at hotels when the shower head is too low. Hate that.

      Welcome to my world. At 6’4″, that’s every hotel I stay at. :chainsaw:


      Try 6’7″… :wall:

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      Viking wrote:


      MNNavy wrote:


      Greyeagle wrote:


      Or at hotels when the shower head is too low. Hate that.

      Welcome to my world. At 6’4″, that’s every hotel I stay at. :chainsaw:


      Try 6’7″… :wall:


      We had one last weekend that basically hit me at the bottom of my rib cage. I’m about 6’. It was a powerful shower and methinks Viking would have gone up a couple octaves there. :shock:

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      Viking wrote:


      MNNavy wrote:


      Greyeagle wrote:


      Or at hotels when the shower head is too low. Hate that.

      Welcome to my world. At 6’4″, that’s every hotel I stay at. :chainsaw:


      Try 6’7″… :wall:


      We had one last weekend that basically hit me at the bottom of my rib cage. I’m about 6’. It was a powerful shower and methinks Viking would have gone up a couple octaves there. :shock:


      LoL…

      I was in shower at a campground and I was taller then the shower head and I’m 5’11. Plus you had to hit a button on the shower knob to run the water. And each increment was about 30 seconds.

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      Cowgirl wrote:


      Slap Shot wrote:


      Bertogliat wrote:


      I run the water a good five minutes before I think of going into the shower.

      Jeez are you guys using 10-gallon water heaters? :mrgreen:

      At home I need 30 seconds to verify water temp cause I know where the handle should be. But in a hotel, never get in until you know what temp the water is coming out so you can adjust accordingly.


      It takes me about 5 seconds. Just hop in and go!!!

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      I’ve got a new neighbor, and we really aren’t starting off on the right foot… at all.

      Every morning he takes either his Harley Davidson or Lifted diesel pickup to work at 5:45am. Apparently Harleys and Diesel trucks need to be revved several times before you can back them out of the driveway? Did you know that? Because I didn’t… We could be eating dinner and we know when he is about to come home because when can hear him enter the neighborhood on either vehicle. Asleep in bed, we can hear him come up the driveway and the echo of the exhaust from inside his garage, which is unfortunately next to our bedroom windows. I asked him over the weekend if he could do something about the noise, specifically the Harley. “My last neighbors complained about it, and its a trademarked sound. So let me tell you it won’t go anywhere before you waste your time making a complaint.”

      He lets out his two German shepherds who seem to enjoy having who can bark the loudest contests the entire time they are outside regardless of time of day, oftentimes before he leaves for work at 5:45am. If I know your schedule due to the noise coming from your house… its a problem!!

      Tonight he decides it is a good time to have a bonfire (fine) and blow off a bunch of fireworks, which wakes up both my kids. I went outside and asked him to stop the fireworks, and got a “Relax, its a Friday night, we’re just having some fun.”

      I am seriously going to lose my cool if I don’t get some sleep soon. He’s barely been here a month, and I have had enough. I don’t want to be That Guy, but I am getting close to just calling the local police department.

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      Can’t really do anything about the vehicles. They are both loud, no matter what (used to live next to a similar neighbor).

      The fireworks, though…COULD be a thing. If they are illegal, or making excessive noise outside city ordinance hours (usually 8am-10pm)…

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      I had a neighbor with a Harley before, and I don’t remember it being anywhere near this loud. I know its a loud vehicle, and it can help people notice them on the freeway (if they cant see them, maybe they can hear them kind of thing), but this seems over the top. I never head that neighbor turn off the highway and enter the neighborhood. I could hear him outside in the driveway but once he was out of the cul-de-sac I couldn’t hear him. Maybe he was just polite and didn’t open it up, or stay in first gear through the neighborhood (making assumptions). I also never recall him leaving at 5:45am maybe that is the difference.

      I know diesel trucks are loud and stinky. And people like to have the idle before they drive away. But this clearly has an aftermarket exhaust helping it be extra loud. There is very little “factory” left on this truck from the looks of it. It is extremely loud. Additionally, I have no idea how the bumper height is legal, because in my VW golf, I would be instantly decapitated being in an accident with it. But that is a whole different discussion.

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      Speaking from personal experience… Harleys are not all that loud from the factory. Are they louder than most passenger cars, or a Gold Wing or something? Sure… but the idiots that have to rev up the engine to make windows rattle are just being :censored:

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        Harley’s do have a trademarked sound, but not a trademarked volume. Red lining them several times before taking off isn’t required for operation.

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        Harley’s do have a trademarked sound, but not a trademarked volume. Red lining them several times before taking off isn’t required for operation.

        Agreed, but they are louder anyways. Diesel trucks? They wake ME up, and I wake up to almost nothing. Not even revving, just starting up.

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        Sounds like this guy has a small dick, and acts like a big one.

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        Steve MN wrote:


        Speaking from personal experience… Harleys are not all that loud from the factory. Are they louder than most passenger cars, or a Gold Wing or something? Sure… but the idiots that have to rev up the engine to make windows rattle are just being :censored:

        At my last house I had two neighbors with Harleys. One would slowly drive down the road when he left early in the morning. The other would let her rip and rattle the windows.

        I also had the guy across the street who had a lifted diesel. He would let his truck idle for 60-90 minutes before he’d leave in the morning. He ran a roofing company so he worked long hours and would wake up at 4 am and immediately turn on his truck (which was only parked on the street and usually had a giant trailer attached). Then he’d get ready for the day and eat breakfast and leave around sunrise.

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        Speaking from the viewpoint of maintaining four diesel pickups in my fleet at work, NONE of them are loud. You can hold a conversation standing next to them in fact. The noise level of OEM diesel trucks has drastically been reduced as emission standards have increased and horsepower has actually increased. If I drive one of them home I can’t barely hear the truck in my house with the windows open when I start them up, for context my house sits about 25 feet back from the street. Of course, none of them have aftermarket exhaust or modifications.

        The guy is just a dick in my opinion. I leave my house at 4:45 to go to the Y to workout most every day or leave at 5:30 other days to go to work. I make it a point to be a stealthy as I can leaving the house and driving out of the neighborhood.

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        I think we’ve all established that this guy’s name is Richard; just have different experiences on loudness of things. ;)

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        It would not surprise me if he had the exhaust on his bike altered from the factory settings in order to make it louder. However not sure if your city (or HOA if there is one) has any ordinances surrounding noise levels. Where I live there are more bikes on the road than cars and some have them have been intentionally manipulated to the point I’d like to hammerpunch the rider.

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        At my nephew’s 7th grade flag football game. Between games some of the mother’s from the opposing team headed to their vehicles to top off their cocktails…

        Serious… you need to drink at your kid’s 7th grade flag football game?!?!?!

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        At my nephew’s 7th grade flag football game. Between games some of the mother’s from the opposing team headed to their vehicles to top off their cocktails…

        Serious… you need to drink at your kid’s 7th grade flag football game?!?!?!

        Some of them do. Those soccer moms (or insert other sport) have nothing better to do. ;)

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        At my nephew’s 7th grade flag football game. Between games some of the mother’s from the opposing team headed to their vehicles to top off their cocktails…

        Serious… you need to drink at your kid’s 7th grade flag football game?!?!?!

        After being in hockey and soccer for quite a few years and having grown a base of friends (parents of our kids’ teammates) it is understandable to see them and have a few drinks. It is common for parents to tailgate and have a couple beers in the parking lot during practice or in the hour the kids warm up before a game.

        My kids had hockey tryouts today and 4 sets of parents got together in the parking lot and enjoyed the day. It was a nice excuse to get together.

        After a while It’s not just about the kids.

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        When we lived in Maple Grove people would pack coolers for the annual parade and there are kids everywhere. The one question I’d have about drinking in a parking lot is whether or not there are sober drivers at the end.

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        When we lived in Maple Grove people would pack coolers for the annual parade and there are kids everywhere. The one question I’d have about drinking in a parking lot is whether or not there are sober drivers at the end.

        Yes.

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          I don’t think it’s that big a deal to drink during a kids game but prob not what I’d choose to do. Parents who finally get to the weekend after working forty hours and non-stop kids activities I could see being just a bit motivated to drink :lol:. For me personally I just don’t get that much enjoyment out of drinking all day and would rather do something else, but I also don’t have kids taking up all the other hours of my life outside of work so I’m not looking to judge.

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          During my lunch I walked over to the MPW Mall to look for a Gophers jr. sized hat for my son. We had to shave his head pretty much bald for a medical reason…

          – Went to Goldy’s and they were closed due to staffing.

          – Tried Lids and they were closed cause the “system” was down.

          – Tried Champs and no jr’ hats.

          – Tried Kohl’s as well and they had no jr. hats.

          – Also went to JC Penny’s and all they had was wisconSIN hats for jr’s.

          I guess I’ll roll the dice and try again at Goldy’s again tomorrow… LoL!!!

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          Bertogliat wrote:


          Slap Shot wrote:


          When we lived in Maple Grove people would pack coolers for the annual parade and there are kids everywhere. The one question I’d have about drinking in a parking lot is whether or not there are sober drivers at the end.

          Yes.


          I walk with the FCM float every year in the Maple Grove Days parade and the amount of tailgating that goes on never ceases to amaze me. We throw candy to the kids and can coozies to the adults. I think the adults are more aggressive than the kids.

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          During my lunch I walked over to the MPW Mall to look for a Gophers jr. sized hat for my son. We had to shave his head pretty much bald for a medical reason…

          – Went to Goldy’s and they were closed due to staffing.

          – Tried Lids and they were closed cause the “system” was down.

          – Tried Champs and no jr’ hats.

          – Tried Kohl’s as well and they had no jr. hats.

          – Also went to JC Penny’s and all they had was wisconSIN hats for jr’s.

          I guess I’ll roll the dice and try again at Goldy’s again tomorrow… LoL!!!

          Coffman has a ton of Goohers gear as does Ridgedale, Costco (not as much but still) and that crazy sporting goods place in EP with all the stuffed animals.

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          gator wrote:


          During my lunch I walked over to the MPW Mall to look for a Gophers jr. sized hat for my son. We had to shave his head pretty much bald for a medical reason…

          – Went to Goldy’s and they were closed due to staffing.

          – Tried Lids and they were closed cause the “system” was down.

          – Tried Champs and no jr’ hats.

          – Tried Kohl’s as well and they had no jr. hats.

          – Also went to JC Penny’s and all they had was wisconSIN hats for jr’s.

          I guess I’ll roll the dice and try again at Goldy’s again tomorrow… LoL!!!

          Coffman has a ton of Goohers gear as does Ridgedale, Costco (not as much but still) and that crazy sporting goods place in EP with all the stuffed animals.


          Scheels?!?!?!

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          Bertogliat wrote:


          Slap Shot wrote:


          When we lived in Maple Grove people would pack coolers for the annual parade and there are kids everywhere. The one question I’d have about drinking in a parking lot is whether or not there are sober drivers at the end.

          Yes.


          I walk with the FCM float every year in the Maple Grove Days parade and the amount of tailgating that goes on never ceases to amaze me. We throw candy to the kids and can coozies to the adults. I think the adults are more aggressive than the kids.

          I’ve personally been in charge of some of the bigger parades in the Twin Cities. What REALLY sticks in my craw is people who throw candy from moving vehicles/floats. Every parade I have been a part of specifically bans throwing candy from moving vehicles. I see kids all the time run up to vehicles to get more candy. Some of the bigger vehicles might not see the kids. In SSP we once had a huge garbage truck throwing out t-shirts from their window. There was no way the truck could see the kids and it was an accident waiting to happen.

          Personally I have no problem with people walking in the parade and throwing candy.

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          I don’t think it’s that big a deal to drink during a kids game but prob not what I’d choose to do. Parents who finally get to the weekend after working forty hours and non-stop kids activities I could see being just a bit motivated to drink :lol:. For me personally I just don’t get that much enjoyment out of drinking all day and would rather do something else, but I also don’t have kids taking up all the other hours of my life outside of work so I’m not looking to judge.


          Oh you just wait until you do…if you decide you want them that is. Yes, the parents get really close and it passes the time. I have always been a coach so that helps stay away from the tailgating for hockey when you have your kid there an hour before the game, but when you are playing in Edina and staying in Maple Grove, you aren’t running to the rink and back to the hotel or wherever in between. You sit around ans have a couple beers. I get it.

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          I’ve personally been in charge of some of the bigger parades in the Twin Cities. What REALLY sticks in my craw is people who throw candy from moving vehicles/floats. Every parade I have been a part of specifically bans throwing candy from moving vehicles. I see kids all the time run up to vehicles to get more candy. Some of the bigger vehicles might not see the kids. In SSP we once had a huge garbage truck throwing out t-shirts from their window. There was no way the truck could see the kids and it was an accident waiting to happen.

          Personally I have no problem with people walking in the parade and throwing candy.


          Several years ago I was home for Indian Days and went to the parade in Browning. No lie… I saw a piece of candy get tossed into a pile a cow manure during the parade. I watched a kid stare at that piece of candy for a good 5 minutes contemplating if he should dig it out or not. I thought for sure he was, he eventually went back to paying attention to the parade.

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          During my lunch I walked over to the MPW Mall to look for a Gophers jr. sized hat for my son. We had to shave his head pretty much bald for a medical reason…

          – Went to Goldy’s and they were closed due to staffing.

          – Tried Lids and they were closed cause the “system” was down.

          – Tried Champs and no jr’ hats.

          – Tried Kohl’s as well and they had no jr. hats.

          – Also went to JC Penny’s and all they had was wisconSIN hats for jr’s.

          I guess I’ll roll the dice and try again at Goldy’s again tomorrow… LoL!!!

          Coffman has a ton of Goohers gear as does Ridgedale, Costco (not as much but still) and that crazy sporting goods place in EP with all the stuffed animals.

          The Bookstore at Coffman is the place to go. They also sell online if you can wait.

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          I’ve personally been in charge of some of the bigger parades in the Twin Cities. What REALLY sticks in my craw is people who throw candy from moving vehicles/floats. Every parade I have been a part of specifically bans throwing candy from moving vehicles. I see kids all the time run up to vehicles to get more candy. Some of the bigger vehicles might not see the kids. In SSP we once had a huge garbage truck throwing out t-shirts from their window. There was no way the truck could see the kids and it was an accident waiting to happen.

          Personally I have no problem with people walking in the parade and throwing candy.


          Several years ago I was home for Indian Days and went to the parade in Browning. No lie… I saw a piece of candy get tossed into a pile a cow manure during the parade. I watched a kid stare at that piece of candy for a good 5 minutes contemplating if he should dig it out or not. I thought for sure he was, he eventually went back to paying attention to the parade.

          I used to run the Kaposia Days Parade in South St. Paul. One year a parent emailed us the day after the parade to complain that they were at the end of the parade any by that time all of the floats were out of candy so her kids didn’t get any. :roll:

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          I’ve personally been in charge of some of the bigger parades in the Twin Cities. What REALLY sticks in my craw is people who throw candy from moving vehicles/floats. Every parade I have been a part of specifically bans throwing candy from moving vehicles. I see kids all the time run up to vehicles to get more candy. Some of the bigger vehicles might not see the kids. In SSP we once had a huge garbage truck throwing out t-shirts from their window. There was no way the truck could see the kids and it was an accident waiting to happen.

          Personally I have no problem with people walking in the parade and throwing candy.


          Several years ago I was home for Indian Days and went to the parade in Browning. No lie… I saw a piece of candy get tossed into a pile a cow manure during the parade. I watched a kid stare at that piece of candy for a good 5 minutes contemplating if he should dig it out or not. I thought for sure he was, he eventually went back to paying attention to the parade.

          I used to run the Kaposia Days Parade in South St. Paul. One year a parent emailed us the day after the parade to complain that they were at the end of the parade any by that time all of the floats were out of candy so her kids didn’t get any. :roll:


          You could’ve told her that there’s one piece in a pile of cow manure in Browning, Mt.

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          When we lived in Maple Grove people would pack coolers for the annual parade and there are kids everywhere. The one question I’d have about drinking in a parking lot is whether or not there are sober drivers at the end.

          Yes.


          I walk with the FCM float every year in the Maple Grove Days parade and the amount of tailgating that goes on never ceases to amaze me. We throw candy to the kids and can coozies to the adults. I think the adults are more aggressive than the kids.

          I’ve personally been in charge of some of the bigger parades in the Twin Cities. What REALLY sticks in my craw is people who throw candy from moving vehicles/floats. Every parade I have been a part of specifically bans throwing candy from moving vehicles. I see kids all the time run up to vehicles to get more candy. Some of the bigger vehicles might not see the kids. In SSP we once had a huge garbage truck throwing out t-shirts from their window. There was no way the truck could see the kids and it was an accident waiting to happen.

          Personally I have no problem with people walking in the parade and throwing candy.


          The organizers of the MG Days parade don’t allow candy to be thrown from vehicles. They also tell us to throw candy behind the kids so they need to turn toward the curb to pick it up instead of throwing it at their feet. It makes me super nervous when I see kids running into the street toward the floats.

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          During my lunch I walked over to the MPW Mall to look for a Gophers jr. sized hat for my son. We had to shave his head pretty much bald for a medical reason…

          – Went to Goldy’s and they were closed due to staffing.

          – Tried Lids and they were closed cause the “system” was down.

          – Tried Champs and no jr’ hats.

          – Tried Kohl’s as well and they had no jr. hats.

          – Also went to JC Penny’s and all they had was wisconSIN hats for jr’s.

          I guess I’ll roll the dice and try again at Goldy’s again tomorrow… LoL!!!

          Coffman has a ton of Goohers gear as does Ridgedale, Costco (not as much but still) and that crazy sporting goods place in EP with all the stuffed animals.


          Scheels?!?!?!

          That’s it. They had an impressive array of Gophers clothing, hats, etc.

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          When we lived in Maple Grove people would pack coolers for the annual parade and there are kids everywhere. The one question I’d have about drinking in a parking lot is whether or not there are sober drivers at the end.

          Yes.


          I walk with the FCM float every year in the Maple Grove Days parade and the amount of tailgating that goes on never ceases to amaze me. We throw candy to the kids and can coozies to the adults. I think the adults are more aggressive than the kids.

          I’ve personally been in charge of some of the bigger parades in the Twin Cities. What REALLY sticks in my craw is people who throw candy from moving vehicles/floats. Every parade I have been a part of specifically bans throwing candy from moving vehicles. I see kids all the time run up to vehicles to get more candy. Some of the bigger vehicles might not see the kids. In SSP we once had a huge garbage truck throwing out t-shirts from their window. There was no way the truck could see the kids and it was an accident waiting to happen.

          Personally I have no problem with people walking in the parade and throwing candy.


          The organizers of the MG Days parade don’t allow candy to be thrown from vehicles. They also tell us to throw candy behind the kids so they need to turn toward the curb to pick it up instead of throwing it at their feet. It makes me super nervous when I see kids running into the street toward the floats.


          Times are a changing from when I was kids. I can’t imagine now days the parades back home trying to drive farm equipment (tractors, Big Buds, combines, grain trucks and so on) down Main St. I may sound old by saying this, but it seems like kids and parents now days are A LOT less responsible then when I was a kid,

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          I make a wicked soup and I am the only one in the house that will eat soup.

          Same with meatloaf. I’m the only non-weirdo. :mrgreen:

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          My employer just rolled out new software which blocks my work system from streaming radio or livestreams from youtube.

          Now, I work from home and can just stream whatever I want on a different computer or my phone, but it’s a little annoying that my employer doesn’t expect me to be able to manage my time.

          The product they’re using advertises itself as the “Zero Trust Leader!”

          Maybe I’m not cut out of big companies.

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            Our company can monitor every mouse click and give a “productivity” score which isn’t completely arbitrary or anything :roll:

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            That crap is so stupid for the 90% of employees who do/exceed what is expected of them. Institute that crap for people who can’t keep up or are having other disciplinary issues so you can work through why they are having issues. My 2cents…

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            Like I said, it’s a minor annoyance. I have enough devices laying around with which to stream, and I could probably spend 30 minutes figuring out a way around it if I really wanted.

            But they trust me to, and for that matter require me to log into customer computer systems that cost significant fractions of a Billion (with a B) dollars. But they don’t trust me to stream a radio broadcast while I do so.

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            Like I said, it’s a minor annoyance. I have enough devices laying around with which to stream, and I could probably spend 30 minutes figuring out a way around it if I really wanted.

            But they trust me to, and for that matter require me to log into customer computer systems that cost significant fractions of a Billion (with a B) dollars. But they don’t trust me to stream a radio broadcast while I do so.

            My work had kept a Wi-Fi for the principals password locked, and a separate Visitor Wi-Fi also password locked. When we had people into the office, they would ask for the Wi-Fi password, and I had to get someone to give it to them. It was embarrassing, feel like a child who has to go ask a parent if something is okay since we couldn’t possibly be trusted with a WiFi password.

            We finally got separate employee Wi-Fi we can all use about 2 years ago… I am just not sure what for. Most private email (Gmail, Yahoo, etc) is all blocked. Anything streaming is blocked; pandora, spotify, youtube, etc. iHeartRadio is blocked because it somehow views it as a “Game”… A plethora of websites are blocked, so you cannot even find a menu for happy hour some places because a taproom’s website is blocked. It’s so dumb. You gave us this thing that does nothing anybody wanted it for. Thanks, but no thanks.

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              That crap is so stupid for the 90% of employees who do/exceed what is expected of them. Institute that crap for people who can’t keep up or are having other disciplinary issues so you can work through why they are having issues. My 2cents…


              Yeah for me I mainly do large projects and am on salary where we do a lot of OT from October – Jan 1. God forbid we have a few weeks here and there where the schedule is lighter and it evens out in our favor occasionally, it’s literally the only perk of the job that we get days like that and can work from home. Take that away and I might as well just work somewhere else where I get paid more.

              Also I laughed when the guy who’s implementing this tried to say that they had a great culture at his old employer, Amazon :lol:. What a fucking joke.

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              At work I can access Facebook and LinkedIn but GPL is blocked because it’s tagged as a ‘games’ site

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              Talking about work… a couple years ago my supervisor and I met for my review. He noted I haven’t had a sick day in over 2 years. He gave me a “meets”. I asked why I didn’t get a “exceeds” for my attendance. No lie… he told me I took vacation days so my attendance doesn’t meets “exceeds”… lol!!!

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              So, my building is in what would be a strip mall for light industrial, about a half a dozen companies, sharing a very large parking lot. Some of the lot was scheduled for repaving/etc.

              They started at 1pm today. WTF. Part of the re-paving blocked the ramp my company uses to load heavy items into the customer’s or our company’s van. THANKFULLY that was not needed today, but doing a project like that limiting or basically stopping business? Idiots. Made a mess of trucks trying to deliver to the companies on that stretch/etc.

              I was polite, but vocal about it, like they listened. :chainsaw:

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              Talking about work… a couple years ago my supervisor and I met for my review. He noted I haven’t had a sick day in over 2 years. He gave me a “meets”. I asked why I didn’t get a “exceeds” for my attendance. No lie… he told me I took vacation days so my attendance doesn’t meets “exceeds”… lol!!!

              I once had a supervisor who graded me above average on a performance appraisal. The next year he gave me a “meets”. He didn’t change any of the comments from the prior year. He left everything exactly as is and lowered the scores. We had a discussion with HR after that.

              He was a nut. While in the meeting with HR he said we can’t be given our highest scores because we haven’t achieved our ultimate goal. Bill Clinton (still president a the time) has achieved his ultimate goal so he can get the highest score.

              He was an awful supervisor. I almost got him fired but he quit when the writing was on the wall.

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              You would be surprised at how many people cannot self-manage their time/productivity at work or at home. At the onset of the pandemic I think people thought they were more productive at home but in reality a load of laundry here and there a quick nap here and there as well or running an errand adds up. Mostly it is the non-emergency tasks that eventually turn into emergencies if not handled. For me it was my providers doing simple things like calling customers or responding to emails.

              The flip side is the unproductive time is the same in an office setting with swinging by cubicles or workstations and chatting for a few minutes etc.

              I have worked on my own for 7 years now. Could I be more productive? Yes. Am I the highest rated in my work group? Also yea.

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                We haven’t seen any real dip in productivity because most the people in our team/dept already worked from home half the days in a week. Moving to full time didn’t really change anything even for me who was in the office full time. It’s possible other departments/teams needed it but for us it’s hard to see any upside. If I have a slow day once in a blue moon then I should be able to take advantage as that’s the only thing that makes up for the ridiculous amount of OT (that we don’t get paid for) during other parts of the year.

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                Similar, we had at least half of our department on a WFH schedule prior to last March so we quickly pivoted with no loss of productivity.

                Where we have seen a loss is new employee training. Having to do it virtually has probably added 25%-30% more time to get someone up to speed. So much is learned via observation and overhearing others which I think accounts for the extra time.

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                  That actually makes sense, way easier to learn when you’re next to people and can ask questions more quickly without having to screenshot etc.

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                  I’ll never understand American’s infatuation with the Royal Family and LeBron James’ opinions… :chainsaw: :chainsaw: :chainsaw:

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                  Wish I was at Mariucci right now.

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                  Similar, we had at least half of our department on a WFH schedule prior to last March so we quickly pivoted with no loss of productivity.

                  Where we have seen a loss is new employee training. Having to do it virtually has probably added 25%-30% more time to get someone up to speed. So much is learned via observation and overhearing others which I think accounts for the extra time.


                  For me it was even longer to get up to speed. It took 2.5 weeks just to get a MMM computer!!!

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                  For me it was even longer to get up to speed. It took 2.5 weeks just to get a MMM computer!!!

                  Still amazes me. I’ve had a couple people start on my teams around the same time you did and we have not encountered that issue.

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                  Wish I was at Mariucci right now.


                  I was set to go to the game with my dad. We went golfing instead. Then the rains came. Had to point out that Mariucci would have been much more enjoyable.

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                  For me it was even longer to get up to speed. It took 2.5 weeks just to get a MMM computer!!!

                  Still amazes me. I’ve had a couple people start on my teams around the same time you did and we have not encountered that issue.


                  Same deal… We have had a few people start on our team as well and they have had their machines day one. So it was just something strange with mine for some reason.

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                  At work I can access Facebook and LinkedIn but GPL is blocked because it’s tagged as a ‘games’ site

                  At my former employer we could not visit brewery websites for some reason. One of my co-workers had a major local brewery as an account but could not access their website.

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                  Facebook down?

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                  Facebook down?


                  I think you are correct. I noticed Instagram was also not loading about 10min ago.

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                  Facebook down?


                  I think you are correct. I noticed Instagram was also not loading about 10min ago.

                  I don’t mind the FB side so much, but I was in the middle of sending a message to my wife and son in the Philippines. :chainsaw: :lol:

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                  Facebook down?

                  Oh so could be a blessing in disguise.

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