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Monday, March 21, 2005

Well my gross image from a few weeks ago has helped institute change at the Sundance Cafeteria. We now have a menu and better food.



Today was the first day I got to partake of the new menu. It was significantly better than things we have had in the past. I would just like to thank Sundance and Bob for showing they actually might care about employees. Today's lunch included salad with multiple toppings (used to be one dressing) A well thought out course of pasta and marina sauce with freshly ground parmisan cheese. It also had several fruit and desert choices never before appreciated by the blue collar staff at Sundance. As usual no upper managment spotted within the confines of the cafeteria.

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Monday, March 14, 2005

I read this excerpt from MSNBC. Its a Britney Spears quote from Allure Magazine. I teared up... Its so tough having a maid and a pool boy. Purchasing diapers and walking the dog is just so hard. Its tough being a grown up.

ďBefore we got married we were on tour, and we were just like kids, ordering room service, saying, ĎLetís go out tonight. Then, all of a sudden, you have this home, you have the kids [Federlineís children Kaleb and Kori], you have to get the diapers, get the dog to the vet. Itís this reality. Like omigod, I have to tell the maid to buy diapers and get the pool boy to walk the dog? Canít I just make out with Kevin all the time? Being married sucks.Ē

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Friday, March 11, 2005

Robert Redfordís Utah Ski Resort Sundance has an email newsletter that is sent out twice a month to 15000 subscribers. In order to subscribe one must sign up and then an email confirmation is mailed to the email address that requested the sign up. The subscriber clicks a link and is added to the Sundance database.

Dr. Marilyn Welles asked to be removed. She didnít use any of the methods provided. She instead replied to the email message that says on it ďDonít reply to this address as its unmonitoredĒ in bold red type on every newsletter. She decided to reply to our newsletter. She used a few slurs and rude comments to get her message across. I stumbled a crossed and emailed her about removing her email. No problem I would be happy to. She sent me the wrong email address. She then proceeded to email me more nasty messages. (I wish I had kept them as she is a peach.) Eventually I get her removed.

Today I got an email from my web host informing me of Welles third complaint. It of course had anger in the message. (read an excerpt below) I have since discovered that she has signed up for the email newsletter again. Is it just me or is she not that bright and she bought her PHD from Sally Strothers during a sleepless late night binge.

Marilyn Welles wrote to the Sundance Resort Web hosting Company :

ďI have been through this with these people before, and had been ASSURED that m.t.welles@ieee.org had been removed from their email lists. They are flamingly incompetent, and their email included REMOVE instructions that do not work. THROW THE BOOK AT THEM!!!Ē

I wrote:

Dear Marilyn Welles,

Because we are "flamingly incompetent"
We have disabled email to and from all ieee.org servers.
Replying emails from ieee.org to this email address will be bounced.

Sincerely
Sundance IT Staff


Marilyn Welles wrote:

Eran,

Typical Utah. ieee.org has THOUSANDS of subscribers, and now ALL are
lost to you because you were unable to unsubscribe a single ieee.org user!

As I said, 'Flamingly ..." and totally oblivious to the world outside Utah.

Marilyn Welles

P.S. And we shall see. You have told me before that I was
'unsubscribed', and then back came your endless downloads! A 'Utah promise.'

mtw


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**************************
* Marilyn T. Welles, D. Sc.
*
* VACATION ADDRESS
* 680 Doyle Avenue Apt. 304
* Kelowna B.C. V1Y9S2
* Canada
* 250-869-0850
*
* U.S. ADDRESS
* 17433 Glacier Way
* Lakeville, MN 55044
* 952-891-1885
*
* m.t.welles@ieee.org
**************************

Democracy begins at home

We looked at our email list and we had only one email address from the ieee.org it was hers. We decided to ban her. This is the third time she has reported us as spammers. The other times her emails were more colorful with slurs, naming calling and obviously a hate for Utah.

My final response:

Marilyn,

I love the name calling; it is a sure sign of being a civilized adult.
You were only person to use an ieee.org email address.

How do you equate this all with the state of Utah? Did you get deported and thus your hatred of Utah? Not being a native Utahan making fun of Utah doesn't really bother me. The world is full of idiots not just Utah. I respond to emails from them all the time.

Thanks
Eran

At any rate I decided to Google Bomb her name with flamingly incompetent.










"If someone preaches profit-maximizing as a company's highest goal, then that's simply wrong. Hell, it's criminal."
-- Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull Founder

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

So there we are in the doorway to our office... We are lucky enough to share our small office with the Retail Outlets Backroom storage. Along comes our long time UPS man Chester. Chester asks, "How are a Sundance Employee like a hooker?" Before we can answer Chester shoots off "The better they are, the more screwed they get." I laughed because everyone knows that Bob's a closet republican and hates to pay employees. I then thought I wonder if he tells that joke to every business he drops packages for? A silly joke to lighten the day of the working class. Thanks Chester for the laugh.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Today's Gem
FCC Censorship Bush's Obscene Fines By DAVID SWANSON
Rolling Stone Magazine

"A review of fines levied by other federal agencies suggests that the government may be taking swear words a bit too seriously. If the bill passes the Senate, Bono saying "f@@@ing brilliant" on the air would carry the exact same penalty as illegally testing pesticides on human subjects. And for the price of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. (Actually, you might be able to afford four "nuke malfunctions": The biggest fine levied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year was only $60,000.) "

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Monday, March 07, 2005

NHL Whiners Over Paid Over Paid Over Paid

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said that NHL teams lost more than $1.8 billion over the last 10 years, the period in which collective bargaining agreement was signed. NHL clubs claim to have lost $273 million in 2002-03 and $224 million last season.

Now I am not a mathematician nor am I a Graduate of Wharton School of Business but why would anyone keep a business that is losing money like that? Letís look at the mathÖ
1,800,000,000 / 10 (# of years) that 180,000,000 per year divide by 31 teams. Average Loss of 5,806,451 per team per year. What would Wall Street do to a company that lost that much cash every year for a decade? Would they even be listed? What a joke!!! The owners are about as honest as Joe Isuzu. To quote Isuzu They are lying.

Now add in the fact that the players donít feel they are adequately compensated, bake at 350 degrees and viola a NHL lockout. I am not sure who I feel more sorry for the owners who can afford to amass such losses or the players who make more than in 2 games than I do in full time employment. (2003-2004 Dallas Stars Average Player Salary $1,830,126 / 82 Games = $22,318 per game Do the players pay for their own family medical plan? Free tickets not included in compensation numbers)

I used to watch hockeyÖ why it was exciting and fun and in 85 years of play there had been only one season cancellation and it was do to influenza. Now suddenly the ability to earn an honest days wage has cancelled my favorite late winter early spring sport.

Did hockey not learn anything from Baseball, or Football or any other sport with a Union? Clearly the answer is no for if they had they would understand the loss of their fan base (for those who have been checked too many times those people who pay your salary) the players clearly only care about the fame, the money and not about the sport or its image or heaven forbid the fans. Earth to the NHLPA, You are maybe the #5 sport in America you are not the end all be all for sports fans and sports televisions come to your senses and quit whining. The NBA, NFL, MLB and NASCAR are all kicking your pathetic money groveling hind ends.

Other Interesting NHL Facts courtesy of Badbet.com
Average salary: The average player salary is $1.79 million, up from $572,000 in 1993-94. The average salary passed $1 million in 1997-98. About 400 of the 720 NHL players make $1 million or more.

CBA: The collective-bargaining agreement, or contract between the players and NHL that covers issues ranging from economic concerns to whether a player can be traded during holiday periods.

Guaranteed contacts: All NHL player contracts are guaranteed. Teams can't walk away from a five-year deal after two years, as happens in the NFL. Teams can, though, buy out a contract for two-thirds of its remaining value if the player is 26 or older, or one-third if he is under 26. Owners presumably won't try to take away guaranteed contracts.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

IT professionals are all crotchety. No kidding?

10 Possible Reasons for their AngerÖ
Downloading Unauthorized Programs and then when asked if you did it you say ďNoĒ I will find out the truth very quickly. Telling the truth is the best policy. IT people monitor everything, record everything and control internet, email, your computer and phone. We are the most powerful people in the company. Donít Screw Around with lying to me. Bow you humble peon!!!

Angry Emails and Voicemails informing me that you stupid computer doesnít work but no details or symptoms are given. Well I broke my crystal ball and my taro cards are missing and my mind reading skills arenít that good just ask my wife.

I stop by to fix your computer at the time you scheduled me to but you inform me to come back later because you are too busy to be bothered. Violations like this usually mean you were just sent to the bottom of the wait list.

Your computer is covered in books, paper, post it notes, garbage and half eaten food but you call and tell me to come fix it. My job title isnít cleaner, mover or garbage man. Donít call me when you canít find the sticky note with your bossís credit card number and social security number. I donít have it.

Loud and annoying Complaints of how sloooooow a computer you have but yet you are streaming video of the Nick Lechay and listening to a streaming radio station and running a weather applet all while trying to access a server based app. Blame accountants for your computer woes. No money = No upgrades.

Not understanding basic navigation in windows such as click the start bar but not bothering to move so I can to fix your problem. If you donít know how to use the computer donít. If you need help to figure out how to print landscape call and ask but only during 8-5 M-F and not on my personal cell phone.

Calling me at 3 A.M. trying to find out where your favorites are in internet explorer went after you have deleted them is not acceptable. I love these calls Or not calling when a mission critical component like the Point of Sale System goes down and no one bothers to call. Mission critical = call me anytime. If it doesnít involve taking money from guests its not mission critical and donít call me at home especially while I am asleep. *Whoever the bastard was that published my personal cell phone number in the company directory will payÖ when I figure who it was.

Endless Begging for a new computer or flat panel monitor especially while I am eating Lunch or clocked out is not the method used to get such equipment. I am open to bribes. Food and or money are accepted methods of prepayment.


Bringing to my office or crying to get me to take to my office or even asking me to work on your home computer that is full of viruses, spyware and/or porn is not enjoyable and is comparable to a colonoscopy. My personal computer rate is $500 an hour. Why so much? Because I donít want to work on your computer but if you are willing to pay an outrageous amount I can be persuaded. Mostly this obscene hourly rate is just to get you to take it to CompUSA. I donít work for free, do you?


Passwords: While I do remember quite a few passwords most likely I wonít remember yours. Please just remember it after all I let you choose it. Donít write them down and stick on you monitor or desk or keyboard. Or I might log in as you and send a nasty email to your boss or worse, hoping to get you fired. Donít send me a request to change your password and then get angry when you forget your new password 10 seconds after I change it. Do not use any of the following: company name, your name, password, or admin, or bogus #ís like 11111 as a password and expect to keep your data secure. Its just a thought but Keeping your computer secure allows you to keep your job.

Emails: Emails sent on company computers are company property and no privacy is guaranteed. Yes I can read your emails and despite what ever paranoia, or other mental disorders you may have I donít have time to read them. I donít burn them to cd to take home for pleasure reading either. No I wonít help you read your coworkers/Boss's email.

When in doubt RTFM (Read the Fine Manual) or even use the internet to solve your problemsÖ I am more than happy to help you but calling me at the first sign of distress is rarely the answer to learning how to print in landscape, opening attachments or sending emails to multiple recipents. Google is a powerful tool and is available at 3 AM when I am studying the art of relaxation.

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