Driven – A John DeLorean Story

Finally… a hollywood movie about John DeLorean. It only took 30+ years. Sadly, most of what people know about John DeLorean is the drivel and fake news of the early 1980s that was intended to sell newspapers. Not much has changed over the years. And, while a movie about DeLorean’s incredible talent as an engineer and boss won’t ever be made, “Driven” is a movie about what people want to see… the scandal made up by the corrupt government, and the sex appeal of the “news.” That said, …

Spectrum Cable Hopes to Gouge Customers

As a long-time customer, who’s in the middle of packing for a move, I called Spectrum to schedule a service stop (like I did with electricity, gas, phone, etc.) but Spectrum has decided that they now will NOT schedule service cancellations. You must call Spectrum Cable back on the day you want to cancel. If it was easy to get through the gauntlet of agents, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad – but they don’t WANT to make it easy. I attribute this to the idea that Spectrum …

Beware of Grundy Insurance

BEWARE of Grundy Insurance! Thankfully, I got a letter from California DMV telling me that I have NO car insurance on the DeLorean! That caused me to look up the policy, and sure enough, Grundy had cancelled my policy in JANUARY! Of course they say they sent me a letter in the mail… but I did not get it. However, I *DID* get a letter from DMV. Considering I’ve had a policy with them for three years, I would have thought an automated phone call, or automated email …

Makin’ Copies…

“In this day and age,” how is it that something as simple as the price for color copies is NOT easy to find online?! At least near Orange, CA, businesses have chosen not to share something that simple and time-saving on their websites. Aside from being simply annoying, it’s also an expense and interruption to the business that makes the customer call them, then interrupts an employee from helping a customer who is standing in front of them, to answer the phone and give a relatively simple answer. …

Amazon Prime Failed “Guarantee”

I’d say that “most” people like Amazon. I certainly do. But that that “like” doesn’t extend forever. As usual, bad customer service is the point of this post. I’ve had Amazon Prime since 2009. And I order way too much stuff from Amazon. It’s become something that most Amazon Prime buyers tend to do… over-shop. One of the reasons people tend to over-shop, is the “free” delivery on many items. And with the advent of “FREE Same-Day Delivery” people are coming to rely on Amazon more and more. …

Reselling billboards in Google Maps

I spend waaay too much time in Google Maps. I love it. Part of it is the history aspect. Part is the technology aspect. Part is just the ability to plan and know what an area or route looks like without having to go there. I used TerraServer and MapQuest before Google Maps, and they were amazing for their time. But Google Maps is the juggernaut. So much information about so many places in the world – with many of those places visible in Street View, as if …