Friday, March 31, 2006

Phone Blogging

Weird. I guess some people really do every thing together. Or maybe they have a lot of conjoined customers.

Update - This picture was taken at a Whataburger on Gessner, in Houston, Texas.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Consumers Take Action!

I think that there should be a consumer agreement. A way for the consumers to protect ourselves in case a company drops the ball after we have signed a multi-year service agreement.

A bought a $499 Sprint camera phone because I wanted to be able to do some picture blogging, but I have only been able to actually post a handful because “There is a problem with the network, please retry later”. It seems that if it is not the right time of day, it is cloudy, the phone is not pointed to the right constellation, or if I do not press the keys just so, the message will never be sent.

That is not the only issue. The other issue is that I have still to receive my $150 rebate check from Sprint. According to them the paperwork was never received (the paperwork was sent). I bought a phone and signed up for a 2 year agreement. It seems that after three months of paid service they would just send me a check, after all they know where I live – I have no problem receiving their bills. It is not like a bought an item at the grocery store and I need to fill out the paperwork to tell them where I live. A bought a phone, I signed up for a 2 year agreement, I have paid my bills, where is my money??

I have been a Sprint customer for almost 7 years!!! I have paid over $100 a month for the past 7 years and the have a problem sending me $150!!!! That is just BAD customer service. When I called to inquire about my check I was told that no, I would be receiving one. After I complained I was told that there was nothing they could do. I have tried escalating the issue, but I have not heard back from anyone. At this point in time I do not care who gives me my $150. Do I need the money? No, but it is the principle – a company can not advertise and promise something that they do not plan on fulfilling.

This is not the only issue I have had with a company. At first we were overpaying our DSL company. SBC had upgraded their service and we were still paying the old rates (a lot of money for slow speed), after we signed up for a new and improved service (a lot of money for super high speed) and had the service for about a minute, we noticed that it was going off and on. We kept calling and calling SBC, but it was always our issue. Finally, we were told that our wiring could not support super high speed and that there was nothing they could do.

Keeping up with these companies, looking closely at the bills, calling when something is wrong, and filling out paperwork takes time. A lot of us barely have the time to keep up with our families much less the phone bill. I think that is exactly what these companies want – to take advantage of us, to take our money when we are not looking. There has to be a way for the consumers to protect themselves, a basic agreement that every company needs to comply with if they want to provide service, it needs to be a two way street.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Religion and Me

I am not religious at all. I believe in being spiritual, but have no faith in religion.

I was raised Catholic, I was baptized and did my First Communion. My family went to church, but looking back I think that in Hispanic countries religion is part of the culture. People just go through the motions because that is what everyone else does without making waves. If you ask questions the response is always the same – because that is just the way it is.

When we moved to the States we attended church during the major events – mostly for Easter. As we grew up we moved from church to church. I don’t know exactly why, I guess my mom had made a new friend and they wanted to convert us, anyway, I have been Episcopalian, and Baptist. When I turned 18 I decided to go back to the Catholic faith. I attended church religiously and usually by myself since my mother had long ago given up trying to show my sister and me the way.

By my 20th birthday I was calling myself Agnostic, and by my 21st I was an Atheist. Now I say – Why can’t we just get along! Six years ago I started collecting religious Gods/figures/books and started a shrine dedicated to all world religions. I have the Quran, a Bible, the Book of Mormon, several Buddha’s, Hindu Gods, candles, and charms. I used to have then all out, JR would say that some would feel offended by the display and I would say that, well, it was my house. The items are now in a box in the garage along with 10 other boxes we never opened after we moved to Houston.

The reason that I am sharing this info is because I live in The Woodlands and up here people wear Jesus on their sleeve. There is not one place where it does not come up. Women even practice the Rhythm Method!!! I have heard “Is that what Jesus would do?” uttered one too many times. And people actually sign their emails with a religious saying or a religious website.

Yesterday, Baby Girl had dinner at a friend’s house. When it came time for Grace they told BG that since she was the guest she was to lead. She declined. When I picked her up I was told what had happened and was asked if I went to church. I am just glad she has other friends since we might not be hearing back from this one. Today I asked Baby Girl about what happened at Grace. She looked at me and said “Who is Grace?”

I need help. I am afraid for my children; I do not want them to be labeled as “those are the kids of the heathens”. I have started talking to her about different religions, but she is only 4 and do not know how much she is actually getting. Is anyone out there facing the same issue and how are you handling it?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My Last "American Idol" Post

I am so upset right now. I can not believe that Kevin is out! I knew he was not going to win, but I thought he would have lasted longer. I can not believe that Bucky is still in it. Ughhh. I am just pissed. I am not making my bottom picks any more. I am just mad.

"American Idol" Pics

Ok, guys, it is getting harder and harder to pick, but here you are, my bottom three.

Comments on the show - What is up with Kellie? I don't know if she is nervous or what, but she looks uncomfortable on stage. And what is up with that makeup? Ok, ok, I do think there IS something wrong with my speakers because Ace sounds like crap, but everyone else likes him, so I guess it is my equipment. Simon was pretty funny this week.

Friday, March 17, 2006

St. Patrick's Day

May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

Scientology VS South Park

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bit do save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!! [Signed,] Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu." - This was on the press released issued by the creators of South Park.

The South Park show where Scientology is "explained" was supposed re-run tonight, but the showing has been cancelled because 1. Issac Hayes (Chef) has threatened to quit or 2. Tom Cruise has said that he will not do any promotion for the movie Mission Impossible 3 (both owned by the same parent company).

I found two interesting links on the issue 1 and 2.

I don’t know why the church of Scientology gets so bend-out-of-shape when “negative” things are aired…well, maybe the truth does hurt. Just imagine if the Catholic religion had powerful Hollywood people behind it, I guess there would be no more tv for us to enjoy.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My American Idol Pics

Who, who will it be? I have no idea. I am just guessing now. Ok, here goes the bottom four.

Oh, no, I love you Kevin!! I am thinking of starting my own Kevin fan club.

I would of put Kellie in the bottom four, but she has such a big following that just because she was totally lame yesterday does not mean that she will be off.

Comments on the show - Wow, those stylists have been getting a hold of everyone. Every one looks extra polished and super made up. I think Kellie did look like Dolly sans the big boobs. Bucky looked super girly with that hair. And Ace, well, he just needs to go.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

This, That and TV

I have been running around like a crazy lady lately. I have actually been getting up at 7:30 every morning and liking it. I can get more done. Even then I am still running around getting things done. What am I doing you ask? Well, I have been thinking about quitting my job, and before someone runs over and tells my boss I must explain why. Well, this is pretty much it, JR travels for work and so do I. We have been pretty lucky that Baby Girl has only been going to Pre-K two days a week, but next fall she will be going everyday, all day long. What sucks is that my mother does not drive, so that leaves JR and I to drop her off and pick her up and what do we do if we are both not here?!!

Anyway, I have been thinking of starting a side business. I will have a heart to heart with my boss around August and see what he says about me not traveling. It would be great if I could still have my job and have a side business at the same time, but I do not want to count on it. Anyway, I am getting ready because if worse comes to worse I do not want to start a business after I loose my job, I want to have it up and running by then. So, doing that alone has kept me pretty busy.

TV Watching

I saw the first episode of Big Love on HBO this Sunday. I don’t know how I feel about it. I have always had a fascination with cults and religions, so I am pretty intrigued to see where the show will go with that story.

In case you don’t know what the show is about, I will tell you, it is a about a guy (Bill Paxton) that is married to three women, they live in, go ahead and guess, guess? Salt Lake City, UT. The show is full of sex, jealousy, religion, politics and a pretty mean guy that could be the devil, played by Harry Dean Stanton.

Like I said, I don’t know where HBO is going with this, but I will keep you guys posted.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

My Reality TV

Congrats to Chloe for winning Project Runway. How cool is that?!!

American Idol

The Chicas

Ok, I guess I will be picking my bottom three this week. I thought I about picking four, but since there are only 8 left, well, it just didn’t seem right.

Comments on the show - There is too much laughing at Kellie’s expense, I feel bad for the girl.

The Chicos

I really, really do not like that Gedeon guy at all. I don’t know, but my man Kevin might be leaving this week, yes, he is a dork, but there is something about him that makes me cheer for him. Good luck Kevin!!

Comments on the show - Can someone get rid of Ace already. He is cute, and this is what makes me think the whole thing is fixed, he is a BAD singer, but everyone is like, ohh, yeah, you are great! Maybe there is something wrong with my speakers, but he sounds like he is squealing. He I nice to look at, but that is about it.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


The other day JR tells me “I don’t know how to tell you this, but you are starting to get kinda flabby”. Yes, my face looked just like yours does now. After I remembered to breathe and my mouth closed, I said “I will take that as a compliment since you did say starting”. Yes, boys and girls my body is mushy. If I wave I feel the fat in my thighs ripple back and forth…yuck.

The sequel was born a year ago (oops, I have not upload the bday pictures) and I have NOT lost my baby weight. I do have a good excuse though; I have a Bulging Disk and Swollen Cartilage in my pelvic region. I found all this out because after having the pain for so long, and getting no help from the medical establishment, I decided to have an MRI done. Getting the MRI were the 30 most claustrophobic minutes of my life. I wanted to scream “get me the fuck out of here!!”

Anyway, the Dr. says that there is nothing he can do about the swelling, wow, I want his job, get paid to do nothing. The part of the back that I am having a problem with has lost all of its watery material (I dunno what it is called, but is goes between the disks) and it is rubbing against a nerve, making it painful for me to even walk sometimes. There are several options to alleviate the pain, but the least severe is to have a shot of cortisone injected into my spine…fuck me. The other options involve some or other type of surgery, which I will have to consider if the shot does not work.

I have an appointment for the shot next week. I am, right now, looking for any excuse not to have it done. I even excised today to see if my pain tolerance has gone up, but no, it hasn’t. I guess I am going to have to get it done (I keep thinking of that scene in Pulp Fiction were John Travolta has to revive Uma – ok, yes I know, different drug and different place in the body, but I am pretty sure the needle looks the same). JR - please remember that honesty is not always the best policy…ass!!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Weirdest Thing Ever…

I get an email from a girl telling me that she was ego surfing and found a blog by a person that has her same name. She wanted me to check the blog out because she liked it and because it had a link to my blog and that was how she found me.

She included a link to the site and I had to check it out. This is where the weird thing comes in…I know that person. I don’t mean the hello/goodbye small talk knowing a person, I mean the, her and her husband flew down to Houston for our 10th wedding anniversary, knowing a person. I just never knew she had a blog. Man, talk about a small world. Weird. That is just like three degrees of separation.

Anyway, this is my friend’s site - StinkWeasel Stories Go say hi and tell her that Chica sent ya.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The Oscars

On Hollywood’s most important night some actors looked amazing while others, well, not so much. I don’t understand why that is, these women have stylists and the money to pay them; they get designer dresses and jewels for free! I think that if they are going to dress up just one day out of the year Oscar night should be it. The whole world is watching, so shine stars, shine!!

Reese Witherspoon looked AMAZING in this 1950’s vintage dress.

Jessica Alba, even though I am not a fan, really looked classy and sophisticated. What the Oscars are about.

Uma Thurman has had her share of Oscar visits and she really looked like a pro. I guess I really like the up-hair-dos.

Jennifer Gardner looked like she was running late and did what we all do, put her hair up in a ponytail, and not a fancy one at that. And where was Ben anyway?

Can someone tell Jennifer Aniston it is time for a new look.

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s hair looked awful and it looked like she could have a wardrobe malfunction at any minute.

Charlize Theron looks like a cafeteria lady.

Keira Knightley – I don’t know what to say about her, she is beautiful, but her hair looks like crap.

On a positive note, I did like the fact that most of the winners remembered their parents and thanked them in their speeches. I thought that was so nice. That is all we parents want, just a little recognition.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

American Idol - Week 2

The Chicos

I have a really hard time picking the bottom boys. I was surprised last week when Patrick was voted less.
These are my bottom four boys...

Comments on the show - I am sorry, but I think that Ace should be seen and not heard. I think he sounded awful tonight. It is so sad because he is really good looking.
Also, I have to stick up for my boy Kevin, I really did not like the "Chicken Little" reference.

The Chicas

These are my bottom four girls...

Comments on the show - Since when is "organic" a synonym for Hillbilly?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Phone Blogging

In Dallas for fun.

Phone Blogging

At the Gaylord Texan.