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I’m Free!…. No More Mail-Jail….

April 20, 2016 by Barbara

Dear Readers …it took three weeks and three days to finally get the USPS to get their act together and realize they were keeping me in mail-jail with false promises…and endless new case numbers and confirmation numbers from every USPS level  of hierarchy that each day my mail was coming…thus I was holed up in wait!…. The local main USPS supervisor was finally able to be reached at 8:20 each morning I found by the end of the second week… so we had daily chats at that time…Finally, she assured me she would round up all the mail delivery people and make sure a sign was put up in the sorting area to have my mail arrive here…at my deliverable address with my unblocked receptical with someone ready to accept it!…. That assurance made….it still took another five days for resolution and mail/ parcels  to actually  arrive …unless this post just jinxed it!…

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One Ringy Dingy…. With A Resolution And An Ending…….Please!!!…..

April 15, 2016 by Barbara

Dear Readers….I am a prisoner of the USPS !…. I am at the mercy of a system that doesn’t deal with reality or customer service!…. My correct address the online USPS tracker states is “Undeliverable”… I have a fully functional mail slot it deems “Receptical Blocked”!…. My articles were “Attempted Delivery”…and a “Notice left”….which are both erroneous and bogus!….

I have now spent weeks trying to get the employees of the USPS on every level from mail carriers…permanent and substitutes for this route…..Mail delivery truck drivers seen frequently over the last year and new…many are new… The local main post office supervisor… Ms. Baxter…. when she is by the ever full voice-mailbox phone on her desk….The USPS Customer Service representatives at the 800-ASK-USPS number….The Philadelphia USPS Consumer Affairs representatives….to get some answers of why my mail does not come!…. It’s become a full-time job!….

My address is easy…my location is easy…I used to get mail delivered regularly and easily…. but 19 days ago…. for some reason a giant unwieldy wrench was thrown into the mix and no amount of confirmation numbers…or case numbers…nor representative promises…and local supervisor assertions of resolving this puzzlement happen! … No return calls ever come!….No mail comes….nothing…nada….still!….

Today after another  8 am to 9 pm non- resolution delivery day yesterday….I began my day with another 8 am phone call to the main post office and Supervisor Baxter who once again promises me she will get to the bottom of it…She will talk to all the delivery people…She will tell them we are here …and to deliver the mail!… She once again says she will call me…(hasn’t happened thus far)….That she can’t understand it….SHE can’t understand it?!….

Minutes after that call  is finished ….a call comes from the USPS Consumer Affairs to ask if my forward should be cancelled as I requested….ARGH!!!…. “Yes!”….I answer …for the umpteenth time…”Please!”… I implore you!….

As the 3 rd week comes to an end ….my thoughts now turn to the nearest P.O. Box available to put an end to the “Groundhog Day” existence thrust upon us with no end in sight!…. Hmmmm…..”UNCLE?!”…

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Still In No Mail/Packages For You …..Mode!…..

April 14, 2016 by Barbara

Dear Readers…. Yup…still no mail /packages for me!…. Customer Services for the USPS opened up another case and gave me another case number to add to the stack I have accrued over the last 3 weeks!… A temporary forward on mail seems to have been the culprit for the lack of letter mail delivery …or so I am told at this juncture by the powers that be in the USPS hierarchy!…. As for the missing parcels old and new…. the newest batch / first class parcels ….the messages on the tracking site which have repeatedly shown first as attempted delivery…(Not!)….second as blocked receptacle…. (Not!) ….third as undeliverable …(Not!)…and finally as forwarded….(Not?)….are errors in the messaging?!….

Conjuring up Phoebe on hold on the Friends episode….a day after full -on calling to the supervisor of my main post office ……the one that has a full mailbox unless and until Miss Baxter is actually there…she answered!!… Yea!!!!…. I spoke to her about trying to cancel any temporary hold which is might be still in place for my mail….and being unable to do so without the confirmation number which is either in my home in Florida or deep sixed in the shredder…being under the false impression it was not needed for any future use…Miss Baxter said she would cancel that…On the other issues of non-deliveries…she was in agreement with her higher-ups that the messaging was incorrect online….Nothing should have been forwarded or for that matter not delivered!…Argh!!!!…. Miss Baxter took those now 4 in total USPS tracking numbers and said she would call back and at least one parcel would be out to me yesterday…. Hours later in the afternoon……no phone call back…and no parcel….I called Miss Baxter again…She answered!!!!….Yea!…2 for 2!…. She said she took care of the temporary forward situation…and was still trying to figure out the faulty messaging of some of the missing mail….She was sure the one parcel was on the truck and would come…be patient!… Really?!… Not wanting to ruin the only lifeline between me and my stuff….I was thankful not to be on facetime or skype and said I would….She said if nothing happened to call her in the morning…that I have her number…Yes I do!…. Well by 9 pm ….no delivery…on day 18!…or day 5 in this second round ….

This morning at 8:12 I called Miss Baxter’s coveted phone number…and she answered!!!!…3 f or 3…It’s gotta be a sign!…. She took my information ….said she couldn’t understand…Me neither!….Miss Baxter took my phone number ……for the 4th time!…

And now…on day 19/6….the mail game continues….Will she call back?….Will I get her on call number 4?….. Would the parcels/mail make their way here today…tomorrow and going forward as the USPS motto has always promised us?….

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The USPS Saga Continues On….2 Arrive 16 Days Late….And 2 More Are Now M. I. A. …. Day 1….

April 12, 2016 by Barbara

It’s a mystery….

Dear Readers…. The saga of the missing parcels continue here on day 16… Over the weekend on the day the packages were to be returned I actually received a voicemail from the supervisor of the local Post Office …The message was my missing packages were there and were going to be delivered …Any questions give her a call at the 4th post office number I am now in receipt of… I called and faced yet again …what I found with the last 2 out of 3 phone numbers…a full mailbox with no human and no way to leave a message !….

Returning home on Saturday night …after opening the door…a cruel joke?….As another Attempted Delivery receipt faced up on the floor!…. Re-delivery required…just follow the instructions…Oh no!…

On Monday a call to the supervisor fully expecting the regular recording she actually answered  the phone!… I was dumbfounded….and said as much!…She told me my March 26th parcels would come and  if I have any other problems I now have her number…just call her….I explained the full mailbox problem…She wasn’t bothered…knowing full well ( pun intended)…that was so…and so it will stay that way…purposely!…Ugh!… The packages did indeed come on Monday afternoon …but only after I spent more time explaining to the delivery man there were supposed to be 2 on his truck!…….He started to drive off after looking and not seeing the 2nd one…. I was sure I was headed back down the full mailbox road on this afternoon as well….my normal routine by now…. Just as I picked up the phone the doorbell rang…He found it!…All done!….

Thinking my long drawn out re-delivery issues were behind me…I was content..which was short-lived!…. At almost 9 pm  I received a USPS text of a failed attempted delivery at 6:02 pm!… What? …I was out in the front at that time…The reason given…blocked receptical!….Not here!… So once more …I am on the can’t get the USPS to deliver as the saga continues… this morning ….you guessed it…the USPS mailbox is full!…Day 1…..

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And The Winner Is….UPS…. 1 Day Re-deliver /USPS Still In Limbo…. Day 14….

April 9, 2016 by Barbara

UPS Vs. USPS….UPS Wins….

Dear Readers… UPS actually re-delivered all four missing parcels at approximately 1 pm one day after they erroneously gave a series of excuses that were all out of bounds in the reality specter of what did not occur ….and what should have!….

USPS ….on day 13 one day before the missing parcels are due to be sent back to the senders….that is if they are still at the dreaded local post office…the one that never…ever …answers the phone…responds to any messages left on the one out of three phone numbers that does not have a lifetime full mailbox in play… The call I made to the Philadelphia Consumer Affairs Department to inform them the parcels were not received…and no call was received from the post office per their assurance it was forthcoming ….was made on their answering machine… An agent responded about the same time UPS dropped by to again give me the post office’s phone number to call!…Exasperated I stated again that there is no answer on that phone or any other phone at the post office…The agent said she would call and leave a message for them to call me!… The result of her intervention on my behalf…nada!…Zip!….Zilch!….

Today marks two weeks since the USPS parcels were here in the attempt to deliver on a Saturday….Today is the day those parcels are to be returned…or not!…. Refunds… or ?….. The saga is over …or…

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Delivery Denied?…..Diverted?….Attempted?…. Not!….Now It’s A Twofer….On Day 13….

April 8, 2016 by Barbara

Dear Readers….As I awaited on day 12 of my missing parcels saga (see previous post) from the USPS ….I was secure in the knowledge that the expected deliveries coming yesterday were to arrive by UPS…. No such problems should be coming my way from this carrier ….for I know my UPS delivery guy ..We are on a first name basis and thus I was happy as a clam …. Uh oh….Not so fast!…. After waiting throughout the day….I along with other family members watched as multiple UPS and USPS trucks went by ….the key word being …went by!…. At 4:55 I looked once more online to the tracking information on the four expected deliveries only to find…”Attempted Delivery”…Failed!… What?!… I was standing by the door….No delivery was attempted…No notice was left!… Can it be I am facing a delivery abyss yet again?…. Yup!… Like a slot machine I watched as all four items racked up and stacked up and were switched to the same “Attempted Delivery”…”Failed”….”Notice left”….An urgent, immediate call placed to UPS as well as the vendors who sent these items was met with assertions from the driver in question…Not my usual UPS …first name basis guy…UGH!…. This guy claimed the attempt was made!…….I countered as I left my corner in this newest bout…”Not true!”… Either this guy was lying, didn’t want to deliver four large packages… or he was not in the right town on the right street!… Take your pick…but the “Attempted Delivery” was pure fiction!….The vendors said they were being told there was an error in the messages from UPS showing up in tracking including the  ”Attempt” was for a pickup not a delivery and one item had been handed over from to UPS to the USPS for delivery!… OMG!….USPS!….Kiss of death!….

On a positive note…I will say that at least UPS had a human that actually tried and then followed through to get to the bottom of this UPS delivery mess…as opposed to USPS which is still in limbo…with no human from the local post office and no movement on the missing parcels they have had since March 26th….somewhere….anywhere?…

The UPS agent promised me all four packages would come today….The driver in question could not return back with them yesterday…surprise…surprise…. “When, what time” I inquired….hopefully…….. I was told they could not give me a time!… So once again…this writer is on the lookout for not one…. but two carriers …. once again…in hostage mode!…

Those brick and mortar stores are starting to look nostalgic and necessary …better than delivery…as we are soon facing deliveries by drones!…

More to come….

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Being Held Hostage By The USPS …… And Their Mailbox Is Full ….

April 7, 2016 by Barbara

Dear Readers…. nothing is better in this day and age of home delivery….No parking to deal with….no lines to deal with …..no lack of employees to aid in your quest and your purchase to deal with….But when the cog gets stuck by a missed delivery….You are in no- man’s land….An unwilling hostage being held in limbo ….until that re-delivery arrives….if it ever does!…..

It all began with a Saturday delivery attempted on March 26th ….Not being home a delivery notice was left with the tracking numbers and multiple options for getting the parcels another time…Pick up at the post office after the 28th or a re-delivery… I chose the latter and that’s when the all encompassing ….time consuming… hostage situation began!…

I went online and filled out the information to get the redelivery…. buoyed by the confirmation received immediately via email from the USPS … Monday the 28th came and went and no re-delivery was received… Following the next option on the notice I called the 800 number ….After a series of yes/no questions and unrecognized responses with the irritating robot at the other end I am informed an agent will need to contacted ….That announcement is followed by another robot stating all agents are busy….The wait time will be between 24 and 36 minutes and a call back can be made without losing my place in line…That information received along with my recording of my name was the first of five separate incidents in the upcoming days for a return call…. From this call back with varying callback times ranging from 15- 36 minutes an agent would come on the phone…I would start at the beginning… I would be given a total of four numbers for re-delivery and four documented case numbers as well as expedited status and three phone numbers for the post office where the parcels were supposedly residing…. The post office in question is the Main Office Delivery post office and the first and second phone numbers listed and given are in a constant state of oblivion for the caller …A recording states unequivocally that the mailbox is full and unable to take any messages… The third number given by the 800 number USPS Customer Affairs agent (#3) does have a mailbox that is not full…but all thoughts of any kind of reprieve and finally getting a human is quashed when despite three messages left with all the required information absolutely no response is made!…. Agent #4 had such no luck either along with her supervisor!…. They now give me the phone number for the Philadelphia Consumer Affairs Dept. and tell me to inform them that they too cannot reach this post office and to explain this extended non- re-delivery hostage situation I have found myself in … understanding that I am unable to leave the house due to the supposed pending re-delivery shown on the USPS tracking site ….but not forthcoming despite the these online/text noticed claims being made!…

A call to the Consumer Affairs Department is yet another call going directly to a message mailbox and a promise that a call that will come within the business day hours of operation…. With none coming for the better part of the business day in question ….and yet another day of no parcels arriving….this despite several postal carriers coming here with other mail and other packages …but having no knowledge of the missing parcels…Even a call from one of them to the supervisor at the post office produced no human response!…. A second call placed to the Consumer Affairs message mailbox stating it was call number two with the detailed litany of  numbers required …Finally a real person responded!… My hopes that imminent results would now come my way were quickly dashed ….After yet another long call with all the numbers and dates and the series of responses on what might be the problem ….( No re-delivery and no response from the post office is the only reasons for the problem!)… I was told the agent Mary would call me back… An hour later she did… much to my surprise….. Those hopes again were totally misguided when I found out quickly as she began the conversation with even more new case numbers for me to write down along with the statement that I would be hearing from the very post office that has thus far been unresponsive to me, Customer Affairs….and apparently to the USPS Consumer Affairs as well!…. She actually had the nerve to try to end the call with “My job is now done.”…. What?….As she was quickly about to hang up….I said “What if they don’t call?”…. After all why would I be reassured that miraculously more case numbers …expedited to the nth degree …from Consumer Affairs would do the trick 11 days later?…. Her response…I could call Consumer Affairs again…With that and the hours of business day operations about to end she again she stated “My job is done.” sounding as if it was really so!….

So here I am on day 12….a hostage still to re-delivery of my missing parcels that may never arrive!…. Freedom is in the offing though….for I realize that on Saturday ….day 14….is the day when those parcels in question would be sent back to whiniest they came and delivery will now be requested to come from any carrier other than the USPS!….

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New York New York ….. Slashers….Taxis…..Trump…..Museums….Broadway Plays….Bomb Scares….Train Derailment…..Steps Away From Tempting Fate …..

April 4, 2016 by Barbara

All aboard  ………..

Dear Readers….haven’t been to New York City for nine years and after the last three days ….it might be nine years from now for this writer to take another shot at it! …. Scenes from the Jack Lemmon/Sandy Dennis “The Out -of-Towners” ….(the one before the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn remake)….came to mind at throughout the 72  hours we came …we saw…we experienced…and we left!….

We arrived on the 1:32 pm Acela Amtrak train from Philadelphia…. A first for us …after a recommendation from our daughter who had used it a few weeks prior…We pre-ordered two Business Class tickets at $198 and were allowed two carry-on bags as well as a few smaller totes each… We arrived at the 30th Street Station downtown which is a beautifully maintained historic building worth the time to explore and take in….while watching the old fashioned time board flip its updates and waited for the info on what gate and track were ours…Once it was revealed we lined up and again waited to descend down to the tracks for the fast train and our seats which were the last two available when we searched them out…The train this Friday afternoon was pretty well filled and we quickly had to find our “train-legs” as we balanced carry-ons and mastered the aisles between train cars as we moved along the tracks to find both seats together and storage….Not quite the early boarding seating we were accustomed to on frequent plane trips that’s for sure!… We had an uneventful ride of an 1:46 to Penn Station with two stops before and stood among those ready to get off in the aisle as we prepared to enter Penn Station….Hmmm ….not quite on par with the the one we left in Philly….It was crowded…quite confusing with lack of signage ….and eye-opening to see swat teams and armed forces placed at every angle we glanced at as we looked to see which was was out!…. Once out we were met with more crowds than we experienced while below the city sidewalks requiring us to weave in and out juggling luggage to get a cab which should have been easy…especially in the sea of yellow taxis that took up the traffic landscape….Two blocks away from the station and across the street we hailed one…He asked “Where to?”…We responded Trump International Hotel and he shook his head vigorously and said”No!”… “No?” we said to each other as we were both caught off guard….never having this experience either!…. Another three blocks of navigating among the landlocked sidewalks and crossing another major crosswalk ….we found more yellow taxis lined up and found a driver that had no aversion to taking us to our destination….even as he told us he was about to clock out for the day…. Gratefully, we made it worth his while with our tip and the feeling we were now about to start our 35th anniversary weekend celebration for real…Or so we thought!…. Nine years ago we stayed at the Trump International Hotel   and fondly recalled the excellent room and service which had led us not to look elsewhere  when booking this weekend jaunt…. Although we requested early check-in  we were told that was not to be…..So we unloaded the luggage to storage and left for a bite to eat nearby as we waited to get our room…. The crowds were now a given…… inside  and outside as we ventured thankful we were unencumbered by carry-ons this time!… One shared sandwich and multiple deserts devoured in a half hour …..we again made our way back to get in the room….Still not ready we were told….We waited some more and watched as the front desk service agents talked amongst themselves on the actual status of the room and if it had been inspected and signed off for us to get in….The word came in fifteen minutes more… ….All ready… Hmmm…. We had booked a city view and what we got was a city roof view look at the tops and their machinery and some less impressive buildings ….not the city views we envisioned….but the thought of yet another wait seemed worse than dealing with this lack of views …. Unpacked in smaller room than we had prior visits in New York and Chicago Trump establishments…..we quickly found the “inspection” had definitely not occurred as key items were  M.I.A……. Later on was the first of two booked Broadway plays… The ride in another Yellow Taxi took us around and about the city due to both the crowds and the incredible amount of construction on every block…..Structural platforms abound in front of old buildings….not old buildings and wherever there seems to be a space between buildings!…. Bike riders were weaving  in and out between buses…taxis…Uber and those that dare to drive…. The ride itself is like an interactive  play!…….

Kudos to ‘Beautiful’ the play about Carol King….  It was wonderful and reminiscent …well worth the time and the money and the preceding troubles of the day….

On Saturday we chose to not follow long…long lines that despite the colder weather and rain spilled out from the major museums steps and around the blocks to get in ….Instead we visited the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located in the Andrew Carnegie Mansion which has interactive use that can be downloaded to your computer after your visit with your ticket….Then on to the J.P. Morgan Museum to see his library which house a plethora of first editions housed on three levels in wood paneled rooms with extraordinary wood carving with huge carved fireplaces and although some are well worn and in need of restoration significant ceiling murals adorn each wing along with encased artifacts …. Marble and stone columns and marble carvings make up the center entry ….A docent informed another visitor that the collection is so large that every ninety days the books are cleaned and rotated with those kept in unseen areas…. Greek diners were on every block offering great food ….again without the lines and wait….

Saturday we also decided to cut our trip short and change our return back to Philly to noon rather than later in the evening on Sunday due mostly to worse weather coming according to the forecast ….. We changed our Amtrak Acela tickets and went on to our second night of Broadway ….’An American In Paris’ ….Right in the heart of Time Square… We made our way there in yet another Yellow Taxi and were astounded with the massiveness of the crowds that were in place in Time Square at a little past seven pm….despite the cold and wet….We entered the Palace Theater lobby and made a call to our younger daughter to inform her of what we saw outside the lobby doors……Bleachers were almost full of people taking in all of what Time Square had to offer …the crowds… the marquees …and the lights all around…We hung up as the doors to the theater were opened and found our seats…. The play offered all it promised and more with a first -rate cast and magnificent choreography that made the two plus hours fly by just as theater goers hope to experience……. We headed out a side door and took the taxi back to our hotel still basking in that enjoyment … That changed in record time though …..as I looked at updates in the news while we were occupied….. I was absolutely shocked to see the photo above showing the very theater we were just in and the very bleachers we had just described as full…. looking totally empty and deserted!…. A bomb scare had taken place within minutes of our leaving the lobby to go inside !….People were removed and the patrons at the theater across from us were moved to the basement to be safe…….All the while we at the Palace Theater were totally oblivious!…. We could not believe we were faced with yet another near miss on day two in New York City!……..

Sunday, April 3rd….it’s morning and we are ready to finish up this trip and get to the Amtrak train…. I admit I was a little hesitant about entering Penn Station again ….still thinking about the slasher incident so close in proximity upon our entering the city …. With time to work out at the Trump gym and be pleasantly surprised that the Trump management sent us some breakfast offerings for not being up to par ie the lack of inspection…… Not bad I thought ….that is ….until….’Breaking News’ came across on the Sunday morning news shows… All Amtrak trains to Philadelphia have been suspended!….A train derailment with deaths and injuries!… OMG!…. Sure enough ….it’s another day in New York City…. producing yet another hair raising situation …..definitely too close in proximity!…. We cancelled the train online ….and called down to the front desk and secured a car ride ….to get out of town!…….This writer really started to breathe easily again….. as soon we left the confines of the Lincoln Tunnel with the high winds whipping  all around that were impacting New York as well!….. From all we read throughout the day….we were not only lucky to not be on that Amtrak….but lucky to have found a quick getaway….as others were faced with a mess …..

Home Sweet Philly Home …. A good rest of the day….in more ways than one!….. We had just a quick walk from our front door to a great meal at a favorite local restaurant with no need for a Yellow Taxi!….

Today, with front page news in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Amtrak tragedy and ads for the Broadway plays we had seen popping up on every site I surf online ….. as well as Trump…Trump….Trump…on every TV channel …. We get mail…. email from….the Trump Hotel….to take a quick customer service survey of our stay…. Ok….I thought….I would partake  …only to find….

No survey response was to be received….’at this time’….”error”  or so they said!….

And….just when it seemed it was finally time to put the past three days to behind us…. yet another Trump email arrived…. the bill pdf!…..

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What’s The Rush? …. When It Comes To Clearing The Dishes At Restaurants ….. Game on!….

April 1, 2016 by Barbara

Is it safe to put your utensils down?…..

There’s a new game in town when it comes to eating out ….doesn’t matter if it’s at the local diner or the fanciest waiting list only …word of mouth ….coveted reservation darling of the moment big bucks restaurant….when it comes to clearing the plates …game on!….

Over the past year we patrons have come under “plate assault” with service wait staff and bussers who look ready to pounce once they see your utensils are no longer actively in play and your plate looks almost bare …. It’s becomes annoyingly clear ….pun intended….that you will now be sidetracked from the table interaction amongst you and your companions and disrupted from your personal rhythm of food inhalation as someone will undoubtedly appear ….ready to pounce and take that near foodless plate away!…. It doesn’t matter if you are at the outside of the booth or buried 6 people in….an arm will descend down and over like an octopus scoping the bottom of the sea to scoop that straggler plate out of there with the precision of a predator invading your colony to succeed in their mission!….Never mind the last morsel before you took pause was not actually the last morsel you intended to devour or that you have not even finished swallowing and savoring that last bite….to the taker of finished plates….game on!….

Out with friends this has become a regular topic of conversation quite frequently of late….for they too have seen this change in restaurant etiquette and they too have dealt with this discourse of clearing the plates at the most inopportune times…taking a bite out ….pun intended (#2)….of their dining experience …. When we’ve asked the clearer of plates who has begun the intrusive act…. as they ask the inevitable accompanied mantra ……”All done? Can I take your plate?”….we are informed time and time again…they are instructed to perform this task from top management as part of their training…..No matter that it leads to not only an invasion of your personal eating space…now your dining experience becomes a glaring public commentary on the speed of consumption as it distinguishes that you are done well before all others at the table …It’s perpetrated by this act as you are left with an empty space and an uncomfortable decision of what to do with the spotlight left in its stead……Protectionism instinctively comes into place if you are not finished or do not want the clearing to proceed….to save face….and to avoid past such incidents….. knowing full well it ultimately leads to further unwanted commentary from the clearer du jour that you have in fact finished first and their injection on this quantum leap of food intake that further singles you out with the old server standard line of ….”Didn’t like it, huh?  which always leads to a decision being made verbal or non if this attempt at clean plate humor will be reflected in a percentage lowering of the jokester’s tip!…. The game has now entered in to a whole new level….Oh, yes there are levels!….That level being the return of the clearer in question and their accomplices …. as they suddenly and inexplicably seem to multiply around you  …..each and every time they take a glance your way…. Surely, they think it can’t be long now for that retrieval to take place….surely you think, there must be other plates on other tables willing to go first!….

They are popping up everywhere much to the disdain of the older folks……Millennial restaurants ….We are told this type of restaurant is due to millennials wanting quick …. fast and uncomplicated service…  ie…they are the Uber…smartphone…app generation ……. thus those millennials restaurants which are characterized as those that offer counter orders only…. then a number is given and the patron is called to retrieve it or it is dropped off at the table and no retrieval is forthcoming ….. So, perhaps this younger generation actually found the only way to end the “Game of Plates” plaguing our dining experience   …. Game on!….

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Here’s The Scoop …. Well Played ….Time To Move On …. To Other Things…. Barbara Cole Writes….

March 30, 2016 by Barbara

The 2016 LBTS Final Election Results – Broward Supervisor Of Elections

Dear Readers …. Last night the new 2016 Lauderdale- By- The- Sea Commission was sworn in after a celebratory 6:30 pm farewell to outgoing two- term Commissioner Stuart Dodd and retiring Town Manager Connie Hoffman … I believe the election results were read from the dais and congratulations were made ….This writer chose to take a pass on watching the proceedings …. I did look at the official election results sent by the Town Clerk prior to the meeting and saw some disturbing issues that will be swept under the rug as so much was during this incredibly strange 2016 LBTS municipal election….The Broward County SOE left in 16 votes for “Candidate Withdrawn” aka Candidate Dan Darnell who dropped out asap after the final day of declaring to run for the commission and the resulting mess that ensued when his name was included on the absentee ballots …( see prev. posts)…..The Broward County SOE had stated no ballots with Darnell’s name would be counted and that first batch of absentee ballots received would either be put aside or destroyed …depending on which week the answer was given by the Broward County SOE ….Besides the 16 “Candidate Withdrawn” shown on the final election results there is a “Total Votes” number discrepancy between the mayoral race and the one commission race for Commissioner Dodd’s seat representing the south end of town……The mayoral race shows a ‘Total Votes’ of 2063 votes and the commission race shows a ‘Total Votes’ of 1998 with the inclusion of 16 “Candidate Withdrawn” -Darnell votes…That’s a short of 65 votes in this race …add back in the 16 “Candidate Withdrawn”-Darnell votes that were not to be counted or shown in the results and the total difference between these two races is 81 votes that are unaccounted for! ….Can it really be that 81 voters either voted for “Candidate Withdrawn”-Darnell and the Broward County SOE chose to show only 16 of them in the final official results …. tossing aside the 65 other votes….or…. did 65 voters really decide not to vote in the commission race at all?…. Neither makes any sense and in any other year that I’ve been involved over the last 10 years …..this would have been a “Red Hot Issue” ….one that would beg for immediate answers from the Broward County SOE before the swearing in to assure this was a clean election result for the commission seat in the south….. with real verified numbers to assure those results….in my opinion….But alas….this is not any of those past years….and we will never know what happened  and why….

That being the case…the sad case…. and for all the reasons written in the last 2 previous posts on this election ….this writer…. like my friend Stu Dodd … is term limiting out…. self- term limiting out …. The voters/residents became happily complacent in the last 6 years and in the 2012 /2014 municipal elections with uncontested races for incumbents and small turnout for single commission races …. and in my opinion…… the “Old Guard” mainly left in the north end of town ….so many thought were long gone….bided their time and waited for that complacency and for all the major opposing players to be gone or termed out to pick up where they left off in 2007…. Well played!…… Time will tell just how far this “Old Guard” agendas ( sewers in Palm Club etc…prev. posts) will be back on track and come to fruition with the newly seated commission now so beholden to them….. ( look at the backers of the newly elected and where they reside contained  in the candidate treasury reports)….and time will also tell if the demographics of the town…especially in the south end of town will come forward to decry those old tactics once again or will simply accept it all ….lock, stock and barrel …..as was the case for many years in the past….until it became to blatant to sit back and do nothing…

And no…. Dear Readers ….there will NOT be an outgoing “How The Sausage Was Made…2010- 2016″….as many have requested or asked about ….

For this writer……. I am going to go back to blogging on other topics as I did in the beginning of BCbythesea in 2008 ….Those old non -LBTS posts are still making their way around the world- wide web sphere producing comments years later from far and wide… bringing forth much pleasure of how vast this world really is ….and how much world there is outside of LBTS politics and those political “bubbles” that remain the same….

Under BCWrites….. more to come….

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