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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Friends of the decanter may recall that the Port Swiller microwave committed suicide nearly a month ago now.

We decided just to go ahead and replace it, and at the time I noodled briefly about doing the installation myself.  However, after checking out the set up more closely (it’s a top-mounting one over the stove), I realized that I am simply physically incapable of unbolting and safely lowering the thing all by myself, must less hoisting a new one up, so I said what the hey, let’s pony up a little more to get the installation.

So Mrs. R did a little research, went over to Best Buy to pick up the new one, and made what she thought were arrangements through BB with GeekSquad to come out and put it in.

Whelp, as I say, it’s nearly a month later and the damned thing is still sitting in the hall where I deposited it after Mrs. R brought it home.

Ol’ Robbo doesn’t often use his mighty interwebz voice to bad-mouth a biznay, but in all my years I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything to match the experience of trying to deal with GeekSquad.  First, they assigned us a “case manager” whose lack of communications skills and reluctance to return calls resulted in two blown appointments.  Then, when a guy finally did appear this morning, he informed Mrs. R that he was only authorized to install the new microwave, not take away the old one.  Somebody else, apparently, is supposed to do that.

Honestly, it’s as if these people learned their management and customer-service standards from the Soviets.

Well, the hell with that.

We had thought of going with our regular odd-jobs contractor at first, but he wants more for the job.  We’re ready to go along with that now, because at least we know he’ll do it when he says he’s going to.

I suppose you get what you pay for.


Oh, and speaking of culinary matters (and the Soviet mindset), did you see the story today about the Brit coffee shop that got its radio ad banned because it disparaged avocados?  I swear I’m not making this up:

A radio advert for Costa Coffee has been banned for discouraging people from buying avocados, in saying they should head to the coffee chain for a bacon roll or egg muffin instead.

It comes after two listeners complained about a commercial, broadcast in June, featuring a voiceover that said: “There’s a great deal on ripen-at-home avocados. Sure, they’ll be hard as rock for the first 18 days, three hours and 20 minutes, then they’ll be ready to eat, for about 10 minutes, then they’ll go off.”

The advert advised people to choose the “better deal” of a roll or egg muffin.


Any advert that appears on radio or TV must follow the UK code of broadcast advertising (BCAP) which states that comparisons between foods must not discourage fruit and vegetables. The ASA ruled that the advert should not be broadcast again.

Full disclosure: Ol’ Robbo can’t stand avocados and refers to guacamole as “the Green Death”.  But even if the comparison was to yummy blueberries, which I adore, this is absurd.  (And now I’m all hungry for bacon and eggs, too.  Mmmmmm………)

And yes, empty animal-headed food-trough wiper ASA with your UK Code of broadcast advertising, ah fart in your general direction!  Your father was a hamster, and your mother smelled…of avocados!



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