Boxing Day @ Futureshop

Actually, a visit to Futureshop was not as terrible as one would expect on Boxing Day this year. The crowds and the lines were more orderly as barriers were erected to guide people to the correct lines leading to the cashiers; the cashiers were brisk and kept the lines moving at a reasonable pace; and there was even less cut throat competition between salesmen this time around, keeping in line with the “festive” part of the season! To see all these improvements in the afternoon was really reassuring as Futureshop’s in-store “performance” can really be awful for Boxing Day shopping.

However, the only problem that drew my attention – and everyone else’s I’m sure – was the carelessness some of the staff. Flyers were strewn about in some corners of the store; some of the places where one would expect to find particular items on-sale ended up in other sections of the store; and some of the on-sale products carried incorrect price labels. This year I wanted to buy a 4 GB USB key which happened to be more than half-off at $27 – yet their price label read them going for $82! This was also the case with a wireless mouse on sale for $20, but labelled for $52. When I brought these inconsistent price labels to the attention of a staff member, they seemed more eager to leave to attend other matters. No one suggested correcting the labels to reflect the advertised price.

Thus, it doesn’t make sense to go out shopping on Boxing Day without knowing exactly what it is one is looking for. The chances are slim that someone, without research, can walk out for Boxing Day to shop for a good deal and come back with everything he intended to buy. The items you want are likely misplaced, mislabelled, and even hidden from view. While Futureshop isn’t the only store making such errors on Boxing Day, the expectation that all of the on-sale items in store will be properly labelled and easy to find is probably too high.

I don’t have any ideas to offer in terms of remedying the problems at Futureshop as they’re obvious and simple. But, for consumers, I suggest to review the flyers and select the items that are practical. By practical, I mean items that will likely be available at most times of the day. There’s little point in “door crashing” or rushing for hot deals when the available stock is less than a dozen. The prices probably aren’t that great, but, if they are, the product is getting old anyway.

Be surgical! Walk into a store, track down what’s on your list, quickly append to the list any deals that are truly worth your while, hit the lines, and leave! To do anything else places oneself at a disadvantage. You’ll end up using more time than you would have expected and with less than you may have wanted.

Lastly, do keep your eyes open and be aware of what is happening around you. People are in a rush to their destinations and may not be completely aware of what is around them. Take note of the atmosphere and try to avoid angry groups of people. Everyone may be out for the great holiday deal, but you don’t need to be caught up in a potential fight of strangers.

Really, everyone knows what they’re doing. They don’t need a stranger, such as myself, to tell them what they are doing. But, if you really are out to shop, just keep in mind these are merely suggestions. To the guy who fought with me for a parking space, walked into the store for an hour, wondered aloud whether Best Buy had a better deal, and rushed out the door with nothing, this is for you.

Transport Canada Rebates

The ecoAUTO Program has released its application forms for rebate payments:

Canadian drivers are looking to lower their fuel bills. The ecoAUTO Rebate Program gives them a good way to do it!

As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to protect the environment, the ecoAUTO Rebate Program encourages Canadians to buy fuel-efficient vehicles. How? It offers rebates from $1000 to $2000, to people who, beginning March 20, 2007, buy or enter a long-term lease (12 months or more) for a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Check it.

There can only be one

 

The summer season, warm and inviting, is usually a good opportunity for cyclists of all ages to pedal their bicycles as much as possible before the arrival of winter. I see people of all ages pedal for all their worth down sidewalks, hiking paths, dirt roads…paved roads…major traffic arteries…. Where was I? Ah, yes, summer is the season of sharing! When drivers acknowledge that even cyclists have a right to the road by showing courtesy and sharing the road with them. But, deep down, in the hearts and minds of those who traverse treacherous roads of urban sprawl, rests the vicious truth: There can only be one.

 

Imagine yourself driving down a road with a cyclist in your path. What do you do? You certainly did not buy a car and pay for the gas in the tank to crawl behind this man powered vehicle, did you? You would probably try to give the cyclist a wide berth and pass him, right? Remember those signs scattered across the city to remind you to be courteous? To share the road with cyclists? What does courtesy mean anyway? Now that you think about it, what courtesy has a cyclist ever shown you? They jaywalk on their bicycles, shoot out of no where when you’re performing a right turn on a red light, and they’re slowing you down at this very moment in your mind! But, it only takes a few good people to make a few mistakes to cause a tragedy on the road.

 

Consider the most obvious of physical differences between a motor vehicle and a person on a bicycle. A compact car’s weight can be around 2500 lbs, while a full sized truck can weigh over 4000 lbs. On the other hand, a person on a bicycle tops out at 500 lbs – and that is only if this person is big boned or they’re riding on a bicycle from the set of the Flintstones. There is no contest between a bicycle and a car. Should a vehicle ever collide with a bicycle it is likely that the cyclist alone will be seriously injured. In addition to this probable severity of injury that a cyclist bears on the road, let us not forget one serious flaw all humans possess: Change blindness. Clearly, the cyclist – of noble breed, only wishing to save the environment while keeping fit – is at a disadvantage while sharing the road with cars.

 

So what’s the solution? Just follow these easy steps: Read the traffic rules, follow them, and return home safe without killing anyone. If people can no longer respect the traffic rules and those cute courtesy signs, traffic calming, or whatever rat’s maze some engineer can think of, will not be worth the trouble of building.

 

So, before you turn that ignition, remember the mission: No more blood on the streets.

Dead Rising

Dear Life,

After a great deal of contemplation, I have decided to issue this one, final challenge:  I will crush you, without mercy or hesitation.  Everything I am, everything I know, shall be used for the cause of breaking you.  The seemingly impossible nature of this challenge no longer matters to me.  My only wish, my one joy, is to dance this cursed dance for all time.

For those of you who are somewhat concerned, I do not intend to go on a killing rampage nor am I suicidal, thank you.  This may seem unusual, but this is how I solve my problems.  I vainly shake my fist against life itself in a bid to motivate myself into a frenzy, much like hockey fans watching television.

Sincerely,

P

Instinct

He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear

His hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear:

And you all know, security

Is mortals’ chiefest enemy

Macbeth – Hecate

On the Road

You know the Gateway Blvd, Calgary Trail, 23 Ave intersection? The main traffic artery that leads into the heart of the city? I just realised why that intersection is in such disrepair! You see, the reason is that the people who are responsible for maintaining that intersection died in the potholes and cracks of the road!

You didn’t hear it from me, but word is that drivers who bump and shake through that intersection can sometimes see corpses of engineers jump out from the cracks! Can you imagine!? While they were hastily planning the construction of the artery, they didn’t realise that they were being built into it themselves! May their souls rest in peace…those sorry bastards.

My Eyes!

Hot Chicks with Douchebags, a blog written by Douchebag1, is all about “pictures of hot chicks with total and complete douchebags.” Essentially, a bunch of creepers troll the internet for images of hot couples so they can express their glorious jealousy. It’s hard to understand some of the posts (well, you understand that feeling well enough if you actually try to read my blog), but I think the comments are hysterical.