May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011



Today we honor our fallen soldiers known and unknown. We thank all our troops and their families serving at home and abroad.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

May 26, 2011

Another Barnes & Noble Follow-Up

Remember my Barnes & Noble Follow-Up?

Barnes & Noble's Response:

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with additional information
about your experience at our Crossroads Mall, Omaha, NE store. At Barnes
& Noble, we take pride in offering our customers efficient and friendly
service and we apologize that we failed to meet your expectations on
this occasion.

Based on the situations you described, we feel that the difficulties you
are experiencing would be resolved best by contacting us by phone. We
ask that you call us at 1-800-XXX-XXXX. We are available Monday
through Friday from 8AM to 11PM (EST), Saturdays and Sundays 9AM to 11PM (EST).

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have
caused. When responding, please reference case #XXX.

Sincerely,

XXX
Customer Service Representative
Barnes & Noble Customer Service


This note arrived on 5/25/2011

My Note to Barnes & Noble:

Case #XXX

I would appreciate it if a Barnes & Noble would take this seriously and have a district or regional manager call my house so I don’t have to start from the beginning with some random Barnes & Noble customer service employee.

Respectfully,

Angela S.
(XXX)XXX-XXXX

Case #XXX

This note was sent on 5/25/2011


Barnes & Noble's Response:

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with additional information
in informing us of your experience at our Crossroads Mall, Omaha, NE
store. At Barnes & Noble, we take pride in offering our customers
efficient and friendly service and we apologize that we failed to meet
your expectations on this occasion.

We are forwarding your email to the appropriate District Manager to
contact you regarding this matter and you will be notified shortly. We
will make sure that the Store Manager is aware of your feedback.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have
caused. When responding, please reference case #XXX.

Sincerely,

XXX
Customer Service Representative
Barnes & Noble Customer Service

This note arrived on 5/26/2011


Now we wait!!! .....again.

What Is Wrong With Barnes & Noble?

May 25, 2011

To God Be the Glory ~Oprah


I have been watching Oprah Winfrey since I was sixteen years old. I haven’t tuned in the last few years for personal reasons. I am glad I watched her last show today. I was happy when I heard her say, “To God Be the Glory” as she walked off stage for the last time. I am curious to see what Oprah will do next.

I AM FOR ISRAEL


May 24, 2011

Barnes & Noble Follow-Up

My Note to Barnes & Noble:

I wanted to let someone at Barnes & Noble know that your location at The Crossroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska has an inappropriate collection of sexually explicit adult books outlining the Children's section. Literally, you have to walk by "Tickle His Pickle" and "365 Naughty Nights" when you take your child to the Children's area of the store. These books outline the wall that makes up the Children's section. I'm hoping someone at Barnes & Noble has the authority fix this problem because it's inappropriate and unacceptable.

This note was sent on 5/23/2011

Barnes & Noble’s Response:

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your experience at our Crossroads Mall, Omaha, NE store. At Barnes & Noble, we take pride in offering our customers efficient and friendly service and we apologize that we failed to meet your expectations on this occasion.

The situation you described will be best resolved if the Store Manager contacts you personally. Please provide us with your name, phone number and the best time of day to contact you. Also, kindly provide us of the date and time when you had observed this display.

When responding to this inquiry, please refer to case #XXX.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Sincerely,
XXX
Customer Service Representative
Barnes & Noble Customer Service

This note arrived on 5/24/2011


My Note to Barnes & Noble:

Case #XXX

I have enclosed three photos that will fully explain the point I am trying to make. The reason I have contacted Barnes & Noble via e-mail is because the conversation with a Barnes & Noble supervisor as well as a Barnes & Noble Manager was not satisfactory to me. I would prefer it if a district manager or a regional manager called me as I do not wish to speak to any of the store managers from that particular location. They were extremely rude and unprofessional in their handling of the situation.

This note was sent on 5/24/2011


Now we wait!

What Is Wrong With Barnes & Noble?

May 22, 2011

What Is Wrong With Barnes & Noble?




What’s going on in your local Barnes & Noble Book Store?

Do you have this inappropriate mess right next to the Children’s section of your local Barnes & Noble Book Store?

Do you have to walk by “Tickle His Pickle” or “365 Naughty Nights” when you take your child to Story Time at Barnes & Noble?

I want to encourage EVERYONE with a camera phone or Kodak Camera to carry it with you the next time you’re at Barnes and Noble and take pictures if you see the Children’s section surrounded by smut!

If this explicit inappropriate adult material is close to the bathroom at Barnes and Noble then make sure you take a picture of that too. In my case the bathroom was right next to the Children’s section so it’s completely unavoidable either way.

This is a developing story…so stay tuned.

UPDATE 5/24/2011
Barnes & Noble Follow-Up

UPDATE 6/3/2011
Barnes & Noble Called Me Today!

Obama Working For You Yet?

May 16, 2011

Donald Trump Will Not Run


good news - (CNN) -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump will not run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he said in a statement released Monday. "After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency," Trump said in the statement.

May 14, 2011

What happened to the Tea Party?


What has happened to the Tea Party? I’m to the point where I don’t even want to use the #TeaParty hash tag on my Twitter Profile any more.

In the beginning it seemed as though like-minded people were coming together for a common cause: Traditional Conservatism, Less Government and the idea that we are Taxed Enough Already. Isn’t that what TEA stands for?

I’m seeing so-called Tea Partiers arguing about non-issues. I cannot believe people are still talking about Obama's birth certificate. They are still overwhelmingly debating this non-issue. Seriously? Come on!!!

I’ve also witnessed a lot of Tea Party in-fighting going on. What for? Why are Tea Partiers fighting with each other?

Then I hear that the original Tea Party is not the same Tea Party that some politicians have latched on to. Really? I thought the Tea Party was supposed to be one united cohesive movement of people who believe that we are Taxed Enough Already?

I’m not sure I can associate myself with the Tea Party any more. It’s getting out of hand. People are losing their way. I can’t stand what this country is turning into. The extreme sides of both aspects and/or political parties I find to be disgusting.

I’m to the point where I have to question your intelligence if you are debating these non-issues. That’s pretty sad. Then there are those that want to make EVERYTHING about race or racism. Seriously? I’m over THAT too!!! As you already know I AM NOT A COLOR.

I have a lot of reorganizing to do. The wind is shifting here at Casa Divapalooza and THAT is all I’m gonna say…FOR NOW.

May 11, 2011

I Am Not A Color


My name is not Angela ‘White’ or Angela ‘Caucasian’. My name is Angela. I am not a color. I’m a person. I’m not a color. I’m a human being. If people want to see me as a color then they have a problem. What Dr. Martin Luther King said in his ‘I have a dream’ speech was not meant to become a double standard. I AM NOT A COLOR. I am a person. I should not have to photo-shop my skin color in order to be taken seriously. Racism is found e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e and not just the things that you don’t like. Bad behavior is just that…BAD BEHAVIOR…doesn’t matter when you were born…It’s not a color. Evil is not a color. Good is not a color. I’m pretty sick and tired of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g being about race. The human race is the only race I know. Skin color is not the total sum of what makes us who we are. Every creed and every nation has had stress, trials and tribulations. FAITH, HOPE and LOVE transcend ethnicity.

May 2, 2011

May Day 2011: Osama Bin Laden is Dead. Where were you?


Where were you when you heard that Osama Bin Laden was dead? I was sitting in my TV room next to my husband. We were watching Iron Man 2. My brother texted the news and we immediately flipped on the news channels.

The news media has been frustrating for a long time now. We kept flipping through the channels because most of them didn’t even have all the facts and they were trying to report on something they knew nothing about.

Whatever happened to keeping your YAP shut until you have confirmation of the facts? Trying to make guesses as to what happened so you can remain cutting edge makes you look really dumb.

We finally settled on watching ABC.

All I could think of was WOW. This calls for some extra celebrating! We had just spent the day with family to honor my nephew's first holy communion. It made me think of the day Saddam Hussein was captured. That was the same day my middle child was born.

You have to know this is not over. They will attempt to retaliate. This is how terrorists operate. We need to stay alert.

Obama did a GOOD job with his statement. He needed to get that sucker right and he did. My husband saw his girls peaking around the corner as he was walking to the podium at the White House. I thought that was cute.

It’s good to know that everyone connected to 9/11 has been vindicated and justice has been served.

I wish I could be at the White House or NYC Times Square celebrating!!! USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! Kudos to our military!!! Props to Obama!!! Hat Tip to George W. Bush!!! We will never ever forget 9/11!!!

I must tell you that the conspiracy theories floating around out there on the internet and in social networking media is ridiculous. I cannot believe how easily distracted people are. I am really beginning to loath the hard fringe LEFT and the hard fringe RIGHT. People who are easily fooled by these distractions I have no time for.

You need to start thinking for yourself and CUT the CRAP.

Our Armed Forces are our heroes!!! They have sacrificed and put everything on the line to get the job done!!! George W. Bush AND Barack Obama get the credit AND a JOB WELL DONE. Yes!!! Whether you love them or hate them they BOTH get the credit. It’s pretty obvious to me that they are communicating with one another in spite of their difference so what does THAT tell you?

Really everyone...we don’t have time for this partisan nonsense. Every time you see someone saying something over the top change the channel. You need to look at the news objectively and ask yourselves, “are they reporting the facts or are they full of it?” Try not to shoot from the hip until you have a chance to really think about what’s going on without getting your cues from commentators OR reporters who haven’t bothered to obtain all of the facts. If they can’t admit they don’t have all the answers then change the channel. If they are ranting and raving about the right or the left then change the channel. Think for yourselves people!!!

Where were you when you heard that Osama Bin Laden was dead? Leave a comment and let me know where you were and what your thoughts are on all of this.

Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?