mangy fronkles

November 27, 2013 Posted by gretchen

Fronkles has mange, I believe it’s sarcoptic mange, and it’s the worst thing ever! (more…)

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learning things. let’s all read.

November 21, 2013 Posted by gretchen

Namaste blog tribe

IMG_1079My current position involves reading financial statements, which are complicated. If you’ve never tried to read one, I encourage you to do so.

I think a lot of humans around the world are so jaded by how global economies consumed the planet years back, they choose to turn a cheek to such information. I know I did for a minute there. Alas, now that I am back in New York City, it suddenly consumes me every day.

It’s unfortunate how utterly complex financial institutions and the associated legislation have become. The word “un-evolution” should be invented just to describe this. Over regulation is just another way to make it harder to find buried corruption. The international trend is to call everything transparent and hope that if you use that word enough times, someone will believe you.

I’m pretty amazed by what I’ve learned over the past 20 months. Before that, I never looked at a financial statement in my life. Besides an ATM receipt reminding me I’m broke or an insanely long docket for buying a pack of chewy.

Sometimes I think I’ll run for office. Once I rule the world and how children are educated, I will have financial statement reading taught in every mathematics program in the land. I realize it’s not everyone’s gig. But most people pay a tax of some sort. Federal taxes are particularly interesting to review. Also, I plan to take advantage of this knowledge when I try to reason with Zipcar during their next earnings call. (more…)

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zipcar is a PR fail

November 16, 2013 Posted by gretchen

Well blog family, I heard something back after my rant RE: Zipcar ripping me off for no reason. They reached out via Twitter: Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 7.38.59 PM

I have since come to learn that Zipcar’s idea of “someone being in touch about your concerns ‘shortly’” = an innocent employee cold-dialing me 19 hours later because s/he heard that, “You wanted to talk about something…”

Me: “Ummm… not really?”

S/he: “Oh. Ok.”

Me: “Well, yeah. I guess that since I didn’t lock my rental before it was stolen.” (because, why would I in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE) that you’re going to make me pay. So… whatever. Thanks.

As a senior manager myself, with budgets of my own, the dollar sign price of a reputation is what my Zipcar rant is really all about. Zipcar would rather that I loudly declare for the rest of my life how unjust they are (which I’ll totally do because I’ve got a bad habit of grudge holding) instead of let me off the hook. So let’s get a little deeper into why Zipcar (aka Avis) is making an innocent victim like me pay them $3500 after I was robbed. (more…)

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congrats you bought a zipcar

November 14, 2013 Posted by gretchen

zipcar totally sucks

zipcar, you suck

Zipcar sucks.

Alright. So, back in July I mentioned when my zipcar was stolen. To provide some more background, I was with some kid I used to know on his birthday, essentially in the middle of nowhere, and some drunk bogans took the car for a joyride in the middle of the night. Totalled it. And somehow, miraculously, returned it to where it was parked.

Here in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, that means I get to pay $3500. What’s really baffling, is the reason that my insurance won’t cover it after Zipcar said tough break, is because the car wasn’t locked. The most hilarious part about that, is that Zipcar, in all of it’s genius keyless-ignition technology, assumes that humans will either a) intuitively know that a plastic card locks a car in the absence of a key or b) actually research this topic prior to picking up the “convenient” vehicle. (more…)

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split decision. ricardo perez jr.

November 10, 2013 Posted by gretchen

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 2.21.18 PMMany of us are already aware how tight I stay with Rick.

The opportuity to review his latest publication is a blessing.

Split Decision, by the wildly talented Ricardo Perez Jr. is a collection of faith, intelligence, love and ideas. The book paints the frame of a passionate life with words that make you lean closer toward the page.

Something unique about Rick’s writing is his ability to craft different styles. Throughout the book, tones rise and change like tides of moments and the reader is brought on a true journey of what it means to experience this world as part of the One source that keeps us all together.

The book is divided into five parts: Age Old Timeless, Speaking Conscience, More Than Inspiration, Written Silence, Abstract. Each section creates fresh insight of what life means and soothes with divine reminders. (more…)

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