I went out tonight to an Irish Pub in Yonkers called ‘Rory Dolan’s’. I went with Lara to meet up with people that went to Cardinal Spellman High School. As we were sitting there reminiscing about the gold old times, several emails started popping up on my Blackberry. It was from a friend of mine who has been fortunate enough to attend the last couple of Superbowls. He just sent these photos in to me, they are of Bruce Springstein practicing for the half time show. Some people just have all the luck or in other words just really suck (depends on how you look at it). LOL
I just love the feeling of being taken advantage of. The store in question is ‘Grande Harvest Wines’ situated within Grand Central Terminal in New York City. I was in a rush to get home and stopped into the liquor store in question to pick up a couple of items and save some time driving around when I got home. I picked up a bottle of ‘Balvenie Double Wood Scotch’ and a bottle of ‘Bushmills 16yr Single Malt Irish Whiskey’. When I was rung up I thought the price was really off and inquired about the pricing on the individual bottles. The bottle of Balvenie was $66.95 which I thought was really off since I buy this regularly elsewhere. I chalked it up to my mind playing tricks with me and I figured it was only a couple of dollars off. The price kept nagging at me all the way home, so I stopped at a local liquor store anyway. To my amazement the Balvenie bottle was priced at $49.95, thats a 30% markup. I then looked up the pricing online and found stores in close proximity to ‘Grande Harvest Wines’ with the same lower pricing and the bottle of ‘Bushmills’ going for 68.94. So it looks like they charge a 30% markup across the board compared to other local retailers. I could have walked 2 blocks from Grand Central and saved nearly $40.00. Is that worth the convenience, hell no. I guess they are relying on people in a rush or not know their pricing, so they can get over on them. This was enough to warrant a call to the manager to ask for explanation. When I informed the individual who answered about the huge discrepancy in pricing to his nearby competition. I was basically told that’s our price and we won’t do anything about it. I then politely told him it would be the last time I would ever shop there. The next time you happen to be in Grand Central and need to purchase a bottle of liquor, wine or champagne, I would avoid ‘Grande Harvest Wines’ unless you like giving money away. If that is the case just give it to me. 🙂
It’s been a while since I posted here and it is long overdue. I usually travel to California for the holidays to visit with family and unwind from a year’s worth of stress. To do this I have to make sure I have everything in place to handle an emergency should something go very wrong with a client’s network. This chews up a lot of my time starting about a month before I leave, thus the long hiatus.
So, how was my year? In a nutshell, hectic, painful and lighter. I work very long hours both on site and remotely from my home-office. I am fortunate enough to have all of my clients configured so that I can basically do about anything I need to do on servers and workstations remotely as if I were physically there. It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time, working remotely like that makes it difficult to shift from work time to my time or family time. But it helps when your 3,000 miles away and the proverbial crap hits the fan, as it did this last vacation. It interfered with my vacation but at least my family understood this is my business and I need to make sure my clients are happy. Luckily my clients understood the sacrifices I made over the holidays to service their problems and appreciate what I do for them even more.
Painful? Those of you who know me, know I live with constant back pain. I was seeing a pain management person to deal with the pain which involved pain killers and shots to my spine. I am now in the care of a Neurosurgeon that has me still taking pain killers but also seeing a physical therapist. The physical therapy should help but I didn’t get a chance to go much since it was right smack in the middle of my preparations for the holidays.
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I am in a love hate relationship with Socom right now. I love the gameplay but I absolutely hate all the server problems they are having. Everyone’s consoles are locking up intermittently, people are being dropped out of rooms. My biggest gripe would have to be how hard it is to hook up with your friends online playing Socom. The online portion of the Playstation 3 has always been the biggest thing lacking. You get what you pay for, nothing I guess since it’s free.
I wish they would just cave in already and put together an online experience comparable to Xbox 360 and charge for it if they have to. Then they would have a very well rounded gaming system, until then they will always be plaing second fiddle to the 360.
That’s just my opinion I could be wrong, not!
I started playing Socom: U.S. Navy Seals Confrontation a couple of days ago. I have to tell you this is the first title I have really enjoyed playing on the PS3. I was pretty bent out of shape with my PlayStation 3 just sitting there collecting dust ever since I purchased it at launch. I would play a game here and there but never really enjoyed the games, game play or the funky controller. I even prefer this over Call of Duty 4 my all time favorite title on the Xbox 360.
Well the fall is here and I decided to make several changes to this site and my office. Firstly, I am positioning myself away from using my pc-doc.com domain. I really don’t do much on PCs any more other than for work. The majority of everything I do, I do on Macs and Macs only. the PC-Doc name just doesn’t fit me any more. So I will be moving my site and emails to my TechUnplugged.com domain. While I am making this major move, I will be redesigning the site as well. Secondly, I just finished redesigning my computer room. I needed a change badly, so I redesigned my computer room with lighter colors and less clutter. As you can see in the photo the redesign opens the room up a lot. I also got hooked on Japaneses anime figures, as you can see them plastered all over the wall and my desk.
You can view a Flickr sideshow of the redesign: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pc-doc/sets/72157607814525967/show/
I am at Jones Beach enjoying a great concert. It features some of the groups I listened to while is was in college during the 80s on Long Island. The following are tonights acts (in order of appearence):
Flock Of Seaguls
These are groups I listened to 25 years ago, boy am I getting old. Did I say this concert rocks!!!!!!?
BTW this post was posted with my iPhone using the wordpress app. So forgive the lackluster photo.
While I in the middle of designing my new Mac related website, the need came up to create a video tutorial. I created a video tutorial that teaches you how to configure Internet Sharing on a MacBook or MacBook Pro. Since it is mac related it will be the first video tutorial to go up when the site is done.
BTW.. macbeacon.com won!
I am in the beginning stages of designing a new website. The site will be Mac related. It will be focusing on news, reviews and video tutorials for beginners. It will also provide more advance tutorial as time passes and the end user’s skill increase. I will update everyone once I am further along and supply the new domain name associated with it.
With all the changes I have made going from PCs to Macs I decided that I would take new pictures of my work area. This is where I spend a lot of my time working and blowing off steam afterwards. Everything I need to get me through the day is assembled here (Computers, Gaming Systems, AV Equipment, Snacks & Refreshments).
By the way everyone have a “Happy Fourth Of July”.
Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pc-doc/sets/72157605980260671/show/