Some GOOD Holiday Reading!!

A Post about LAST Christmas. Enjoy I wrote it and posted it 1-7-13 
Distressed Passenger - ME
In 109 days I will tell how it all ended!! You don't want to miss it, Trust me. It's GOOD.

So I'm in El Paso the other day on what turned out to be a wild goose chase. So MISS invited me to her family's house. I knocked on the door, she lets me in and literally runs away into another room? Being that I'm not very shy, I find my way to the living room and introduce myself to two kids sitting on the couch. Five or six minutes later someone walks in and asks who am I? I think they thought I actually just walked in their house. I just introduced myself and they walked away.

So long story short she neglected to let her family know that she had invited me to visit them. You would think that would be an important detail. (She wants to be a doctor) So anyway I spend the first night in the Hampton Inn and it was terrible. It was old and air conditioner did not work. And for people that know me even in the winter I need good air conditioning to sleep. So the next morning I checked out and went right over to the Hyatt Place. I walk in and I'm telling this story to the two front desk people and up walks the manager. He says I'm sorry I couldn't help but overhear your story. He offered me the distressed passenger rate. For those of you that are not frequent travelers. That's like the best rate you can get. When an airline cancels a flight or there is bad weather you get the distressed passenger rate. He said that I looked like I was a distressed passenger. Which I have to admit at that point I was. 
If you're ever in El Paso Texas and you need a great place to stay I recommend the Hyatt Place. The manager's name is Roger and he is super nice. - As a side note he also gave me his personal cell phone number and told me if I ever needed anything just to call. Turns out I did find myself needing him and I called and he helped me right through it. Thanks Roger

And it only went downhill from there. I had a funny feeling about her for a long time. I used to always tell her I thought she was dangerous. Looks like I was right.

In a few weeks I'm off to San Francisco to my annual trip to MacWorld. Can't wait. 

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Apple - Wildeco?


A pproach customers with a personalized, warm welcome.

P robe politely to understand the customer’s needs (ask closed and open-ended questions).

P resent a solution for the customer to take home today.

L isten for and resolve any issues or concerns.

E nd with a fond farewell and an invitation to return.


W illing to help.

I nterested in you what's best for you.

L isten to your needs and concerns.

D construct the problem to find a solution.

E nable your sensibilities to listen.

C onsider all possibilities and solutions and search for solutions.

O pen and optimistic.

Apple's secret training manual

Perfectly Disastrous

In four days a year ago I had my first encounter with The Disaster. I still remember it perfectly.  It was perfectly disastrous. She was a complete liar and only interested in what was in it for her. To think she really cared? What a joke. Give me a bag to throw up in.
Anyway on to more positive things. Dear and I are going to Dallas tomorrow and just look at where we are staying. I've been wanting to stay here ever since they built it.

I can't wait to share the entire Disaster story. Which I fully intend to do including e-mails, letters, photos, court documents and more. 153 days and the complete story will be revealed. Trust me it's worth the wait.

How Important Is Intimacy And A Relationship?

Relationships are really hard work if you think about it. Just don’t hurt yourself thinking too much because that can easily be done. I’m sure that I’m guilty of it as well. There are many contributing factors to a successful relationship and one of them is intimacy.

So what exactly is intimacy to you? From my standpoint, it means a very comfortable and trusting space that two are able to share. It can be difficult sharing your time and space with someone especially if you’re not used to having someone around. However, that doesn’t mean that if you were raised in a large family it makes it easier. Learning to be close to someone takes time and over time a bond is created that makes the dynamic of the relationship stronger.

Intimacy is essential if you want a relationship where you can be yourself. Being intimate is more than just physical intimacy. It’s also emotional. Remember to think about this when you’re inspecting your own relationship. - Maria

Preying Mantis Part 2

There are things that CAN go wrong but things
go wrong in relationships in general. I find it really funny that some say to find a significant other who will be able to deal with our crap and genuinely care. Wait a minute, I thought that’s what everyone is looking for?

Another thing I have to point out is that dating is a two way street. If it’s consensual I don’t understand how it would be preying, unless the intentions were ill willed. What happens when the person who genuinely cares about you and puts up with your ups and downs is either really young or much older than you? I most certainly wouldn’t let them go. - Maria