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Blogs on the Move: December ’10

Published December 25, 2010 - 4 Comments

At the start of the month, I changed the links under my Interesting Stuff section to include some of the blogs/websites that I take a look at on a regular basis.  I wanted to highlight them because I feel that it’s important to talk about what other people are doing.  Part of blogging is the conversation… and each of these sites are adding to that conversation in their own unique way.

  • 123LinkIt isn’t a big surprise.  I love this company.  If you’re serious about blogging, then you should love them too…  unless you want to sign up for a bunch of different affiliate marketing networks, and sift through thousands of products to decide what to write about.  123Linkit acts as your affiliate account manager and automatically matches keywords from your blog to their ever expanding list of advertisers.  Then if someone clicks one of your links and purchases a product, you get a commission for that sale.  It’s as simple as that.  Plus, Yasmine (founder and CEO) is super-nice…  You can read more on their blog here.
  • The Canadian Disability Resources Database is a site started by my sister to gather as much information in one location as possible for families looking for disability resources.  Jennifer has discovered first-hand how difficult it can be to locate resources, and how different programs can be from province to province.  This database is constantly evolving as more resources are added.  Check it out here, and don’t be afraid to pass it along to someone who could benefit from this information. 
  • Darren Rowley’s blog is a personal blog, with a mixture of family, fun, and Apple topics.  As I’m a brand new Mac user, I find Darren’s posts very helpful in easing my transition from Windows to Mac.  He has reviewed several software programs that I’ve adopted for my own use.  I found Darren on twitter when I sent a message asking for help finding an RSS reader.  Twitter isn’t just a waste of time.  Finding someone like Darren has been extremely helpful. 
  • Fumbling for Perfection is a personal blog maintained by a really great young woman, Cuddles.  I had the pleasure of meeting Cuddles in the spring, so I have a little more insight into her blog than most people would if they just stumbled onto it… but I think that everyone can get something out of it… especially if they’ve had any sort of breakup.  She normally keeps the blog pretty up-to-date, but I haven’t seen any new posts there in a couple of weeks.  I’m hoping that it’s just that time of year, and that she’s been busy with Christmas stuff.  Still, her blog has been around for a couple of years, so there’s plenty of reading there.  And what a great name for a blog!
  • Jazzalicious85is another personal blog that I check out from time to time.  It’s updated less frequently than mine, but that’s ok.  She’s in Australia, so she’s on a different schedule than I am.  Actually, it was the fact that she IS on a different schedule that brought us together.  I was looking on Twitter for someone in Australia to chat with because my nightshifts coincide perfectly with their day time schedule.  Jazzytook the bait, and we’ve been keeping each other amused ever since!  Now if only I could get her to change her Gravatar, and comment on my blog.
  • Whatever’s In My Head is yet another personal blog from a Twitter-friend.  Erinand I started talking after I commented on her tweet about the #DoubleDown sandwich from KFC.  To those people who think that I have a disproportionate number of female twitter friends, Erin is a perfect example of what I call “Guys Don’t Talk!”… I sent essentially the same message to Erin as I did to a male Twitter user who had also mentioned the #DoubleDown.  She replied to my tweet.  He did not.  Then she replied to my reply.  Now we’re tweeps  🙂   Her blog is an introspective look into her life… It’s fairly new, but I hope that she continues with it.

Those are just some of the blogs that I like to check out from time to time.  I can’t keep up with everything, as I’m sure that very few people follow every word of this blog.  But I like to catch up as best as I can when I have a little time.  I certainly appreciate everything these people do, wish all of them the best of luck!

Oh and if there’s a site that you think I, or the other readers, would be interested in… just leave me a comment!  I’d love to know what other people are reading in their spare time!

KFC Canada Pulls the Rug out From Under the Double Down

Published November 17, 2010 - 8 Comments

Geeze, I didn’t even have a chance to post my thoughts on KFC’s new artery clogger (also known as the Double Down sandwich) and they went and pulled it off their menu.  Well, they claim that it was intended as a limited time special from the beginning, with the possibility of adding it permanently depending on sales.  That sounds pretty standard.  The weird thing is that they also say that it’s the most successful product launch in KFC Canada’s history, so I’m really not sure why they would pull it off the menu?  Did too many people keel over in their restaurants after eating one of these 540 calorie monsters?  And don’t forget… that’s just the sandwich.  You’re probably thinking that you want the combo, so tack on the fries and a pop.  Yeah, good times.

Well if you didn’t get a chance to try one of these, you’re going to have to travel south of the border.  They’re still available there (Americans will eat anything), at least for now.

Thankfully (or not) I took the plunge a few weeks ago and ordered one of these (as a combo, duh) and took it to work with me so I could share in the glory.  Or maybe I was thinking that it might be nice to have someone close by to call 911 in the event of an emergency.  I’ve gotta say that I was completely surprised by the Double Down.  I was actually expecting to like it, but then feel guilty because I would rationalize that it just took 3 months off my life expectancy.  That didn’t happen.

I did not like it at all.

And that’s a little odd to me, considering that it’s just two pieces of chicken with bacon, cheese, and some sort of sauce in between.  Everyone knows that this is a breadless sandwich, right?  That’s the gimmick here.  Generally everything is better with bacon, and cheese is usually pretty safe.  But I didn’t like the combination at all.  I ended up separating the two pieces of chicken, and scraping everything else off.  I actually threw the bacon and cheese in the garbage, and just ate the chicken.  In fairness to the Double Down, I thought that the chicken portion was quite good.  They were two nice pieces of white meat, and I actually did enjoy those.  But when put together as a Double Down sandwich?  Umm.. no.  It just didn’t do it for me.

I’m probably not the only one to coin this phrase, but I gave KFC’s Double Down sandwich two thumbs double down.  Witty, I know, eh?

Goodbye Double Down.  I won’t miss you.

R.I.P.

Adventures in Retail Hell: KFC

Published March 7, 2010 - 2 Comments

I had the misfortune of having to go to the mall the other day.  I tend to avoid that place, even at the best of times.  Over the years I’ve seen many of my favourite stores close, and be replaced by clothing outlets targeting a certain demographic that I simply do not belong to.

But this particular night I was on a mission, and apparently that meant having to go to the mall. 

While I was there, I decided that I needed to get something to eat.  I’d been at work all day, and really hadn’t had much throughout the day.  I looked at the options available to me in the food court.  There weren’t many.  I opted for the shortest line.  Three teenage punks crowded around the counter, yapping with their 2 friends on the other side of that counter.  As I suspected, they weren’t actually ordering anything, and stepped aside as I approached.

“We don’t have a cashier right now, but if you tell me what you want, I’ll start your order” one of the young guys said to me.  Umm… ok.. I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I told him what I wanted… chubby chicken burger combo…

Then I stood there with my bank card in my hand, while the young punks started gabbing again.  It didn’t take too long for my food to finish.  I watched one of them package it up and set it on the tray…  But he couldn’t give it to me, because I hadn’t paid for it yet. 

Then other people started to line up behind me.  The couple of guys behind the counter panicked.

“Our cashier isn’t here.  She went for a smoke…”

What?

That was enough for everyone else behind me.  They left.  I stood there and looked at my food… so close, yet so far…  the two guys behind the counter actually left and went back out of view, probably because they couldn’t stand there looking at me, looking at my food. 

That was it.  I’d had enough.  I should have jumped over the counter, grabbed my food, and sat down.  That would have showed them!  Of course, I probably would have just thrown out my back or something trying to get over that counter.  (Yeah, I know that there’s a little swinging door)

So I left.  I’m a pretty patient guy, but there are limits to my patience, and watching my food get cold while some girl is out having a cigarette, and no one else is able to run the cash register…  that’s too much, even for me.

I contemplated calling the next day and asking to speak to someone older than 16, but I couldn’t be bothered at this point.