Apr
02
Posted on 02-04-2011
Filed Under (My Stories) by NightCrawler on 02-04-2011
TWC Sucks

Watch Out What TWC Does

The Crawler’s April Fool’s Day…

 Well where do I start on this Weird Day appropriately named “April Fool’s Day”?  To say the least I am glad this day is almost over, because it has been for me personally “One of Those Days”.  To bring a point home the name “April Fool’s Day” Sucks Rocks and I personally wish it would be striked from calendar as not to come again.  (And it may not if the May 21th Prophecy comes true*)  But I truly feel I have been cursed the whole day starting from last night (March 31) about 6pm CST, until just about 5pm CST (April 1).  A full 23 hours of complete disarray in the life of “The NightCrawler”.

 But as stated at about 6pm last night I was sitting in my chair watching the daily news, as I do almost each and every day, and I noticed my A/C in the house was getting a little “warm”.  You see I have it set at 78 degrees, like they say to during the summertime, but when I checked the thermostat on my wall it read 80 degrees.  Wrong Answer I said.  I went to a room in my house where its window overlooks my outside compressor unit, and what do I see?  The outside compressor is not running.  Well I shut down my unit, went to check the circuit breakers and everything looked OK.  I then called my A/C-Heating Company and they stated they could get someone out in about 2 hours.  Well it is springtime, and the forecast was for it to be around 55 degrees overnight, so I said not tonight, if they could just send someone out tomorrow morning.  The operator said yes and scheduled me between 8-10am, for which the repairman arrived at about 9am and fix the unit.  My arch-enemy the Fire-Ants has struck again!  The guy accomplished my annual A/C inspection and replaced the part, which was eaten up by the stupid Fire-Ants, under my 10 year Lennox owner’s warranty, so it did not cost me anything.  The one and only great part of my 23 hours of disarray, which saved me that $330.00 repair bill!

 Then we needed to go to the grocery store to replenish our refrigerator and storage room goods after one week of hungry appetites.  On our way there in our truck, this stupid delivery van came across the road from a shopping center and appeared to be headed into the neighborhood McDonald’s parking lot, apparently not noticing yours truly driving about 30 mph, in the right hand lane, of the 2 lane road.  It looked to me as if he was going to turn and enter the left hand lane, but he continued to go right towards Mickey D’s.  Well after I slammed on my brakes, along with my car’s horn, we came about 1-2 inches from colliding right there in the right hand lane.  I continued on around him, rolled my window down, gave the driver (a man wearing a stupid looking cap) the appropriate finger salute, along with a couple of choice words (FU and a few others), and continued on to the grocery store and into another chapter of my day.

 Well within the grocery store, I was minding my own business, watching my better half looking at some whole tomatoes in a can, when I must have touched ever so lightly a shelf with those Raman noodles in a cup, and the WHOLE shelf emptied onto the isle.  OK now, picture in your mind, a big 250 pound guy, peacefully standing behind our shopping cart, with about 200 boxes of Raman Noodles all around him on the floor.  And here all my better half could do was look at me with a strange look, and laughing her butt off at me.  And all I could think was, this is just NOT my day.  So a clerk finally came up to the scene and I explained what happened, and he understood, so we just went along with our shopping.  I was so embarrassed I could have crawled into the fridge then and would have felt better.

 Hey it’s not over yet ladies and gentlemen, we are only getting started here with the rest of my fabulous day.  Well the grocery store issue was at about 1pm CST (April1), and now I am home.  We “were”, with a heavy emphasis on WERE, going to go out and eat this afternoon, but after our experience of hours past, we both decided to just stay at home for the rest of the day and NOT tempt fate’s hands any further on this great day (April Fool’s Day).   

 Well the NEXT Chapter came when me and my better half were both just sitting back and talking in our living room.  She stated to me that there was one of our favorite channels on our TV that she could not get late last night.  (BTW Time-Warner Cable is my TV, Cable, and Phone provider so that should explain everything here without any further explanation.)  So I went to that channel and a big blue screen was looking me right in the face stating that the “Variety Service requires a $6.99 monthly fee, please select “Buy” to purchase”.  Well as I have already been aroused this day basically due to events just previously, I grabbed my channel guide, along with my TWC Bill for this month, from my cabinet and dialed my local TWC support.  I went through all of the bullcrap you have to do with those voice activated systems, for which I totally Hate but that is another story in its own, and finally got a cable TV tech, for which I “calmly” explained my problem.  I basically stated I have been paying each month for this “Variety Service” for the past four plus years and that I wanted my channels back as nice as I could.  Well she went through my account and stated that Mr. Crawler (not my real name of course) yes I see where that is under your account and she would see if she could help me with getting it back.  Well after 2 cable box reboots, which takes about 5-8 minutes each, the channels still would not re-appear.  Well she set me up with an appointment THIS EVENING for a tech to come out to my house and troubleshoot my problem with the missing channels.  I said OK, that would be fine with me.   I asked the operator what could have happened overnight that could have accomplished this or affected my service.  She could not answer that question so I just said Thank You and ended the conversation.

 This leads me into my second technology problem of the day, which again is with the same Time-Warner Cable as before.  (Sounds like a running Joke now huh!)  Well after sitting back again to get comfortable for the day, I thought to myself, if there is something NOW wrong with my Cable TV service, I just wonder if something is different now with my Roadrunner Internet Service, for which is my personal lifeline in this World Wide Web.  Well it did not take much to find out my internet speed had gone down significantly just overnight.  You see I have TWC’s Roadrunner Turbo for which I should, and have been getting for the past 4 plus YEARS, and been paying for with my hard earned money.  Well first off before I get into this, TWC’s Roadrunner Tech Support $UCK$!  (I had to say that first)  Well when I called tech Support I got connected with a man from India by his accent, and he did not know crap.  I explained to this asshat I have been paying for Roadrunner Turbo since it first came out 4-5 years ago, and have been getting 2 Mbs on the upload during that timeframe up until last night, and just overnight I got dropped down to 1 Mbs on the upload.  All he could say numerous times was “Mr. Crawler (again not my real name) you are getting the speed that you are paying for in the San Antonio area, about 1.04 Mbs on the upload.”  I basically then told him that “he was full of crap (different word used there) and that he needed to read his speech manual more closely”.  I again advised him “nicely” that he was incorrect and that I wanted my 2 Mbs on the upload back before the end of the hour.  He again started his spill and I just stated “You are just an “ArseWhole” (again the other word), you don’t know what you are talking about, and I was going to contact ATT about a change in my internet service, and have a Nice Day, as I have” and hung up.  

 Well after walking around my house for a minute or two after that experience, for which my blood pressure must have been hitting its HIGH mark for the day now, I thought if I am paying for a service now and not getting it, that I need to cancel my turbo subscription and take back my extra $10 that I pay for that service.  I then telephoned the billing section of my local TWC office.  After explaining quietly and nicely as I could about what just transpired over the phone with her Roadrunner Tech Support, the lady TWC representative I spoke to there, asked me if she could fix the problem right there if I could be happy again.  I said yes of course I just want what I pay for back.  Well after about 5 minutes, and one cable modem re-boot, my speed was back to normal (2Mbs on the Upload).   I said a gracious Thank You and that I appreciated her assistance.  And that time I wished her a Great Day, for which I actually meant it.

I spoke with my better half, and told her my internet problem had finally been corrected, and she asked if our channels were back.  I said I did not know, but that I would check.  And low and behold our missing in action channels were back as well.  All I could do was to shake my head and proclaim to the world that Time-Warner Sucks Rocks, but they have good internet connection and/or service when they actually give it to you.  I then called up that dastardly mechanical voice operator and cancelled the appointment that I had for tonight.  Thinking back I should have let them come out and check my connection out anyway, but I thought if I saw another Time-Warner Representative I might just punch him or her.  LOL So not wanting to go to Jail tonight on April Fool’s Day, I thought it was better to just cancel it.  LOL

 Well it was about 4pm CST now, and I was just getting comfortable AGAIN in my chair, when a knock on the door came.  (The one and only “actual” April Fool’s Day Joke was then played on me)  My neighbor’s granddaughter said that “Tom you know you have a flat tire on the back of your truck?”.  Well at that time my heart sunk down as low as it could have with those words.  I thought that this would be a fitting end to this monstrous day of mine.  But my neighbor was standing just out of sight and when I turned the corner he said “Happy April Fool’s Day, Tom!”  All I could do then was to laugh out loud and then began to bend his and his granddaughter’s, ear for the next 30 minutes explaining what my day was like. 

 So that was MY April Fool’s Day, how was yours?

Mar
21
Posted on 21-03-2011
Filed Under (My Stories, NC Blog) by NightCrawler on 21-03-2011

Does everyone know the “Awesome News,” that Judgment Day is coming on May 21, 2011? On that day, people who will be saved will be raptured up to heaven. The rest will endure exactly 153 days of death and horror before the world ends on October 21.

Read the CNN Article on the Link Below:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/06/judgment.day.caravan/index.html?hpt=C1

For the Complete Diagram and Document See the Link Below:

http://www.familyradio.com/graphical/literature/judgment/judgment.html

Well I want to say at first I was skeptical on this group’s views, since there has been so many of these in the past, HOWEVER with the most current events happening in the world I am almost “on the bandwagon”. Take the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, the unrest in Libya, and the other 2 Wars that we have going on, it is hard NOT to.

OK these are MY own personal views and nobody else’s, but I think the world leaders have somewhat gone crazy over the past several months, if not several years. For example, we had, with an emphasis on “had”, a President that wanted to rid the “world”, or was it Iraq, of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and that turned out to be completely false. Our great politicians and we all know who they were, back in 2002-2003 raised the issue of them to Congress and the United Nations, and where did that “so-called” intelligence come from? One frigging man who just wanted money for his web of lies. If you watched, as I did, the 60 Minutes interview they did with the man, you would see what I mean by that statement. And the US so-called “Intelligence Community” believed him? What a farce. What happened to the once required 2, yes at least TWO, sources to verify an important issue as that? And our President and Secretary of State bought that Line of Crap, hook, line, and sinker. What gullible souls they were.

But then now here we are with another president that said he was going to get us out of the 2 wars that the previous president got us into, and now he is involving the good name of the USA, along with other countries BTW, in attacking another country named Libya. And what does Iraq and Libya primarily have in common? You named it Irene, OIL! Will the madness, and I am not talking college basketball here, ever END.

And what does this have to do with the subject at hand? Well it is something named “World Tension”. Here we are actively involved in attacking “another” Islamic Country, and what did the scriptures say about that somewhere? I am not that well versed in those things, but if I remember correctly, and I am probably wrong here, so if I am I know I will be set straight soon, but I remember hearing that the next “World War” would be against the forces of the East against the forces from the West. Well WE are the West, and that region of the world is commonly referred to as the Middle East, or the East. And since the North Koreans don’t think that well of us, I know what side they will be on, with their close to 5 million man army. Well in my math, the US military only has what, 250,000 men & women in uniform, and if my math is correct 4-5 million would overwhelm 250K in not that much time. So IF the world does not end on May 21st as the prophecies state, our children will be actively schooled into speaking either Arabic or Chinese I think by the end of the year.

What do you think?

Mar
21
Posted on 21-03-2011
Filed Under (My Stories, NC Blog) by NightCrawler on 21-03-2011

On March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam. There were no ticker-tape parades honoring the veterans, no triumphant marches or speeches as there at been at the end of each of the World Wars. America’s Vietnam veterans returned home to silence, or worse, in some cases to denigration for having served their country during a controversial war.

March 30, 2011, has been officially designated “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”

The U.S. Senate resolution designating the day as one to provide overdue honor to the members of the armed services was introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R–North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. This is the second consecutive year he has introduced such a resolution.

The text of the announcement of the resolution’s passage appears below.

Washington D.C – The U.S. Senate yesterday declared March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” agreeing unanimously to a resolution introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

On March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. This March 30th, the Senate has encouraged Americans across the country to recognize Vietnam veterans for their sacrifice and demonstrate a warm welcome to these soldiers who returned from war to a politically divided country.

“I’m pleased that the Senate has agreed to set aside a day to give our Vietnam veterans a warm, long-overdue welcome home. I strongly encourage communities throughout North Carolina and across the country to observe this day with activities and events that honor these veterans for their service. It’s time they receive the recognition they have earned and deserve.  This day also provides our nation with an important teaching moment. Never again should our men and women serving in the armed forces receive the same treatment as those returning from Vietnam,” said Senator Richard Burr.

Senator Burr introduced the resolution for the second consecutive year on February 16, 2011. Click here to read Senator Burr’s remarks on the introduction of the resolution.

The United States became involved in Vietnam because policy-makers believed that if South Vietnam fell to a communist government, communism would spread throughout the rest of Southeast Asia.  The US Armed Forces began serving in an advisory role to the South Vietnamese in 1961, and in 1965, ground combat troops were sent into Vietnam.  On March 30, 1973, after many years of combat, all US troops withdrew. More than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives and more than 300,000 were wounded in Vietnam.

Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Thad Cochran (R-MS), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) co-sponsored the legislation. The resolution now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

So on March 30, make a special effort to say, “Welcome Home.”

Dec
13
Posted on 13-12-2007
Filed Under (My Stories) by NightCrawler on 13-12-2007

OK, this is not my story, but a story I just read on the CNN News website.  And since I myself am a former United States Air Force Dog Handler, this story touched my heart in many ways.    I personally charish the times that I spent as a dog handler while stationed at several USAF installations, including 2 in Europe.  The bond between handler and dog are very strong, and in many instances, you are both best friends while performing your assigned duties.   But one of these days I will share those stories as well with the readers.  But first off, here is a very touching story, and the family that knew what their son would have wanted.

Bomb-sniffing dog allowed to live with slain Marine’s family

Lex’s handler Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee was killed by mortar

Wounded dog had to be pulled away from Lee

Lex is first dog to be granted early retirement

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SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee and his German shepherd, Lex, scoured Iraq for roadside bombs together, slept next to each other and even posed in Santa hats for a holiday photo.  Lex, the bomb-sniffing dog, is going to live with the family of Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee, who was killed in Iraq.  Lee, 20, spent the final months of his life with Lex at his side. He was killed March 21 on a daily mission when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded nearby. The dog was also wounded but crawled over to his handler, nudged his face, then lay at his side as a corpsman treated his wounds, Marines in Lee’s unit told his family.  That strong bond compelled the slain Marine’s family to adopt 8-year-old Lex even though the military said he still had two years of service.

The family lobbied the military for months, launched an Internet petition and enlisted the aid of a North Carolina congressman who took their case straight to the Marine Corps’ top general.  On Wednesday, the Marine Corps finally announced Lex could go home to Lee’s family. It is the first time the military has granted a dog early retirement to be adopted by someone other than a former handler.

“We knew that’s what Dustin would have wanted out of this,” said Jerome Lee, the slain Marine’s father. “He knew that we would take care of Lex and love him, just like our own.”  Lee’s family from Quitman, Mississippi, is scheduled to pick up Lex from the Albany base December 21, exactly nine months after the fatal attack.  Though some shrapnel remains lodged in his back, Lex has otherwise recovered from his wounds and has been serving alongside military policemen at the Albany base since July.  “It is extraordinary,” said Col. Christian Haliday, commander of the Marine Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia, where the dog is based. “As far as we know, it’s the first time that a waiver of policy of this nature has been granted.”  Officials at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, which trains dogs for all service branches, confirmed it is the first case of its kind.

Lee joined the Marines after graduating from high school in 2004. His father said his drive to become a dog handler came from Lee’s mother, who worked with search-and-rescue dogs for their local emergency management agency when Lee was a boy.  After finishing his military police and dog handler training, the young Marine headed to Albany. Lee adopted his first canine partner, Doenja, from the military and sent him home to Mississippi last year when the 11-year-old dog began losing his sight and had to retire.  Lee formed an equally strong bond with his new partner, Lex.  The military has more than 1,700 dogs that work alongside American troops, including about 260 in the Marines. Their bomb-sniffing skills have been in high demand in Iraq and Afghanistan.  U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, said he discussed the Lees’ case with Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant.  “The way I look at this, dogs are being trained every day to be a part of the armed forces,” Jones said. “This family gave their son for their country. This is a small gift back to them.”

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