Companies That Screwed Me Over

McCarthy Services
6590 Fleet Drive
Alexandria, VA 22310

BLACKLISTED! Made appointment! Never showed up!

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So, we saw the comedy act of Stella (ex-The State members) last nite, after being big fans of their 10-episode show, as well as their even-funnier Shorts that were released before the show. IT SUCKED A LOT.

Yes, I understand the concept of general admission. But when you’re hosting an event at a frickin’ synagogue, you can’t sell EVERY seat. YOU CAN’T SEE THE STAGE FROM 50+ SEATS. We showed up a bit late (50 minutes after doors opened), but the line still went around two corners. Yet upon getting in, there were no seats where you could see the stage. We managed to find a place where 2 people could sit, and I could manage to see the BACK OF THE HEAD of ONE of the 3 members, only if other people’s heads in front of me didn’t move.

Some other people walked out, and we moved to their seat. If I sat on the back of the pews (ass pain!), I could actually see the top of all 3 peoples’ heads. But my ass could only handle that for 5 minutes out of every 30. Standing got similar results, but we still couldn’t see the sreen behind them. You know, the screen where they show videos that they talk about? The screen used for 10-30% of their act. Never saw it. Not until the last bit, when more people walked out to beat the crowd.

The only time a venue has ever disappointed me more is with Ram’s Head Live and their false advertising for Danzig‘s show as being “Classic Songs By The Misfits“. But at least that was on the marketing side, not the logistics side. The Stella show was a logistically disaster.

I called the venue, but not before I mistakenly spent 30 minutes trying to deal with the assholes at Ticketmaster. I’m also more convinced than ever that the people who actually buy tickets are the *least* of Ticketmaster’s concern. I “liveblogged” my phone experience (see below). I’m also going to report this to the D.C. Fire Marshall. People were sitting on the stairs everywhere because of how overbooked they were. You screw me, I screw you.

Anyway, the people at the synagogue were at least a bit understanding. They would not give me a refund, but Carolyn & I now have two free will-call tickets for the unannounced Feb 2nd Tim And Eric show at the synagogue. I couldn’t be more excited. But I wont believe I was actually put on the list until Feb 2 when I call. And if I wasn’t, it may be too late to buy a ticket. So they will either screw me twice (if they make me miss Tim & Eric), or once. Free tickets for Tim & Eric means that I paid once for one actual show, but still had to drive up there twice and lose two evenings. That still counts as screwed over in my book. Phone log below. Stop reading now. (more…)

The motherfucking pool table is finally moved to the motherfucking basement! Finally!!!  The endeavor took a whopping 63 days (timeline below), though it only took 4 days from calling the right people  (Higgins Billiard Supply).

The job — finally finished. It’s about time. I called Higgins Billiard Supply, and the job was done in 3 days. They knew what they were doing, and they did it. No cancellations or dicking around. Compare this to calling J L’s Pool Table Services (Justin Lawrence), where the table was still not moved 33 days after my intial contact (full timeline below). Thus, this post has the tag “Companies That Screwed Me Over” — for J.L.’s Pool Table Services untimely manner in dealing with me. If you need a pool table moved — Call Higgins Billiard Supply instead! Tell them Clint‘s Blog sent you there :)

Ball return. I retrieved about 6 blue cubes of pool chalk, as well as a 9-volt battery with built-in water meter (WTF).

Refelting (it’s not actually felt, BTW) in progress. They were impressed that I used the correct term of “spray adhesive”, but I use that stuff all the time to decorate (for example, speakers with neat magazine clippings and such). They also had these $200 suction cup handles that seemed like something Catwoman would use. Those, dollies, and blankets were used to move it.

The pool table had to come out of our main room, down the hall, out the front, across the front of the driveway, down the side yard, stepping down from 2-foot retaining wall, across the back of the house, into the kitchen back door, through the narrow hallway that connects the kitchen do our rec room, and across the rec room. Of course, moving it was only about half the time — the other time was spent re-felting. And they gave me a good deal too — so they definitely get a plug on my blog! That’s Higgins Billiard Supply.

Oranjello liked their tools. He had to spend a lot of the time locked in the bathroom. He actually had at least one opportunity to escape, too — but he didn’t take it. Both the pool table guys were from Woodbridge, so we actually ended up discussing which high schools and middle schools we went to — among other topics such as 2 Girls 1 Cup, crazy people at parties, fisting, and kittens (but not fisting kittens). It’s nice when people have real personalities and are wiling to bring the conversation to any topic at any level. It’s nice when people aren’t stuck up.   Full timeline below, after the jump: (more…)

“Legendary” Virginia Heavy Metal Club JAXX For Sale – $1,200,000. The comments say the bidding is already closed, but I don’t care. It’s interesting because I go to so many shows there. I hope it doesn’t change TOO much! Silent alarm sends police to man’s house, police tase him 3 times because he was “laying on his couch and wouldn’t move”. I love how they justify it. “We don’t just go up & tase them.” That kind of sounds like its exactly what they did! And not charging the guy for the pot they found was probably actually because they knew they had already messed up, and it would increase the eventual lawsuit settlement if they fired even more charges. Gerard Kraly,Lukas Lauricia: Keystone Cops. CELEBRITIES: Wonder Year’s – Danica McKellar pictures and bio on Stuff magazine. People probably saw this when it came out, but i just saw it now. so someone else had to have missed it. Winnie Cooper from Wonder Years in lingerie! PERSONAL: Virginia Design Builders sole propriety Dan Lopez – person who built the addition to our house in 3 yrs on a 3 month contract, and for 12% over – fined only $500 for complicating the Espeys lives as well They plaintiffs are busy suing my builder for over $400,000. I so totally saved the PDF.

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Well, goodbye Starland. I will never deal with you again. You suck. You refused to fix my PS2 because it was modded, even though you used to mod them. Hypocrites.

Then, without notice, you close your store down and move my playstation, without calling me, to another location. I was lucky enough to wander into your store at the last minute (you forgot to lock the door, but I saw you lock it behind me when I left), find you in the back, and get the number of your other location.

I did not appreciate having to drive 10X farther from my house, nor did I appreciate trying to find your obscure turn, accidentally running a red light, beeping at everyone (both lanes were kind enough to slam on their brakes despite having the right of way), swerving across a lane with no anti-lock brakes, and making a fool out of myself. All to get a PS2 back that you didn’t even try to fix. Fuck you Starland. First you ditch your anime, then you ditch your repair services, then you ditch your nearest store to me. What good are you? Starland is dead to me.

SO ANWYAY — I DOWNLOADED A PS2 REPAIR GUIDE. 10 screws, a couple q-tips, and some 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and within minutes, Carolyn & I were playing Guitar Hero 3 for the first time in weeks. Yay me! If you want something right — just fucking do it yourself. Rely on no-one else. Community means nothing unless you’re a conformist sheep. All I needd to do was clean my laser! The pussies at Starland couldn’t even clean a laser for money! (I got charged $0.)
I’m damn tempted to tag this “Technology War” — because the corporations are the ones who put the fear of modchips into the Mom-And-Pops such that Mom-And-Pops now refuse to touch modded consoles. Fuck you Sony! Starland could have made money off me, and I could have saved several hours free time. But nooo…. You drive us underground. Guess what? Those of us who care, and who bother, can still do whatever the fuck they want. And I will continue to do whatever the fuck I want. Eat me, Sony.

Tomorrow: Use the Sharkport to backup all my memory cards (while I still can). Order the HDAdvance module so I can start playing games off of a harddrive, thereby preserving the life of my questionable laser. Find old useless IDE harddrive from old computer parts box (60G? 40G? 80G? 120G?), check against HDAdvance compabitility list, and put into PS2. YAYYYYYYY!!

22 minutes to make an appointment. 13 of which they verified that my doctor quit.  I received a letter 5 weeks ago saying this. But they woudln’t believe their own fucking letter!  My last doctor died…

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