Nic, Bupkis and Nichevo

About Nothing, by Nothing, with German-flavored cleavage occasionally thrown in for local color.

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

You can email me at NicBupkusNichevo at aol dot com. Aren't you excited?

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

And now a few words on job hunting.

I fucking hate it.

Thank god I can temp or else my unemployment would ahve run out months ago and I'd be living in my car, feeding my cats off the leftovers salvaged from my job at McDonald's. See, I'm a damn good secretary but no one wants to hire me. Oh, they'll interview me to be a receptionist or an entry-level admin assitant, but then in the interview they find out that I'm vastly overqualified, would be bored out of my skull, and refuse to believe my insistence that I'm "willing to help all departments" (gotta make my time in HD useful for something) and never call me back. The jobs I *am* qualified for never even call me for interviews because I don't have a traditional secretary-track resume (my main secretarial experience was in retail environments, and no one seems to read past the word retail).

Fucking A.

So I'm hereby giving up and applying back in retail. I have an interview at 5:00 tomorrow at Von Maur, a local snooty department store, for their Customer Service manager position. I hate retail. I hate it with a passion. But I'm good at it and I know I can do it and I can probably get someone to pay me to do it again. If I can find the *right* retail they'll have tuition reimbursement and I can get a Business Admin degree on their dime.

Heavens, but I hate retail. Time to go home, do my nails, press one of my suits.

::cue the crickets::

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Geez, has it been a month?

I'd worry more about the lack of updates if anyone actually read this thing besides The World's Greatest Ex©. But I have a fresh, shiny new rant, so here goes. Anyone who knows me knows I love smelly burning things - candles, incense, whatevuh. Candles have to be the jar kind, because they have more oils and smell better than votives or tapers. I always liked Yankee Candles in particular because they usually burned evenly and didn't leave you with a whole lotta wasted wax.

Well, I liked them until Saturday, when I got a Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off for Mother's Day coupon in the mail. For once I read the fine print: "Offer valid in all Yankee Candle Company stores or participating retailers (excluding outlet stores and military exchanges)." [emphasis theirs]


Just how fargin' greedy IS this company that some scrawny little 3rd class can't save an extra couple bucks on a candle for his mom at the exchange? Here's the email I just fired off to the company:

This is the email I just sent them:

I just wanted to write and tell you that I will no longer be purchasing your product. In fact, I will be encouraging everyone I know, including via my blog, to stop purchasing your product. I spent thirteen years as a proud Navy wife, and before that I did my own tour in the uniform of the United States Army. And for several of those years I was a happy consumer of a product manufactured by a company apparently so greedy that they would begrudge military shopper the few cents per candle they would save if Yankee Candle allowed them to use the company's coupons in the exchanges.

How low and greedy can you get? Yes, I understand your product is already being sold at a considerable markdown. You know what? So is Keds and Liz Claiborne, Rowenta Irons and Godiva Chocolates. But I have never once seen any of their promotional discounts excluded from the exchanges (in fact, those manufacturers whose coupons are used in the commissaries allow their coupons to be honored six months after expiration overseas). I will be sure to spread the word at the USO where I volunteer, the military spouse electronic communities I belong to, and the stores (not just exchanges) where I shop that carry your product about your execrable corporate greed.

I wish you much failure in your future endeavors.




Their response (that was fast!) -

Thank you for being a valued Yankee Candle guest and for taking the time to write to us with your comments. We appreciate your feedback.

We certainly understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to redeem your coupons at all locations that carry our products, in this case Military Exchanges. However, this was a condition the exchanges knowingly agreed to, because we had already discounted the candles significantly. Our coupon policy does not allow for discounts to be used simultaneously. For instance, you would not be able to use your coupon on the Fragrance of the Month.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused you. If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know.

Sarah D

Yankee Candle Customer Loyalty Team
The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I have to admit...

...I rather miss the ABA. Today's Indy Star has an article on Pacer brawls of yore, including interviews with a couple of ABA legends.

The Pacers were playing the Virginia Squires on Dec. 23, 1970, at what is now the Pepsi Coliseum when a fight broke out with 2:06 left in the second quarter. That was hardly an uncommon experience in those days of the American Basketball Association, but this one went well beyond the norm. The Indianapolis Star's account the next morning described it as a "riot," and estimated its length at five minutes.

"Players hit players, players hit fans, players hit policemen, fans hit players, policemen hit players," the story read.

Who needs hockey? Just bring back the red, white and blue basketball.

We can negotiate the size of the Afros. :D


The state AG is finally talking about the lawsuit by the ICLU regarding the his intention to examine 73 Planned Parenthood records of girls under 14.

"When we have indications that children 12 and 13 years old have had sexual relations, which is a criminal activity in Indiana, then we are obviously concerned about those activities and the proper reporting of child abuse to authorities," Carter answered Wednesday.

He was talking about news that has gone national and resulted in a lawsuit, filed by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Planned Parenthood -- and is only just warming up.

As the column (and it is a column, not an article) goes on to point out, in this state children under the age of 14 are considered victims of sex abuse. If there is evidence that Planned Parenthood has not been turning this information over to the state - and there some (if somewhat questionable) evidence that they are, then the state AG is perfectly within the bounds of law to investigate.