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Getting Old, I guess...

- Originally Submitted by FEN Entertainment artist Analysis489 on 21 Dec 07 

As most of you should know, I am what most people would call a “night person”. Working “P.M.” shift at a hotel during the week, and promoting for indie, local acts at night and on weekends. Due to the holidays, things have slowed down quite a bit at the hotel, and management is looking for ways to cut down on labor costs. Very rarely would I volunteer for an “A.M.” shift, however [again, due to the holidays], a friend of mine purchased tickets to the Orlando Magic / Utah Jazz NBA game tonight… I’m not a big NBA fan, but I switched things up to change the pace a little this weekend.

I got to work this morning at around 9 A.M., and was almost immediately asked to run an errand. A guest apparently had an antequated laptop with no wi-fi capability, so I was sent to buy a wireless bridge from the local Best Buy. A hotel engineer had gone there before me and an associate sold him a wireless USB adapter. While this was a possible solution, it was not the solution we were looking for.

When I arrived at Best Buy, I immediately headed to the computer department. I ended up speaking to the exact same “expert” that my engineer talked to. I noticed the look on his face when he saw I was returning the USB product he just sold.

“Am I missing something? Because I can’t seem to find where the wireless bridges are…”

The sales rep takes a look at the product, then takes a look back up at me, “That does the same thing… that’s why I sold it to that other guy.”

“Yes, but this requires a software installation, and the bridge we are looking for, does not require that. The guest at the hotel isn’t allowed to install software on her business laptop at this time,” I said back.

“Why not?”

At this point I’m thinking to myself, “What?! Did he REALLY just say that to me? What the f@*# is this guy’s issue?!”

“What do you mean, ‘Why not’? Do you have them or not!”

After a smug chuckle, he looks at me and says, “No… we don’t carry those anymore…” as if I had asked for something like an 8-track player. “Go to Staples.”

“Go to Staples?! That’s a great suggestion, smart-ass. That’s exactly what I plan on doing. Have a nice day.”

Fortunately, I received the full refund in cash, and proceeded to the nearest Staples. As I looked around, I noticed that they didn’t have any wireless bridges on display or in stock. I asked a sales rep about why wireless bridges were so scarce all of a sudden. He tells me that they have them on sale on-line only, and that they hadn’t sold them in-store for “a long time”. I consider myself pretty well-versed when it comes to tech, and even now technology is moving too fast… even for me. And that’s when it hit me. Not only did that make me feel old, but apparently I look old, too.

After all was said and done, I ended up purchasing a network card for this lady’s laptop. Upon arriving at check-out, not only was I not greeted, but the girl at the register was on the f@*#ing phone! Are you kidding me?! Great way to polish off a crappy shopping experience. When technology becomes too much for you to keep up with at the “young” age of 28, and when lack of customer service actually upsets you, one could start sounding like a senior citizen to these fresh-out-of-school, 20 year-olds that talk down to us like we were born in the 1970’s. Oh wait… WE WERE! Looks like I’m just getting old, I guess…


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Reader Comments (32)

I enjoyed reading this post, firstly because it was well written and secondly it is thought provoking on an incident that most all of us have encountered yet possibly we haven’t paid much attention too.

Technology is speeding faster than we can blink! We are racing to where? … No one really knows but I suppose the purpose of it all is for something better, faster and cheaper. I agree shopping at the superstores is a bit intimidating, for me at least. Just last week I was attempting to help a friend buy a laptop @ CompUSA and I ran into a similar problem whereby I thought the sales geek was talking Swahili. Suddenly I realized he was speaking Tec-English and I had to ask him to slooooooooooooow down, REWIND, REPEAT! I had to STOP him in order to process what the sales geek was attempting to translate. It’s amazing how quickly technology outdates itself. Kind of scarry! Can’t wait to read your next blogg, please keep me posted.

December 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMCS

F this blog! Your a good writer but you have to learn to write for the web, people don't read online the scan.

January 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA fan

You rock

January 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter fan 2

Wow! Great Blog! Excellent storytelling well written and inspiring

January 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFan 2

Keep on writing :-)

January 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterl.

it is apparent that you are a loser who likes to chase nameless bands around rather than having a real life where you have to be accountable for your failures. it must be so easy to sweep your constant failure under the rug and chalk it up to 'I am a promoter, that is how my life is"... grow up, jack ass...

January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterno fan of yours

by the way, no one wants to hear about your *** shopping experiences. no one wants to hear about how you are an entertainment management company- FEN is nothing and will never be anything.
-Chad F-

January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterno fan of yours

I don't understand the hostility towards the author in the previous comments. Helping people get recognized for their music is a respectable and honorable act. If you don't like the blog... then don't read it! Who's the jack-ass here? Someone writing about their experiences, or the people that chalk up comments to a blog they don't like. He's winning out.Your bringing traffic to his blog. I'm sure he appreciates it! I thank you on his behalf... losers!

January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSupporter

To "Chad F"... we all know what jealousy sounds like. Sorry your life didn't turn out the way you wanted... FEN has been around for years... and will continue to be! Do your research before you make an ass-clown of yourself online.

January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSupporter

Chad F is a F-ing DOUCHE. Go back to your hole--TROLL.

January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter1takedizzle

I guess you impeded on his World of Warcraft time or something by disparaging Best Buy.

I have had absolutely the same experiences with Best Buy employees everywhere. They're arrogant because they think they know more than you - as if their $10 an hour retail job comes even close to my degree and work experience. Oh well, at least they get discounts on DVDs.

They make me laugh, those pieces of sh*t - Notice how they all look the same with their spiky hair, their puka shell necklaces, and their souped up Honda Accords in the parking lot?

Keep up the good work, buddy. Don't let these losers get you down - because while they'll all be camping out in line the next time a Jerry Bruckheimer film comes out, you'll be f@*king their girlfriends.

January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike G

'1TakeDizzle', 'Supporter' and 'Mike G': Thanks for backing me up! You guys rock!

'Supporter' said: "He's winning out.Your bringing traffic to his blog. I'm sure he appreciates it! I thank you on his behalf... losers!"

I couldn't have said it better myself!

'Mike G' said: "Keep up the good work, buddy. Don't let these losers get you down - because while they'll all be camping out in line the next time a Jerry Bruckheimer film comes out, you'll be f@*king their girlfriends."


January 26, 2008 | Registered Commenter489 Entertainment

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February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

referencing the previous post.. i accidentally typed kupe fiasco, and i meant lupe. i would not want to speak out of turn as everything else in my post is true. wouldnt want that one fact to be incorrect....

February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

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February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

oh, while I have the time, let me say to "supporter"-- jealousy? are you kidding me? -Edited by Webmaster- (i actually dont have any musical talent, but neither does analysis- ******, i mean - but i dont run around acting like i do), -Edited by Webmaster- then yes- i would be jealous. i would much rather have my success, my brand new home, my girl with a beautiful baby on the way, my cushy six figure income and the life i have ALWAYS wanted. but, thank you for your concern that I may be jealous.

February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F


February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

To Chad F.-

I would just like to go on the record as saying this..." You obviously have too much time in this"perfect" life of yours to make fun of and bash analysis. If you are so disgusted by him then why waste your precious time with hateful comments. Besides you should be using that time to prepare for your bastard child to be born....bueno suerte from all the spics!

February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica G

To Jessica G-- Dont you have some ****** phones to answer, being that it's all you are good for? -Edited for racial content by Webmaster-

February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

by the way, Jessica- I know you are not really with that English terms mean being that you are a border jumper, but in order for my child to be a "bastard", he would have to have no father. Well, I am his father- stupid ass... go choke on the food from your precious ******** restaurant...c*nt

February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

Wow... Chad F is some mysterious successful, tough guy who anonymously likes to talk sh*t. Well let me give YOU some advice Chad. If you are so tough, why don't you come out to the Garage tonight 2/1/08 in St. Pete, and let's see if you can backup your shit talking in person. I would love nothing more than to smash your punk ass into the concrete. Don't you EVER threaten any friend of mine w/ your bullshit. You sound like a disgruntled employee... why don't you quit, find a new job, evaluate your life / personality and THEN try and make some new friends... K?


February 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter1takedizzle

Chad F: She's referring to your child being brought into this world out of wed-lock. You yourself referred to your 'girlfriend', not wife, as a spic, which I'm sure she appreciates... classy. Read a book. Know your vocab before you speak. Thanks for rackin' up the comments for us. Keep 'em coming!

February 2, 2008 | Registered Commenter489 Entertainment

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February 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

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February 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

one more thought-- as far as the "traffic" i am bringing to your blog- it is all negatve, stupid-- and if you'll notice, it is all the same people posting.. no "new" traffic has come through because of this... what do you think? You think there are people out there searching FEN Entertainment and coming across your blog? Absolutely not.. Soulfound, the -Edited by Wembaster- from Knowing Stu, Channing Deren, and a few other local, nameless bands knows what FEN is.. it is g@y.. no REAL bands or real names in the industry know who the hell you are... -Edited for off-topic content by Webamster-

February 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad F

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