Posts tagged ‘AWESOME’

Executive Carpet Bombs

No, it’s not as violent as it sounds.  Anytime you want to send a complaint letter, like my Delta letter, my Budget letter (which I’ll post eventually), or any of my other letters (apartment buildings, etc.) that have resulted in cash and prizes, the best way to complain is to hit everyone you can.

I found a site called Executive Bomb.  (Incidentally, I saw it on The Consumerist – a site I recommend; just take what you read with a salt shaker. At times it’s a bit over-the-top and sensationalist.)  The site purports to have 800+ entries for company contacts – email addresses/email formats (such as lastnamefirstinitial@company.com), phone numbers, mailing addresses, etc. I haven’t checked on the accuracy of the companies that I’ve looked into, but the idea is good.

Beyond that, here are my recommendations.

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Hot cocoa, and depressing cookies

Today I’m staying at home.  I was thinking of going into the Office, but last night I was convinced to stay at home and work here.  I can print out everything I need to, and do work from home.  I can’t count hours, but I can get work done…which I have quite a bit of.

I decided that if I was going to stay home, I wanted some hot cocoa in the morning.  So I went to Harris Teeter for some mix.

I saw something there that I always notice, and it somewhat depresses me each time.

It's like this EVERY TIME.

It's like this EVERY TIME.

Now you might be saying “Chris, what if you just caught them in between refills, and this is that rare time where they’ve refilled the lowfat cookies but not the sugar ones!”  To that I say “Fine, but I’ve been to Harris Teeter dozens of times…and it’s ALWAYS like this.”  It’s like people don’t even see the lowfat ones!

I’ve tested both. Can’t tell the difference.  They could switch the labels and see absolutely no difference in people’s choices.

Anyway, time to do work.  Just wanted to vent about that.

~Chris

Everland and Incheon Airport

Hi there!

It’s 9:35am on the east coast, but it doesn’t feel like that to me. I don’t know what time it really is, but something called “the sun” seems to be out, and it’s in the eastern sky, so therefore it must be morning. Right? Right.

Anyway, I have a few more pictures, both from Everland from my day of travel.

Took a few more pictures of North Korea.

North Korea's right there!

North Korea's right there!

Closer shot of North Korea.

Closer shot of North Korea.

We made it to Caribbean Bay! (Warning: Overly excited English ahead.) It was a water park, mostly indoors. I realize I said “outdoors” before, but there was an outdoor portion of the lazy river part. I had to retouch this photo since it was really really white.

Outside Caribbean Bay! Woo!

Outside Caribbean Bay! Woo!

INSIDE Caribbean Bay! See the difference?

INSIDE Caribbean Bay! See the difference?

There’s a water slide, a few wade pools, the lazy river, a kiddie diving pool, strictly kiddie pools, and a bunch of saunas/spas. It was a relaxing place filled with hundreds of screaming Korean kids.

On the way out, I found a few gifts and took a picture of the theme park’s entrance.

There was also a theme park next to Caribbean Bay. It was open for a "Snow Festival".

There was also a theme park next to Caribbean Bay. It was open for a "Snow Festival".

We took the bus back to Ilsan, and I found the best Billiard Club in the world. Kind of far to travel, but it’s gotta be worth it.

I found the best billiard club in the world, FYI.

I found the best billiard club in the world, FYI.

Dinner was Kimbab, Udon noodles, and Jook. I only got a picture of the Kimbab.

Kimbab! Seaweed, rice, and meat+veggies.No more kimbab!

Kimbab! Seaweed, rice, and meat+veggies.

That was my last day and night in Korea. The next day was all travel.

Woke up early, and headed to the airport. As I said, my complaint letter to Delta got me a free BusinessElite upgrade. A very nice touch for the 13 hour Incheon-Atlanta leg.

Sonia holding the ticket of AWESOME.

Sonia holding the ticket of AWESOME.

This upgrade was key. A 13-hour flight in Coach isn’t too bad – the food’s decent, I had an exit-row seat, and the amenities were pretty good too. But man….BusinessElite is so excellent. If you don’t know, you really don’t know. Take a gander:

The seatback in Business Class on Delta's 777s.

The seatback in Business Class on Delta's 777s.

I sat in one of those seats. They didn’t quite lie totally flat, but reclined maybe to a 30º angle. The footrest also came up to about 75º. They also included a bottle of water, an amenity kit with all sorts of stuff, and a light that you can see on the left side for reading.

Slippers from BusinessElite on Delta.

Slippers from BusinessElite on Delta.

Oh yeah, slippers too.

Business Class also had better food. Dinner...number 1? Pictured: Beef Japchae, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and a Fresh Seasonal Salad.

Business Class also had better food. Dinner...number 1? Pictured: Beef Japchae, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and a Fresh Seasonal Salad.

The food wasn’t bad either. I missed taking a picture of the first dinner (lunch? breakfast? midnight snack? what time was it?), but it was a “Penne Pasta in Vegetable Bolognese Sauce, tossed with arugula, fresh mozzarella, and mushrooms”.

Dinner #2's main course. I chose the Tuk Galbi - "traditional korean beef in spicy soy sauce with mushrooms, pak choi, and steamed rice".

Dinner #2's main course. I chose the Tuk Galbi - "traditional korean beef in spicy soy sauce with mushrooms, pak choi, and steamed rice".

I tried to talk my way into the Delta lounge in Atlanta with my Business Class ticket, but no dice. I paid for it since I REALLY wanted a shower.

The flight after was lackluster, we’ll say, in comparison. But it landed safely.  That’s all I really care about.

Very quick entry.

TELEGRAM STOP
ARRIVED AT AIRPORT EARLY STOP
WAS UPGRADED TO BUSINESS CLASS WITHOUT ANY REASON STOP
THINKS IT WAS BECAUSE OF MY COMPLAINT LETTER STOP
WILL ALWAYS RESOLVE ANY PROBLEM WITH A STRONGLY-WORDED LETTER IN THE FUTURE STOP
END

No but seriously, we got to the airport and I checked in for my flight. The guy at the desk said “Okay, your seat is 11F”. I say “um, I’m pretty sure it was 44G…can you check again?” He showed me the printed ticket…sure enough, my name, 11F, Business Class, all on the same ticket. Totally epic.

I had a wonderful vacation and I really can’t wait to see 박선영 again. Hopefully that’ll be in April. If I end up going to Egypt for that trip, I’ll be sure to post pictures :-)

Also, there’s at least one more blog post with pictures coming. I’m going to relax a bit more then head to my flight. See you all …well, in the future. It’s already the 8th here, and I arrive on the 8th at like 11pm. I have a layover in Atlanta for 4 hours…maybe I can talk the Delta people into letting me into the lounge there also.

We’ll see how that goes.

~Chris