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Let there be light, and there was heat.

Well, in true Albuquerque & New Mexico fashion, our high temp is suppose to be 91 today, 95 on Friday, and 97 on Saturday. Right now at 12:45pm, its 80degs. So, again our spring has now officially lasted one month, and we are moving into summer. I'm just glad that I have AC in my office, and even better AC in the server room, cus I'm sure at my old office they are sweating cus they have really old and really sucky swamp coolers.

Also today, I got around to checking out the lights in my office, and found that all 3 fixtures had two tubes burned out, so I went down to one of our many tool & supply rooms, and got 2, and put them in the fixture right over my desk, so I now have a good amount of light in my office. Don't get me wrong, I still had good amount of light before, but this makes it brighter, so I feel more willing to get things done.

Also, I'm not sure what it is about the Albuquerque Publishing Company (APC), but I think they have some of the most incompetent people in town working in there office. For you people who live out of state, the Albuquerque Publishing Company (APC) is the company that makes our news paper (The Albuquerque Journal), which I have delivered to my house daily. Well, I prepay for 3 to 6 months normal, and my carrier is suppose to let me know when I have to make my next payment, but I never find out until it's past due. It's not like I get a bill and just blow it off, no. I don’t get crap, and then get phone calls or mail form the APC telling me that I need to pay. So, now I came home yesterday from work, and there was a message sitting on my machine, from who else, but APC. I now have a new carrier and, they want me to send the payment to her for May. Well, this is the first time I have heard that I have a new carrier, and they now want me to send payment to someone for whom I have no address, no phone number, and no sort of contact info at all. Then the dumbass from the APC, does not even leave his name, just a phone number.

So, I call the phone number, and some woman answers it, I tell her what is going on, so she puts me on hold, then like 5 min later comes back, and tells me I need to call another number. I know both numbers are down at APC, so why the fuck can they just not transfer my call to that number. So, my last carrier had crap for communication skills, and its starting to appear that my new carrier has just about the same, if not less.

The only way the APC keeps its customers is it’s the only game in town. It not only does the Albuquerque Journal, but it also does the afternoon paper also (ABQ Tribune). So, DAMN these STUPID PEOPLE!


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May. 19th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
The publishing company in Atlanta was just as bad. When I was in school, I subscribed to the Wall Street Journal. The way it works is that the WSJ sends the paper in electronic form to Atlanta, and then a printer that they contract prints the papers and delivers them locally, so that people everywhere in the country can get the paper in the morning, rather than having to try and get back issues.

Anyhow, I subscribed online, and to a dormitory, so I did expect it to take a little bit of time for them to figure out how to start getting the paper to me, and it was free for the first 6 weeks or so, and then it was pretty cheap after. After a few weeks passed, someone from the WSJ called to check up on me and ask how I was enjoying the paper. The conversation went something liket his:

"Hi there. I'm generic robot #4354 from the Wall Street Journal. I just wanted to call and see how you are enjoying your free trial of the Wall Street Journal."

"I'm not."


"I've yet to receive an issue."

"Oh no! I'll get right on that. I'm terribly sorry."

A few weeks later, I got another call.

"So sir, are you enjoying the paper yet?"

"No. I still haven't gotten it."


Finally a few more weeks later:

"Sir, now that your trial has come to an end, would you like to join for the ridiculously low rate of (some price here)?"

"I certainly would, but.."

"But what?"

"While that is a lovely rate, I've still yet to receive a single copy of your paper. Please cancel everything for me and don't bother calling back."

I was probably far too nice to them, and later they informed me that they were having issues with the local company contracted to deliver the papers, but I just decided I'd rather overpay at the newstand on the days I had time to read the paper, than pay and never get the paper at all.

May. 19th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
That is the reason why I did not elect to get the paper when I lived on campus, cus I figured they would have a hard time finding my dorm, and even if they found it, it would probley get stolen by someone (guys next door, girls up stairs, UNM-PD, physical plant people, housekeeping people, random dorks).

But, I did decdied to go for it when I moved into my apartment. Whats funny is that I was going to hold off for a little bit till I knew what my bills were like, but since I had a new phone number, I got every telemarketing call known to man. One of them was the APC, so I decdied to start by only getting Sundays. It started fast, and I got it every sunday, but some times the papers looked like my dog back home had gotten to them first. LOL. I finaly figured out that when she was throwing the paper to my door, is was sliding on the concrete causing it to mess the paper up.
May. 19th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Heat. I'd be melting.

As for the newspaper...I wouldn't trust them. It could be a fraud. Probably not, but if they're flaky enough not to leave any real contact information, then I wouldn't trust them, unless you're down at their building, yourself.

They sound a lot like the Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage Daily Worker, really...). They're the only newspaper in town (well, real, daily paper, anyways), after they killed off the original, conservative daily paper.
May. 19th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Well, normally I would but they have the use of all numbers in the 505-823-**** prefix, and with both number I have been given at 505-823-3***, I really think it’s them.

Plus, if it was someone trying to SCAM ME, they would be moving to fast to actually act like an employee of APC.
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