So the computer is a problem. So I have my laptop in order to keep up with work while I'm in training. I don't have email. Yes that's right. The Engineering vs Comm feud is continuing. Some wars just never end. So I call Steve and tell him I don't have VPN access (thats how we log on to our network in order to check email)--it goes down a lot. So I wait. Still no VPN. I call Steve back to find out what the problem is...because I can't help but notice several gentlemen in front of me are VPN'ed to the network. So basically its not all of VPN; it's just me. Steve tells me he will "get right on that" and hangs up. Next day, I still can't VPN. Eric tries my computer and realizes he can VPN from my computer. SO the problem isn't VPN and it isn't my computer. It's a personal problem.
So I ask Tony (who is head honcho and like the range manager, I'm not sure his actual title). Tony is stuck in training with me and as such has nothing better to be doing. He calls Steve. Steve is rude to him, hangs up on him, and basically informs Tony that he really had no intention to fix my problem. Tony is pissed. I still don't have email.
So the days go on and finally Steve actually stops taking my phone calls. I call one of Steve's underlings who resets my password. As the problem isn't that I have forgotten my password, that does no good. I ask him to check to see if I've been blocked from the system. He says he will get right on that.
Friday Eric leaves training early, drives over an hour from our training location down to Atlantic (our base). He plugs into the network and with the help of one of our comm guys (basically B level as they arent good enough to work with Steve--also the fact they hate Steve) gets my email working. Tony tells me to send an email explaining the situation to some higher ups. I do. This has of course continued the hatred between Engineering and Comm and will continue to have my email randomly blocked for days at a time. The higher up sends an email to...most of Comm and Engineering demanding that Steve "explain this" and forwards my email to him.
Dealing with comm really upsets me. I thought in the real world it would be more mature. While I expected backstabbing, the sheer refusal to do your job so that it will sabatoge someone else's--is very interesting to me. Quite unexpected.
Next, ebay problems. As if being bored, having a broken computer, starting a war, and being embarrassed by having the higher ups quote your email as if turning you into the whiny complainer wasnt enough for a single week--I move on. Of course--thats hardly enough for anyone in a week. Ebay. I am an ebay addict. I shop on there because I live somewhere with no shopping (other than Walmart). You win some you lose some--but I figure you add the price of the items you get that suck together with the items you love. Eric has bought a new stereo for his car that is being shipped currently. I ordered some items for the Renaissance Fair from an individual. For you ebay fans, hypothetically we will say his display name is "allthingsrenaissance" and has a picture of Fabio when you look at his feedback. Anyway at that time he had great f/b. The only complainers were some people who said "its been 8 days--item not arrived". And I'm thinking damn you are impatient. So I order. Item doesn't make it. I write emails to him after 4 weeks. No response. I wait a couple days, write another email, wait a couple days, write another email. 5 weeks pass and I've had no response to any of my emails so I file a paypal complaint. Paypal tries that "help you with sending an email to your seller". A week passes and no response from seller. Then suddenly he leaves me nasty feedback! So I go look at his feedback and it's full of No item-no response to email. It's been 2 months--I've filed paypal claim. Seller ignores all emails. Poor service. No item. and I'm like hmmm....well I'm apparently not his first claim. I leave feedback as well. Allthingsrenaissance (hypothetical of course) finally responds to an email where he calls my claim unfounded and yells that the ITEM HAS BEEN SHIPPED. He doesn't send the shipping tracking number to me but to the paypal claim. Guess what--tracking number says he shipped it AFTER i filed the claim. Apparently thats his MO. Well now I have it and I'm not dropping the claim. If I hadn't filed a claim I would have never gotten my items. The other feedback waited 2 months before filing claim. Anyway I think its wrong that they get to leave f/b after a claim has been filed. Like they are going to say "awesome buyer. Paid immediately". No its gonna be more like "bitchy whiny buyer filed a claim on me"--despite the fact that you had to file a claim on him in order to get the ITEMS!!
So, one of my first couple feedbacks says I'm the WORST BUYER EVER! quite upsetting. I hate conflicts. Even resolved by a 3rd party conflicts. Luckily I bought 3 items and left f/b for one so after a while (when he has about 10 positive f/bs) I'm going to leave another negative for the 2nd item. Then I'll wait a month and leave another one. That way he will have it on the front page of his feedbacks.
NEXT--thing that continues to bother me. AVON. I love avon. Their products are great, makeup is wonderful colors and smells like sweettarts, and jewelry is high quality. Often you order $10 jewelry and it breaks immediately or looks like plastic and you'll never wear it. Not Avon. Some of my favorite pieces are less than $10 from Avon. Anyway--I ordered often in Raleigh and then moved down to podunk hick town. Couldn't find a representative. Finally got one and loved her. Ordered every month or two. She was great, until she moved to Greenville. So I had to find another one. Looked all over the Avon "Find a Representative" pg and contacted about 6-8 of them. Heard back from 2 (which is average in a town where people would rather whine about being poor than actually work for a living. One of them wrote me several emails asking why I was changing reps, how I wanted to order (send her an email or call her to get her to place order), etc--but never dropped off a brochure. Then she stopped responding to emails as well. So I clearly used the one lady who dropped off a brochure. Well that worked a couple times. Then she didnt get me a brochure for about 2 months. I keep writing her--she drops one of that is due the end of that day and that was it. So I've given up on her too. I went back to the AVON site and requested a brochure from EVERY SINGLE REP on there! Well--2 of them swung by my house and dropped off brochures within 24 hrs of me contacting them. Whoo hooo. Perhaps I can place Avon orders again.
And of course b/c that almost sounded positive and I hate to end on a positive--today I am sick. I have yet to make it into super boring training because I keep falling asleep and feel like shit. Oh and my mother in law is in town. We are getting together with her this week.