Tuesday, March 30, 2021

I Use a Microfiber Bath Towel and I Like it

Save money! When money is tight, doing laundry is very expensive. I found something that saves money every laundry day. It is a towel that doesn't get stinky because it dries out quickly. You may wash it in your bathroom sink, wring it out and hang it up to dry. That is one heavy cotton bath towel you no longer have to pay extra to dry at the laundromat or your electric bill!

Nothing earth shattering in itself, but online I found a microfiber bath towel with silver threads in it that make it anti bacterial and anti microbial. Please check this fact for yourself as that is what was written on the package. My towel seems to be what it says.

My total cost was about $15.00 which is steep for a bath towel. I think in about three to four laundry loads, your should break even as you won't be drying big, heavy cotton towels. You can launder it if you wish, but it can not be placed with a normal load and dried with a normal load. Hence the bathroom sink is the best place I have found to wash it.

Using a microfiber towel is different to say the least. It took about three weeks of after shower use before I got used to using mine. I still use a cotton towel to dry my hair, but it is not a bath towel size and my hair is all I use it for.

If you try to use a microfiber towel as a regular towel, you will become quickly frustrated. With a microfiber bath towel, instead of the usual toweling off as you do with a cotton towel, you use a different approach.  Hence the three weeks 'training' for me to get used to it.

Using a microfiber bath towel, you lay the towel on your wet skin. The towel will cling to your wet skin. Wipe your hand slowly across the top of the towel. Unless you are drying a part of your body with bumps and dips, one or two wipes across the top of the towel is all you need to get dry. When your skin is dry, the towel will slide around or fall off. For your back, what I do is pull it over my back like a cape, bend forward, and slowly pull it off my back. I do this twice.

The first couple of weeks this new way of drying off after a shower felt really awkward and I had to pay attention to what I was doing. Now drying off with a microfiber towel is automatic, and I no longer think about it. I find this is quicker than a cotton bath towel as microfiber is really fast and efficient.

I purchased my microfiber towel in a bath size. The company recommended a larger size is not needed and I agree. It would be a waste of money, and maybe no more efficient. I am sure the company would be happy to sell more of their largest towel size, but they are honest in what we really need.

For a savings comparison, the average person likely uses one or two bath towels a week. Washing isn't so bad, but drying time is costly. My microfiber towel with silver threads in it sees the bathroom sink once a week. A (very) little laundry soap, warm water and a rinse or two, and the towel is clean and ready to be used in only a few hours. 

Quite a savings even if you do not need to watch every penny. I have used my new towel for almost three months now, and never want to go back to using heavy cotton towels that get mildew if not carefully dried after each use.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Business Fails Customer Satisfaction at Checkout

 Customer By (03/23/2021 06:40 PM)

I buy groceries at Xxxxxxx. Since it opened it has been the most convenient. Looking at most of the vehicles in the parking lot, and the neighborhoods it is convenient for others too. I shop at Xxxxxxx twice a week, and generally spend between $100 - $150 a week.

I am afraid my Xxxxxxx Grocery shopping is coming to an end. For the third time, I spent over 15 minutes in line waiting to be checked out by a cashier.

Xxxxxxx claims they want to keep people working, but that is not true. There are four cashier registers and only one has been open with the long wait time. I use a cashier because I want my neighbors to keep working.

There are three other grocery stores within two miles of me, and there are delivered groceries from other businesses. I am about to start looking around as I find your customer approach unacceptable.

I may only contribute forty to sixty dollars a week to your income, but over the last decade that has added up. If things do not change soon, that income stream will dry up.

Xxxxxxx wants bigger profits by eliminating jobs. Pretty sad, you talk the talk but do not walk the walk Xxxxxxx.

Hello Michael,

Good afternoon, we hope you are doing well today.

We want to thank you  for providing your feedback about self-checkouts.

While our company tries to find ways to better our customers' needs and to provide great customer service and friendly environment in our stores, we fully understand that not everyone enjoys the self-checkouts. Which when you provide us your feedback this is helpful on real time feedback of a service. We will let our Managers team here know of your feedback of this feature in store#XXXX, in Albuquerque,NM.

The correct Managers team will then review this to see what they would like to do for this store going forward.

We want to thank you for contacting Xxxxxxx where we are always happy to help.

We value our customers feedback and concerns, so we can deliver great customer service in our stores and for our communities.

Best regards,

Xxxxxxx customer care

Wouldn't it be great to feel your comment was read and understood, instead of read and replied to with an unoffensive candied response?

My above comment and the reply are perfect examples. Real People are being replaced by self checkout. Some of my neighbors are out of work now. Self Checkout has it's purpose, but eliminating jobs and frustrating Customers should not be one of them.

Essentially stores with self checkout turn Customers into unpaid employees. Or put another way, Stores get away with charging more for the same product because costs are lowered by self checkout.

With so many source streams available to meet Customer needs and wants, claiming your Store managers are idiots who do not notice they let most of the Cashier Staff go, and there is an unusually long line in the one lane with a Cashier is not an acceptable response. This comment was made about someone who went to college, earned a degree and paid their dues to become a store manager. Yet their Corporate Bosses ponders whether they are incompetent? I really doubt a local store manager is making this decision. This is a corporate decision turned into policy.

I understand the company does not want to put anything in writing to make them responsible or liable. However making your local Store Managers appear to be brain dead is also unacceptable. If I wanted a neutral candied response to my issue, I could have wrote it myself and saved time and energy.

Perhaps the efficient pool of candied response makers in this company should be converted to store floor workers, then they could provide corporate management with a clear picture of Customer issues?

Business does not want to be regulated, and Business certainly does not want Unions. It appears in the short term, this business at least does not want customers who do not line up to self checkout.

If this were just me, I would not mention it as a problem. I have however seen shopping carts of abandoned food that a Customer left because they too are tired of waiting for a real cashier. I also heard their comments and by the third time, I have joined their disgruntled ranks.

Now, corporate bean counters can count the beans, and adjust the prices to absorb losses such as mine and other disgruntled customers. Eventually, bean counting and price adjustments will catch up to businesses such as this, and they will either need to change rapidly or go under.

As I mentioned there are three other grocery stores close by, and there is online delivery. I do not need to do business with any certain grocery store that fails to take my needs into consideration.

In wrapping up, this and other Businesses should know by now, a happy customer tells a few people. An unhappy customer tells the world. Which customer should they prefer?

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Reality Revealed is a Table For One

As much as we crave stability in our lives, the reality we base our world on is not stable. Reality is a table for one. Your reality is different than the reality of anyone you know. That thought is hard to grasp, but it is true.

I was a child, riding in the car and my Mother was driving. I was about eleven or twelve maybe and the strangest thought struck me. I told my Mother, who was used to hearing strange ideas and statements from me, "We each live in our own reality. We share some of our reality with each other, but no two realities are ever identical." Of course my Mother was caught off guard and probably never thought much about reality in her lifetime. Most of us are right there with her.

A few quick examples of our differences in realities are our very individualistic beliefs in: God, Ghosts, UFO's, Bigfoot, and other thoughts and ideas we take for granted. As we identify with a particular thought, group, or religion, we only see our slice of a shared reality.

Ghosts are a great example. Many people believe Ghosts are real. Ghosts become opaque from there on (pun intended). Are Ghosts dead people, are they evil, hostile, intending harm, or helpful and comforting? Are Ghosts solid, ethereal, made of light or something else? Can Ghosts help or harm us? Different thoughts on any subject is what splits our reality away from the reality of others.

We take our version of reality very seriously. We were born and raised in our reality. Our reality was taught to us by our parents, and later by other adults and friends. As we go through life, most of us search out people who share much of the same reality we do. We are most comfortable with people like us.

Reality for the most part resides in our ego. Ego is our view the world. Ego is a finely tuned lens that almost instantly discerns those like us from those not like us. Ego further classifies others on how different they are from us.

We also keep much of our own reality a secret. What if we hear strange noises or voices and no one else does? See apparitions and no one else does? Feel like someone is watching us when we are alone? See visions? We rarely talk about any of these happenings. We learn at an early age from our parents what can be shared and what is private. Drilling down on the aspects of our own reality is a private subject.

If someone is brazen enough to admit to hearing voices, seeing things, or feeling things touching them in public, and act as if it is normal, we see them as mentally unstable at best. It doesn't matter if we have had the same experiences. Our experience was fleeting, their experience is disturbing.

People who hear voices, have invisible people around them or see things may be different from us. What they experience however is as real as what we do not experience. Because we are not experiencing something does not make it unreal.

If you were cloned, your clone would look like you and act like you, but would not be you because your life experiences and emotions can not be duplicated in any detail. Your clone could be raised having many of the same life experiences as you. But your clone would be another person, and not an exact copy of you other than physically. Think about it.

Our world is an interesting place. You can (within reason) be anyone you want and believe anything you want. Once you identify with a belief, you will find strong evidence supporting what you believe. Anything you strongly reject, you will also find supporting evidence of why it is not true.

If you want to be a Hollywood Star you may. If you want to run a business that is there for you too. Family or no family, the choice is yours. You can be an Introvert or Extrovert. You can run away and join a hermitage (if you can find one). Only your Ego sets the limit on what you can currently do. You can even be a UFO hunter if you wish. It can all be yours. Strongly change your mind and your Ego follows.

Our world changes shape to match our beliefs. We only see our beliefs in action safe by our Ego's tunnel vision. Think of the many ways this is phrase is said in many different formats: "Change your thinking, change your world". This common statement said in its many forms is one of the basic tenants of life.

However much we wish to feel we are like everyone else, and think we go through the same struggles and have the same joys in our life, we do not. Our life and our reality is an individualized, personalized experience for us and us alone. We do let people in, but they never see the whole picture of our own personal reality.

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