Uber And Their Defining Moment

Yesterday started out being a happy day full of fun and promise. I picked up car from the dealership and started on my way home. While I was in route to my house the car started to act funny. Soon I found myself pulling over to a mechanic’s shop trying to explain the sudden break down that nearly caused a wreck.

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My newly used car had stopped working not once, but twice before I reached the shop. Not only did it stop working, but it nearly stopped on the highway. As I pulled up to the light the car shut off once more. So, I’m freaking out by now and hating the fact that I do not know my husband’s number. Hell, I didn’t even have a phone on me. I do not like taking phones, or at least I didn’t like taking phones until this situation took place. I’m looking at the guy from the mechanic shop explaining how he can’t help and at the same time thinking about the AS IS phrase plastered across the contract I just signed.

I’m at this shop away from my family, stuck with an unsafe car, and really just not knowing what to do next. After the manager of the shop explained that his shop couldn’t help me, I decided that I would try to make it across the street to Walmarts by way of the parking lot and street. After the car cut off about three more times in the parking lot, I stopped and just looked around. I finally made up my mind that I would try to reach Walmart’s because a phone was my only way out. A phone would allow me to call my husband once more, download the Uber app and make my way home.

After a few more stalls I was safely in the Walmart parking lot. I parked near the lawn area on the 8th row. I jumped out of the car and ran inside to buy a phone and plot my escape from my Ford Escape. My day didn’t ease up then, I guess the heat was starting to get to me, so it took me like 45 minutes to just locate my number on my new cheap Verizon phone. Verizon, you really do not need to make phone numbers that hard to find ever again.

So, businesses that got a beautiful A plus yesterday would be Walmarts, Pepboys, and my savior Uber. As soon as I was able to sign up for Uber and ask for the ride, my driver just magically showed up within a second or so. I don’t think I would have made it another 20 minutes, or 30 without turning into a total mess. Not only was he able to offer me a cooler climate, but he was also able to offer me hope. As for the salesman that told me he thought the warning system light was meant for a tire or just off, he was wrong. It was a warning that something serious was wrong with that car and it put my life in danger. http://www.killeenautosales.net/ I am very upset with you guys. By the way, the car is now at the Ford house getting fixed. I am glad to be alive, but what if I had died on the highway because you sold a vehicle that was too dangerous to be driven? My children would have been without a mother and my husband without a wife because you weren’t honest about the car.

Dancing With Donald Trump

If you are anything like me, you are more than ready for 2020 to arrive and leave. One of the main reasons I can’t wait to see 2020 come and go is because we are in desperate need of new blood in Congress. We have two types of people occupying Congress right now. We have people unwilling to disturb the waters, and people who are jumping into the deep end of the pool, without knowing how to swim.

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Meanwhile, we have this issue with Speaker Of The House Pelosi and President Trump. If I didn’t know any better, I would swear that these two have a secret flirt affair going on. On one hand we have Democrats calling for the impeachment process to start. On the other hand,Speaker of the House Pelosi wants to see President Trump locked up.

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So, what am I missing? The last time I checked the president can’t be locked up without being impeached. If you aren’t going to start the process, repair your relationship and move on. The bickering and jabbing is starting to get old. Most of us just want to see results that benefit our country. We want to see a fair immigration system, better healthcare, a judicial system that works for all, and climate control.

We want to see an immigration system that does not destabilize countries that need each other. We also need to focus on making sure people have the right to healthcare and that they aren’t kicked off their plans due to preexisting illnesses. There is a mental health crisis in this country and nobody seems to want to talk about that. The truth is, treating mental illness is more expensive than treating asthma in some cases. I recall going to the doctor to schedule an exam for my daughter’s ADHD it was going to cost us over 300 with insurance. We aren’t even talking about the medication, we are talking about the mental health exam. Estimations show that we have at least 66 million people that are documented having some sort of mental illness problem occurring within 1 yr. https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers

Those estimates are based on people that we track, there are millions more who are suffering from things and they will never go into a clinic. They will stay in the dark due to the fear of stigma attached to being mentally ill. Yet, we argue about gun control and forget about the very things that cause people to act out. If congress feels the need to proceed with the process of impeachment , then so be it. However, if there is nothing there, we need to move on and fix our issues as a country. We have seen enough dancing between Pelosi and Trump. If I want to be entertained, I will watch a dancing show.

Learning How To Stay Calm In Scary Situations

I was looking at YouTube and I came across this video of a college student working outside of his dorm. He was collecting trash as part of a work study when a cop came up to him and started questioning him about his reasons for being there. The young man then pulls out the only ID he has which happens to be a student ID.

The cops questioned him about having identification with his address on it. As many of you know, school IDs do not have addresses on them, and depending on the student they might not have driver’s licenses. Well, as the student tries to explain that he doesn’t have anything else, the cops starts asking him about his birthday and all hell starts to break out.

This is the reason so many black children are killed in the line of fire. The student was rightfully upset, but he didn’t understand that he was risking his life by walking around not following directions. In my opinion, this cop tries to insinuate that this kid is becoming a threat to him. He was saying trigger words like threat, weapon and things such as that which would have warranted the use of a gun.

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After the video continues a man walks outside the building and confirms the identity of the student which prompts the policemen to ask the man to talk to the student due to the student being upset over the encounter. This situation was in bad need for conflict management from the start. It’s time for policemen to start taking the deescalation training seriously. I recall going to a conference once with two young officers sitting behind us and they laughed and goofed around nearly half of the training. If we want things to get better on the outside, we need to make sure we are teaching better on the inside.

Are Electric Bills Forcing People In The Poor House?

My husband and I moved into this house a little over a year ago. When we first moved in our electric bill was around 250 per month. The 250 per month included an energy saving plan with TXU. Supposedly, the green plan would help save us money and lower our bill. After about six months of seeing very little savings we decided to move to another plan with TXU. This plan was supposed to save us more money because we wouldn’t be paying for energy on the weekends.

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About a month or so after the plan we noticed that our bill started to get out of control. It was no longer in the 250 range, it was going into the 300 plus range. The weather was starting to change and the house was starting to get colder. So, I asked a TXU representative why were our bills so high. He told me that basically, I needed to mimic the outside weather. So, if it was cold outside, my house would need to be a representation of that in order to have a normal bill. I asked him are you saying we need to freeze, he said bundle up!

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That was clearly not going to work with three children in my home. So, we started cutting back on other bills. No matter how we limited our usage, or what we did, the bill was still high. The area we were spending the most money in was still heating.

After my year ended, I linked up with Direct Energy. I have since noticed about a 200 dollar drop. TXU called me back and wanted to know what they could do in order to get our business back. They stated that the plan I was on prior to leaving was a plan that cost 14 cent per kilowatt. Average households pay about 12.7 to 13 per kilowatt, but TXU had us paying 14 cent. This was the reason my bill was never going down. I now pay 10 cent per kilowatt.

If you are having trouble with high energy bills, you need to talk to the company about the amount you are paying for your electricity. You shouldn’t have to freeze in your home in order to save money. Pay close attention to where the most energy is being allotted. In our case it wasn’t about computers, TVs or even appliances it was something we needed. Study your bill, and look back at your usage from a year ago. I hope your home stays a climate friendly zone.