Yep, I gotta go back to work tomorrow.

Wanna know the worst part about a vacation? Yep you guessed it. Sooner or later they end, and you gotta go back to work. So, tomorrow, after 11 days off (counting weekends) this will be me…

Yep, logged on and signed in to the Mighty P, ready to do battle with other insurance companies and the uninsured motorists of the world…

As you might expect, as lucky as I am to have a job that lets me live at the Oregon Coast

I REALLY do not wanna go back to work….

But it was a fun memorable vacation! Continue reading “Yep, I gotta go back to work tomorrow.”

You charged me HOW much!

So there we were. We took a long weekend to Walla Walla to enjoy life and sip wine.

So after sipping wine yesterday, we were walking home from the last place and decided to stop at a local market for a snack.

We picked up a few items. Then I took it to the cashier to ring it up. As I always do, I slid in the debit card when it told me and punched in the PIN number. Vicki, the cashier, finished the transaction and turned white.

She told me “I made a huge mistake! But I will fix it.. now to me, huge is like $50.

Yeah it was a bit more.

Yep, she charged me almost $5000!!

Ok, I am no saint, and early on, I had NO idea how much was charged. Had I known, I might not have been so nice. But, by the time I did, the poor lady had down everything she could, called tech support, and was,ready to cry. I saw the total and yelled, “Holy crap!!!”

I had every right to chew her ass….

But somehow I channeled my inner Tony. Lord knows at work I have made so many mistakes. I knew I had enough in the account to cover the mistake, and she told me she and her husband were the owners, and they would make it right.

I took a deep breath and said “I know you will!”

She almost cried again!

She went on to tell me how people have been jerks and screamed at her for simply forgetting to give her a mistake! Then here I am, $5000 in the hole, and I am being nice.

My momma was a cashier, mistakes happen, and lord knows dealing with the public sucks right now!

She took my info and said she would talk to her hubby who was the accountant. I said I’d call the bank. I kept reassuring her that all would be fine. ( won’t lie, I was a bit worried.)

We got back to hotel, and I called the bank. I am NOT happy to tell you they said I was screwed. I had to wait to let it go through then dispute. People, there should be an OOPS! BUTTON! Nope there ain’t.

So I logged on and transferred enough from savings to make sure all was good.

Not 3 minutes later, Vicki called and said a check for the full amount would be there for me first thing in the morning.

We went to breakfast and walked into the market. She saw me, and made a point to say hello and give her a huge shoulder hug! Then she introduced me to a coworker who called me a saint!

Y’all know that ain’t so!

But the check was there and in addition, a huge sack of yummy snacks! Plus last night’s snacks were free!! The extra was not needed!

Ladies and gents. Life is hard now. People can be jerks, I see it every day! Mistakes happen. I fully admit that if stuff bounced I would be so much madder. But it didn’t and she made it right.

Instead of making a poor lady cry, I made a friend! She will tell the story of a guy who did NOT chew her ass forever. I, on the other hand, was all taken care of.

So take a breath, try to understand and make life better for all!

New adventures?

So, long long ago, in a town well north of here, I started this blog.

Back then, as I am now, I was a bike riding cowboy.  The silver bike and I traveled all over hell and gone.

And I’d share the places I went and the things I saw.

This continues today of course… Continue reading “New adventures?”

The Ocean Decides…

Sorry y’all, I know it has been a LONG time between posts.

I could blame agate hunting, bike rides, work in general, and assorted other reasons. But pure and simple, I haven’t had (in my mind) a good topic. Is there a such thing as bloggers block?

For some reason, though, on a blustery but sunny Sunday evening, I feel inspired to try.  Lets see what happens!  And I am happy to see All YAll who read this!

So, in the last couple weekends, I have have had reinforced to me, that the Ocean has the final decision on what you get to see when you visit…. Continue reading “The Ocean Decides…”

A true Oregon Coast weekend

I am so sorry y’all!  I have not been a great blogger dude.

I started a new page on Facebook, Life at the Oregon Coast. With everyone who seems to enjoy my photos, it just seemed easier to have my own page. From there I can share all the photos to other places. Scary enough, over 600 people have joined! Not bad for a bike riding, beach walking cowboy with a trusty point and shoot camera.

But with that, I have neglected this. So lets get back on track!

Continue reading “A true Oregon Coast weekend”

Agate Hunting Valente Style.

Anyone who has followed the blog for longer than a couple of years knows that Michelle and I loved coming to the Oregon Coast for vacations. We loved spotting whales, going on beach walks, going to lighthouses just walking on the beach.

Oh and sunsets and good food, and waves, and the people, and the food and and and….

Was it any wonder we wanted to move here?

However, one thing I never did, was hunt agates.  I knew there was a beach called Agate Beach. But in my head, it never equated with me looking for them. Who knew I’d be good at it…. Continue reading “Agate Hunting Valente Style.”

Once again the bike was the better choice!

Yes I know, I have not been a great blogger this year. Shoot some of you might’ve thought I stopped blogging all together. 

As with all posts this year, I am happy to report that Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and still gainfully employed by the Mighty P!  Breaking news: The Man Child, during the time of global pandemic and layoffs, was just hired by the Mighty P last week! VERY proud of him!

With sitting down to compose a blog post,  though, like with all things, you just have to be in the mood to do it. I’ve thought about it a time or two this month, but good food, sunsets and big waves have gotten in the way.

But then there was today…. Continue reading “Once again the bike was the better choice!”