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!

Yes, yes indeed I belong here

I keep waiting for it to happen. Sooner or later, someone who follows this blog is going to say. “Dammit! Enough is enough! I am tired of ‘I love living on the Oregon Coast posts!!!’ ”  Well, reader beware, here comes another one…. Continue reading “Yes, yes indeed I belong here”

Any regrets?

As any regular reader knows, 4 months ago Michelle and I moved to the Oregon coast, Lincoln City to be exact.

What some may not know is that to do so, I changed jobs. I was a corporate trainer. I molded the youth of the Mighty P in my image. More specifically, I trained claims adjusters for the insurance company I work for. Walk through any office, and you will find the vast majority of the claims people who work there were trained by me at one time or another.

I was the claims cowboy and I was a DAMN good trainer!

But, to move here, it required moving back to being an adjuster. Which, in some eyes is a step backwards, and in other eyes a sign of insanity…. Continue reading “Any regrets?”

After Work in Lincoln City!

So, as we all now know, Mountainstroh and Mrs. Mountainstroh have moved out of the Puget Sound area of Washington. Last Saturday, we pointed our noses to the Southwest and arrived at Lincoln City. Since then, we have been going nonstop, with our OH SO helpful friends to set up the house, there are SO many more posts to come about the move in… Continue reading “After Work in Lincoln City!”

Trail Magic at the winery

I have done posts in the past about trail magic.

Trail magic, be it on a hike or on a bike, is when a complete stranger does something for you out of the goodness of their heart. There is no tangible or monetary reward for the giver of the magic, he or she simply does it because they want to…

I have been the recipient more than once… Continue reading “Trail Magic at the winery”

I caught a window!

Ladies and gents, I am not like most avid cyclists in a couple of ways. First off, I have only one bike, It is my commuter, long distancer, multi day trekker, errand runner, indoor exerciser and over all work horse. I figure I only have one butt, so I only need one bike.

I also NEVER set a mileage goal for the year. I set out to ride as often and as far as I can, but I truly don’t want to put any stress on myself for riding. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. If I set a goal, I will start berating myself if I don’t get ‘enough’ miles each month.

However, near the end of the year, things can change… Continue reading “I caught a window!”

Its all in how you say it!

It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am NOT the best at filtering what comes out of my mouth. No, Really! True story!

I had a boss once that came in all excited showing off his linen salmon pants he got on sale. He walked up, me wearing my khaki dockers and polo shirt, and said “I KNOW you wish you could pull off this color like I do!”

Without a blink or hesitation I replied, “Even salmon themselves hate that color, they wear it on the inside!!” He didn’t seem to appreciate the humor. (For the record they were GAWD AWFUL ugly, and it wasn’t, by far, the ugliest piece of clothing he owned. (OR it is entirely possible I just don’t understand fashion))

But I digress…  A couple of days ago I was the recipient of a non filter…. Continue reading “Its all in how you say it!”

The Mountain Gods Delivered!

I have had many a post about our weather here in the Pacific Northwest. These days, while the rest of the country has been suffering with sweltering heat, high humidity, and generally miserable weather; we’ve been cloudy, a bit rainy and in the 60s or low 70s. In other words, perfect for summer bike riding.

However, cloudy and cool is not the best weather in which to go enjoy Mt Rainier. When we woke up to the drizzle, I considered for a second canceling the trip… Continue reading “The Mountain Gods Delivered!”

How was your commute?

I feel almost kinda bad writing this post today. Our dear friend Coni had over a 2 hour commute because of the weather. From what I gleaned from her post, she was NOT a happy girl. Most car commuters aren’t today.

Me, on the other hand, I also had an extra long commute, in VERY crappy weather. I have a bit of a different attitude about it though… Continue reading “How was your commute?”