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Why Is the Media allowed to Choose OUR Presidential Candidates?

Posted by apwood on May 15, 2008

Before there was just McCain, Hillary, & Obama to choose from – I was rooting for Ron Paul.

Why? Because he made sense. I watched many of his videos on you tube and he was no bull shit. Simply, he wanted to take the ‘Big’ out of government.

I especially liked him for his views on wanting to reign in the power of the FDA, lobbyists, and the governments power over suppressing alternative health, as well as, his views on fixing our economic situation and the ‘war.’

Why? That’s another post (and evident if you’ve checked out my other blog www.greenlifesaver.net), but for now I found this video most informative. Now I know Why? Ron Paul disappeared.

The big question is WHY? does the media get to choose this and WHO? is running the show behind the scenes?

Check this video out –

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Why I SEE things Differently.

Posted by apwood on April 27, 2008

The 8th Oprah & Eckhart class talked about INNER SPACE.

I especially found it helpful because Eckhart answered a lot of questions from people (including myself) who had a hard time with “being” one with now and what is, and “doing.” Just as I did, a lot of people were seeing this “peace” only when being still.

One guy asked how we make money and pay our bills and still be.

Eckhart explained that being is not just sitting there being with it, but having it behind all that you do.

He also spoke to the fact that is it more difficult to remain a conscious observer when faced with adversity, anger, or anything unsettling. But that if you can remain conscious that you are angry, you are not lost or taken over by anger.

That it is a practice, which takes time, and eventually you become more aware and don’t have to “catch” yourself because you are most always coming or operating from presence.

It really did help. Something that Oprah said to one caller was that if you look at things from your conscious without labeling that the world really does transform. I felt what she was saying as this has been my experience over the last 8 weeks during the classes.

As I’m sure a lot of Mother’s agree, household and necessary tasks can be boring, and repetitive. During these times – driving to the grocery store, dry cleaners, or wherever I’ve tried to use the tools Eckhart has spoken about – deep breaths, feeling my inner body, looking at things without labeling them etc.

Wow, what a difference it makes!

I’ve noticed things that I’ve looked at for years and never really “saw” them before.

Like dandelions. Instead of seeing them as a weed, they looked so yellow and beautiful and they reminded me of all the times my daughter picked them for me as a little girl. Even the ones she shoved in her pocket at school to give me later!

The tree across the street that is missing a side branch and always looked deformed to me before – now looks unique and strong and beautiful because it isn’t perfect.

Our dog Angel – who wanted to go out and walk or sit in the sun during the day when I was busy (which previously at times seemed like a chore)- now allows me to take 20 minutes to enjoy the beauty outside.

This may be second nature to some – but to me – it’s all new.

What a gift to view the beauty of the world new each day.

I am so grateful.

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Why Will You Thank Yourself for Watching Eckhart & Oprah’s 5th & 6th Online Class?

Posted by apwood on April 13, 2008

Because the emotional baggage that you have acquired – which weighs you down, reacts to anything negative said or done to you, and keeps seeking more pain – will begin to go away.

Eckhart calls this emotional baggage the “Pain-Body.” He describes it as an entity consisting of all the negativity that we’ve held onto. It eventually keeps collecting and feeding off of more and more pain becoming so large in some that the pain-body can be ‘active’ in you most of the time.

Which would describe me for a better part of my life.

Are you or have you been angry, resentful, felt that what you were dealt in life was so unfair? I have. Even the things that happened to you as a child. I mean we couldn’t help what was ‘done’ to us – and it is natural (at least it has been to me) to hold onto those things.

But in the short 2 weeks that I have been aware’ of my pain-body and tried not to be drawn in by it – my actions and reactions have changed dramatically. I don’t get angry multiple times a day!

From inconsiderate drivers, rude customer service reps, to my daughter talking back. When I don’t take what is being said or done as an affront to me (in other words, I don’t experience it through my pain-body) – it doesn’t hurt me and I don’t react. And wow – what energy it saves!

What resonated with me a lot was when Eckhart began speaking about the fact that the pain-body comes out or shows itself the most in intimate relationships. The Pain-Body also tries to feed itself (remember it has to be fed to continue its existence) from pushing the buttons of the one you love. So I suppose simulataneous feeding would be our fights….

This would be why there is that phenomenon that you don’t “really know someone” until you’ve lived with them, this is when you are introduced to their pain-body.

During Class 5 – Eckhart explained that the pain-body” is the emotional manifestation of the “ego.” And that just the thought that it (the painbody) is not who we are gives us the freedom to let it go.

I’m amazed at how simplistic this all seems, including the answers to stopping the cycle. Eckhart said, “awareness dissolve it.” So just as was talked about with the ego, just being aware is enough to separate yourself from it (the pain-body.)

He says in Chapter Six in A New Earth -pg. 161 – “It is your conscious prescence that breaks identification with the pain-body. When you no longer identify with it, the pain-body can no longer control your thinking and so cannot renew itself anymore by feeding on your thoughts. The pain-body does not dissolve immediately, but once you have severed the link between it and your thinking, the bain-body begins to lose energy.”

Eckhart explained that you should feel your pain when it comes up. Accept it.

This was not a natural thing and pretty difficult for me. Who likes to feel their pain? But strangely enough – he’s right. When I was feeling pain these past two weeks, I layed back and surrendered to it. It was almost like jumping off a cliff and trusting the first couple times.

But I have to say when i let go and sat in the pain without one ounce of resistance or hesitation -= it lessened! It is kind of like the pain goes to the background instead of being so close. I was suprised because I have always resisted it with such force. I don’t want to hurt so bad that I would fight it relentlessly. And it has always caused me more pain.

When Eckhart first said to do this – I thought why would i want to feel it. He explained that the reason why you should accept it is because it is part of becoming friendly with the present moment. (AS he discussed previously and I talked a little about in another post.)

Finally, he touched on how important it is to NOT seek external substances when in pain. This is not a rare phenomenon for me or many many people. This is evident through the widespread abuse of drugs and alcohol – which prolongs the problem.

Eckhart admits he likes a glass of wine – don’t we all – but overdoing it is the problem. Medicating the emotion dulls it temporarily but it is still there. For those like myself who have tried these methods and realized their failure to fix us – finally an answer.

Seemed strange for me to go into that pain – but I gotta say – it really works.

Lastly, Eckharts advice to help on stopping yourself from acting through the pain-body. When you are conscious and in the present – it is easier to see the pain-body creeping up – so you don’t have to be taken over by it. When you do feel it creeping up, stop and try and step back from it while it is still an emotion.

Eckhart said something like, “Suffering is not the pain-body but the identification with it when you become it or it becomes you.

As has been the case each week, I’m so happy to have the classes to reinforce the book. I feel like I’ve finally found the tools to really change how I am and enjoy my life like I’ve always wanted to.

Many thanks to Eckhart & Oprah!

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WANT to Know the WHY’s & HOW’s of AUTISM?

Posted by apwood on April 9, 2008

These videos clearly state WHY children get Autism and HOW to reverse it….. So WHY have less than 7,000 people watched them?

Why is it that preventing or reversing our children’s suffering does not get the publicity it deserves?

Take a few minutes… you’ll be amazed at how simple the answers are….

i recommend watching all 4 of his videos to get the whole picture.

Please pass it on…. the more people learn, the more we do, the more children we help!

There are many other childhood diseases that I believe are linked to vaccinations as well.

My daughter fought Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis a few years ago. I tried to share my story through major magazines and publications and we were denied. Only the small and no-greed-seeking-truth-publications happily published it.

(This was just what we did to help her heal – not mentioning why we believed she acquired an auto-immune disease)

Although, I do believe that she suffered because of an adverse reaction to receiving 4 vaccinations at one time. Shortly afterwards she had a 105 degree fever that would not come down and the hospital could find “nothing wrong with her.”

I suppose they didn’t have a test called “4 vaccinations at once toxicity that wrecked her immune system.”

If you are interested in reading our story and what we did to heal… you can read it in 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health,” available at www.GreenLifeSaver.net.

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Why SHOULD YOU Help Shut Down Puppy Mills?

Posted by apwood on April 4, 2008

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Dear Friend,

Do you know about puppy mills? If you don’t — and even if you do — then you’ve got to watch this undercover video:

http://humanesociety.org/stoppuppymills

Puppy mills are large scale operations that force breeder dogs to produce litter after litter to support consumer demand for puppies. Puppies sold in pet stores or through Internet sites come from places filled with suffering, disease, malnutrition, and loneliness. Even the puppies themselves are often prone to a variety of diseases. Some die within days or weeks of purchase.

The Humane Society of the United States is working to stop puppy mills and they need your help.

Please watch this short video that exposes the cruelty of puppy mills. Then, you can take action by pledging to stop supporting the retailers that perpetuate cruel breeding practices.

Click here:
http://humanesociety.org/stoppuppymills

Thanks for taking action!

I signed up today after my friend Carey sent me this video – this is the email to share to let others know about this travesty.You can also learn more on Oprah today – her show is about Puppy Mills.

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Why Was the 4th Eckhart & Oprah Class SO Helpful for Me?

Posted by apwood on March 25, 2008

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Because I’m dense when it comes to the non-physical. Examples and tools are what help me put the intangible into a perspective that can be used on a daily basis. And once again, Eckhart Tolle was full of great examples in the online class with Oprah for the Chapter Four of “A New Earth,” titled “Role-Playing: The Many Faces of the Ego.”

This is the first week that I did not try to log onto the Monday night class at www.Oprah.com, because I was tired. Last week I watched it on Monday night and found myself unable to go to sleep until after midnight. Tuesday morning at 6 am came too early (I’m one of those must have 8 hours of sleep kind). So thinking that watching it Tuesday at noon would allow me to absorb more won out. Well, I’m less tired today but I did miss that Christmas morning excitement I felt when logging on at night for the live event.

Either way, I’m so glad to have watched it. Each week brings more insight into how the ego impedes happiness and what to do about it. There were so many examples or faces of the ego covered but here is what was talked about that really affected me.

Eckhart said – Power is within. If you are not present you don’t know this. So you will try to get it from others.

This seemed to sum up to me why I was always wanting. Wanting stuff. Wanting more. Wanting something from someone. We are always searching for that power outside ourselves which can only be found inside and therefore we are never satisfied.

Eckhart told a story of what this Zen master said about an athlete. “That His Need to Win Drains his Power.”

Anybody who has played sports knows this is the case. When you aren’t thinking and you are completely focused on that moment, you do well. When you think too much, or psych yourself out, you don’t do well.

Eckhart went onto say that you should focus on the small steps each day and find joy in them, (you know where you ultimately want to end up) otherwise once you get it, it won’t be worth it because you didn’t enjoy getting there.

Many people called in with questions and Oprah did a great job of asking the laymen questions for us! Like how do you stay in that present state of consciousness (that many have and can achieve while meditating or sitting quietly) while your child is screaming or your boss is yelling at you?

Again he had wonderful examples – the one that struck me the most was when he said – practice being transparent. Instead of being a wall when these assaults hit you, allow them to flow through you.

I loved his statement that – True freedom is when your inner state is no longer dependent on external conditions. He told one caller that her daughter’s screaming was not the problem – it was her reaction. This hit home (as a mother). I never looked at it like the problem was mine -not my daughter’s. Another wow moment!

Continuing with being a mother. They talked about not being identified with the LABEL of MOTHER. That we should fulfill our functions; looking after, guiding, etc. But not becoming completely identified so that the function doesn’t become a role.

I got 2 things from this line of thought:

1-By losing our whole self in the role of Mother, it will take away from my being present in other situations and relationships – friend, wife, daughter, aunt etc.

2- Eckhart talked about identifying with the role, a mother will stay in that function with their children even when they are grown. This is why some Mothers still feel the need to tell their grown children what to do and treat them as though they were still small. Ultimately, this will impede my enjoying all of the stages of my daughter’s life.

Oprah went on to clarify that parenting changes as the child grows. I’m seeing this as my daughter approaches 12 yrs old. We now have issues that we didn’t when she was younger. Something I need to work on. Which Eckhart said something along the lines of it starts with me. All my relationships can change depending on my “BEING” and my reactions.

It was truly the most example filled and take-home-tools-for-every-day-life filled class yet!

The class ended with Oprah asking Eckhart how he could sum up this chapter and he said – Balancing the human & the being. Functioning while rooted in being. Having constant peace in the background.

Aaahhh, I look forward to that – but I will try to find joy in the steps getting there!

I look forward to next week!

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Why was the 3rd Week with Eckhart & Oprah-Just As Exciting to Me As The First?

Posted by apwood on March 18, 2008

mpj042259800001.jpg8:30 pm EST, it was time to take my seat at the 3rd weekly class by Oprah & Eckhart Tolle. Exhausted from a long day, I debated. Logging on, just in case so I was guaranteed a seat… The rush came over me while watching the clock count backwards. It was the same one I felt the first week… anticipation, wonder, and so much more. I can only describe it as a kid on Christmas morning at the moment before opening the presents, the awe, hoping for that special something.

Sounds corny, but that is how it feels to me.. even this 3rd week. I wanted to go to sleep and watch it tomorrow but the exhaustion lifted and now I’m more awake than I was an hour and a half ago. Since we are all energy, does all that collective positive energy make everyone coming to the class feel this?

I chose not to ‘take notes’ as i did the first week. Last week as well as this week it seemed to be a distraction. Just wanting to absorb what was being said was more important. There really is no way to completely ‘get it by reading a summarized account. I’ve finished the book and it had a profound impact on me. I’ve been rereading it because there is just so much that I’m amazed by and just want to keep absorbing. But I’m truly grateful for the class because it is really reinforcing the concepts.

Eckhart is truly talented at giving examples of issues and resolutions in an easy to understand way. I think a big problem with people ‘getting’ philosophical or spiritual content is the inability of the messenger to present it in a way that can be grasped by those who are not already enlightened. Even those of us who had glimpses of it but couldn’t wrap their head around it without those examples had problems expanding our understanding.

The concept of becoming aware of the ego seems so simplistic, it is so noticeable when Eckhart points out the attributes i.e. – anger, aggression, judgment, hostility, complaining, etc. Noticing it in glimpses is so different from living without being run by the ego. But Eckhart made me feel better when he explained the process. First you will notice afterwards -i.e. after yelling, you’ll come back a few minutes later and realize it. Then the awakening may happen in the middle of it. Then before you act on it. The ultimate goal being able to separate from the ego completely by not having the urge to act on it since you don’t relate to those actions anymore. Although still in the beginning stages some of the time, I am so much more aware and able to separate (even if it is afterwards or halfway through).

At the end I again felt relief when Eckhart said something like the ego isn’t the enemy, it is not threatening. I had been thinking that my ego was an enemy not a sad or confused child. It is much easier to be gentle to the later, which will ultimately bring about the change more quickly. Also that the ego had a purpose to make us realize that there is a consciousness. So the suffering has a purpose, it makes me look at it like ‘thanks for all that‘ instead of ‘why did I have to feel such pain?’

Eckhart gave a great example of a plumber that had come to his home. The man was hostile and gruff. Eckhart did not get offended or take it personally as he could see that this man was conditioned to be this way. Maybe he was always treated with anger since being a child. Not reacting to the man’s rudeness, Eckhart treated him kindly and patiently and almost better than one would a non-rude person. Eckhart explained that after about 20 min. the man was talking to him with a kind and gentle voice just as Eckhart was speaking to him with.

What a great example. It made me realize that most of my life has been spent reacting to the way people spoke to me or how a situation felt unfair to me and I was not happy with it. Covering sadness with anger, so not to appear weak (I equated sadness and tears with weakness) I looked at life through a negative aspect. Complaining, dissatisfaction, feeling things just weren’t fair was the norm. Still is sometimes but more quickly than I imagined, I’m beginning to see that as Eckhart explains that accepting and ‘making friends’ with the present moment is the best thing you can do. He says (without looking up his exact words I believe Oprah said this is on pg 78) that ‘what you resist persists.’

So being present and non-reactive to a situation will lesson the negative reaction resulting in a more positive outcome. Genius. It seems so simple when you hear it – and it probably is – when you make it your habit instead of what most of us have as our habits.

So just some of my ramblings…

My question since last week about labeling- Is the ‘not labeling’ stuff that Eckhart talks about (because it causes us to become disinterested) the reason that so many marriages fail? Is the word “marriage” the problem since it labels the two people and causes them to no longer be interested in the other.

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Why take Oprah & Eckhart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth’ Online Class?

Posted by apwood on March 5, 2008

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For one reason only – because You Want to be Awakened.

Wow, the first class with a reported 500,000 participants -I suppose many of us wish to find that something we feel we’ve been missing. Why am I writing about it? Because I am excited and the couple of people I invited to do this with me declined. Which is fine – they weren’t ready. (I learned that as well (: So I wanted to share with someone – if your up for it – hope you enjoy!

So back to the class. First I must say… that Oprah never ceases to amaze me with her ability to evolve and bring that to the entire world. She truly epitomizes the beauty of what can happen when you are dedicated and come from a place of love. She said during the class that she has for a long time gotten down on her knees and asked God to use her for good. Well, Oprah – he has and you have and how amazing it is to watch and learn from.

Eckhart was like no one I’d ever seen or heard before. He was quiet, with a confident timidness that I didn’t know existed. He never hesitated with his answers and they were so descriptive. Not knowing what to expect, I was thrilled to hear him use so many great tangible examples of how to begin to bring consciousness and being present. You could tell he is exactly what he speaks of – just being one with what is. You may think that a spiritual teacher that is so unassuming may be boring or dry. Quite the contrary, Eckhart is engaging, descriptive, and even humorous. He glows.

If you thought about reading the book or listening to the class but didn’t for some reason, and you want a recap here are some key points from my perspective.

*Not living in the present moment and living from an egoic state you feel constant frustration because the future will never be here. Life always happens in the present moment.

*Becoming present or aware that there is a separation inside yourself, the ego (your mind or thinking part that is not in the present moment because it is thinking about the past and the future and judging people, and situations and is never satisfied) & the essence (the true you; the part that is present and only present, that is complete, fulfilled, non judging, is ok with what is, that is the part of you that is the formless )

*It is not necessary to judge others or try to change their behavior or think that they should want to be awakened to this. They will when they are ready, when they have suffered enough and want to live from their true essence. Each persons responsibility is to be present in themselves. This presence brought about by stillness and awareness will allow you to experience life from your true essence and not react through your ego.

*How can you learn to start doing this? By asking yourself as many times as possible each day – What is my relationship with the present moment? (If there is negativity then realize -I’m fighting what is) Make peace with the moment to get out of it if it is a negative situation because what you resist makes it worse.

*Find a place of acceptance and become friendly with the present moment regardless whether your ego would judge it as good, bad, or indifferent. If you are friendly with life it will be friendly with you, support you, and work with you.

*So How do you shed years of conditioning of seeing life through the egoic state of judgment, frustration, impatience, and wishing for the future? Just be present and find as many times per day to ask yourself until it becomes second nature. The example Tolle used was ask yourself – Am I Breathing? Feel the breath in the body. This takes you out of your mind into the present when all that you are doing is concentrating on that breath. Using your sensory perceptions while doing the smallest tasks can do this. Like washing your hands. Smell the soap, feel the warm water. At these moments you are present. Almost as if he knew what Oprah had said to herself when she described doing this walking up her steps, Tolle said that the mind says – What is the point of this? I have more important things to do? Oprah laughed as her mind had done that. This he explained was the ego trying to hang on because it doesn’t want to go. When you are present continually, the ego dies. Tolle also said that the more you bring in the present the more the old way goes. You can start retraining the mind by using the simple things to start.

*Begin shifting to this state of consciousness by looking at nature without naming anything – just be and this essence that you will feel is how you can feel the essence in yourself.

*By telling yourself, Thoughts are only a small conditioned part of me, not me. I can separate them. I’ve made a decision to ask (God, life, or however you wish to label the greater power) to guide me to what I am suppose to do.

*You don’t become good by trying to be or do good, but by finding the goodness that is already in you.

*The ego wants to be recognized as spiritual or good or more enlightened. This means that dysfunction is still operating.

*Beneath the good and bad is the formless. Being conscious without thinking is the essence of every human being.

This is just a short overview of what was talked about in the 90 min. class. All of the concepts, words used, examples, and phrases are all repeated from what I heard while listening to the seminar and are not my original thoughts. I took notes and shared what I heard from my perspective and interpretation. If any of it resonated with you and you wish to listen for yourself here’s the link – www.oprah.com and click on Chapter 1.

I have had so many “Aha moments” as Oprah defines them.

One was when they were talking about ego being the part of us that wants more stuff and is never satisfied for long. I’d never really had a lot of expensive stuff througout my life so I haven’t had much of an attachment to material things. However, I do have just a few sentimental things that I cherish. When Eckhart was discussing that it is ok to want stuff and have it, just that you can tell if it is ego that wants it if you aren’t satisfied for long or you are devastated when losing it. Because anything tangible will come and go – but what is truly important (our essence) can not go away or die. So our bodies die, but our spirits do not.

This brought me back to a time in my late teens when I lost a necklace. To me it was of great magnitude because the tiny cross on it was bought by me with the last $40.00 given to me by my mother. She died 6 days before my sixteenth birthday from scerosis of the liver. I hadn’t lived with her or known much about her since I was 5 years old. After she died I was given a bank envelope with $40.00 in it that she had been saving to buy me something for my sixteenth birthday. She was on disability and did not work so I knew this had been a lot of money to her. I wanted to buy something with it that was special and would remind me of her so it sat in a drawer for a few months until i came upon a tiny gold cross in a store one day. I knew that was it because she loved rosaries and crosses and I could wear it by my heart everyday. While out dancing one night in a club, I felt the necklace slide down. I flipped, crying in front of everyone as I crawled on the floor looking for that tiny cross that represented all that I had left of my mom. I never found it.

I’ve done a lot of work over the last 20 years and I was aware that my mom’s spirit still lived on and she was around me. But it wasn’t until Eckhart was speaking that I realized that I had never needed that tiny cross. That the pain I associated with losing it was not real because something material could not represent my mom’s essence or spirit and it did not keep her near me. She already was.

This is just one example of how this book and class have touched me so far. And this is just the beginning? I look forward to more.

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Why is DELL NoT so Swell?

Posted by apwood on February 26, 2008

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So many reasons… where to start.

First, I paid $1,200. 00 for a laptop – that had to have vista put on it. 4 phone calls and many hours later – I’ve given up on ‘fixing’ it. The last response I got was “we don’t know how to fix the problems yet, we’ll let you know.” Meanwhile, I can’t get XP, they only offer Vista, so I just have to deal with it.

One of the customer service reps took 10 min. to tell me a story comparing the Vista system to a Ferrari. Something about you don’t get rid of a Ferrari while you work the kinks out! Are you kidding me?! Was that part of their script!?

So before a recent trip – I was pressed for time and needed a camera. I took a look at their site and found a Canon. Good name, Good camera and it wasn’t made by Dell so what could go wrong?

Well, to begin with, the order wouldn’t go through and I was given a message to call Dell to place my order. The woman who answered gladly placed it for me quickly. When she mentioned the price, I told her it sounded high. She told me that the lower price was an internet special only. So I informed her that I tried to place it online but couldn’t because of Dell’s system saying to call. So she said she would credit my Dell account the $20.00 plus odd dollars after it charged in a day or so. She also assured me that she would call me to follow up when it was finished.

Wonderful, all finished.

After returning home from my trip, I remembered that I had not received my call and checked to see if I was credited. I was not. So back to calling Dell. I paused first, the twenty some dollars probably isn’t worth it, but the point was.

So I called.

This is when it got out of control and I was shocked at what was said to me. I will summarize as we could be here all day considering I was on the phone for a long time!

First call – I lucked out getting a sassy and monotone girl named ‘Nisha’ to assist me. She listened to my story and told me that there was nothing they could do because they don’t give credits. When I explained that the previous rep told me this so even if it was not policy it wasn’t good business to just state that there was nothing she could do. (Here’s a thought maybe get the first rep. who promised it to me and explain that she informed me incorrectly.)

Again, repeating that there was nothing she could do, I asked for her manager.

She tried to kindly tell me no because he would tell me the same thing. I insisted – kindly of course.

So she transferred me to ‘David’ the manager who repeated Nisha’s practiced response. When I tried explaining to him that it wasn’t as much about the $20.00 but the fact that I was promised this and since I was unable to place it online (although I wanted to and tried) he proceeded to ask me what i would do.

I told him what any good business person would. That I would get the rep, educate her, apologize to me, give me a certificate towards a future purchase, and thank me for my business. Well David didn’t agree because he proceeded to rudely tell me he couldn’t call me back because they can’t call out, that there was nothing he could do- that was policy, interrupting me every time I spoke, etc. So, I asked for his manager and he told me he didn’t have one. I repeated the question, just to make sure he heard it correctly. Yes, he again said he didn’t have one. Then he put on his mute button, ignored me, and sat there until I hung up.

Incredible. Now I didn’t even care about the money – I would pay money to talk to his boss so he would be accountable for his pathetic managerial skills.

So I called back – told my story again – spoke with a rep and manager in another area that couldn’t help me. Then they transferred me to the correct department and I had to tell my story again. This time the rep ‘Divya’ was kind and put me through to her manager ‘Michelle’. Who was also very kind and forthcoming when I asked who her manager was so he could deal with David.

Yes, I’m exhausted too if you are even still reading this.

The big guy, her manager, was ‘Moby’. But he wasn’t in. She promised he would call me Monday.

Low and behold he did! I was shocked and happy. Moby immediately apologized for David’s behavior. (Yeah, but it was almost so smooth and flat that I wondered how many times he’d said this before.) Either way someone finally apologized and that was somewhat of a relief. He did also offer to educate the first rep! Wow, I see why Moby is the boss of the bosses. But in the end he came up short saying there was nothing he could do about the credit. (I suppose even the big bosses at Dell don’t have to be accountable for what the reps say to customers.) When I explained to him that it was the point not the twenty but if it was my customer that I would offer something. He told me that he would have Michelle call me back if they could.

That was a week ago. I haven’t received my call back but I’m finished with calling Dell. I wonder if David is still rudely interrupting customers and placing them on mute until they give up….

Just wanted to warn you *if you place an order online with DELL for a lower price and there is a problem* do not call them to place the order! And if something is wrong – and the rep is not helpful and you ask for a manager and get David – do yourself a favor and hang up!

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Why is there BACON in my CHOCOLATE?

Posted by apwood on February 4, 2008

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I didn’t want to try it but I thought what the heck. I pretty much like anything covered in chocolate. But Bacon? I may eat bacon every once in a blue moon when I go to a brunch. It’s ok but I don’t crave bacon and the thought of it inside of a candy bar sounded pretty bad.

Closing my eyes, I took a bite and let it melt in my mouth. Shockingly, I didn’t hate it! And after the salty-sweet creation sat in my mouth for a minute and melted… I loved it! And I wanted more. There was something completely decadent and unique about Mo’s Bacon Bar by Vosges … I was floored, never would I have thought it would be so good!

Of course, all my time couldn’t be spent on one kind, there were so many. The Goji Bar – a lighter and fruity concoction was offset perfectly with pink Himalayan salt. Yum!

Finally, I tried the Red Fire Bar – yes, the chipotle chillies and cinnamon give you a hint of the red hot candies after the dark chocolate melts away.

I was thoroughly enjoying my taste testing wishing I had a glass of red wine to wash it down while eyeing up the peanut butter truffles, chocolate covered tortilla chips, and more.

Sound good? Well, if you are in the Phoenix, Arizona area you can do this yourself this Valentine’s Day at Inspirador, located in historic downtown Chandler!

I took a tour of this exquisite Spanish colonial inspired wedding & event space before stopping off into their storefront boutique to sample the exotic chocolate collection.

The art gallery ‘Tryst’ and the event space are beautiful! New, fresh, unique, contemporary, and truly inspirational are what come to mind when I visited.

I will be getting married there this year! I feel lucky!

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