Life Stages

I can’t help but wonder if there are stages of life that we all must go through, things that have to happen us, experiences that nearly everyone must endure in order to advance in life.

I think if that is true, that we all must go through things, the time that we go through them doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 33, there are certain experiences that advance you farther in life. Finding an item in early stage of a video game that you will need in a later stage is the only similarity I can come up with right now, knowing that if you don’t find the golden feather early enough, you’ll be forced to return to get it later and waste more time to complete the game.

Some of us have experienced so much at such a young age that in later years, when others are going through those same things we can relate but surely it has to be different, age alone must make things more difficult.

I had a conversation the other night with a good friend about relationships. I wonder if all relationships go through the same stages as well. I guess I was an early starter compared to some, I did things, said things, and experienced things much earlier than others. Looking back, I can see that some of those experiences helped me and others definitely hurt me later in life, I’m not saying my way is the right way at all. Writing this I wonder, the people I knew in high school who got married at 18, did they have to deal with those stages while they were married and have a rocky several years or maybe end in divorce? I can’t imagine being emotionally mature enough to be married at 18, although I’m sure I thought I was.

I think the older I get, the more I realize that the zeal I had in my younger years hasn’t necessarily been beneficial or detrimental, but more educational, whether I was mature enough to learn anything from it is something I will just have to wait to find out.

The HP experience

As I said a while back I wanted to share my HP experience with you all. Essentially we had an HP Color LaserJet printer that was printing any color that involved yellow or magenta very very light and it is only about 4 months old. So light in fact that certain colors were nearly white. I initiated a call to HP on 1-2-08 to see if tech support could help me or if I would need to have a tech onsite. Here’s how it all went down.

1-2-08 – Call to Joe in Color Laser support. Joe was very helpful, at least he seemed to be. He was polite and took me through several scenarios about what could be wrong and what could be done to fix it. We ran diagnostics including reset, cold reset, covering contacts on cartridge to verify toner was OK, also reversed location of cartridges to verify electrical problem. Joe said it was a bad DC converter. This call took over 4 hours to complete including hold time and 45 minutes for Joe to enter the job into one of several computers he said he was on, finally got a ticket number and ended the call expecting to hear from a tech the next day. I should note here that we used about 100 pages of test sheets to verify the problem, three pages were completely covered in magenta toner (solid).

1-3-08 – Call to verify that a tech was supposed to contact me. Girl, not sure of name, told me that there we no notes on the job and that no tech was coming. Got mad, told her to get someone here now, she went to find out more and then assured me that there would be someone to arrive on 1-4-08, first thing in the morning.

1-4-08 – Called back to tech support after not hearing from any technician yet, it was late in the day and I had expected at least a call early in the morning. Tech was not issued for the job at all again! The support person asked me to do more diagnostics, I refused due to the length of the initial call and the stand of that tech with regard to what was wrong. This support person told me it could be toner cartridges and that no tech would be sent until I went through the diagnostics again. I became extremely irate and demanded a tech be sent immediately. After assuring me several times that no one was coming I recalled the names of several higher-ups at HP that I knew of, this piqued the interest of the tech and he went to find a supervisor to help escalate the call. I feel if I would not have known these names, I wouldn’t have gotten any help.

I spoke with supervisor Nick who assured me that he would find out what was going on and get back to me by COB Friday evening, 4 hours from then. I made sure that he knew I would be watching the clock and would not accept a late call.

At 1627, 3 minutes before Nick was due to call, I began a call to tech support to reach Nick before COB. After finally reaching him at 1637 he assured me that he was about to return my call, admittedly late. He said the issue had been sent to a tech but that he didn’t’have a name or contact information yet, and that he would call me that evening on my cell phone to relay that information.

At approximately 1900 Nick called with technician Mike O’s (name edited) information, unfortunately he gave me Mr. O’s home phone number as I would find out on Monday morning (1-7-08).

1-7-08 – Call as I still had not heard from a tech. I had found out previously that Nick S. (name edited, not the same Nick) was in charge of the TS group for this area and accidentally gotten his number by calling a wrong number which was confirmed by a call to T. W. (name edited) who was the former supervisor. Nick assured me that someone would be there, M. G. (name edited)

M.G. called to confirm at 11:15.

Arrived 14:30 to replace DC controller board and test. Not resolved although M.G. tried to say it was. I printed various important color docs and showed him it was not fixed. M.G. left at 16:30.

1-8-08 – Expected M.G. to return to office today, later due to previous commitments but today. Called to say he would be in in the afternoon, fine with me. At 16:15 I called M.G. to let him know he was too late, I was not going to wait on him and he should expect to be here at 8:30-9:00 the next day. Did not ask, told him to arrive then.

1-9-08 – Arrived at 10:30, not the agreed upon 8:30-9:00. Replaced the laser lens, recommended cleaning dust more regularly, including removing the side covers and back panels to clean inside. Left at approximately 12:00.

1-10-08 – M.G. called to confirm everything was fine and left his contact information in case of other problems. Finally someone seemed to care, a simple call on his way to another job just be sure that all was well.

THE PRINTER WAS FIXED! IT ONLY TOOK A WEEK!

This is not a good customer service/support experience. Not only was I told things that did not happen, I was told that I could count on people being there or calling at certain times and that didn’t happen. Over a week of my time was devoted to getting a simple printer issue resolved. HP, shame on you, you let me down as a customer.

The last time I dealt with HP, I was so fanatical about their support I wrote a 3 page letter to the head of the Technical Support Group and made sure that the tech was recognized for his hard work and diligence.

Now, HP has become a brand that I will likely never buy or recommend again. A Color LaserJet was a large purchase in our office, the first we ever had, a money saver, a leap forward. My next color laser printer will not be HP, due to this exact incident. Xerox, Canon, Brother, or Ricoh will be getting my business.

I understand that these are technical complicated things that take time to figure out, sometimes trail and error are the only way of solving problems. I’m fine with taking a day or two for parts. I’m not fine with 2 days of missed calls, hours on the phone, lies about when someone is coming and all of the hassle about who is responsible for taking care of me.

HP, you owe me an apology, you owe me for my lost time and frustration. In short, you have a lot to make up for, your customer service is at the bottom of the industry as far as I’m concerned. If you’d like to talk about this further, my contact information is in the sidebar, though I’m sure no one will respond to this, you didn’t respond to me over the last week or so.

Bush picks woman for Supreme Court – With no trial experience!

Ya know what good for her. She is probably a fine attorney, but I would like to have my USSC justices to have at least a little time on the bench for taking a seat on the big bench. Does anyone else have a problem with this? I predict some oddities in the Senate with this nomination
Bush picks woman for Supreme Court – The Changing Court – MSNBC.com

I shouldn’t write this now..

I am so frustrated with everyone right now… I could just scream. This weekend started out well enough with the gang going out to see Butterfly Effect. An absolutely amazing movie. I was in awe the entire time. It’s one of those movies that just grabs you and pulls you in more and more as it goes on. Definitely something to see if you have the chance. After seeing everyone was extremely hyper still at midnight we all decided to go to Steak n Shake. Good times. All in all it was a good night. Some covert drama in the behind-the-scenes part of everything but it’s all good. Saturday is probably when everything started to fall apart, to put it simply and vaguely. I said some things that I shouldn’t have and someone else took it and blew it way out of proportion causing me to lose something I’ve had for 7 years. I had no chance to make it right and now that I know what I do, I’m almost glad it happened. It’s funny how when the cards are really down, people’s true opinions really come out about you. I should have learned along time ago what was going on and go out of things. But as usual I learn the hard way and this is one of those things I’ll have to chalk up to experience. Maybe after the year has passed things will be better. We’ll just have to see how this week is going to go down first. Another interesting thing happened on Saturday too. Someone who would have normally gone out with us didn’t’ on the grounds that certain members of out circle of friends weren’t’ going. Now normally people wont’ show up because of other people being there but this time they wouldn’t go because some people weren’t going to be there. Whatever I guess some people are only your friends when it’s convenient for them. Others just drink themselves into oblivion and try to pass it off as nothing serious and all that other crap. I’m seriously so sick of people today. Anyways moving on with last night, we sat at BWs for like 4 hours and just talked. Nothing important or exciting happened at all. After I got home and crashed around 1 cause I was dead tired I woke up this morning to utter hell breaking lose. Some of it is personal and shouldn’t be put in such a public forum as this, since I know many more people read this than I know. Other stuff is just unbelievable and since I’ve vented about it already in this post I shall leave it alone. Today also was the day that I was going to study since I’ve slacked for about the last week on my HW. Well so far I’ve written a one page case brief and started a 3 page pager… I still have a ton of reading to do, but I’m just not in the mood after everything that’s happened over the past few days. I have to study though, there’s no way out of it. I haven’t’ even showered today… Of course I haven’t’ left the house, but still… I feel that I should maybe shower before bed or something tonight…hmmm… Its also blizzarding tonight… so far we have 2 inches in 2 hours… that’s freakin nuts… tomorrow should be a good drive to work… Also to everyone out there that has a blog… post something now and then… some of you haven’t posted in 2 weeks and I know you have stuff to say. We talked about what you should say. Anyway it’s freakin time to get this stupid paper done…