Breaking Bad in Albuquerque


Dealing with Expedia service agents who are located in the Philippines, what fresh hell that is! With all of the entitlements being handed down from Big Government, it would be nice to have a percentage of my travel expenses covered. Coordinating meetups with grandkids, friends, etc., calls for minor changes in plans and the traveler loses money with each change.

What irritates me this weekend?
There is a radio station in upstate New York using the moniker FICKLE 93.3 We Play Everything. Damn! The silliness never ends. I still prefer the use of call letters, rather than a nickname. It’s part of the dumbing-down of society. Apparently, the new generations need a cutesy name for their radio station, call letters are too difficult to remember. For the most part, stations are sticking with call letters as station ID. KISW, KZOK, KIRO, KOMO, as examples. The audience for these stations is in the older age bracket, so that may explain it. It’s a piddling little topic, but a burr in my boots.

Wearing or not wearing masks has become a new culture war. Costco has an order in place that all customers and employees must wear them. Still, there are defiant ones who refuse to do so, and they get away with it. Everybody has taken a side on the issue. It is kind of strange to walk into a bank, where everyone is wearing a mask.

CNN has already issued a bulletin that 2200 people have died of Covid-19, as a result of attending the Trump rally that is scheduled for tonight in Tulsa, OK.

Travis Mayfield, Q13 FOX, posts a story about the Tulsa Race Massacre that occurred 99 years ago in Tulsa.

One of the previous lines is a joke, the other is just sad.

A friend tells me that a new version of Jet City Radio (Internet only) is starting up soon. It will not be called Jet City Radio, as there are no intentions to associate the station with that city.

Using an iPad, as opposed to a computer keyboard, is a difficult adjustment. I prefer to hear the clicks of the keys.
Among other first-world problems:
Slow Internet access.
Not being able to find items in a shop.
Getting a bad haircut.
Television remote not working.
Poor mobile-phone coverage.
Phone battery dying……………….

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Jason Remington

Author: Jason Remington

Creator, Admin, & Editor of PugetSound.Media, a former broadcaster at KVAC/Forks, KDFL/Sumner, KTTX/KWHI/Brenham, TX., KONP/Port Angeles, KBAM/Longview, KAMT/Tacoma, KRPM FM/Tacoma, KJUN/Puyallup, KASY/Auburn, KTAC AM/Tacoma, KBRD FM/Tacoma, KMTT FM/Tacoma, and KOOL FM/Phoenix. Retired from AT&T.

5 thoughts on “Breaking Bad in Albuquerque

  1. Well Jason, I hope your burred-up boots are part of Filson’s ultra “Lumbersexual” line, perfect for nogged up buddies who team up on a crosscut saw to cut their supermarket Christmas trees down to size. Just remember, you don’t cut timber on a windy day.

    Whenever I get wistful about the clicking of those keyboards, I dig out my wind-up false teeth.

    I’ve been real lucky with overseas techies. Latest example: I bought a new computer on Amazon two weeks ago. No matter what the task, it would lock up dead after about twenty minutes, so I started a refund. A message appeared: “Before you return it, leave your phone number and we’ll have somebody call and try to help you”. What?? But I did, and someone called me. She was in Manila and she made no promises, just said she’d try to help me get it going and if she couldn’t, then to send it back, but at least we tried. We were on the phone for more than an hour and a half and she walked me through a hundred different settings and she got it going. She thanked me and said we did it together. I’ve talked to a lot of service reps in Manila and Cebu City and they always say I should vacation there. I asked her name, it was Angel. I told her she was one while wishing I was fifty years younger. The next day she sent an email thanking me for helping her and signed it Angelique.

    And after nearly a week, my computer’s still working.

  2. Dick….sounds like you have had better luck than me. I have had several people overseas who were nice enough…but it has been difficult to troubleshoot with them. They speak good enough english, but sometimes it is difficult to figure out where we are going and what we are doing if it gets very technical. Worst ever was Quikbooks accounting program. I had bought their basic program that very day, and the person in India supposedly helping kept trying to upsell me a business program…. for a hundred more bucks….that I did not want. Finally the wife of a friend, who is a CPA, helped me figure it out.

  3. Steve,

    Yeah I had to ask her to slow down because of her accent. And they have to read that script! I’ve only had two real nightmares and they were both with Comcast. Every word they said was a lie and came with a big friendly smile.

    First thing I always say is, “Where are you located?” The ones in the Philippines always say to come and visit.

  4. OK Jason…you forget to say :Get off of my lawn!”….but yeah, that situation with giving cutesy names to radio stations, is just another example of the “short attention span” theater we are now forced to be a part of….My main bitch is this–I do considerable commenting on Instagram, and I am noticing a serious trend…people responding with “Imoges” instead of piecing together an actual sentence!….what is next, reverting to sign language when talking to people in real time?….the dumbing down continues, unabated!

  5. Couldn’t agree with you more about the silliness — no, let’s call it stupidity — of the dumb nicknames for stations. It is indeed irritating.

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