Car Insurance

Car insurance stresses me out. I also don’t think it should be required. You aren’t required to carry health insurance, so why are you required to carry car insurance?

I got my car insurance bill a week or so ago and my premium has gone up roughly 100 dollars. I have no idea why, and an explanation is hard to come by. I haven’t changed, my car hasn’t changed. I’m getting older, and so is my car, my insurance should be going down.

After roughly 1,000 emails with my insurance agent, I think I finally have it straightened out. So sick of having to shop around for car insurance every 6 months. Why can’t we be rewarded for being long term customers?



I just left a dollar tip on a thirty dollar bill and I don’t feel bad about it. The waitress started ignoring us because we were taking a break and hadn’t ordered anything in a bit. I thought about ordering something else, but you took so long to come back over that I just asked for my check.

After asking for my check you took almost ten minutes to come back with it. You then took another ten minutes to collect my check and credit card even though I had it ready when you came by the first time. After you took my check you took almost another ten minutes to come back with my credit card.

I am not a bad tipper, and I almost always tip twenty percent or more. But if you choose to ignore me because I haven’t ordered anything in a little while, or take forever to bring my check, take my card, and bring it back; your tip starts to decrease very quickly.

I realize waitresses do not make very much, usually around $2.65 per hour, but it’s not my obligation to make up for your wage with a mandatory tip. A tip is there to let you know how satisfied I am with your service, and if I’m not satisfied you’re not going to get a good tip.

I actually take a different approach than most people with my tipping as well. Say the kitchen screwed up my order, or the bar tender messed up my drink. I’m going to tell you what was screwed up, but I’m not going to take it out on your tip. That is as long as you apologize and make it right, because let’s be honest the bar tender or cook isn’t going to come apologize for themselves.

Like I said I tip to let you know if I’m satisified or unsatisfied with your service. Generally I do not have a problem and I tip twenty percent or more. However, if I’m unsatisfied with your service you’re probably going to get a dollar, maybe even less. I do this because I want you to do better next time. If you’re bad at your job it should be reflected in your tip, plain and simple. This is actually a pretty nice approach, considering I didn’t tell the manager you did a bad job. If I’m bad at my job I either get talked to, written up, or possibly even fired depending on the severity.

So remember this the next time you choose to ignore a table because they haven’t ordered anything in a while.


Almost two weeks ago I ordered a refurbished PS3 from the Sony store. The estimated ship date was July 5th, as of July 10th the PS3 still had not shipped and showed out of stock on the Sony webiste. I decided to cancel my order with Sony and order from CowBoom, I had forgotten about CowBoom even though I bought my iPhone 4 through them.

The order with CowBoom was placed on the 10th, and my PS3 was shipped out by the 12th. My shipment left California at 02:00am Saturday morning, the tracking hasn’t been updated since then. I highly doubt UPS is driving directly from California to Michigan, you think there would be a stop or two between there.

I complained about the tracking not updating on Twitter, and UPS just told me to keep checking the website. You think their internal systems would give a little more detail as to where the package is. I thought about writing a snarky email back, but decided I have better things to do with my time.

Hopefully my shipment comes tomorrow like the tracking says it’s supposed. Otherwise I’ll have delayed my weekend in Grand Rapids for no reason.

So readers, what games should I pick up when my PS3 arrives?