Just Talkin’ for Sept. 23, 2021

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Sometimes it just hits JT out of the blue…and he says oh yea, that makes sense. Such was the case while being placed on hold for about 30 minutes the other day. You know the routine….go through two or three prompts from an automated voice, put your account number or ID number in at least twice…and then hold for the next available service representative….who usually speaks in an accent that’s harder to understand than a down-the-bayou Cajun. This seems to be the new way of life for customers. It’s not that the companies don’t appreciate us… it’s all about improving their bottom line. And this has been going on for a number of years now. They could easily hire more people in the customer service department and handle our issues quicker. But they have found out we are accustomed (or is it trained) to the wait. That way they can do their customer service with fewer people, thus cutting their costs.

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D&D Construction

Hummingbird sightings have been plentiful in the area. JT understands they will hang around till mid-October. Looking up to find out when is the best time to take down the feeders, JT was surprised to see in Louisiana they can be left up year-round. Guess that’s because their migration to warm weather keeps them here. JT also has reports that the “love bugs” have returned. That means they’ll be around for at least four weeks. JT read they are actually here year round, but are much more prevalent during their mating seasons in May and September. There are a number of ways to prevent them from sticking to your car. One is to use cooking oil or Vaseline on your grill area before taking off on a trip. JTs also heard of using dryer sheets, first dry, then wet, to remove the bugs. What ever route you take…it’s going to require some elbow grease.

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JT realizes that our government runs and develops items on the “cheapest bid” concept. He couldn’t help but remember one astronaut talking about what scared him the most about an upcoming flight into space. He replied that knowing he was about to be hurled into the heavens at unthinkable speed in a craft where every part was made by the cheapest bidder. With four civilians returning home after a few days in space via a private company, JT is pretty sure that was not on their “fear list.”

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