What a horrible post to knock the last story from the top, but we are compelled to give our readers (or at least one reader) what they want, so here is a short article on the Kawaii trend coming to America
The wheat has been separated from the chaff today. Looking at the State of Ohio's Bar Exam Results for February 2005, 62% of the participants passed, 75% of first-timers passed, and 100% of KissaBoo authors' significant others passed. Congratulations to all!!!
In fact, KissaBoo authors' record on Bar exams in general is at 100%, so become an author today!
The scientific world was turned on its head when scientists reported that yesterday, April 28, 2005, they produced nuclear fusion. In fact, the news was so nice, it was posted twice (here and here) on a popular website. Kissaboo, however, has always strived to give you tomorrow's news today, today's news yesterday, and yesterday's news over seven-and-a-half years ago.
Now some of you may wonder, "This news of a post-November 21, 1997, world is too good to be true. The fusion described must be dirty, dangerous, and financially inefficient to build." But, no. The post-November 21, 1997, world is, indeed, clean, safe, and cost-effective.
Though we forgot to post a reminder about Ben and Jerry's first ice cream cone from last week, we will take the time to point out that this afternoon from 5 to 8 Cold Stone will be giving out free birthday cake (and we will probably still not participate). Cold Stone's have been popping up all over the Cleveland and Triangle areas, as I am sure they have been all over the good ol' U.S. of A. Though their penetration will probably not match Dunkin's Donuts 90 stories over the next 6 years in the area. Watch for Cleveland's population to drop off even further after that, since we will all be well past the pleasant plumpness of longer life.
For those who know about The Long Tail theory as it applies to TV (yes, this is partly an excuse to link to both), they can recognize that the shutting of the virtual doors of tvtorrents.tv will make the tail shorter by removing a very convenient method of accessing shows that otherwise a large number of viewers would never see. I discovered their closing when I visited the site to download some recent episodes of The Contender. If this pattern continues and other such sites close their doors (I won't mention them here because the feds are ALL OVER this site (jk) and I don't want to draw them any undue attention, but leave a post and I'll send an email), then my recent trend of "media hoarding" will be over. Due to time limitations, which limits my TV watching among other things, and the fact that one never knows when a show will be gone for good and you will never be able to view its episodes again, I've been downloading shows just for the hope of watching them one day. The Contender, Numbers, Veronica Mars, House, even this season of my "favorite show", Amazing Race, among others I have not watched at all, but just saved for potential later viewing. In a business sense, I'm not sure how production companies should really feel about this. I seriously would just never watch these shows otherwise and I doubt they will be coming to DVD anytime soon. From the networks perspective, is it better for a potential viewer to just never watch a show or for them to save it and view later (probably without commericals)? If they ever want me to buy the DVD set (which I have done for a few shows after recording all the episodes myself) or to watch it live with commercials, the latter is their only option. Oh well, so long tvtorrents.
Btw, I am pretty sure this isn't just part of TV Turnoff Week.
I know we have some Orel F**cking Hershiser fans in the audience, so I'll let you decide whether this random post I came across is a parody of a real incident or just a parody.
Since Kronheim is being exposed, I thought i'd share my tale of woe.
I thought i'd buy the Weezer DVD and Weezer 2 disc special edition blue album CD about A YEAR AGO. I went online where they had a promotion where if you buy them both, they would discount it further. They said they were currently out of stock with the CD but I could put it on order and they would send it to me and I could pick the DVD up at a store. This is where I began my decent into hell.
I show up at the store, but their "system" is down. They tell me they can just outright sell me the DVD since they have plenty in stock, but they can not credit me as having picked it up. They said I could call customer service on the next business day and they would adjust everything. I called, they said they'd do it. They did not.
I started getting emails about picking up my DVD or blah blah blah, they would strike me dead or something. I let the first one go, but after the 2nd and 3rd, I called AGAIN and told them to adjust it.
Now, the website says my CD had shipped a week and a half ago, from the city I live in. I called to ask where it is, they said it was lost. I call the next day, they said it was returned to sender. I ask them to resend they said yes. I wait a week and call AGAIN and they said it was never resent out. I ask them to do it, they say Ok.
They charge my account AGAIN. I call and complain about this and they take it back. Then a week later they inexpilcable charge me AGAIN. I call again and I'm pissed. By this point they have refused to resend the CD because they say at this point the sale is over so I would have to pay regular price. I am LIVID. I give up and i'm like fine, you win.
FOUR MONTHS LATER they inexplicably charge my account AGAIN! I call PISSED because i feel it is horrible they continue to use my bank information without my authorization. Then they make ME fill out some form and fax it in or else they won't credit my account, though i have done NOTHING to get them to charge me again.
A week later the money is back and the whole thing is done and 6 1/2 months have passed since i bought everything online.
PS. The CD sucked. I'm glad i didn't buy it. I ended up burning it from a friend anyway
PPS. I don't even think i like weezer anymore.
PPPS. I still haven't even opened the DVD
PPPPS. I was in best buy the other day and dropped off a VHS tape to be converted to DVD. They F-d that up to. And with attitude.
THE MORALE OF THE STORY IS, UNLESS IT IS WAAAAAAAAY CHEAPER OR YOU'RE MASOCHISTIC, DO NOT EVER SHOP AT BEST BUY EVER AGAIN AND NEVER EVER EVER USE THEIR ONLINE OR STORE PICK-UP OPTIONS!!!!!
OF THE WORLD.
We try to refrain from being crass on this site, though some might argue with that suggestion, but my goal for this post is to be the top search result for the word Kronheim and/or Kroheims, Kronheim's, and Kronheim's. Additionally, I want this to especially be the top search result for combinations of the above with any of the following words: Sucks Cheat Fraud Lie Liars Crook Bankrupt Blows Beware (please include any additional synonyms in the comments and I'll keep expanding this list). It should not be hard to beat their own website in the search results because it does not even exist – and considering the fact that they are closing all their stores (and presumably filing/forced into bankruptcy since lawsuits are pending against them) I doubt it ever will. To be technical, I believe the name of the store is Kronheim's, but I won't look up their incorporation now (the amazing thing is they claim to have been in business for over 86 years).
I am very tired at the moment and this story is going to be rather long, so stay tuned for all the details of a classic tale of a retail purchase gone wrong.
Update: 4/7/05 This tale will still be told - I just am very tired at the moment and some issues are still being resolved. Let it be known that my search for justice has not been extinguished and we finally hit Google at 36 for the term "Kronheim" and 10 (so first page!) for Kronheim Furniture.