Just Jot January – 2018

The #JusJoJan for today is “Revolt” as suggested by Sandra at “What Sandra Thinks.”

This is an easy one for me as I just had an experience that made me revolt against the system.

My husband and I went to dine at Outback Steakhouse after a recent procedure he had for which he had to fast the night before.  (He has those occasionally and we always end up going out to eat right after, no matter how groggy he is from the anesthesia – LOL).  At any rate, Outback is right down the street from the Surgery Center so it was an easy decision.

Since it was between lunch and dinner, there was no line and no waiting.  We got seated at a table and ordered drinks which were perfectly made.  My husband even went over to the bartender to tell her so. 

Next we ordered our meal, which included the appetizer blooming onion.  When we ordered this our server (name withheld to preserve anonymity) immediately picked up the Ziosk machine that was at our table and put in the order for the onion. 

I’m sure you’ve seen those machines before, they are popping up at all the restaurants.  You can play games on them (only a few are free, the rest you need to pay for) while you wait and you can order more food or drinks yourself and pay your bill with them.  I do not like them, but didn’t say anything about it at the time.  
Our food came.  This is what happens when your husband has to fast and you worry about him while he is undergoing the procedure:
(Yes, healthy eating is still part of my goals for the year but sheesh it’s only January and once in a while it is okay!)
Anyway, the food was delicious and the server was attentive.  Everything was great until it came time to pay the bill.  She immediately picked up the Ziosk device and was going to assist me in using it to pay.  I politely told her that I did not use those machines as I had tried them once and been the victim of fraud.  Someone had taken my credit card number and within hours had tried to pay for a hotel room in another part of the state.  
She proceeded to tell me that it was Outback policy to use the machines AND THAT SHE WOULD GET IN TROUBLE IF WE DID NOT USE IT.  I explained again that I did not use them because they are sitting unattended on every table and the “bad people” know how to get in and hack them.  (A fact which I Googled in preparing for this post and there were several versions of how to do a hack on the machines.  Some were old, it is true, but there were some articles from just last year!)  I told her I would be happy to talk to the manager for her and let him/her know why I was not using the machine and the server told me that it was okay, this one time.  She said they were “not supposed to use the computer in the back” but that this one time it would be okay.  She said she would only get written up if her entire section didn’t use the machine.  

We paid the bill, made sure to give her a good tip (it wasn’t her fault the company was pressuring them) and I even wrote on the receipt that she gave excellent service.  My husband gave the bartender an extra tip.  Obviously we did not have a miserable time there.  However, because it really made me mad that Outback would have such a policy, I immediately got on my computer at home and sent off emails to both the local Outback and to corporate headquarters.  By this time it was late afternoon on a Friday and Monday was the holiday so I didn’t expect to hear anything right away. 

Yesterday I got an email from the Managing Partner at the local Outback.  She apologized for our “less than perfect” experience at Outback and said that while the staff is trained on using the Ziosk machines, they should not “force the tablet” on us or make us “feel bad for not using it.”  She wanted to invite us back as her “personal guest for the experience we deserved.”   

I thanked her for her response but wanted to make sure that our server in NO WAY got in trouble for our comments.  I said that clearly the servers were being pressured by corporate to use the systems and that I did not feel they should be held responsible for the customer’s actions and that I felt it was a bad policy.  I gave her our mailing address so that she could send us the invite or whatever she is sending.  We’ll see what happens. 

So, that was my revolt against the system.  What is your opinion?  Do you use the kiosk machines on the tables at restaurants?  Have you had your card numbers stolen?  Make sure to visit the other participants in #JusJoJan to read their revolting stories – LOL.


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Just Jot January – 2018

#JusJoJan is One Liner Wednesday today and I don’t have a good one-liner so I’m sharing a picture of something I saw yesterday while on my walk by the San Francisco Bay.  I’ve mentioned before that I really like taking that 20 minute walk on the Bay Trail and watching the choreographed take offs and landings of the airplanes at San Francisco Airport…

and the dancing splash of the water on the rocks.

Since I started work at Michaels I haven’t been taking the walks and yesterday, as part of my goals for the year, I decided to visit it again.  The first thing I noticed were several of the Lime Bikes sitting there available for rental.  The trail actually extends farther than the distance I walk so you could rent a bike and ride the trail and then return it.  Next I saw this little stump of a tree that had been cut to look like a small seat.

A little farther up was this “couch.”  It has a plaque on it that says that it was a repurposed pine tree from Washington Park that had been destroyed by the floods in 2017.  It was carved by the Burlingame Park Department.  It looks like something out of the Flintstones, doesn’t it?  

From this seat you can sit and watch the airport traffic and also the ducks swimming in the water.

I would definitely bring a cushion or something to sit on because it doesn’t look all that comfortable for lengthy sitting.

I forgot how much fun it was to walk that short trail and I am glad I did.  Definitely going to start making it a more regular habit.  How about you?  Notice any changes to someplace you haven’t been in a while?   

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Just Jot January – 2018

Today’s prompt in #JusJoJan is “contemplation” as suggested by Cheryl at The Bag Lady

The definition of contemplation is:   The action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time and deep reflective thought.  Today my contemplation was on the upcoming Stamp and Scrapbook Expo which is happening in March and which I faithfully attend with my niece, Donna.  We have a great time browsing and shopping and taking some classes.  We even win prizes!!  We’ve each won the Golden Ticket prize and the number on the floor prize. 

The object of my contemplation tonight was which class to take at the upcoming event in March in Pleasanton.  There is a class on lettering and illustration which would be new techniques to learn and may come in handy since I don’t always like the way my handwriting looks.  There are also a couple to make mini-albums and cards, which we have done in the past.  We have some time to decide, so I may do some more contemplation, although the lettering one is capturing my attention.  
What do you think?  Lettering or mini-album?  They both cost the same and with the purchase of the class we get free entrance to the expo.  The lettering is at 1:00 and the mini-album is at 11:00.  Both are hour long classes.  Ahhh…decisions.  While I contemplate, please stop by the other #JusJoJan participants!

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Just Jot January – 2018

So I missed yesterday’s jot prompt which was “Ultimatum.”  I don’t like ultimatums and try not to use them because then it means I need to carry through with whatever the “punishment” is.  I also try not to get myself in a position where ultimatums are used either.  Anyway, the prompt was just too depressing for me and I suppose I could have just written the above, but I also worked yesterday and that kind of cut my day in half.  By the time I figured out what I COULD write (or that I didn’t really have to write about Ultimatum), I didn’t feel like it anymore so I watched Taken 3 when I came home from work instead.  Totally vegged out.

Today’s #JusJoJan is the word “Justice” as suggested by Barb at Gallimaufry (what a cool word is that!) 

It immediately made me think of the Al Pacino movie “And Justice For All.” 

Here’s the ending:

“You’re out of order…”
Scales of justice, trying to balance “necessary” work and “fun work.”  I hate when “necessary” work tips the scales don’t you?  Hopefully I’ll get some fun work in because I have Tuesday and Wednesday off.  Interesting that Michaels is no longer “fun” work already?!

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Just Jot January – 2018

Today’s prompt for #JusJoJan coincides with #SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday) also hosted by Linda G. Hill.  The prompt intrigued me since the instructions were:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is as follows: read closely. When you’re ready to sit down and write your post, look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page. Enjoy!

I love that kind of mystery exercise.  Here are my words:

To Live Happily…  and the rest of the sentence…

…is an inward power of the soul.  – Marcus Aurelius

From the cover of the book “Positive Quotes for Every Day” by Patricia Lorenz.

To live happily! 

I didn’t know who Marcus Aurelius was so I had to look him up (don’t judge if you knew who he was).  Turns out he was a Roman emperor, the last of the so-called Five Good emperors, according to Wikipedia.  He was a practitioner of “Stoicism” (which I also had to look up).  I thought being “stoic” was being too serious or not showing any emotion.  I was correct about that, but I didn’t realize that stoicism was an actual philosophy.  “According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan, and BY WORKING TOGETHER AND TREATING OTHERS IN A FAIR AND JUST MANNER. 

Did I shout that loud enough for Washington (or Mar-a-Lago) to hear?

So, also in my quest for the perfect me this year is being a part of the Creative Dream Circle with Andrea Schroeder. 

I actually drew up this “map” last February but it is still in my conscious mind and is the basis for the vision cards I made for this year. 

I love doing stuff like this.  Some may think it is silly but I believe that if you keep thinking about the positive ways to bring the things you want into your life, you’ll get them.  “An inward power of the soul.”  
Who wouldn’t want “To Live Happily?”  

And that’s my Stream of Consciousness.  Where is your mind taking you today?


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Just Jot January – 2018

Today’s #JusJoJan comes from Fandango at This, That and The Other and it is the word Aggravate.

Yesterday was humiliate and my answer was #45.  Today is also #45 and it is amazing that one person can do so much to aggravate so many people at once without having to face some sort of censure (impeachment).  I continue to pray.

As a rule I stay out of political discussions and I am not getting into one now.  I will admit I don’t know all the ins and outs of all the political actions, all I know is how my life is when certain groups are in office as opposed to how it is when other groups are in office.  This is not my group.

Tomorrow is another day.

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Just Jot January – 2018

The prompt for #JustJoJan today is the word “Humiliate”, as suggested by Jim Adams at A Unique Title For Me.  Go visit and read his story for today’s prompt. 

I’m sorry and I definitely don’t want to start up a whole political issue but the only thing I can think of for this word is #45.  Even when I Googled images for that word, there were quite a few pictures of him. 

I guess I should be very grateful that I don’t have any personal experiences regarding humiliate or being humiliated.  There may be something but perhaps I’ve blocked it. 


  That’s my jot for today.  Short and sweet. 


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