Smells like low tide.

Ballard LocksThis is low tide at one of my favorite places. Just a few minutes from the ever popular Hiram M. Chittenden locks in Ballard is a tiny little beach that some berry pickers, bud light drinkers, and myself know about. The fish swim by in large numbers, but the people have their noses pressed to the windows at the fish ladder at the locks. Today, I saw some huge Chinook Salmon and it got me pumped for the future. Mostly my fishing future. When I first moved to Seattle and lived on a  boat in Ballard, I would walk down to this beach with Lando and let him run around off leash. He loved it when the geese were visiting.

November 29th – The Weirdness of Seattle.

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New blogs.

Man, I feel like I have been busy. I started NoFuckingBeads.com to chronicle my adventures in steelheading. I have been updating Live Aboard in Ballard to show how to cook food on a boat. When it is raining, I like to take the dogs to the beach. Well I would like to, but it is illegal so I can’t. Golden Gardens is a great place for those of you without dogs. There are no good place to take your dogs off leash. All dog parks turn into mud pits as soon as it rains. Guess what, it rains a lot here.

I am working more and more at Orvis. I am trying to finish up the paperwork for the observer job. Blood Knot is coming out with a new issue soon. Things are busy. I am taking the EMT class in January. Well, I am taking the test to try and get into the EMT class. Here are some pictures from Golden Gardens.

My experience with U-Haul.

Last week, I made a reservation for Wednesday 9am to install a hitch to tow a U-Hail trailer.

Then I showed up Wednesday for the reservation to be told that they can’t get to our car, but we need to come back the next day. (What does “reservation” mean?) The guy behind the counter grabbed the wiring off the wall and asked me if i thought that it would work with my car. (I am now freaking out inside) I read the label and assumed it would. That is when it hits me that they hadn’t checked to see if they even had the parts for the car AND it was an hour past my “reservation” time. I made another “reservation” for the trailer. Our time was scheduled for 10:00 am Sunday.

The next day our reservation was for 11 am. We showed up at 9:30 am and the said that the car would be ready at 1 pm. They called at 12:45 to let us know that they would be finished at 1:15.

We picked up the car with our hitch installed. Hope was slowly being restored that they could get their act together.

I returned on Sunday to pick up our trailer. There was a sign on the wall guaranteeing the “right equipment, on time, at the right price” or they would give me $50. When I asked about the guarantee, they referred me to 1-800-GO -UHAUL. I reminded myself to call them later.  We went outside to hook the trailer onto our new hitch. The ball was in the trunk and need to be placed into the receiver. It didn’t fit. Whomever “installed” our hitch during our “reservation” never actually put the ball into the receiver. They gave us another one (I was told that we were lucky they had one) that didn’t quite fit and rattled for the 3 day drive to Seattle.

We made it to Seattle.  In fact, I returned the trailer a day early.

I called the 1-800-GO-UHAUL and told them that my reservation was not on time, the wrong parts were installed, and how do I get my $50? They told me to take it up with the manager at the store as it was a purchase issue, not a rental problem.

I arrived to the U-Haul that I had chosen as my dropp of destination in Boulder. The spot I chose is in the town of Ballard where I live. They printed the address on my contract. I arrived to the location and there was a sign that siad to wait in the vehicle and someone would help me. Nobody came. I walked inside and when they two people behind the counter finally realized I wasn’t going to leave, they asked, “Have a question?” I replied by telling them I had a trailer to return. They said that I couldn’t. They told me that they had too many trailers and the fire marshall was already mad at them. I had to take my trailer to another town. I told them that I specifically chose this location, but they refused. I had to drive to another town to return my trailer. I was happy to get rid of it.

I filled out a customer satisfaction survey at the end of my experience and asked them to call me so I could tell them what they could do to make it right. They called me back, asking me to call them, but didn’t leave a number. Then I got this email:

“yes this is darnell the gm for the center. you had a bad time with my center i am sorry for that. how can I make things better for you.”

I shit you not, that is the entire email. I will not respond to this.

Then they sent me a $25.00 coupon for my next rental or purchase…