Monthly Archives: April 2010

Dickies Does it Right!

While some companies don’t exactly take care of their customers, others know how to court their patrons.  Though it shouldn’t be, it’s impressive when a company actually does something as simple as providing customer service, in a time when customer care is outsourced to foreign outlets, and every interaction with the company is reduced to a series of voice-menu options and automated e-mail responses.

More than a few years ago, I bought a pair of Dickies brand bib-overalls for wearing while working around the house.  For years, they have fit the bill nicely, holding up under all sorts of extreme conditions while I did everything from building a pallet shed to threshing out a maze in the high weeds in the hot North-East Texas humidity.  I’ve been very proud of these overalls, and they are always a go-to part of my working wardrobe.  That’s why I was crestfallen to discover that part of the overalls did not survive a recent ride in the laundry.  The little buckle that holds the strap together seemingly disintegrated in the dryer.  Crushed, I fired off an e-mail to Dickies, letting them know of my dismay, and asking where I might obtain replacement parts.  Not wanting to wear them with only one strap, I told customer support that I felt my overalls still had a few years of service left in them, and that I was interested in doing a little repair work, if they would only point me in the direction of the needed parts and an order form.

Fast forward a few weeks.

Not having heard anything from Dickies in 3 weeks, I assumed that I was just another faceless, forgotten fish in a sea of meaningless customers, just like so many other corporations make me and countless others feel.

Then I checked the mail.

In the mail, I found a plain package with “Williamson Dickie” on the return address.   Inside was a fistful of buckles and matching latches for my overalls!  I’ve got to hand it to Dickies for taking care of me by providing me with enough replacement parts to last a lifetime.  So, I’d like to take a moment to send a little love to Dickies.  I will definitely continue to give Dickies my support with my buying dollar, and I will be sure to share my feelings on the quality of their products with my friends and family.

Buy Dickies.


Posted by on April 27, 2010 in better living, quality


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Mark my words–in eight months, you will remember this picture and this commercial:

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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in humour, tongueincheek


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Jump Around!

Every once in a while, something comes along that is so inspired and awesome that it makes my inner child giggle with glee.  I stumbled across this excellent music video made by Jonathan Wrigley and just had to share it.  It’s a perfect blend of Bollywood and early 90’s hip-hop.   Enjoy it, and don’t fight the urge to Jump Around!

If you’re like me, that was enough to get you curious about the original music to the video. Well, with just a little research, I was able to track down the scene that was cut up to make that gem. Seeing it in its original form, just makes the editing that much more spectacular.

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Posted by on April 13, 2010 in humour, internet, music


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Dear Teenage Boys,

A word on personal hygiene:

That is all.


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Sherlock Holmes

#22 Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes poster

L: How long has he been like that?

W: About 35 minutes.  I suggested we take in a movie, and he grabbed his coat and rushed me out the door, flung me into the nearest hansom and here I find myself, watching my dear friend stand in the middle of a video store staring at a wall of movies.

L: Has he been at the pipe again?

W: I fear so.

L: Look! It seems as though his trance is broken; here he comes.

H: I wish I could say it was a pleasant surprise to see you here.

L: Have you figured out what movie to rent?

H: I have, indeed, not made a final decision as of yet.  I believe I am in the mood for an animated film, circa 2001, starring that blonde gentleman who later went on to portray a certain British secret agent.  I surmise the film was French in origin.  Would you be so kind as to go and fetch it for me, so that I might be on my way and distract you from your own search no longer than necessary.

L: It would be my pleasure to assist the great Sher–

H: Go!  Go!  Speed is of the utmost importance!

W: But–but–we watched that not more than 14 months hence.  It is not like you to rewatch a film such as that without purchasing it.

H: A mere ruse to distract our dear inspector from renting the very same movie I intended to take home this very night.  You see, there was only one copy left on the shelf and he was clearly interested in watching it, no doubt hoping to pick up a few pointers, as it were.

2 hours later

W: I say, how DO you do it?  How on earth did you know that would be the perfect movie?  Though some of the special effects were obvious, and the story was more action oriented than the books, the movie was an excellent example of an adaptation done well.  What I can’t figure out, is how the deuce did you know they’d get it so right?

H: It was really quite simple–a mere matter of deduction.  You see, the absence of any other copies on the shelf indicated that this movie was popular enough to have garnered good word of mouth, but not so popular as to have been consumed by the masses in entirety within mere moments of being made available for rental.  The muted tones and faux aged appearance of the illustrations on the cover indicated that this movie was being marketed with a proper sense of nostalgia and respect for the genre in which it belongs.  The prominence of the title, which, not coincidentally lacks a subtitle, suggests that this adaptation of a classic literary tale extrapolates from the entirety of the works, and not just from one short tale, thus serving as an excellent introduction to the characters and story as a whole.  The actor chosen to portray the lead role, while a little unorthodox in that he looks nothing like the character in question, is just different enough to make the character fresh again.  It is an added extravagence that the actor in question has a history of drug abuse, wild living, and a smarmy charm unequaled by his peers, not unlike our protagonist.  The director has chosen to render his name in small font on the back of the case, thus denying himself the privelege of bragging.  This told me that he either did not want to draw attention to the fact that he made this movie, and thus was not proud of it, or that he understood that the real draw of this film would be the stars on screen.  Since he was married for a time to a dance hall girl and performer of some considerable fame who later, unfortunately took leave of her senses, I can only believe that he has learned to accept his station in life and prove his skills in a quiet fashion.

W: You got all that from looking at the cover?

H: Well, that and the cute girl behind the counter suggested it to me yesterday.


Posted by on April 8, 2010 in film, Movie Challenge


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What Happens When a Peanut Goes Missing?

Authorities fear he was assaulted.

I’m sure I’ve pointed it out before, but I’d just like to remind folks about my other blog–One Nut Shy.  It’s kind of like Garfield Minus Garfield, only with the Charlie Brown gang.  I’ve been on a long hiatus from making new ones, and I doubt I’ll be on any sort of regular schedule any time soon, but please, feel free to check out the 100+ comics that are up.  I’m particularly proud of a few of them, and I hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in humour, internet


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#21 Rebecca

Rebecca movie posterKnown as Hitchcock’s first American film, the master of suspense teamed up with Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick to bring to life Daphne Du Maurier’s modern classic supsense novel, Rebecca.  It becomes very clear early on in this film that Hitchcock was the right choice to direct this tale of internal suspense and romance.

The story follows the experiences of a young woman played by Joan Fontaine as she falls in love with and marries the mysterious widower Maxim De Winter, played masterfully by Lawrence Olivier.  The new Mrs. DeWinter is haunted by the memory of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, and all the influence she had on those around her.  Hitchcock does a great job  of portraying the paranoia that settles in around our young heroin and we watch with bated breath as the truth about the details of Rebecca’s tragic death emerges.

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Many of the trademark Hitchcock signatures abound through this film; from camera movements that tell stories without really showing anything, to capturing just the right facial expressions on characters in the background, he leads the viewer down the path that Hitchcock wants them to go down.  When it’s all said and done, you feel like you still don’t know the full story, but you’re satisfied with what you do know.  If you like suspense with a healthy dose of romance and you enjoy seeing leading men who walk with an air of bravado, this movie is a sure hit for your next movie night.

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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in Movie Challenge


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