Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Other Side

I could not finish this essay.  Why?  It is about the perspective of a black man and his prescription of an interaction with a police officer.  While I am certain that it is as he says, it is not exclusive to color.

He talks of the cop asking questions like does he have any drugs, guns, or anything illegal in the car.  I have been asked the same questions by police officers.  Perhaps my reaction is different, I do not look away, I do not back down in difference to the officer.  I do not take their bait when they threaten to bring dogs, or another cup shows up.  I have had enough experience to know that the cop sees my long hair, my style of clothing, and assumes I must have drugs, or at least an high.  I use that to my advantage, and use my knowledge of law against him.  Though I have often been told to get out of the car, I really do.  If I do so, I lock the car, and do not allow them entry.  It does not matter that I knew I had nothing in the car, I don't know what he or she might have on them.  I've been arrested, my car left for a friend's to retrieve, as they had no probable cause.  My first call is always to someone who will them call my lawyer.  I wait, and only once, because of the weather was I ever fully processed in and had to sit in a cell for 24 hours.  Even at that I was alone in the cell, not in central holding, because even though my lawyer could not get there to sign the papers, he insisted I was held in a private cell.

I understand the job of a police officer is difficult, but they make it more so with profiling, and making assumptions.  I am Irish decent, so yea mostly white.  I look like I should be something I am not and that gets me stopped for a dirty license plate, or some other such bs.  My entire life I have driven more without a license than with one.  I don't think about it, just money to pay off whoever decided they need to hit me up for money.  That is the way I look at it.  Perhaps it is different, but from my perspective not by much.  I have never been thrown on the hood of my car, or even touched without my permission.  I have been treated fairly well when you consider it.  I try to treat the police officers with respect, but never cower to a civil servant.  I pay their salary, and if they disrespect me, I gently remind them that I am their employer, and my lawyer will certainly make note of any issues I feel are unjust or unlawful.

Be as it may be, I have found that if you treat them with the respect they deserve, do not fear them, and keep them aware of your status as citizen, you should fair out alright.  Though it may be different for black people, or Latino people, or the list goes on, for me it isn't the police officers that are different, it is how I deal with them that changes things.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Puppies for Sale

So far I have looked at several of the major websites for listing puppies, and they all use the same model.  They tell you,  you can list your puppies for free, but the buyers will have to pay for contact information.  Now who the hell is going to bother with your ad if they have to pay for it?

That is just deceptive and petty business practice.  If you want to pay for insertion you can by becoming a subscribing member, either by the month or in blocks or by the year, whatever.  Unfortunately, they wait to tell you that after you have submitted a listing.

Of course you want to pay for the listing, because the buyers should not and will not pay to view your ad.  If they were at all reputable they would state that it is a paid insertion site right from the beginning, and state their fees even before you sign up for anything.

I have to sell my puppies, and I don't even mind paying for insertion, that is the cost of doing business.  Back in the days of newspaper and magazine publishing you were quoted a price before you submitted the ad based on various factors, all of which they described up front, before you submitted the ad.  They did not say hey yea, we will print the ad, but if you want the reader to see it you will have to pay a subscription fee.  That borders on extortion, though not quite, it is certainly pretty close.

Paying for ad insertion, even paying for ad performance, and such things is the cost of selling, it is to be expected.  What you do not expect, or should not expect is that the people I am listing with will utilize bait and switch tactics to extort a subscription fee from me, and that does not even include any special services like bold titles, which are costed per ad.

It would be better if they charged a per ad insertion fee, plus any extras, and offered discounts for frequency, number of ads submitted at the same time, and premium listing for search ranking.  They should post these cost up front, before you sign up with them, before you submit an ad, and definitely not make buyers pay to see the contact information or details of the ad.  That is just bad business practice.

If I had the time right now I would do it right, build my own listing service, website, mobile app, and integrate it with the social sites and search services.  I know it takes time to build up such things, but doing right is better for everyone.  The cost up front model has worked well for many years, and it instills a level of honesty and integrity that is not present in the model these listing sites use.

To top it all off, they also run ads on their site, so they are making the bulk of their revenue from ads that the buyer and seller are subjected to without their consent, or even interest in their service.

Though I can not fault them for running ads on the site, this is the way with the internet, there is a right way and a wrong way to do that as well.  Specify an area, above the fold, in the right column, above the footer, and run the ads there, not inline, especially for subscribed members.  Their integrity is suspect at best, they feel cheap and very used car salesman like, and I will not subscribe to them.  I will also post this blog, share it to my social network, and though it will have no effect on them at all, I will feel better for it.

Maybe I will build a better website, anyone interested in such a thing, or have you submitted to this model of doing business?  Am I just a dinosaur for thinking that integrity, honesty, and good business practice is still the best course of action.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Yea That's Right

I am the greatest cook.  How do I know this, because I can even make oatmeal delicious.  I would tell you my secret, but you will have to buy the book to find out how to elevate oatmeal from boring to delicious.

Coming soon a cookbook filled with such things, from us, with pictures.  I will post the link as soon as it goes live on Amazon.