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Neal Grosskopf
12/13/2007 7:49:46 PM
Greetings and salutations everyone! Boy was tonight a funny night. Emily and I received a rather authentic looking certificate/prize in the mail from Ramada® Plaza Resorts (Orlando/Ft. Lauderdale Vacations) stating that we had "won" a $1,600 off a Carnival Cruise from Florida to the Bahamas. Having peaked my curiosity I called the 800 number to see what was up. I got Jack Dillard, Senior Yada Yada President for Ramada at 7:00 P.M Eastern Time. (The guy works late).

Jack was offering us a "Big Gay" honeymoon package for an 8 day get-a-way to the Bahamas for $399 per person. He noted that if this was too much he could lower the price to accommodate us. I kept trying to get him to tell us how much it would cost us but he didn't tell me the $399 thing until 30 minutes into the phone call. Unfortunately for him, Emily and I were researching the whole deal and found out that it was just a big let down. People stated that the service sucked and they ended up paying $2,600 even after the $1,600 taken off in the end. Visit that previous link to see the complaints about it. (I simply don't have enough time tonight to type every single one of them out).

So what happened? I inquired if we were going to get lectured on our vacation about time shares and he replied changing "time shares" into a short morning having to visit some place and waste our time. I was suspecting that there would be alot more time share crap than that. After 30 minutes of waiting he told us the price and wanted our credit card number. Oh I also forgot to mention that he told us we HAVE to buy our tickets tonight and that we can't decide later. Let me repeat, we had to pay tonight. This is the part that worried me the most because it was a pressured decision. Pressured decisions are usually how you get scammed. At that point I hung up our cell phone.

He immediately called back and told us that we were "mean for hanging up on him and that this deal was so great....He then told us that "if we don't have enough money in our poor little account, he can lower the price more." What a dick! Poor little account my ass! Truth is we could have afforded the stupid trip, it was that we didn't trust him!

I figured by posting this online, I can maybe save a few more people 30 minutes of their time on the phone with an aggressive sales person.
Right? I propose that anyone who visits my site call this number 1-954-455-3211 and ask for Jack Dillard. Then prank him and hang up.

In better travel news I'm going to Downtown Chicago January 10th and 11th! Why you ask? Because I am being sent for a Web Trends class for work. While Web Trends isn't my favorite activity, traveling somewhere to get better at it is. There is also a possibility that Emily would be able to come along as well and we could check out the city for a day or two after it all. Yay!

Adventure to Chicago

Neal Grosskopf
1/10/2008 9:36:23 PM
Now blogging from Chicago Illinois. Right now I'm in a hotel in Chicago on business for work. It was quite a journey down here. I managed to make the trip without making a single wrong turn. I had some free time tonight so I decided to walk around the downtown area a bit. The weather wasn't really the type that would make you want to walk around but I did it regardless since I probably won't be in Chicago for a long time. My first visit was a few blocks over to the Sears Tower. Check out my photo gallery to see some pictures of it and some pictures from the top of it. The trip would have been more fun with another person but I had fun by myself regardless.

I spent about a hour at the Sears Tower and after that I wondered around a bit more past my hotel. Then it started raining a lot harder so I decided to go back to my hotel. Chicago really is like another universe compared to the places I'm used to (like Appleton, or Oshkosh). Downtown there are thousands of people walking around in a big hurry. Most people seem sort of unfriendly. You can occasionally see a homeless person which is weird, considering their surrounded by rich people in pea coats.

I would have been nicer to have an extra day or two to visit all the things there are to visit around the city but that will just have to be another vacation. Well I'm about out of things to talk about.

If You're Going To San Francisco

Neal Grosskopf
1/18/2008 8:07:43 PM
A new blog post due to demand . As you can tell I made it back from Chicago ok. Overall it was a great trip. Life is going good right now, I mean the Packers beat the Seahawks and the Giants beat Dallas. What more could you ask for? Well I guess you could ask for the Packers going to the Super Bowl and Winning it - lets just make it there first.

As of late I've been receiving a lot more visits to my website. I suspect this is due to the fact that I posted a few links to my site on some more popular web design websites. This has kind of opened my eyes to posting relevant links to my site more often. I always add my home page to these sites when I'm replying to a comment on them, but posting a link internally that is related to the topic seems to draw more visits than normal.

The problem with this is I don't have a lot of relevant "web stuff" on my site. Because of this I am considering creating a new section on my site, very similar to my blog, that focuses only on web related stuff. I subscribed to many rss feeds of other renowned web designers and I would someday like to be renowned myself. This requires getting people to sign up for my blog rss feed (which I recently added more features to).

At the same token I don't want to alienate my current site users (mainly family and friends) so I will keep my blog as is and in the current format. Stay tuned for this new feature, which shouldn't take long to create.

In other news, tonight Emily and I discussed taking a vacation this year. It is mostly because of me since I've been pushing for it so hard. I've always wanted to go out west. There are three areas of interest to me: At some point in my life I would like to visit these three locations for various reasons, most dealing with corporations and national parks. It seems that San Francisco has, per square mile, the most interesting things to see of the three. Emily and I are considering taking a week long vacation there sometime early this summer. I think that would be fun and give us something to look forward to for this year. Anybody else have any cool destinations they would like to go to?

Work is going good lately. I've been doing a bit more web design lately and that it what I am happiest doing. In a week or so I'll throw a link up with some results for that. Also my good friend Jason Irish who was the former webmaster at Lakeland College and is the guy I replaced, has come back to Lakeland and taking over my old job. I think he is the best guy for the job, and it makes me feel a bit better (having left there) knowing that he is taking it over. Jason has been picking my brain a bit to catch up on a few of the changes I made while I was there.

Well, that's all I got for you for now...Go Packers!

I'm Going To Florida

Neal Grosskopf
9/4/2008 9:27:20 PM

I just booked plane tickets to Fort Lauderdale, Florida today and I'm being sent there for a conference for work on October 8th - 10th. This will be my first time navigating airports on my own and flying on a plane on my own. The only other time I've done the whole "airline thing" was when my parents and I went to Mexico when I was younger. It will definitely be an adventure much like going to Chicago was earlier this year.

One of the cool things about going to Florida is the location. The hotel I'm staying at is right on the beach, and I could have swore I've drove by my hotel in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City or at least something very similar to it. I've posted a few links below for all to see my exact location. The street view one gives a really interesting picture of the place:

Despite the scenery there are a few drawbacks to this trip:

  1. I'm going alone, without Emily and I've learned from my Chicago trip that traveling alone is boring and lonely. It would be fun to go with Emily.
  2. I'm going to a location that has an active hurricane season during October and I'm 100 yards from the ocean.
  3. According to Wikipedia Fort Lauderdale has the second highest AIDS rate in America.
  4. According to Wikipedia Fort Lauderdale was voted "America's top gay resort area"...lol.

Okay, call me closed minded, or whatever you want, but at the end of the day, I'm still a gun toting redneck hillbilly from Wisconsin so I'm allowed to find 3 & 4 somewhat amusing. Personally #2 worries me the most since there seems to be an endless stream of hurricanes in the past few years and I'm yards away from the ocean. On the other hand I should be able to snap a few nice photos of the sun rising over the ocean (blasted west coast and their ability to take sunset photos rather than sunrise). Despite some of the negative things I'm still excited to go!

In other news my website was rocking and rolling yesterday. I reached a new high for visits in one day with 184 visits mainly because I was linked to from a German web designer on an article I wrote called CSS Hacks. I haven't even bothered writing any new tech articles lately because the CSS Hacks article has really been bringing in the traffic.

In site news I've updated my wallpapers page because it was taking forever to load. I was at a family friends house this weekend and took some really awesome photos so make sure you click through that section of my website.

In house/puppy/etc. news unpacking is pretty close to finished. I still don't completely feel like I live here though. Our puppy Blondie is also doing a wonderful job at destroying things in our house. Since we got her I've felt a bit more stressed out than normal partially because of all her accidents and having to wake up numerous times to take her out and it has caused some tension between Emily and I.

Also Emily and I bought a cheap desk to use for a computer in our upstairs living room only to find out once we had it assembled and everything that my stupid secondary computer is dead. The darn thing won't even power on! I've tried different power supplies on it and I've checked all the cables to make sure they're in all the way. My conclusion is that the motherboard is dead which sucks because it's probably not worth replacing a motherboard on a 2 year old $200 eMachine. I currently have my junker 7 year old Gateway standing in for the eMachine but it won't be the same. So much for the computer desk...



A Guide to First Time Air Travel in the US

Neal Grosskopf
10/4/2008 6:29:28 PM
I'm a complete idiot when it comes to travel so I found a good website that explains step by step what to do, because I litterally don't know.

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