Inspired by my new adventures (and Wil Wheaton, who is cooler that me in so many ways), I decided to start a blog!
Chances are, nobody will read this – that’s okay. As long as I have another outlet for the creativity which bubbles close to the surface – I’m happy!
So, this first entry comes from Columbus, Ohio where I am consulting for a large insurance company. I decided to whip out my Garmin (if you whip it out…), and walk from my hotel to my client’s building. Garmin still has a little trouble navigating for the pedestrian, but we found our way. Columbus is clean and friendly… well, *mostly* friendly.
Okay, I just wanted some candy and breathmints for the plane trip home tomorrow. After eating dinner (garlic chicken!) at a Chinese restaurant, I meandered to the Hyatt gift shop where I was told that they have a $5 minimum on all credit card purchases. Well, I didn’t want to spend 2 more bucks. Remembering something from a dark corner in my memory, I politely told the imposing woman (she was of hearty mid-western stock… with black lipstick) that she couldn’t do that. She twisted her face and said “Apparently… we can!”
I nodded and walked out.
Of course, being the geek I am, I immediately google’d the legality of credit card minimums and found them to be legal, but against the contract when a vendor works with Mastercard/Visa. That’s exactly what I remembered, but there’s little I (the consumer) can do… actually, I already did just about all I could do by walking away and leaving my unpurchased items on the counter.
…I’m still feeling-out my “blog voice” (much like one does with a new pair of shoes), so the beginning may be a tad rough. I may post over Easter weekend, maybe not… we’ll see if my mind needs some emptying before my trip to Minnesota next week.