Friday, November 27, 2009

Brick to: for totally out-of-their-mind hotel quality ratings

We booked two nights in a "3 star Upscale" hotel via last weekend, and were registered at the Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton in Newton,MA.

Here's the short review: wallpaper peeling; rugs stained and ancient; hallways smelled of must and odor repellent; all furniture fabric in our room was threadbare, with stuffing showing; construction scaffolding everywhere; highway ran under hotel; train line ran next to hotel; noisy all night.

Suffice to say that, although we were registered and paid for two nights, we bailed after one night, sacrificing our second night's unrefundable payment to We weren't at all sad to leave the premises a night early.'s categorization of this construction zone - aka Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton - as a "3 star Upscale" hotel is about as absurd, over-the-top a misrepresentation of product as I have ever encountered. We need to head back to the area soon, but it won't be to the Crowne Plaza, and it definitely won't be with Priceline's help.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bouquet to: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for telling it like it is

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that October, 2009, was the third coldest October on record, fully 4 degrees Fahrenheit below the mean temperature this Century.

No wonder Pew Research Center finds increasingly fewer people buying the simplest presumptions about global warming.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Brick to: Appleseed's for inappropriate telephone solicitation

I purchased an item for my mother-in-law from Appleseed's clothing catalog this past summer. Tonight I received a phone call from them that thanked me for being a customer. The fellow then proceeded to try to sell me accidental death and dismemberment insurance!!! I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This was also, mind you, at 6:30pm, right during the dinner hour. I will never buy from Appleseeds again and I urge you to do the same or else you will be bothered by slimy sales calls during dinner!!!
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