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Stair report

June 16th, 2009


Last week at the Framingham Downtown Renaissance meeting, it was mentioned that the steps in front of the Memorial building are finally going to be fixed.  I asked if there was a time table for when the repair will be completed (or even started) and the didn’t have specifics but was told “very soon”.

You might remember I posted over two years ago that town meeting approved funds to fix the steps and that was when they were just using cones.  We’ve seen the caution cones “evolve” into a small structure yellow tape and gate around it.
This looks terrible, makes a bad impression on our town and has been frustrating to look at for so many years (the steps were in crumbling condition for a longtime before my previous post).  So I’m happy to say I was told confidently they will be fixed “very soon” and that the hold up was that they found it the damage was more than the exterior step and have to fix the strucural elements underneath (that’s what I was told).  I still think it’s an insane amount of time to get these stairs fixed but I’m hopefull it’s really going to happen now!

Nightmare at Marathon Computer

November 20th, 2008

 
To make a long story short, (well not that short) I was looking for a place to fix my boss’s laptop.  Marathon Computer (at 693 Cochituate Road/route 30) was recommended by two people I contacted from the Framingham Wiki.  So I brought it down there and while I’m waiting, one of the guys there named Sun (the place is run by Mark and Sun) is dealing with an unhappy customer in front of me. 
It seemed that this woman was upset because her computer keeps crashing even though it was supposed to be fixed and lost her son’s report for school while he was working on it.  I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with how Sun handled her, telling her she’d have to leave if she didn’t “keep it down”.  But again, since these guys were recommended and I did not know the history of this situation, I thought it was probably a fluke thing and sometimes people may not have customer skills but know how to fix a computer, so I left the laptop with Mark who seemed okay although he tried to charge me $75 to drop it off when Sun told me over the phone it would be $45.  I’m not sure why they have different rates but Mark said ok to the $45.

I called to get an update later that day and they said it would be $275 to fix the problem (which was that the computer wouldn’t charge) and it would be 2 days for the part to arrive.  Three days went by and I called to check, no answer.  I called a few minutes later, no answer.  Two more times, no answer and then sent them an email asking for an update – no response.  I called the next day and after a few tries (no one answered) I finally got Mark who gave the phone to Sun and he said I could pick it up.  I picked it up and brought it to work only to find that the laptop still doesn’t charge and now the keyboard doesn’t work either.(!)  My boss brought it back to them and dropped it off.  I called the next day for an update and Sun said he had to order a new adaptor and the keyboard works fine.  He said it would be 2 days for the new adaptor. 

As usual, these guys don’t pick up the phone to let me know what’s going on so I called 3 days later and after 5 tries of no one answering, Sun picked up and told me the laptop powered ok but the keyboard only works sometimes.  I told him I can’t pick it up unless it’s working normal as it was the way I dropped it off and then he got really rude and condescending and said that’s not his problem because it’s not what I brought it in for.  I said it was working fine before I brought it to him and now it’s not and I have to bring my boss’ computer back to him broken.  He just kept saying said “it’s your keyboard” and that he has spent too much time and money on it already as he ordered an extra adapter (although he gave it back to us not fixed for what I brought it in for) so he’s not spending anymore time or money on it.  I told I really can’t bring it back to work with it not working the way it was before and he kept saying “Hey, I don’t need this headache, okay?” and said he is taking out what he put in and will give a refund because again, HE doesn’t need this headache (like I did?) and then hung up on me. 

I would urge everyone to run from Marathon Computer.   They’re so rude and unprofessional.  Perhaps they should not deal with the “headache” of running a business and being responsible for breaking people’s computers.

Jerk Alert in Framingham

April 24th, 2008


Some creep put up plastic ties across Grove St. at neck level so someone on bicycles and motorcycles would get hurt or killed.
As a bike commuter, this makes me upset but also kind of freaked out that someone hates bikes/motorcycle riders that much to hurt/kill them.
I made a post a while ago about how I really try to be as courteous as possible (staying as far right as I can, obeying traffic signals etc…) to motor traffic and I just ask the same.  It’s a co-existence. 
I don’t know if this was intended for bikes or motorcycles but the fact that someone is comfortable with possibly killing someone over his annoyance is really sad. 

Here’s an article from WBZ:
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ) Framingham police say it was “a murder waiting to happen.” Someone strung thick plastic zip ties across a street at neck level.

The ties were found hanging 4 or 5 feet above the ground across Grove Street by Belknap Road on Monday night. Police removed them and they were found there again on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

“Any reasonable person would consider this a deliberate act and just the way it was set up is, in my opinion, a murder waiting to happen,” Lt. Paul Shastany told WBZ.

If someone was riding a motorcycle or bicycle fast enough, they could have been seriously hurt, he said.

“I think it’s terrible. Why would anyone want to injure a cyclist?” asked Adrinne Myer, who was riding her bike through the neighborhood Thursday.

Shastany said the zip ties have been sent to the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab in Sudbury to be tested for any DNA or other evidence.

A witness told police Tuesday she saw a man in dark clothing standing near a telephone pole with a cord strung from the pole to a tree.

He’s described as white, in his late 20’s, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with a crew cut and a stocky build.

Officers have increased patrols in the area and put up warning signs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Framingham Police at 508-532-5923 or 508-872-1212.

Cut it out!

September 18th, 2007


It’s not too often I make a $#@% list post but lately we’ve had an overnight visitor that rips up our yard.
I’m guessing whatever it is looking for grubs and we’ve tried grub treatment but that doesn’t seem to work.  Then we went to the Framer’s Exchange and got some fox urine (I didn’t even know that was a product until this issue), that didn’t work so then we tried going a step up and using coyote urine.  Whatever it was just went to town on the lawn and even left a poop like it was trying to tell us that what it thought of our scare tactics.
We didn’t have this problem last year so I’m not really sure what’s going on but if anyone knows any good tricks for repelling things that dig up yards or really good grub killer, I’d love to hear it.

No means no!

November 22nd, 2006


We live at the crossroads of 2 one way streets and its not uncommon to see someone breeze by the one way and do not enter signs. 

The other thing about going the wrong way on this street is that you have no choice but to take a right (taking a left just brings you to the hospital parking lot or driving into Learned pond) which is also a one way street and again, going in the wrong direction.  We get a fair share of ambulances, and even police cars coming down that street so it’s amazing there’s never been an incident.

I do call the police if someone is going in the wrong direction and then parks, in that wrong direction, so there’s some proof but since it happens so fast, they’re gone before I’d even get to the phone to report it. 

I feel like I shouldn’t call the police unless there’s something to show them but maybe I’m wrong.  If anyone has had an experience with something like this feel free to share.
 

Shopper’s (stupid) World

October 6th, 2006


As stated in my previous Shopper’s World post, I am not a fan of the new “world”.  I hate it.  I know some people say it was cold in the winter to shop at there but it’s also cold to walk around and shop here in the winter too- or are you supposed to get in your car and drive from one end of the parking lot to the other?  I can’t tell what the purpose of this layout is but I think it’s horrible. 

I avoid this place as much as possible out of spite but there are times I have to go.  A few weeks ago I was there with my little sister, her infant in a stroller and my mom.  We were at Babies R Us and wanted to get to DSW (pictured in the background). 
It’s such an uncomfortable process to get from one side to another. Cars don’t want to stop at the crosswalks and then when you get into the parking lot you have to cross the lanes looking both ways 2 or 3 times to make sure no one is zooming down the lane or from around the corner. There are some sidewalks that go in one direction through the parking lot but if you’re trying to go in the direction from south to north on the east side then there is no path and you have to dodge traffic.

I can’t help but wonder what people were thinking when they approved demolishing the historic old shopper’s world and the not-so-functional plans for the new one.  It’s not a relaxing place to stroll around and shop. It’s sad that I dread going to a place that I used to look forward to going to.

The Wrentham Outlets have the same idea of old shoppers world and put the parking on the outside of a pedestrian-only shopping area.  Maybe someday they’ll tear this thing down and reformat.

That’s all I have to say about that right now.

$#@% list: Tin Alley Grill

August 26th, 2006


On route 9 west, almost at the Southborough border, is the Tin Alley Grill.
I don’t even know where to start but I want to make it short because I don’t want to recall my one evening there for too long.
They serve the usual “pub grub” and it’s mediocre at best, but what earns it’s $#@% list status is the stench that came wafting out of the kitchen all night.  It was so weird, all of the servers were walking out of the kitchen with food like everything was normal.  I kept expecting to see one of them come barreling through the swinging door, yell “Oh my God!” and then throw up but I guess the smell is just part of whatever was brewing in the kitchen. 

It took the whole “meal” for me to realize it wasn’t just me that noticed it. Everyone at the table was secretly in denial until some one had the guts to ask what that vile smell was and then it was time to leave.  Even if they are “Home of the $1.00 Draft” it’s not enough to get me to go back.

I noticed an interesting police log recently:

CIVIL MATTER: 1699 WORCESTER RD, TIN ALLEY GRILL (ADVISED) 
 3 MEN WALKED OUT ON A $186 TAB. THEY WENT ACROSS TO THE MOTEL 6. RESTITUTION MADE

I can’t believe they spent enough time there to consume $186 worth of food/drink and still had the strength to escape without paying AND cross route 9!

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