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Yesterday was a bad taco day. I went to this place called ‘One Taco’ that just had the worst service. I ordered two tacos and it took about 45 minutes to make. They were cold, and they weren’t even the correct tacos. Sigh.
I would have tried to get my order corrected, but I didn’t want to wait another 45 minutes…for a TO GO order. I could have made my own tacos, including making my own tortillas from scratch, in much less time than 45 minutes.
So I did that thing I don’t like to do, that other people do too often…I complained on twitter:
Strongly don't recommend going to @onetaco . Service is just way too slow. Been waiting 20 minutes for two tacos. Not good.
— Chris Lauzon (@squireX2) October 5, 2016
The people behind the tweet seemed to mind though…
We are very sorry to hear that. Can you tell us which location and @ what time you visited us?
— One Taco (@onetaco) October 5, 2016
Nothing really got resolved though. The folks at the place were nice but it seemed like a poor managed business. There were long lines the whole time I was there, not because of demand, but because the line wasn’t moving. It took them over 5 minutes to place an order with each person. There wasn’t any seating cause there were a lot of people just sitting around waiting for their order.
Anyway, I don’t mean to sound so harsh, but a bad taco experience in Texas is unforgivable. So many folks have figured out how to build a successful taco business in Central/South Texas. I drove by the One Taco today, and saw much of the same thing….a long line, people sitting around waiting for their order, and looking really annoyed. No thanks One Taco, no thanks.
I saw this nice gentlemen interviewed on NBC News and he said a bunch of insane stuff. He was also wearing a George W. Bush pin. We all say crazy stuff. That happens, we’re all a little crazy, right? 🙂 I just wanted to list some things out though, based on shit he said:
1. You can “rip up” emails, they’re digital.
2. George W. Bush’s administration deleted over 60x the amount of emails, and destroyed (well..tried) memos sent to foreign leaders.
3. People in the Bush Admin actually went to jail over fraud, Hillary not so much (at least…yet).
4. There’s actual evidence of war criminality over the ramp up to the Iraq War, but there hasn’t been any congressional oversight about it. According to the latest numbers, which aren’t fully reported yet, we’ve lost over 3,800 brave men and women from our military. 100s of thousands of innocent life has been lost as well.
5. 4 brave individuals lost their lives in the Benghazi attack. Four is less than hundreds of thousands. Additionally the Iraq War had zero investigational hearings from Congress and Benghazi had 8 or 9, depending on your definition of a investigation.
6. Under the Bush Administration, there were over 13 attacks on state department offices/buildings, that lead to 60 deaths.
7. Every human life is precious. The people of the United States deserve to know the truth about how we end up in foreign conflicts, and why people have sacrificed their lives, but we have a tendency of over politicizing everything. The result is, people’s lives are sacrificed in vain. The true victims are the families of those who lost loved ones, while politicians shout over each other.
FYI I love this VOX video on Benghazi:
IN CONCLUSION…. 😛 Emotions lie to us. If you like Trump, that’s fine! If you like Hillary, that’s also fine! Just remember that numbers don’t lie. Facts are facts. What if I told you, if we used our ‘feelings’ a little less, and stuck with the facts….we would make better choices, especially in foreign policy. Maybe less of our fellow country men and women would die in vain.
Also take responsibility for your life choices. If you voted for Bush twice, I’d rather you not bitch about Benghazi. You should take a step back and reflect on HOW you make your choices. Being a hypocrite won’t do you any favors.
The song ‘Present Tense’ from Radiohead is one of my favorite songs on their latest album, but the song its actually a couple years old. Here is a version of Present Tense from 2009 at the Latitude Festival. Cool stuff!
I saw Matt was interviewed in the Houston Chronicle, and I loved the article. You can read it here. It is pretty cool reading about how he is experiencing Houston as an adult.
Since I’ve become CEO of Pressable, a WordPress Hosting company based out of San Antonio, I’ve had a similar experience. I used to live in San Antonio during high school, and didn’t enjoy my time living there. I found the culture very restrictive, close minded, and boring (being under 21 isn’t fun). Now that I am older, I can enjoy the bars and restaurants. I can walk around freely at night without a San Antonio Police officer asking me where my parents are. It’s pretty sweet.
Have you registered to vote yet? NO?!!!! You really should. Many states have voter registration open until the end of October, but some will stop accepting new registration as early as the 9th of October!
So seriously, go register, then vote.
I wanted to write this post as a huge “thank you” to my Automattic family. This story is one of the reasons why I love working at Automattic, and why Automattic is such an amazing company.
So here we go…..
Over the past week, I suffered a great loss in the passing of my Aunt Terry. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She was my mentor, my idol, and a Saint. When my Mom passed away when I was only 17 years old, Terry was there for me, and supported me through every step of my life.
I will have a longer post about her once I better comprehend what happened. It still doesn’t feel real.
She had been in the hospital for a while. I always assumed she was going to get better, and by Christmas we would be able to laugh together and talk about what a horrible year 2016 was. That won’t be happening now.
Every year, Automattic has a “Grand Meetup,” where every member of the company comes together at a specific location, and we work together for a week. This year we were in Whistler, Canada. It was a very magical place, and I had a lot of great experiences.
I received a phone call from my Grandmother on the last day for the Grand Meetup. During the phone call she informed me that the doctors said that there was nothing more they could do for Terry, and they intended to move her into hospice care. I was devastated. Despite being in a wonderful place filled with some of my favorite people in the whole world, it was the last place I wanted to be. I was going to leave early in the morning, the next day, so trying to find an earlier flight wasn’t a reasonable thing to do. I had to sit and wait. So I did, and I cried. I ugly cried all over the place. I wanted to be with my family. I wanted to sit beside my Aunt’s bed and hold her hand. I wanted to tell her how much I loved her.
Many Automatticans saw me cry. I generally don’t like to be around people when I get very emotional, but I had so many meetings and so much project stuff to do, that I couldn’t just sit in my room all day.
I’ve worked in many companies, and unfortunately, I always get sad news while I am working. I found out about the death of the woman I considered my step-mother while working in the middle of a call center. I received news of my best friend dying in a car accident in the middle of a pre-sales meeting with a group of businessmen. In most cases, my emotions scared people away. People pretended that I didn’t exist, and waited to communicate with me until I seemed normal. Most places I worked, my co-workers never wanted to bleed the lines between a professional relationship and a personal one. I was afraid a similar thing was going to happen while at the Grand Meetup.
My experience at the Grand Meetup was the total opposite.
From the moment I was in tears, I had people from all over the company come up to hug me, and tell me they support me. I knew many of these folks for years, but in many cases, people I barely knew still came up to me and asked how I was doing. No one at Automattic allowed me to suffer alone. Everyone asked me to tell my story on why I was sad. They listened, understood, and in some cases cried with me.
I tried to sneak away to my room a couple times after the work time was done, but when I did my slack would explode with direct messages of: “Where the hell did you go?” “What room are you in?” “If you don’t tell me where you are right now I am going to start banging every door at the hotel to find you.”
No one forced me to feel differently. No one simply told me to just “Cheer up and get over it.” People allowed me to feel the way I wanted to feel, but everyone reassured me that I wasn’t alone. So many Automatticans took the time to be there for me. I don’t know what I did to receive so much love and support, but I felt very lucky to be where I was at that moment.
Automatticans are the coolest people I know. So many of them care about…well…everything! They do what they do, because they love to do it, and they care how they do it. Our mission to democratize the web, and make the internet a free place, isn’t just a marketing line we use to explain our business. Our mission is something we believe in. We care. We love. We support each other and everyone who asks for help. We don’t do things because it’s the best way to make money. We do the things we do because we want to make the world a better place. We give away so many of our awesome work for free. We give back to various open source projects. We help WordPress users become more successful.
This mentality is best represented by what happened to me on the last day of the Grand Meetup. In most companies, I’m just another worker–a stranger–but here, I was treated like a brother. The immense levels of love and support gave me hope that things will be better.
So Automattic, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much! Y’all are an amazing group of people and I am deeply honored to be able to work with all of you everyday.
P.S. We are hiring!
I was totally wrong about my prediction that last nights presidential debate being ‘tame.’ I assumed Donald would be subtle and allow things to fly by. He didn’t. He is such a egotistical bully that he couldn’t allow any statement to fly by. According to most fact checking sites, Trump basically did nothing but lie during the whole debate. Classic.
I couldn’t believe how the birther thing came up. The Birther thing is clearly racist. I used to be enjoy Donald Trump’s show The Apprentice, and watched most of the spin offs. When Trump came out and basically suggested that, since Obama is black he must not be born in the US, I couldn’t stand him anymore.
This is why I don’t understand how people could vote for him, unless you’re also racist (which most of his supporters are, according to polls). I do my best to refrain from judging folks for their political views. At the end of the day, we are all human and we want to live happy/healthy lives, but Trump is clearly not making the world a better place by spreading his racist/sexist/ignorant message.
I just don’t get it.
Conservatives are pretty screwed this election. I know Hillary is a tough pill to swallow, and Gary Johnston doesn’t know anything about American History, so who is left? No one.
There’s always next election, right? 🙂
For seriously though….. #thanksMatt
I predict that tonights debate will be very tame. I think Hillary will over prepare and Trump will try and be relaxed. Not a single fact will come out of Donald Trump’s lips, and Hillary will be called a liar (despite being more accurate than Trump).
Basically tonight will disappoint many. I know my friends who support Trump are hoping he is going to “stick it to Hillary,” but I think he will be relaxed and avoid a direct attack from her.
We will see?
What do you think is going to happen?
Also…..is there a point to playing a drinking game with the debate? Just drink when you want (which will likely be often).