Savannah Crime Information Website

I saw a website created by a local Savannahian on the news tonight, and figured I would pass the link along to anyone who is interested.

If you want to see crime statistics for the fine City of Savannah via a well-done Google Maps mashup, please click this link:

Savannah Crime Statistics

Yeah, I know. A lot of crime occurs here, considering the size and population of Savannah. Don’t let that keep you from visiting.

Let this.

That is all.

Public Opinion Surveys

Note to public opinion survey companies:

Whey you call me, more often than not I am happy to complete your surveys.

However, my first question is always, “What is the name of your firm, what is your website address, and what is a callback number I may use to contact you in the future?”

If you fail to answer any of the three, I simply will not take part in your survey. There’s no need to be rude to me when I refuse, and there is no need to hang up on me while I explain that all reputable and credible survey companies are willing to provide this information.

Additionally, if your call comes up as “Unknown name/Unknown number,” then I instantly think you are a fraud.

When I have been polled by Gallup in the past, the CallerID data clearly says “Gallup” and lists a callback number. That is how it should be.

Otherwise, there is a high likelihood that you are on a phishing expedition for my information, and you will not get anything voluntarily.

American Standard

I love being able to blog about companies that do right, instead of perpetually complaining about companies that do wrong.

Today’s subject is American Standard. They manufacture bathroom and kitchen products, like sinks and faucets.

Last spring, after a major plumbing incident that involved water from our toilet being forcefully ejected out of the bowl in what can only be described as a geyser, Jaime and I decided it was time to renovate the bathroom. Of course, making the decision, buying the materials, and doing the work are three separate and increasingly difficult steps.

I was at Home Depot last spring, about 10 months ago, and saw a pedestal sink that was perfect for our bathroom. It is an American Standard Ravenna, quite a nice sink. It was on closeout for a ridiculously low price ($87.71 total), so I had to get it.

Flash forward to this past weekend, and Jaime and I are finally out buying all the materials to do the bathroom. It’s a really small bathroom– only 8ft by 2.5ft– so the total budget is going to end up around $650. The only recycled item from the bathroom will be the toilet, a massive beast of a thing that was originally manufactured in the 1950s. Everything else will be brand new.

So, I’m going through all of the instructions for all of the stuff for the bathroom, and I find there are parts missing for the sink. It is missing two “well nuts,” which are rubber sleeves with brass nuts inserted in them. They are used to attach the towel bar to the bottom of the sink.

I checked out American Standard’s website, and found they had no online contact mechanism. No big deal– I would rather that most companies take American Standard’s route and just not correspond via email than to send me generic form email that do not even address my questions, like Home Depot does (boo Home Depot– your online service stinks!).

I called American Standard, and spoke with a pleasant man named Mike. I explained that I purchased the sink, but seemed to be missing two “well nuts” and all four screws needed to secure the towel bar to the sink. Mike said he wasn’t sure if they had the individual parts, and would have to send a whole kit.

He asked to put me on hold while he investigated. He came back on the line and informed me that he had located the parts, and that they had a bunch of them. He said he would mail them out to me right away, free of charge. I gave him my contact info, and that was it. The parts are on the way.

So, American Standard– thanks. I appreciate your willingness to send out missing parts, and I appreciate the excellent service I received. It makes me even more comfortable that I purchased an American Standard faucet, at a premium price over the other faucets available, and makes it even more likely that I will purchase another American Standard faucet to replace the leaking piece of junk we have in the other bathroom.

American Standard = good company in my eyes.

Mike

Cookware

Well, I ordered some new pans. I don’t really need them. I already have a really nice stainless steel set that I use 99% of the time, and I have a few non-sticks that are occasionally a good option. But, the price was too good to pass up.

I ended up picking up a 10″ skillet to replace the aging skillet that I must have bought at least 8 years ago. I also got a 5.5 quart saucier pan, and a ridiculously-cheap butter melting pan. Here they are:

Farberware Millennium 10-Inch Nonstick Skillet
Farberware Millennium 10-Inch Nonstick Skillet

Yep, it’s a skillet. My current favorite skillet is also a Farberware, and it looks remarkably similar. I bought it on clearance from Kmart in the 90s for something like $10. It has lasted years and years, and only now are the rivets starting to loosen a bit. I expect this new skillet to be pretty nice. And judging by how often I will use it (not very), it should last a long time.

Farberware Millenium 5.5-Quart Open Saucier
Farberware Millennium 5.5-Quart Open Saucier

Saucier? Never heard of it. But for the price, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve been trying to learn how to make different sauces lately, so this pan should work pretty well. It’s big, no doubt about that, but it should be fun to play with. I’ll have to get a plastic whisk, though, so I don’t scrape the non-stick off.

Farberware Specialties Butterwarmer
Farberware Specialties Butterwarmer

Butterwarmer? O…k…a…y… But again, the price was right. Jaime and I eat crab fairly regularly, so this should come in handy for melting butter. This pan seems just small enough that there will be a thousand uses for it, and the pour spout should be pretty convenient.

So, how much did I pay? Well, it was a good deal.

Skillet: $18.99+ ($59 list)
Saucier: $8.99 + ($67 list)
Butter: $5.99 + ($15 list)
Discount: $10.00 -
Total: $23.97 ($141 list)

All that and they’re shipping it for free.

So if you believe their list prices, I’m looking at a total savings of $117.03, or 83%. I’m apparently saving nearly 5 times what I ended up paying for these three pans.

Not a bad deal. :)