Since June of 2008, this is my seventh rant. I
know you might be saying, "Thou Doth Rant Too Much". Well, maybe so.
It has been said if you write a letter (blog), and print it so all
can see, there will be another 1000 folks that will agree, it should
be more due to inflation. That
could possibly encompass the entire amount of the readership of the
Aldersonian. I would like to think so.
This episode of my rant does include things I dare
say relate to all of us. So let's start with them in the order as it
is in the sub title.
Benefiber: Without giving a complete
description of the benefits of Benefiber, we'll just say fiber is
beneficial. Personally I get great relief from Benefiber (Ops, I
said I wasn't going to get descriptive.)
Here in the Phoenix area, you can no longer
find powered Benefiber in the plastic container. And if you inquire
as to the reason, either with the merchant, or on the internet, you
get some rubbish about packaging problems or they have it on order.
But It never comes in. However, the merchants; Safeway, Albertson,
Walgreens, Frys, Wal-Mart, and other large chain stores, very
quickly restocked their shelves with their own brand. It's almost as
if they knew this was coming.
The very same thing happened to Pepcid Complete
(a chewable antacid that gives immediate relieve and many hours
afterwards) and I get the same excuses.
Although, so far, the results have been the
same with the Wal-Mart fiber product, so there's not too much of a
complaint there. But the merchants that no longer carry the chewable
Pepcid, and have replaced it with their own brand, have replaced it
with a horrible tasting tablet. Pepcid Complete has very pleasant
berry flavor. What's more, all of the merchants get their brand from
the same supplier. I have bought the product from most of the above
mentioned stores and found it's the same tablet. It even has the
same 4 digit number stamped on one side of it.
There is a suspicious pattern developing here
and I would like to know why.
Last, but not least, cable TV: I have my TV
supplied though Cox Cable. I don't subscribe to any pay-per-view
programs. I don't subscribe to HBO or any movie channels. I don't
subscribe to get all the football games, baseball games, basketball
games or any other channels that are dedicated to one particular
sport. I do have a lot of HD channels, which are free, wink-wink, as
long as I subscribe to the corresponding standard vision channels,
which I have to pay for. I do get a lot of channels but I'm paying
about a hundred a month for TV. Since we are trying to cut our
expenses, we listed the channels that we actually watch. To our
surprise, only about a third of what we get. The real gripe is in
order to get the ones we want, we have to take what we are getting
now. Because they are arranged in certain "tiers", our only choices
are to eliminate many of our favorite channels, or just let it stay
as is, or eliminate TV altogether. Hmmm....If we did that, I just
might not need the Pepcid Complete.