I’ve worked in hotels for more than a decade. I’ve checked you in, checked you out, oriented you to the property, served you a beverage, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service (before and, sadly, after), cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&M’s out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. From New Orleans to New York, I’ve played by hotel rules and, in the process, learned every aspect of the industry. Due to the fact that I just don’t care anymore, I will now offer easy and never-publicized tips and tricks…
If I put you in room 1212 in New York City, your phone will not stop ringing with wrong numbers. Why? Well, a surprising number of guests never seem to learn that you have to dial 9 to make an outside call. So all day and, believe me, all night, idiots dispersed throughout the building will pick up their phones and try to straight dial a local number, starting with 1-212. Whatever they press after that matters not because they have already dialed room 1212, and 1212’s guest will constantly pick up the 3:00 a.m. call and hear the loud mashing of other numbers or some drunk guest saying, “Hello? Hello? Who is this?”
He’s right. It’s why (back in the day) when installing a new phone system I’d recommend not using the digit “1” as the leading digit of the internal extension number. Anyone who forgot to dial “9” first, or any other digit used for identifying outgoing calls, would often match an internal phone extension. Now I once had a customer up in Concord NH. Two hour drive with tolls. We had two technicians up there five times on the compliant that one guys extension kept ringing and when he answered he couldn’t talk to the caller, he just got “funny” noises in his ear. The problem always went away before our tech could get up there, but re-occurred several times a week. I worked remotely as an engineer and always got the crazy problems. When the service manager for that region got tired of sending techs on a wild goose chase and hearing from the irate customer (Concord PD, did I mention that? I hate angry customers with guns.) He gave the problem to me.
I monitored the poor guys phone, setting up a trace and watched his sets activity until I saw it start ringing, then examined the source of the call. The guy had my number and called to tell me that he had just had one of those calls. The call had come from an inside extension, a analog phone (what we call the same type of phone service that we all used to get from the Bell system, in business phone systems these are used for elevator phones, modems and FAXES). It turned out that the line calling him was a fax line and an idiot had been dialing another fax machine but didn’t realize that the line he was using was a internal line and needed a “9” for all calls. The number he dialed matched the internal extension, the fax upon completion of dialing began sending the fax recognition tones (the funny noises) when no answering tones were received the machine, as programed, hung up, and re-tried the call ten times for the next hour. Since it was user error, I told the SM that he could bill for all the other service calls. He declined, something about customers with guns.
Scary Stuff beyond this point, Warning!
Barack Obama: Gun Salesman of the Century!!!
They didn’t know when they’d be getting anything back in stock, from magazines to rifles to pistols. Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn’t come close to keeping up with market demand. It wasn’t just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants—of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20—were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone. This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war.
Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the Statists have done more to promote gun ownership than the NRA ever did. Well done, Democrats!
It’s getting scary…
The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register; “Largest Act of Civil Disobedience in State History”
January 25th, 2013
January 27th, 2013
Eric Peters Autos
[Excerpt] As then, one side is absolutely determined to impose its will at bayonet-point. To murder us in the thousands – perhaps millions, this time – if we refuse to submit. There is no reasoning, no discussing. What we face is violence against our persons by people who absolutely will not leave us in peace – no matter how peaceful we try to be – until we have submitted to them utterly and for all time to come. We wish only to be left alone – and demand that our right to defend ourselves against those who will not leave us alone be respected. That self-defense is the most basic of rights – a right conceded even to the lowest animal. They do not acknowledge our rights; they despise the very notion of us having any rights at all. They regard their power over us as limitless in principle – and rage at even the smallest assertion of freedom of action. They loathe our guns because our ownership of guns is an expression of our determination to defend our very lives – and thus, of self-ownership.
And that is what cannot be tolerated. Which is why the current bum-rush to disarm us has become absolutely frantic. The moment is at hand. We will either stand up and be reckoned with as free men – or we will sit down forever and accept any degradation, any humiliation. And in that case, we shall have proved worthy of such treatment. Future generations will look upon us with the same mixture of incomprehension and contempt that our generation looked upon those who meekly lined up naked in queue for their turn at the edge of the pit. Because it will come to that, in time.