Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday’s Tidbits

Hot, Hot, Hot
It’s going to be a hot one today.

Air Canada Response
I recently posted about an Air Canada commercial I heard on a local radio station. The commercial was talking about how wonderfully first-class people are treated by the airline.

I was disgusted by the commercial and sent the blog posting directly to Air Canada.

A representative of the airline did respond.

Here is what, in part, they said:

“We regret to learn of your disappointment with the commercial you heard on radio station 680 news. While we are unfortunately unable to recreate the commercial and its details, we certainly apologize for any misunderstanding that may have occurred.

“Please be advised Ms. Day, that Air Canada is committed and strives on providing the same exceptional service to all of our customers despite the class of service each individual chooses to travel in…"

My response to this email:
“I am glad to hear Air Canada strives to treat everyone equally…Remember, we may not have lots of money, but we travel, usually in groups.”

In response to that, I received a ‘token of their appreciation’, five per cent off of the base fare of my next booking at

Wow. Thank you Air Canada. Five per cent! I wonder what first-class passengers would receive if they offered a complaint?

Picture Day
It’s picture day at my son’s swimming lessons tonight. Last time he took swimming lessons, it’s was picture day whenever we wanted.

When I brought my camera to my son's first swimming class July 5, the lifeguard in charge took it away from me, to protect children from sexual predators.

I appreciate they are trying to protect our children, mine included, but as pool staff does not confiscate cameras at the door nor do they take away people’s cellphones, many of which have cameras installed, I do not see how taking away my camera and not allowing me to take pictures of my son in action in an area where there are lots of people watching, is being protective.

I tried to argue and reason but I gave up. I will bring my camera tonight and take pictures of a jumping, climbing and swimming little boy.


I was almost broadsided while coming to work yesterday. My heart thumped wildly for the rest of the drive.

Today I must be really tired because I almost hit the cars in front of me several times because while I noticed brake lights, it didn’t click as to what those meant. You know, I should slow down.


I was excited about a piece was I was going to write about green cleaning.

And while it turned out OK, it could have been better if one of my sources was willing to have a conversation rather than being so worried she would only quote from documents.

I learned from my mistakes and said no to another person who I knew was going to be the same way.

For those interested in cleaning the Guide to Less Toxic Products is a fantastic resource.

Click here for the green cleaning article.


Nicole said...

It is sad that you can't take pictures of your son swimming. I had a similar experience and I just think it's so sad that there are such sickos out there that we can't even photograph our children in a pool.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I'm so proud of you for complaining and then getting something back (albeit stupidly small) in return!!!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Anonymous said...

Couldn't take a picture of your sun swimming? Geesh.. Can you imagine if beach holiday spots started policing picture taking due to privacy issues? Craziness. I really think the majority of us are GOOD, and shouldn't be treated as if we are bad or second class, like a regular passenger on Air Canada. That's my rant!

Ronnica said...

I find it so interesting that classism (which exists everywhere) is so obvious in air travel. I always think about it when I fly.

Mama Hen said...

That Air Canada post is funny and yet so true. I am happy you contacted them about the commercial! Your response to the e-mail they sent you is priceless! have a great night!

Mama Hen

Betty said...

That is so sad that you can't even take a picture of your son swimming, what is this world coming to??????

As for Air Canada, that I'm afraid to say Lisa exists everywhere, first class always gets exceptional treatment. Personally, whether it's first class or economy, everyone should be treated equal.

Glad you contacted them but I would have told them to keep the 5%

Christina Lee said...

5% heh heh. Well, it's something.

I am so surprised about the picture taking thing!

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

Okay, the 5% is stupid but good for you for saying something. And that's horrible that you can't take pictures of your son swimming everyday. But please send me the ones you finally got. I can't wait to see him in a pool!

Cheers :-)
- Rainforest Mommy

Lana said...

Not being allowed to take photos of your own child in swimming lessons is really bizzare!! what? Do you have a large camera? I think sometimes ppl just see the big camera and go over the edge, but if you have a camera phone that's ok. *eyeroll*

Man you got me riled today LOL.

BTW, thanks for the comment on my cabinets. I keep looking at your library photo and it's my inspiration. It's so pretty!

Helen McGinn said...

It's bleeding stupid is what it is! It never ceases to amaze me how ridiculous people can be; there is an ongoing battle at our school against the parents who let their kids play in the park and woods by themselves (we're never far away) and those who think that men hide in every bush, waiting to jump out and therefore will not let their kids play in the park or woods under any circumstances. The youngest child in this 'debate' is 9; the oldest is 17. Sigh.

Have you ever seen the video made my a band when United Airlines broke their guitars and wouldn't compensate them for it? If not, search for it on youtube, it's called 'United Breaks Guitars' and is a hilarious 'complaint' to their treatment...I think you'll appreciate it.

Mundanemomma said...

Our local rec centre has signs everywhere saying no cameras, no cellphones allowed. We are also allowed to take pictures on the last day, but we aren`t allowed to sit and watch near the pool for all the other lessons. You have to watch from outside the pool area. It`s good that way, i guess it doesn`t distract the kids from their lessons by waving to mom or something. Who swims with E? At our centre, kids that age swim with parents, they have to be about 2 or 3 before they can have lessons with the teacher in a group.

WhisperingWriter said...

Woohoo a whole 5%.

I'm glad you said something though. That's pretty cool.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Hope the heat is letting up up there. Still hot down here. Hope you had a great weekend.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Offers King said...

Too many tidbits to comment on at length today, but take your pick.

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