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It pays to keep a positive attitude. by TheDigitalAlchemist
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    So I was sitting  in my car this morning,on line, waiting to get an oil change and "scheduled maintenance" done, dreading the bill which was to come...(The last few months have been a bit painful due to unexpected home repairs). I usually go early so I'm not there all day.‎ It's a large facility the size of a warehouse. The money stuff was bugging me,but  I just decided to stop worrying about it. It'll work out. We're "ok", we have a "rainy day" fund, it's just been very rainy lately... anyway, I wasn't going to let it ruin the day.

  When I got there, both sides (Nissan and Toyota) were "down" (NO interwebs) and they have ALL of their stuff on the cloud. So they were going to do everything by hand and ‎they didn't have access to any of their info from yesterday‎,or their appointments for today... all the cars currently on the lifts or the cars parked outside waiting to have work done. All in the cloud. And all inaccessible. I asked the guy taking down my info  "Hey, I work in IT,mind if I take a look?"

Their closet was atrocious, but
I got them back online in under 2 minutes- hooray!

Both the managers came and thanked me and then the Nissan one told the guy to bring my bill to him once the work was done.

  I'm not a "God-fearing" man,but I believe the universe balances itself out if you just give it enough time. So maybe it's not always a matter of faith,but of patience. Having the strength to "wait and see". But it's not a passive process- I'm 
not talking about the power of intention.  The universe can only help you SO much. You still have to ‎break a sweat turning the gear. Trick is, not to get depressed to the point that you fail to notice the handle which is connected to the gear which is connected to the escape hatch. There's usually a way out, and if you mind is clear and uncluttered, it's easier to see the exit sign.
    Too many people block their own progress with obstacles they've built themselves, and are unwilling to get past them, because they feel a nostalgic attachment to them. ‎Or,they worry about their situation so much that they miss opportunities to actually improve their situation. I could have just sat in the waiting room and not offered to help. When I DID offer, it wasn't so I could get free service. That's not "how I roll"- Its not instinctual, It's how I was raised.

Anyway, it doesn't always end up this way, but if you slow down and stop complaining and have patience, things tend to work out ok.

Have a nice weekend.

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It's always great when a stranger or anyone recognizes you for going above and beyond what's expected. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen too often in today's World, which in a way just makes it even more special. Super that he picked up your bill, as I'm sure a round of applauds from waiting customers would have been enough to make your day.
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Not surprising, tho we all know, the manager will most likely pass that expenditure on to some other customer(s).

(I prefer a realistic attitude rather than a positive or negative one)

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It's always great when a stranger or anyone recognizes you for going above and beyond what's expected. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen too often in today's World, which in a way just makes it even more special. Super that he picked up your bill, as I'm sure a round of applauds from waiting customers would have been enough to make your day.


Ugh, no applause, PLEASE!!! I don't take compliments well, but it feels good when you're actually able to exercise your skills and see a positive result...
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Originally posted by maryjane:

Not surprising, tho we all know, the manager will most likely pass that expenditure on to some other customer(s).

(I prefer a realistic attitude rather than a positive or negative one)

Perhaps, but
It would have cost him 3x my bill to get a guy in to fix things, or they would have lost a lot of $ if they reduced their work flow that day.
I'd rather start out the day on manic/ positive, and then get worn down by reality to "realistic" by lunchtime...
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just a question and because I am a computer idiot, just WTF does "IT" stand for?

and I agree with you, what goes around comes around, help someone when you can and you will get something in return, maybe not then or tomorrow but you will get paid back. you not only helped them, the company but all the people who were waiting in line to get service done.

Glad what you did worked and you definitely know what you are doing, obviously.

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IT means Information Technology,
Computers and all the stuff that gets it there fall under the field.
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You DO realize I beat people who espouse the virtues do the positive and what the univers will do for them, RIGHT ??.
In fact, I am in talks with the USAF about getting a drone strike program going for them the same as we do with the Taliban !!!
now THAT'S positive thinking !

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You do realize that you are not required to go to the dealership for service or maintenance? They can't void your warranty either, if you do, as long as your vehicle is being serviced or maintained when it should be. I wouldn't take my vehicles to the dealership unless they were working on them for free under warranty.
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Originally posted by FriendGregory:

IT means Information Technology,
Computers and all the stuff that gets it there fall under the field.


Thanks I never understood that term and your explanation covered it quite well, and I even understood it, what a surprise huh.

 
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You DO realize I beat people who espouse the virtues do the positive and what the univers will do for them, RIGHT ??.
In fact, I am in talks with the USAF about getting a drone strike program going for them the same as we do with the Taliban !!!
now THAT'S positive thinking !



Not yet, I have to get him to save yet another hard drive from yet another computer, after that all bets are off.


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Originally posted by 84fiero123:
just a question and because I am a computer idiot, just WTF does "IT" stand for?

In your case ... Idiot Twofold, .
A lot of those IT guys go around and make sure people like you and me actually have the computer booted up, the mouse is plugged in still, we are not using an incorrect password, and otherwise correct imbecile mistakes their computer users make.
Other days are more rewarding, .
 
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Their closet was atrocious, but
I got them back online in under 2 minutes- hooray!

How ? What was the problem ?
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Originally posted by cliffw:

In your case ... Idiot Twofold, .



Hey I resemble that!

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The manager will probably get in trouble for letting you work on their stuff.

I have offered to help and most times I have been declined. I always ask and if I can help I do. Self preservation, just want to get my **** done and leave.
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Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:

The manager will probably get in trouble for letting you work on their stuff.

I have offered to help and most times I have been declined. I always ask and if I can help I do. Self preservation, just want to get my **** done and leave.


I learned not to touch anything I am not specifically hired and paid to fix, and have authorization in writing for about 10 years ago. I re-mounted a dropped door on a soft-drink fridge as a "favor" to a slush machine customer (the fridge belonged to a major soft drink company and they couldn't get a service call in fast enough to get it working for a special event, and since I was there anyway....

A simple replacement of 2 bolts turned into one frack of a can of worms that took about 9 months and lawyers involved to solve. I wont ever again be doing anymore "favors" like that for anybody.

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Originally posted by Jake_Dragon:

The manager will probably get in trouble for letting you work on their stuff.

I have offered to help and most times I have been declined. I always ask and if I can help I do. Self preservation, just want to get my **** done and leave.


He was on the phone with him when I offered to help... he said something like "oh yes god please do!!!!"

It was funny, as I was closing the door to the closet, one person who just came in said "wow, we've never had anyone come that quickly" and another guy said "we didn't call him, he's one of our customers!"

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Not that you need a pat on the back but I like reading stories like this with goodwill and appreciation being shown jointly .
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Originally posted by maryjane:

Not surprising, tho we all know, the manager will most likely pass that expenditure on to some other customer(s).

(I prefer a realistic attitude rather than a positive or negative one)


But one has nothing to do with the other as for the manager that is his business as usual whereas Rumor added something new onto the positive side of the scale.

For people like myself and I believe yourself keeping our expectations neutral allows us to more accurately recognize and appreciate good or bad.
When I say appreciate I mean that as a term of action.

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karma...it can be a b!tch or a good friend. Your call on how this round turned out!
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Eww! Tah was scary!

I thought the big guy was going to eat the baby!

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