Friday, January 31, 2014

INVICTA WATCHES...

Invicta seems to have a large following of collectors, and certainly the styles and presence of the timepiece are alluring.
 Having recently purchased one for  a Christmas gift, I became enamored, and found one on Ebay, that had my attention, an older discontinued style. I bought it and when it arrived, the band had been shortened, so it was necessary to order a link or two.
 I called invicta with my model number, and was informed that they "no longer mail out links for their watches."
 I was instructed to ship the watch to them ($28) and $10 per link, plus $12 service. I said I am a half hour away from you, can I drop it off? "NO" you must ship. I asked about turn around time, and was told "up to 90 days".  this information was gathered one line at a time via email. I had to figure out what I wanted to know and ASK, or no real information was forthcoming.
Suspiciously I did a web search and found this....Invicta, Better Business Bureau
An "F" rating and 178 complaints in three years, all closed with the following weak excuse..

 We would like to inform that for security purposes, we require all watches to be shipped to our service center for repair procedures. Some watches require a little more attention than other watches which can cause the repair to exceed the 90-day period. We highly apologize for the delay and inconvenience and hope this response is satisfactory to the customer.
Sincerely
  A follow up email to the rep. I asked why the BBB reports stated that it took four to six (or more) months to get a watch back from the repair center, and would my "add a link" be a more quickly resolved repair. I was told, the 90 days is how long it takes (usually to get the watch back to THEM after shipping it overseas for the repair.
What a crock of BS. the watch IS beautiful, and I want to keep it.
Luckily for me ,a guy with a watch a jewelry store in a local flea market (sells Invicta) advised me that if I would leave the watch, he would go through, his bag (holds up a big bag of leftover links) and was certain he could find one that would do the job. problem solved, for me..... But I will never ever even LOOK at another Invicta Watch!


We would like to inform that for security purposes, we require all watches to be shipped to our service center for repair procedures. Some watches require a little more attention than other watches which can cause the repair to exceed the 90-day period. We highly apologize for the delay and inconvenience and hope this response is satisfactory to the customer.
Sincerely, - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/south-east-florida/business-reviews/watches-dealers/invicta-watch-company-of-america-in-hollywood-fl-27002445/complaints#sthash.0klJOaQk.dpuf
We would like to inform that for security purposes, we require all watches to be shipped to our service center for repair procedures. Some watches require a little more attention than other watches which can cause the repair to exceed the 90-day period. We highly apologize for the delay and inconvenience and hope this response is satisfactory to the customer.
Sincerely, - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/south-east-florida/business-reviews/watches-dealers/invicta-watch-company-of-america-in-hollywood-fl-27002445/complaints#sthash.0klJOaQk.dpuf
We would like to inform that for security purposes, we require all watches to be shipped to our service center for repair procedures. Some watches require a little more attention than other watches which can cause the repair to exceed the 90-day period. We highly apologize for the delay and inconvenience and hope this response is satisfactory to the customer.
Sincerely, - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/south-east-florida/business-reviews/watches-dealers/invicta-watch-company-of-america-in-hollywood-fl-27002445/complaints#sthash.0klJOaQk.dpuf
We would like to inform that for security purposes, we require all watches to be shipped to our service center for repair procedures. Some watches require a little more attention than other watches which can cause the repair to exceed the 90-day period. We highly apologize for the delay and inconvenience and hope this response is satisfactory to the customer.
Sincerely, - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/south-east-florida/business-reviews/watches-dealers/invicta-watch-company-of-america-in-hollywood-fl-27002445/complaints#sthash.0klJOaQk.dpuf

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

frozen twinkies

have been my medication of choice the past few days. I have made what I think are some sound decisions regarding my financial state. I have reduced my cable bill at both the salon and home, and deferred both car payments, and my mortgage is paid a month early for year, so it's not "due" til Jan 1 anyway.  I have taken a hard hit by people in my life that I dont understand.  I have never, in my adult life yelled, cursed, or accused anyone, according to "how i see it" or feel it, or think about it.
Fact is when I am being screamed and cursed at, I am frozen mentally, cannot think to reply, and I refuse to participate. That must mean I have learned something in this life.
So Faced yesterday with an angry, accusing "freinemy" I was reduced to a sobbing mess, and ate four frozen Twinkies  to lol myself into a sugar stupor and go to bed, (and have horrible nightmares all night). Today, at the salon, in doing what I had thought the nail tech wanted, I interviewed to sublet the facial room, as per her information that she could not pay and would give it up. a Scathing cursing, screaming phone call followed, that left me incapable of response (dont they tell you not to argue with crazy people?? ) I am expected to take her inability to pay on my back and carry the salon almost singlehandedly??For an angry, woman with no love for anyone, ever. Auntie Bee knows what I'm saying. How can my resolve to go the extra mile for them be strong enough?
  At some point dont you reach the spot that the focus comes back to your OWN needs?? ?
I guess what I am searching for is an answer to the question, when do you draw the "go fek yourself" line and walk away from them??



Saturday, November 02, 2013

test of Faith

Here comes the big one folks.......
 I took this risk, I honestly believe that God had put in my heart, the desire to work and grow my business. I have invested ALL my resources, and (some would say foolishly) my available credit, to build out the new salon, and all my dreams have come to life.
 I have lost both stylists, that made the move with me, and one new one that I had such high hopes for.  Yesterday the specialist (nails and facials) stated that she did not think she was going to be able to make it, and that she was taking some time to try and figure things out, but was giving notice, for me to find someone to take over the spa by December 1ST. The spa rent is 650$. so now I am down one full time stylist 600 a month, and now losing another 650 per month. the salon rent is 1590 plus electric, aabout 175. this is a huge, H-U-G-E  financial burden. If I let the fear get a grip, I get absolutely sick, nauseatingly sick in the pit of my stomach.

I had dinner with Nigel, and we discussed the whole situation. In a nutshell, his reaction was this... " I see that woman, she has a mean  look all the time, she does not have love in her heart.  God did not bring you to this place to let you fail. If God says that woman must go out of your life, you must let her. He will bring you someone that has love, like you do, for your business. "

Sometimes the simplicity of his heart is so amazing to me, the sincerity of his faith, and his patience are an example to me. I am learning from him.
So ,I have written my ad for Craigslist, I have put the word out in the salon community, and told some clients about the opportunity for a new salon  staff opening. I am almost always able to put the fear and anxiety away, and calm myself.  I will save panic for when panic is here. and then I will diog deep and keep going, and keep looking up.  I will need a "full specialist" and probably a nail tech to come in and take over. There will be good points here, in that I may now be allowed to use the spa room. and make some money there in permanent makeup and eyelash enhancement. (I could not use the room while Kibby was  "in charge" of the room) Praying readers, pray for me, pray for me a lot. When I worry, I don't sleep. Pray for my peace of mind.
 I sometimes tremble in fear of what is to come, as I try to hold onto the faith I have, that all this is in God's will, in God's time. I will let you know if I need food, and you guys can send me a can of beans. The dogs must come first, and the salon, them me. This is going to take a lot of determination

Sunday, October 27, 2013

almost a year...

amazing (and embarrassing) to me is the fact that my steely resolutions to make such demands of myself, can soon become as so much dust in the wind.
 The challenges of my new salon are weighing on me, and the fragility of  its financial balance take away my desire for bold moves or "stepping out in faith" .I am playing my cards closer to home, and making decisions with a lot more consideration for "the big picture".
 I was reading some old posts. looking for a specific date, and I found my old post  whining about my need to put my new love behind me.(more of those big decisions) WELL, I DIDN'T.
 I am surprised to find that this man is more of a friend than I could ever have wished. He was been patient with me while my heart raced ahead of my head, and carefully brought me back to earth .
In getting to know him, I find that I was totally wrong about his charming smile and cheerful demeanor. He truely is a kind and happy soul. I took the big smile and gentle flirting as a "ladies man" and tagged him as a player. In my hindsight, I am glad he made me sit it out until I calmed down. He is still in my life, and I am all the better for it. As we roll up on a year since I realized he was flirting with me...
 I also see that I know this man as a person that I care for, have immense respect for, and value his input in my life , both his  moral compass , and his work ethic, which includes helping those he can (me, for one). I admire his heart... the same heart I did not trust . at my age, I am again surprised at how I  (am forced to) continue to grow. And also at how ridiculously naive I can be