The March 11th earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan has California residents feeling more than a little vulnerable. I am willing to bet that more generators were sold this year than the last five years combined. I’m starting to have clients, friends and even family members sharing information on food storage and disaster preparation. It’s […]

A beautiful spring day is perfect for mini golf, go carts and bumper boats, so we met up with friends at Boomers in Modesto, CA to let the kids play together for an afternoon. The first thing I noticed were the prices. Wow, I recall taking my son to a similar place in Sacramento (Scandia) […]

So let me get this straight. My “overnight” order is being delayed up to a full week because they want me to fax a copy of my utility bill? As a victim of ID theft, this terrifies me.

Talk about frustrating. The Tribeca Navigation System has some very nifty features. It tracks your mileage, gas usage, provides a calculator and instantly displays your fuel consumption in real-time. It even helps you track oil changes and regular maintenance. I haven’t even discovered all the features yet. The Rearview Camera displays in the more than […]

I would love to be able to write a totally unbiased review of our 2011 Subaru Tribeca, but who am I kidding? I’ve wanted to own a Tribeca since the first time I saw a Tribeca commercial over ten years ago. Our last vehicle was a 1999 Subaru Outback that has served us well and […]

I have always loved to drive. It has always been one of my most favorite past-times, until probably the past ten years. The traffic has gotten so bad over the years (or maybe the drivers have just gotten worse) that I really dread driving on some days. As a driving enthusiast I’ve never given much […]

Retail Bandit advocates are voting for stores with their feet and most importantly with their wallets. Retail competition can be pretty stiff in some areas, sure you might have to drive a little further and gas prices can’t come down fast enough, but without your support retailers won’t stay in business very long. Retail Bandit […]

We all have businesses we love to hate. You know the ones that provide the necessities of life, but at the same time make you want to scream and claw your eyes out from frustration? I just have one question! What is wrong with the engineers at Panasonic? They just can’t seem to get it right. […]

Dear Staples Customer Service Department, My husband Shawn and I have been loyal Staples customers for the past 10 years, often spending in excess of $15,000 a year. I’m just writing to let you know that we have taken our business elsewhere and will no longer be frequenting Staples, nor will we be recommending your […]

When I visit a hotel website I am looking for an accurate description of not only their rates, services and accommodations, but also what I can expect to find at their facility. In preparation for a recent trip to California’s Great America, I had the opportunity to explore and compare quite a few hotels in the Silicon Valley where we were visiting. It […]

No, I haven’t forgotten about Retail Bandit, I’ve just been spending too much time on updating a few of my other websites. I’ll try to be better. I do have some good news for those with an interest in the whole GMO issue. The new Weston A. Price Chapter on the San Juan Ridge will hold […]

I just received a phone call from Comcast. I am simply livid. They called to inform me that my bill was past due. Well, how can that be? Since reactivating my cable service through Comcast only a month ago, I’ve never received a bill from them. Not one. Apparently, they are sending the bills to […]

I am sitting here on hold, waiting for a Comcast Service Representative to answer the phone. I am fuming mad, so mad in fact that I feel as though I could spit nails. I was sitting here enjoying my second Law and Order program of the evening — one I was really looking forward to watching. Especially since […]

Last year for Christmas a dear friend had ordered a Turducken for us, which was the best “turkey” we have ever tasted. So, this year we decided to order one for our family and one for our kids in Michigan. We ordered two Turducken’s a full-size bird for our kids and a Turducken Roll for us, […]