<![CDATA[The Cadet Family - Blog]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:52:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Teacher fired for using Trayvon Martin as a teaching subject.]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:56:07 GMThttp://www.cadet.us/blog/teacher-fired-for-using-trayvon-martin-as-a-teaching-subject
Brooke Harris was fired from the Pontiac Academy for Excellence in Michigan after helping her students organize a fundraiser for Trayvon Martin’s family.

She knew how important it is to give students opportunities to bring real-world experiences into the classroom. Her mainly African-American students wanted to know more about Trayvon Martin’s death, and Ms. Harris seized the teachable moment. 

Stories like Brooke’s are outrageous in their own right, but even worse, they create an atmosphere of fear that hobbles our best teachers.

Sign the petition and tell administrators we will not tolerate the silencing of our nation’s best teachers.

<![CDATA[SOPA / PIPA]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:07:46 GMThttp://www.cadet.us/blog/sopa-pipa
Dear Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, 

As one of your constituents and an artist, I would like to share with you my strong opposition to, and disappointment of your support for PIPA/SOPA. 

While I believe that Intellectual Property Right should be protected, what you are proposing is unacceptable. 

Our government should work for us, not the movie/music studios. 
To consider crippling the Internet and giving corporations a blank mandate to censor as they see fit (which is essentially what you are supporting) it preposterous!

I strongly hope you will reconsider and retract your support for this initiative. 

I know I will reconsider MY vote the next time around if this proposal is successful. 

Kind regards, 

Dudley Cadet
Massapequa, NY ]]>
<![CDATA[Verizon FiOS SUCKS!!!!]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:32:13 GMThttp://www.cadet.us/blog/verizon-fios-sucks
Customer Dis-Service Department:
I've had FiOS service for about five years now. The customer dis-service department is probably the worst you will find in the industry. But I stuck with it because of the dedicated connection (expecting that shared cable would probably be worse). 

I was down in December for four days and as usual, no support was reachable. After over eight hours of hold and playing phone tree monkey, I reached someone (not technical support) who told me the "offline team" was working on my problem. But the "offline team" was not reachable. 

Well... I switched to Cablevision the next day. 

Nightmare not over: 
Called to cancel the FiOS service today and the guys wants to change me $105 of early cancellation fee!!! Are you serious?!?!??!??! 
Yep. Logging it as customer refusal to attempt to fix the problem. 

Seems the guy I spoke to last month didn't log anything on my account about my problem. So essentially, he lied to me about the "offline team" working the problem. 

So since they did not send me a technician to fix the problem, they are charging me an early disconnection fee for not having a technician try to fix the problem...  (Did you catch that? Slick eh?) 

Oh and no supervisor is available. And NO, you may not have the supervisor's full name. Heck, I doubt the name the guy gave me was real either. 

I am contacting Corporate on this one. 

To be continued.... 


Verizon billed me again after asking them to stop the service. 
I found a different number online and called. 
This time was able to get to a supervisor who closed the account and credited me. 

It is not easy to get to the right people at FiOS, but it is possible. 
Not sure I want to repeat the experience. 

Guess what? Yep, they did it again! Billed me two times after refunding the one month. Yes, yes, yes.... process the disconnect for the non-working service (and no, they still haven't sent a tech to fix it. )
Got a return/recycle equipment sticker in the mail. I assume that means that they finally closed the account. Now let's see how long it takes to refund my money. 
<![CDATA[Google Profiles for Apps users. Finally!]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:36:41 GMThttp://www.cadet.us/blog/google-profiles-for-apps-users-finallyWell after a long period of dragging us along, Google has finallyI decided to open up Google+ to its paying customers, Google Apps users.

I still don't understand the logic behind releasing one of the most awaited apps and excluding the user population most likely to adopt it; those already vested in your product line and technically savvy to implement and evangelize it. A treasure trove of verified users!

Well, let's see if the wait was worth it. 

<![CDATA[Welcome to the new site!]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:41:55 GMThttp://www.cadet.us/blog/first-postHi all, as I said before, I don't really have time to manually maintain a full site anymore. So this new site will contain just the basics to effective communication while requiring very little effort on the part of yours truly.  ]]><![CDATA[Happy Birthday to Bob & Bocha]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2011 07:00:00 GMThttp://www.cadet.us/blog/happy-birthday-to-bob-bocha
Milestone birthday!
Well, Dad turned 70 today. 

People often talk of their fathers. I want to say once and and for all, in case I never get to say it again, my dad has been more than a father. He has been a counselor, a friend, a guide, despite his human failings (which one of us has no flaw), a partner in crime, a confidant, a teammate, a brother :., a student, a teacher and so much more. He has been a "dad", not just a father. 

Today, we celebrate his life and ask the great J.H.V.H. to bless him with health, wisdom and happiness and many, many more years. 

Let's all gather this Saturday  to wish my two fathers (Yolette's dad and mine share the same birthday) and raise a glass to celebrate their lives and show our love for them. 

Details of the party are, where else, on Facebook

Happy Birthday Bob & Bocha!