Posts Tagged ‘donald baillargeon’

A Letter to Knott’s Berry Farm

August 30, 2010

I had not been to Knott’s Berry Farm in some time, I admit.
My daughter went there on a school field trip last Spring and wanted to
go again with the family, so we went yesterday.

Let me start with the two things we found good.

Ray at the General Store was helpful, friendly and delightful. Joan in
the Mystery Lodge store is an absolute gem!

Now, on to the rest of the day.

Your security personnel at the front gate is apparently trained in
Gestapo tactics when it comes to the search for “contraband food”. I was
mortified. While we did not attempt to bring food and drink into the
park ourselves, we saw the manner in which your people treated your
paying patrons as they entered the turnstiles. They were rude, gruff,
insensitive and insulting. They obviously hate their jobs. More on that

We soon discovered why the park is so committed to keeping “contraband
food” from entering the gate. My daughter was hungry soon after we
entered, so we stopped by Sutter’s. Hot dog, bag of Lay’s and bottle of
water, $15.75. Amazing.

These exorbitant prices were accompanied by the rudest food service
people I have ever encountered. I obviously had interrupted their
employee social time by being the only customer they had to wait upon.
They too, apparently hate their jobs. My daughter’s $9.75 hot dog was a
greasy and poor example of the American classic.

We could not help but notice how dirty and unkempt the overall park is.
At 11:45 AM on a Summer Sunday, we could not find a clean picnic table,
leftover food debris obviously still there from the night before. We
boarded the train ride and were presented with sights of trash,
unmanicured landscaping, abandoned service and maintenance vehicles and
their spare parts strewn along the route, simply appalling. One would
never encounter this at Disneyland.

The woman working at the Turquoise Jewelry kiosk next to the General
Store will have no idea how much revenue she lost yesterday after she so
rudely snapped at my 9-year old daughter. My little girl only asked her
if the buffalo head on the wall was a real buffalo. “No!”, she snapped,
startling her. “Is there anything you want to look at?”, she snarled to
me. We simply walked away. She must also hate her job.

At the ice cream counter, I thought I had given the woman five $1 bills,
when in fact I had given only four. “I’m sorry”, I said, “I thought I
gave you five”. “Sure you did”, she snapped back. Why do so many people
at your park hate their jobs?

With the exception of the woman at the Turquoise Jewelry kiosk, my
daughter was thankfully oblivious to the many unsatisfactory things I
have pointed out in this email. Because of that, when my wife asked me
to rate the experience on a scale on one to ten, I gave it a “four”, but
three of that four came from the fact my daughter enjoyed her day.

Your maintenance crew needs to go on an emergency program of cleanup,
sprucing, painting and landscaping. It was quite sad to see such an
institution as Knott’s, presented in such a sorry state.


Donald Baillargeon

Health Care Reform More About Politics Than Benefits

March 18, 2010

So, what is really going to happen with the health care reform act that won’t die?

So many opinions, so many lies on both sides of the fence, enormous pressure being put on a few straggling democrat house members as Nancy Pelosi struggles to get to 216 votes for the bill’s passage…

Dennis Kucinich all of a sudden “seeing the light” and changing his vote from no to yes…..which I found very interesting…as he received no concessions, no changes to the elements of the bill which he didn’t like…he simply and suddenly changed his mind!

This is all like …well, it’s like watching American Idol in
reverse…..instead of eliminating people every episode, the democrats
are trying to add people, adding votes where they didn’t exist a week

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh has created a firestorm of emails and phone calls on capitol Hill as citizens against the bill’s passage are burning the phones lines and email boxes of their Congressional representatives.

Tea Partiers are massing in Washington, protesting the bill’s possible passage.

President Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits…but according to industry experts, premiums are likely to keep going up even if the health care bill passes….who do you believe?

During a speech in Cleveland this week, the president told the crowd their employers would see premiums fall by as much
as 3,000 percent….3000 percent….? He even went so far as to say those savings would lead employers to begin giving pay raises….Wow! What a plan!

But…a White House press spokesperson later said the president misspoke; he had meant to say annual premiums would drop by $3,000….so let’s take the 3 grand, divide it by how many employees there are and there’s your big raise!

Further, an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found that large employers would see premium savings of at most….. 3
percent ….compared with what their costs would have been without the
legislation. So that would be more like a few hundred dollars instead of
several thousand…..

remember now, we are talking about a bill with a price tag of nearly $1 trillion.

If this bill passes, we aren’t going to need a tea party to protest it….we’re going to need a keg party to help dull the pain it’s going to create!

2009 Hangover or 2010 Optimism?

January 6, 2010

A friend of mine used a term in a Facebook post this week that I had not heard before and I think it really summed up, at least for me, the two kinds of people we will be encountering as we welcome the new year 2010.

The term was …2009 Hangover….. and he was wondering who would be grabbing twenty ten optimism by the horns vs. those who would succumb to allowing the difficult year of 2009 ……hang…over…like a cheap champagne headache on New Year’s Day.

The federal government had their chance last year to fix the mess and I think it is consensus across the board…with the exception of the most ardent drinkers of the kool-aid……. that the government failed.

What we received instead was rampant, uncontrolled spending, a now $12 trillion national debt, 10% unemployment, our creditors beginning to show their nervousness and a stubborn insistence to try to craft and pass tremendously unpopular and horrifically expensive health care legislation….with no idea how to pay for it.

The 2010 election season has just begun and already, Democrats watched a string of their House members announce retirements, one congressman defected to the GOP, Senators Chris Dodd of Connecticut, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter all announcing they will not run for reelection…. in what is already proving to be an unfriendly atmosphere for incumbents, particularly for the party in charge.

These are not 2010 optimists, these are people running away from the 2009 hangover. The going got tough and they….well, they quit.

It is up to us, we the people. It’s up to us to embrace a new year, a new decade, with a steadfast determination. We will create new opportunities for ourselves and for our neighbors, we will risk everything and start new companies and new ventures, create new jobs and new opportunities. We’ve done it before, our parents and grandparents did it before.

As MoneyTV begins its 14th year on television, now seen in more than 60 countries all over the world, we will continue to bring you stories about exciting, emerging companies that represent the great entrepreneur spirit, the future and the optimism that goes with it.

A new year, a new decade, are you ready for the rebuild?