Let’s Go is a “No Go”

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Let’s GO Together

Let’s GO together says Uber in its August 24, 2018 e-mail, another in a string of e-mails arriving from Uber all spring and summer of 2018 heralding the introduction of the new Driver’s App. So, it was finally here. I expected some instructions on how to download and install it would follow and in the ensuing week or so I could get around to reviewing some of the online chatter about the app and then, at my leisure, download and install it with some fore knowledge of any bugginess.

But, No! Went to drive Friday evening August 24, 2018 in the Cleveland Ohio USA area – a new screen shows up when I access the Uber Driver app on my smart phone. Uber gave me the new app without requesting me to download and install it. By the way, I currently drive Uber Eats which is the transport of meals from restaurants to requesting customers and not the transport of human riders.

Went online with the new app and while puzzling over the new map presentation and some of the other visual changes to the screen, shortly got my first delivery request. I accept it and arrive at the restaurant. I notice: no Pickup bar to swipe when I arrive at the restaurant to pick up the order — so I don’t get paid for the minutes I wait for an order any more? Only bar that shows up is the Start Delivery Bar. I pick up the order and the Start Delivery bar won’t respond to my finger swipe — won’t move — it’s frozen. I can’t get the delivery address! I turn off the Uber Driver app and reload it. Start Delivery bar still frozen. Have to call UberEats Help for the address. They have me shut down the app. They will cancel the order on their end (it won’t count as a cancellation against my rating) and then they tell me to call them when I make the drop off and they will calculate my fare using their own best route/best time algorithm and manually apply the fare to my earnings. They have me wait on hold while they call the customer to get her permission to let them release her direct phone number to me so I can call to announce my arrival and request drop off directions if I need further guidance. Some slight mention is made that this new app is a “Beta” version and others are having problems tonight. Between all the phone calls and holds a delivery of about 4 miles that would normally take 25 minutes from walk in to restaurant to drop off at the customer’s home is taking over an hour. I spend another hour and a half uninstalling this troublesome new Uber Driver app, and then downloading and reinstalling what I hope might be a bug-free version of the app from my on-phone Google Play store. However, it seems as if the Play store is overloaded (with others trying to do the same thing?), as nothing downloads to me for over an hour. Once the app finally downloads and installs I find it to be the tried and true prior version that is downloaded. While that is heartening, it is getting close to the time I have to get back home and with that, on top of all the frustration over the non-paid waste of my time in phone calls and download delays, I give up for the night — completing only the one delivery.

I wanted to Uber again Saturday evening August 25, 2018. I was surprised to see that the tried and true prior version of the a Uber Driver app that I had struggled to download the prior evening had been replaced by Uber without my permission with the new Uber Driver app. I reasoned a bit with myself and decided to give it another try — certainly the Uber software wizards the UberEats call center people said were on the case last night had fixed the problem by now.

But, no. Same problem with the very first order I accepted Saturday evening. — no Pickup bar, a frozen start bar, the need to call UberEats help for customer address and phone, the need to shut down the app and have UberEats manually apply the fare, and the need to waste nearly an hour in phone calls and holds. I again only did the one delivery.

The next night I was going to go out, Wednesday August 29, 2018, I was going to be smart — I would uninstall the troublesome Saturday app and download the tired and true prior version of the driver app from the Play store while I was at home with reliable WiFi at a time in the day that others might not be overloading the Play store. That way I would have an app on the phone that worked before I got out on the road. But that was not to happen — what downloads now from the Play store is the new app! I thought I’ll give it a try as surely by now Uber has corrected the Beta version.

No, same problem again 4 days later. This time in the phone calls I petitioned UberEats help for some compensation for the 40 minutes I had wasted on top of the 6 paid minutes the delivery took. Amazingly I did receive a $5.00 “promotion(al)” consideration on top of the fare.

The version number that showed on my app that afternoon/evening was 4.177.10010.

Thursday afternoon August 30, 2018 through the Google Play store on my phone I uninstalled the prior night’s (Wednesday August 29, 2018) Uber Driver app (version 4.177.10010), downloaded the Uber Driver app again, and installed it. Again, did this at home with my reliable WiFi. Hope was that maybe overnight Uber’s wizards had made corrections. And, indeed, the app that downloaded and installed was now version 4.178.10005! On the strength of that change in version number I again went out on the road the evening of Thursday August 30 and went online and accepted an order. To no avail — same problem as evenings  1, 2, and 3: no Pickup bar, a frozen start bar, the need to call UberEats help for customer address and phone, the need to shut down the app and have UberEats manually apply the fare, and the need to waste nearly an hour in phone calls and holds. I again only did the one delivery for a manually applied fare of $3.07!!

What is going on?

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Elevation: Little feet above Creek-Side dampness

Model # 17307263B

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It is priced about $9.00 too high at Home Depot. It’s more like a $19.99 unit considering it’s on…
September 19, 2017
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It is priced about $9.00 too high at Home Depot. It’s more like a $19.99 unit considering it’s only a 4 shelf unit and doesn’t have the stability to go up 5 shelves. Unit goes together OK if you look at the instruction sheet. Vertical posts are inserted narrow end down contrary to what might be intuitive!!. Unit sways a bit but is OK. I bought it despite the high price as I needed something about 30″ in width (unit is 28″) to fit in the space I had. Most of what is on the market is either 24″ or 36″ wide. Besides the unique size other bonuses are the wide feet that help spread the weight of the support posts so there might not be as much an indentation left in the carpet or other resilient flooring material under them. Feet also raise the unit up a bit– might help with being able to dust under the unit or keep the bottom shelf items away from any dampness there might be on the underlying floor. Also the thinness of the shelves gives a bit more net storage volume. One negative is the dust caps which were supplied with my unit for the open post holes on the top shelf — they don’t snap in and are only held in place by gravity and are easily bumped off as items are placed on the top shelf. The longer-skirted dust caps pictured on the instruction sheet packed with the unit would be a better choice than these almost flat, non-locking caps. I might try some glue on them. I’ve had these shelves about two weeks.

Creek Side Shopping Notes

I went shopping at the new Heinen’s Chagrin Falls store in mid-February 2018. I normally don’t shop there but on that afternoon the store was on my way home and I needed a loaf of bread. This is a new Heinen’s and this was probably only my 2nd or 3rd visit to it. Before hitting the aisles I stopped at the Customer Service desk to check out the “Tasteful Rewards” sale item list for the week and ask for the location of the bread aisle. After giving me the location of the bread aisle the Customer Service Representative informed me that I might have a survey offer at the bottom of my sales receipt that day and that if I completed the survey I would receive $5.00 off my bill on my next Heinen’s visit.

Sure enough I did have a Survey offer on my receipt. Survey was to be done online. When I went online at home a few days later I found most questions were multiple choice with a few places for free form comments. I also found the discount would be 5% off, not $5.00 off, my next Heinen’s shopping trip but I went ahead with it anyway. Here are comments I made in the free form sections of the survey:

Q: Please further describe your reason for your visit:

A: I needed a loaf of bread. I normally buy a 100% whole wheat bread, no high fructose corn syrup in the long loaf, standard width — Aldi’s L’Oven Fresh 100% 20 oz. but did not have the time to drive to an Aldi’s. I was hoping you would have a substitute such as Schwebel’s 100% whole wheat, no high fructose corn syrup , long loaf, standard width UPC 71319 00027, but you didn’t. You had a Schwebel’s Honey Wheat, and a Schwebel’s Wheat (both on sale at $1.99 — good price) and both, I think, in the long loaf version. And you also had some sort of higher end Schwebel’s 100% whole wheat in a short loaf, wide pan format at a premium price. I don’t buy wide format bread – larger slice size means more calories per slice.

Q; Comment on your experience:

A: Pricing was somewhat high on non-sale items. Space in the store is limited so it is understandable you don’t carry breads from a variety of commercial bakers in the commercial bread area of the grocery section. However, you do carry quite a bit of Schwebels who makes a 100% whole wheat long loaf, no high fructose corn syrup, standard width, 20oz. bread that I can live with. You didn’t have the bread at this store. That bread or something similar was the purpose of my trip. I believe I have bought it at your larger stores. I did check for an in-house bakery version of a 100% whole wheat bread in the bakery section of the store but the closest match I could find was one that was a blend of whole and standard wheat flours.

Other than the above, the store is quite an experience – the huge, well staffed, well provisioned deli/salad bar/bakery/meat sections, the unique dining/socializing areas, the very active wine and beer sections.

Also was surprised at the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at the checkouts and service desk who remembered me from previous visits even though my visits are infrequent.

Q: What could Heinen’s do to improve your experience?:

A: See my previous notes about 100% whole wheat, no high fructose corn syrup, long loaf standard width commercially baked bread not being in stock at this downtown Chagrin Falls store. So, please stock Schwebel’s UPC 71319 00027 or other brand’s equivalent.

Shopper Notes:

Walnut Shopping:

What: Walnuts, Halves and pieces for snacking and cooking

Where

Brand

Date

Weight

(oz)

Price

Price per ounce (cents)

Marc’s Solon Poindexter Nut

04/16/2018

12

$3.99

33.3

Target Eastgate Diamond

05/15/2018

16

$7.89

49.4

Target Eastgate Market Pantry

05/15/2018

16

$7.59

47.5

Walmart Mayfield Hts. Fisher Nuts

05/15/2018

32

$13.48

42.2

Walmart Mayfield Hts/ Great Value

05/15/2018

32

$12.96

40.5

Giant Eagle Chagrin Blvd. Fisher

05/18/2018

10

$6.99

69.9

Giant Eagle Chagrin Blvd. Fisher

05/18/2018

16

$8.99

56.6

Whole Foods Woodmere 365

05/18/2018

16

$6.99

43.7

Whole Foods Woodmere 365 – Organic

05/18/2018

16

$7.99

49.9

Trader Joe’s Woodmere Raw California

05/18/2018

16

$6.99

43.7

Trader Joe’s Woodmere Raw California Premium

05/18/2018

16

$7.99

49.9

Heinen’s Pepper Pike Heinen’s

05/18/2018

13

$8.99

69.2

Aldi’s Chardon Southern Grove

05/21/2018

16

$6.49

40.1

 

When?

Dear Mr. Ombudsman,

When will your agency, the Department of Homeland Security, headed by Kirstjen Nielsen, start to issue the additional H2b visas for this year’s (2018) April 1 to November 1 season? These are the additional H2b visas that Congress authorized as part of the March 23, 2018 Omnibus spending/budget bill it passed that day. I have called the DHS Ombudsman’s office twice in the last week with this question. The first time I called the respondent was clueless and had to put me on hold to consult with someone for an answer. That answer, when it came after the hold, was similar to today’s: “we’re still waiting for feedback on this.” This is terribly disconcerting – a month after the authorization was passed.

Calls I’ve made to Ohio’s Congressional members, the two Senators (Brown and Portman) and the House of Representatives member involved (David Joyce), yield the consensus that DHS is dragging its feet. Last year an identically worded one-time increase in the visa cap for H2b workers was also approved but it wasn’t until July last year that the DHS, headed at that time by Trump appointee John Kelly, got around to start issuing the added visas. Why does this delay have to happen every year?

This is especially disconcerting considering how important these workers are to the many landscapers, including one I know, and other seasonal employers here in Ohio who have been certified to receive the workers. Here in Northeast Ohio the landscape businesses in particular are hurting as spring has finally arrived, grass and shrubs need to be trimmed, landscapes need to be built and planted and there is a lack of workers to do it. The local landscaper I know has, and most of the other businesses using H2b workers have, paid substantial fees to attorneys and worker recruiters and to process the applications for H2b seasonal workers. Even though his application has been certified, the workers are not here. These substantial fees are money down the drain at this point. The landscaper I know, has in addition further invested years in building up a business to support long term repeating customers that he stands to lose if he doesn’t have the workers to service them adequately. Again, when will the visas be issued?

Willow Theater

 

A little bit about a movie theater from my childhood.

I grew up in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Ohio area. These are two Cleveland, Ohio suburbs just to the south of another Cleveland Ohio area suburb called Independence. All 3 suburbs are directly South of Cleveland. The Willow Theater, located in Independence, was the nearest movie theater. It was located in Independence’s business district. That district, in the late 1950’s and much of the 1960’s, consisted of two rows of store fronts facing each other on opposite sides of about a quarter mile (or less) stretch of the North-South running of U.S. Route 21. The local name for U.S. 21 was Brecksville Road and the theater’s address was 6504 Brecksville Road.

There really wasn’t much of a built-up town around the Willow Theater so most all patrons arrived by car – especially those of us coming from neighboring suburbs. Parents would drop off kids and come back later to pick them up. If a parent was late for the pickup there was a period of time when kids were unsupervised and a certain amount of mischief went on. Mondays at school were often filled with rehashes of everyone’s weekend adventures at the Willow – the popcorn fights, the minor brawling, the evasions of the ticket takers and ushers etc. and even an occasional rehash of the movie seen.

The name of the theater, Willow, may have something to do with a stop or station on a 19th century Cleveland area railroad called the Cleveland Terminal and Valley Line (which in 1915 was absorbed by the B&O railroad) that ran from Cleveland alongside the Cuyahoga River and the Ohio and Erie Canal South to the Tuscarawas Valley coal fields of East Central Ohio. A stop on the line near the current suburbs of Newburgh Heights/Cuyahoga Heights was called “Willow Station.” One note: more research is needed into how the area around the early railroad station got the name Willow.

When a T-shaped freeway system was planned by the City of Cleveland in 1927 to run along Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline (upper cross-arms of the T) with an extension south (leg of the T), the section along the shoreline was called the Shoreway and the southern leg, no doubt for it’s heading towards that Willow Station vicinity, was called the Willow Freeway. The Willow freeway had a large cloverleaf style interchange with State Route 17 (Granger Road) which ran East and West near, and more or less paralleling, the Independence northerly incorporation limit. This not only was Ohio’s first cloverleaf style interchange but also was one of the first of that design in the nation. It is at this cloverleaf, completed in October of 1940, where the freeway ended as a divided freeway and seamlessly joined the existing US Route 21/ Brecksville Road and continued on as such South to the center of Independence and its little business district, where the Willow Theater when it opened in 1950 was sited, and further on to the center of Brecksville and beyond, eventually ending in South Carolina.

This “Willow” freeway, when finally completed after WWII, provided 15/25 minute commuting times to downtown Cleveland and industrial flats jobs from Independence and Brecksville and favored the blossoming of these communities into bedroom suburbs that provided one source of patrons for the theater.  It was the lifeblood of these suburbs.

The Willow Theater was closed in 1977 following theater seats being set on fire by vandals (minor brawlers?), which destroyed the theater. The remains have since been demolished.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_Railway

http://case.edu/ech/articles/w/willow-freeway/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_21

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3385

East Side, West Side

There is less run to the slope forming the West side of the “Valley”.

This slope develops subtly from the slight hillock just to the west of Harold Drive before becoming actually identifiable as a slope where it comes down in front the Auto Zone and the Tavern of Chester. And while this is a smaller run than the east slope of the “Valley”, and would seem to be a lesser contributor of waters to Griswold Creek, waters from lands on this west side of the “Valley” are not lost to Griswold Creek.

There actually is a second catchment, or valley to the west of the hillock to the west of Harold Drive. Water falling here as it drains to the West, is caught up into a roadside ditch that continues to drain down a slope West of Harold Drive into a rivulet of a creek that comes from the north of Mayfield Road, and runs South along the edge of an auto-body repair shop/used car lot across the street from Bloom Brothers Supply.

That rivulet of a creek drains south under Mayfield Road and then curves east behind the Bloom Brothers Supply property, the strip center housing the Oak and Embers and Pueblo Real Restaurants, the Laser Drive cul-de-sac subdivision of large homes, the Red White and Brew strip center, and The American Railroad Tie Stone Company to eventually join up with Griswold Creek back at the “Valley” somewhere behind the Auto Zone auto parts store property.

Of Hills and Roofs


 

Out of the hills of Habersham,
Down the valleys of Hall,
I hurry amain to reach the plain,
Run the rapid and leap the fall,
Split at the rock and together again,
Accept my bed, or narrow or wide,
And flee from folly on every side
With a lover’s pain to attain the plain
Far from the hills of Habersham,
Far from the valleys of Hall.

So starts the Sidney Lanier poem about the 430 mile long Chattahoochee River that runs southwesterly from a hilly county (Habersham) near the North and South Carolina corner of the state of Georgia, through the valleys of another county (Hall) to, and through, Greater Atlanta and then further southwesterly across one of the plains of Georgia to the edge of Alabama where its course turns nearly due South to form the southern 1/2 of the Alabama-Georgia border. At the bottom of that border run, near where Alabama and Georgia run up against the Florida panhandle, it is met by the Flint River which has paralleled the “Hooch” in its own Southward course through Western Georgia, and with it, forms the Apalachicola River. Via the Apalachicola the Chattahoochee’s waters are carried across the panhandle to finally empty into and mix with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. On its course the Chattahoochee has picked up and carried away the excess water from 8,770 square miles of land.

Up north in the Northern part of the United States in the Northeastern part of the state of Ohio is Griswold Creek. The headwaters are in Chester and Russell Townships in Geauga County and flow south into the Chagrin River in the Village of Hunting Valley in Cuyahoga County1. In its course Griswold Creek drains about 7.27 square miles2. Griswold Creek, in an area of the state where other bodies of water its size often go nameless, does have the honor of a name. To Griswold Creek’s further honor is the name “Valley” that appears in document after document left behind by early residents and pioneers of Chester township when referring to the nearly 3/4 of a mile wide dip in the terrain the creek’s flow has created where Mayfield Road crosses over it. Additionally this “Valley” designation is carried over into not only the modern day name for the residential road, Valley View Drive, that branches off Mayfield Road at the dip. but also into the name for the seasonally operated drive-up ice cream parlor, “Valley View Custard,” that exists at the intersection.

The initial sources of Griswold Creek’s waters are not primarily hills but instead are, in Chester Township, the slopes of the backyards, front yards, roofs and driveways of residential properties on the South side of Sherman Road between Caves Road and Mayfield Road and all the properties and homes along Harold Drive, Valley View Drive, Buckeye Drive, Woodside Drive, Maple Drive, and Ward Drive. Also contributing water into the creek are the businesses and their roofs, parking areas and yards along quite a stretch of Mayfield Road. This stretch of Mayfield Road slopes down from a rise on whose summit sits a Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream and fast-food outlet. This slope includes two small strip shopping centers, a McDonald’s restaurant, several office strips and a discount/independent chain gasoline station. The owner of one of these office strips, the strip at the bottom of the rise, has directed Griswold’s course into a shallow tunnel under its parking lot. From the tunnel Griswold emerges, only to be channelized once again by the office park’s owner, to flow South into a, this time, open top channelization via roadside ditch (of vehicle swallowing proportions) that runs along the eastern berm of Valley View Drive and then continues into a culvert that carries it further South and under Mayfield Road.

1,2. Chagrin Watershed Partners “Nine Element Non -Point Source Pollution Implementation Plan February 1, 2017”