The victory is one I’m quite proud of. I won against the Evil Empire!!!! Last weekend I went to the Evil Empire and purchased an anniversary edition DVD of the animated Grinch show. When I got home and wanted to watch it, I realized that the shrink wrap had been partially removed. The security sticker across the top of the case was still there, and I peeled it off, popped open the case, and–lo! There was no DVD inside! Someone carefully and stealthily managed to slip it out without breaking the security sticker on the case. Grr.
I was in no mood to go back out at the time, considering how sick I was. Also, the one I had taken was the last one in stock at that store. So I figured this week I’d take it back to the Evil Empire near my office, hoping they’d have a copy of the show. They didn’t. They also refused to discuss it any further with me since I didn’t buy the DVD at that store. I was really annoyed, but dutifully took the empty DVD case back to my car.
On the way home from work the same day, I stopped at the Evil Empire by my house, where I’d bought the DVD. Before going to customer service, I went back to the movie section to see if they had any more. They did not. Armed with that knowledge, I went to customer service and explained the situation. As soon as I was told to “scoot back” to electronics and get another copy, I told her I’d already checked, and there were none there. The woman then told me there was nothing she could do.
At that point my blood pressure was rising. I told her that I had bought the movie in good faith, and got home to find there was no DVD inside. I said that I wanted my money back. She started shaking her head, and I asked her to get me a manager. She and the other woman in customer service were shaking their heads at each other like I was some kind of irrational deranged lunatic. I was angry at the Evil Empire’s ridiculous customer disservice policies, but stated clearly that I wasn’t angry at her. Well, the manager showed up, I was polite but firm as I explained the stiuation to her. She said, “Okay,” and walked off.
At that point the woman helping me suddenly decided to become Miss Friendly Customer Service person and started chit-chatting about how she just loves this show and how it’s such a pity that they didn’t have anymore, yadda yadda.
So I got my money back from the Evil Empire. And that is the last time I will voluntarily step foot inside any of their stores. The sign on the wall behind the customer service stations states that customer services is their #1 priority. What a fib!
The defeat is one I haven’t mentioned here, partly from embarrassment and partly because I hadn’t yet decided what to do. But the vegetarian diet is no more.
For the last three months or so, I’d been having constant tongue pain. It felt as though I’d burned it on some too-hot beverage. And the last week it had begun cracking as well. I’d posted on Vegweb, asking for any ideas, and researched the suggestions. Based on the duration and the symptoms, I strongly suspected it was a Vitamin B12 deficiency.
I know that Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, so I had been taking B12 supplements. But I’m guessing that my body wasn’t processing the supplements the way it needed to, and the B12 was just going down the toilet (literally).
So last week when I was sick, and the tongue pain had just gotten to be unbearable, I made the difficult decision to add meat back into my diet to see if that made any difference. And after a week, it did. My tongue is almost back to normal now.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to turn into an Atkins-diet carnivore, inhaling steaks and bacon and pork rinds. Most of my meals will continue to be meatless, and I’ll continue cooking the fantastic vegetarian recipes and foods I’ve found. But I will probably have meat 2 or 3 times a week, just to make sure my B12 levels stay where they should be and I don’t get that tongue pain again.
Tongue pain. It sounds so banal, so insignificant, doesn’t it? But it was honestly to the point that it hurt constantly, and was particularly painful whenever I did try to eat anything.
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