The Woody Project Blog

June 19, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 7:53 am

Don’t cook bacon without a shirt.

June 15, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 6:05 pm

Summer Reading

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

isbn = 0-7868-6871-6

Exerpt from the dust cover:

“Eddie awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.”

You’re probably thinking that this book preaches to you about the meaning of heaven and life, but it doesn’t. The story is inspiring and heartwarming while staying strictly non-denominational.

It is about a three hour read… a perfect summer book.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 5:17 pm

House Hunting – June 12

Christina came home for the weekend and we decided to get the house hunting underway. There were two houses on the schedule to start with and we ended up seeing three overall. We’ll go in order…

376 Maple Avenue


1,500 square feet

Both Christina and I had driven past this house the day before and we both loved it, so needless to say, we were very excited to see it on Saturday morning. The house was very dirty and messy. There were about twenty pairs of shoes in the front hall blocking the way in. The windows were old wooden double hung and were broken and peeling. In the back hall there was an exposed exhaust pipe for the furnace. The hardwood flooring on the second floor was installed with large screws.

In short, the house was a pig sty and very poorly built. The only thing worth paying for was the location.

Christina and I were very disappointed, which just goes to show that you never can judge a book by its cover.


301 William Street


1,755 square feet

I had booked this house just for fun. I was almost certain that the previous house would be a winner. It turned out that this house was the winner.

This house belongs to one of my high school english teachers so I got to see the office where all my english essays were marked.

The house was built in 1910 and the inside was immaculate. There was lots of space and every room was beautiful. The plaster was in perfect condition – not a crack to be seen. The kitchen was updated and very large. Christina and I fell in love with this house.

The outside was pretty rough. The stucco needed patching and painting, the chimney need to be patched and parged and the foundation needed fairly extensive repointing. There was a very small yard and no garage.

The outside needed work but the inside was enough to compensate.

After long hours of deliberation with our parents we decided to pass on this one for now because of the extensive repairs to the exterior to bring the house up to snuff. If we don’t find another house by the end of the summer we will give this one another look if it’s still on the market.

It was very hard to walk away from this one.


??? Maple Avenue


1,400 square feet

After a frustrating day of house hunting Christina and I were encouraged by our parents and our realtor to look at this house even though it was above our price range.

The house was decorated very nicely and it looked like an Ikea show house. The rooms were smallish and while not overly small, they felt cramped after looking at the previous house. The quality of the finish work in this house was nice but not up to the standard of the previous one.

The yard was large and the house had an attached garage.

Christina and I felt that this house was over-priced compared to the one on William Street and Christina didn’t care for the kitchen.


June 8, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 3:16 pm

And the subsequent reply…


I thank you for your prompt reply and the goodwill gesture. I was happy to learn that it was a communication problem and I look forward to using my Petro-Points as I had originally planned.

I have forwarded your reply to my friends and family.

Thank you again,

Ryan B. McGauley, C.A.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 3:13 pm

The response…

Dear Mr. McGauley,

Thank you for contacting Petro-Points Online.

        Please accept our sincerest apologies for the incorrect information that you received from our Customer Service office.  We are currently experiencing an outage of the vouchers, which are supplied by Ramada.  This program has not been discontinued, rather it is temporarily unavailable.  Representatives have been instructed to apologize to customers and advise that this delay is only temporary and it is expected that the outage will be resolved on a priority basis.  We are unable to process requests at this time and do not have a concrete timeline, however we are actively working on this issue.  This information is not posted on our web site as it is our hope that the new vouchers arrive shortly.

        We have forwarded a copy of your experience to our Customer Service Team leader so that he is aware of the information that you have received and may work with all representatives to ensure that the correct information is conveyed to our loyal members.

        We regret your inconvenience and hope that this better explains our current position on the Ramada rewards.  As a goodwill gesture for your inconvenience, we have added 10,000 Petro-Points to your account for use at your discretion.  

If you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Petro-Points Online


Fax: 1-800-837-1228

June 6, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 8:00 pm

The following is a copy of an email I sent recently…


I thought I would take a few minutes to extend to Petro-Points a courtesy that was denied me.

I have been a dedicated Petro-Canada customer since I started driving 10 years ago and rarely refuel and a competitor’s station. After many years of collecting points, I tried to redeem them for 2 nights stay at a Ramada hotel only to be informed that that particular “reward” was revoked 2 days ago.

I checked the Petro-Points website to verify that Ramada vouchers were still available and then I called the Ramada hotel I wished to stay at to confirm that they would indeed honour the voucher. Having been confirmed by the website and the hotel that these were both true, I made travel plans and booked the hotel room.

I then called Petro-Points toll-free number to redeem my points only to be told by the customer service representative that Petro-Points had stopped issuing Ramada vouchers 2 days earlier.

It is just plain rude to advertise a reward on one hand and to then deny the reward on the other.

I am aware of other rewards programs that behave in this manner but I never expected Petro-Points to be one of them.

Please take this email as my notification to you that I will never patronize a Petro-Canada location again. I have also taken the liberty of carbon-copying this email to my friends and relatives who collect Petro-Points.

Thank you for your time,

Ryan B. McGauley, C.A.

Petro-Points #7069 31018 8776 011

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