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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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I just got home last night from Africa. I have not caught up on threads because I am not even caught up on sleep. Haha.

I wanted to say I had an AMAZING time!
I was a million times better than I expected.

I am going to address a few things that I know have come up BEFORE I read a bunch of posts that are going to irritate me.

First: I should have never taken on the calendar project last minute. I should have said no. There was no time to deal with things that came up.

Second: I didn't get paid to deal with the time involved OR the hassle, so Im going to do very little apoplogizing. You would NOT believe the emails that started the day I started the project.


The day I was supposed to leave I realized the printers messed up the amount. They were delivered late and short on quantity. Thank god Dawna dealt with them. All they could say was they were sorry and would reprint some. Not a lot I can do about that, ecsp. from Africa.

On the credit cards. Your info was printed so I could charge you and wiped from the internet. So nothing is stored there. It encripted and safe to begin with, but I understand your concern. The invoices that were mailed out, were a mistake. It should not have been included and I am sorry. They are not "kept on file" and Im aware of the law, I have a business.

A mistake. Im sorry, thats all I can say.

Those who paid for the calendars through my site, have NOT been charged. If you want your money back, mail me your calendar and I wont charge you.
That goes for Paypal people to, mail them back to me and I will refund you.

As far as wrapping in plastic and etc... get over it. I was trying to do it in an economical manner, and its for freaking charity!!!!!!! If your calendar got wet, let me know I will send another.

Those that have NOT got them, should soon, the rest are being mailed by me on Monday. I am sorry you missed January but they DO go through Feb 09, no one is getting ripped off.

The amount of complaining emails is ungodly. Im sorry I took it on, Im sorry you are disappointed and Im sorry there were errors on the printer end.

I wont be doing it again,. You have no idea the cost and the stress involved.

I have not read the other threads, this is just the complaints I have heard via email and talking to others. A BIG THANK YOU to Dawna for calling the printers, and mailing some more out. Without her, most would not have their calendars.

This really shouldn't turn into a complaint thread either because I am fairly over it. So my apology is for taking on the project last minute and for sending out the cc info on invoices.

This forum is FREE to everyone and costs me time and money every day. When it becomes a bigger headache to me than whats it worth, how do you think I feel? When I have to worry about checking it because people are unhappy, how motivated am I to even keep it up? Thank goodness so many good souls are here and I know its worth it. Just remember when little things or people on here make you upset, before you complain, realize its a free place!
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Melissa, hey girl. Glad to hear you are back home safe and sound! Glad your trip was a good one.

Sorry you got so much negativity on the calendar. I think it was an awesome task for you to take on. Kudos to you for an excellent job. When I show the calendar to people and explain it to them, they can't believe it. I have even had a few ask me how to get it.

Thanks for everything you did.


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Melissa Welcome Home! I am so happy to hear your trip was Amazing and you are home safe and sound! This had to have been an experience of a lifetime and I'm so happy you got to go!

My calendar came yesterday and I LOVE IT!!! What a super nice job you did and thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!! You are truly an amazing young lady and yes, your Havanese Forum is a work of ART and amazing as well. I am sure the HRI loves you as well for all the donations from these calendars. I will say it again YOU ARE ONE AMAZING YOUNG LADY!!!

Thank you Melissa!!!!

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Melissa,

I'm very sorry to hear that you have had to put up with so much "crap", I for one really appreciate all you do for this forum and its members. And I'm sure all lot more members will agree that you did a fabulous job with the Calendar.

More importantly, I'm really happy you had a great time in Africa and I'm looking forward to reading all about it on your blog. But I am also glad you are back and out of harms way.

Welcome home!!!!!!

Good luck at Westminster!!!!! Go Stogie Go!!!!!!!

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Thank you!!!

One more thing, I dont want it to sound like I don't appreciate everyone here, or a Poor Me thread. Its not that at all. And I do have jet lag haha.

I think I just need to reorganize and learn to only take on what I can do. I have my hand in too many pots.

You guys are great!!!
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Melissa,
I am sorry you received so much negativity and hope you do see the positive that came with the labor of love. On a positive spin, Laurie gave a calendar to a friend who was interested in adopting one of the dogs on the rescue poster (later realizing it might not be a good fit) but that is what the calendar was really all about and it is happening!!!

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Melissa,

very glad to read you're back home safe and ready to rock Westminster.
I think you did a fantastic job with the calendar and shouldn't let negative emails mess your mood up! It must truly suck to come home from a looong and amazing trip to so much complaint&negativity! But keep in mind, there are always unhappy, unthankful and rude people around, no need to let them pull you down.

I love this forum and am addicted to it, so please keep up the good work, we love it here. Those who don't don't have to come visit this site, no one's forced to do so!

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Melissa,

I'm so happy to hear you had a great time and are home safe!!!!! Yippee!! After waiting for this trip for so long, I'm glad to hear it met and exceeded your expectations!

aw... on the calendar thing you can FISHSMACK ME GOOD! I was never complaining about you or Dawna or the calendar. It was a huge undertaking and I think we're all grateful for everything you did! I was complaining about waiting in general! That's why McDonalds is so popular, or why the Mervyn's commercial with the lady outside (Open-open-open) is so popular! We all hate to wait! I go crazy from the moment I win something on eBay to the moment it arrives. It's the child in me. I have resolved to be more patient this year...it's a late resolution. Please don't take it personally, it was never meant that way.
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WELCOME HOME THE DEVINE MIZZZ M!! I received my calendar today and it is fabulous! There are no complaints coming from this end of town! I completely understand how stuff happens cause I am a human....and don't tell anyone but I'm not perfect (my DH has known this for years!). I am in a position that gets a lot of criticism(usually for dumb, stupid stuff too) so I do my best not to gripe too much about things that I don't have all the info on. Please forgive me Melissa & Dawna if I contributed in any way to the complaint department! I wouldn't want your job for all the tea in (well I used to say China) but now I even drink the stuff....thanks for reminding us how fortunate we are to be a part of such a great group! I would be so sad and really miss all of my forum friends if this place ever wasn't here! Thanks for all the hard work....it shows! Glad you got back safe & sound! ARE YOU KIDDING? SEND MY MONEY BACK?? NO WAY SISTAH!!

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Welcome back, Melissa! I am glad you are safe and sound!

I'm sorry the calendar experience turned out to be so stressful and it was very kind and courageous of you to take it on. I so appreciate that you started and maintain and support this forum! Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

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