Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What Else? Now What Else?

     Up until now I have been very silent about many situations that have come about over the past 3 years.  But today, oh...... today is very special.  Today is the day that is breaking the camel's back.  This will not be a very nice post, nor will it be censored cause at this point I JUST DONT GIVE A FUCK!  I would like to think that I have kept a cool head regarding how things have gone and how things have turned out during these past 3 years.  I took a lot of heat from just about everyone while all I was doing was chasing my dream and passion for the arcade.  People from my immediate family, my closest friends, and of course who can forget all the online clowns.  But now, now I am fucking ridiculously furious.  Here's the scenario.

     I have been going through many inspections for the past 2 years, continuously complying with every little detail I am asked, and forking out all the money that is required to do all these things.  Everything from adding restrooms, changing out the ENTIRE electrical system, complying with all the handicap requirements from the lovely state of California.  You name it, I've done it.  So I was asked 2 weeks ago to repave the outside parking lot so it would be less than a 2 degree slope in order to fulfill the handicap parking requirements.  Done.  Then I was asked to make the backdoor handicap accessible and have a new glass door installed thats 42 inches with a 5 foot square concrete landing inside the shop to once again satisfy more handicap requirements.  No problem chief!  Done.

     So you might be asking now, why am I so angry after already being dicked around for so many years?  What would set me off finally to where I would basically go apeshit and just be completely furious over a situation?  Let me go ahead and explain it to you guys.  So here's how things work.  You call for an inspection appointment prior to the day and you have no idea what time you will be assigned.  You are asked to call in the next day at 8:30am to get a time block which can be anywhere from 8:30am until 12:30pm or from 10am till 3:30pm.  So I called last week on Wednesday and asked for a Tuesday appointment for a "Final Inspection."  I paid my electrician to be here along with my contractor so they could walk the inspector around and answer any questions that I might not have an answer for.  I figure I would try to be responsible and have everything in place so things would go smoothly......  Guess again.  I call at 8:30am today, they mention I have a time block from 8:30am till 12:30pm but I am first in line.  I am literally 2 minutes walking distance from city hall mind you, so I was basically left with no leeway on time and luckily I was headed that way already..  Regardless, I kindly tell the lady that I will be at my shop in about 10 minutes and I hope I don't miss my appointment.

     I arrived at roughly 8:40am and there was no one here in my parking lot.  So I look around to see if they left a note stating they had attempted to inspect but no one was here.  Nope, no note.....  So 11:45 rolls around and I called over to city hall once again and politely asked if I had possibly misheard the lady when she said I was first in line.  She replied "Nope.  You were first in line and the inspector left a note stating no one was there at her time of arrival......"  Oh really?  So I walked around the building one more time to look for a note, and BOOM!  There is it, folded in half, laying on the floor next to the front door.  Cool.  So I was wrong.  Fuck.  I was late.... my fault.  Of course it's my fault right?  This time..... Hell no!

     Ok, so brief timeout here.  Yes, I could've tried to arrive here at 8:30am, and yes I could've planned things out a little better, but guess what?  IT WOULDN'T HAVE MATTERED!  Why is that?  Cause the note says Date 2/13/18 and Time 8:15AM.......  8 Mother Fucking 15!!!  What in the holy fuck man.  Seriously?  So let me get this straight.  Please explain this to me like I'm full blown retard.  The city asks people to call them at 8:30am to receive their appointment schedule, but somehow they show up at 8:15 and expect someone here?  Uh........ NO?  As petty as this may seem, I am really just so sick of this shit right now.  I have literally done anything and everything to comply and this is just the cherry on top.  I picked up the note and walked over to the Building Division of Azusa to speak to the lady in person.  I kindly ask here if she can please contact the inspector and ask them if they would be able to return to the site to inspect today and this was a situation where I have been going through a lot for a couple years and would appreciate the help.  She tells me they can only have text communication and that she already texted the inspector and hopefully she will return by 2pm.  I then ask her if she noticed a flaw in their system where they ask the customer to call at 8:30am for a schedule yet they send out the inspector prior to that and expect people to just be there.  She said that it's quite normal for that particular inspector to arrive early but wait until 8:30 to show up.  Bullshit! Cause if that was the case, my note would not say 8:15.  I had to keep a real cool head about this but still get my point across.  It so tough dealing with people who literally give no fucks about you yet hold your life by a string.  Unfucking real that I am still dealing with little shit like this and can't even get an inspection to arrive properly.

end /rant

     More details to come.  Should be streaming later to discuss what happened and hopefully its good news.  But as of now, this city can seriously go eat a dick.  Pz.


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  2. Mr. Watson, you don't know me but I used to frequent your old spot in Walnut. When you had decided to move to Azusa for whatever god forsaken reason, I thought "Hmm...maybe this owner has something up his sleeve?"

    As it turns out, it didn't quite work out the way you had envisioned that it would. By the way, I did contribute to your original fundraiser when it was first brought to my attention but I'm sad to say that your final decision to "move," you have let your ego play a bigger role than the grand scheme of things would allow.

    Nevertheless, you took a gamble and you lost. Just accept it. Super Arcade is dead and it's partly because you chose not to pay the landlord in Walnut the extra "whatever outrageous amount" you thought it was. In hindsight, you should have realized that the landlord was actually doing you a favor. Why? Because the amount you've emptied in trying to get the "new location" up to code was much more expensive, if it was allowed to drag out, which the city "happened" to have done precisely that. And they did it with flying colors too.

    Mr. Watson. I do admire your tenacity and passion for the videogame community but business always comes first.

    Although Super Arcade is confirmed dead forever now, it doesn't mean that Super Arcade 2.0 is dead. Mr Watson, I want to support you in your endeavors but you have to pick a spot that isn't close by where you live. As much as you'd want to have a short commute, let's be realistic about this. You're not rich. Stop acting like you can afford these battles when you know you cannot.

    Even the videogame community has a line when it comes to their patience. We, the people, will find alternatives when retarded business owners have no idea about how to run a successful business or how to get one started.

    Please do not take my message as a slight against you on a personal level. You should all of what was said and what you've experienced as a lesson well learned because if you don't, you are doomed to repeat the same mistakes again, and again, and again. AKA-->history repeating itself.

    Meanwhile, all the videogame community money donations that you got from us? Fuck it. It's an investment that has gone down the drain. I don't even want my money back. I just want you to learn this important lesson about what it really takes to get a business started and to get it off the ground.

    You learning that and really understanding what it means is, to me, money well spent, even if Super Arcade doesn't come back. Ever. (Because when Super Arcade 2.0 comes around, it won't make the same mistakes that Super Arcade 1.5 did previously. Just saying.)

    Peace out, Mr Watson!

    Some random videogamer

    1. not even sure where to begin.... but i can tell you this. the commute is not closer by any means so just by you even trying to point out something you have no clue about... kind of takes away any serious reply i want to give you.