By Nora Zelevansky / August 3rd, 2009


Like a regular Coke (for diet soda drinkers), French Onion Dip (maybe on July 4th or at a Super Bowl party) or cherry Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers are delectable old standards that one only eats now and again.  Still, each time I come across one and pop it in my mouth, I remember how damn good they taste.  Ah, the flood of (mostly camp) memories: wanting to go home, hating sports, waking up to a horn at ungodly hours.

Jeez.  It's a wonder I still like them.

One of the main reasons I so seldom come across those Jolly old candies, though, is that they come in separate little individually wrapped situations inside bigger bags.  So, when I spotted this new Jolly Rancher packaging a la Orbit gum for something, I had to grab it.  And, seriously, the whole made me so happy yesterday.  Is that sad?  Don't answer that.

Anyway, what could be more genius? Now that. ladies and gentleman (and lint puffs, ahem), is what we call "PROGRESS."

xo – N.

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  1. I’d like to share my experiences of my vtiiss to try to get parking permits as it seems pointless complaining to the council.On my first visit I had to queue up to get a ticket which allowed me to go in and queue again. I then took one of the few remaining seats in the waiting area eagerly awaiting for my number to come up. After a while of not getting any closer to having my turn, I noticed two ladies at the parking permit desks chatting and showing off a new handbag. A reason to be forced to wait? I’m not so sure.Eventually, I got a permit and on my way out asked the ticket lady why there was so many people waiting yet so many council staff doing nothing. I was told they could not do each other’s job and that the council were looking into training some staff to be multiskilled. I wonder how hard it is to issue little pink parking permits, I reckon I could probably get the hang of that in around 10 minutes.On my next visit I didn’t have to queue to get the ticket allowing me to queue further but that’s because everyone else was already inside queuing. To my surprise, this time I saw handbag-lady eating a packet of Pringles whilst dozens of us taxpayers had to queue. Having a job unfortunately doesn’t allow me to become a full time queuer at the parking permits department so I had to abandon my attempt to get a permit. Not being allowed to park outside my own home for free, I now park 20 yards away outside someone else’s home for free. I may attempt to get a permit again in future but it seems like a waste of time, effort and money.I know this rant is dragging on but there seems to be plenty of space on this form for such things. In summary, I wonder whether the person in charge of this abortion really should be in his or her post as they are obviously clueless. Maybe they should spend a day in the real world which is where organisations have to provide good customer service and value for money in order to survive. The council should not continue wasting our money on people like this. I find it slightly odd that traffic wardens are encouraged to get the job done with their bonus scheme whereas the lazybones in the council office can plod on at whatever pace they feel like and take time off to look at handbags and munch on pringles. Why not put them on commission, the more permits they issue, the more they get paid.

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