“Gold Plated Silver Dollars.” Or, “Remembering Jack McCarthy.”

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Jack McCarthy

As I was catching up on the news of the day this morning, I was sad to hear that one of my first bosses, Jack McCarthy, passed away at the young age of 79. Jack was the CEO of McCarthy Tire and Auto Service headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, PA with 43 locations in Pennsylvania, New York, […]

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“Comcast, You Make My Teeth Itch.” Or, “The Seven Gates of Customer Service Hell.”

Posted on January 5, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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Comcast is a hot mess. This is the cable monopoly who is looking to create an even bigger headache (and even bigger monopoly) for consumers by merging with Time Warner. I have had my share of run-ins with Comcast and have blogged about them here and here and here only seem to get any type […]

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“Sweet Gaffe on Play-Doh Cake Mountain.” Or, “The Case of the Phallic Extruder.”

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Yours truly at Target picking up 2 of the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playsets

When it comes to product development, you have to think of everything. From manufacturing something that’s safe to use in different environments, to what happens if it accidently gets ingested by a little human or a pet, right down to making sure what you’re making doesn’t resemble a male or female sex organ. Yesterday, the […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 7 – December 19, 2014

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
MSC Divina anchored off Great Stirrup Cay

The last day of any cruise has its good parts and bad. The good is that there’s one more day left to your vacation, one more day left to take advantage of the unlimited drink package and on the MSC Divina, one more day to have your fill of prosciutto! The bad is that it’s […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 6 – December 18, 2014

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
The main outdoor pool on the MSC Divina

It’s my final day onboard the MSC Divina and disappointment has set in. Shortly after arriving at Norwegian Cruise Line‘s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, around 7:30am ET this morning, I got up, started to do some packing then headed up to the buffet for breakfast. As I approached the heaping pile of bacon, I suddenly […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 5 – December 17, 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Yours truly in front of the MSC Divina in San Juan, PR

Speedos have made it to breakfast! While going through the buffet line this morning, two men, in what I would estimate to be their mid-60’s, were standing in line wearing their nut catchers with a pool towel draped over their shoulders. Today is a sea day, so it’s expected that casual would be the theme […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 4 – December 16, 2014

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
The MSC Divina docked in St. Maarten

50% Dutch, 50% French, 100% avoidable. That about sums up St. Maarten and our port-of-call for day 4 on this eastern Caribbean cruise on the MSC Divina. If you follow my exploits, you know my feeling on Caribbean ports. They’re all lot like the McDonalds McRib. Once you’ve had a taste, you don’t want another. […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 3 – December 15, 2014

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
The atrium of the MSC Divina features a Swarovski crystal staircase

Day three on the MSC Divina and I’m beginning to lament the fact that there are no name tag Platimum-DividendMiles-Pinnacle-GoldCard-Titanium Hook & Ladder Society members on board flaunting their cruise line status. They at least provided entertainment for me and others onboard Quantum of the Seas a few weeks ago. Instead of loyalists, we have […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 2 – December 14, 2014

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
The Golden Lounge on MSC Divina

Living in south Florida, I often joke about how English is a second language and I need to sign up for Rosetta Stone Spanish lessons. Here on the MSC Divina, English is indeed a second language, with Italian being first. On signs and flyers, Italian is first followed by English and four other languages, including […]

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Cruiser’s Log: MSC Cruise Line’s Divina, Day 1 – December 13, 2014

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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Fresh off eight days onboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, I’m back on the water again. This time I’m sailing on MSC Cruise Line‘s Divina for a seven day eastern Caribbean cruise out of PortMiami. MSC Cruise Line is a subsidiary of cargo shipping giant, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company), and is primarily based in… […]

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