Complainingpenguins_249x167This week, I introduce a new list of future blog ideas. This list wasn't originally to inspire creativity, but nevertheless, I thought it humorous enough to keep, share, and from which to draw topics. Some of the future blogs will deal with the writing industry, but many will concern my life and some of my experiences. I hope to give you inspiration for future stories if you're a writer and if you're just a loyal follower, then a bit more insight into my world.

I do not remember where I received this list. Maybe my great uncle sent me it or I saw it on Facebook. Anyway, the original list is a list of actual complaints from dissatisfied customers who had taken Thomas Cook vacations.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, this will be put into an irregular rotation of: author interviews (when they arrive), taekwondo aspects/life skills, Adult Truths, and whatever else may pop up from time to time. I also mentioned I didn't want to entitle this series Complaints becauswe the topics aren't-necessarily-complaints per se. Somebody suggested Chapters, but does that title grab others? That's way I put the question mark in the title of this blog because I'd like to request other ideas for the blog titles.

Anyway, here are the original complaints. Future blogs related to this will, as I do with the Adult Truths, mention the specific complaint, my response, the the topic for that week.


1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does no sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.

2. “It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time – this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant sered curry. I don't like spicy food.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park, but nobody told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sane was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “The should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

8. “Nobody told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11. The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holidays more fun.”

12. It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our on-bedroom suite to our fritnds' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.” We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told that there would beso many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitos.”

19. “My fiance and I requested twin-beds when be booked, but instead we were placedin a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

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