Jay Stainback

Customer Service: Things are tough all over

By Jay Stainback | July 5, 2017 | 6

“Looks like our job here is done!” proudly stated the lead dryer installer after placing a micro clothes dryer in our wash closet and plugging it in. The man was 6’4” about 220 lbs. and reminded me of Lurch from the Addams Family. I later surmised he knew about as much as I about installing dryers, which is to say next to nothing. “Yeah it’s Miller time!” agreed his assistant who was 5’11” about 275…

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Compatibility Issue Numero Uno

By Jay Stainback | February 22, 2017 | 29

“My husband finishes in less than 60 seconds”, a Filipina lady sadly shared about her Kano husband at a pot-luck. Another Filipina tried to brag about her Kano husband, “My husband goes for 60 minutes!” After a good bit of discussion the group of ladies came to the conclusion that 60 seconds is preferable to 60 minutes. I did not overhear this conversation and if I had I would not have understood it anyway because…

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Peeling bananas the Filipino way is better

By Jay Stainback | February 15, 2017 | 14

All of my life I have peeled and eaten the same type of banana, Cavendish, the same way by grabbing the stem bending it back and pulling off the peel. Everyone I saw peel a banana did the exact same thing to peel the banana. I always assumed this to be the correct, logical, best and only way a reasonable person would peel a banana. Not long ago, I wrote an article about my discovery…

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Filipinos don’t peel and eat shrimp

By Jay Stainback | November 16, 2016 | 66

“You don’t peel the shell off the shrimp before you eat them?” I questioned my Filipina better half as we ate Shrimp Sinigang together. My wife answered, “I eat the shrimp with their shells…always have.” At first I was shocked, appalled, disgusted, amazed, and flabbergasted all at once. Had I married a crazed backward un-cultured barbaric island woman? Then I started to think that it sure would save a lot of time and contact with…

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Philippine Neighborhood Safety

By Jay Stainback | September 9, 2016 | 30

“My friend did not feel it was safe to give me a ride to Mama’s House, because it is in a poor neighborhood”, my wife explained as she got out of the trike that had returned her from a lunch date with a repatriate friend of ours. We had met this lady in the USA, who was from Bohol, which is where my wife hails from. The lady had met a US Naval officer over…

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Filipinos don’t eat Filipino Food!

By Jay Stainback | August 13, 2016 | 122

Whatcha talking ‘bout Jay! I am not saying that all Filipinos do not sometimes eat Filipino Food and a very few Filipinos eat Filipino Food often, but what I am saying that the average Filipino does not eat Filipino Food on a daily basis. I am considering Filipino Food to be: lechon, adobo, afritada, calderata, sinagong, menudo, pancit and lumpia. The average Filipino lives on $5 or less a day. They aren’t eating a lot…

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