In response to an overwhelming amount of e-mails on the events at the beginning of the month with Darien Lake, nothing has changed. New York is an employment-at-will state, which means anyone can be fired at any time without any reason. As far as the manner in which I was fired, I expect that isn't entirely legal. Unfortunately, Mike Botticelli is keeping his mouth shut and not saying anything about what he did. Neither are the two other employees that witnessed what happened. Barbara Totten, Darien Lake's Human Resources director is entirely aware of the situation and isn't doing anything about it. Finding the correct NYS Department of Labor branch that would handle something like this is proving rather difficult.

After digging around, it turns out this isn't the first time this is happened. I doubt it's the last time, either. The two people I've named, along with others that I haven't named, are considered "Darien Lake lifers". Because of their poor communication skills, condescending attitude, and other unfavorable behaviors, they will never be able to find another job. They're stuck at Darien Lake for life.

At this point, I'm going to mention that I stopped into Darien Lake this week just to catch up with a bunch of people I was on good terms with. While I was there, I ran into Mike Botticelli. When he realized who I was, his face dropped like the Buffalo Bills at the Super Bowl. I was a paying customer (well, not really, but that's besides the point), and he couldn't kick me out of the park. He kept trying to follow me around the park and I kept disappearing whenever he tried.

In the end, I've won. In the course of three months, I earned the respect of everyone I worked with on a daily basis at Darien Lake because of the work I did and the way I treated everyone. Mike Botticelli has been at Darien Lake for years and can't say that.

Now, I'm going to delve into another subject. Best Buy and Toshiba.

Right now, I have a Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6848 laptop. I've had it for a little over a year. I treat it like a newborn child. Four months after I bought it, the backlight died on me in the middle of the Fall semester. Best Buy wanted to ship it to halfway across the country to fix it. They would not guarantee data and I had to turn over all my passwords if I wanted to ship it.

Suffice to say, I was not happy with them and I made it unmistakeably clear to them I was not happy. In the end, I bought a 1TB external hard drive, backed everything up, scrubbed the hard drive with DBAN, and sent it in during winter vacation. Three weeks later, I got it back.

Now, for several months now, my laptop has been overheating. I can't put it on a desk without it getting so hot that it shuts down on me. I have to keep a fan by it, and I have to keep both the bottom and side vents unblocked. It still shuts down on me if I prop it up so there's a three inch gap between the desk and the bottom vent. It idles at about 80C to 90C.

Now, I'm the kind of person that needs a working laptop all the time. Not 80% of the year. I ended up buying a Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 and that will be my replacement. Once I get it and port all my data from my Toshiba to it, I'm scrubbing this down yet again and sending it in to Best Buy, getting it fixed under warranty, and giving it to my dad for two reasons.

The first one is that he doesn't have a laptop. The second one is that he doesn't have nearly as much patience as I do. If Best Buy gives him shit, he'll stuff it right back down their throats.