asher553: (asher63)
... Rosetta Stone, for this gem:

"Make up for every Mother's Day you missed"

Guilt approach, much?
asher553: (asher63)
So I finally caved and filled out the forms for a new Safeway card, after the old one got destroyed and I spent a few weeks righteously defying the corporate Man by refusing to present a card at checkout.

You know, they make SURE that it takes you longer to check out without a card than with one! "Do you have a Safeway card? Did you lose it? You know you can enter your phone number ... do you want to apply for a new card? You can save lots of money ... are you really super-sure positive you don't want one? Well okaaaaaaay ... "

So my desire to get-it-the-f**k-over-with-already finally overcame my paranoia about corporate data mining and I am now the proud owner, or at least the no longer resisting owner, of a new Safeway card. And anyway, I'll save some money, right?

I'll just tell myself, "Sometimes you have to pick your battles."
asher553: (asher63)
True story: The portable DVD player I ordered via Amazon took four days to get from Maspeth, NY to San Pablo, CA - and another three days to get from San Pablo to San Francisco. (About 20 miles, or a half-hour drive, according to Google Maps.)

March 16, 2013 10:08:00 AM CA US Delivered
March 16, 2013 08:07:00 AM San Francisco CA US Arrival Scan
March 15, 2013 08:42:00 AM San Francisco CA US Tendered to local postal carrier for final delivery
March 15, 2013 02:23:00 AM San Francisco CA US Arrival Scan
March 15, 2013 01:40:00 AM San Pablo CA US Departure Scan
March 13, 2013 05:38:00 PM San Pablo CA US Arrival Scan
March 9, 2013 01:25:00 AM Maspeth NY US Departure Scan
March 8, 2013 07:18:00 PM Maspeth NY US Shipment received by carrier
March 8, 2013 06:05:39 PM US Shipment has left seller facility and is in transit to carrier

The funny thing is, it was nominally shipped by UPS and I get my mail at a UPS mailbox downtown. The curvy, red-haired gal at the UPS station confided that UPS sometimes hands off packages to the Postal Service, and that's what happened here. (See line 2 above, plus the box had a USPS sticker on it when I picked it up.)

So [livejournal.com profile] baron_waste, maybe I should start having things routed through the center of the galaxy!

Whoo!

2012-12-01 20:44
asher553: (asher63)
I love the new LJ UI. Especially the HTML screen, now I can get edit buttons without WYSIWYG! Yayz.

Yes, when LiveJournal introduces new features, it's almost always an improvement. Unlike SOME social networks I could name ...
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In response to the new Facebook guidelines, which are barely distinguishable from the old Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is utterly invalid, because by the mere act of posting my personal details in a public forum, I have long since accepted that my right to privacy is worth less than a bucket of warm spit.

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under no protection whatsoever, but some people still believe in the efficacy of zinc-based cold remedies, and there's even less evidence for that.)

By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is free to do anything it jolly well wants to do on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned waving of a white "surrender" flag also applies to employees, students, agents, henchmen, assassins, and/or any zombies under Facebook's direction or control. The content of this profile is no more private than the contents of a mobile phone call as the caller shouts to be heard over the roar of the city bus's engines. The violation of my privacy will be punished by nobody, no one, and nothing (4Q2 PDQ and the Rome Statute, whatever the hell that is).

Facebook is now, was then, and always will be a rapacious capitalistic overlord to which I have traded my privacy in exchange for a pleasant social service. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this if you have nothing better to do; or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will publish it more than once, or never. There are no other choices.

How I wish I'd written this.

UPS

2011-10-06 21:05
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For when it absolutely positively has to get there sooner or later.
asher553: (asher63)
Apparently it was a mistake to order "The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself" from Amazon with overnight shipping by FedEx. I normally get my Amazon deliveries (and most of my mail) at my UPS box downtown, but on this particular day the UPS shop opened late, and apparently the idiot FedEx driver wrote "Wrong Address" on the delivery form. Then when FedEx called me and I explained the situation, the idiot FedEx rep said "Oh, is that one a' those lil mailboxes you guys rent? We don't deliver to those." (Apparently this person believes "we guys", the customers, belong to a separate class whose affairs are of little practical concern.) In any case, that's factually untrue, and (as I confirmed with the manager of the UPS shop), FedEx delivers there three times a day.

I then went to order the book from Alexander Book Company, and hoo boy has that place gone downhill. What ever happened to the tall guy with the earring who used to flirt with me? This character who was at the register looked at me like I was spoiling his break. When he did the computer search for the book's title, he couldn't spell "modern", couldn't spell "Hebrew" (even after I spelled it for him), and three times ignored my suggestion to enter the full title (" ... Poem Itself") so as to avoid a lot of irrelevant results with "modern Hebrew" in the title. Grrr.

Anyway, I finally got the book ordered - I think - and they're supposed to call me when it comes in.
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No data service all morning. Remind me again, why did I find all those pretty little buttons so enticing?
asher553: (Default)
Well, I don't know, but hopefully after escalating my last call to the call center supervisor, something might get done. Maybe these phantom phone calls will finally stop.

Somewhere there's a parrot named Albert who finds this all very amusing.
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Apparently some lady named Amanda left a whole ton of medical bills at the Kaiser Permanente center in Bellflower, California. Oh, and Amanda left them my number. Wasn't that nice of her? And so the good folks at Kaiser-Bellflower are calling little old me - or rather, their computer is.

I understand that creditors are sometimes going to end up with bad phone numbers for debtors. But the thing is, there is NO WAY to get through to the people at Kaiser that I'm not Amanda, I don't know who she is or where she's gone to, and I have nothing to do with her unpaid medical bills.

I tried calling them back at the number on my caller ID but no one in the business office is answering my calls.

I've already filed a complaint with the FTC, but they say it's not their department because Kaiser isn't using an outside collection agency.

So I don't know what to do next. Should I write a letter to the president of Kaiser, or try to contact the appropriate agency in California?

EDIT: Success ... maybe. I finally got through to a live CSR who tried to give me the "you need to call this number" routine. I responded with the "let me talk to your supervisor" routine. Said supervisor was helpful and apparently "got" the problem, and she took my name and number and promised she'd get back to me.

So, here goes nothing.

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