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  1. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Aww, kitteh has a little toy!

    I’m sooooo happy it’s Friday. Anyone have interesting plans for the weekend? I wish I did!

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      I think maybe a washer and dryer is in the works for this weekend.
      Using laundromats is becoming tiresome and leaves us with 8 loads by the time we get off our ass and decide to do laundry.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Ugh! I hate going to the laundromat. The chairs are uncomfortable and there are never enough dryers.

    • mcnerd85 says:

      I’m gonna get paid and have money for groceries!

    • 333 (only half evil) says:

      Weird Al concert tomorrow. Can’t wait! I’m slightly bummed because he hasn’t been playing One More Minute this tour. Anyone else going to be there?

  2. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Wow, early open thread this week. Anybody got any fun plans this weekend? Personally, going to be heading to Greek-fest with my family and eating yummy gyros and loukamades.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      I’m possibly going to Bristol Renaissance Faire for the first time this weekend!

      … and still looking for a new place to move into in 3 weeks… getting a little nervous!

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        The Bristol Faire is fun! I recommend seeing Dirk & Guido – they usually have 3 or 4 shows a day, and are quite entertaining.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Aw well now I want Greek food, and there aren’t any good Greek places near my office. Grr. This weekend is mostly just veging out…we’ve been really busy the past few weeks, and we just haven’t had time to sit around and do nothing. I’m still in the process of decorating our apartment (again) so my challenge now is to find more art. Also, I’ve already started Christmas shopping. Talk about Christmas creep! I always start early because if there’s something I see that I really like, it won’t be there by the time Christmas rolls around.

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Sorry about the cravings. I hope there’s some good Greek places nearer home at least, so you can get that taken care of for dinner!
        And, dont feel bad about starting your shopping – I started Christmas shopping back in March (which is really scary, because I’m *never* that prepared). In my own defense, I am making some gifts this year, so shopping consisted of buying yarn to make a lace scarf, and taking graveyard photos to make a calendar.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      supposed to go tubing and maybe to some caverns.
      depends on the weather, though.

      • dragonfire81 says:

        I went tubing last weekend. Lots of fun…except for those invisible underwater logs (ouch!)

        • NarcolepticGirl says:

          yeah, I’m a little nervous. The first time I went was on a very slow-moving part of the river.
          But that was too boring. So now we’re gonna try one with a little more rapids. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, so Sunday would be ideal to prevent getting stuck on rocks.
          I figure if 6 year olds are doing it – I can handle it.

          I think.

          • dragonfire81 says:

            That’s a good attitude, my problem on the last trip was whenever I let the current guide me, it usually guided me straight toward rocks or trees! Apparently I can’t steer an inner tube to save my life.

  3. dragonfire81 says:

    Need some advice here consumerists:

    We sell a loyalty card at work. Sometimes if the customer is buying enough merchandise, the loyalty card won’t cost anything extra (and in some instances even saves them money).

    I was directed by one of my managers at work that if I am running a transaction where the customer would qualify for a loyalty card at no extra cost to just go ahead and add it. He specifically told me not to ask, but just sign them up and let them know what is happening. I thought of reporting this to corporate but they are ones pressuring us to get more people signed up for the card, so I doubt they’d see things as I do. Also, if I do speak up, my job might be threatened.

    I’ve thought of explaining this to certain customers and encouraging them to give us poor marks on the feedback surveys as corporate DOES pay serious attention to those.

    Any other ideas? (And for the record I’m already looking for other work)

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      Well, I would just ask the customers if they’re interested anyway.
      I mean, there isn’t a camera or mic attached to your register, is there?

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I think the entire point was to not tell the customer until after the loyalty card had been registered, so it looked like the store had a really good record of loyalty card registrations when it got to that number by not telling customers about it until after it was done. The store doesn’t want the clerks to ask because it would give customers a chance to refuse, and you most likely can’t undo it and there’s no money to refund if the customers would have gotten it free anyway.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          That’s called assumptive selling. I had to do that with extra features (that cost the customer money!) when I did ads for a shopper paper and it was ANNOYING. I only did it when my boss was in earshot and I always explained the feature. The rest of the time I didn’t bother. It was just a monkey job anyway.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Explain to them what just happened, that the card isn’t really free the transaction just ended up not costing them more (or saved them money) because the loyalty card just paid for itself and that you’re required by your manager to do this.

      If you can direct them to survey cards without getting caught then that makes sense too but make sure the customer is clear that this isn’t your idea first. You don’t want a bunch of negative surveys mentioning you by name.

  4. dragonfire81 says:

    Any professional or aspiring authors here?

    I love to write. I write some non fiction articles, songs, poetry. I have been published a little here and there, but I really want to make a run at becoming a professional writer/author.

    I’m well underway writing my first novel, it’s a fantasy story about a man who gets trapped in a very bizarre airport where very few things seem to make sense…at least not at first.

    I also have a couple of other story ideas on the back burner.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      I am at any given time working on 4 different stories at once, usually in the fantasy or science fiction genres. Totally not published, however. I’m kind of “grumpy” about the publishing industry, drm, all that stuff. But I still like to write.

      My current focus is shifting between a collaborative fantasy world–I love creating new worlds and their cultures and the like–and an attempt at a sort of traditional fairy tale quest story with fairies and stuff. And dragons.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Me!!!! :)

      Not published except in my school magazine. But working on it! I’m querying a novel, writing a sequel and another one, working on short stories and querying some of them, and blogging and commenting on other writing blogs to get my name out there. Also working full time and wish I wasn’t. Or at least, that I worked somewhere I didn’t hate. :P

      The best advice I ever heard: don’t quit your day job until your royalties are paying ALL your bills. Also, pay your taxes out of the money right away. I still have a lot to learn about being a freelancer / self-employed. Best to learn it now so when I start getting paid I’m ready.

      • dragonfire81 says:

        Oh it’ll be awhile before I can quit my day job if at all. Heck I’d have be happy enough to be working part time somewhere and making enough money off writing part time to be comfortable financially.

  5. Dallas_shopper says:

    I’m so bored (at work) I could scream. Plus I worked so much the last few days that my hands are gnarled-up old lady claws so typing hurts.

  6. Kim says:

    This was an email that was sent to Rogers Cable, to the Office of the President, after they tried to make me responsible for my deceased’s mother past due bill, simply because I moved into her house.
    My mother, Charlene
    Thorne, passed away on June 2. I moved into her home on June 30th. I had
    contacted Roger’s and I asked to have the cable in my name. Unknowingly,
    the representative transferred her balance due to my new account. Then I
    started receiving phone calls to contact Rogers about my past-due
    account. I contacted customer service and asked how could I possibly
    have a balance overdue when I have only been using the service for seven
    days. The represenatitive then informed me that “I” had not paid my
    cable bill since April. When I informed her that I didn’t have cable
    with Rogers then, she informed me that I was responsible for my mother’s
    debt.
    This, of course, is not the case, the balance due should be sent to her
    estate for payment. I am outraged that losing my mother isn’t enough, I
    now am being basically coerced into paying her debt, since everything is
    now in my name.
    When I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was refused.
    What a shameful practice this is! I have been told that if I do not pay
    her balance due by tomorrow, then the service will be discintinued and
    my credit will suffer.
    As soon as I can find an alternative, I will be terminating this service
    and I will tell everyone as loudly and as publicly as possible how
    Rogers treats grieving customers. What a slick manoeuvre! Make someone
    else repsonsible for a debt that they didn’t incur. As I said,
    shameful!!!

    Here is their response:

    Good morning Kim,

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

    Unfortunately, because you requested to take over the account, this does
    make you the person that is financially responsible for the amounts
    owing and for payment.

    As well, it is clearly documented on the account that your brother and
    yourself, are the executors of your mother’s estate. This again means,
    that you are responsible for the charges owing for services rendered.

    My sincerest regrets regarding your mother’s passing, however, this is
    absolutely standard practice and would be, no matter the service
    provider or services charged.

    Thank you again for bringing your concerns to our office, however, we
    cannot assist further.

    Best regards,

    D’Arcy Perkovic | Rogers Communications Inc. | Advisor | Office of the
    President |
    TEL: 416-446-6788 or 1-877-295-7072

    Obviously, she misunderstands the function of an executor- it is not to pay the deceased’s debts with their own money, but to disperse the funds available to any debts, in order of priority, and of course Rogers knows that a cable bill would not be considered a high priority debt, legally speaking. So, beware, the only way they will be able to collect a past due amount from your deceased relative is to attach it to you and make it your debt.

  7. Kim says:

    This was an email that was sent to Rogers Cable, to the Office of the President, after they tried to make me responsible for my deceased’s mother past due bill, simply because I moved into her house.
    My mother, Charlene
    Thorne, passed away on June 2. I moved into her home on June 30th. I had
    contacted Roger’s and I asked to have the cable in my name. Unknowingly,
    the representative transferred her balance due to my new account. Then I
    started receiving phone calls to contact Rogers about my past-due
    account. I contacted customer service and asked how could I possibly
    have a balance overdue when I have only been using the service for seven
    days. The represenatitive then informed me that “I” had not paid my
    cable bill since April. When I informed her that I didn’t have cable
    with Rogers then, she informed me that I was responsible for my mother’s
    debt.
    This, of course, is not the case, the balance due should be sent to her
    estate for payment. I am outraged that losing my mother isn’t enough, I
    now am being basically coerced into paying her debt, since everything is
    now in my name.
    When I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was refused.
    What a shameful practice this is! I have been told that if I do not pay
    her balance due by tomorrow, then the service will be discintinued and
    my credit will suffer.
    As soon as I can find an alternative, I will be terminating this service
    and I will tell everyone as loudly and as publicly as possible how
    Rogers treats grieving customers. What a slick manoeuvre! Make someone
    else repsonsible for a debt that they didn’t incur. As I said,
    shameful!!!

    Here is their response:

    Good morning Kim,

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

    Unfortunately, because you requested to take over the account, this does
    make you the person that is financially responsible for the amounts
    owing and for payment.

    As well, it is clearly documented on the account that your brother and
    yourself, are the executors of your mother’s estate. This again means,
    that you are responsible for the charges owing for services rendered.

    My sincerest regrets regarding your mother’s passing, however, this is
    absolutely standard practice and would be, no matter the service
    provider or services charged.

    Thank you again for bringing your concerns to our office, however, we
    cannot assist further.

    Best regards,

    D’Arcy Perkovic | Rogers Communications Inc. | Advisor | Office of the
    President |
    TEL: 416-446-6788 or 1-877-295-7072

    Obviously, she misunderstands the function of an executor- it is not to pay the deceased’s debts with their own money, but to disperse the funds available to any debts, in order of priority, and of course Rogers knows that a cable bill would not be considered a high priority debt, legally speaking. So, beware, the only way they will be able to collect a past due amount from your deceased relative is to attach it to you and make it your debt.

  8. Alter_ego says:

    At the school I go to, we spend 6 months working, and 6 months in class. This was my first week back in class after six months of no homework, and I’m miserable. It’s always so tempting to just not come back.

  9. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Here’s a question I thought of yesterday while at the local shopping complex: Can I be towed if I park in a spot reserved for the Employee of the Month? I mean, is there a law I am breaking parking there if the sport is open?

    Also, I just started making a new Monster Hoody variant, called the Cortex Mollusk(so I don’t get sued). I welcome any suggestions. http://MonsterHoody.com
    This is just the prototype version, so the next one will not have lines/marks visible, white thread, and will be attached to the Hoody with small sew on snap buttons, so it can be removed and also the “arms” will hold onto the hood.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      What! What is all that!! I want that and the shark hat thing!
      And the cat.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Aren’t parking lots private property? I’d think they can tow you for parking in a reserved spot no matter what kind of reserved spot it is.

      Reserved spaces for tenants, spaces reserved for people who paid for them, employee parking, deliveries only…you can get towed for those, why not this?

      I don’t think you can get a ticket for it unless it’s a handicapped spot.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Oo, a Dragon! I’ve always wanted to make a Dragon hoody, with claws on teh sleeve cuffs and felt wings and horns and eyeballs.

      I have also wanted a Bunny Hoody with Gigantic long bunny ears.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        It’s not that hard actually. Once you get past the initial learning curve, they go together quite easily. Make sure to try out on “test” material first, and set your sewing machine to lower stitches per inch, so it’s easier to rip the seam. You then learn the fun lessons of how thin you can sew something and still be able to pull it inside out, stuffing properly, how to sew inside-out/reversed so when you finally finish, when turned right side out, it hides any seams/marks. The one shown was the prototype, so it stretched a lot with all the handling and seam ripping/re-sewing.

        My BIG problem is I am not very creative. I can work from a pattern, but not create freely. All the teeth patterns seen were traced off my laptop screen, transferred to thin cardboard, then to the felt. Same with the fins and other things. The Cortex Mollusk arms were traced from screen grabs from Futurama I found on the web, and I got the dimensions for the body from a toy Dark Horse comics put out.

        • cash_da_pibble says:

          See, I am relatively new to sewing, but am crazy creative.
          I just recently made my third dog-size saddles out of vinyl for the local Rodeo parade.
          No patterns at all, just cut and sew.

          As for the hoodies, I’m sure I coudl do ‘em… it just requires two things I am in short supply of- Time and Money.

          Nevertheless, I think I’m gonna do an Evil Black Bunny hoodie very soon.

          • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

            Money really isn’t an excuse. I would say all of my Hoodys are under $10 in material, including the hoody. The secret is to look for Clarence sales/racks. He always saves you money.

  10. Smashville says:

    Going to a party tonight. Sent a question about it to a friend. She goes, “Why aren’t you staying for the bachelor party?”

    “What bachelor party?”

    Yeah. Not invited. Neat.

  11. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    It’s my birthday tomorrow. We’re having sushi at some point. And also HOPEFULLY going to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Also I’m taking a week off from work to sit around, play video games, and RELAX a little.

    Yay vague plans!

  12. NarcolepticGirl says:

    I have trouble going to sleep without watching TVLand’s reruns of Roseanne and The Cosby Show.

    On 4th of July, I watched my first Andy Griffith Show episode. Actually, I watched about 5 of them. What a bunch of wackos in that town! Who the hell would hire that nutbag deputy and keep him on the job??

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      It’s a union thing. Between the PBA and FOP, there is a lot of roadblocks in firing a public employee.

  13. JulesNoctambule says:

    I have a new Volvo at last! She’s a dark blue 940 wagon and I’ve named her Wallis III in keeping with our auto-naming tradition, though her nickname will be TARDIS (big, blue, boxy). I already love driving her and it’s only been a day.

  14. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    my cat fraggle
    [this one: http://consumerist.com/2010/05/top-posts-of-the-week-and-open-thread-40.html ]

    beat up a fox on my yard the other night. i came home just in time to make her let the poor thing go. it was at least twice her size and ran off with its tail tucked between its legs and then just stood in the vacant lot next door staring at me. wish the light had been good enough for a picture but it was late.

    one of these days i’m going to come home to find she’s wedged the head of a deer in the cat door and gotten it stuck

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Awesome!

      • cash_da_pibble says:

        I saw a feather on my porch yesterday and thought nothing of it. Later came to find that my Dahlia had slaughtered the local Mourning Dove and hid it under the non-op Elko.
        Nie in one sense that that the annoying coo-ing won’t wake me up, but sad that she has to kill things to whittle away her rarely-outside time.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I just hope Fraggle doesn’t run into one of those woodchucks. Because I don’t think the cat will win…

  15. katia802 says:

    Wahoo! made it through my first 2 weeks of vet tech school. Really looking forward to one night where I don’t go to sleep repeating latin prefixes to myself!