Jun 22, 2009

One last photo from Father's Day. Balloons, not my favorite thing. My dislike of balloons dates back to my younger, more nervous years. Steve hit it on the head, it is the danger that they will pop unexpectedly that bothered me. Anyway, there is excellent news on the Verizon Wireless front. The excellent news was not delivered without another dose of their ineptness, though. Many among you might wonder why I would be like a dog with a bone over $8.85? In fact, some have asked me that. I wish I could explain it better, but I just can't stand these companies doing stupid shit and expecting the customers to sort it out. Besides, sending me to collections over a few dollars is insane and I wanted them to admit it. So, that has become my mindset when dealing with buffoons. I may not always win, but you will know you've been in a fight. And now, back to the saga. I got a response to my strongly-worded email this morning, directing me to call Verizon at a different 800 number. When I called as instructed, I was redirected to the the same old voice response hell at the collection agency. So, I decided to take another run at the Verizon customer service number, seeing as how I was now doubly pissed off and all. To my surprise I got an actual thinking human, who put me in touch with someone who could fix the "sent to collection" situation. The guy I spoke to today said that Verizon should not have sent me to collection, since, and get this, I never owed them anyway. Plus, they have a policy of not sending less than $20 to collection. So, according to the latest, I'm in the clear once more. I've given up on the Miata. I did order the Kindle though. It will be here on Wednesday and I will be reading my little, okay giant, heart out. I think the Kindle will be great for killing the lunch period at work, too. I was forced into the Kindle purchase by Aiden's folks, who gave me an Amazon gift card for Father's Day, that went a long way toward paying for the thing. They included a note to shut up and buy it already. So, I did. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

10 comments:

Kurt said...

I saw someone reading a Kindle while "walking" down the sidewalk. I wanted to explain that just because it's new and electronic doesn't give you permission to use it idiotically. People don't read books while walking down the sidewalk.

Julia said...

Congrats!

mum said...

first, a note to Kurt: when I was younger, I read books while walking down the sidewalk all the time. I don't do it anymore because, these days, I write books while walking down the sidewalk and walking my dog. (You have to start young, is what I'm saying.)

Merle: First, congrats. You handled the Verizon thing just the way I would have so, of course, I think you did a great job. Second, I wonder where Aiden's folks got that attitude - I mean, the shut up and buy it already stance. Any clues?

Looking forward to your report on the Kindle.

Megan said...

I still vote for the convertible. Mrs. Sneed would look great in it. And you can quote me on that.

But a Kindle is good, too. Reading rules! I bet Kurt would read while walking if there were less people in his way...

Barbara said...

So did you spring for the Kindle or the Kindle 2? I heard the newer one can actually read the book to you!

I'm glad you've cleared your good name with Verizon.

Karen said...

Which version of the Kindle did you get?

Merle Sneed said...

I got the Kindle 2. I almost sprang for the Kindle DX, the 9" model, but cheapness ruled.

Nan Patience said...

Give the bastards a fight, good for you! It's the principle.

Balloons are also a choking hazard for little ones.

Steve said...

That's great about Verizon! I'm thinking there's still about a 20 percent chance you'll get another collection notice, though. (Call me a pessimist.)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

balloons can be very frightening on many different levels....

congrats on the kindle, I'm saving my pennies so I can get mr. mouse one for xmas....