Getting home and immediately retiring to bed has left a lot of loose ends in my life. Over the next handful of days I hope to tie them all up, clear my calendar, and put organization back into my life so that I don’t feel so disorganized all of the time.
Passwords From Hell
I am a firm believer in changing the passwords for my important accounts regularly. With each iteration I seem to generate “stronger” passwords in order to reduce the chances of identity theft. Feel free to laugh at me if you see me struggle to type my new set of passwords. Seriously, they are neither easy to remember or type…
Has The City Of Atlanta Been Bought By Ticketmaster?
After paying my water/sewage bill online yesterday I read the little pamphlet that accompanied the bill. In it contained this disturbing passage.
Convenience Fee for Online Credit Card Transactions
On February 19, City Council passed legislation to assess a $4.50 convenience fee for online credit card transactions. The ordinance was initiated by the Department of Finance and applies to all City of Atlanta online services. Please be mindful that this fee will be added to your total charge if you pay your water/sewage bill online using a credit card.
What? I understand that there is a cost of doing business, but $4.50 per transaction? That’s fucking highway robbery! Are you taking business advice fromTicketmaster?
Of course I read this pamphlet after I paid my bill…
ITP Flickr Pic
Slowly, very slowly, I am getting my photos organized. Here is one more from last weekend. This is the ferris wheel at the Tweetsie Railroad.
The theme park had yet to open for the season. I was hoping to be able to walk around and shoot photos of an empty theme park to have a “deserted park” series. Sadly this was as close as I could get without getting in trouble.
Speaking of Credit Cards — Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now
At dinner last night I heard from one of the participants that on Friday night his waitress at Loca Luna had mistakenly given his American Express card away to another patron. The error wasn’t discovered immediately, and by the time he could report the loss the other person had already charged hundreds of dollars at Twisted Taco. If there can by a funny lining to this story, my friend was most disturbed that the person using his card was a lousy tipper. According to the American Express records the guy was only tipping about 12% on the stolen card.
I am not talking about Match.com or any such site here. Been there. Tried that. Given Up.
NewEgg gets love for being on top of everything when it comes to shipping. A few weeks ago I purchased a portable USB drive and it was shipped to me in fewer than three days at the same cost as their “standard” shipping. Bully for them!
Amazon gets love for automatically rebating me some money because they lowered the price on a product I had just purchased from them. I had no idea that the price had been lowered, they just did this automatically. I wish all retailers would do this.
In the future I will also praise any company that abolishes mail-in rebates. I have one in my queue that needs to be handled pronto, and I am miffed at the number of hoops through which I must jump in order to do so.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – sluggish
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Guided By Voices — “Eureka Signs”
Website Of The Day – English Forums helped me understand the error in my grammatical ways yesterday. Normally I’d immediately turn to Grammar Girl, but when I typed in “Was v. Were” into Google English Forums was returned first.
Exercise (b)Log – none
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight 202 lbs?)
2) Run no fewer than thirty miles.
3) Do twenty push-ups and fifty sit-ups at on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
4) Read three books, specifically
4a) “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York”
4b) “Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job”
4c) “50 Fast Digital Photo Techniques”
5) Take Marta to work at least ten times.
6) File my Income Taxes. (since they are due in two weeks I better get this done)
7) Wear “nicer” clothes to work at least one day a week.
8\) Cook dinner at home at least two nights a week.