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dump Virgin Mobile
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ticktockman
Assurance Wireless is the provider of my Lifeline cell phone service. They're a function of Virgin Mobile. I have to recertify my eligibility yearly - my deadline is October 24. Today they shut off my phone service and redirected all outgoing calls to their customer service center so they could "offer me the opportunity" to recertify 5 months early. That's abusive, bullying behavior. They wouldn't reactivate the phone until I provided my name, address, phone number and PIN number - all information they had on hand already, linked to the phone number I called them from.

I've started a complain process with my state Public Utility Commission. I need to research others.

*daha*

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ticktockman
The cat escaped. She's hanging out within sight, but having too much fun in the spring weather to come back in when we open the door to her.

We keep explaining to her that she is an indoor-only cat, but she disagrees and is very good at rushing out even when we're actively watching out for her to try just that.

She comes back in when she's ready, except for that one time she was trapped as a stray and we had to recover her from Animal Control.

*daha*

A 40 of Mickey's
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ticktockman
I was trying to decide what beer to buy today, and suddenly ... there was a 40 of Mickey's. I remember drinking Mickey's when the drinking age was 18, and I was too young to buy it for myself. There used to be a rebus under the caps.

I also bought a six-pack of Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale, but for tonight I opened the Mickey's.

*daha*

The comment that got me banned from vintage_ads.
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ticktockman
Here, in its entirety, is the comment that got me banned from vintage_ads:

The "1940s" tag is an error. SEBO wasn't founded until 1978, and those look to be modern models.

(It's not there anymore. It went away when I was banned.)

*daha*

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ticktockman
This is not me, this is Pat Cadigan.

*daha*

If you ever want to see writers treated like rock stars, go to an American Library Association convention and watch for a YA genre writer to show up. The librarians don’t scream and faint, but it’s a near thing. I saw the reception for Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. I don’t think anyone threw underwear at him, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Anyone who gets young people reading is golden. --Pat Cadigan

Source: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/women-remember-a-roundtable-interview/

I think I threw away fifty-five bucks
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ticktockman
Man, used to be shopping at the warehouse clubs meant not having enough room in my car for all the really cheap stuff I bought, and I stopped shopping when I ran out of room, not out of money. Nowadays, not so much.

I'd let my membership lapse for a couple of years. Now I'm back (Costco this time around, it had been Sam's Club before that, Costco before that, and if you go back far enough it was Price Club in Connecticut) and I'm all "Why did I spend money on a membership?"

I'm seeing quality goods at Aldi for the same price-per-unit as Costco and Sams, and I don't have to buy a 9 month supply of whatever. I'm seeing matching meat prices at GFS Marketplace (whoops! they're renaming back to Gordon Food Service). I don't need a cocktail-party's worth of hummus and crab-salad, or pre-made lobster bisque.

Do you shop at a warehouse club? What do you find there that's worth going in for?

*daha*

late, but sweet
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ticktockman
I have just returned from the Post Office with a sheet of Janice Joplin stamps, very nicely done and looking like her album covers and posters. The sheet itself is sized and shaded to look like a 45 sleeve. (45 rpm, 7" single-play (per-side) vinyl phonograph record).

I am much more pleased with this than I have any right being.

*daha*

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ticktockman
I was at a coffee shop with my girlfriend, and I got their large size coffee. I added milk and sweetener. There were two cups holding stirrers. Some black plastic stirrers in one cup, and some longer flat yellowish ones in the other. I took a yellow one because my paper coffee cup was tall.

I sit, I stir, I drink coffee, I lift up the stirrer and it bends. It has turned floppy. It is, in fact, pasta. A noodle. Linguini.

Probably millions of you are nodding your heads and saying "of course" but it was new to me.

*daha*

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Augustus Gloop
ticktockman
I set out two eggs to warm up to room temperature for my pumpkin-bread mix, but when I looked on the counter later there was only one there.

I asked the dog what he knows about this, and he told me that he loves me very much.

*daha*

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ticktockman
Dog just tore the stuffing out of a cushion from couch #3. Couch #2 was completely destroyed. Couch #1 just needs a new cushion, but the pattern doesn't exist anymore. An upholsterer offered to create a new cushion that didn't actually match, for $100.

I'm already working with a dog trainer for other issues.

*daha*