(no) phone

Sep. 13th, 2007 03:35 pm
As some of you may have already noticed, my cellphone hasn't worked for over a month now. At first, I could get called but not call out and the house(cell)phone still worked. That didn't last very long, and the past few weeks I've just had no phone.
Some complete idiot at Sprint screwed up when J was arranging the switch-over of his clinic's (work) account from Sprint to Verizon and moving one phone (temporarily) from the old work account to our personal account, because they were closing their work account. The end result of this major screw-up was that their business account got transferred into our personal account, including the $<4-digit> bill, and the work account has a credit of $<4-digits> and isn't closed. Did I mention that we now have a bill of over $<4-digits>? When we noticed this problem we talked to Sprint, and the agreed-upon plan was that we only pay our actual part of the bills. Sure. Pay your actual bill, we'll fix the problem, and all will be happy. Sounds good.

Not.

A month later, they have now shut off my phone (and the housephone), sent us a new 2-year binding contract, still insist we owe them more than $3000, wasted at least 25 hours of J and my time on the phone with a gaggle of Sprint helpdesk/techsupport/idiots and have driven me up the wall. Some of them would insist it would be fixed in a few days, some of them refused to fix anything, and a lot of them didn't have a clue whatsoever. Plus, we wasted 12+ hours on hold. Literally. The average wait before even speaking to a live person was around 2 hours. Plus, the business accounts department can't (won't) help us, because it concerns a personal account, and the personal accounts department can't (won't) help us, because it concerns a business account.
Needless to say, I don't want any (wireless) relations with Sprint anymore. With the rest of my family already on Verizon, I'm switching to there. Yes, I realize nobody is perfect. They will have plenty of issues of their own, and I'll be stuck with a 2-yr contract at first. Their "unlimited nights & weekends" doesn't start till 9pm, which kind of defeats the purpose, but oh well. So far that's all something I can live with.

Does anybody know of complete show-stoppers? A reason why I really really shouldn't switch to Verizon? It's hard to see from the outside what kind of problems you tend to run into, and when you do see them, it's usually too late to get out. I know they have purposefully and obnoxiously disabled chunks of their Bluetooth capabilities, which is one of the things I need to look into. I want to be able to back up the data on my phone (phone#s, etc) but it looks like they've disabled any file-transfer protocols on all but their most expensive phones. Some of it is hackable. I know, but I don't know how easily or consistently or how well that works.
Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?
This is almost too scary for words. And to think that people like him actually have a say in what decisions are being made at the highest political level.

Former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay told a gathering of College Republicans that a link exists between legal abortion and illegal immigration in America.

"I contend [abortion] affects you in immigration. If we had those 40 million children that were killed over the last 30 years, we wouldn't need the illegal immigrants to fill the jobs that they are doing today."

link here

Aaaaurgh!

Jun. 12th, 2007 11:55 am
Noooo... No T running to our stop for all of August, basically. Sure, doing the work is a good thing. But the whole f'in summer? During the day? Geez! I had to take the bus this past weekend too, for the same T repair projects basically. Yes, I'm glad there is a shuttle bus. No, the replacement is not acceptable.

1. The bus doesn't stop at the T stations, even though there are roads right beside all 3 stations (Brookline Village, Longwood, Fenway) we rode by.

2. There is little to no signage. Nor T officials pointing the way. Sure, there was one guy at BV, pointing towards the bus stop 300-400 yards away, not clearly indicating where it was. There was absolutely no sign mentioning a shuttle stop, or any other indication it would stop there. At Fenway, on the way back, it was even worse. There was no official there, and on the narrow strip where everybody had to get out, people didn't know where to go. The driver had only said it was the last stop, and to take the shuttle, but forgot to mention where the shuttle was. Oh, and then you had to haul up 5 flights of stairs, no elevator, while there is a huge parking lot right next to the stop.

I guess I'll be riding my bike even more - rain or shine.

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/06/summer_repairs.html

The 14,000 people who travel between Newton and Boston each day on the MBTA's Green Line should brace themselves for a long summer on the bus.

Major renovations will suspend service on the D branch during the day from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on weekends from June 23 through Aug. 31.

The work, which will be completed in two phases, will include trimming trees and brush; cleaning and digging new drainage ditches; realigning and resurfacing tracks; replacing rail ties; and improving signals. During the construction, the Longwood and Brookline Village stations will be rebuilt and the Hyde Street Bridge in Newton will be replaced.

The first phase of the work from June 23 to Aug. 3 will halt trains between the Reservoir and Riverside stations. From Aug. 3 to 31, the second phase will suspend service between the Reservoir and Fenway stations.

As a substitute, shuttle and express buses will travel the normal Green Line route. MBTA officials said the agency chose to perform work in the summer because traffic on the Green Line is lighter.

Sigh.

Jun. 9th, 2007 11:54 pm
Good stuff:
+ an amazing, wonderful, awesome concert with [livejournal.com profile] terbear2b. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] lovelyblackrose!
+ went for a nap at 10 or so (after a little someone woke me up at 6 f'in 30!), then proceeded to sleep through the day

Bad stuff:
Weasley
+1 tiny cute mouse, alive*, a week or so ago
+1 mouse-fur-hairball with bones (note: discovered by D's bare toes), yesterday
+1 ex-bluejay, whole, today

*Note the full mouse-search in progress, or, how many people does it take to catch a mouse?:

Deja-vu

May. 21st, 2007 04:12 pm
Note: time of conversation is 10 minutes after J is supposed to have left for the airport for a conference. Sound familiar much?

johngnassi (10:19): Oh shit... it ran from under the couch into the kitchen. Cats going nuts.
johngnassi (10:19): I didn't get a good look at it because there were too many CATS in the way.
johngnassi (10:22): Couldn't see it or hear it over all the scrabbling, except dark fur.
johngnassi (10:23): Weasley guarding under back stairs...
johngnassi (10:23): Tijgetje still guarding the couch... (sigh)
[...]
johngnassi (10:31): Shit, something brown under couch too!
johngnassi (10:31): and lots of junk... you will have to take the whole thing apart - I don't have time.

... to be continued ...

calculation

May. 4th, 2007 12:17 pm
1 doctor
+ 1 teenager enrolled-in-too-many-things
+ shared custody
+ 1 job transition (J)
+ 1 OCPD personality
+ too many things to do anyway
+ 1 old house
+ 1 4-yr old

= barely have time to breathe

Stairs

Apr. 5th, 2007 08:57 am
The unthinkable just happened - Karin fell down the stairs! After years (oh my g-d, can't believe I'm actually saying that!) of telling her not to carry so much while going down the stairs, she tumbled down them, while carrying too much. I'm partially amused, partially relieved and only slightly concerned. Thankfully she didn't hurt herself badly and was done crying within 30 seconds - mostly from the scare, I think. The stairs are covered with carpet, which probably helped soften the bumps. Relieved, because she's finally getting some empirical feedback. You know, from mother nature, not from an adult. And amused, because she's the second person in less than 24 hours to fall down the stairs in our house. Unfortunately for [livejournal.com profile] nekowoman she fell down the much more painful back stairs (bare wood, steep, curved).
Over the weekend the following exchange took place:
Adult: Karin, it's time to go to the bathroom, before we go out.
Karin: I already *did* it!
A: When?
K: Yesterday!

Then today, while going upstairs for a minute, I hear a thud from the kitchen. Somehow, you learn to distinguish between "normal" thuds and foreboding ones. This was not a normal one.
I go downstairs, and find Karin, a knocked-over garbage can (big, heavy metal kind) and a flapping catdoor that is going back and forth from the rush of the cat that must have run through it.
I ask wat was going on.
"I was holding Weasley (the cat)"
And why was the garbage can knocked over?
"I was throwing Weasley in the air."
Blink. Blink.
Needless to say, there was no dessert after dinner...

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