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Old 03-26-2014, 06:14 PM   #13561
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Took the corvette for the first ride of the year, bought some brewing supplies and some woodworking carving gouges.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:30 PM   #13562
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I met up for coffee with another member of this forum. That was fun!

Hah, you beat me to it. Nice to meetcha!
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:57 PM   #13563
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Arranged to have my handyman install a new side door at my house sometime this spring. SOME might say that makes no sense at all, since I am probably going to be moving in the next few years. But I am underspending and this is what I really really want for some reason so sensible or not, I am going to do it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:10 PM   #13564
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Arranged to have my handyman install a new side door at my house sometime this spring. SOME might say that makes no sense at all, since I am probably going to be moving in the next few years. But I am underspending and this is what I really really want for some reason so sensible or not, I am going to do it.
Go for it! If you want something, what difference does it make if it makes no sense to someone else?
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Go for it! If you want something, what difference does it make if it makes no sense to someone else?
That's what I'm thinking. This is one of the big advantages to not being married.

I am having a new metal door put in that won't stick or blow open, and I am having my handyman put in one of those keypad deadbolts. That will be so handy at times.
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Took the corvette for the first ride of the year, bought some brewing supplies and some woodworking carving gouges.
With the crazy weather that we've been having here our vettes are still in hibernation. I'm jealous of your ride. Maybe next week we'll get out.
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Received a shipment of smoked fish from Florida.
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I got a very exciting phone call from "The IRS". Special Agent Rodgers informed me (with a very strong Desi accent, BTW) that I had been named in a tax fraud case! I could avoid the expense and difficulty of having to travel to Washington if I were to settle the case today, by going to the local CVS pharmacy and wiring $5,241 simolas to a Netspend account.

Huh. I guess the IRS doesn't have access to the Treasury Department any more...

Anywho, Mr. Special Agent Rodgers read me his phone number when I asked for his badge number. It matched the Caller ID number from Milton, Florida, where his VIOP call entered The Phone System. Gosh, I guess the IRS lost access to that fancy phone system in DC, too, huh? Mr. Special Agent Rodgers reassured me that this was "perfectly normal" for all calls from the IRS.

Riiiiight.

If you haven't guessed, yes, this is a scam. The IRS will never call. They are huge fans of the Post Office. I didn't give him any personal information, and I did add his number to the phone killfile. Not that it will slow them down.

Somewhere in India there's a sweatshop packed with dozens of people and VIOP autodialers going through every number in the US (and Canada, with a different script). These folks are probably getting paid a pittance compared to what their bosses are hauling in.

It was an interesting personal contact with organized crime for me.
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I got a phone call from the college I graduated from in 1973 today. I can't imagine how they found me after 41 years of being away and not setting foot on the campus in all that time. The gal on the call asked me if I had been there to see the new parking structure they need money to complete and the student housing they have broken ground for.

Well, I said I paid my tuition, graduated, and left the state and that I had no interest in ever coming back to see the new parking garage, let alone sending a check in for its completion.

I still don't know how these people found me after all this time.
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I got a phone call from the college I graduated from in 1973 today. I can't imagine how they found me after 41 years of being away and not setting foot on the campus in all that time. .....
I had a similar call a few years ago. It was supposedly a student there now that just wanted me to relate my favorite memories about going to school there. I told her about the dean refusing to meet with me to clarify changes that had been made that could delay granting me my ME degree and how pi$$ed off I still am about it. Then I hung up. No call since.
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It is amazing how the Alumni Offices at colleges and universities can find "lost" graduates, even after decades of no contact. I truly believe their investigative techniques and talents could put the FBI to shame. I have changed jobs, residences, and states over the past 45 years--yet regular as clockwork I will hear from them, either by phone or with an alumni magazine filled with people and things I don't know or could care less about. And no amount of rudeness or ignoring seems to dissuade them.
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It is amazing how the Alumni Offices at colleges and universities can find "lost" graduates, even after decades of no contact. I truly believe their investigative techniques and talents could put the FBI to shame. I have changed jobs, residences, and states over the past 45 years--yet regular as clockwork I will hear from them, either by phone or with an alumni magazine filled with people and things I don't know or could care less about. And no amount of rudeness or ignoring seems to dissuade them.
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The young wife got her BS from one college and an MAT and then MS from two other schools, and I went to two entirely different schools for my BS and JD. So we get five of these calls per year. In my experience, it is generally college kids calling us, who are only doing it because it is part of their work study for financial aid. So I don't give them a hard time about it, although I usually do interrupt early on to say "I'll bet you're calling to ask for a donation." They always say yes, and then I tell them to sign me up for the same amount I gave last year (we give $100 to each school). It saves them the embarrassment of having to chat up old people and saves my time as well.
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Did my usual skating routine this morning. On the way out the counter lady reminded me that only one more week of skating left. Darn, time flies when I'm having fun. So on the 11th my 3x/week of figure skating will come to a screeching halt. Until mid September when the rink re-opens.

On the positive side, the truly yukky weather prevented mental conflict. Great Kayaking day, do I go kayaking or skating? Now I can extract the Kayak from the grage and put it on the rack next to the driveveway, for cleanup and pre season inspection.

In the summer I do get in one day a week of skating after kayaking in the morning. The Johnstown rink's public session starts around noon. Them are good workout days. A twofer.

Reagrding previous college solicitations noted, I do get occasional money begging. Never send them a dime. I was full fare Freddie, paid the full fare up front, in cash before each semester. One year had a good bit of money problems, so asked for a bit a financial aid. I got laughed out of office. They noted I worked full time and made fairly good money.

I occasionally remind them that, yes, I did work full time, made reasonably good money and completed my BS in five years with honours, prepaid, but the one time I asked for help the answer was no. Not sure they catch my drift, as they keep asking for money.
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Went to the gym with DW, made reservations for six for the zip line canopy tour in Harper's Ferry, WV next May. Looking forward to that.

Re the requests for college donations we get that all the time too. And a few months ago I got a post card from the alumni association for the high school. Geez, I haven't been there since 1968!
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I've said this for years.
My all-time favorite was the phone call I got asking me for a donation about 15 years after I graduated. They called me at the unlisted phone in my office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was so astounded that I asked how they had found me, but it was just a student working off a list of names and numbers he had been given by the alumni office. Truly impressive.
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I gave enough money to finance a senior field trip for an ornithology class, and now I'm an "Honorary Alumna".
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I gave enough money to finance a senior field trip for an ornithology class, and now I'm an "Honorary Alumna".
Good for you. That sounds like a worthy thing to support. Our donations have earned us the title of "Supporters of the Library" at our alma mater. This title seems to have an expectation of ongoing support that goes along with it.
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They still send stuff to "lieutenant", and. I have not been that rank for thirty years. Each year I say 'no thanks' to offering a donation, and ask them to change my title. They always say they'll do that, and I've made a mental note to make a nice donation the first year they contact me and get it correct. Something tells me my pocketbook is safe.
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