Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sometimes we need to remember...




On the other hand...there are also a lot of basement cats as well.
I've been exposed today by two separate instances of businesses who have procedures that make it almost impossible to stop them from taking my money. The first is Balley Fitness and the next is AOL. Both companies do their payments by direct deduction. The problem is, when you are done with their services both make it impossible to stop the deductions. Imagine an online internet provider that does not allow you an method of terminating their services online.

Instead, in both cases you have to call them, wait excessively for someone to come on the line and stop taking your money. And of course the hours of operation for the businesses are more restrictive than banker's hours.


:(

Our usual Sunday morning breakfast place has recently changed ownership. While change is always unsettling, this morning brought unpleasant changes. We were surprised to find very few people there when we arrived. The group of motorcycle enthusiasts who normally gather every Sunday morning to share coffee, cigars (at the outdoor tables), and laughs were not there. The teacher who stops off after his morning trip to the gym and pops open his laptop to surf the net or work on the next week's lesson plans and his co-worker who brings her daughter in after her morning run, not there. An English family who has Sunday morning gatherings with their college age kids, not there.

Then I figured out why. There have been some substantial changes. The sidewalk and the iron tables outside the cafe have been declared "non-smoking" by the new owner. The wi-fi is no longer free. And the menu and prices have changed. the menue has been cut down and the prices have gone up.


Sigh* I guess we'll be trying out the local Dunkin Donuts.


For Family and Friends:
It's been a while since we sent grandparents a video and the email video isn't working. So these images are for friends and family. Z is now just a week away from 7 months.
"I love my jumperoo. Mom moved it to the kitchen today so she could make babyfood while I watched."

video




6 comments:

Anny Cook said...

Yep, I know about that perpetual charge thingy. Don't give my charge card numbers out for stuff like that.

Z is growing so fast!

Hate it when businesses change hands.

Molly Daniels said...

Z is darling!! He looks like a happy baby:)

Yes, change is not always good...

Jenny Bean said...

OOOOH! Look at that. He is so cute. I can't believe how quickly he is growing. Wow. What a sweet little guy. Almost makes me want to have another one. Almost... but no cigar. :D

Sandra Cox said...

Wow is he growing. What a cutie!

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