Friday, January 30, 2004

You have just won one million dollars:

1. Who do you call first? My parents

2. What is the first thing you buy for yourself? A new car and a house on the same day.

3. What is the first thing you buy for someone else? A business

4. Do you give any away? If yes, to whom? Yes. To people I love and respect.

5. Do you invest any? If so, how? Yes. Don't know YET.

posted at 8:40 PM

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Gazelle Run Free!

On Monday my Gazelle Freestyle Elite was delivered. My husband spent an hour or so putting it together. But it was well worth it! It is GREAT! It definitly works you out. There are four levels on it and trust me, the first level is PLENTY for me for at least a few months or more. I read reviews on it and even people who run miles every day say that the first level is a challenge. So you can imagine what it's like for someone like me.

On another topic: I have moved the blog's forum to another company. Pop Culture, Our Culture is now being hosted by another company since Aimoo sucks. Lemme tell you about this darling place.

The hell started when I decided to try to get some help with some forum features by going to Aimoo's Help Forum. Once there I had a hard time getting any responses and when I did they weren't that helpful. Then one of my friends went to their forum to ask a question. They referred her to an email address to use for an answer. Well several emails later, she never got a response. I went back to the Help Forum and basically asked why no one was responding to her emails. They told me that only PAID members can get a response from emails. So I asked the next logical question and that is, "Why do you give that email out to members who you KNOW are not paying members then? If non-paying members can't get their answers here or at that email address then where can they get help?" Well my post was deleted without warning.

Then in another thread, I was posting to someone about pop-up blockers, someone interjected and told us that Aimoo's rules are that any use of pop up blockers will result in your log in being banned from Aimoo and your forum being shut down. Well, I noticed that Aimoo's advertisers were advertising pop-up blockers on those very forums. I started a thread in the Help Forum asking why Aimoo has a policy banning the very thing that their advertisers are selling to us! I also mentioned how I was stumped how Aimoo would even KNOW if someone was using one.

I was banned from their Help Forum. No warning, no anything just banned. Most of my posts were edited or deleted too. So I come back in as another user name and asked why they banned me. I didn't cuss, I did not disrespect their staff, I was only asking some pointed questions. Also, I asked them to tell me what rules I broke that resulted in my banishment. My posts were deleted and my new user name was also banned. So I emailed not only their abuse email but I also emailed the OWNER of this site and I have yet to hear from either of them.

So I say this again. AIMOO SUCKS. Stay away from them. Thank God I was not a paying member because they would have taken my money and then banned me from the very forum I am helping to pay for! It's sick. I am trying to encourage anyone who has paid for their services and who has been treated as poorly as I have, to please contact the Better Business Bureau in the USA. If you are International, try contacting someone in your country about this.

For those of us who are non-paying members, the only thing we can do is spread the word about this terrible place and encourage others to steer clear of them like I am doing now.

But anyhoo, you can reach my NEW forum at the link above. You can also find it on the upper right hand corner of this page.

Song of the Day: Empty-Janet Jackson

"Your phrases
Descriptive
And through the textured words

With beauty
You post it
And use such colored verbs
We've never met"


posted at 1:55 PM

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Friday, January 23, 2004

Ring Ring Ring!

This is going to be a long story, but it is very interesting and should be used as a consumer BEWARE post.

In November we decided to switch our local phone company. But we learned shortly after putting in the new order that we would lose our DSL with SBC if we left them. So we called the local phone company we were switching to and requested that they cancel our order. (This was two weeks before they were to turn our new service on) We also called SBC to tell them that we were staying with them. They suggested that we call back again later to make sure they cancelled our diconnection. So we did. We called them two more times over the course of a couple of weeks to make sure SBC knew we were not going anywhere.

Nothing more was said or done by either company so we thought the issue was over. Then, 2 weeks ago I wake up to my cell phone being turned off! To explain, I have my cell phone through Cingular and since I am a customer of SBC they have me on what they call "combined billing". That means that I get one bill through SBC which also includes my Cingular charges so I just pay SBC for the whole thing every month.

My cell phone was turned off but my home phone and DSL were still on. That was really weird. So I called the phone number that the automated system gave to me when I tried checking my cell phone's voice mail. It was Cingular customer service. I called them and asked why I had been disconnected because we just paid our SBC bill on Dec 12th and the next payment wasn't due until Jan. 23rd! The rep said that SBC had uncombined my bill so I needed to start paying Cingular seperately and so I needed to pay what I owe now in order to get turned back on. I asked her why SBC de-combined me but she told me to call them if I needed any explantations.

So I called SBC and after being transferred about three times, I was finally able to get someone who could help me. The rep said that she can't find anywhere that SBC authorized a de-combining. So she said it was Cingular's fault and that she didn't know why they would do this to me for no reason. She decided the best thing to do was to call Cingular on a conference call. Me, SBC rep and a Cingular rep talked about my situation and it was decided that I was de-combined because Cingular got word that I was about to switch to another local phone company so they automatically de-combine the billing in those cases. I was livid because the switch never happened and all parties were notified that the switch was not going to happen weeks before it was scheduled to. Cingular had no answer to that.

But knowing my anger over this whole fiasco, Cingular offered to reconnect my cell phone that day with the promise that I would pay them on Jan 23rd. The Cingular rep said that my billing could be recombined once I paid my bill on the 23rd. I thought everything was back to normal now.

Then I get my first Cingular bill since this whole thing started. The bill is $322!! I went through and isolated some of the problems. They charged me $5 per phone for a late fee ($10 total) and $36 per phone for a reconnect fee ($72 total). The rest was due to me going over my allotted minutes. So I called Cingular and spoke with a rep that was able to waive those two fees because first of all, I was NOT late since it wasn't due until the 23rd and this was the 22nd. The other reason he waived the fees is because I shouldn't get charged a reconnect fee for being shut off for no reason! I was not late with a payment and I did nothing wrong so I shouldn't have been charged anything for that.

Now to tackle the calls I made that put me over my limit. Well, it appears after doing some sleuthing that we were not recieving the free mobile to mobile minutes we were promised! So I called Cingular back to ask why we were not recieving that plan anymore. We found out that when we switched plans a month or two ago we also lost some features. We were getting the 500 anytime minute plan but we realized we never used most of those minutes so we were wasting money. We called to have our plan downgraded to the lowest one. The rep on the phone ensured us that NOTHING would change with our new plan except for the amount of minutes and the price. Everything was to stay the same.

Well this rep that I was speaking to presently about it, told me that in fact that was incorrect. The new plan we were on did not offer free mobile to mobile or rollover minutes. I was livid! On top of everything else that has happened with Cingular, now they screw us out of the whole reason we chose that company. For the free mobile to mobile!! After a few stern expressions about the service Cingular was showing us recently, the rep decided to submit our bills to have someone go through and credit us for every call we made to each other's phones. In the meantime I am to pay the bill so that I am not late and then they will credit us for all of the mobile to mobile calls we made since we got the plan.

At the end of the day, a little persistance and a lot of consumer knowledge got our bill down from $322.00 to $192.11. It will be even less once they credit us for those mobile to mobile calls. Who knows, we might get every penny back if those calls taken out made us not go over our minutes!!

Song of the Day: Mr. Telephone Man-New Edition

"Help me out
please Mr. Telephone Man
Help me out
please Mr. Telephone Man"


posted at 10:01 AM

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Tuesday, January 20, 2004



It was my first day on the job as a telemarketer. I had my script
sitting in front of me with little notes scribbled on a seperate piece of
paper. I was adjusting my headsets. I was about to go "live" in less
than five minutes. If someone would have said "boo" I would have fainted,
that is how scared I was.

The time came to start cold calling. I pushed a few buttons to let the
system know I was ready for a call and beep! It was time for me to
start.

The first few calls were to people with normal names and normal
addresses. All were rude and all were angry I was calling them. I was on the
verge of tears. Only ten minutes into this job and already, I wanted to
cry and quit.

Then I see a name pop up on the screen of my next call. A Reverend!!
ALLALUJAH! Finally someone to be nice to me. Someone to soothe my anxiety
and to make everything okay.

I spoke too soon. The Reverend was the worst call I had that whole
night! He yelled, called me names and was thisclose to condeming me to Hell
when he decided his blood pressure was up enough, it was time to end
the call. So he hangs up on me.

At this point tears were forming and were about to fall from my eyes.
But I was saved. The gal next to me noticed the look on my face and
asked what that call was all about. I told her about how rude the Reverened
was and how shocked I was to hear him being so mean. She leaned close
and said, "Honey, let me tell you, reverends and other people of the
cloth are the worst! I should know, my dad is a reverend."

That was the night my innocence about how the world works was lost.

Now, before you go jumping on me, I don't think ALL religious people
are mean and rude, but there are a great many that I have met over the
years since that night that were worse than the Atheists I know.

One woman I worked with is really religious and very conservative. She
donates a lot of her money and time to charities and The Church. But
she is one of the meanest, most bitter people you will ever come across.
She is sweet at first, but very quickly she turns into the Wicked Witch
of the West.

I also knew of another woman I briefly worked with who was the exact
same way. Very religious. Held a bible study in her home every week, but
she was not one to mess with. She was so bitter she quit because she
couldn't take it anymore. She still works for my employer but just in a
different department.

There are many more examples in my memory bank where those came from,
but you get the idea.

I just wonder why that is. Why there are some religious people who
insist on being bitter and mean to others. I am not strictly religious, but
I do believe in God and I do pray. I seem to treat others better than
some of those who are strict to their faith.

Doesn't make me a better person, it's just an observation.

Song of the Day: Praying For Time-George Michael

"So you scream from behind your door
Say what's mine is mine and not yours
I may have too much but I'll take my chances
'Cause God's stopped keeping score
And you cling to the things they sold you
Did you cover your eyes when they told you
That he can't come back
'Cause he has no children to come back for"


posted at 5:08 PM

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Monday, January 19, 2004

Wish List

New speakers for my PC

Digital Camera

Smoothie Maker

Massager

Get my printer working again

Get my scanner working

Sleep!

This is my list for myself. I want to be able to get most of these before the end of the summer. Let's hope!

Song of the Day: Bling Bling-BG

"Bling bling
Everytime I come around yo city
Bling bling"


posted at 5:39 PM

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Saturday, January 17, 2004

Dis and Dat

If anyone knows Vin Diesel please tell him to contact me. That man couldn't get any sexier.



I am off to a dinner with da girls tonight. Should be nice getting away from da guys for a while.

I've been trying to eat more chicken since I am a beef fiend and can't seem to get enough. I know chicken is better for me both weight-losswise and healthwise so I might spring for the chicken tonight at din din. Mmmmmm chicken.

Song of the Day: Whoops Now-Janet Jackson

"Come on you guys
Anguila here we come!
Here we come now
To the restaurants
(I'm starving! let's go)"


posted at 5:01 PM

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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Rooting For The Root Canal



I have never had a root canal until today. And I'm telling you, it is not as bad as people say it is. At least not with my experience. The reason I didn't have it that bad is because I was able to get the root canal done before I even had pain in that tooth. The dental assistant told me that the reason root canals have such a bad rap is because most people wait until they have a toothache before they go see a dentist. By that time, their tooth is in very bad shape. In most cases like that, the numbing medicine won't work so the patient has to endure feeling every step of the procedure on top of having to deal with the extrutiating pain of the toothache all at the same time.

But if you go to your dentist regularly, like I do, they can catch it early on. So the numbing medicine worked on me and I didn't feel a thing!

Well, I lied. I felt a tiny bit. The dentist numbed me up and started drilling. Well he got to the nerve which was still alive (because they found it early on before the nerve had a chance to die) and the drill touch the nerve which in turn got me to flinch. So he numbed up the nerves and was able to continue without me feeling a damn thing.

My only complaint now is that my jaws aches like hell. The medicine has worn off and the whole left side of my jaw is in such great pain from the stretching and having to have it locked open for 2 hours. I bought some Aleve so I'll be okay.

The assistant told me that my tooth will be painful for about a week. If it gets too bad I can call them up and they will prescribe me something. That's how painful it can be for some people. Let's hope I'm not one of those people.

I have to go back in a few weeks so that the dentist can put the permanent filling in. Then sometime this summer (since I can't afford it before then) I will be going back for my crown.

For those of you who are even a tiny bit interested in dental procedures and what to expect HERE is a great site.

Better yet, to find out exactly how things like this are done step by step How Stuff Works is the best place to go.

Song of the Day: Dentist-Little Shop of Horrors

"[PATIENT]
Oh that hurts! I'm not numb!

[ORIN]
Oh, shut up. Open wide. here I come!
I am your dentist"



posted at 7:24 PM

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Saturday, January 10, 2004

My New Drug

I would give anything for some chocolate milk right now. It's weird because growing up I hated chocolate milk. I was what you would call a milk purest. I had to have my milk untouched, ice cold (yes I am one of those peeps who puts ice in my milk if it isn't cold enough), and best of all I had to have milk ALL OF THE TIME. It was even to the point where if anyone, even my own family, took a sip of my milk, I couldn't drink it. I would share water, soda, juice, anything. But milk, I just couldn't share.

Well, I still can't share milk. My husband took a sip of a glass of my milk recently and I just couldnt drink the rest. It's weird. But hubby was able to get me into chocolate milk. He bought a gallon of it a few months ago and I reluctantly tried a glass. It was so good that I have been addicted to it ever since! We bought chocolate syrup this last weekend and I drank a whole gallon of milk within a few days with the chocolate syrup. My husband thinks this whole thing is a riot! It has taken me 26 years to discover what 3 year old have discovered and that is chocolate milk is DA BOMB! he laughs everytime I talk about it.

So here I am, sitting here dreaming about a nice tall, ice cold, glass of chocolate milk. + =

Song of the Day: Ice Cream-Sarah McLachlan

"Your love is better than chocolate
better than anything else that I've tried
oh love is better than chocolate"


posted at 5:48 PM

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Thursday, January 08, 2004

I'm Gonna Be Elite!

Nothing much has been going on with me recently. The puppy thing is getting easier as he gets older. And I am sort of getting used to not getting as much sleep as I was used to.

Today we took the day off to take our pup to the vet to be nuetered (he is home now and doing well), and I had a nice trip to the dentist for a filling. Other than that, I've just been lazing away.

Two days ago I ordered the Gazelle Freestyle Elite. Yeah, the one being sold by that annoying Tony Little guy on tv now. But I was in the market for a decently priced exercise machine and after doing extensive research online reading reviews, comparing pricing, ect the Elite came out on top for me. Then I was flipping channels and noticed the Elite was on a new sales program. For $14.95 you get the Elite to try for 60 days. And if you like it, you can keep it for $90 and some change per month for 4 months. That will help me out since I can't really plop $400 down all at once right now. And the 2 months trial period is really nice too.

So in 2-4 weeks when I get the machine, I will be sure to add a brief review of it here if anyone is even a tiny bit interested. Or you can just go to Epinions to read a ton of reviews by others. That is one of the many sites I went to read consumer reviews about the Elite.

Song of the Day: Physical-Olivia Newton-John

"Let's get physical, physical, I wanna get physical, let's get into physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk, let me hear your body talk"



posted at 6:51 PM

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Saturday, January 03, 2004

What a nice weekend so far. *ahhhhhh* We need more four day weekends.

I wasn't going to create an entry today since nothing has happened that is necessary to write about here, but I decided to go ahead and post and entry for some shamless plugging.

I am creating a message board about anything and everything. If anyone is interested in making friends, venting, talking about tv shows, music, celebrities, politics anything you want, then please join me.

Join me in Pop Culture, Our Culture for some fun chat!


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