Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Cheer

Not much to write today although that never seems to stop me. Just some odds and ends..

A few weeks ago I was all hyped up at the prospect of 18 MB/second download speeds with AT&T's U-Verse system but it turned out the technician was unable to install it. Instead I upgraded my Charter cable internet to 10 MB/second speed.

Unfortunately it is not always 10 MB. The problem with cable is that the more people who are using it in the neighborhood, the slower the speed. I get 10 MB in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon, but at night - forget about it. Here's a screen shot I took around 8:30 p.m.

Still, the pages load fast enough for me so I'm not complaining. Remember when we all had phone modems (pardon me and no offense if you still are) and a speed of 56K was considered blazing fast? How quickly we (or at least I) forget.

It took me over an hour and a half to close out a CD at Bank of America yesterday afternoon. I won't go into details but let's just say it was an example of Murphy's Law hard at work. Just a couple of examples for you: a bank notary that wouldn't notarize a document even though their legal department told her it was okay to do it, so I had to run next door to the escrow company a couple of minutes before they closed to have them notarize a bank document and pull $10 out of my wallet to boot.. and they misspelled the name on the bank check and had to do it over again. Mind you, those were just two of the comedy of errors.

The main person who was assisting me was trying to be helpful but that bank makes it much too difficult to do business with. It was her birthday today. After the ordeal was done and she apologized profusely, I laughed and wished her a happy birthday and Merry Christmas. I told her I was sorry to give her a headache on her birthday (even though this was totally the bank's fault).

Hey, it's Christmas season!

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