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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Sirius on Today at 12:09:50 PM »
I just got an email from Air Canada, proudly announcing that they have created a begging website, so your friends and family can fund your travel dreams. That is so yuck. I am very disappointed in them.

Because people don't just make gofundme pages for those, right? Bless your hearts Air Canada for getting in on that mess  ::)

Some of the things I've been asked to donate to are mind-boggling.  I have donated mainly to relatives because most of my relatives are honest people, and if they say that someone needs money for an important reason I tend to believe them.  (I know who isn't honest.)  I didn't donate when my niece wanted donations to pay for car repairs so that her SO wouldn't have to walk to work, but my feeling on that was that walking to work wasn't that big a deal.  One of his co-workers repaired their truck, so now he has a ride, and the fact that he walked to work showed that he was serious about working.  However, I did donate to my cousin's son and his wife when their baby was born needing a serious operation.  I know my cousin well, and she's honest.  I'm sure that if she found out that someone she asked for donations for was scamming, she'd pay people back herself and that person would be on her hit list, which is not a good place to be. 

But still...funding someone's vacation?  Unless it's mine or Mr. Sirius', it's not happening. 
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Luci on Today at 11:59:17 AM »
When Children's Cancer Fund called yesterday, Instead of getting angry, I remembered to ask what per cent of my donation would go to the charity. 15%! I never donate to cold calls anyway, but I really was appalled by the actual number.
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It might be worth doing it ahead of time so that you don't stress about it the whole trip, and if she decides not to come, you can plan for that. Besides, it might give everyone a bit of cool off time before seeing each other in person.
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Emails regarding holiday closures.

I work in a hospital, not in direct patient care.  There's an upcoming holiday (Independence Day, for non-US readers) and a lot of the ancillary offices are going to be closed for the holiday.  So they are sending out emails to the entire distribution list.  Worse, they don't use consistent wording for the emails ... they'll use the term "closed" or "closing" or "closure" or even no subject line at all, just the info in the body.  Honestly, it'd be a whole lot less email if they just said "assume all departments are closed unless there is an email to the contrary" (this is stuff like purchasing, medical records office, printing dept, scheduling, etc.)

I have been creating rules to transfer this stuff directly to my delete folder (because my dept is also closed that day, but we don't send out an email to everyone to announce it), and I'm up to 5 rules because of the inconsistent language.

It probably wouldn't be so bad if every incoming email didn't pop up a little doohicket that takes my mouse focus, so I do not want these emails at all.
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I have, what I guess, is a tortie calico. She has the typical tricolor face of a calico (1/3 black, 1/3 orange, 1/3 white), solid white belly, and black front legs, all white boots. However, from her ears/back of her neck to her tail is the brindle pattern of a tortie, with no white patches. The orange parts on her face, the upper part of her back legs, and her tail have the typical tabby stripes.
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On the word "infuriating" and it's various forms.  While the word "fury" is quite strong and not often used in my region except in quotes, the words "infuriated" or "infuriating" are often used.  These words have the connotation of describing an act that is often a thoughtless offence that would cause the infuriated individual to have a hot burning sensation of frustration and annoyance in the pit of their soul.  Often the situations are such that there is nothing that can be done at the time.

I think it was fair to use this word in the OP.  But since the OP herself was surprised she used it, I guess it's a regional thing.  Still, I just wanted to say that the word has a lot less strength here. 

It would be used in describing hyper children, clueless customers, coin machines not working at the laundry mat or being on hold with the phone company for 40 minutes etc.  So where I am, it's a perfect word to describe the OP's situation.

Oh yes I agree that it's the perfect word, I'm sorry if it seemed like I meant otherwise.  That's why I think it's so important that the OP nips it in the bud. 
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Team HoundMom on Today at 11:38:42 AM »
I didn't want to advertise it. It is called embarq and is part of the main Air Canada website.

 :o   Oh, so it's real?  I'm truthfully shocked!

Huh, I guess they jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon.  You learn something new every day.

All the "Funded: 0%" on the main page is making me laugh, though.

Dang, here I am $24,000 in debt but with a completed Bucket List when I could have just begged the money from strangers!  ;D
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by pattycake on Today at 11:30:22 AM »
I didn't want to advertise it. It is called embarq and is part of the main Air Canada website.

 :o   Oh, so it's real?  I'm truthfully shocked!

Yeah, it's real. They're advertising it for things like a graduation gift. reunion, and the like. I say, if you can't afford it, it's staycation time!
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I live in a 1 BR apt so not much I can do, but I have found if I turn my a/c way down when I go to work, or off, if I'm away, my electric bills are much lower. I have 2 thru the wall units; one in the LR which is older has no digital display, only dials. So I couldn't tell you exactly what temp I have it on, but the one in the BR does. At night, i keep it at 66, but it never gets that cold, alhtough I do like my BR as close to arctic as i can get to sleep.

During the say, i turn it up to 75, and i keep it there until about an hour before i go to bed. my bills, granted for a small space have gone from say $125ish or so, to about $65-75 when I'm home a lot and its really hot.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by gramma dishes on Today at 11:22:04 AM »
I didn't want to advertise it. It is called embarq and is part of the main Air Canada website.

 :o   Oh, so it's real?  I'm truthfully shocked!
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