Ever smell imaginary poo?

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6 Total Votes
I hate Scotia Bank by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 5) #1 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 09:49:57 AM EST
Hate them with the power of a thousand suns. If every branch and property of theirs burned to the ground tomorrow, I would dance in the ashes and piss on the smouldering corpses of their employees. They suck.

So... by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:44:05 AM EST
i've had no problems by 256 (2.00 / 0) #25 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:48:18 AM EST
with HSBC.

but then, my finances are pretty simple.
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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All banks suck, don't do business with them by ShadowNode (4.00 / 1) #31 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:12:06 PM EST
It's a fundamental conflict of interest. They can either serve their customers interests, or their shareholders interests. Not both. Use credit unions. Certainly they'll have assholes among them as well, but they won't be assholes whose job it is to bilk you for everything they can. That, and they have more ATMs than any bank (they play nice with each other and don't charge other credit unions for using them).

Also, never let anyone you wouldn't give full access to your accounts do automatic withdrawals, since it's essentially the same thing.

Good luck with the troll in the basement. Can they really sue you? You aren't his mommy, how can you be responsible for his behaviour?

Damn you spellchecker, assholes is too a word.

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All banks suck by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #34 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:24:29 PM EST
I have dealt with four major Canadian banking institutions in my adult life:

(TD) Canada Trust
Scotia
CIBC
Royal
While they have all made mistakes, the only one that has never had me foaming-at-the-mouth angry is Canada Trust. Plus, they have hours that allow real, living customers access to services. YMMV.

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TD Canada Trust by edward (2.00 / 0) #40 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 01:41:45 PM EST
Have you ever gone into a TD branch and tried to change money? I went into one once with a $20 bill and all I wanted was some change for the bus. I mean, that's what a bank should be for, right?

Well they asked me if I had a TD account and I said no (because I don't) and they told me that they couldn't give me change if I didn't have a TD account. They wanted my identification to change a fucking $20 bill.

I told them under no circumstances did I have to have a TD account and that I certainly didn't have to provide identification to change a $20 bill. The guy balked and gave me the change, but he made a big show of putting my $20 in a plastic ziplock bag and setting it aside. I have no idea what he was afraid of but apparently when I change $20 bills they suspect me of having counterfeit money or drug money or who the fuck knows.

Incidentally, the $20 was pulled right out of a bank machine moments before, and it was one of the new $20s, so there's no way it was bogus.

Clearly, no bank is immune to asshattery.

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Teller Service by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #51 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 03:23:16 AM EST
None of the major banks provide teller service free, which is what you wanted.

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I must copy and paste section one by greyrat (4.00 / 2) #2 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 09:50:34 AM EST
into an e-mail to msrat as the Best Example Evar of why I still pay bills every month with the same good ol' paper-based checking account I've had for the last . . . 23 years.

I pay my bills with paper checks too. by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:22:36 AM EST
And no many how many pieces of paper those companies send me and no matter how many times my electronic banking page redirects me to a "pay your bills automagically!" page, I'm going to keep writing checks. CBB's story dissuades me from ever changing my mind.

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The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
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bill pay works great by MM (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:32:55 AM EST
as you control who gets paid what when. Automatic withdrawls are another story, although I do several of them (auto insurance, cell phone, etc). I wouldn't use it for big payments like car and house loans, though, for the obvious reasons...

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autopayments by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:28:24 AM EST
I don't trust the banks to do it right. Instead, I set up auto-payments with each payee individually. This way, if there's a screwup, it's the company that wanted the payment that screwed up, not the bank, so there's less room for argument.
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[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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That's the Same Here. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #22 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:43:23 AM EST
The bank was just responsible for the transfer to the new accounts, so we wouldn't have to contact each payee individually.

Since we've had to do so anyway, their "switch" help didn't really help...it only hurt.

Finally, in my experience it doesn't seem to matter who fucked up when a payee doesn't get their money: the payer (me) is always in the wrong.

Companies and institutions don't make mistakes. And if they do they couldn't help it. And if they could help it, it isn't their policy to do so.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Honestly, by edward (2.00 / 0) #33 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:20:59 PM EST
I don't know why you'd ever use one of those "Easy Switch" type services. Opening and Closing a bank account is what I would call a "primary banking activity", the sort of thing that should be done by you, manually, in person, at your home branch.

Also, never, ever authorise an auto-payment/direct deposit scheme. I don't have one for any of my bills and I never will. YOU should always be the initiator of any banking activity that moves money in or out of any of your accounts.

You can still use Internet or Telephone banking to initiate these transfers, so you don't really lose any particular convenience. Of course, when someone owes you money you will still have to have a physical cheque or cash that you will have to take to a physical bank, but there are a great many benefits to having the physical proof of payment anyway.

It's a question of knowing what is "automateable" and what is not. Opening and closing bank accounts is definitely not automateable and I doubt that it ever will be.

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you don't do direct deposit? by garlic (4.00 / 2) #38 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 01:27:07 PM EST
Who still has their work give them checks? that's so pre 1970s.


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I've had direct deposit by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #48 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 01:44:40 AM EST
since 1985.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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my work does not give checks by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #66 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:35:48 AM EST
if you won't do direct deposit, they set up an account for you and direct deposit it in there. they give you an atm card to pull the money out.

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Since I'm currently self-employed by edward (4.00 / 1) #75 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 10:00:54 AM EST
My clients are invoiced, and they then send me real honest-to-god cheques. Even the companies that require their employees to be paid by direct-deposit still do business in this way.

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i wish i had by Mrs FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #76 Fri Sep 15, 2006 at 02:20:50 PM EST
direct deposit, my employer is too cheap to pay for it. apparently before i started working at the company some of the employees requested it, the director agreed only if the employees would pay for it themselves!!!

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sump me gently by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:03:40 AM EST
I'm trying to think of a way to re-route someone's water outlet that wouldn't look like deliberate sabotage.

I can't think of any.

What you should do: by Driusan (4.00 / 3) #4 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:06:27 AM EST
  1. Come to the Shawshack with slozo tonight.
  2. Eat with us.
  3. Drink with us.
The order of 2 and 3 can be reversed.

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Vive le Montréal libre.
I'll be there in... by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:22:05 AM EST
...carry the one...twenty two hours -- Wait...

Poo.

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Possibly True. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #20 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:40:02 AM EST
But, instead, I'm going to spend an evening at home at Littlestar and zero houseguests -- a rare opportunity at the old schoolhouse these days.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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my odds of ever owning a single unit home by MM (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:14:26 AM EST
drop everytime I read stuff like this.

Plus in 9-12 months I'm pretty sure I can score a condo with a dirty, evil lowball offer.

I'm pretty happy with condo living. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:17:38 AM EST
You get more chores than apartment living, but no yardwork. Biggest thing to be wary of is old lady run home associations with crazy fees and rules.


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that seems to be the main risk by MM (2.00 / 0) #27 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:53:58 AM EST
along with the usual potential for thin walls and noisy neighbors.

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I didn't know Scotia was a Florida-based bank by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:19:19 AM EST
GET
EVERYTHING
IN
WRITING.

FAX.

EMAIL.

IF YOU MUST
TALK ON THE
PHONE, THE
FIRST THING
YOU SAY IS,
"WHAT'S YOUR NAME
AND ID NUMBER,
PLEASE?"

I'm real sorry this shit's happening to you and hope it gets sorted quickly. I see your next children's book in the story of Old Oak Adjusts the Pipes, possibly an entire series. You know as well as I do that every good story starts with a villain.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

Childrens book ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 2) #10 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:35:35 AM EST
Old Oak adjust the pipes sounds like a GREAT porno title. You can't let that one go..

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That's true, senior pron is a quickly growing by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:53:11 AM EST
segment, or so I've heard.


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Re: Old Oak by lb008d (4.00 / 4) #11 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:36:15 AM EST
You did the right thing. It's nice to see in this weenie-touchie-feely day and age someone's who's willing to let someone else suffer their own consequences.

I just hope you don't get stuck with any liability.

Since He Himself... by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #19 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:36:20 AM EST
...is so vocal about this young generation having no sense of responsibility, I'm sure he'll be all too happy to bear the brunt of his own actions.

But, indeed yes, the shit may sling so far that I get some on me, too.

Ah, life!


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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i doubt it. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #37 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:32:13 PM EST
in my (admittedly limited) experience, the people who bray loudest about other people being irresponsible tend to be irresponsible.

but PROUD of how responsible they are.

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Say, do you like Hitchcock? by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #12 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:51:46 AM EST
What do you think of Strangers on a Train? And surely, you have no reason whatsoever to head into western New York.


i read the first 17 chapters today by 256 (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:08:53 AM EST
of Night Flight Mike. It's really good.

Incidentally though, the fat laughing buddha is arguably either the zen monk Hotei or a symbol of the Maitreya Buddha, but is certainly not the Siddhartha Buddha.
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

Siddhartha: The Mopey Buddha by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:34:57 AM EST
Okay, thanks. Let's chalk that one up to Mike's ignorance, shall we?

Glad you're enjoying the story. There will be more to come, provided I can wring some writing time out of my schedule.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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yeah, what actually struck me most about it by 256 (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:43:19 AM EST
was that the narrator (and by extension Mike) knew the name Siddhartha at all.

while we're on the subject, it's much more likely that Lorenzo would have returned from India with images of the Siddhartha Buddha anyway. The laughing buddha is more of a chinese and japanese symbol.

also: when are we going to see you and your lovely wife?

ni and i were talking baout riding our bikes up your way some weekend before the weather gets ugly, if you'd have us. but we'd also love to host you down in the city. is the young mademoiselle still around to watch your young so that you might join us for some proper youthful revelry?
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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Mike's a Nerd. He Reads a Lot. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #28 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:54:34 AM EST
About visitation: we can't come tonight, but we're anxious for another opportunity to rub elbows. You're welcome up our way anyway, naturally.

Mlle. J. has returned to St. Maarten, sadly. We're on our own, kid-wise. We're not imposing too much babysitting on Slozo.

Tonight we just need to relax without any houseguests, a rare treat. Glass or seven of wine, etc., etc., etc.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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IAW256 by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:35:53 AM EST
I've been reading NIght Flight Mike every day. It took me a couple of days to get into it, but now I'm bummed on the weekends. And I realized that it's going to be over soon. :-/ I hope you find the time and the energy to amuse us random internet people again soon.
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The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
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You Know... by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #29 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:56:31 AM EST
...the biggest problem I have with writing something short is that it seems like the majority of readers find it a bit tough to "get into" my stories at first. No matter how smashing and gripping I think my intros are, they seem to meet a pretty universally lukewarm response.

People say things like, "I was wondering where it was going for the first five chapters."

Obviously this is a problem I need to address.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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I think... by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #30 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:08:07 PM EST
if I'd waited, like I did with Simon of Space, and read the whole thing when it was finished, it wouldn't have been something I noticed. Certainly your short stories posted all at once get me right from the beginning. I have the same reaction to lots of things I read in pieces.
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The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
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Posting in Pieces by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #32 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:12:21 PM EST
I think most of my stories do better in one big gush. I adopted the piecemeal strategy simply because I felt frequency was important -- i.e., having something to post every day.

I just can't write enough often enough to post everyday without breaking things into smithereens.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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I prefer... by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #35 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:27:17 PM EST
you posting in pieces than you not posting at all. Keep at it, as you have the time and energy.
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The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
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Yikes by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #24 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:46:04 AM EST
I'm a bit confused.

If it's their water to begin with, why are they able to sue Old Oak? Why can't you just counter sue? Or why didn't the authorities do something about it when you went to them???

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

Run-Off Channel Is Borked by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #26 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:51:14 AM EST
Basically, they're supposed to vent their excess into a run-off channel between the two properties. The channel has become malformed over the years, meaning all of their excess just pools in our yard.

My solution: attack them with the by-law officers to keep them in check until I can afford to re-landscape the side of the yard to build in a properly shaped furrow.

His solution: trespass on private proverty (a no-no), take their outflow pipe, and redirect it into a flower-bed right beside a window into their basement (big no-no, legally speaking).

Their claim alleges that he did not simply point the water away from our property, but in fact deliberately set it up to flood their house. This may not be the truth...but it may.

That's the rub: once you set foot on property that is not your own, all of your actions are highly suspect, especially when they lead to multi-thousand dollar damages.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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ISTM by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #36 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 12:31:02 PM EST
that you could have sued them, back before he rerouted the water pipe.

not that i approve of lawsuits over shit like this that ought to be resolvable by amicable agreement over a bbq and a beer in general, mind you; it's just sad that you'd probably be better off today had you followed that path then.

:{
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Oooh, How American! by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #61 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:52:39 AM EST
Dude, you're letter the extra-California world affect you! ;)

The fact of the matter is that the neighbours have not caused any material harm to my chattels at this point, so suing them for a wetness nuissance wouldn't accomplish much.

In Canada one can only sue for direct and verifiable monetary damage, not just because you're annoyed or inconvenienced. It's a little bit stricter than down south.

Besides, why would I want to spend a few thousand suing the fucker when I could just spend a few thousand to fix the problem? Landscaping the backyard is much more fun than going to court.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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ah hindsight by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #68 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:00:08 AM EST
it's too bad the neighbors didn't offer to help CBB with the landscaping issue in the first place.

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HAHAHAHA! by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #42 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 04:24:33 PM EST
Old Oak cracks me up. That shite's straight outta Guns of Navarone.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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How does he not get arrested? by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #49 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 01:49:40 AM EST
Trespassing, vandalism, etc. You must have very easygoing and forgiving neighbors.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Easygoing? Forgiving? by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #59 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:50:00 AM EST
Nah, they're cunts. When they were first approached about this issue in a civil, conversational, give-and-take attitude they responded with incredulity and shouting.

They're dicks.

Whether a matter is civil or criminal is up for the police to decide, not the neighbours. The constable on the scene called it civil, for whatever reasons.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Ahh.. okay by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #53 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 03:54:57 AM EST
I still find it odd that you're responsible for doing landscaping to keep the water off your property that they're pumping out, but I'm not a landowner so I don't know diddily-poo about laws, least of all Canadian laws.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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that sucks. by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #39 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 01:33:33 PM EST
nt

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Blizzard of Death '06
that sucks by 606 (2.00 / 0) #41 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 02:25:43 PM EST
I'm still rooting for ya, man. But I suggest you steal a few piles of cash from the rap video prop department to help you out for the interim.

Oh, I saw a rap video the other day that didn't have fancy cars and hoes. Check out Dusted by Leftfield featuring Roots Manuva. I guess it might actually be more of an electronica video. Oh well.

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imagine dancing banana here

I Will Check It Out. Thanks. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #58 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:48:39 AM EST
I'm simulating work right now, however, so I'm trying to keep a cap on the multimedia.

Bookmarked.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Roots Manuva by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #65 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:34:02 AM EST
Damn good, despite the stupid name. I have a lot of time for a rapper who boasts about drinking ten pints of bitter in song.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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I'm not going to read all that page-munging text by debacle (2.00 / 0) #43 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 04:42:12 PM EST
But it sounds to me from the first part as if you're complaining because you did something stupid (trusted a financial institution) and got handed your ass in the process.

IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

Quality of Service Declining by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #57 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:47:56 AM EST
If I did that by debacle (4.00 / 2) #60 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:50:08 AM EST
I'd have to start charging for it.

I think I may have actually taken up blogging - I just piss my latest batch of neuron firings into a carafe, swish it around, and see what float to the top.


IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

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tiredness by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #44 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 06:03:05 PM EST
Just want to say that somewhat regular activity/exercise, and better eating habits can go a long, long way towards making you feel better overall. Do you eat breakfast? Also I think reading before bed may improve the quality of sleep.

I Eat Well, But Seldom Move by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #56 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:47:20 AM EST
I'm a big believer in breakfast. I eat a pretty balanced diet. I am, however, profoundly motionless for a majority of every day except when I'm wrestling with my kids.

Time is the issue there, not a lack of motivation.

Reading before bed is always a good idea, you're quite right. I haven't been doing that lately.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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well.... by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #63 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:25:59 AM EST
you said something about drinking a coke...if it was diet then that's one thing, but regular cokes are sugar laden and will screw with your insulin levels and end up draining your energy.

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Have I missed something? by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #45 Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 11:50:59 PM EST
  1. Call your bank manager, not the "help" line.  Threaten to take your case to the ombudsman, and the press.
  2. Can they prove it was Old Oak that moved the runoff?  If there was malicious intent then surely it's a criminal case, not a civil one.  In which case you're off the hook.


Maybe. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #55 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:45:40 AM EST
1. I'm going to take the afternoon off work to go to a city I no longer live in to talk to some meat-based ATM who will just give me the same runaround? Not without trying the telephone, first. I got 2 out of 3 tasks accomplished on the phone -- 66% is a pass when dealing with bureaucrats. Ultimately I will have to go the branch, yes, but it was worth a try.

2. They can prove it because he admitted it to the police. It's on record. The constable decided to call it a civil matter and pressed no charges. Nevertheless, that doesn't exclude the possibility of intent in the civil matter.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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re 1) by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #62 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:58:10 AM EST
I meant talk to Scotia's bank manager.

2) He's fucked, hang him out to dry.  Does he recall that you a) did not advise him to re-route the sump and b) asked him to re-route it and c) that he said he would.

Presumably, the sump is still overflowing into your backyard?  In which case, engineer an "accident" - left a laptop out in the garden whilst you nipped inside for a cuppa, laptop breaks taking your IP with it,  and sue the neighbours back.  If you can be arsed.


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You're Crafty! by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #67 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:58:38 AM EST
Re: 1) I'm off to Scotia at 18h00 today.

Re: 2) I couldn't agree more, at this point.

Re: I'd like to keep lawyerplay to a minimum. I'll find the money to fix the embankment next spring, and then if it gets eroded I'll have receipts to prove specific damages.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Good work by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #73 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:29:58 AM EST
  1. Kick arse and take names.  No mercy.
  2. In point b) I mean to undo the re-routing


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Only one cure for that sort of tired by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #46 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 12:39:04 AM EST
A holiday. Sounds like you need one anyway.

Banks - our grandparents had it right: keep your money under your matress.

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Yes, It Is. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #54 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 05:41:13 AM EST
THis story shows why by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #50 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 01:55:37 AM EST
I do all of my banking in person. When I moved from Utah to Virginia I went into the bank and got a cashier's check to close out the account, hand carried it to the bank in Virginia, and deposited it there. When I move I go into the local branch, sit down with an account rep, and give them the new address. Written down, not verbally.

All my bills are paid by check. I have direct deposit, but no automatic withdrawals.

I've been with the same (sort of) bank since 1972. It was a small, local, bank that, 8 or 9 mergers later, is now Bank of America. They're even open in the evenings so I can go in after work.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I'm a Luddite too by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #52 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 03:47:35 AM EST
I don't even do the direct deposit (well, since I never get paid on time it wouldn't work anyways) nor do I use a debit card, I pay with cashola or check or credit card (online only) I don't buy.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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No debit cards! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #70 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:08:15 AM EST
Mine stays in my desk at home except for the one day/week (Friday) when I go to the ATM at the bank and withdraw the week's spending money.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I don't even know the PIN to mine by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #71 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:18:22 AM EST
I should get it re-PINed in case I need it in some wild emergency.

I get cash for two weeks when I deposit my check and that's that. I do have a slush fund that I keep stashed for emergencies and for fun purchases, but I only use that if 100% necessary.

My biggest problem these days is buying crap online while at work. It's too damn easy.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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I rarely buy online by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #72 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:20:40 AM EST
No PayPal account, either. About the only online purchase I make is airline tickets.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I'm getting that way by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #64 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:30:59 AM EST
There's a problem with card transactions showing up on my bank balance so I never have a clue how much money I've got, which I've solved by just using cash. And after a pretty scary incident where 500 quid went missing from my account last year due to me bungling a banking transaction (I got it back in the end), I like to have a written record, dated and signed by the bank, of pretty much everything I do.

No denying it makes things more awkward though.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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written down means nothing by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #69 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 07:04:36 AM EST
when i was forced to use one of the retarded credit unions here, they screwed up my name change and address 5 times.  yes, i had to go in 5 times to get my name changed and address changed.

they also used a typewriter to fill out the forms i had to sign.  they would then read the signed forms and input the data into a computer.  wrong wrong wrong.

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BoA? Get out of the water! Get out of the water! by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #74 Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 08:33:31 AM EST
Seriously. I worked for them once. Get as far away as you can. Find another small local bank -- or better still a credit union, which is less likely to be bought out.

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My admiration by johnny (2.00 / 0) #77 Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 04:43:29 AM EST
That you can continue to produce art under these circumstances. I feel my own batteries recharging lately, but wonder if I'll ever get back to the insane drive of earlier years, when I did work despite krushing kharma, a lot of it of the moneyworry kind (the rest mostly health-of-my-loved-ones kind).

As somebody who got too into the drink himself once upon a time, I'll second littlestar's concern about vodka, at the risk of sounding (whatever). Be careful with that shite.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)