Stupid Verizon

When last we chatted about this, Verizon owed us a check for $67 but instead, sent us a bill for $87. The good news is that the bill was inexplicably reduced to $22. The better news is that we got the $67. The bad news – you KNEW there was bad news – is that Verizon is threatening us with collection procedures if we don’t pay them the $22, which of course we won’t because WE DIDN’T ORDER ANY SERVICE FROM THEM ON SEPTEMBER 6, WE DISCONNECTED SERVICE FROM THEM ON SEPTEMBER 6.

I call today, lest our credit become besmirched. Apparently, the technician who came on September 6 was not the necessary authorization of the disconnecting of the second line, even though he disconnected the second line. That order didn’t go in until October 31, when I had my last conversation with Verizon customer service.

In any case, I was told that it would be taken care of today. As if I actually believe that. If I mention this topic again, know that my blood pressure will have gone up 20 points.

What Should I Be Doing? Am I a Humanist?

It’s the end of year, a time of reflecton. What am I doing what I’m doing with my life?
What career should you have?

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This is silly. I’d never be a scientist. I’m a splash of this, a jigger of that kind of guy, not an x milliliters of this and y cubic centimters of that.

I did have an old girlfriend to whom I would say, “She’s tidied up and I can’t find anything”, because she used to tidy up and I COULDN’T find anything. She diddn’t much like it when I said that, but then I didn’t much like her hiding my stuff.

(That was NOT a total non sequiter.)

As for the meme below, don’t even know where I got this. I went to Gordon’s site then a link from that, then a link from that. Definitely a European, rather than an American perspective, which I liked…


You are one of life’s enjoyers, determined to get the most you can out of your brief spell on Earth. Probably what first attracted you to atheism was the prospect of liberation from the Ten Commandments, few of which are compatible with a life of pleasure. You play hard and work quite hard, have a strong sense of loyalty and a relaxed but consistent approach to your philosophy.

You can’t see the point of abstract principles and probably wouldn’t lay down your life for a concept though you might for a friend. Something of a champagne humanist, you admire George Bernard Shaw for his cheerful agnosticism and pursuit of sensual rewards and your Hollywood hero is Marlon Brando, who was beautiful, irascible and aimed for goodness in his own tortured way.

Sometimes you might be tempted to allow your own pleasures to take precedence over your ethics. But everyone is striving for that elusive balance between the good and the happy life. You’d probably open another bottle and say there’s no contest.

What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.

This is mighty interesting, since I’m NOT an atheist, merely “liberal” (whatever that means) theologically. But I DO relate to perhaps 50% of the first paragraph, the part about having a “strong sense of loyalty and a relaxed but consistent approach to your philosophy.”

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