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Tossed Salad Friday

Do you recall when I recently dumped on Capital One, based on lots of stories I heard?  The NY Times reports that a research company did more than listen to stories --it surveyed about 4,500 customers of nearly 50 banks to ascertain satisfaction.  The banks at the very bottom: Bank of America, Chase, Capital One, TD/Commerce, Fifth Third, Citibank, and HSBC.  Details:  http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/108801/the-least-trusted-banks-in-america?mod=bb-checking_savings

I don’t normally do anything but grimace at spam in my inbox, but this subject line made me laugh out loud:  How to banish body hair - permanently! Now, plus free shipping!  If you really have a product that holds the key to eliminating unwanted body hair forever, I’d think your intended customers wouldn’t hold back waiting for you to eliminate the shipping charge.

I got a proposal from an author asking me to plug his book on this blog, for which he’d pay me 14 cents per copy sold.  While that’s mighty enticing, the book’s subject is science fiction, and that is not of interest to me.  Well, that’s not really true.  It is really about counting your house as part of your retirement portfolio, so that probably falls under the fantasy category!

I got lots of amusing e-mail comments on my snow story Wednesday.  My favorite:  thanks for taking me back to the days when no one could bother me in the car, and I had excuses for being late.”

If you’re considering moving far away from your family, think about the consequences when you grow old and sick and need their help.  My in-laws moved thousands of miles away, and now my mother-in-law, 81 and alone, has suffered a fall and sustained injuries.  I can certainly sympathize with her plight, but the emotional and financial toil this will take on my spouse and a struggling business left unattended is something I think a caring parent would want to avaoid.  So, I’m just throwing this out there: if an exodus far from your support system is on your mind,  do you have a Plan B?

A local town council member sent an e-mail to media outlets outlining his plans to issue substitute town parking stickers for owners of recalled Toyotas, reading in part:  The last thing a commuter wants to see at the end of the day getting off the train is a parking ticket. It is my hope that this program is one less thing to worry about for those who have to use a loaner car or another family car which does not contain the required parking permit.   This sounds like total political opportunism to me.  Because if it was a genuine attempt to help out consumers, why not apply it whenever a town resident has a car recalled or damaged in an accident?

Have a great weekend, and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Feb. 13th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
If they're still driving the Toyota (and yes, we still are), then they're obviously NOT using a loaner car or another family car.
Feb. 14th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
It must be so stressful for you! I just thought this politician was jumping on a news story to promote himself, offering a break to Toyota owners but not all inconvenienced car owners.

Stay safe.
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