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Customer Service

I have a problem. Frequently, when seeking customer service over the phone and sometimes online I am asked for my Social Security Number. I don’t have one. As a Canadian snowbird I pay property taxes here and file an income tax return for my roommate’s rent, but I […]

Easy Promises

When I bought a new battery for my watch I was told that it was guaranteed for one year. If it died within that year I just had to bring in the receipt and they would replace the battery. How many people do you know who could, months […]

Internet Messaging Chat

Yesterday morning I signed on (again) with Match.com. After I had gone through the painfully lengthy signing on/profile writing/picture uploading procedure, I was already fed up with it and didn’t go any further. In the evening, I thought I would check to see if anyone had looked at […]

Having Creative Children

When your children turn out to be as interesting, creative, talented, charming, handsome, friendly, intelligent, and generous as you hoped they would be, you start to wonder what you did wrong. Both of my children are musicians. They are extraordinarily good at what they do; both have recordings, […]

Turning In

“Well, I’m turning in now” means so much less than “Well, I’m turning myself in now.” I just read about a  man who turned himself in to the police because he was responsible for accidentally starting a brush fire that ultimately burned down several houses. He had disposed […]