April 2nd, 2001

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Faith and The Lost Change Pool

I'm a Christian, but one of my more pseudo-Zen beliefs is The Lost Change Pool. This is an ethereal cash reservoir where lost and found coins ebb and flow to and from our world. Vending and laundry machines are some of the most active earthly agents of The Lost Change Pool. And, strangely enough, it usually evens out. This belief keeps me from anger when a machine eats my money-- I have simply contributed to The Lost Change Pool, and from this pool I shall also collect.

My recent case: some friends did laundry when they visited this weekend. They asked to borrow 50 cents when they ran short, and being a good host, I obliged. Last night I got ready to do laundry, but I had to hold off because I was short by (surprise!) 50 cents. Today, I got more change after work and got the laundry going. When I did the big move from the washers to the dryers (it's a 2-load day), there was time left on two of the dryers by the guy before me. This saved me a grand total of...you guessed it: 50 cents.

Plus, there were 15 cents left in the washer before I loaded it, so I'm ahead. As a matter of faith, I know this will even out.

Please comment and share your testimonies to The Lost Change Pool...
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Telemarketers

I've encountered the rudest telemarketers recently. I know that's a crappy, crappy job, but because this is true, if you actually like to call me at home and annoy me, and you won't stop your pitch when I tell you I'm not interested. you're just evil.

MCI-Worldcom are the most recent offenders, calling me two nights in a row at the same time last week. The first night I told the guy that I wasn't interested, that it was after 8 pm and I just wanted to relax and not think about long distance. So he says, "Well I think if you're relaxing, that's a perfect time to talk about long distance..." I grew angry, told him the conversation was over, and hung up.

The next night, a woman from MCI-Worldcom called with a similar pitch. I immediately told her I didn't want to talk about long distance and that I had a bad experience with her comrade the previous night at that time. She takes this as a cue to be more aggressive, telling me that she is calling to raise my rates and how does that sound? I come to my senses and tell her I'd like to be removed from their list, to which she responds that if I will hear her out, she will never call again (someone doesn't catch on very quickly...). I tell her to remove me and terminate the call.

I say all that to say this: if you answer the phone, say hello, and don't get an immediate response, hang up. It's a telemarketer. The only way those MCI-Worldcom bastards got through is by calling back after I did that, which just goes down as further proof that they are evil incarnate.

As if I needed more proof.
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Just when you thought it was safe...

Following is my all-time favorite episode summary (from my Excite TV Favorites page):

Star Trek: The Next Generation - KCPQ,Mon Apr 2 23:00
Imaginary Friend (cc)
Lonely little Clara's imaginary friend threatens to destroy the Enterprise.
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