I’ve only been to four high school graduations. My own, and my kids’ graduations. Up until last week, when I was invited to attend the graduation of one of my nieces. Since my last kid’s high school graduation was in 2006, I had anticipated a level of electronic advancement and sophistication that would knock my socks off!
My kid’s graduation ceremonies were held in a large college auditorium. My niece’s graduation ceremony was held outdoors, in the school’s football field.
My kid’s graduating classes were smaller than my niece’s class, so there was time for more entertainment, which included extraordinarily superb live music and videos. Scholarships and awards were handed out during the ceremonies. Apparently scholarships and awards from my niece’s school were handed out previously during a convocation ceremony. The
There were many differences between the ceremonies, which really surprised me. But there were a few common threads – the kids went up on stage to receive their diplomas, and even though the audience was requested to NOT cheer for individual students, and to hold their applause until EVERYONE got their diploma, every single graduate that walked across the stage WAS cheered by their family and friends. And, as usual, the people that were the most vocal, both in frequency and volume, sat right behind ME. Seriously, people, screaming “Boo-Ya” every 90 seconds throughout the entire ceremony was really over the top! I really wished that there had been some type of security to come and escort those people out of the stadium!
I still have a migraine, and it has been a week since it happened! I hope to never have to go to another High School Graduation ceremony again!
If this had happened today, I would have thought it was from a friend, trying to pull an April Fool’s Day joke on me. This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke on you, really. This is just odd timing.
Yesterday, I was at home, working on the computer. I had just finished all I could do on my income taxes, done a bit of blogging, and had started to work on writing a post for the Ruritan Rapidan District website that I created and maintain in my spare time.
Then the cordless cell phone beside my desk rang. The Caller ID identified the number as 215-249-6100. Not recognizing the number, and thinking it might be a “real” telephone call, I decided to answer it.
I’m not sure now if I’m glad I answered it or not. Often I let the home phone just go to voice mail to screen the calls – there are so many telemarketers “out there” that did not seem to get the message that my phone is on the National Do Not Call Registry!
Be that as it may, I answered the phone. A male with a foreign accent asked to speak to me. Well, our family has dealt with a few doctors recently with a similar foreign accent, so I still thought it might be a legitimate phone call. I replied that I was the person he was asking to speak with.
Then the adventure began. The man identified himself as a Microsoft Windows Security employee. He informed me that he was calling to tell me that his company has identified my computer as having a virus!
As you can imagine, my immediate reaction was to think that this phone call was an attempt by someone who has malicious intent. (And I feel very bad for the many people “out there” that are not technologically savvy enough to see right through this type of ploy, and immediately fall prey to this predatory behavior!)
So, I repeated back to this man, “you are calling me to tell me that my computer has a virus on it?” His reply was, “Yes ma’am, a very serious virus, and I’m calling you to tell you how we can help you to remove the virus.” I thought to myself “I’ll bet you are!”
My reply to him was “You can tell, from where you are, that my computer has a virus on it?” His reply again, was, “Yes ma’am. a very serious virus. and I’m calling you to tell you how we can help you to remove the virus.”
Now I’ve decided to have a bit of fun at his expense. So I asked him “Well, I’ve got eight computers here, can you tell me which ONE of those computers has a virus on it? I really need to know which ONE!”
Well, as you can imagine, there was a brief pause at the other end, and then the man spoke “you have eight computers there?” to which I replied “yes sir, I have eight computers here, and if one of them is infected, I really need to know which one of those eight is infected, so I can take care of it right away!”
Then the man started to stammer and sputter “ummmmm…. eight computers…. ummmmmmm…. I don’t know….. ummmm….. eight computers…….”
My tolerance for stupidity depleted, I decided to put him out of his misery. I know it’s rude to interrupt, but I interrupted him (sorry) and said “Let me make this easy for you. I don’t believe that you are a legitimate business. I think you are a spammer, scammer, hacker, identity thief that is trying to rip me off. I have all kinds of firewalls, anti-malware, anti-spamware programs on my computers,and I don’t believe that you are who you say you are. Put this phone number on your ‘Do Not Call List’ and do not ever call me again!” And then I hung up the telephone.
Then I went to Google, and typed in the phone number 215-249-6100. The search results led me to a website called callercomplaints dot com, where people can register a telephone number and complain about it. There were already several complaints logged (with details) for that phone number. I added my complaint to the list – you can read it if you want to.
Please remember – when someone calls YOU and wants information from YOU, do NOT GIVE IT OUT! It is a SCAM! Hang up the phone!
On October 22, I decided to go online to subscribe to the local newspaper – the Culpeper Star-Exponent. The process took several minutes, and I placed the order under my business name of 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com. I ordered a special deal of $10.85 a month through some kind of EZ Pay plan.
When I clicked on the “order now” or “submit” or whatever the button was to finalize the whole order, I got an error message that the order did not go through, telling me to call their customer service number. So I called the customer service number, explained to the lady what happened. She apologized and said that she would be glad to help me with that. I had to give her all of the information again, and she quoted me a price $11.40 for the month.
I told her that I wanted the $10.85 price, and she said that deal was only through the Internet and she could not give me that price. I asked to speak to a supervisor, or if I could get an over-ride, and she said no. She did suggest that I wait a couple of days and try to order online again.
Well, I was aggravated, but did not want to wait a couple of days, so I went ahead and told her that I would pay the higher price, so I placed the order through her. The paper was supposed to start the next day, October 23. It did NOT start the next day, there was NO newspaper delivered.
On October 24, I got TWO papers, both dated October 24! I thought to myself, “well, that’s a strange glitch, I will wait and see what happens tomorrow and if I get two newspapers again I will call to straighten the situation out. Well, you guessed it, the next day I got TWO papers, again dated the same day.
Note: looking through the newspapers that I did get, I saw a full-page ad for the EZ Pay subscription of $10.85 on page B7, telling people to call them at 540-829-5496. There was no mention that in order to get that price you had to place the order online!
I called circulation to ask them what was going on, and they said that I had TWO subscription accounts now. One in my business name, and one in my personal name! Well, that was annoying on several levels – I had ordered the subscription to be in the business name only, not my personal name, and I only wanted ONE subscription, not TWO!
I explained to the customer service representative what had happened, and that I only wanted ONE subscription, not TWO, so would they please cancel one of the orders. I asked them if one of the orders was for the $10.85, and they said yes, the one in the 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com was for $10.85, and they other one (the one in my personal name) was for $11.40. I asked them to cancel the one in my personal name, and keep the one in my business name. They told me that they would do exactly that.
Today, Saturday, I was hoping to go down to the newspaper tube and get my Culpeper Star-Exponent Newspaper. But the box was empty. Hoping that maybe the paper would arrive later in the day, my hubby and I went out running errands for the day and got back home at 5:30. Stopping at the newspaper tube to get the paper, I was very unhappy to find that the tube was still empty! However, in the mail box are TWO bills from the Culpeper Star-Exponent for both of the subscriptions!
Going inside, I found the customer service number and called them to ask them to make sure that I get a newspaper tomorrow, Sunday. Their office is closed until 6am Sunday morning. I am finding this to be quite the exercise in patience! I am considering sending this post as an email to the newspaper in the form of a Letter to the Editor. What do you think?