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April 24th, 2009

Seriously? @ 02:06 am

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off

Dear Citizens Bank (TM),

How do I get an overlimit fee if I haven't used this card to make a purchase in over a year?

Oh, because my balance before you arbitrarily lowered my credit limit to $910 was $913? And, because you just happened to choose a new limit for me that was three dollars under my current balance, you've decided to charge me a $40 overlimit fee?

Yeah, I don't think so.

I'd also like to know why there are *two* purchase finance charges instead of only one. Could it be that, in addition to charging me a $40 fee because I didn't foresee you guys lowering my limit to three dollars below what my balance would be a month ago, you have also raised my APR?

I don't think that flies either.

Expect an angry call in the morning when you guys are actually open.

- Pissed off Cardholder

April 21st, 2009

Believe it or not, I don't really like being on the phone ... @ 11:19 pm

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy

Today, I've been talking over mic on skype for almost eight hours today. Almost, but not quite, straight. Six hours of which were spent talking to the same person. Granted, most of that six hours was devoted to going over adverbs and the order of adjectives (two subjects I hope not to hear about again for at least two weeks), but, still, that's a long time to listen to someone talk. I can't decide if I'm a sucker or if I'm in love. -_-

March 12th, 2009

... OMG. @ 10:58 pm

Current Mood: intimidated intimidated

Hi all and welcome to my blog.

I've just about had a heart attack. I kid you not. I'm still a little shaky.

While I was surfing around on yahoo, I found a link to http://fanhistory.com/wiki and I looked up some author's I knew. After I did that, for a lark, I decided to look myself up. I figured someone with my name (Holli) would probably be listed as an author. And there was a Holli listed ... it was me. Now, I can be narcissistic at times, but I've never thought that I made any huge splashes in the fandom world so it would not have occurred to me to put myself on a site like this. So, someone else must have.

Believe me, I was pretty freaked until I read the fine print about how the article about me had been created by a fanfiction.net bot and that no human person had edited the page. That made me feel marginally better. Then, I made the mistake of looking up my other fandom name - albapuella. *That* also had an entry that was me. However, unlike the Holli entry, this one had no such reassuring fine print. Since I didn't create the page, someone else must have. What I can't think of is who. Or why.

I mean, it's not like I'm super worried about my privacy as such. But it's not like I'm a huge presence in any of the fandoms I've been a part of. 14 short stories in about as many fandoms doesn't make me a big name. At least, I wouldn't have thought it would. I really can't imagine why anyone would take the time to make a page about me. It's flattering but kind of scary too. I can't really explain it.

Of course, maybe someone was just making a page for every member of the fanfiction rant community since that's basically what the albapuella page is about. As far as it's "about" anything since the information is pretty sketchy. And I don't plan on expanding it :D I think I'm going to quietly forget it exists.

Quote of the Entry:
"It's great to be known, but it's even better to be known as strange." ~ Chairman Takeshi Kaga of the Gourmet Academy

February 10th, 2009

Are you guys serious? @ 06:13 am

Current Mood: frustrated frustrated

Dear Collection Agency,

If I had $24,195, don't you think I would have paid my bill by now? Also, feel free to "complete a data sheet ... and forward it to [your] client". In fact, why don't I save you the trouble and do it for you!

Employment verification: Up until last week, I was on unemployment. Now, I'm working at a school on a grant that doesn't even offer me insurance.

Conformation of real estate holdings: I don't own any real estate.

Conformation of assets: I don't have any.

There you go. Have fun with that. Feel free to take me to court and try to get blood from this stone.

- Loan payer

P.S. If the lender had been willing to settle for less than two payments of $500.00 a month, I could have been paying this bill now. As it is, I haven't received a bill from the lender in months since they seem to have the same attitude you do: they want all of it now. Spoiled children, the lot of you. It's funny though; the lender did cash all the checks they received from me ... I wonder if they put it towards my balance or if they used the money to blow their noses.

December 18th, 2008

Why do I expect sense from people? @ 09:30 pm

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed

I just had a disappointing, yet predictable in hindsight, back and forth with someone on youtube.

I watched this video about this creationist guy who was telling other Christians on youtube to send messages about Christianity to random people from random videos. I thought this was pretty horrible - who the heck do these people think they are, spamming people they don't even know with a message that might not even interest the person they send it to? It's not very damn polite for one thing. Besides, there's rules against that sort of thing on youtube.

So, I went to this "Spam for God" video (it has a different title, of course) and I came across this comment:

"i just picked a random topic and shared the gospel. fang is right we can do this once a day for sure and if not make up for it on a different day with multiple sharings. God totally made internet possible for the gospel."

And I thought to myself, "Man, what a jerk you are." Then I thought to myself, "Hey, why not give him a taste of his own medicine if he thinks it's so cool to bother people?" Read more...Collapse )

October 16th, 2008

My thoughts on Universal Healthcare: @ 09:35 pm

Current Mood: silly flippant

"I don't want to pay for someone else's health problems."

"I don't want to pay for some fatty who should have exercised more and ate less."

"I don't want my money to be spent taking care of people who are too lazy to help themselves."

"I don't think people who don't have jobs good enough to get good health insurance should get a free ride."

Well, how about we flip this around?

"I don't want to pay for a police investigation because your car was stolen."

"I don't want to pay for evidence processing when your sister's been assaulted - she shouldn't have gone out dressed like that and gotten drunk."

"I don't want my money to be spent helping people who were dumb enough to be ripped off by fraud get justice."

Who pays for the police? Why, our taxes do! And why do we have police? To keep people safe, of course.

Well, why shouldn't we pay to keep people healthy too?

Just a thought ;)

September 26th, 2008

August 4th, 2008

I don't remember kicking your puppy. @ 01:06 am

Current Mood: sad upset

So, you can't even stop walking for a minute to talk to me. We haven't seen each other in over half a year: I was excited and happy that I was finally able to catch you but, clearly, the same wasn't true for you. I had the feeling that, had I stopped walking with you, you would have left me behind. And, actually, when I hung back and said I had to go back to my mom who was waiting for me, that's exactly what you did.

I don't know what I did to you, exactly. I called you on your birthday. I invited you to a party (not that you replied to the e-mail at all). Sure, I waited until the last minute to invite you to that party but I figured I'd invite you when you called to wish me a happy birthday ... which you never did. And that hurt but I figured you were just busy or it slipped your mind.

Well, you did have that guy with you when you were at the fair - you expected me to know him. How the heck was I supposed to know him? You haven't spoken to me since New Years. And he wasn't mentioned in that e-mail you sent me three months ago.

But is that it? When you have a boyfriend, you don't have time for me? You don't even have a lousy five minutes to waste at a crummy fair to stop walking and actually talk to me face to face rather than side by side?

What bullshit.

I'm not going to contact you. If you want to be my friend, you'll contact me. Or will you wait to contact me until you break up with this boyfriend and you need a shoulder to cry on? Why does *that* sound familiar to me?

I don't mind being there for you - that's what being a friend is. But I have to wonder how much of a friend *you* are when you can't afford me the courtesy that I would give someone I didn't even like who wanted to talk to me. Were you in *that* much of a hurry? Or did you just not care?

July 29th, 2008

w00t! @ 12:04 am

Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic

I have beaten Super Mario World! All 96 exits, baby! Yay! w00t! Other expressions of glee!

Yes, I do rock, thank you!

No, I haven't used enough exclamation points yet!

But, now I have!

Sorry, I'll return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

In a second. Let me bask.



Now, I'm done.

June 12th, 2008

Happy Birthday to me ... @ 04:25 pm

Current Mood: pensive wistful

Hi all and welcome to my blog.

Well, here I am - a year later and another year older. I realized today that I'll miss more about my job than the money and the insurance: there are some good people there of whom I'm fond. I have some reasons to feel disappointed about today but I also have reasons to feel good too. People who I expected to forget (or never thought knew) remembered and people who I hoped would remember forgot. I feel misty-eyed and I'm not sure if it's because I'm happy or disappointed. Too much of both and not enough of either, I guess.

I'll be going out tonight with my mom and brother. I'll be staying in Friday, drinking with some friends. On Sunday, I'll be going with my parents to eat some overpriced Chinese. I haven't been so busy in months.

I don't have any powerful words to say about my birthday - being 24 is unlikely to be much different than being 23 - but I make an entry every year about this time and I do so hate to break tradition.

Quote of the Entry:
"Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think." ~ Jean de la Bruyère

"Heute ha-ha-habe ich Geburtstag!" ~ Die Prinzen

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