With a nod to Herb Caen:
This is not how you support the troops!
This morning I’m driving down Treat en route to my morning workout. As I turn onto Treat this guy behind me is totally up my ass. Strangely, I’m driving the speed limit, it’s 5:30 in the morning. One guy driving a mini-van and he guns it and goes around me and speeds off down Treat at least 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. As he whizzes by I see the “Support our Troops” yellow ribbon. Now where I come from, wasting gas because you’re a selfish bastard so my friend’s sons can risk their lives in Iraq does not support the troops. It puts them in grave danger and if you’re not willing to do your fair share, you’re an asshole buddy. I’m really sick and tired of this entitlement attitude that people in this country have adopted. (which I also blame on Reagan) We are part of a greater society and we need to do our part, individually, to be a responsible member of that society. Nuff said.
Oh, don’t quit now…
Hey Bush Administration! Would it break the bank to give the troops that last .5% pay raise? Especially after those bonuses paid to the Veteran’s Administration? Gee GW, for a PFC we’d be talking $6.00 a month. Do you think you can spare it? Pay our service people. You disgust me.
This is how you do it
This morning’s weigh in:
It’s nice to live in a neighborhood
Last night as I got home from my walk with Beauregard, we saw a little white dog in the middle of the street. When ever I see a dog in the street, I do my best to get them out of the street safely. I always think of Scooby. This was a little albino chihuahua. The little guy was scared as shit. A neighbor lady came out and tried to coax him over to her, he kept going up the street, so I got in the car and drove past him and up the street hoping to cut him off at the pass but he was way too scared. He started running towards Treat and got past me. I figured letting him get to Treat was more dangerous than just walking away. He ran into some one’s yard and we left some dog treats out for him and hoped for the best. It’s nice to know people will try and help. I hope the little guy was okay. Treat is where my friend’s Doberman Bud was hit by a car around 10 or 15 years ago. She lives off Treat and someone broke into her house and there was all 95 pound of Bud, ready for some thief tartar. He chased them but they got away. Unfortunately, he was hit by a car on Treat. She found him laying in the median. They rushed him to Contra Costa Emergency Veterinarian and they saved his life, to the tune of $10,000 back then. My friend told me she could never put her dog down for doing his job. I learned something from her that day.
Why Washington Mutual Bank sucks hind tit
Three weeks ago, I put an ad on Craigslist to sell my 2001 525i. Shouldn’t be that much of a stretch. I needed the title, so I pulled $11,500 out of my brokerage account and deposited it into my Washington Mutual Bank checking account. I put this check in the bank on April 15th while walking Beauregard. On April 18th, I checked my brokerage account and the check had cleared, so WAMU had the money. I called them to let them know and ask them to release the hold.
No, we can’t release that hold.
Really? But you already have my money.
Procedure says we can’t release that money.
Oh yes you can and you will.
No, that money can only be released by the branch that took the deposit, they put the hold on it. You have to go in there.
I got iced by the Ass Clowns at Alliance Title, last October. Since February, I’ve been working in San Francisco. I leave the house at 7am and don’t return until 6pm. I can’t make it to the bank around the corner from my house while their open. Sorry. So on April 25th, the pay off check to BMW came through WAMU. No one, not one soul with a brain looked at my account or that check or any thing else. They just bounced it AND charged me $27 even though they had the money already. No one took into consideration that I had been writing checks to BMW for years. No one considered that the check in question was a check from me, to me, endorsed my me or the fact that I’ve had an account with them, complete with direct deposit for 10 years!
So I gather up all my crap and go down to the WAMU in the financial district. Low and behold, this girl could have released the hold, but the ass pirates at 1-800-788-7000 wouldn’t tell me that. They did tell me that the branch put the hold on the check which was also a lie. I talked to the branch yesterday and they don’t even look at ATM deposits, the send them directly to Chatsworth. Liars. Now it’s too late and the check has bounced, but she can at least reverse the charges and give me a cashier’s check with no charge. Now I have BMW’s $15 returned item charge and FEDEX both ways at $23.92 and $24.03 respectively because by now I have have a purchaser for the car. Don’t ask me why FEDEX charges $14.10 for corporate rate to anywhere in the country but J.Q. Public gets it up the butt. Anyway, I was expecting around $40 in FEDEX charges, but it ended up to be $47.95 plus the $15.00, plus the extra interest for two weeks which turned out to be $7.00 for a total of $69.95 pissed out the window because of who I do business with.
The truth of the matter is, it’s our money. Every one of us. They had use of that $11,000 for 11 days. They made interest on it in overnight floats. It is unconscionable that they make that money and then make more money off of me and then cost me nearly $70 more dollars because of their incompetence. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, they’re all the same.
I think I might have gotten that place…we’ll see. It’s a dump…