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  1. #41
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:551es.41436$[email protected]..
    > On 12/10/2012 1:44 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >> Dave Smith wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I was able to keep them on the line for up to
    >>> 10 minutes, which I figure saves some other poor saps from being
    >>> hassled. I think they gave up on my number.

    >>
    >> Have you asked to speak to their supervisor?
    >> That might buy you a few more minutes.
    >>

    >
    >
    > Hey there's a thought. I could ask him or her where they are calling from
    > and see if the supervisor also says Chicago.


    The first time, I kept the guy on the line for about a half an hour.
    Pretended to be stupid. What? I don't understand what you are saying.
    Press the "shift" key? I don't think I have one of those. Where? Under
    what key? I don't think I have that either. I finally tired of that game
    and began yelling at him.



  2. #42
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On 2012-10-12, James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> them. The latest is from Disney World, which is hardly a charity or a
    >> political party.

    >
    > Live call or recording?
    >
    > I get a lotta recordings, which I promptly hang up on. I heard the
    > govt was gonna outlaw all recording calls, but haven't seen it. I
    > don't think they do much against blind live calls, either. That govt
    > do-not-call thing was probably more to make the govt look good than to
    > actually do anything to stop the calls. I notice the govt passes a
    > lot of laws making things illegal, but provides no penalty for
    > disobeying said laws. IOW, toothless laws, which are useless.
    >
    > nb


    I just read that something like two weeks ago they managed to stop "Rachel"
    the robocaller who cheerily calls you about credit cards. Most of my
    unwanted calls are now the robo ones.



  3. #43
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:57:01 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:

    > I've tried reporting and assorted other responses. Now. I have the
    > time and the anger. What have you done that will cause the caller the most
    > annoyance? I need revenge. Do I lead them on with questions and vague
    > answers? Punching 1 and putting the phone aside is a bit of fun - it
    > probably ties up their progress for a couple of minutes. I would like to be
    > a real nuisance.


    I get really nasty with them, but in a polite way. I ask them what
    they're wearing and their favorite sexual positions and ... well. It
    gets much worse than that. It was hard for me to talk that way at
    first but I kinda got used to it.

    It amazes me still the number of people who will stay on the phone and
    take that abuse just so they can get flabbergasted, indignant, and
    offended rather than just simply hanging up. If more people did this
    they'd quit their jobs and make it more costly for their employers to
    do business like that.

    -sw

  4. #44
    Cheryl Guest

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    On 10/13/2012 1:56 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On 2012-10-12, James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> them. The latest is from Disney World, which is hardly a charity or a
    >>> political party.

    >>
    >> Live call or recording?
    >>
    >> I get a lotta recordings, which I promptly hang up on. I heard the
    >> govt was gonna outlaw all recording calls, but haven't seen it. I
    >> don't think they do much against blind live calls, either. That govt
    >> do-not-call thing was probably more to make the govt look good than to
    >> actually do anything to stop the calls. I notice the govt passes a
    >> lot of laws making things illegal, but provides no penalty for
    >> disobeying said laws. IOW, toothless laws, which are useless.
    >>
    >> nb

    >
    > I just read that something like two weeks ago they managed to stop "Rachel"
    > the robocaller who cheerily calls you about credit cards. Most of my
    > unwanted calls are now the robo ones.
    >
    >

    Rachel isn't stopped yet. I've had robocalls from her many times in the
    last week.


  5. #45
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:507909a8$0$9257$[email protected]..
    > On 10/13/2012 1:56 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On 2012-10-12, James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> them. The latest is from Disney World, which is hardly a charity or a
    >>>> political party.
    >>>
    >>> Live call or recording?
    >>>
    >>> I get a lotta recordings, which I promptly hang up on. I heard the
    >>> govt was gonna outlaw all recording calls, but haven't seen it. I
    >>> don't think they do much against blind live calls, either. That govt
    >>> do-not-call thing was probably more to make the govt look good than to
    >>> actually do anything to stop the calls. I notice the govt passes a
    >>> lot of laws making things illegal, but provides no penalty for
    >>> disobeying said laws. IOW, toothless laws, which are useless.
    >>>
    >>> nb

    >>
    >> I just read that something like two weeks ago they managed to stop
    >> "Rachel"
    >> the robocaller who cheerily calls you about credit cards. Most of my
    >> unwanted calls are now the robo ones.
    >>
    >>

    > Rachel isn't stopped yet. I've had robocalls from her many times in the
    > last week.


    Hmmm... Let me see if I can find the link. Well of course now I can not.
    I did find some others that say the FTC has shut her down many times but she
    still keeps going.



  6. #46
    Cheryl Guest

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    On 10/13/2012 2:39 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:507909a8$0$9257$[email protected]..
    >> On 10/13/2012 1:56 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>> "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>> On 2012-10-12, James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> them. The latest is from Disney World, which is hardly a charity or a
    >>>>> political party.
    >>>>
    >>>> Live call or recording?
    >>>>
    >>>> I get a lotta recordings, which I promptly hang up on. I heard the
    >>>> govt was gonna outlaw all recording calls, but haven't seen it. I
    >>>> don't think they do much against blind live calls, either. That govt
    >>>> do-not-call thing was probably more to make the govt look good than to
    >>>> actually do anything to stop the calls. I notice the govt passes a
    >>>> lot of laws making things illegal, but provides no penalty for
    >>>> disobeying said laws. IOW, toothless laws, which are useless.
    >>>>
    >>>> nb
    >>>
    >>> I just read that something like two weeks ago they managed to stop
    >>> "Rachel"
    >>> the robocaller who cheerily calls you about credit cards. Most of my
    >>> unwanted calls are now the robo ones.
    >>>
    >>>

    >> Rachel isn't stopped yet. I've had robocalls from her many times in the
    >> last week.

    >
    > Hmmm... Let me see if I can find the link. Well of course now I can not.
    > I did find some others that say the FTC has shut her down many times but she
    > still keeps going.
    >
    >

    She's not a "she". She's a recording. "She" sometimes goes by other
    names. And I have several phone numbers "she" calls from, sometimes a
    couple of times a day. Trust me, Julie, I know about the DNC stuff.


  7. #47
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here. They are
    > bogus sounding charities.


    I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    anymore.

    -sw

  8. #48
    tert in seattle Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here. They are
    >> bogus sounding charities.

    >
    > I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    > long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    > need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    > husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    > anymore.


    Actually we need to know this because Andy is lonely & horny.


  9. #49
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here. They
    >> are
    >> bogus sounding charities.

    >
    > I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    > long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    > need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    > husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    > anymore.


    The job situation here is pathetic. He did get a job but the pay was so low
    it wasn't even worth his while. He is working for the Coast Guard where he
    used to work and doing what he used to do but as a civilian. He wanted to
    do that here, but there were no openings. Purportedly this job will be
    going all civilian in 2013 so he may be able to come back here then. At
    least he is living close enough to his relatives that he can go visit them
    on his days off.

    This situation is less than ideal because he is having to pay rent there.
    But there is no way we could have made our house payment and kept up with
    the rest of the bills had he not done this.



  10. #50
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "tert in seattle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >> On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >>> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here. They
    >>> are
    >>> bogus sounding charities.

    >>
    >> I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    >> long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    >> need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    >> husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    >> anymore.

    >
    > Actually we need to know this because Andy is lonely & horny.


    He is actually living near Andy but I am not sure they would get along. Oh
    wait! Maybe you didn't mean... Well, I'm not really sure what you meant.
    Is it time for breakfast yet?



  11. #51
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:50790f89$0$9080$[email protected]..
    > On 10/13/2012 2:39 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:507909a8$0$9257$[email protected]..
    >>> On 10/13/2012 1:56 AM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>>> "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>>> On 2012-10-12, James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> them. The latest is from Disney World, which is hardly a charity or a
    >>>>>> political party.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Live call or recording?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I get a lotta recordings, which I promptly hang up on. I heard the
    >>>>> govt was gonna outlaw all recording calls, but haven't seen it. I
    >>>>> don't think they do much against blind live calls, either. That govt
    >>>>> do-not-call thing was probably more to make the govt look good than to
    >>>>> actually do anything to stop the calls. I notice the govt passes a
    >>>>> lot of laws making things illegal, but provides no penalty for
    >>>>> disobeying said laws. IOW, toothless laws, which are useless.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> nb
    >>>>
    >>>> I just read that something like two weeks ago they managed to stop
    >>>> "Rachel"
    >>>> the robocaller who cheerily calls you about credit cards. Most of my
    >>>> unwanted calls are now the robo ones.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>> Rachel isn't stopped yet. I've had robocalls from her many times in the
    >>> last week.

    >>
    >> Hmmm... Let me see if I can find the link. Well of course now I can
    >> not.
    >> I did find some others that say the FTC has shut her down many times but
    >> she
    >> still keeps going.
    >>
    >>

    > She's not a "she". She's a recording. "She" sometimes goes by other
    > names. And I have several phone numbers "she" calls from, sometimes a
    > couple of times a day. Trust me, Julie, I know about the DNC stuff.


    Yes, I know that. I have probably gotten calls from every name that there
    is. Thankfully not recently. Now the robocalls I am getting are about
    mortgages. Or something for seniors.



  12. #52
    Gary Guest

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    Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > "tert in seattle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > Sqwertz wrote:
    > >> On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here. They
    > >>> are
    > >>> bogus sounding charities.
    > >>
    > >> I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    > >> long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    > >> need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    > >> husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    > >> anymore.

    > >
    > > Actually we need to know this because Andy is lonely & horny.

    >
    > He is actually living near Andy but I am not sure they would get along. Oh
    > wait! Maybe you didn't mean... Well, I'm not really sure what you meant.
    > Is it time for breakfast yet?


    LOL. Andy should be posting a breakfast report any time now.

    Meanwhile, time for me to take a shower and get to the grocery store for my
    traditional weekly 6am grocery shopping trip.

    G.

  13. #53
    Gary Guest

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    Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > The job situation here is pathetic. He did get a job but the pay was so low
    > it wasn't even worth his while. He is working for the Coast Guard where he
    > used to work and doing what he used to do but as a civilian. He wanted to
    > do that here, but there were no openings. Purportedly this job will be
    > going all civilian in 2013 so he may be able to come back here then. At
    > least he is living close enough to his relatives that he can go visit them
    > on his days off.
    >
    > This situation is less than ideal because he is having to pay rent there.
    > But there is no way we could have made our house payment and kept up with
    > the rest of the bills had he not done this.


    An interesting situation, to say the least but whatever works for y'all (a
    little southern lingo there). Any thought of selling your house and moving
    east with him? Or are you holding onto house in hopes he will be able to
    come back and find work next year?

    G.

  14. #54
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >> "tert in seattle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >> > Sqwertz wrote:
    >> >> On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >>> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here.
    >> >>> They
    >> >>> are
    >> >>> bogus sounding charities.
    >> >>
    >> >> I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    >> >> long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    >> >> need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    >> >> husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    >> >> anymore.
    >> >
    >> > Actually we need to know this because Andy is lonely & horny.

    >>
    >> He is actually living near Andy but I am not sure they would get along.
    >> Oh
    >> wait! Maybe you didn't mean... Well, I'm not really sure what you
    >> meant.
    >> Is it time for breakfast yet?

    >
    > LOL. Andy should be posting a breakfast report any time now.
    >
    > Meanwhile, time for me to take a shower and get to the grocery store for
    > my
    > traditional weekly 6am grocery shopping trip.


    We bought turkey patties, sweet potato fries, sliced apples and bread from
    Costco. Lettuce, tomato and onion from Target. Also four cans of cream of
    cack soup, but daughter likes it in casseroles and it was on sale. Tomorrow
    to Winco but only for a few things. We are still working on eating what is
    in the pantry, but mainly what is left is stuff that I will eat. I need to
    do something with beans again.



  15. #55
    Gary Guest

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    Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > > Julie Bove wrote:
    > >>
    > >> "tert in seattle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >> news:[email protected]..
    > >> > Sqwertz wrote:
    > >> >> On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    > >> >>
    > >> >>> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here.
    > >> >>> They
    > >> >>> are
    > >> >>> bogus sounding charities.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house very
    > >> >> long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    > >> >> need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    > >> >> husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep track
    > >> >> anymore.
    > >> >
    > >> > Actually we need to know this because Andy is lonely & horny.
    > >>
    > >> He is actually living near Andy but I am not sure they would get along.
    > >> Oh
    > >> wait! Maybe you didn't mean... Well, I'm not really sure what you
    > >> meant.
    > >> Is it time for breakfast yet?

    > >
    > > LOL. Andy should be posting a breakfast report any time now.
    > >
    > > Meanwhile, time for me to take a shower and get to the grocery store for
    > > my
    > > traditional weekly 6am grocery shopping trip.

    >
    > We bought turkey patties, sweet potato fries, sliced apples and bread from
    > Costco. Lettuce, tomato and onion from Target. Also four cans of cream of
    > cack soup, but daughter likes it in casseroles and it was on sale. Tomorrow
    > to Winco but only for a few things. We are still working on eating what is
    > in the pantry, but mainly what is left is stuff that I will eat. I need to
    > do something with beans again.


    Do you like bean burritos? I have a good recipe for that if you like black
    beans, refried beans, salsa and flour tortillas.

    BTW, what is cream of cack soup? Was that a typo?

    G.

  16. #56
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >> The job situation here is pathetic. He did get a job but the pay was so
    >> low
    >> it wasn't even worth his while. He is working for the Coast Guard where
    >> he
    >> used to work and doing what he used to do but as a civilian. He wanted
    >> to
    >> do that here, but there were no openings. Purportedly this job will be
    >> going all civilian in 2013 so he may be able to come back here then. At
    >> least he is living close enough to his relatives that he can go visit
    >> them
    >> on his days off.
    >>
    >> This situation is less than ideal because he is having to pay rent there.
    >> But there is no way we could have made our house payment and kept up with
    >> the rest of the bills had he not done this.

    >
    > An interesting situation, to say the least but whatever works for y'all (a
    > little southern lingo there). Any thought of selling your house and
    > moving
    > east with him? Or are you holding onto house in hopes he will be able to
    > come back and find work next year?


    No, the house will not sell. For the most part, houses are just not selling
    here. This house is atypical due to a weird remodel and it needs repairs.
    So we could not sell or rent. Not that renting would be an option. I only
    agreed to buy this house because he said he would retire here. I really did
    not want to buy a house and the reasons why are now playing out just like I
    knew they would. As in, we can't afford the repairs.

    We also need to stay here for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which are
    my elderly parents. We moved to the East coast before to help take care of
    his mom. She is now in a nursing home and getting good care. We lived in
    NY before and hated it. I do not want to put my daughter back in that
    school system. She is doing very well in school here this year and she goes
    to what I believe is one of the best dance studios in the country. I do not
    want to have to take her out of either one of those either.

    We are considering this move to be a temporary thing. And hopefully it will
    be.



  17. #57
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >> "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >> > Julie Bove wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> "tert in seattle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> >> news:[email protected]..
    >> >> > Sqwertz wrote:
    >> >> >> On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:50:52 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>> The latest ones are calls for my husband who no longer lives here.
    >> >> >>> They
    >> >> >>> are
    >> >> >>> bogus sounding charities.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> I didn't think he'd be able to retire and stick around the house
    >> >> >> very
    >> >> >> long. You probably drive him nuts. Is it for good this time? We
    >> >> >> need to know this since you keep reminiscing about times when your
    >> >> >> husband has lived there and when he hasn't. It's hard to keep
    >> >> >> track
    >> >> >> anymore.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Actually we need to know this because Andy is lonely & horny.
    >> >>
    >> >> He is actually living near Andy but I am not sure they would get
    >> >> along.
    >> >> Oh
    >> >> wait! Maybe you didn't mean... Well, I'm not really sure what you
    >> >> meant.
    >> >> Is it time for breakfast yet?
    >> >
    >> > LOL. Andy should be posting a breakfast report any time now.
    >> >
    >> > Meanwhile, time for me to take a shower and get to the grocery store
    >> > for
    >> > my
    >> > traditional weekly 6am grocery shopping trip.

    >>
    >> We bought turkey patties, sweet potato fries, sliced apples and bread
    >> from
    >> Costco. Lettuce, tomato and onion from Target. Also four cans of cream
    >> of
    >> cack soup, but daughter likes it in casseroles and it was on sale.
    >> Tomorrow
    >> to Winco but only for a few things. We are still working on eating what
    >> is
    >> in the pantry, but mainly what is left is stuff that I will eat. I need
    >> to
    >> do something with beans again.

    >
    > Do you like bean burritos? I have a good recipe for that if you like
    > black
    > beans, refried beans, salsa and flour tortillas.


    They are my favorite food but sadly due to diabetes, not something I can eat
    any more unless they are very small.
    >
    > BTW, what is cream of cack soup? Was that a typo?


    I actually got that term from someone else. It is Campbell's or any other
    type of condensed cream of ______ soup. I did grow up eating the stuff in
    casseroles but it was pretty much just the mushroom in a tuna casserole and
    celery in the Tater Tot one.

    I had a small box of cream of chicken that was about to go bad. I think it
    was the Pacific brand. I mixed it with some cooked whole wheat pasta, a can
    of peas and a large can of chicken. My daughter ate that for three days in
    a row and said it was her new favorite food. So I decided to get some more.
    She also loves tuna casserole.

    Since we are working on using up some of the pantry items, I decided I had
    better get some more soup. The only one I had was the golden mushroom.
    Both daughter and husband liked the chicken breasts that I made with that.

    This is not exactly my preferred method of cooking things. I know some
    people are all about making simple things and while these sorts of things
    are simply and easy and quick to make, they are not exactly what I would
    call cooking. I really prefer to do more complicated recipes. But... Hey.
    Gotta fix what they will eat.

    Another one of my favorite foods was hominy croquettes. They were somewhat
    time consuming. I haven't made them for years because only I liked them.
    It was cooked grits with cheese added. There may have been egg added in.
    Then dipped in egg and bread crumbs. These were then formed into flattened
    balls and baked in a red sauce, of course made from scratch. Topped with
    parmesan. These were one of the few things I would make a lot of at one
    time because they were time consuming. I would freeze them for later.

    Also had a hominy crockpot dish that was actually quite easy but again, only
    I liked it. Had bacon and cheese in it.

    I guess maybe you have to have lived in the Midwest to appreciate hominy.
    It's a tad hard to find here and when you do it is just one kind and either
    a large or jumbo sized can.



  18. #58
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

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    On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:53:15 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:49:17 -0400, Dave Smith
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Then there is the "private call" which usually isn't.

    >
    >Why are people so compelled to answer the phone, even when they have
    >caller ID that doesn't give one? Those are the calls you don't ever
    >answer. Otherwise you might as well not pay for caller ID. It's a
    >waste of money when you're answering every call anyway.


    I'm with you on everything but paying for caller ID-- I pay $50/mo
    for my landline, with an assortment of goodies including caller ID.

    I answer when my parents, wife, or one of the kids calls. all
    others can leave a message.

    Jim

  19. #59
    Gary Guest

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    Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    >
    > On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:53:15 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:49:17 -0400, Dave Smith
    > ><[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> Then there is the "private call" which usually isn't.

    > >
    > >Why are people so compelled to answer the phone, even when they have
    > >caller ID that doesn't give one? Those are the calls you don't ever
    > >answer. Otherwise you might as well not pay for caller ID. It's a
    > >waste of money when you're answering every call anyway.

    >
    > I'm with you on everything but paying for caller ID-- I pay $50/mo
    > for my landline, with an assortment of goodies including caller ID.
    >
    > I answer when my parents, wife, or one of the kids calls. all
    > others can leave a message.
    >
    > Jim


    I pay about $28 a month for my landline but no extras like caller ID, etc.
    Anyone that knows me knows to leave a message on the answering machine. If
    I happen to be listening (and that's rare now), I'll pick up. If not, I'll
    call back soon.

    I keep it for a couple of reasons.
    1) still using dial-up internet
    2) all my old customers know that number only so good for work calls

    The cell phone is nice that it automatically has caller id but, again, if
    someone is not on my friend list, leave a message on voicemail. I've had
    this cell phone for about 3.5 years now. For a long time, I would get many
    wrong number calls. Not very many anymore, thankfully.

    The cell phone is a great deal too....it's a company phone and the company
    pays the monthly bills. I use it to call my Mom once a week long distance
    because I always have tons of extra minutes each month. It's a cheap but
    handy job perk.

    I also drive a company van. That's a MUCH better job benefit. I sold my
    vehicle years ago and only drive the company van now. For me....no bills
    for gas, repairs, insurance, or anything else. Plus I'm allowed to drive it
    personally whenever I want to. I don't take advantage of that though, I
    drive minimal personal use.

    The van use is the main reason I even stay with this half-ass company.
    heheh

    G.

  20. #60
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Do not call

    James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Does anyone know if there is central agency where we can
    > report commercial cold calls? I am registered for do not
    > call but I still get them. The latest is from Disney World,
    > which is hardly a charity or a political party.




    Read all about it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_information_tones

    It's the best self-help strategy available.

    It's not perfect but it works very well.

    Prefix your outgoing message with the sit tones and kiss the
    sales pitch messages goodbye.

    My outgoing message is: <sit tones> "Please leave a message
    after the beep and have a nice day!"

    Trouble is, you have to let the answering machine answer the
    phone always.

    Trouble is friends and family will get that familiar screech
    of the "this phone has been disconnected" signal.

    Trouble is, telemarketer war dialers can reset the auto-
    flagged "don't redial" bit at any time.

    Good news it won't leave a message and waste your "please
    leave a message" space.

    Everyone that needs to reach me calls my cellphone. I haven't
    answered the landline phone in years.

    Andy

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