Friday, March 21, 2008
4:20pm, phone rings.
Name: Lawrence Sandri
When I answer, I hear a recorded message telling me that coverage on my car is about to expire, and it’s important for me to extend it before it expires. No company name, no policy information. I am told to press 1 to talk to someone now about extending it. I press 1.
I reach another message saying they respect my privacy, and if I would like to be removed from their list, I should press 1 to be removed from their list. Or, to sign up for coverage, I can press 0.
Since I am on donotcall.gov, I press 0 so that I can get the company information.
When I answer, the person apologizes, but the system they use to look up my information is down right now, so he can’t look me up. He then asks for my name. After I give it to him, I ask for his – his name is Phillip.
He tells me that my coverage is about to expire or, if I don’t have coverage with them yet, I can buy some right now. Since I want him to give me his phone number and company name, I know I need to talk to him for a few minutes.
He tells me that this isn’t insurance coverage, but it is insurance. He tells me it’s Prima Plus coverage. He then lists about 85 items that are covered by this coverage (including engine, water pump, exhaust valves, transmission, torque converter, bearings, forks, and 78 other things), states that items not listed are not covered, such as: and he lists dozens more until I interrupt him.
I tell him that I just replaced my distributor, ignition, and windshield (all true) and how much it cost me. I then ask him if those things are covered. He has no clue, and starts to re-read the list, mumbling to himself to find them. This confirms for me that he’s not familiar with the product he’s selling, he’s just reading a script.
The coverage he wants to sell me for a 1995 Nissan Sentra with 100,000 miles costs (get ready) $2,400. “For how long?” I ask him, gasping, afraid he’s going to say something like 6 months or 1 year.
“18 months,” he replies.
“The coverage lasts 18 months?”
“No, that’s how long you can get financing for.”
“Uhm, how long is the coverage for?” I had to ask him several more times before he replied: 5 years. He must have been scrolling up and down his script looking for the length of the policy. I almost apologized for leaving the script for him.
Then he asks for my last name, and I tell him I’m not comfortable giving out information to people who call me, I’d sure like their phone number so that I can call them back. He gives it to me: 866-407-7511. Phillip’s extension is x5654, if you’d like to speak with him. He mumbled the 7511 part, and I had to repeat it back to him loudly and get him to confirm it.
He then tells me the coverage comes with roadside assistance and there’s no deductibles, we can call in as often as we like.
I then start offering him advice on his sales pitch, and he decides he’s not going to make a sale, so he says to just call them back when I’m ready and ends the call.
I just sorted my concert t-shirts so that the ones I wore most recently are at the bottom of the neat stack, and the ones on the top are the ones I haven't worn in the longest, generally.
My shirt rotation is now set for the next 29 weeks. See, our "casual day" at work is on Fridays, so I can only wear a concert t-shirt to work on a Friday. So, once a week I pull out the next concert t-shirt in rotation and wear that to work.
After I wash them and put them back in the drawer, and buy new ones at concerts, and take other ones out, they fell out of order - but now, all 29 shirts are sorted for the next 7 months.
Between now and October 10, 2008, I can predict which concert shirt I will wear to work on any Friday, barring any new purchases in that time (which are bound to happen).
Yes, I realize I sound like John Arbuckle telling Garfield that he just sorted his sock drawer.
Mind you, these are my "active" concert t-shirts - ones I wear and wash. I've retired many older shirts, perhaps more than 30, which are degraded somewhat from use. I don't want them to fall apart completely, so I don't wear them anymore.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I go to the weather forecast and see numbers which represent various things like temperature, humidity, chance to rain, pollen and allergen counts, air quality, etc.
I also see a picture of a picture of a sun or clouds or rain, to let me know what the day may be like in general.
The reason I look at the weather forecast is to figure out what kinds of clothes I want to wear for the day - do I need an umbrella, windbreaker, t-shirt, jeans, shorts, etc.?
What I most want to base my opinion on is a comparison of yesterday's and today's weather. Will it be warmer or cooler, wetter or drier?
These are the types of meanings I want to see:
- Today will be somewhat cooler than yesterday, so wear heavier clothing. Consider a windbreaker due to cold gusty weather.
- An umbrella is necessary for afternoon showers.
- Today will be hot compared to yesterday, so if you were comfortable today, wear lighter clothing tomorrow.
Those are the real meanings I want when I see that yesterday was 74 high and 43 low with 32% humidity and a dew point of 43, no wind with gusts of 6mph, a heat index of 77, a UV of 5 of 16, clear of clouds above ground level.
So today is going to be 70 high and 43 low with 36% humidity and a dewpoint of 42, wind of 3mph, a heat index of 77, a UV of 6 of 16, clear of clouds above ground level.
How do I figure out what to wear based on that?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Today, Justin and I hiked to the MASH set in the Malibu Creek State Park. (info)
From where we park our car, the hike is 2.1 miles. The terrain starts out very easy, but soon becomes rough. At some parts, we have to climb around boulders, large puddles, and other rocky terrain.
The hills of the hike were mild, but the day was far hotter than I thought a March 8th should be, and by 11am I was sweating like mad and guzzling down Gatorade.
|MASH Set 03/08/2008|
We took pictures at the very small M*A*S*H set and had a lot of fun on our hike.
I fell one time, bruising my right ankle, right buttock, and left hand. I've always wanted to say "buttock" in my Blog but had never had a real reason before this. Fortunately my camera, which I was holding at the time, is fine.