Madcap (zimdanen) wrote,

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Thank you, Sophia. It was a great party. Hope you have a blast in Oregon; keep in touch.

I lost my throat. Not my voice; my entire throat.

Treated Jeff to BDubs after. Got out of a ticket on the way to drop him off. Now I sleep.

This woman has to be one in a million. Maybe we should all try this with banks, doctors, lawyers, credit card companies, Con-ed type power companies, etc. Wouldn't that be funny?
Below is an actual letter written by a 96-year old woman. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir:
I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check written to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, approximately three nanoseconds
elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire income, an arrangement which I admit has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity and also for debiting my account $30 as a penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the fact this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. As you know, I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, but when I try to contact you I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.
To prove we are never too old to learn, from now on I choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic. They will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to such bank employee you choose to nominate. Be aware it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. Forgive the lengthy eight pages, but as I feel I have a right to know as much about him/her as your bank knows about me, there is really no alternative. Please note that all copies of his/her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets, and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof. In due course, I will issue your employee a PIN number which he/she must use as verification in dealings with me. I regret it cannot be shorter than 28 digits, but again I have modeled it after the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press the buttons as follows:
1. To make an appointment to see me.

2. To query a missing payment.
3. To transfer to my living room, in case I am there.
4. To transfer to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5. To transfer to my toilet in case I am attending to nature's call.
6. To transfer to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7. To leave a message on my computer, a password will be required (to be supplied once you have designated the Authorized Contact).
8. To return to the main menu to repeat Options 1 through 7.
9. To make a general complaint or inquiry The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. While this may on occasion involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for entertainment. Regrettably, but again following your example, I
must also levy an establishment fee to cover implementation of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.
Your Humble Client
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