Wow, Spectrum … just straight-up wow.

It’s time for a little normalcy in my world. Not much normalcy, but I’ll take what I can get. The National Football League has games scheduled.  Sunday afternoon contests.  And if nothing else, I can sit and watch several games at once by putting my television on the NFL RedZone channel, a channel I’ve subscribed…

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Scammers and swindlers don’t care about COVID-19

In the past week, I’ve had two attempts of someone trying to compromise my existence.  One was an e-mail phishing scam; the other was a credit card breach. I shall explain. A few days ago, i received this e-mail out of the blue.  I’ve changed a few things in the e-mail for security reasons, but…

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The assholes of COVID-19

Understand this.  I have a MAJOR love and support for those who are doing their part to help fight COVID-19.  I’ve donated to charities that bring food to doctors and nurses and first responders who are working double shifts and rescuing as many people as they possibly can during this horrific pandemic.  I support those…

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Columbia outerwear si, Hobby Lobby no

When this world gets back to normal … I’m going to resume my art and craft and hobby excursions.  I need to. And when I want my artwork framed, I’ll go to Arlene’s Art Supplies on Fuller Road.  Or I’ll use JoAnn Fabric at the old Northway Mall.  Or I’ll frequent one of the two…

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Is Uber killing off the competition and jacking up its rates afterward? I think so…

This morning, I’m headed to the orthopedist to find out the status of my ankle injury recovery.  Because I broke my right ankle – my driving ankle – I must get to the orthopedist via an Uber.  I also need to get to my day job via Uber, and usually that ride is $15 each…

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More than just a “first world problem,” bud.

So yesterday, I posted an update on what I felt was Verizon’s sneaky way to force me to buy a new phone, despite the fact that my current phone – a BlackBerry KEYone – works just fine and does not need any updates or any modifications. The situation is as such.  BlackBerry is no longer…

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How to fill out your federal and NY taxes for free! (No, really, free!!!)

It’s that nasty time of year.  That time when Uncle Sam and Uncle Andy both knock on your door and ask you for your income taxes.  And in New York, you get whacked twice, for state and for federal. In the past, I’ve used a friend of my ex-wife’s family, a CPA who still does…

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The Beef Jerky Riot at Crossgates Mall

Ah, those classic stories of holiday consumerism.  The Black Friday stampedes at 4:00 in the morning as people fight to get through the doors to buy those $200 flatscreens.  The knock-down, drag-em-out’s of three mothers fighting over the last two Cabbage Patch dolls or Tickle Me Elmo toys. Yeah, thankfully we’re not doing that any…

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“Hi, it’s Jeff from the Goldstein Auto Group, can you call me back please?”

God almighty, I hate cold calls from companies.  If I don’t recognize their phone number, I send them directly to voicemail. But earlier today, I received a phone call from “Jeff” at the Goldstein Auto Group, asking if I was aware that my car’s inspection was overdue and if I could bring it in to…

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That’s not how you earn a tip, Hooters …

I get it.  Restaurant workers earn tips for their hard work.  And if someone works hard and brings you your food, you should tip them.  How much you tip them is your choice, of course. Then again, this happened yesterday on my way home. I really didn’t feel like cooking – actually, lately I haven’t…

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