Monday, April 27, 2015

Schoola Coupon Code

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Monday, April 20, 2015

I Accidentally Called A Cruise Line Scammer

I was making a tech support call the other day and must have mis-dialed, because I ended up connecting to some "Free cruise" scam. The way these scams work, you get offered a free cruise only having to pay nominal "port fees". Once you pay those, you get forwarded to another agent who tries to have you pay for even more upgrades. If you actually try to go on the cruise, you will be told that you need to attend a number of time-share or other high-pressure sales presentations in order to get your boarding voucher.

Here's the call. I kept the guy on the phone for about 10 minutes before deciding that it was time to pull the plug:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On The Sesquicentennial Of Lincoln's Assasination

150 YEAR AGO TODAY: April 14, 1865. Richmond had fallen. Lee had surrendered. The long and bloody Civil War was over. It was Good Friday. It was a time to rejoice. The Lincolns sat at Ford's Theater watching "Our American Cousin" starring Mary Lincoln's favorite actress, Laura Keene. Halfway through Act III, Scene 2, the character of Asa Trenchard, played that night by Harry Hawk, utters this line, considered one of the play's funniest, to Mrs. Mountchessington: "Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal — you sockdologizing old man-trap." During the ensuing laughter, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer who was not a member of the cast, fatally shot Abraham Lincoln. Familiar with the play, Booth chose that moment in the hope that the sound of the audience's laughter would mask the sound of his gunshot. He then leapt from Lincoln's box to the stage and made his escape through the back of the theater to a horse he had left waiting in the alley. Lincoln would die the next morning, April 15, at 7:22am.

This past weekend, I was part of an production where re-enacted the play and the assassination. It was a very moving event and there was nary a dry eye in the theater after each of the three performances. Audiences experienced the same joy everyone else felt on that day so long ago, and then, with a single gun shot, felt it ripped away from them. That's a testament to our playwrite/director and the entire acting company that worked so hard to bring it all to life.

I played John Wilkes Booth in this re-enactment and it was a very intense thing to be seen as responsible for such a heinous act. In the re-creation below, you can see my friend portraying Lincoln as laughing at that final joke. I like to think that Lincoln's last feeling was one of levity.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Home Security Scammers Call Again

I got a robo-call from the Home Security scammers again. The call began with an automated, interactive female attendant which then transferred me to a live salesperson. When speaking to him, I  messed with him by:

  • Saying I wanted to talk to the lady again because I thought she was flirting with me
  • Misunderstanding "home owner" as "homo-er"
  • Telling him that, as someone who gives a sales pitch, he must be a "pitcher" rather than "catcher". 
By far, the most interesting part of the call for me was when the sales rep said "You know how women are. It's all about the money". It just seemed to be too far off script.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Choice Home Warranty Calls Me Again....TWICE

Choice Home Warranty has been calling me looking for Albert Cosby, and, each time they do, I launch into my Fat Albert impression. Most of the time, it's met with outright hostility, so much so, that you'd think they'd pull my number out of the system. Yet, for some reason, they keep calling. One guy was actually pretty cool about it and we had a good laugh. I asked him to take my number off of the call list. Here's the call:

Less than 24 hours later, they called back. This time, I got a guy named Frank whom I talked to before. He wasn't very happy to be speaking with me again: