Thursday, February 14, 2013

You continue to impress me...

NOT!
 
Hey Haband,
 
I looked on my credit card account I used for my purchase of 2-6-2013, and I noticed this charge from a HabandVIP Plus of $1.99, and I was wondering what this little charge was for, and I couldn't find anything on your regular Haband.com site. But in the mail today I got this mailing from VIP Plus, and noticed that I joined. That alone said something was wrong. Then I checked out your scam, and saw the $1.99 was a 1 month introductory offer, then $15 a month after that, I consciously know I would not sign up for anything like this, because my purchase was a 1 off purchase for me, meaning this is, and will be the only time I ever purchase anything from you. You SOB's used my credit card # I used for my actual purchase, and charged me for your little VIP PLUS Scam at HabandVIPPlus.com
I never signed up for it, and don't want it, your VIP Plus bullshit that is. I only gave you my confidential info for my purchase only. And I once signed up to get e-mail, but that doesn't mean I wanted to buy into you scam bullshit, EVER! I live on Social Security, and I watch how I spend my money. I am not, and never will give a company $180.00 year to get  $15 gift code, or 10% off of merchandise you sell.
I saw how you get people to join, with big benefits a person thinks they get by entering their name and e-mail, and then hidden on the side is the real scam. I'm sure you hook many a fool, whether obviously, or covertly. If you want people to join your little VIP PLUS Scam Club, then at such time, they should also again fill out their credit card info, and all the other confidential information. That's how it should be done, but not you sleazy folks...No, you played a 3 card Monte on your customers, which is both unethical, and unprofessional. And please don't say you listed the requirements to the left of the bold lettered "Get 15% Off" so enter your name and email below. Was there anything similar to how any purchase from a reputable organization would have it set up for an online purchase? NO!!!
In my book, you all are a bunch of dirtbags! And I want my $1.99 back now. It's funny I get all this crap in the mail, and you charge my credit card way before I get the actual purchase, which I'm still waiting for, and have no idea when that delivery will happen.
Good Night and good luck Haband boys and girls!
 
Best wishes always,
William D. Harasym

CC: Haband VIP Plus
 
"This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in."
-Teddy Roosevelt- Chicago, IL, June 17, 1912

Sunday, February 3, 2013

"This is what happened yesterday when I took Buddy to the vet yesterday for his annual exam, written in his own words!"

"This is what happened yesterday(Really, it was Friday, but Buddy wrote this yesterday.) when I took Buddy to the vet yesterday for his annual exam, written in his own words!"

***UPDATE on 2-2-2013***

Well, I,
Buddy De Cat had my vet visit yesterday for my annual exam. It started out great as I love getting in the kennel and going for rides, but once I got there, well things went from good to bad.

My human companion Bill De Human has been going to Dr. Gustafson at Country Hospital for Animals for almost 2 decades with all the critters he has had, including me. Granted, me and Bill have been a team for only 8 years now, as it just started as a cat-sitting gig for him, but life happens as these humans say. I'm really 14 years old.
We got to the vet, and checked in, and were immediately escorted to our special Cat Exam room, as the exam table is also a cat weighing scale too. So Bill took me out, and placed me on the table, and I came in at a hefty 8.2 pounds (I know, I'm not big and heavy enough to play lineman on my local kitty football team, but as a running back, I'm another Ray Rice or a great receiver like Cruz on the NY Giants!) and I sat on the table as the vet tech left to fetch the vet.
  
Well, as I sat on the table, it all started to comeback to me what this place really was, "IT WAS THE VETS EXAM ROOM" and I noticed all the torture devices he had about the room, and over on the counter. I had flashbacks of cold thermometers being stuck up my butt, and other torture devices to look into my ears, deep into my ear, my mouth, and all sorts of scary stuff, as a wave of kitty scared paranoia flowed through every vein, muscle, and bone in my kitty body. I bolted off the table, and into the open kitty kennel sitting on the bench behind Bill, as he tried to catch me (Ain't going to happen, as he's an old and big human, and can never catch me, "Lightning Furball" as my fellow kitty football players call me, as it's a term of endearment to honor me and my speed.) and missed. So I hunkered down in the far corner of the kitty kennel, never to leave if my life depended on it.                

The vet came into the exam room a short time later, and him and Bill were sharing war stories of dogs and cats of yesteryear, like BearDog, Bill's famous Chocolate Lab who was on the Humane Society of US's annual desk calendar back in 1999, and looking at pictures of BearDog. The vet said there are still pictures of Bear, and his Christmas Light decorated doghouse Bill built for him many years ago in the photo album the vet keeps in the waiting area. Then the story time was over, and I knew it was time for business, but I wasn't having none of it. Bill reached it to get my out, and I sunk my nails and teeth into him to defend myself from the inevitable animal hospital torture. I was scared to death, and fought like hell not to leave the security of my kennel.

Then I heard those words that meant I was doomed, as the vet told the vet tech, "Go get the Kitty Proof Gloves, and some bandages and anti-biotic for Bill to fix his wounds." She was back in a New York minute ( I don't know what that means, but I did hear it on the TV machine when I watch it with Bill every evening.") and now the extraction of me from the kennel began. They brought the kennel on top of the exam table, and turned it on it's end so the opening was on the bottom. Then the vet tech reached in and grabbed me, but I put up the fight of my life, but I was eventually captured, and under their control---and so the torture began.
The vet tech held me gently but firmly, wearing the big kitty claw proof gloves that went all the way up to her shoulder. The vet poked and prodded me, and eventually told Bill I looked good, except for maybe needing some dental/gum issues that can be addressed in the near future.

Thank kitty god it was over, and back into the kennel I went, happy as a pig in shit. Bill went to the admissions desk in the lobby, and gave them money. He actually paid them to torture me, now that is really weird. They talked about making some future arrangements for me to comeback here in a few months to work on my teeth, whatever that means. We went out to the minivan, and headed home.

I was so happy to be home, and I tried to apologize to Bill for biting and scratching him, and he said it's all OK. Then we had dinner, me my tuna, and Bill a sandwich and some type of soup, as he calls it. We then watched a movie with that Clint Eastwood guy, and some pretty woman name Amy Adams & Justin Woodpond, or something like that---and it had to do with baseball. I love baseball, as I try to whack the balls when they go flying by on the TV machine. I can never stop them though. Oh well...
And that was my day at the vet.

PS- I looks like Bill has also recovered from our eventful day yesterday! Thanks Billy!

Signed,
Buddy De Cat!
 

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless
means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." -Paolo Friere-

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Don't Watch TV Sports? You're Still Paying For It"

"Don't Watch TV Sports? You're Still Paying For It"
"Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Glenn Britt, who has been very public about his concerns over rising programming costs, Thursday defended the company's expensive TV deals for the Lakers and Dodgers.

"They were going to be expensive no matter what happened; we think we've done the best of the alternatives," Britt said when asked about the contracts during a fourth-quarter earnings call with analysts."*

Cable is essentially a rip-off if you're not watching sports. All cable customers, whether they watch sports or not, are paying to subsidize the ever-increasing cost of sports channels. Is this fair? Davis Sirota breaks it down.

*Read more from Joe Flint/ LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-time-warner-cable-dodgers-lakers-20130131,0,6580476.story
 
Bill H. has shared a video with you on YouTube
Hey Mom and Dad,
This is interesting, and This applies to DirecTV too.
Don't Watch TV Sports? You're Still Paying For It
"Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Glenn Britt, who has been very public about his concerns over rising programming costs, Thursday defended the company's expensive TV deals for the Lakers and Dodgers.

"They were going to be expensive no matter what happened; we think we've done the best of the alternatives," Britt said when asked about the contracts during a fourth-quarter earnings call with analysts."*

Cable is essentially a rip-off if you're not watching sports. All cable customers, whether they watch sports or not, are paying to subsidize the ever-increasing cost of sports channels. Is this fair? Davis Sirota breaks it down.

*Read more from Joe Flint/ LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-time-warner-cable-dodgers-lakers-20130131,0,6580476.story
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