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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2024
« Reply #350 on: April 09, 2024, 10:53:46 AM »
A multi-day project in the works, but my 85-year old neighbor is writing a memoir about his life, mostly for his family to have a written history in the future. He had it mostly written, and it's very entertaining, but he's got some vision issues so there were numerous minor punctuation, grammatical, formatting, etc. items that needed correcting in the manuscript. I offered to read and edit, which I have been doing for the past month, and now his work will be free of those issues so his family can enjoy without those distractions.
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« Reply #351 on: April 09, 2024, 07:08:51 PM »
I was working in our yard today, and a guy approached & wanted to ask questions about our neighborhood. He's making an offer on a house a block or so away. We chatted for about 15 minutes, and I answered all of his questions. He also has kids who will be attending the high school my teens attend, so I was also able to help him with info about the school.

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« Reply #352 on: April 09, 2024, 09:32:39 PM »
Imagine being a teenager and being with your friends on the sidewalk and complaining that none of the adults in your life had seen fit to provide you with (Thing) and at that moment a stranger steps out of a door and just hands you one. 😂

Well done indeed!!  You spread happiness, Dollar Slice!

I sent an email thanking our school superintendent and principals for having the foresight to provide eclipse glasses to ALL the students!  This meant that kids whose parents were working or whose parents hadn't heard of the eclipse were able to enjoy the eclipse. We have a lot of low income families who don't seem to get much news outside of what their kids tell them; the mom of one of my scouts didn't know about the eclipse. 

There's often a lot of complaining so I figure that the school administration should get some appreciation when they do things right. I don't spend enough time complimenting people for doing things well so this is a change I'm trying to make in myself. 

On other fronts, I have been showing up to traffic meetings with requests and it sounds like we'll be getting some safer walking routes for the students, as well as some other traffic improvements that should have positive ripple effects.

crocheted_stache-- love your good deed... so easy for you but saves your friend time.

Newday, I hope your friend gets a job!  That would be a big big deal.


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« Reply #353 on: April 10, 2024, 11:58:41 AM »
I found someone’s phone and a bunch of credit/debit cards on a bench in a shopping mall.  I took into the closest store for the shop clerk to do whatever they do inthat situation. 

Then, a few minutes later as I was leaving the washroom I saw a young dad checking thru his baby’s stroller.  He was also patting his pockets so I figured that was his phone I found. 

I said “Excuse me, sir, are you missing your phone?” He said yes so I took home to the store where I had left it.  The guy was very happy.


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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2024
« Reply #354 on: April 10, 2024, 02:17:44 PM »
I opened the door for someone exiting the coffee shop holding their order in one hand and a dog on a leash in the other hand. Twice in two weeks! Different people and different dogs.

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« Reply #355 on: April 10, 2024, 07:43:54 PM »
Not today, but a while ago… DD and I were on the beach photographing the sunset when we found a phone on the wet sand.  It hadn’t been washed over yet, and it worked fine (but was locked) when we picked it up. We looked for someone who might have lost a cell phone, but there were no likely candidates, and it was time to go home. We took it home (we live 20 minutes or so) from the beach, washed it in fresh water, put it on the charger, and we waited.  Eventually, it rang.  “Lost iPhone,” I answered. Needless to say, they were delighted!

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Re: One (small) good deed a day 2024
« Reply #356 on: April 11, 2024, 12:14:19 PM »
In waiting for the elevator from the ground floor parking garage, I noticed a package on the floor in the corner of the waiting area (huge risk of theft). It was for a different apartment in my building. The building is locked and the delivery people are supposed to check in at the leasing office to gain access, but I guess this driver didn't have the time or something. Picked up the package and delivered it to the doorway of the correct apartment. Should be at much less risk of theft now.

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« Reply #357 on: April 12, 2024, 03:34:43 AM »
I made a care package for someone going through a really rough time right now.

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« Reply #358 on: April 12, 2024, 08:04:38 AM »
People on our plane waited in their seats while a couple of people from the back of the plane dashed out to make a tight connection.

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« Reply #359 on: April 12, 2024, 08:18:10 AM »
Started work on my volunteer project for our soccer club (senior night) & bought my friend a coffee when we met to discuss. She's helping me with a lot of it.

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« Reply #360 on: April 12, 2024, 11:36:03 AM »
Started work on my volunteer project for our soccer club (senior night) & bought my friend a coffee when we met to discuss. She's helping me with a lot of it.

It's awesome of you to take this on! Thank you, from all the parents of senior players!

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« Reply #361 on: April 12, 2024, 03:42:41 PM »
Thanks, @jeninco ! I'm apparently a pro, after running the high school version this year. ;-)

For my good deeds of the day:
1) Worked with my sister on some cash flow stuff for special needs aunt, and once that was resolved, paid her property taxes. We've been in charge of her finances for about two months. She's gone from cash flow negative to having a balance of about $1k. We've done a bunch to optimize, including signing her up for low income discounts, negotiating services, canceling things she wasn't using, etc. It's nice to see things finally paying off a bit. Before, she could have never paid her property taxes from her checking account, and would have needed to pull from her very small savings. But, this year we made it work!
2) DS17 bought a gift for someone online, and signed up for "free" shipping via the purchase flow. The "free" shipping site (free shipping.com - avoid, as it's a total scam) then went on to charge him $19/month for months & months before I happened to notice the charge. He has his own debit card where he can spend some of his job earnings. I helped him get a hold of the site, cancel the "subscription", get a refund for the one month they would allow, and we talked through how to avoid this in the future, including checking your charges at least weekly, to stay on top of any potential problems.

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« Reply #362 on: April 13, 2024, 03:17:19 PM »
Thanks, @jeninco ! I'm apparently a pro, after running the high school version this year. ;-)

For my good deeds of the day:
1) Worked with my sister on some cash flow stuff for special needs aunt, and once that was resolved, paid her property taxes. We've been in charge of her finances for about two months. She's gone from cash flow negative to having a balance of about $1k. We've done a bunch to optimize, including signing her up for low income discounts, negotiating services, canceling things she wasn't using, etc. It's nice to see things finally paying off a bit. Before, she could have never paid her property taxes from her checking account, and would have needed to pull from her very small savings. But, this year we made it work!
2) DS17 bought a gift for someone online, and signed up for "free" shipping via the purchase flow. The "free" shipping site (free shipping.com - avoid, as it's a total scam) then went on to charge him $19/month for months & months before I happened to notice the charge. He has his own debit card where he can spend some of his job earnings. I helped him get a hold of the site, cancel the "subscription", get a refund for the one month they would allow, and we talked through how to avoid this in the future, including checking your charges at least weekly, to stay on top of any potential problems.

That's fascinating -- I just ordered checks, and "Free shipping.com" offered me a free! $10 for using Free Shopping.com!  Fortunately, it rang my scam-meter pretty quickly, and I noted out of that webpage before entering any information.  (Side note: I'd looked at the checks a few days ago, and decided the total $ was too high. Logged into my email this morning, and -- hey, lookie there, they're half off. Don't mind if I do!) (Side-side note: I know, most things can be paid via the inter webs, but I'm old, and we have a system that works. I just bought several years worth of getting to continue using our existing system, and having the ability to write occasional checks to older people who prefer that.)

Great job helping out your aunt!

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« Reply #363 on: April 14, 2024, 07:21:26 AM »
A very small good deed:  Gave a pen to a petition signature-gatherer because hers was running out of ink.

Gathering signatures on petitions to get on the ballot is a job that doesn't pay much so most of those people are pretty cash-strapped.  I hope that replacing her pen meant she was able to continue working and making a few more dollars.

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« Reply #364 on: April 14, 2024, 07:55:03 AM »
@jeninco - I looked on their website, and they are actually connected with some decent retailers, which is sad. Those retailers are contributing to the problem, because they are a total scam. I'm glad you were able to notice they were scammy. DS17 is still learning all of those things!

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« Reply #365 on: April 14, 2024, 10:42:22 AM »
My friend needed to get some community feedback for her arts-related senior thesis and put out a call to get some people to submit some comments on her work, so I spent some time with the work and wrote up a few lines that she could submit to her teacher. Not sure how many she needs, but that's one down :-)

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« Reply #366 on: April 15, 2024, 12:15:39 AM »
Today I took one of my local elected officials and some volunteers out bike riding on a street that's slated for improvements. I don't think the official has done much bicycling. We all hope his having this firsthand experience and hearing the direct feedback from volunteers will inform his decisions regarding the improvements.

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« Reply #367 on: April 15, 2024, 07:56:38 AM »
@crocheted_stache - that is a fantastic idea! Well done.

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« Reply #368 on: April 17, 2024, 04:17:15 PM »
I started a FIRE club at work. Hopefully, this can help inspire a few more people towards good personal finance and FIRE.

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« Reply #369 on: April 17, 2024, 10:03:13 PM »
Pushed to organize three couples (so far) from the immediate neighborhood to rotate Porch happy hours on Friday evenings.  We hosted the first one, and the second one was this evening (I know it's not Friday, but this week's hosts wisely checked the weather forecast, and this was the nicest evening: it's supposed to be mixed rain and snow the rest of the week). Everyone (including us) has been delighted with the activity: it's a lovely social hour and a half or so -- so far food has also been present, in quantities that mean we really don't need to eat dinner after. (This is partly on me: I have a thing about cooking yummy food, so I try to make sure no one is going hungry.)

I'm pleased it's working so well, and everyone else seems pretty tickeled with the plan, too! As the weather gets nicer, we'll probably expand to include more neighbors, and I fully intend to have one or two (maybe in July and August) be full-on neighborhood versions.

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« Reply #370 on: April 18, 2024, 11:39:59 PM »
@jeninco That's a great idea. I miss hosting people. Maybe outdoors is the solution to lingering pandemic fears and lingering pandemic messy house.

Today:
Attempted to help a coworker to do another coworker's job while she's on vacation. My role in this was a long call that was equal parts technical troubleshooting and moral support.

Sent a few bucks to an online friend's GoFundMe and sent him a Linkedin invitation. He's determined to get a job again after some health issues. His field is related to mine, but he doesn't live near me. I'll offer to connect him to people, but the greater service may be in the form of encouragement to carry on job-hunting and a little help with the rent in the meantime.

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« Reply #371 on: April 22, 2024, 04:50:54 PM »
I have been checking about five times a day for a month to get cheapo tickets for an expensive concert series for a friend of mine on disability - they usually release the discount tix with no warning in small numbers - and I finally managed to snag some today. He loves music and it's a beautiful venue walking distance to where he lives. He's thrilled :-)

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« Reply #372 on: April 23, 2024, 09:07:47 AM »
I had a very frustrating situation with United, but got a fantastic phone agent, who spent nearly an hour with me untangling a complicated credit issue. I tracked down how to send her kudos, and then got a follow up from her supervisor. I sent additional details & gave the supervisor permission to share my feedback, so she can be properly credited.

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« Reply #373 on: April 27, 2024, 09:05:43 AM »
Put away a cart for another shopper, on my way into the store. Sometimes I feel like the tiny things make me feel the best.

Also, continued to work on club soccer night (volunteer project).

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« Reply #374 on: April 27, 2024, 09:32:13 AM »
I had a very frustrating situation with United, but got a fantastic phone agent, who spent nearly an hour with me untangling a complicated credit issue. I tracked down how to send her kudos, and then got a follow up from her supervisor. I sent additional details & gave the supervisor permission to share my feedback, so she can be properly credited.

This is awesome. I feel like too many companies are set up for people to beat up on their phone agents, even if the agent is the only one who can make a broken process work. With few exceptions, I want to tell companies their phone rep was amazing but for crying out loud fix the broken website/process that made me have to call.

For me this week:
-Tried a tiny local restaurant and left a larger-than-necessary tip. (I still need to leave a glowing review.)
-Talked a sometimes high-drama friend through the latest situation, or tried to.
-Reviewed and commented on a draft bicycle plan for my area.

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« Reply #375 on: April 27, 2024, 08:57:40 PM »
I saw a grumpy looking man with a glowing pocket. After a moment of thought, I told him his phone flashlight was on so his battery wouldn't run out. He was grateful.

I reached out to two friends last week and met one at a park and the other for lunch. They were both very happy as each has been going through various personal issues and needed to get away.

Edited an essay for a neighbor who is seeking to upgrade her job. She'll be great in the job if she gets it, even if she's not a very good writer!

Also a big nonprofit event I've been organizing for almost a year finally happened and everyone looked happy afterward. Motion was made on some other initiatives.

I joined a municipal committee that will attempt to solve a very controversial local topic. Let's hope I can help and that the wrangling doesn't take me down. I'm a bit anxious about this, and it shouldn't be considered to be a Small good deed.

Picked up some litter while walking with my kids. I hope they subliminally get the message that other people's messes are everybody's problem to solve, for better or worse.

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« Reply #376 on: April 28, 2024, 07:46:28 AM »
-Put away three carts for the grocery store
-Gave an extra large tip at a service (I got a pedicure, as one of my nails is falling off post a lot of running)
-Worked on senior night volunteer project. Only two more weeks until this is done!

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« Reply #377 on: April 28, 2024, 08:32:24 PM »
I love reading through this thread. So many great updates!

I have helped some groups of tourists with directions and recommendations for walking trails & restaurants.

Am going to take a friend out for a nice dinner who really deserves it...she helps so many people with various things and it seems that people neglect to thank her or offer compensation. She's been a massive help for me with my rescue dog for the last six months so I wanted to offer her something and she refused money but was pleased about the idea of a 'date night'

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« Reply #378 on: April 28, 2024, 11:39:08 PM »
Someone in the neighborhood had his bike stolen (sigh). I suggested a couple different places that should be in walking distance from him that fix donated bikes and sell them at moderate prices. I also suggested that he sign up for the electronic bike lockers to help prevent a repeat.

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« Reply #379 on: April 29, 2024, 01:48:15 AM »
Last night was a charity fundraiser. When a fellow board member couldn't make it, he gave me his sponsor tickets to pass on. I gave them to someone who had donated aomething nice for the Silent Auction. Another generous Silent Auction donor had purchased a ticket for the cocktail party. I was able to get them upgraded to the dinner portion as well. Finally, I invited some neighbors to buy tickets for the cocktail party at the last minute, with the understanding that I might be able to upgrade them as well. Al five of them reciprocated by having a blast and donating the value of their tickets/upgrades to the cause. Yay!

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« Reply #380 on: April 30, 2024, 08:20:34 PM »
Removed a couple of pieces of plastic from beside the local creek. Now that they've caught up with storm cleanup, the water district appears to have retrieved some of the shopping carts and other larger items that I previously reported in the creek bed.

Photographed the current crop of cracks and potholes on one of the streets where I bike. I'll turn in reports for them when I have the ones in the other direction.

Signed us up for this year's library fundraiser gathering.

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« Reply #381 on: May 02, 2024, 08:36:00 AM »
This is going to be a multi-day effort. I'm attempting to mend more than one of my brother's too-well-loved jackets. He's probably not up to the job, either in terms of experience or coordination, or I'd try to teach him to do it for himself. I'll be making this up as I go. Various pockets aren't holding stuff too well after his phone and other gadgets wore through either the seams or the material. Fortunately, most of the repairs are on the inside, so replacement fabric and other repairs don't have to match exactly. Also, the outsides are in good enough shape that repairing the jackets is worthwhile. Unfortunately, to do the repairs with a sewing machine would mean taking stuff apart completely, so I guess I have something for my hands to do while I listen to podcasts and stuff.

I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not that there's no deadline. On the one hand, I can poke at it when I feel like it and set it down any time. On the other hand, there's no great urgency to pick it up again if I get discouraged, bored, or busy, which I probably will.

Progress so far: evaluate the damage, confirm brother is okay with proposed replacement fabric (yep), remove and return various objects that were still stored in pockets (and in one case, down in the liner), check if the jacket manufacturer can offer any support (nope), unpick the first pocket enough to get the damaged part out, and cut a piece of replacement fabric.

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« Reply #382 on: May 03, 2024, 01:10:31 AM »

Photographed the current crop of cracks and potholes on one of the streets where I bike. I'll turn in reports for them when I have the ones in the other direction.


Reported a whole bundle of potholes. I hope the worst spots get some better repairs.

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« Reply #383 on: May 03, 2024, 06:23:27 AM »
Potatoes were on sale for $2 for a 10 pound bag. 
Ten pounds is too much for my one-person household but the price was so good that I bought a bag and donated it to the Senior Center free table.

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« Reply #384 on: May 03, 2024, 08:00:32 AM »
My city has a lot of Open Space. They have planted and nurtured native flowering plants on a hillside near a main entrance. This year, due to all the rain, it is spectacular. It was a madhouse when DH and I went over the weekend. It was much quieter during the week, so I took my 99-year-old friend to see it. It was even more delightful without the crowds and she loved it.

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« Reply #385 on: May 03, 2024, 03:57:57 PM »
I always love these updates!

-Returned shopping carts 2x today at the store
-Helped a woman figure out how to use her store app/digital coupons & saved $2 on berries
-Helped my mom with her phone & figuring out how to dismiss notifications

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« Reply #386 on: May 04, 2024, 08:43:16 AM »

Photographed the current crop of cracks and potholes on one of the streets where I bike. I'll turn in reports for them when I have the ones in the other direction.


Reported a whole bundle of potholes. I hope the worst spots get some better repairs.

I sent my reports after hours on Thursday and they were patched by midday Friday. When the city is easily able to fix something, they're sometimes really prompt about it. It should be a slightly smoother bike ride next time.

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« Reply #387 on: May 04, 2024, 12:52:48 PM »
My small good deed for the day:

I got three big boxes of diapers that I didn't order left on my doorstep. They were supposed to go to an address in my neighborhood,
but with digits transposed (think, mailed to 1231 Oak Street, delivered to 1321 Oak Street). It was only a block away, so I carried them over and left them at the correct house.

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« Reply #388 on: May 04, 2024, 01:57:07 PM »
My small good deed for the day:

I got three big boxes of diapers that I didn't order left on my doorstep. They were supposed to go to an address in my neighborhood,
but with digits transposed (think, mailed to 1231 Oak Street, delivered to 1321 Oak Street). It was only a block away, so I carried them over and left them at the correct house.
I'm sure a very grateful mama lives lives there!

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« Reply #389 on: May 04, 2024, 02:12:31 PM »
Great efforts, everyone!

I had another week-o-migraines so I haven't been getting much done, but I did manage to report a company for insurance fraud to the state of New York. If you ever see "Upward Health" on your caller ID, don't even pick up the phone. I have a jillion doctors so I usually answer anything that seems medical, but they are a scam.

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« Reply #390 on: May 04, 2024, 07:08:40 PM »
Great efforts, everyone!

I had another week-o-migraines so I haven't been getting much done, but I did manage to report a company for insurance fraud to the state of New York. If you ever see "Upward Health" on your caller ID, don't even pick up the phone. I have a jillion doctors so I usually answer anything that seems medical, but they are a scam.

This 100% counts. It's only a matter of time before they reach someone who's not so savvy and sends money, shares personal info, and whatever else.

Also, I really hope the migraines abate soon or at least give you a good, long break. Sending good vibes, for lack of anything more helpful to do.

Today: I carefully removed a loose object from a roadway. I hope I prevented anyone from swerving to avoid it and hitting someone or something else. Reported the problem to the city whose object it was for further attention.


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« Reply #391 on: May 04, 2024, 08:06:08 PM »
This 100% counts. It's only a matter of time before they reach someone who's not so savvy and sends money, shares personal info, and whatever else.

Also, I really hope the migraines abate soon or at least give you a good, long break. Sending good vibes, for lack of anything more helpful to do.

Thanks. I've had chronic migraines for a long time :-(  I have tried a lot of meds but nothing works very well. 

I never even gave this company my info, they called me on the phone out of the blue. The first time it happened was a couple of years ago, I was mystified as to how they billed my insurance without me having given them my insurance info or anything but shrugged it off (my insurance denied it - I wrote to them and said they should investigate it because it was fraud). They kept calling and calling and I blocked all their numbers. I accidentally picked up again - in the fog of an awful migraine earlier this year - realized it was them, chewed them out for half a minute about how they are committing fraud, told them to stop calling and hung up. THEY BILLED MY INSURANCE FOR THAT CALL under "unspecified medical services". I got the claim this week and that was when I decided I needed to file it with the state. I am livid that anyone would have the gall to do that.

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« Reply #392 on: May 05, 2024, 01:11:36 AM »
This 100% counts. It's only a matter of time before they reach someone who's not so savvy and sends money, shares personal info, and whatever else.

Also, I really hope the migraines abate soon or at least give you a good, long break. Sending good vibes, for lack of anything more helpful to do.

Thanks. I've had chronic migraines for a long time :-(  I have tried a lot of meds but nothing works very well. 

I never even gave this company my info, they called me on the phone out of the blue. The first time it happened was a couple of years ago, I was mystified as to how they billed my insurance without me having given them my insurance info or anything but shrugged it off (my insurance denied it - I wrote to them and said they should investigate it because it was fraud). They kept calling and calling and I blocked all their numbers. I accidentally picked up again - in the fog of an awful migraine earlier this year - realized it was them, chewed them out for half a minute about how they are committing fraud, told them to stop calling and hung up. THEY BILLED MY INSURANCE FOR THAT CALL under "unspecified medical services". I got the claim this week and that was when I decided I needed to file it with the state. I am livid that anyone would have the gall to do that.

$*!&! I hope the DA or insurance commissioner or somebody takes your report seriously and puts those jerks out of business. I was imagining something more like the "calling to fix your computer" scam, which has also separated too many people from their money, but at least avoiding it is as simple as hanging up.

Anyway, thanks for finding the energy and presence of mind to follow up.

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« Reply #393 on: May 05, 2024, 02:03:58 AM »
$*!&! I hope the DA or insurance commissioner or somebody takes your report seriously and puts those jerks out of business. I was imagining something more like the "calling to fix your computer" scam, which has also separated too many people from their money, but at least avoiding it is as simple as hanging up.

It's a real company in New York State, with a social media presence and (according to the internet) eight figures of venture capital startup fundraising. The doctor that they claimed had treated me with unspecified medical services is listed on their website as the Chief Medical Officer of the company. Crazy. I don't have a lot of confidence in any white collar crime actually getting prosecuted, though. I hope they will at least stop calling me! I haven't heard from them in five months.

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« Reply #394 on: May 10, 2024, 12:11:18 AM »
Picked up a couple of larger plastic bags that were blowing around.

Asked a local transit agency to fix the fare machines that didn't work when I tried them, and also urged them to look into why their fare machines malfunction so often.

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« Reply #395 on: May 10, 2024, 08:30:13 AM »
I've been looking for a specific volunteer opportunity for a long time. I want to help kids who don't have access to college counselors, or likely even able or willing parents to help them navigate the college application process. As someone who just dealt with this with DS18, it's absolutely mind boggling to think how a 17 year old could handle this on their own, and there's a ton of inequity in the process. I'm also gearing up to help DS17, and while i"m most certainly no pro, I've learned a lot along the way. I found an opportunity that looks perfect, and I was accepted to be a mentor! I start my training this week. I'm super excited & will be matched with three kids throughout the summer & the first half of their senior year, as they navigate the college application process. Woohoo!

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« Reply #396 on: May 10, 2024, 09:08:25 AM »
That's awesome. My parents both went to college and I still didn't feel like they were a ton of help and neither was my guidance counselor (he was a bigot). Someone with recent experience would be so much more helpful than someone who applied 30 years ago like my parents had...

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« Reply #397 on: May 10, 2024, 02:04:59 PM »
I adopted a 17 year old cat on Wednesday. She's old, she's too thin, she's not grooming herself... poor baby just needs a safe home with someone who knows how to take care of her. I can do that. Working on helping her clean up a bit and getting her to start to trust me.

I also found out that the video the shelter posted of her apparently was very popular, and might qualify as going viral.

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« Reply #398 on: May 10, 2024, 03:42:38 PM »
That's awesome. My parents both went to college and I still didn't feel like they were a ton of help and neither was my guidance counselor (he was a bigot). Someone with recent experience would be so much more helpful than someone who applied 30 years ago like my parents had...

My husband didn't go to school in the US, and even though my info is dated, I'm way more up to speed than he is, but absolutely having the time to dedicate to helping your kid build trackers & milestones, chase deadlines, do research, make hard decisions, evaluate offers, pros & cons... it's a ton of time & not all parents have time for that (and, many wealthy parents hire professionals anyway). The equity gap is really staggering.

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« Reply #399 on: May 10, 2024, 09:35:41 PM »
Mowed the soccer fields on Wednesday after an extended wet spell. Mowed them again tonight because it’s that time of year around here. It’s amazing how much grass can grow in 2 days.