Sunday Scribblings

RANDOM PUZZLEMENTS

(Sunday Scribblings prompt: Puzzled)

  • Did the loud music coming from the apartment above mine ever get turned off last night? It started up in the late afternoon yesterday, was still on (loudly) when I finally went to sleep around 1:30am, and when I woke up at 8am it’s still going strong.
  • Was Discover (the credit card company) not receiving enough profit? They used to offer this great service where you could go to their website and send a gift card to someone. You would choose the amount, tell them where to send it, add a personalized message, and they would ship the card for free to your recipient and deduct the amount from your existing credit card account. How quick and easy! I liked the fact that the recipient could use the card anywhere, instead of having to choose a store card that they could use in only one place. I used this service for several years but now it’s no more — at least the “free” part. It now costs $3.95 for them to send the card, or $6.95 if you want them to enclose a greeting card. So now I will no longer use their gift card service, because I don’t think I should have to pay any extra. Haven’t there been studies that show gift cards are more profitable for companies than the recipients?
  • Why does the state of California think I might owe them money? I started a job in the state at the very end of 2005, which means I only worked for a few weeks in California for the 2005 tax year. When I filed my taxes the following April, I looked at the requirements on their website and ascertained that I didn’t have to file a state tax return (although I did, of course, file a federal return and one for Virginia state taxes). But I just recently got a notice in the mail from them that I DO have to file, and I spent several hours printing out forms from their website, going through my records, and mailing them the information they requested.
  • Where are all these people going? This is what I wonder when I drive in northern Virginia traffic. Sometimes I suspect they’re out there in their cars just to be out and about. They’re all conspiring against me. (Kidding.) But I estimate it takes me at least twice as long to get from one place to another than it would if I lived in a different area.
  • Why did the weather have to take a turn for the worse today, when I had every intention of braving that traffic and going out to run some errands? It’s no fun to drive when there’s snow coming down.
  • If you’re a blogger, don’t you realize that there are certain color schemes that make it really hard to read the text on your page? Like green words on a black background? Small text that I have to squint to see? This is not reader-friendly. If you’re going to take the time to write on a blog, it would be unfortunate to have it overlooked because it’s too much trouble to read.
  • Why did my friends look at me funny yesterday when I described the most recent documentary I’d received in the mail? I guess it didn’t seem quite as interesting to them as it did to me.
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6 Comments

  • Reply kathryn February 25, 2007 at 11:07 am

    california is stupid but there is not much snow.
    60 degrees yesterday and today is looking bright.

    and some bloggers are idiots

    and maybe your nieghbor died!?

    i think that all i have to add.

  • Reply Little Miss Moi February 25, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Dear zandria. Tell me if my blog is one of the small type ones. Although my mother hasn’t commented and she’s a) rude and b) blind as a bat. Also, I do wonder where people are going. In Sydney at 3am, I used to see traffic jams on the roads. Surely they can’t be going to work? Not that many people? Interesting indeed.

  • Reply Marie D. February 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Lol I loved that post, I just hope I don’t fall under the category of those stupid bloggers.

    Last year I lived exactly 4 weeks in the Brussels area (which is a distinct federal entity) before moving and I had to pay the regional taxes just as if I had lived there the whole year, plus of course the taxes for the area I lived in the other 48 weeks. I am afraid Governments are never more creative than when they find ways to make us pay (Belgium has the highest taxes rate of Europe).

  • Reply mikaela February 26, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Random puzzlements is certainly accurate! 🙂

  • Reply ally bean February 27, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Random comments.

    I think Discover is missing the mark by adding cost to what was a good thing for them. I think that driving in snow makes everything seem 2x as difficult. And I think that many bloggers have no sense of style so they don’t even think about what their blogs look like to others.

    Good take on the prompt.

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