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I’m not so good at managing it. I need to work on it more, then I think life would be easier. Just a random thought for today,

Happy Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Happy Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Yes it’s Friday the 13th. The Witches Sabbath, if you believe the Norse mythology. I find it interesting that it was the Christian coverts who decided that Frigga (the Norse goddess of love and fertility) was a witch. Another source of the superstition created by the extermination of the Knights Templar initiated by the Pope on October 13th, 1307. I don’t believe it’s unlucky, just another myth generated by religion and the church.

Friday the 13th...not!
Capital One Sucks!

Capital One Sucks!

Today started off bad and just got worse. As I said before I woke with depression and anxiety already running rampant in my body. I kept thinking “Okay, just relax, things are not that bad.” But then I proceeded to pay my bills. This sent me on a roller coaster journey. I logged in to my Capital One account to pay my car payment. I was ecstatic to see that my balance on my loan as of today $526 and change. I was proud that even though times are tough and I’ve been unemployed for the longest period ever in my life, I have been doing my damnedest to see that my car payments are made and my only mode of transport is taken care of.

So, I go to make an online payment. But as usual the Capital One website is “Unable process my request at this time.” So I call the 800 number and make a $410 payment. Another feeling of “Woo hoo!” until… As I’m finishing the call the guy on the other end says as of today your balance is $800 and change which will be reduced by todays payment. WTF? The Capital One Account website said I only owed $526 and change? I calmly ask the rep why there is a discrepancy between my account on Capital One’s website and the computer that the rep uses that says I owe $800+. The rep start digging but can’t give me and answer. So again I say “All I would like would be an explanation, please.” I didn’t curse or lose my temper. As I kept pushing the point the rep says to me “Sir, this connection on the phone keeps dropping out and I’m going to have to disconnect this call.” And he then HUNG UP ON ME!

So I immediately call back and got a new rep and I explained what happened on the previous call and also that I was NOT HAPPY! So repeat the above. And I’m then told the explanation is that the telephone reps go by “their records” meaning Capital One, and the $409 left on the account is what I now owe. I ask “Isn’t the Capital One website your records as well? Why are the two different?”. She says well I can mail you copies of the records I have here. To which I say “Yes, and I can send you prints of what I see on YOUR website. Is there a person I can talk to in a higher position or an email address to where I can send my inquiry?” The rep says “No!”. The call ends.

So in closing let me say that Capital One Bank SUCKS! I treated them with respect never once losing my temper or raising my voice. The banks which we the public bailed out with $700 billion do not care that they are screwing us. We the little people don’t seem to matter to them in the least.

This is not over! I vow to get this straightened out. Capital One SUCKS!

EDIT: A bit of clarification

Paper bill I get in the mail says one amount amount due is double the amount of the paper bill

Amount I paid was double the online amount.


Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

I really wanted to like Sucker Punch. Visually the movie is interesting, but I’ve seen this style in Snyder’s other films like Watchmen and 300. So it really wasn’t anything new or groundbreaking. I had actually waited for both of these films for rental rather than seeing them in the theater. I probably should have done the same for Sucker Punch.

The story was predictable. You knew where it was going next. There were not any surprises in that department. The overuse of slo-mo gun battles and sword fights became tedious after the first couple of scenes, and I guess if you’re inside your mind during these fights you are a complete badass.

The characters in the film were uninteresting and flat. I just didn’t care what happened to them. The villain was just not very good, like he was trying too hard to be bad.  The story was simple. Young girl’s (Babydoll) mother dies leaving her with twisted evil stepdad. He has her put in an asylum where the creepy orderly will have her lobotomized.

Babydoll retreats into her mind to join up with other inmates to attempt an escape. In the process fighting weird creatures, samaurai-like beings, and creepy Steampunk Germans. I won’t give away anything more except to say why aren’t there more movies with dragons? That was the coolest scene in the film, and all too short.

Pretty girls and neat special effects do not make a good movie though. I guess I want a good plot and to be challenged by having to think a little bit. Not a terrible film, but maybe just a rental?