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Bits and Pieces - Qualified Perceptions
Bits and Pieces
  • Boston and Cambridge Appliance Repair rocks. I foolishly didn't start looking into repair people for the dryer until the weekend was over (and see previous post about not bringing the right information to work), but it turns out they answer the phones 24 hours a day. I called them Monday night, they gave me a window of 10-12 Tuesday, the guy showed up at 9:30 (technically outside the window, but on the useful side of outside as opposed to the not-until-4 side I'm more familiar with). He was polite, friendly, helpful, pretty much all the adjectives you want in someone who's helping you; then, he was done fixing it by 10:15, gave me advice on how to vent it better when harrock gets around to replacing that window, and was gone.
  • I am an honest to goodness card-carrying member of the ACLU. I give them money every month. I wish that meant they would stop calling me on the phone asking for more money. Sigh. Is it not possible to support a group without getting flagged as "sucker" in their database?
  • The Hunting of the Snark was made into a musical! How did I miss that?
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dpolicar From: dpolicar Date: December 5th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it not possible to support a group without getting flagged as "sucker" in their database?

Yes. Make anonymous donations.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 5th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I've certainly encountered the concept before, but I realize I don't have a good idea of how to actually *make* an anonymous donation, other than by sending an envelope full of cash.

(And, hmm. I can't make anonymous political donations to parties or candidates, right? Are there limits on donations to political groups?)
dpolicar From: dpolicar Date: December 5th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cash is what I had in mind, yes.
That said, I bet your bank would somehow let you create an account that could only be connected to you via some kind of law-enforcement mechanism.
navrins From: navrins Date: December 5th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, sending them a check multiple times just gets you on their mailing list multiple times. At least that was my experience.
From: desireearmfeldt Date: December 5th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
A musical of Hunting of the Snark? I suppose that's no harder to spin into full length than many of the kids books they seem to make feature films of... Do you have a soundtrack? :)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 5th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't you go mocking Hunting of the Snark or I will have to call you out!

(And no, I don't have a soundtrack, I just discovered this. Amazon lists some for $85, which is in the out-of-print-and-rare... wait, iTunes has it! Yes!)
From: desireearmfeldt Date: December 6th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I was totally not mocking! I just said it was short!
arcanology From: arcanology Date: December 5th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have that same problem with the ACLU. After giving them money and getting enough mailings to prevent me from sending any more money... I still get a lot of mailings, which often say "your membership is about to expire". Uh, no guys, my membership expired a loooong time ago.
From: readsalot Date: December 6th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Same here, except that I stopped reading the mailings after a while.
harrock From: harrock Date: December 6th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mostly my solution to the sucker problem is to let you make all of the political-type contributions. I don't get too many of those calls. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: December 8th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It bugs me too that the organizations pester you once you send them money. I'd really like to tell them, "I'll send you money as long as you don't pester me. The first piece of solicitation I get from you, that's when my donations stop." Sadly, I bet their machinery can't parse that.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: February 27th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was searching for something in livejournal and ended up re-reading this post and comments - anyway, I just wanted to say that my current arrangement with the ACLU is "I will let you put me on a monthly donation schedule, as long as you NEVER CALL ME ON THE PHONE. I will read the mail you send me, and you don't have to ask me for money because I'm already giving you some."

This appears to be something that they can do, because I have not gotten a call from them in a long time. :)
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