October 6th, 2010


Truth in advertising

Idiots at Qwest are kinda pissing me off. I went with Qwest for my internet because I wanted something cheap like kengr has, and they had 3 Mbps for $14 or so bucks, compared to Comcast's 1.5 Mbps economy plan for a little less. I thought it was quite clear what I was getting into. Then my bill came. Sure enough, the price was right, but there was something on the bill about it being a promotional discount. I looked up the page I'd been on, online, when signing up originally. Nowhere on that page or anything it links to does it mention that price being promotional, set to expire, or anything. The site led me to believe that this plan was Qwest's equivalent of Comcast's economy plan. But no, it expires in 6 months and goes up to $50 a month. Once I figured out that the guy was basically saying something completely contrary to what the site had said, I very calmly (for fear of being hung up on if I was rude) explained to him that this was false advertising and his company could get in trouble with the law for it. I was on the page while on the phone with him, so when he argued with me, I said, "Okay fine, I'm on the page right now. You tell me where on here it says that this is a promotional package!" He had no idea where. He tried selling me DirectTV shit, and I basically told him I wasn't interested and hung up. (Though not before letting him know that I think it's absurd for a phone company to be having anything to do with television.)

You know, maybe it *did* mention it was a promotional price somewhere on that page or in some link, but if it did, it must have been written in text the color of the background, or hidden in some obscure corner of the page in absurdly small font size, hidden in a bank vault with orcs and goblin-men guarding it with machine guns. Because I went over that page with a fine toothed comb for about 20 minutes before I ever called Qwest, and so I can safely say that they LIED. They said one thing on the site, and something completely different on the bill, and gave not one iota of a hint that it wasn't really what it said it was.

So basically, at this point I am so pissed off that I am considering dropping Qwest internet and getting the economy internet thing from Comcast that kengr has. If it weren't for the fact I like having a landline phone, I'd probably be considering dropping the whole company. Lying sacks of shit that they are.

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Cranberries and lingonberries

My favorite fruit is cranberries. The more tart, the better. Naturally, I love cranberry juice. My main problem, though, with cranberry juice is that it tends to be overly sweet. Drinkable, but I'd rather they cut down on the sweetener and let the tartness come out to play. Ocean Spray's Light Cranberry Juice used to be good for tarter juice, but then they started putting Splenda in it. Bleh.

Anyway, found something neat at IKEA the other day. When kengr and I first went there, we ate at their restaurant. We had their Swedish meatballs, which came with a side of something called lingonberry sauce. At first, I thought it was cranberry sauce, because it tastes exactly the same (no difference at all in taste!) but the berries were too small to be cranberries. I liked it a lot.
Then the other day I went back and stumbled upon "lingonberry preserves." Since I have never seen cranberry preserves, and lingonberries taste exactly like cranberries, I got a jar. It makes yummy toast, at the very least. :-D

I took a picture of the jar, but I can't share it right now because the camera is on the tripod and I dare not move it yet. Ya see, last night I spent at least an hour (probably more like 2) doing a stop-motion animation movie before going to bed, and I haven't even finished the story. Not sure how good the picture will be, I'll have to play around with the point of view. But it's funny, so far. Though I plan to have some sadness in it, too. It will be featuring my hands in the role of God. :-D

But yeah, I love tart fruits. When I was a kid, we had a crabapple tree nearby. I used to eat the crabapples. :-)

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