On Tue, 7 Mar 2017 17:43:11 -0800, "billbowden"
Post by billbowden Post by rumpelstiltskin
On Wed, 1 Mar 2017 20:24:08 -0800, "billbowden"
Post by billbowden Post by rumpelstiltskin
On Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:09:23 -0800, "billbowden"
Post by billbowden Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by billbowden
I got an email today concerning my $10 award for the phone survey and was
invited to take another survey. So, I clicked on the link and had to answer
100 questions or more about my living habits. Where I shopped, where I got
health insurance, how much I drank and smoked, which roads I used when
driving. How far I walked in a week, how much I spent on gasoline,
movies I watched, where do I get my news, where do I get my prescription
drugs, what sports do I like, what internet service do I use and how much
time do I spend on the internet , and on and on. I was surprised they
didn't ask if my pet was a dog or a cat. I think I finished the survey and
am good to receive the $10 for my 1 hour work.
Thanks for the tip, but I'll pass! Was that a $10 bill or
a $10 check, or just a $10 "gift card"?
I have a thing against "gift cards".
As I understand it, it will be 2 crisp five dollar bills in the mail. But I
never did finish the survey, they kept asking more questions about where I
got auto insurance, homeowners insurance, how much I worked out in health
clubs, what kinds of drinks I liked, beer, wine or spirits, what education I
had, which movies I liked, and what credit cards I used, and how many
hotels I have stayed at in the last 12 months. They even wanted to know if I
had visited Disneyland in the last year, and I said no even though I had a
yearly pass to disneyland for about 8 years and went there 150 times. I can
walk to Disneyland. I liked hearing the piano player on main street and he
let me play the Maple Leaf Rag on Tuesday nights.
The old scameroo. That's the first thing that comes to my
mind whenever I get offered money for answering a too-easy
survey. It might be fun to answer the questions in a way that
makes it look like I'm a dangerous loonie about ready to blast
off, but I'd probably get a visit from Homeland Insecurity if I
did that these days. In case Homeland Insecurity is reading
this, let me assure them that though I am an obvious loonie,
I'm not dangerous and have never met anybody named
When my son was here, he noted the average of four or five
pieces of junk coming through my mailbox every day, and said
"You sure get a lot of mail". I sure do, though all I do is
contribute to a couple of charities of the kind that are unlikely
to alarm Homeland Insecurity (I thought I'd better add that
last bit - you never know.) If I started responding to surveys
that asked me whether I preferred boxers or briefs and
whatnot, that barrage of tree-killing might quickly rise to
twenty pieces of mail a day.
I got my $10 today but they included a little book where I have to log all
the TV stations I watch and which hours for a couple weeks. I guess I could
just throw it away but since I don't watch much TV, it should be easy to do.
I also got a Jury Summons in the mail but all I have to do is call some
number to see if I need to go in. But I have to be ready to go in within an
hour if they call me for 5 days. So, I have to stay home for 5 days in April
to answer the phone.
What a pain. Of course, you could have a cell phone and then
at least you wouldn't have to stay home. Everybody's expected
to have a cell phone these days. There should be an exception
that people over 65 don't have to have cell phones, because
we haven't made the transition into modern times.
Today I confirmed that the new streetcars we're getting only
have seats that face inward. That way more standees can be
packed in (which is not given as a reason) and it will be easier
to accommodate disabled people (which IS given as a reason).
Although the new streetcars, as shown in pictures, look pretty
jazzy from the outside, I guess I won't be taking streetcars
much once the new ones arrive. One can get anywhere the
streetcars go, except to Fisherman's Wharf, by subway, and
it's quicker. The attraction of the streetcars has been that
one can look out the window and observe the world passing
by, but if all the seats face inward, that attraction will be
shot. The only thing one will be able to look at will be the
butts of mostly fat, old people standing up, so one might as
well take the faster subway.