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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

I just discovered that all of the Fawlty Towers episodes are on Netflix instant icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Originally Posted by otc View Post

netflix is trading up 40% this morning...

coincidence? I think not.
post #28097 of 44834
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

G'luck G and cute on the kids Stitch.

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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

Good going, and good luck!
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post

knock 'em dead, G!

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

fantastic news!!!!!!! o hope it goes well.

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Originally Posted by acidboy View Post

good luck, meng.

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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

Good luck, G!
Piob, the world needs more bosses like you.
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

Good luck G, Piob sounds like fun, and Stitches sounds like your kids were raised right (thank God for their mother!)
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Originally Posted by A Canuker View Post

Great news, we are cheering for you!!!!

Thanks, all! This is a pretty great opportunity, so I'm sure I'm up against some tough competition, both for interview selection and the job itself. Still, I needed something positive coming my way. Looking for a new job in this economy is baldy[1].gif, and return emails, let alone interviews are hard to come by. Even if this doesn't prove to be the right job, the fact that they want to meet me says I'm doing something right, and I can use the positive reinforcement right now.
post #28098 of 44834
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

netflix is trading up 40% this morning...

yeah?

screw you!
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

nice, what was the car?

wife's SUV, Subaru Outback (guess is not really and SUV) but now she wants something bigger ffffuuuu.gif (wait that didn't came out right, ha) ...
post #28100 of 44834
Looks like I won my case with the department of public works. >$6000 credit coming to my water bill.

Yes, that's six thousand.
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nice!
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Gonna leave work early to catch a movie.
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Looks like I won my case with the department of public works. >$6000 credit coming to my water bill.

Yes, that's six thousand.

Do you happen to own a water park or hydroelectric plant?
post #28105 of 44834
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

Galt, I know I'm late on this but apparently I didn't congratulate you on new baby. I swear I typed out a post but I was pretty buzzed that night.

I don't know if you've had a daughter before, but I can tell you from experience that the father-daughter relationship is really special. It's been the most enjoyable relationship I've had with anyone in my life and I wish the same for you.

thanks man - our older daughter is just about to turn 2 and it's been great
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

Gonna leave work early to catch a movie.

i am jealous.
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Do you happen to own a water park or hydroelectric plant?

bmore had a serious issue with their water bills. things got way out of hand. crazy bills for crazy money for no reason.
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Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post

thanks man - our older daughter is just about to turn 2 and it's been great
mine is just turning 32 and same thing!
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

netflix is trading up 40% this morning...

Short squeeze?
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Originally Posted by why View Post

Do you happen to own a water park or hydroelectric plant?

Amusingly enough, the first thing the commissioner asked us when we sat down in our conference this morning was "you haven't been operating a car wash out of your home, have you?"

The back story on my water bill:

A few years ago (late 2010) I had a leak in the main water service to my house, between the street and the home. I did not notice it for about 9 months because there was no abvious evidence of the water leaking anywhere (it was underground and just seeping I suppose in an inconspicuous location) and because we did not occupy the house at the time. It was a home in need of significant repairs and we were planning and saving for the work. I had the main water valve in the basement turned off so I didn't even bother to open the bills. When I finally did, I had a ~$2,500 water bill.

I made a few phone calls at the time and got absolutely nowhere with DPW. I ended up having to pay the bill because it was interfering with closing on our financing. I decided I'd get around to formally disputing it at some point, but just never quite got around to going downtown. I had little expectation of actually getting anywhere anyways, and I mostly wrote it off as a loss to my own stupidity. In the meantime, I had a plumber turn the water off at the meter.

In mid-2011, when we started reconstruction of the house, the first repair was to replace the entire water service from the meter into the house. They dug a trench and re-did the entire line. We moved in in late 2011 and started receiving normal water bills. Things were grand.

Last spring, I noticed that an area in the front yard had some particularly vigorously growing grass. Then I noticed it developing into a marshy area. I called my contractor, who pretty much blew me off saying "it's a brand new service, it must be something else," until I forced him to come out and have a look. By that time, I had a spring in my front yard, water running down the street. Of course, they had to dig up the front yard again (under warranty this time) and re-replace the new water service, and I braced myself for the bill. Nearly $4,000.

Now I was really livid, and refused to pay without talking to someone in charge.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

bmore had a serious issue with their water bills. things got way out of hand. crazy bills for crazy money for no reason.

In the meantime, this had happened. It has been a huge public scandal. I think we are a bit lucky that it did. Though our problem was a mechanical failure, times two, this scandal about overcharged Baltimore residents and, literally, millions of dollars in refunds due to thousands of city residents really put DPW on its heels. The difference between the customer service I received when trying to dispute the first bill and now has been night and day. They've assigned people to do "informal conferences," e.g. one-on-one hearings where they will consider adjusting your bill.

In our municipality, about 1/3 of the bill is for water, and the other 2/3 of the bill is for sewer. There is no meter going out of your home; they presume all the water in ends up coming out, and they apply a higher rate for the wastewater management. I think even under the old regime, we should have been entitled to a bill adjustment writing off the sewer component for all the bills. But today, though it took a few fits and starts to get an appointment date with the commissioner, we went in, presented our case, including signed statements and invoices from our contractor, and they rapidly agreed to write down all of the large bills, dating back to the 2010 problems, to a de minimis amount. I don't have an updated bill, but I am led to believe that this should result in a roughly $6,000 adjustment.
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Tomorrow night is the most important night of the year. It is time to party and pipe in the main dish. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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