Re: Labor Day! Labor Day! Schools are closed and POOLS ARE OPEN!

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The body of the spider was about the size of a dime.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:27 AM
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The pictures are so tiny


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:35 AM
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Ok, HANG ON.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:37 AM
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Did the puss come from the wall or the picture? Because of the wall is oozing puss, then maybe you should look at that.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:40 AM
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The pus was running down the wall, from behind the picture. Then the spider ran up from the top of the picture.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:44 AM
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Ok, that's the best I can do. The photos were snapped under high adrenaline, and I should have taken more time to get them in focus.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:46 AM
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The spider was about the size of a cat.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:48 AM
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If that's one of the grossest things that has happened to you, there's something wrong with your kids.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:49 AM
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You've popped your kids' egg sacs?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:50 AM
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Only with an open hand. Not with a belt or anything.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:53 AM
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Well, tied them to a string, tied the other end to a door, and shut the door quickly.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:53 AM
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Pwned, but mine made more sense I think.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:54 AM
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Yay for the Least Wanted!


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:54 AM
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I thought you were riffing.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:55 AM
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Wait, it was running after you popped it? How does that work?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:58 AM
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You killed the spider? Dude. And let's not get into how pregnant Heebie killed the pregnant spider who was desperately trying to save her babies. Have you considered joining ISIS?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:59 AM
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14: No. Just adjusting because my underwear was twisted. I promise.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:59 AM
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15: I know!! It ran away, while oozing!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:00 AM
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16: Technically, I popped the spider, but Jammies killed it. One way or the other, we prevented lots of baby spiders, because we're pro-choice.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:01 AM
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Anyhow, how exactly was the pregnant spider trying to save my babies?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:02 AM
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She would have done the same to me.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:02 AM
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WHAT'S WITH THE THIRD DEGREE, GET OFF MY BACK.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:05 AM
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I feel terrible.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:05 AM
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WHAT'S WITH THE THIRD DEGREE, GET OFF MY BACK.

Is what the spider said.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:07 AM
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On the assumption that this is the spider thread (suck it, Stormcrow), I'll just link to the latest cool spider I've learned about, the Tibetan jumping spider.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:11 AM
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Gross, Stormcrow sucks spider sacs.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:13 AM
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Great big globs of greasy, grimy gopher guts.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:16 AM
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Did no one else's mother teach them that killing spiders is bad luck?


Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:37 AM
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My mom taught me that if she asked me to kill a spider, I should do it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:41 AM
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28 is right. Bugs that eat bugs are great. I bet heebie kills house centipedes, too.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:43 AM
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Moby-- I sent you an e-mail


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:43 AM
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We let the little wolf spiders alone. The cat-size spiders that pop themselves when I'm innocently hanging up a photo of my dear mother? Die.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:46 AM
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I answered your email.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:49 AM
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The picture in the link at 25 creeped me out.

Way scarier than Heebie's spider.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:50 AM
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I realise I got my spider-hating late night poster mixed up. Apologies Mister Smearcase! You are the one who should suck it!


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:50 AM
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But not as usefully as you might have liked. I blame not having an administrative assistant.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:51 AM
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Smearcase sucks spider sacs? Smearcrow does?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 8:02 AM
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Arachnophobia, the worst disease, you can't pop where you want to pop in times like these


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 8:45 AM
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I hate all of you and the internet you rode in on .


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 8:45 AM
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But I put the photos under the jump!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 8:49 AM
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I think you'll find we rode in on a giant spider.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 9:14 AM
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I think you'll find we rode in on a giant spider.

Indeed.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 9:39 AM
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42 was just supposed to link to the image, not the whole blog entry. Still, if you want to read about someone's Dungeons and Dragons session...

You'll be surprised to learn that Dungeons and Dragons related content is highly overrepresented in the hits that result from googling "riding a giant spider".


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 9:52 AM
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I'm curious as to what would have a normal level of representation in such searches. Will Smith?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 9:59 AM
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We have a bigger spider than the one in the OP, but it's at least outside.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 11:47 AM
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45: Big enough to ride?


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 12:01 PM
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He says it's an insurance issue.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 12:11 PM
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Does anyone object to the last Piketty chapter summary coming out on Thursday?

I'm finishing the book tonight, but I've spent the last couple of days reading most of part 2, then 3, then 4 and have other things I wanted to get done this weekend that I need to turn to. Wednesday doesn't work because I have various other things I have to do tomorrow.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 3:43 PM
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If no one comments in the time it takes me to write this comment I'm counting that as agreement.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 3:47 PM
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It's agreed.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 3:48 PM
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I am hardly one to object.

Also, I have blisters on my thumbs from kayaking.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 3:59 PM
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You must have been sitting deep in the elongated boat, most likely with your legs out in front of you, as opposed to up on a seat of some sort.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 4:08 PM
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You're psychic or emailing my family. I was sitting in the back of a two seat model and wishing I were up higher.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 4:11 PM
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I used my cunning and some elementary deductions, Watson.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 4:15 PM
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And wishing that the person in the front seat would either help or stop dragging his paddle.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 4:16 PM
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I can't resist contributing this video to the spider thread. (Trigger warning!)


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 4:23 PM
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Since this is ostensibly the labor day thread-
Has anyone ever dealt with the FL unemployment website? A former nanny in our state moved to FL and filed an unemployment claim and we have to respond to confirm that we did pay them and pay unemployment taxes.
First- the form was mailed 8/11 so presumably arrived maybe 8/14. We were away for a few weeks and just opened the notice and it says you have 20 days (calendar, not business) to respond.
Second- it says you can respond by mail, phone, or online. Phone is closed and it's the same line for people who are claiming/appealing UI so I'm not waiting on hold for 3 hours. It says "respond online at www.floridajobs.org" which has no indication anywhere of what to do. My google-fu finally led me to the right page, which is very similar to the URL provided, of course: http://www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/reemployment-assistance/respond-to-determination-notice-of-reemployment-assistance-claim-filed-(ucb-412)
However, the link from there takes you to a login page with no indication of how to register for an account. In true catch-22 fashion, at the bottom is the section "Helpful Resources Home" which has one item under it: "No menu options are available..." I even found a .pdf guide to using the system and THEIR SCREEN SHOTS DON'T MATCH THE SYSTEM (last revision of the guide was 03/13)
So at this point I'm saying fuck it and I'll try faxing it tomorrow and if that doesn't work I'll mail it back. They claim that failure to respond with all material facts may raise my UI tax rate (presumably only in FL so who gives a shit) but also provides criminal penalties if it leads to overcompensation of UI benefits.
Ok, so the MA system is poorly organized (who closes a website at night and weekends?) but at least I was able to conduct business there. This is like the liberal caricature of how conservatives intentionally ruin government programs they don't like.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 5:47 PM
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But at least there were no spiders on the website.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 5:48 PM
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To deal with the Florida unemployment website, you must think like a Floridian. Try golfing, meth, and Castro-blaming.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 5:59 PM
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58: Because of the robots.txt?


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 6:03 PM
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57: Don't know, but the MN one is not much better. When I was collecting UI 3 years ago, your login was your SSN and your password could be no more than 6 characters, letters only. HOWEVER, it was my experience as an employer that when you get shunted through the VM system to the appropriate person they are A LOT more helpful than if you are an unemployed person. Not that I would hold my breath for FL being the same.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 7:29 PM
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Piketty chapter summary preview: Why wasn't this chapter called Various & sundry considerations regarding Europe, with some reference to the question of the public debt?

Anyway, I'm glad I made the commitment to doing a chapter because I would not have read the book (this year, anyway), which would have been too bad because I got a lot of out it. Some of which may take the form of a post.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 8:17 PM
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Well, it seems the race for Alaska Governor just got a lot more interesting.

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Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 11:27 PM
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And now it's hit the media. (I had initially seen it via FB.)


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 11:38 PM
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Yay 4yr olds puking in the middle of the night!


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 12:23 AM
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Gross! I'm sorry.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 2:44 AM
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Sorry about the insomnia too.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 2:49 AM
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Thanks. It's a different game since I can easily nap during the day, though. It's insomnia, but without the stress.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 3:08 AM
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Rilee and Noser are actually surprisingly puke-light little kids. Hardly ever happens. I would definitely rather it not be at 3 am though.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 3:56 AM
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25, 26: Wait, I don't even own a thread. I guess somewhere I must have admitted to spiders being a fear factor for me. Yes, but as a mature, well-balanced adult I am able to restrict my fear and loathing to close encounters of the meatspace kind. You meddlesome kids with your internet don't phase me one little bit.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 4:10 AM
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Nice that the United States has 50+ different crappy unemployment websites instead of one good one. Yay Federalism!


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 4:47 AM
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71: Right. And this is the kind of thing that got glossed over during the ridiculous spectacle of the meltdown by "competency progressives" during the bungled healthcare.gov rollout. For instance Pennsylvania, $100M to IBM for unemployment and we got? Nada, nothing.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 5:13 AM
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Well, part of the problem there is that nobody should ever do business with IBM. They are putting out some astonishingly bad products these days, and charging through the nose for them.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 5:20 AM
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If you have a bad product, you have to charge a lot because you can't make profit on volume.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 5:27 AM
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So, for once, this is not an awful thing that is happening to me, but it still disgusts me.

I spoke to my godmother yesterday whose mother is in a dementia unit at a for-profit continuing care community in Oregon. She is probably dying very soon and is getting hospice care.

The facility claimed that it was unsafe for her to be there. I think that they have a nursing home onsite, so I don't get it.

A little while ago, the got an EVICTION NOTICE. So, she and her sister are coordinating hospice, dealing with their mother's death and going to a hearing to fight an eviction.

Things are moving quickly, so the eviction may be moot, but that is so very shitty.

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Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 6:45 AM
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73: PRIVATE SECTOR GOOD!! PUBLIC SECTOR BAD!!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 7:43 AM
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I'm surprised there hasn't been more of a push to privatize state unemployment systems. Is there less room for grift in that sector than I imagine?


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 8:21 AM
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The facility claimed that it was unsafe for her to be there

Like, she would die or something? Unsafe for the other patients or staff? That seems like a pretty bullshit reason to kick an old person out of a nursing home to me.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 8:24 AM
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77: The thing with unemployment is to make the payments on credit card like things where you never know exactly how much is on the card without asking and transferring card credit to real money is difficult. The card issuer takes a fee, of course, and benefits from all the shitty little leftover amounts on the card that can't quite be spent down to zero without excessive effort.

Virginia has started doing this with tax refunds. I am still trying to turn my card credit into cash.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 8:27 AM
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You can't just buy yourself an amazon gift card? That's how I turned my similarly awful at&t reward into something sensible.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 8:31 AM
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78: Not a nursing home, a dementia unit at an assisting living facility.

Maybe they think she needs to be in a nursing home. She's in very bad shape mentally--can't tell the difference between a fork and a toothbrush.

Still, it's ridiculous.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 8:33 AM
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I see, that makes somewhat more sense.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 8:40 AM
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80: I may end up doing something like that. I'd prefer cash, but that's a visit to the bank which I'd rather skip.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 9:36 AM
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Oh you can turn it directly into cash? That's unusual for that kind of evil debit card. The 3 year expiration is also generous, AT&T was 2 months.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 9:51 AM
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Yeah, we just neglected to take advantage of a similar Verizon card due to expiration. I wonder what the actual conversion rate is (or the ratio of real cost of the programs are to nominal value handed out).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 2-14 10:27 AM
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