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Bullet Sunday 314

Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Dave!Don't pop that viagra just yet... because Bullet Sunday starts now...

   
• Credit! I pay for everything with my credit cards, because both my VISA and American Express earn me air miles and travel perks. So long as I pay my credit cards off at the end of each month, it's a winning scenario. At least is was until now. Because now stores are allowed to pass along the credit card fees they pay on to their customers. Which means any store not willing to absorb the fees are going to be adding 1.5% to 3% onto the total of your bill. Pile $25,000 onto your card for the miles each year and that could reach $750 annually. Suddenly those "free" air miles just got really expensive. So expensive that it's not longer worth it. If a "free" roundtrip domestic ticket is 25,000 miles (which cost $750 in fees), it's cheaper to just pay the $250-$400 it would cost to buy it outright. This really sucks, but I guess we need to wait and see how many companies start charging a fee before we know how bad it sucks.

   
• Sin of the City. The horrific nightclub fire in Brazil which killed at least 233 people is a sad reminder of how life can imitate art which is imitating life. Duran Duran's incredible "Wedding Album" features a song called Sin of the City which pretty much spells it out...

Kind of makes you wonder if you're taking your life in your own hands when you go out for a night on the town. Safety code violations are so commonplace and so rarely enforced in many places on this earth that it can be like playing Russian roulette. Eventually the tragedy will strike... it's just sheer chance that it will be on the day you are the one experiencing it.

   
• Asteroids! All this talk about companies wanting to send ships into space to mine asteroids makes my mind zero-in on one thing every time...

Atari Asteroids

Of course, now that Atari is in bankruptcy and finally set to die once and for all, I suppose I should stop clinging to the past and look to the future...

Millenium Falcon Asteroids

I wonder if these companies remember that the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field are 3,720 to 1?

   
• WTF?! I guess marriage equality opponents are finally starting to realize that more and more people want their gay friends, family, and neighbors to be able to have the same right to get hitched as everybody else. This has resulted in some of them abandoning their absurdly ridiculous arguments against same-sex marriage... for even more absurdly ridiculous arguments?!? You know, I honestly try and respect views and opinions that are different from mine... but this has to be the stupidest fucking thing I've heard in ages: Only straight couples should be allowed to marry because only they can have a child unexpectedly, where gay couples have to plan for it? Seriously? THIS is what passes for a logical argument now-a-days? It's witnessing this level of idiocy that is eventually going to be the death of me. My brain simply cannot process this fucked-up shit, and one day it's going to hemorrhage... just you wait. When the blog entries stop, that's when you'll know I've finally had too much.

   
• WTF?! Part Two You know that you've been blogging too long when you get an email criticizing you for using a split infinitive. What fascinates me most here is not that somebody decided to go all grammar nazi on me, but that they thought I was unaware of what I had done. As if it were impossible for somebody to intentionally ignore a grammar rule that they feel is stupid (see what I did there?). I suppose that I could invite them to kindly go fuck themselves, but I wouldn't want to mistakenly cause their brain to forcibly hemorrhage. I can so relate.

   
Annnnd... tomorrow is going to be a long day, so I am going to regretfully take my leave of you now.

Comments

  1. Invader_Stu says:

    They better watch out for giant space worms when mining.

  2. B.E. Earl says:

    On the subject of gay marriage/rights, have you seen the video that NBA player Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets put out endorsing LGBT marriage with his two Moms. It’s pretty cool. Especially coming from a pro athlete from a league that is widely considered to have anti-gay sentiments.

  3. bo says:

    Never tell me the odds!

  4. I can hear it now, on approach to the asteroid field … “Look, we got four or five of the main characters on this ship. I think we’re gonna be okay.”

  5. Megan says:

    I love when people attempt to correct your grammar and have no idea what the real grammar rules actually are.

  6. i get why stores want to pass along the fees associated with credit cards. it has been a long time coming. this is just one of the reasons why i like writing and mailing checks. #oldschoolforever

  7. I think some stores will use not passing the credit card surcharge on as a reason to shop there, like a loyalty card or something.

    More than a few of the gas stations in the Detroit area pass on some costs for gasoline if you charge it. Usually 7 to 10 cents a gallon. They did this a few years back and then stopped the practice and then it started up again.

    In a semi-related story: I had $63 in groceries the other day, waved my loyalty card and $16 came off, handed over 6 coupons and another $8 came off. 3% is nothing compared to something like a loyalty card (and some coupons). The $8 in coupons might have nothing to do with the store but the $16 was 25% of my order!

    Gary

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