September 8th, 2011

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I hate dealing with people who work for alternative energy suppliers. Every single one I've ever spoken with, in person or by telephone, has refused to take no for an answer. Today's sales person kept apologizing for not be explaining things correctly and began shouting for her supervisor when it became clear my "we aren't interested" wasn't going to change.

I know the job situation in Michigan is dire, but I really wonder what the sales people think. Do they believe they are providing a valuable service, or are they so desperate they don't care?

I'm skeptical of all of the companies participating in Michigan's Gas Choice program. Not only are the sales people aggressive, but they usually misrepresent themselves as either employees of the gas company itself or as some sort of auditor hired to find overcharges in previously issued bills. Furthermore, I know from my own research that when the contract with an alternative supplier expires, that supplier will continue to provide gas but do so at a much higher rate. While the potential to save some money by signing with a supplier exists, I also know that I will have to terminate service with that supplier when the contractual period ends -- and that termination has to be timed just right -- not too soon, or early termination penalties are charged, and not too late or we'll end up paying too much for gas. And, regardless of what supplier we choose, Consumers Energy will continue to deliver the gas to our meter, handle billing, and perform any maintenance or emergency service needed. Taking everything into consideration, I'm making Consumers Energy my supplier of choice.

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Yesterday I texted my mom after two attempts to talk to her on cell failed. (I blame stormy weather on both ends of the call.) Anyway, she texted me back and today I learned one of my brothers is about to lose his house. He and his wife have been living there for at least five years and he never missed a payment. Unfortunately he was buying the house through a land contract and the seller wasn't making his own mortgage payments to the bank. So the bank ends up with ownership of the house and my brother is SOL. I don't know if he can sue the seller. I expect so, but I also expect the seller has either spent or hidden away whatever money he got from my brother, and that's assuming my brother can prove he made payments. Me, I have enough sense to make payments in a traceable fashion, insist on receipts, or both. My brother, I'm not so sure.

This morning I went to the hospital for the calcium CT scan. It was an easy enough thing -- the technicians attached four leads to my chest, had me lay down on a bed type table, and then the bed was slid in and out of the CAT scanner. The scan portion took maybe three, four minutes. Getting ready for the scan (checking in, finishing paperwork, changing into a hospital gown, etc., added another ten or fifteen minutes. When all was said and done, we arrived at work just about the time we normally do on a Thursday morning.

Yesterday I called the arthritis clinic where I've been a patient. Only to learn that I no longer qualify to see my doctor when I want -- it's been more than three years since I saw her, and after three years I'm considered to be a new patient. And she isn't seeing new patients until December. I decided seeing someone soon was more important than checking in with one of my very favorite doctor-type-people and agreed to see another partner in the practice. Even so, the soonest I can get in is Friday, October 7th. I'm glad I decided to call when I did, and very glad I wasn't making the appointment because I'm in severe pain or some other urgent reason.

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