I do not like pop-ized Christmas music in general, but it's still playing at work and it's really getting on my nerves. The worst offenders:
- That version of Jingle Bells where the singer disregards the traditional melody and rhythm of the song, and tries to cover by singing "jingle" too many times.
- All of those cookie-cutter, sound-alike, 1950s vintage (or faux '50s) Jingle-Bell-Rockin'-Around-The-Sleigh-Ri
de songs with too much choir, bari sax and slide guitar ('cept for Christmas At Ground Zero).
- Any version of My Favorite Things sung by a grown man.
- Any version of Santa Baby not sung by a Eartha Kitt.
- The "holiday" remix of the opening of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells Part One.
Um, anyway, on my lunchbreak I went to Borders and spent a giftcard I'd gotten for Christmas. One of the things I purchased was the recent CD release of William Shatner's The Transformed Man. I also considered a calendar (they're 50% off!), but I think I have my heart set on the this Classic Computers calendar, which I suppose I'd better hurry up and buy so that I have it before April. Why April? Because the April spread features my first love, the cheap and mediocre Texas Instruments TI-99/4a, which was obsolete a good eight years before I ever owned one (ever load a tape drive?).
After lunch I volunteered to help one of my coworkers with her stuff, so I'm assigning incoming credit card disputes to reps who will handle them. There's a report that shows the total dollar amount of the incoming items, and it looked kind of high to me. I was about half through the stack when I figured out why: two items, one for $15,000 and one for $10,000. Most of our disputes are in the $10 - $250 range (because that's where most transactions fall), so $15,000 is, well, it's kind of a lot. It's not the dollar amount that surprises me, though. It's the dispute reason.
Usually when I see something for a high dollar amount, it falls into one of a two categories: "this just showed up on my statement and I didn't do it," or "I paid for this expensive merchandise or service and never received it." This is a different matter entirely. This is "I might have done these, but I can't remember. Please retrieve the sales receipts in case they jog my memory."
It may just be me, but I think most people would remember having made two charges totalling $25,000.
Do you suppose this guy gives to charity? The Friends of Colin's New Stereo could use a handout.