Visa Responds

Yesterday I received my letter from Visa regarding a merchant — specifically, the Sunoco A-Plus at 1101 Cameron Street in Harrisburg — who was enforcing a minimum purchase amount for debit / credit card usage.  In a world where businesses increasingly view consumers as commodities and not actual human beings, it’s nice to have a corporation with the size and power of Visa fight back on my behalf.

Even if they do have their own ulterior motives.

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The Upcoming Shutdown Showdown

First, at times like this I’m very glad to be considered a critical state employee. I don’t get furloughed no matter what. And I feel very bad for the people who are going to have to try to find a way to pay for their $4 gas / food / car loan / mortgage / etc if the state shuts down again. Even if it’s “only a day” again, the experience has got to be nerve-wracking to say the least.

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My New Digs

Renovations at the World Headquarters are moving along nicely, now that the contractor doing the master bathroom managed to wrap up his “five days, tops” job in just under seven weeks.  A new contractor is starting on the kitchen and guest bathroom, and I’m going to paint and re-trim the entire house.  With a little luck, I’ll be on the market by the end of this month.  So it was with great giddiness that Deb and I went to view some condos in Mechanicsburg.

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Damn Good Coffee

It’s supposed to be 97 today.  I’m swamped with emails from video submissions from blogHarrisburg.  I have a half dozen eBay shipments to make today.  McDonald’s screwed up my breakfast order.  I just found out my PayPal Premier account has ridiculous processing fees.  Gas is supposed to hit $4.30 by July 1.  I’m at work eight hours earlier than my usual shift.  Also it’s Monday.

But this Sumatra bean coffee from St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown is just amazing.  The beans are shiny and the flavor is rich but not oppressive.

Grinder, French press, and my day just got awesome.