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General (Off-Topic) Discussion / Re: Scam O'Clock
« Last post by Variety of Cells on September 14, 2019, 11:14:20 AM »
Uhhhhg I got scammed to my face.  He was good though.  Someone let him in our apartment building I guess.  He purposefully gave the impression that he was working for the city to try and help people with their ConEdison electric bills, and to correct ConEdison overcharging people with out of state fees.  He had an official looking badge and the whole shtick.  Knew exactly what he was talking about when it came to my ConEd bill.  He said that he could get them to lower those charges and change my electricity so that it was being billed in state, without paying out of state fees. 

But how I caught the scam was when I asked him if I could keep my same energy provider, Clear Choice.  I pay a little more and all of my electricity comes from renewables.  The scammer told me yes, I could keep that.  So a couple days later when I get an email from ConEd letting me know I've changed my provider to Median Energy Corp, I smelled something fishy.  Googled Median Energy and sure enough there were a bunch of yelp reviews about how they get into your building and basically lie to your face.  Sign you up for a different energy service, and then they slowly jack up your bill until you're paying $1,500 for gas in July.  Called up ConED and my gas provider and had them lock down my accounts.  Thankfully I don't believe I've lost any money.

I was angry.  Angry at myself mostly.  I should have pried a little harder.  Asked to see his credentials, who he was working for.  But even then I'm sure he would have had some answer.  But he gave me his real number, so I sent him a text.  His response made me laugh, and respect him at least a little bit, even if he is a bastard.

Movie Talk / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Last post by Johnny Unusual on September 14, 2019, 07:19:36 AM »
The 39 Steps

Rewatched this again recently and liked it even more this time around.  Certainly not my favourite Hitchcock movie (simply because he has so many good ones) but a rollicking, often funny ride.
General (Off-Topic) Discussion / Re: Completely Random Thoughts
« Last post by Russoguru on September 14, 2019, 05:00:43 AM »
I always tip at a restaurant/diner. Usually though I reserve that for places where somebody actually has to bring me drinks and food all the way from one side of the restaurant to the other to my table(Chili's, Applebee's, Weck's, Red Lobster, Outback steakhouse, Denny's, Village Inn, Twin Peaks, Hooters, etc). Don't get me wrong though, I would have no objection to a place raising their prices in order to pay for an employee's tips. Sometimes however it's kind of impractical. I mean if I'm going to a place like Panda Express or Jack in the Box, a quick tip calculation would find the tip being under a dollar, and sometimes I just don't have the change for that. Also, those places never have a tip jar so I have zero incentive to leave any kind of tip.

Tell me if this sounds stupid... judging a person based solely on their looks is just as ridiculous as the practice of phrenology.
Sports Talk! / Re: The 2019 NFL Season thread
« Last post by RVR II on September 14, 2019, 04:20:44 AM »
Changes could be coming to the Panthers sooner than later if this sounds true :-\
Cam Newton Sounded Like A Man Who Was Ready To Follow Andrew Luck & Call It Quits After TNF Game

And the 'Cam Newton looks like' memes are taking hold..
Movie Talk / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Last post by Darth Geek on September 13, 2019, 08:40:50 PM »
Itsy Bitsy (2019) - This was pretty good! It looked like a theatrical movie, even though it was apparently a Kickstarter project. The special effects were excellent, and looked mostly practical. I also liked that while the spider was bigger than normal
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
And depsite the name and the fact it's about a big spider, this is not a horror comedy by any means. This movie has tension in spades and could definitely freak you out if you have arachnophobia.
The acting is mostly excellent, with the daughter only occasionally being a little stiff. The themes of motherhood and the challenges of parenting made this feel like a believable family.
The exact nature of the spider is left unclear. It behaves, reproduces, and is mortal like a normal spider. But we are given a supernatural backstory of it being some kind of deity.
I would definitely recommend this.
Video Games / Re: General Game News
« Last post by Russoguru on September 13, 2019, 06:31:30 PM »
I don't know what to make of that. Honestly, I hate playing games on my mobile phone unless it's like quiz games or something. If I want to play any other kind of game I must, MUST have a controller. I just can't stand touch controls.
Movie Talk / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Last post by Russoguru on September 13, 2019, 06:24:05 PM »
I watched Footloose for the first time in a VERY long time. I'm serious I don't think I've watched this film since sometime in the 90's. Anyways it was a lot of fun. For a huge chunk of the movie there doesn't feel like there's much of a story going in a certain direction. I feel however between Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John Lithgow's excellent performances, not to mention the kick-ass soundtrack, Footloose is still an amazing mandatory slice of 80's nostalgia.
Links and stuff / Re: Tweeters Never Prosper
« Last post by Johnny Unusual on September 13, 2019, 04:56:58 PM »
General (Off-Topic) Discussion / Re: My Crazy-Ass Local Weather
« Last post by RVR II on September 13, 2019, 03:53:44 PM »
And Finally the rains came!
Pretty good thunder storms rolled in from the northeast moving southwest around 2:30-3pm and we had a pretty good downpour for at least 20 minutes.
Dropped the temperatures some 15 degrees from the lower 90s.
Music: The Universal Language? / Re: General Music News Thread
« Last post by The Lurker on September 13, 2019, 01:15:29 PM »
RIP Eddie Money
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