Thursday, February 12, 2009

Too Much To Ask

I believe that when people go into business for themselves, or when a company begins to exist, the entity has the right to charge whatever prices they believe are fair and reasonable.

I believe that I have the right to decide what prices are fair and reasonable.

If I don't agree that the entities prices are fair and reasonable, I have the right to choose not to do business with that particular entity.

I do NOT have the right to dictate what prices a company may charge.

I only have the right to choose whether or not I will pay those prices BEFORE I go begin a contract, partnership, service agreement, etc, with them, and once I have agreed to the prices, I have the responsibility to pay for the services received.

Companies that do not fully disclose their prices during negotiations make me very, very angry. Particularly when my concerns over specific charges have been discussed, and supposedly answered honestly.

It is a waste of their time and my time to mislead me, and they know that.

But, they bank on the fact that I will be yet another "idiot customer" who will not read the contract and realize that they are taking me for a complete fool. And because they believe I will fall for their ploy, it is no longer a waste of time for them.

Mortgage lenders are beyond aggravating to me today. While I would love to be able to refinance our mortgage, ALL I REALLY WANT IS SOMEONE WHO IS HONEST. I will admit it, I am picky, and I may very well be searching for "too good of a deal." That is my problem. All I want from a potential lender is the truth about fees, closing costs, and anything else associated with my refinance. "I don't know" is an acceptable answer, as long as they are working on providing me with the actual answer. That's all I want. Just the plain and simple truth.

Is that really too much to ask?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Well, If You Can't Laugh At Yourself...

Last night I wasn't feeling so hot.

I thought that perhaps I was maybe experiencing some contractions. I told Michael that "If I didn't know better, I'd say that my period was about to start." At the risk of TMI, I have very bad menstrual cramps and have been told by a doctor that the pain I feel during that time of the month is very similar to the pain a woman feels while in labor. I have had very little experience with labor (what with all those c-sections), but the experiences that I *do* have, convinces me that the doctor is right. So, it made sense that the pain I was feeling could possibly be contractions.

Well, it turns out that I was wrong.

The "contractions" were really just gas. :)

Just thought you'd want to know!

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