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Want to Kill [Mar. 12th, 2009|06:18 pm]
Julia
Grrr, got something from my bank today about how my credit "isn't good enough" for a prime loan. WTF? My credit was 750 last time I checked, and now it's below 720?

Suspecting something, I checked online. Sure enough, the bastards at Long Beach Memorial have struck again.

Brief overview. Long ago, I had health insurance and went there. They struck me as a scam. EVERY medical procedure needed expensive treatment, diagnosis, etc. Eventually I started refusing. I mean, no. It did not need an MRI, and with 10% copay, I wasn't going to pay $1000 because my doctor "didn't feel comfortable" trying a needle aspiration.

So, got away from those bastards.

Well, TWO YEARS LATER after returning from Hong Kong, I get a bill from them for $40. I send a note back that it has been TWO YEARS and that I really don't think I should be forced to pay something if they can't get their act together enough to BILL ME IN LESS THAN A YEAR. I mean, seriously. They don't respond, send me another bill. I write back again. I finally get a collections notice. I file a report with the California Chamber of Commerce.

So, we have our arbitration. I agree to pay the $40 provied that they send me a letter stating that I owe absolutely nothing else to their scam. They do, I pay.

Now apparently the reason my credit score is low is some company called PROGRESSIVE MGMT SYS that has a collection out for, you guessed, $40. (They also have a long list of complaints online about how they're scam artists.) I have written to them, no response. I ran through a credit report and, guess what, it's due to collections for Long Beach Memorial.

Obviously now disputing, but if this holds up getting a loan I am going to sue. This is fucking ridiculous. Long Beach Memorial should be capable of managing their records. If they can't keep track of who to bill or what they are paid, this is NOT MY PROBLEM. And if they can't, they should at least hire a reputable collections agency.
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Well...that didn't work [Jun. 19th, 2008|04:27 pm]
Julia
I think I'm tired of trying again and again. Maybe time to try a new tactic.
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Hymn to Prosperpine by Swinburne [Jun. 17th, 2008|08:53 am]
Julia
Isn't it beautiful (just took the first few lines, it's very long):

I have lived long enough having seen one thing, that love hath an end,
Goddess and maiden and queen, be with me now and befriend.
Thou art more than the day and the morrow, the seasons that laugh and weep,
For these give joy and sorrow, but thou, Prosperpina, sleep.
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(no subject) [Jun. 15th, 2008|08:20 am]
Julia
What is the point?
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Ooh... [May. 7th, 2008|11:36 pm]
Julia
New user pic. Aren't I the cutest?
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Sorry I Haven't Posted in a While [Mar. 10th, 2007|07:50 pm]
Julia
I just wanted to share the good news. I just got a really great opportunity...in Japan! I'll be moving to Tokyo in May. I can't wait to go back to the city. Shinjuku and Harajuku are so insanely cool. IT should be such a great trip. Plus I can pick up all sorts of cool Japanese fashions.
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More Prolems with Moving [Jul. 27th, 2006|08:31 pm]
Julia
I'm so pissed off. I still haven't managed to get the address of where I'll be staying in London, and I leave in less than a month. I really want to be able to tell my shipping company where to send all my furniture, and they want at least a month's notice, but I still can't get anything out of the school. I am so annoyed. Plus, I want to give all of you the address so you can send me going away presents. You know you want to. ; )

As a plus side, I'm looking forward to hanging out in Cambridge because British pubs are great, even if Britsh guys are kind of skeevy. Although the Austin Powers bad teeth thing isn't all that prevalent, more than a few are a bit creepy.
It's such a turn off. Ugh. I prefer Americans.

Anyhow, sorry for not having posted in so long. I've been really busy with packing and everything. It's been such a b**ch to move everything around, pack for London, figure out what I'm going to give away, etc. etc. *sigh* Anyone want to help?
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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend [Apr. 21st, 2006|08:07 pm]
Julia
I have a 1-2 (not sure of the size exactly) carrat diamond now on my hand. It is flanked by 8 1/4 carrat diamonds. They are real diamonds. All perfect. Why you ask? Have I become engaged to someone who I never cared enough to tell you about? Did I just decide to waste thousands of dollars on an extraneous purchase?

Oh, no. Of course not. I spent a whopping $35 for my bling. At good old Tar-gee. But the diamonds are real. How can this be?

Well, the diamonds were created in a lab, rather than dug out of a mine somewhere in Africa. They are absolutely perfect. They're chemical structure is identical to "real" diamonds. They cannot be told apart from "real" diamonds, because, for all intents and purposes, they are real diamonds. But they're apparently pretty cheap to manufacture. And they are so lovely. I very much enjoy that I can wear a huge diamond on my finger for next to nothing. I love technology. F**k you De Beers and the diamond cartel. I hate the idea so much that love is supposed to be proved by spending $5K on a ring. And it rather delights me that the same ring, absolutely identical as far as the diamond, the cut of the diamond, and the gold of the ring, can be found now at Target for under $100. Of course, if you wanted a particular cut and style, you might have to bring the diamond to a jeweler and have it recut, and reset and all that. Which might cost, oh, $350.

In other news, today was my last day of work. I'm done. While part of me is enthusiastic and very much looking forward to both going to Europe and moving to Hong Kong, another is undergoing a panic attack...asking "what have I done? I had a job...an OK job. I had a career. I had steady income. And now where am I?" But it's for the best. And I think that my schedule needed an upset and here it is. It's just frightening to know that I'm out of work.

After quitting, I went on a packing frenzy. I actually threw out something like three trash bags worth of stuff. It's a remarkable amount. It reminds me of the fact that, to go to Hong Kong, I basically have to get rid of most (not all, but most) of my material posessions. It's upsetting, because I'm strangely attached to all these possessions. But there's something liberating in throwing them out, too. It feels like I'm ready to move, ready for change, ready for a new life. And that I'm not defining myself (much) by what I own. Which I suppose is quite Buddhist. How appropriate, considering.
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A wee bit too accurate? [Dec. 24th, 2005|05:35 pm]
Julia
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In March I pulled halfkender's hair (-5 points). In May I put money in sheepnomiko's expired parking meter (14 points). In January I helped cat51819 see the light (8 points). Last Monday I gave merryshannon a Dutch Oven (-10 points). In February I stole serendipity17's purse (-30 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-23 points). For Christmas I deserve a spanking!

Sincerely,
mahkara

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I want to Kill MIT [Dec. 19th, 2005|07:45 pm]
Julia
OK, I swear I submitted my application. I was careful to submit all before I left for Japan. So it was something of a surprise when I got an e-mail asking whether I was going to apply.

Apparently something happened to the submission. And when I uploaded the form, apparently something had happened to all of my essays (which changed again. So far they have changed three times, although at least the third set of essays was the same as the first, so I could just re-upload the five that I'd written at the beginning), my letters of recommendation, and just about everything else. I am so pissed. I really feel, at this point, like I don't even want to apply. I mean, what in the hell is wrong with their website? It just pisses me off. I do not have time to fill out an application five times because their computer system keeps breaking down...

And yes, the irony that this is MIT who can't keep their application website behaving properly is not lost on me.
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