Screw You AT & T
So tech guy comes by yesterday late, but I held my cool on that. He goes outside to install or check out some wiring and what have you, and he tells me to get online and fill out the registration and agreement stuff, which I do, but get to a last page that says I agree to the Voice Phone package. I don't check that, but wait for the tech to get back inside to ask about the Voice bullshit. Indeed it's something I didn't agree too nor was even brought up over the phone. I'm told now, I would get two separate bills: one for phone, the other for internet. I wasn't told this either, and the voice package would indeed be more money than what I had been paying, and I don't need that extra stuff anyway. As you might imagine, I'm starting to get angry, and steam a bit.
So we have AT & T, a large telecom corporation who has sales people AND their managers now lying to customers over the phone!! What the hell!! If this isn't a scam in a half I don't know what is. The tech guy said, "Well, word of advice, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Yes, thank you, I know the adage, but hell, if your sales people and representatives are going to out and out freaking lie to their customers that onus is on you and the corporation you are working for, and reflects your bad corporate policy, and your bad business practices. So AT & T sucks.
So now, I'm in the middle of this ordeal, and the tech is supposed to get back with me today. I'm not sure what will happen, but I'm a pissed off AT & T customer. I even owned a little of their stock (T) which I'm considering selling--it this is an indication of how they are doing business, I don't want their stock or anything to do with them. And even if they can rectify this situation to my satisfaction (good luck at this point--I don't like being lied to or deceived), I'm thinking about switching carriers to Suddenlink for the cheaper price (if indeed that's a honest deal). So I guess I'll wait and see, what else can you do when dealing with such a deceitful plan and large corporation?
I enjoyed one lady's artwork, which had an impressionistic Van Gosh quality to it. Her name was Ellie Taylor, and she has a web site at ellieartist.com If you're interested in seeing some of her art you can view it there. She worked in oils, which I'm not familiar with, but would like to try it some day. I'd really like to attend one of her workshops someday.
Time was slipping away quickly, so I headed over to the book sale. I'd been to these sale before, they usually hold them twice a year. But this year they were held at a different location, and it was a much better venue. It was larger and that helped to look things over and not get bumped into by the crowd.
I found a couple of books. I found William Shatner's Star Trek Memories, which is about his memories and recollections about making the Star Trek television series many years ago. I've been wanting to ready that for a while now. I also found the above book, Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler. It's the beginning of her Xenogenesis series. I've already started reading both books. Dawn is well written in a clean, concise writing style. It's about a woman, Lilith Iyapo, who is Awakened many times. She doesn't know where she is, or what's going, on even if she is crazy or not. She can't remember how she got where she is, and doesn't have much memory of her past. She just has brief memories, and is trying to put the past together. She gets frustrated and angry. But somehow gets put back to sleep. One day she hears a voice asking her if she can be approached and she meets one of her captors, Jdahya, who is an Oankali alien. She finds out she's on a spacecraft, and that Earth has been in a nuclear holocaust (caused by humans). She and other survivors have been rescued by the Oankali. They are gene traders, and she has been selected to participate in the reproductive plan to repopulate Earth, but first she must learn many things from the Oankali, their strange environment, their culture, and also about the ooloi, which is Jdahya's relative.
Octavia Butler has a good imagination and way to write about a strange alien culture. There are many questions raised about these aliens. They are gene traders, and Lilith has been chosen to have her genes altered to help repopulate Earth along with other survivors. But what is the price, and can she totally believe her captors? How will the human race evolve after the alteration? What will her child be like? And how will the Earth's dark history be forever changed by the dawn of a chillingly alien, not-quite-earthly, civilizations. It has made for a compelling read, and I can she how this story would entice you to seek out the next books in the Xeongenesis series.