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Movie and Series Pet Peeve – The Empty Coffee Cup

Published April 25, 2012 by mindfulofchatter

I have been watching In Plain Sight on Netflix. My sister told me how much she liked this series, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I am enjoying it. I like watching stuff on Netflix – no commercials. And if I want to sit and watch a marathon on Dr.Who or Eureka, I can do so without waiting until next week or next season. At least until I catch up to the current doings.

But the one thing that drives me to distraction is the empty coffee cup. Empty cups sounds different than full cups. You hold an empty cup different from how you hold a full cup. I really hate it when a character goes of ‘fills’ his coffee cup, turns and sets it on the counter and hearing that empty cup ‘clink’. Come on production people! How hard can it be to have water in those cups?  Let the characters hold cup with something IN it! Next time they set their coffee cup down, let us hear the full cup ‘clunk’.

I know, I know. This sounds like I should have better things to do than be annoyed by some stupid little film set thing. And I DO have better things to do than be annoyed by this. I just can’t help it. Here I sit watching an interesting story unfold, only to have the lead characters get coffee and walk with their cups at odd angles because the cups are EMPTY. If that cup really had coffee in it, would Mary Shannon really carry it tipped all the way to one side? No, she wouldn’t. She would automatically hold the cup upright and be mindful of the hot beverage inside it.

So come on film productions across the world, fill those cups with water, or soda, or tea – anything to give them a true full appearance. Anything to make the characters holding those cups, hold them properly. Anything so they sounds full when set on a counter or table. It ain’t a tough time to do.

Taxes – ugh!

Published April 4, 2012 by mindfulofchatter

It’s tax time again. We all know it. Some of us don’t mind taxes too much, we are assured a return. Me? I mind taxes, especially this year.

I not only have to file for myself, but for my mother’s estate as well. Yes, dead people have to file for the last year they were alive. For the estate, I have to have all the 1099’s from all the little places my mother had income coming in from. Every one of those companies has been easy to work with, answered my questions and sent out whatever I needed in a flash. Except one. Let’s welcome TransAmercia Life to the stage!

Before I begin the saga of TransAmercia Life, let me add this disclaimer: This is only MY personal experiences with TransAmercia Life. Others may have has wonderful experiences and found them johnny-on-the-spot helpful.

This began a year ago, when my mother passed away and I called all these places to notify them of her death. TransAmercia pretty much nickeled and dimed me to death with requests for forms. They never once LOOKED at the accounts and gave me a list of what they would need. It a constant back and forth. They told me they didn’t have this or that, only to back pedal when I told them they did, indeed have whatever it was. No one knew what had been sent in, what hadn’t or who was in charge of this. It was a nightmare.

And now I need a 1099 from them. As usual, every other company gladly sent me one. As usual, TransAmercia Life had to make it a pain in the ass.

I had to give them my mother’s social security number. They look at her accounts. Then I am told I can’t have her 1099 because it has sensitive information on it. Ah, didn’t I just give you her SS#? I ask for a supervisor. She launches into how they need this and that,  and oh, yeah that other thing. I tell her ‘you already HAVE ALL of that!’ Silence. ‘ Let me put you on hold and check this out’.

After 5 days of debate, they decide they can send it to me. As of today, April 4th, I still don’t have it. I dread having to call them.

I will never, EVER, buy any product underwritten by TransAmercia Life. I don’t want my kids t o have to go through the same thing I did to claim a few measly dollars.