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Yes, that’s correct.

I headed to the county election board today to change my political affiliation from Republican to Democrat. Drove six miles, in fact, to reach it. Arrived at the Election Board at 3:40 pm.

The hours posted on the door were Mon – Fri: 8 am  – 3 pm

What??  EIGHT TO THREE? THREE???

It looks like I’ll be a registered Republican until next week. So, Michael Steele, you have a few more days to convince me not to switch. And it better be good. Because I can see right through you. I would actually like to register as an Independent…but I want to be able to vote in local elections.

A few more days….

Just a few more………

THREE O’CLOCK???

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Steve, Steve, Steve…..

Yes, I know you’ve heard this before, but why is AT&T the exclusive wireless carrier for the iPhone?

I love my iPhone. I had a first generation & now have a 3G. Of course no one told me until I was in the process of buying it that I do not have the 3G network in my area. Nope. Do NOT. At the time I bought it only two metro cities in Oklahoma had the 3G network. Now a few smaller cities have it, but it’s still not available to in my area. I like the speed of the 3G network, but the Edge network has been working fine Apple iPhone 3Gfor my needs. And there’s no complaint with the phone coverage. There are occasional dead spots with the AT&T towers when traveling, but no major complaints. Stay tuned for the COMPLAINTS in the next paragraph.

AT&T…..

Right up until last week, things seemed pretty much hunky-dory with my AT&T mobile service. Let me begin by saying that my phone display has ALWAYS shown me the bars for phone coverage and next to the bars it has ALWAYS said AT&T.

I just returned from a two week trip away from home. The iPhone display looked the same. Now, get this.

One week into the trip, at precisely 2:33 a.m. a text message comes in and wakes everyone up from sound sleep. It frightened me because I was afraid it was a family emergency or something of equal importance. Nope. Not the case.

It was, in fact, a text message from AT&T which read as follows:

“Important AT&T FREE MSG: Your off-network wireless data
usage is violating the terms of your contract.
Please contact us at 800-331-0500 for details.”

I had no idea what it meant, but I dismissed it and tried to go back to sleep. Seriously, AT&T – 2:33 a.m. ??? Are you freaking kidding me?

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The next morning, the display next to the bars read “Off Network”  [the display on the mister’s iPhone still said AT&T] and  I had an email from AT&T titled:

Excessive Domestic Off-Network Data Usage Alert for xxx-xxx-xxxx.

It read as follows:

Dear LELA MCCRACKEN,

Our systems have detected that you are transmitting a substantial amount of data while roaming in areas not directly served by AT&T. The Terms and Conditions of our data plans (including unlimited plans) provide an “off-net usage” allowance that is equal to the lesser of 24 megabytes or 20% of the megabytes included in your plan.

To assist you with knowing when you are using another carrier’s network, we have changed the label on your wireless data device screen to display “Off Network”. Please be aware of this network label and work to limit your data transmission while outside the AT&T data network boundaries. The AT&T data network coverage map is available at http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer


We are available to answer any questions you have by contacting us at 800-331-0500 and referencing keyword: “DRC_xxx”.

Thank you,
AT&T

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Completely unbelievable. So I did, in fact, call AT&T with questions.  I first informed the young lady that I received a text at 2:33 a.m. telling me I was violating my contract. That seemed to stun her a little. Geez. The young lady then attempted to explain in very grey terms that I was using a tower not owned by AT&T and it was costing them money. AHEM. Yes, well. Poor AT&T. I explained to her that I knew AT&T had to pay for us to use other towers, but how exactly was I supposed to KNOW when I was ‘Off network’ if my iPhone display was reading AT&T? AND that with the amount of money that I give to AT&T each month, that I’m certainly not going to break the company by occasionally using another tower (even if I don’t know I’m using one!)

She seemed to understand and told me that’s why they changed the display to read “Off Network.” How handy. So I asked her exactly what that meant. Truthfully…I could tell she didn’t know. She mumbled around and finally said, well they’ll review your account in uh…about 6 months & then it might go back to saying AT&T. WHAT?? Holy Hell. Unreal. I said…oh, okay, so then … again… I won’t know when I’m “Off Network.” Hrm. What a wonderful idea [please read all the dripping sarcasm intended.] I said, “I’m going to be here another week – so, I’m not even supposed to check email?” Her suggestion (you’ll like this)  well, maybe you could use your husband’s iPhone. LOL. OMG. I didn’t even bother to explain to her it’s THE SAME DAMN ACCOUNT.  Good grief. She finally told me that if I kept using it off network they could eventually suspend my account. Laughable.

The story continues….(are you still reading?) The next day, I logged on to my AT&T account to check it for details. The first thing I saw was this greeting:

Valued customer since 06/30/1998″ Wheeee.  :-)  I saw nothing of interest or helpful and logged off.

The next day I got an email from AT&T. It was titled: ATT_Update

The mail started:

Thank you for choosing AT&T!
This e-mail is to confirm and explain recent changes you made to your wireless account.

In your Customer Service Summary CSS you will find: blah, blah, blah……..

WHAT?? I DID NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES. PERIOD. NONE.  Now what? So I called them AGAIN.

I explained that I had NOT made any changes to my knowledge and I wanted to check to see what had been changed. It turned out the only change was the one that AT&T had made to flag my account & change my display to “Off Network.” I said…”Okay, then, but I DIDN’T MAKE THE CHANGE, AT&T did.” She said…yes, but anytime something changes, that email gets sent. I told her, “Uhhuh, but it SHOULD say “…recent changes AT&T made.” She finally agreed.

And she went on to tell me that it would actually be 90 days when my account was reviewed again & if the off network usage had dropped, that the account would no longer be flagged & the display would revert to say “AT&T.” AGAIN, UNREAL. Seriously, AT&T, who thought this up? No place is there any information (that I can find) which says what the time frame is for using that ” 24 megabytes or 20% of the megabytes included in my plan.”

Seriously, is there anyone here who thinks AT&T will actually kill my account for these infractions that I didn’t even know I was committing? Would they rather do without my $149.00 per month for these two iPhones? Laughable.

So, Steve…..while you chose AT&T because you thought they had the best network – I guess you know by now, that there are a LOT of unhappy iPhone users. Let’s see what we can do about this.

Okay, Steve? Thanks! I knew we could count on you!



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Dear Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee,

First I’d like to thank you profusely for the recent survey I received in the mail. It has helped me make a decision that has been weighing on my mind. As you so aptly pointed out, it is an:

“OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN PARTY DOCUMENT – DO NOT DESTROY”

Oh My God….I’ve received an OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN PARTY DOCUMENT. Yes, the survey is registered to me! My name is on it and everything. So it must be official. (rolls eyes) Oh wait…hold on…further reading indicates that I’m addressed in the ‘letter’ that accompanies the survey, as: Dear Friend. Okay then.

First of all, you say that my answers on the survey will represent ALL Republican constituents living within my Congressional District. WRONG. My answers (were I to give you any) would be MINE alone…not those of anyone else.

Both the survey and the letter are a laugh. I’ve never seen such a biased survey or letter of information. How can you, in good faith, make such grey, fuzzy statements and expound on them as you have here. Take this question for instance:

3. Do you agree with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to impose massive tax hikes on the American people?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Undecided

Well now, there’s certainly no generalization there, is there? (rolls eyes again) Or how about this one?

7. Do you support the Democrats’ efforts to create a massive new federal government bureaucracy that would be run by unionized government employees and would have complete control of your health care costs and choices?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Undecided

Are you kidding me? Who are you trying to brain wash here? Do you think we cannot read? Do you actually think we cannot study health care proposals & how they would affect us? How can you, in good faith, spend money on this piece of garbage you call an official survey and use it in an attempt to say it’s the wishes of the constituents? Truly unbelievable.elephant mugs If you actually wanted input from constituents regarding policies, wouldn’t it be a good idea to ask about those? Instead of simply filling this survey and letter with Democrat Bashing? Is that what this party has come to?

And the kicker: Your bold plea for money. And even if I cannot pledge any support this year, you’d really appreciate it if I would chip in $11. to help pay for the survey. *blink* Unbelievable.

You know, Michael Steele, I’ve never been a straight ticket voter. I have always felt that I researched the candidates and voted for those that I felt would best serve the public’s interest.  And even though I have been a registered Republican for many years, I see the party’s goals turning fuzzy…just like those mugs up there.  That’s why, after the last eight years of Bush,  I voted for Barack Obama & with his win, felt that there was hope for our nation.

So, your official survey has given me the extra push that I needed to make my decision.

I’ll be changing my party affiliation as soon as possible.

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Seriously. What’s with the pumpkin prices around here this year? After visiting something like two grocery stores, Lowe’s, and a nursery – and seeing prices in the neighborhood of 5 dollars, 7 dollars and TWELVE dollars? Are they made of gold this year? Whatever happened to TWO DOLLAR pumpkins?? Seriously. And it seems the Farmer’s Market has stopped for the year.pumpkin

Well, if I had to pay five bucks for a pumpkin…then I was glad that we spotted a young mother selling them off the back of her old, beat-up truck. A cardboard sign taped to the side said “Pumpkins $5.”  I knew she needed the money…and I felt so bad for the baby in her arms & the three year old who was asleep inside the truck. She was running the truck to keep her babies warm.  Gosh. But she seemed happy & the kids did too…and healthy. With the price of gas….I wonder if she actually made any money. We bought two big pumpkins & went back later to by 4 tiny ones for a dollar.

I love these pumpkins…but I can’t stop thinking about her.

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Well, seems the Teabaggers are certainly all worried about Our President’s czar appointments…..

Perhaps they need to read this.

Uhoh, Teabaggers…time to find something else to use as a scare tactic.

Oh, and – You might want to stop spending so much time on FOX news.

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