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1 X Bad News; 2 X Good News

First, the bad news:

  • It is now officially cold in Boston. The warm weather was nice while it lasted

Next, the good news:

  1. I got a pleasant surprise recently when I logged into my eMusic account. After a few months on the eMusic Lite plan ($5/month for 20 songs) my subscription automatically upgraded to the Basic plan. Since the new pricing structure is in effect, I expected that it would only get me 30 songs. However, I was wrong. My account page says I have 40 songs to download. So, evidently, the fact that I remained a member with a subscription that was going to automatically upgrade to the Basic plan locked me into the old, better rate. That was a pleasant surprise.
  2. I got an envelope from some LA law consultants the other day concerning the bankruptcy proceedings for the now-defunct Independence Air. Normally, getting a large envelope from a law firm wouldn’t be a good thing, but in this case it was. My wife and I had bought two tickets for impromptu travel back to Boston after our car was written off during a trip back to Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2005. However, we ultimately decided not to use the tickets; we bought a car in Pittsburgh and drove it back to Boston instead. We couldn’t get a refund on our tickets but we did get flight credits with Indepedence Air worth over $300. When they went out of business, I figured our money was gone. However, this was an erroneous assumption. It turns out that we’ll be getting some of that money back as part of the airline’s bankruptcy proceedings. Unfortunately, we can only get back money that was for personal travel and since my trip was for business I can’t get a refund for my ticket. However, we can claim for Heather’s ticket, so we’ll be getting more than $150 back! That said, since these legal proceedings have a tendency to drag on and on, we might not actually get this money until after we retire.

Coasting on fumes

Over the weekend, I was back in Pittsburgh for a wedding. On the way to the reception, the guy who was driving me and Pat (of Urban Saddle fame) there noticed that his car was almost out of gas. So, after the reception was over and we were on our way home, the first order of business was to get gas. However, through a combination of the lateness of the hour, a couple of missed exits, and a lot of bad luck, we were unable to get any gas for the first few miles of our return trip. Our driver (also named Pat) was starting to get a little anxious. So, he checked the handy trip computer to see how many miles we had to go before we were totally empty. The answer was zero miles. This realization did not help the anxiety level in the car. However, it was reminiscent of the Seinfeld episode “The Dealership“, which you should see if you haven’t. We drove for a few miles on 0 miles to empty before we finally got gas in Greentree. In retrospect, we probably could have made it all the way to Pat’s house without filling up since it’s all downhill from Greentree to the city. That said, we didn’t want to push it and end up having to call AAA or our parents in the middle of the night. The take-home message of all of this is that you can still drive even when the needle is below the “E” line and the trip computer tells you have zero miles to empty – at least on Pat’s mom’s Audi.


September 2021

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