Friday, December 31, 2010

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

I was in  Harvard Square last night and stopped in the Curious George children's store.  I was browsing the book selection when I stumbled across "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.  That book brought back so many memories.   I learned that poem in the 8th grade at the Houghton School in Cambridge.  The school curriculum at the Houghton School was the best ever.  The things I learned have stuck in my head over the years.  Did you know that the Great Lakes spells HOMES:

Our  teacher Regina B. Key,  used to rap, before rapping became a phenomenon. She would write on the board "Mary went to the store" and we would recite while she tapped the ruler on the desk with a rhythmic beat,  "Mary is the subject therefore nominated case, first person singular".  Let me share one of my favorite  poem's with you.

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep


The Misses in Neighborhood Nine

I was down at the South Postal Annex in South Boston last night mailing a letter.  I didn't go there purposely to mail a letter, I was just in the area having been to the Children's Museum.  Oh how I miss the post office on Huron Ave.  In neighborhood nine we used to feel so special.  The post office was right in the pharmacy, where you could fill a prescription and mail a letter at the same time.  I also miss Henry Bear's Park, now we have Magic Beans, which I used to visit in Coolidge Corner.  I also miss the Jamaican Restaurant,  which was next to a  much needed pet shop. 

Speaking about pets, neighborhood nine has such a dedicated pet community. When I had my loaner dog Barron (actually I believe I was the babysitter).  I met so many wonderful people.  It's a small community where everybody meets at Danehy Park/St. Peter's field to walk their dogs and talk about the days events.  You can meet such interesting people with an array of interest and good information.

That is truly one of my personal misses.....Barron!

Happy New Year Everybody!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Here We Go Again - Avis

Okay everybody listen up.  I rented a car from Avis this week and I was the third person in line.  I am telling you this must of been the most embarrassing moment for these customers.  Now unbeknownst to me, they do an Equifax credit check when you are renting a car using your debit card.  The first person presented their debit card and the customer service agent said, "You have been declined" and the man got very angry asking why did it get declined and the agent said, you didn't meet the credit criteria, so she asked him did he have a credit card and he said no, so he proceeded to the exit.  I tried my hardest to contain my laughter, it wasn't funny, but oh well. 

The next customer went to the agent and gave her Bank of America debit card, the agent swiped it and said "You have been declined".  She pleaded I have to drive to Washington, DC, I am moving and the movers are on their way to meet me as we speak.  The agent asked the same question she asked the previous customer.  Do you have a credit card, she says, no we only use debit.  I really felt bad for her, so I suggested she try Hertz down the street.

Then it was my turn and I was using a credit card to be on the safe side "hahahaha", so I thought.  She swiped my card and the infamous words came bellowing in my ears " You have been declined", I said oh no, I know I have available credit on my credit card, because I looked at my available balance, which I thought was $82.00 and the rental was "$79.66".  So she and I said there must be something wrong with Avis' computer terminals, so she called my credit card company on the phone and put it on speaker phone so I could hear,  and I heard it "declined".  I couldn't believe it, so I called the company myself and spoke to a customer service person and he said, you did have $82.00, but we had to take out $7.00 for interest.

I said oh snap.  I had to take out the dreaded debit card.    I handed the agent the debit card, she swiped it and Voila!!! Approved!!.  The one thing that is good about using the credit card is that they only hold the amount of the rental and as I had stated in my previous post on the debit, they hold the cost of the rental, plus  $200.00.  So if you have bad credit and you don't want to be embarrassed don't use Avis, but if you have a credit card, be my guest!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Get Your Swagg On!!

 SWAGGgift valued at $25 to one lucky Swagger!

No more plastic No more plastic hmmmm "Gift Cards, Loyalty and Memebership Cards.

I know you got a lot of gift cards for the holiday's, I know I did.  They can be a real pain carrying them in your wallet and continuously checking your balances.  How would you like to have every gift card in one place and also you balances available to you with the click of your app. I  put my  my Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards on my Swagg

SWAGG has launched a new app that deals with the troublesome problem of how to deal with the overabundance of gift cards, loyalty & membership cards that clutter up your wallet or handbag. Basically you can load all those gift cards, loyalty points, etc into your iPhone or Android mobile device. Voila, now you can shop from your phone. Did I mention the app is free?

Another cool thing is that the app allows you to "give or get." Wondering what to give your sister-in-law Stephanie? You can give a gift card directly from your mobile device. You can also enter your zip code upon downloading and get offers that are redeemable at stores in your area.

And if giving and getting aren't enough, the very download of the app gives back. SWAGG has partnered with the non-profit organization Stand Up to Cancer. Every time you download the app between now and December 31,2011, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up to Cancer – up to $125,000.

Fast facts:

This holiday season is a big one for gift cards. According to the National Retail Federation, 60% of Americans will ask for gift cards this year.

SWAGGSM is turning the gift-giving world upside down in time for the holiday season by allowing consumers to toss their plastic to better manage gift, loyalty and membership cards on their mobile devices.

Consumers can download the free app at the App Store by clicking here. For the Android Market, search for Swagg from your Android mobile device.  It's just a click away or go to and find out more information..

Download You Swagg!

Disclaimer: I was given a $25.00 Swagg Gift to review this product.  This did not influence my opinion either way.  I only review things that are safe and my obligation is to my readers in giving them my honest opinion.

I have been  engaged by SWAGG and The b-Link for this campaign

Saturday, December 18, 2010

ChicaLogic! - A Women's Personal Computer Assistant

ChicaLogic is a software for woman by woman.  ChicaLogic's goal is to empower women between the ages of 16-65 who want more than just a click of the mouse for their computer experience.  Many times women who are not that computer savvy like to rely on another person's point of view when it comes to a computer, may it be slow, infected with a virus, etc., but with ChicaLogic it's one stop shopping.  ChicaLogic software gives you all the tools necessary for that slow computer or for a computer that is just not acting right.

I downloaded the software, because I felt that my computer was running a little slow and I am a very energetic person who likes things to be done fast, so I had Chicalogic scan my computer and lo and behold I had 192 errors.  I instantly clicked on repair and Voila! ..this woman is back in business.

I want you to have the opportunity to try ChicaLogic and become a fan, just like I am. I will be giving away twenty FREE One Year License Keys of ChicaPC-fix valued at $29.95 to the  first twenty people who either retweet, or post on my blog a free One Year License Key is yours.  You won't regret me!  

The following are some serious facts:


■Fix and cleans computer errors within 1-click

■Speeds up a slow computer for improved performance

■Prevents computer crashes

■Instant downloadable software for Windows

■Very easy to use software designed just for women

■Compatible with: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000
ChicaLogic is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner

Disclaimer: I was given a free activation key to review this product and I was also compensated.  This did not influence my opinion either way.  I only review things that are safe and my obligation is to my readers in giving them my honest opinion.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Update Update on Avis -- I forgot to tell everybody!!

Avis has discontinued the discount with your AAA card.  When I looked on my receipt it actually had the letters AAA on the receipt and in actuality, there was no discount.  So I called the 800 number and they told me they do not honor it anymore and I said to myself somebody needs some retraining, because when I went to the counter to rent the car, they did indicate that they do take AAA, so be careful not to include this in your rental discount.