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Sunday, March 29, 2009

If I had a nickel for every time

This made me smile....

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Hey...Where'd the TommyLog Video Blogs Go?

Hey there...looking for my latest TommyLogs? Well after some serious contemplation and the fact that I'm never 100% satisfied with anything that I do..mixed with the fact I tinker constantly; I have created a second blog dedicated just to my video blogs, or vlog or what I like to call Tommylogs. You can access them from the handy dandy menu bar. On the Tommylog page, you can see a Sparkatopia link there. So no need to add more bookmarks..just know where to look.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

To a Child - Love is spelled T-I-M-E: A Short Inspirational Film

Being a parent means many different things to different people. Spending time with my kids is one thing that is very important to me. This video hits the nail on the head and really struck a chord with me...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hanging with Dad...

Today got this email from my 14 year old daughter Madeline. She entered a "coolest dad" contest in some online girls magazine.. and here is what she posted...

"My Dad is one of the coolest people I know. You see, my parents are divorced so i cherish all of the time I get to spend with my Dad. Most kids i know Dad's fish or watch TV or work in the basement in their free time. But, my Dad is a DJ. DJ'ing is my favorite thing to do with my Dad. We have so much fun together and get to hang out for three to four hours non stop enjoying our favorite music. Most parents listen to music from "their time" but, my Dad listens to the same things most 14 year olds do. When the dance is over I help him pack up our gear and head home knowing I have THE COOLEST Dad ever!"


I love you Madeline!


My Half Million Dollar Overdraft

Well the story starts like this...

I was getting ready to sit down for a birthday celebration for my 1 year old when I ran to the mailbox to see if she had received any new birthday cards. To my surprise I see a letter from my credit union with "URGENT" stamped on it in big red letters. "Oh No!" I think, not an overdraft notice, I was on top of my game and didn't think I was in the trouble. Well boy was I wrong.

I open this letter and it says that I have a $546,020.00 NSF. YIKES!!!!

How can this be? I have an overdraft for half a million and all I get is a letter? No phone call, no personal attention??? What the... it says that I made a transaction to Banks of America for that amount? The darn card has only a $5,000.00 limit on it...

So thinking though the whole thing trying to figure out what happened… Here’s the deal. I went online to pay for my work corporate credit card. I had a $546.02 balance. Apparently I added a few extra zeros to the amount and quickly hit enter. Bam I had just transferred a half a mill to my corporate credit card. WOW. Seems odd that there is no check and balance system and that a credit card with a $546.02 balance can post a payment of over 1000 timers that amount. That just seems crazy.

Well the next day I have quite a conversation with the CFO of my local credit union. She was very sheepish over the whole thing. Apologized up and down for what had happened. My one big question to her was this..."At what level of an overdraft does the system kick this out and I get a phone call and not just a letter??”

She had no answer for me other then she would speak to the person working the overdraft area and make sure they are on the look out for this in the future. Not very comforting, but it is what it is. The big question was what Bank of America would say.

A few days later I did hear from someone at BOA. I heard from a Senior VP over corporate affairs and she said in her 30 years of banking experience, she has never seen anything like this. “I bet not I said!!” I asked how this could happen. In this day and age -with bank transparency at an all time high, why didn’t this get flagged? Isn’t there a system to see that a $5,000.00 credit limit card with a $546.02 balance doesn’t need a $500,000.00 payment?

She told me that their processing systems are over 20 years old and there is nothing like this for checks and balances built into the system…alarming really.

Isn’t it comforting to know that none our financial systems can catch a “butter fingers” like this? Makes you think, what else they don’t catch.

WOW!! The Consumerist picked up on the story Whoops: Typo Causes You To Overdraft $546,020.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New World Corporate Logos, Recession Style

Someone sent these to me in an email.. too good not to share.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Laundry Fail

Not funny in the slightest... well...

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