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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Special Bits & Bobs (A TD Bank Rant)

Today I still sit seething as I go over my frustrating day spent trying to get the answer to a simple question from TD Bank. The question? "Why are you taking $4.00 a month out of my savings & checking accounts  and calling it a "maintenance fee". What are you maintaining? You are taking my hard-earned money and keeping it for yourself. Because I am too poor to maintain a $250 balance? Does that make sense? You are taking my money, that you did not earn and pocketing it. Their answer? "It's our policy: They simply repeated it over and over like a mantra.
My savings account earns between 2 & 3 cents a month and they take $4.00. People who maintain a balance between $250 & $2,000 are charged no "maintenance Fees" Try to figure that one out. The poorer you are, the more fees you are charged. If it is truly a "maintenance fee" it should be across the board not just for people with less money. Call it what it is : it is a Penalty Fee for not having enough money
I work in the mental health field. We work with the Homeless & indigent. The people with the least. The federal government gives them a check for $10 every month.To cover things like toothpaste or a pair of socks. Things not covered by food stamps. Most have no bank accounts. TD Bank will cash that $10 check: for a non bank fee of $5.

What kind of system is this. I have banked at TD for 30 years, through all their various incarnations. I am angry and stupefied. I just bought 5 boxes of checks last month. Can I afford to lose the $60 I paid for them? I may have to.
TD Bank is not a bank I would recommend to anyone.
How dare Mitt Romney say that Corporations are people. If so they are people with no souls.
I will reblog this post daily....into perpetuity so that as many people as humanly possible can read it.  By the way TD Bank gave me back $9 in fees, which next month they will take back $4........

Monday, October 1, 2012

"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...."

After my fantastic Dublin adventure, it's back to business as usual. It's Reel of the Week time. My Reel for this week is 1993's "Untamed Heart". It's taken from my list of all time favorite movies. "Untamed Heart" is a movie I reach for at least once a year, sometimes twice. It's a yummy, quirky love story. My go-to film if I need a good cry.

Marisa Tomei is Caroline, a waitress working the night shift. She's a hopeless romantic, looking for love and forever hopeful. She works at Jim's Diner with Cindy (Rosie Perez). They are sisterly BFF's  at Jim's, where regulars and employees commiserate and hold each other up like family.
Adam (Christian Slater), the dishwasher is a mystery. He faithfully does his job day in and day out speaking not a word. Rumors fly left and right about who he really is and where he comes from, but he is embraced by this family, because dysfunction is just part of being in a family.
When Caroline & Adam are thrown together during a life-altering moment in Caroline's life. She finds a deep well in which to pour all her hopes & dreams of happy endings. Adam finds his voice. As they navigate what is new territory. Adam's painful past and recent events from Caroline's life collide, their future happiness is threatened.
I don't know why "Untamed Heart" moves me. I will admit there are cheesy moments, but everyone involved plays their part so convincingly I'm pulled in. I just feel so good when I'm watching it, even through my "My god are you crying AGAIN" tears. 
Christian Slater was perfectly pitiful, sexy and puppyish as Adam. Marisa Tomei was totally in her element.  Even though at times her laugh bordered on annoying.
All in all "Untamed Heart" moves me, woos me every time I watch it. It remains my go to tear-jerker. Sometimes a girl's just gotta cry!