Zwicker Revisited

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Back on January 20th, I had mentioned that I started getting calls from Zwicker and Associates for some unknown reason.

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, I now know the rest of the story.

See, occasionally when dealing with telemarketers, I like to change tactics sometimes and answer the phones. Yesterday was one of those days.

First, I got a call from Superior Heating out of Oldsmar. I’ve told this company on numerous occasions that I’m a renter and thus can’t make decisions as to which company to use, but that only seems to be an excuse for them to call back whenever they feel like it. As I was explaining this to the caller, I got hung up on, so I wrote an e-mail to the company asking to be placed on the Do Not Call list.

Good things happen when you answer the phone, sometimes. But then, it got better.

A few minutes later, I get the call from Zwicker, looking for someone with the last name of Bradford. This just in: my last name is NOT Bradford.

I laughed and said, “You’re not even close, buddy!” The caller apologized.

They spent over two months hounding me, and their information turned out to be almost a decade old as to who had the phone number I currently have.

Like I said, good things happen when you answer the phone.

Blasts From My Past

I’ve been having an odd E-Mail problem lately, although it looks like I have solved it.

Long story short: I have two major E-Mail accounts through GMail. One of which I used prior to 2010, then I made another at some time during 2010 when my E-Mail had been hacked, and I had the “brilliant” idea of just creating another. I use brilliant in quotes because now, many years later, I doubt my wisdom.

To keep up with both accounts, I just have mail from the old account forwarded to the new account, and I use both E-mails interchangeably even to this day. If I sign up for something online, I can use either one.

A few days ago, I started getting old E-mails in my new account that date back to late 2011. How did I solve this problem? I went into my older GMail account and disabled the POP and IMAP settings, and did nothing else. This seemed to do the trick, as I am no longer getting these strange E-Mails from half a decade past.

So, I leave this blog entry on my site for my future reference, and perhaps yours if any of you out there have this kind of trouble.

Debating Over Debates

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Back when there were 13 GOP candidates, back sometime in 2015…

I was reading yesterday that Hillary Clinton wants Bernie Sanders to “change his tone” if he wants a debate in New York before that state holds its Democratic primary on April 19th. Of course, this is likely a stall tactic by Clinton not to debate.

I’m going to make a bold prediction today: assuming it’s Hillary vs. Donald Trump in the fall, I would not be totally shocked if no debates were held in the fall for the first election year since 1972. There’s no rule or law that says the candidates have to hold debates, mind you, which explains why these debates are an “exclusive club” that frequently only allows the two major parties to debate, and not the smaller supplemental parties such as the Libertarians.

Why? Assuming things stay relatively the way they are now, Trump and Clinton would have a lot to lose if the debates degenerate into the gutter brawls the GOP debates have degenerated into at times. Plus, say publicity breaks bad against Hillary over the e-mail scandal she’s currently involved in. Why risk Trump catching her in a “gotcha” moment, and there are plenty of mines in that minefield if that scenario plays out.

On top of that, Donald Trump isn’t too eager to hold any more GOP debates now that the Republican field has shrunk to three, probably for the very same reasons. Last night, I saw on CNN that Ted Cruz issued a challenge to an impromptu debate (straight outta WWE) to Trump for a debate on tonight’s CNN town hall. However, I didn’t see anything as of the time this blog entry went up that Trump accepted such as a challenge.

Maybe Trump will surprise us all and accept? Who knows.

Ted The Ladies Man

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Pardon me for laughing (and overlooking the consequences this will have on his family), but I’m finding the whole Ted Cruz sex scandal somewhat hilarious. Why? Because it was Ted’s staff who started all of this needling with Donald Trump to begin with, so Trump fought back and is now (in Cruz’s view) a coward for doing so.

Not only did Trump’s camp seem to have knowledge of Cruz’s womanizing, but so did Marco Rubio’s camp, as did Carly Fiorina and her allies, as did the activist group Anonymous. But no, let’s just blame Trump’s people, for reasons known only in Ted’s foul little mind.

Do I feel bad for Cruz’s family? Yes. For him? Heck, no! The political arena is not for the timid. If there is dirt to be found, someone will find it, unless you have money to burn for bribes. Ask Gary Hart. Ask John Edwards.

The only thing left to discover is how this effects the GOP race going forward, with the Wisconsin primary coming up a week from tomorrow night being the first piece of that puzzle. Can Trump get to the 1,237 delegate majority he needs to get the nomination, or will chaos erupt in Cleveland in July?

Personally, I wouldn’t mind some non-violent chaos. Wait, isn’t that an oxymoron?

Aircheck: WFLA, 8/27/1999

Today’s aircheck comes from WFLA and the late 1990’s. The host is the controversial Bob Lassiter, who is in open phones as this recording goes, taking calls in rapid style fashion. The language and sarcasm here is a bit raw and biting, as befits Bob’s style.

The big story in the Tampa Bay radio business, as Lassiter is fond of discussing on the air as part of his shtick, is that Mason Dixon got booted from another Clear Channel station, 95.7 FM, which then had the call letters on WMTX. WFLA is (currently) and was at the time also a Clear Channel station, which would put many other talk hosts in an uncomfortable position, but Lassiter seems to excel at talking shop regardless.

His last show on WFLA (or any station as a host) would air on December 1, 1999, passing away nearly seven years later in October of 2006. There hasn’t been anyone like him on the radio in this market since.

Flashback: “Sleep Walk” by Santo And Johnny

You can consider this another “Better Call Saul” inspired selection, kind of like “Find Out What’s Happening” by Bobby Bare one week last year. (I’m pretty sure the show used a remake of the song as opposed to the original, but I’m sticking with the innovators for the purposes of this post.)

This tune is a true work of art. Hard to believe that it topped the charts in 1959, it sounds a bit more current than that.

Have a good weekend, everybody.