Showing posts from January, 2007

To the makers of the "Ideal Cat Flap" pet doors:

Dear Sirs,

We would like to return 2 slightly used Ideal Cat Flap doors. While your product does indeed allow our cats to enter and leave the house at will, we were unprepared for the consequences of said freedom. Nowhere on your packaging did it warn that even a large, very fluffy cat would be able to get through it with a live quail clamped in her mouth. As it shortly thereafter flew around our bedroom, I can attest to health and vigor of the quail. Nor did your product warn about the feline tendency to bring offerings to their people in the middle of the night. We don't really mind the youngest cat's weeds, but the live voles in the bedroom are becoming a problem. Not that we would ever do such a thing, but some people might seek damages for the lack of warning, especially after an early morning trip to an emergency clinic for treatment of a vole bite incurred while trying to catch the latest gift and remove it from our bedroom. Nor would we sue for damages over the b…

January 14, 2007

When I opted to not change my name upon marriage, I thought it might be difficult for older relatives or my more conservative friends to accept. What we didn't count on is how difficult it is for the consumer world to accept. Until this week our favorite mail solicitation was addressed to Toni & Andy S/G. I thought that showed a real flair for originality. This week, however, takes top honors.

Earlier this spring I changed to a Southwest Airlines visa card & added Andy's name as an authorized user. He got great delight out of the idea that he could use the card but wasn't legally responsible for it, but that is a whole different story. In the interest of him having a credit rating if something should happen to me, we thought it would be best if we were co-borrowers on the card. So I dutifully called Chase to explain that I had gotten married, and asked how to go about making my now-husband a co-borrower. The gent on the phone asked if I had changed my name a…