On July 9, 2018, a troubling e-mail arrived in my inbox. “Your Online Bill from AT&T” appeared as the subject. Figuring the worst that would happen, hassle and raising Cain for their unauthorized service provided—described in a tirade from last month— I was relieved to find the invoice’s amount was $0.00, due on July 30th.
Now, do I send them a check for that amount to clear my account, or will I get another bill next month for zero dollars and no cents again, plus a late charge? If not rectified, will they report me to the three infamous credit agencies for lack of payment?
I read it had happened to someone previously, who went through the wringer from a similar incident with another company before straightening the problem out finally, after contacting a consumer advocate for help. Hopefully that won’t be the case for me. Stay tuned for any forthcoming dilemmas.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are doing exceptionally well as we approach the halfway point in this year’s Major League baseball season. With one game left before the All Star Game, Philadelphia is in first place, leading Atlanta by one and one-half games in the National League Eastern Division.
As of this writing, the NY Yankees, my other favorite team, are in second place: three and one-half games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East
The other night, our local boys in red were visiting the Big Apple and went into extra innings against the Mets, tied scoreless after nine. Mets’ pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo launched a three-run homer to end the game in the bottom of the tenth inning with a walk-off win.
At first I thought it was going to be a long night, having been reminded of the Mets’ final playoff game for the NL pennant in 1986, against the Houston Astros in the Astrodome. My neighbor downstairs had invited me to watch the game with him and some friends. No, he wasn’t my present nemesis who loves to call the cops on me, but a decent human being from when I was living in a two-family house in North Jersey.
We had been drinking beer throughout the contest, but when the ninth inning was over, both teams were tied at three apiece; and that’s when a bottle of Sambuca joined the competition. We all agreed to down a shot after each extra inning.
No additional runs were made until the fourteenth inning, when both teams got one, tying the game at four to four. With no further scoring in the fifteenth inning, the Mets got three in the top of the sixteenth, whereas Houston answered back with just two, to lose the game and the playoff series.
Needless to say, I crawled up the stairs to my apartment after downing one more shot, making it six in all, crashing (literally) for the night. How I made it to work later that morning was much to my credit. Remembering to activate the alarm clock was even more outstanding.
Here’s hoping our hometown heroes win tomorrow against the Miami Marlins to retain their lead against the Braves. Even if Philadelphia loses and Atlanta wins, the Phillies will still be in first place by one-half game at the All-Star Break. Go Phils!