One of the things that has been most disconcerting to the people who were spared the physical pain and devastation about dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is the feeling of helplessness and the inability to reach loved ones by telephone to determine who is safe or injured. Even trying to use the telephones to conduct business is difficult because more often then not when trying to call out of the local area, a pre-recorded message indicating that all lines are busy ends up being the only voice heard on the other end of the line. Watching the televised news of all of the areas that have been damaged just makes my heart break for those people. At the same time I count my blessings that as far as I know my family has been spared – which is amazing since the weather forecasters had predicted that the weather at their locations would be worse than what actually happened. So I am very grateful for that.
Every Tuesday morning at ten o’clock all of the underwriters are supposed to participate in a company-wide teleconferencing meeting. Normally Bob sends out a reminder text message the day before to urge everyone to be sure to join the meeting. The past few weeks Bob has not bothered to send out a reminder text message to me, and when I dial in to the conference at the appointed time there is no one there. When I call Bob I just get his voice mail, and I leave a message for him to call me back. He has not done so. At this point I’m convinced that he has decided to avoid me.
Product bundling is often a good way for the consumer to save money on the products he/she needs. Ever since I have lived on my own I’ve bundled my insurance coverage to cover my car and my home. With the telephone service I’ve always taken the bundle offers that the company offers. And more recently I’ve bundled my cablet television with my Internet service. Bundling often saves money, check it out for yourself and see.