My idea to end all SPAM texts and phone calls.

UPDATE 2-24-16: HEY somebody did it!

The FCC is considering new ways to cut robocalls and SPAM texts.

My idea is to go back to the old concept of collect calling. You could get a 900 number for your phone. When people call it says “the surcharge for this call will be zero if the person you are calling presses #1 within 20 seconds of answering the call, otherwise the charge for this call will be $9.99 plus tax. You can hang up now or charge will go into effect in 5 seconds at the time of the first ring.” This could not be blocked.  The phone company and the customer could split the proceeds from junk phone callers who don’t hang up fast enough.  If you charge a friend by mistake you’d have a couple of days to go online and reverse the charge.
For texts the texter would get 1 free shot and a warning. If the recipient does not respond to the second text they would be charged for that text and every text after from the same trunk system or IP.

PHONE COMPANIES PLEASE STEAL MY IDEA! I’ll be the first one to sign up.

Read what the FCC is considering here on Mashable. But I think my idea is best!  — Tim “TTBG”

 

 

 

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WATCH: Pennsylvanian teen told to tear down tree house after complaint

NO Fun allowed in 2015 I guess. SMH

Global News

Two months of planning, measuring twice before cutting, and building a tree house got 14-year-old Elise Truchan an “exemplary” grade for her Grade 8 project, but a big no-no from the authorities.

The Pennsylvania teen built the two-storey structure over the winter months, completing it in February. A month later, her family received a letter from building inspectors demanding that the structure be torn down or risk receiving a citation.

Featuring a rope ladder, wall-to-wall carpeting and a see-through roof for stargazing, the tree house was deemed to be a violation of Leet Township’s building codes after a neighbour filed a complaint.

“I was pretty devastated,” Elise told local newspaper TribLive.

The letter said that the tree house was considered an “accessory structure,” which the township does not allow in front yards. It also claimed that a building permit would be required for a tree house.

The Truchan family…

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Taco Bell Planning to Sell Alcohol – Here’s the Drink Menu!

~ Now that Taco Bell is applying for a liquor license for its new location in Chicago’s Wicker Park, here are my Top 5 suggestions for the new TACO BELL DRINK MENU

~ Tacosmopolitan

~ Nacho Father’s Bourbon

~ MargaGordita

~ Beerito

~ QuesaTequila

~ Read about the new plans for the Alcoholic Taco Bell here thanks to Eater Chicago.

Cheers, and burp!

Tim

 

Bye Bye Miss #AmericanIdol

Well, American Idol is finally being cancelled. So now’s a great time to look at 11 singers that were rejected by American Idol and then went on to make it big, including Colbie Caillat and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. Fact is most of the biggest music artists in history probably would have been rejected. I never saw anything creatively ground breaking come from that show or any other TV talent searches. Steven Tyler was pretty funny though.

 

Bands I’d Like to Book for #PalindromeWeek

~ Here’s the Top 15 bands I wish I could book this week for Palindrome Week, May 5/10/15 – 5/19/15 (dates the same forwards and backwards). What are your favorites?

~ Solo Gigolos ~

~ Party Boobytrap ~

~ Dr Awkward ~

~ Evil Olive ~

~ Dog Sees God ~

~ Rot Cart Tractor ~

~ Yay ~

~ Avid Diva ~

~ Bob ~

~ Racecar ~

~ No X in Nixon ~

~ Yo Banana Boy ~

~ Never Odd Or Even ~

~ UFO Tofu ~

~ Do Geese See God? ~

What are your favorites ideas or posts for PalindromeWeek?

Palindrome week

Business and Life Wisdom from Mom

My Mom kept it simple when we were growing up, but I still think of the things she said to guide us daily.  I still turn to her sayings in my business and personal life.

~ “Be considerate!” ~ I strive to think about what I am about to say or do and how others will react and feel.  This is a healthy version of being “PC.”

~ “I’m going to count to 3…” ~ I’ve learned to stop and think before speaking or taking action and I’ve never been sorry after doing so.

~ “Tomorrow is another day.” ~ I strive to let the grudges and failures of today not pollute my future attitudes and action.

~ “Mind your P’s and Q’s!” ~ In my lifelong involvement in  bar/restaurant hospitality industry, I’ve learned it’s a nickel and dime business where failure is often caused by ignoring a lot of little things.  I think that’s true of many other endeavors, both business and professional.

~ “It’s just one of those things.” ~ I have a need to analyze and understand everything, and I have to make peace with the reality that sometimes stuff just happens, and people act in ways that don’t make sense.

~ “We’ll see…” ~ Mom’s version of “maybe,” in response to those endless kid requests.  She taught me to be tactful in controlling requests, but staying open to possibilities.

~ “MOB!” (Mind your own business) ~ This is one I use every day and it saves me time, money, and aggravation.

~ “Don’t be unpleasant.” ~ Smile and the world smiles with you. Or as I say to Clients in the hospitality business, “Smile and Make Money!”

~ “Go outside and play!” ~ Mom had very tough rules limiting media screen time. Of course there was only the TV screen back then.  But growing up we “watched” much less than our friends, as Mom would kick us out the door to go expend some energy and grow our imagination.  Today, I’m aware that passively consuming too much media is binging on mental junk food.  I try to model behavior and spread the word to friends and associates that spending time with “talking heads,” talk radio, reality TV and negative web sites is mind pollution.

~ “Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you!” ~ The Golden Rule, present in every major faith, was big for my Mom and it remains the ultimate piece of Life Wisdom

So here’s my favorite Mother’s Day Song from Junior: “Mama Used to Say.”

And Here’s some more thoughts on what some “old school” mom’s taught us kids.

Happy Mothers Day!