Cartoon: Service Animals joke 001

Anything can be a service animal

Cartoon regarding service animal declarations.  (c) 2017 Amy Barnes.

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Cartoon: DMVS on Halloween

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10/27/2017 — Cartoon – DMVS on Halloween.  (c) 2017 Amy Barnes.

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#QuickTip: Reserve your child’s GMail now, while you still can.

So you have a kid. Think forward and reserve their GMail address ASAP, especially if they have anything unique about their name. The sooner you plan, the easier it will be to set up their online presence. 

Be sure to set up the account with your account as having admin access, so that you can monitor communications.


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TrendWatch: Java Cats!

Pet cats, sip on coffee, or do both in the cat room. Each coffee sold benefits hundreds of cats and helps keep the shelter running.

Java Cats is located right in the middle of Grant Park, Atlanta, across from historic Oakland Cemetery. Each cat is well cared-for in a cage-free environment. Adoptions are through PAWS, a shelter and adoption organization. The cats are well-fed and some of them can even do a high-five!

Adoptions have nearly doubled for PAWS, a feat worthy of praise. 

PARKING – Parking is available early in the morning, but is limited from lunchtime onward. If you book an appointment, it is suggested to either park on the streets nearby or hail an Uber.

NEARBY: Oakland Cemetery is right across the street, there are bicycle rental stations nearby, and the MLK Center is within a brief driving distance.

THE TREND –  Java Cats is breaking the barrier between animals and humans coexisting in a retail environment. It is the first ever cat shelter and cafe combo on the eastern coast. Also – anything and everything CATS is on display.

Check out this trendy place and comment here to let others know what you think!


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What is the Notification Dept, Risk Matrix, and Merchant Services?

Did you receive a call from “the Notification Dept” of “Merchant Services” advising of a “risk matrix” change? It is NOT your merchant services company calling!

The caller will give over a code of letters and/or numbers, and advise that it is urgent that they book an appointment with the owner to discuss a critically-important risk matrix change. They will explain that they are “above” or “beyond” the authority of the payment terminal service company.

Here is the explanation of the call:  They want processing rates data from their competitor’s customers and they want to sell credit card processing services but are required to do it via in-person appointments between salespeople & business owners.

  1. A risk matrix is a table of data that shows where you can save money on a set of fees.
  2. The “Notification Dept” is another name for “Booking Sales Appointments Dept.”
  3. “Merchant Services” is “your card service’s competitor trying to sell to you.”
  4. The complex code is merely a trick to make you believe the call is very important.

It’s that simple.

Why is this call so complex?  Because the market for credit card processing services is huge, the salespeople get a really nice commission on each contract, and the data from competing services is very valuable.

Hope that helps!


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