Celebrating the 1000th Dispatches from the Swamp Post

To celebrate this huge milestone, I thought I would give you the top 10 posts from the blog. I can hardly believe that I have been blogging since August 8, 2007.

#10 Mobile Me: Back to my Mac Views: 338 Published: April 14, 2010

It is amazing to me how quickly tech moves. Apple is retiring Mobile Me at the end of June in favour of iCloud. I am still not a huge fan of iCloud in that I don’t use it for documents or files I need/use on a daily basis. iCloud is not as straightforward as Dropbox. It only automatically syncs iWork documents. Since I move back and forth between Word and Pages and hate Numbers  this does not work for me. Dropbox on the other hand is easy to save any file. Plus they recently doubled all the storage space you have earned through referrals!

#9 Extreme Begging and Other Dog Stories Views: 364 Published: June 9, 2008

Begging for food is a theme in our house. However, I have to say, no one does it better than Zoe!

#8 How do you solve a problem like Maria? Views: 397 Published: July 7, 2008

Well, I did continue to watch the show to the end. What can I say? I like a good train-wreck.

#7 Raw Feeding 101 Views: 444 Published: August 19, 2008

I have been accused of being a raw-feeding evangelist. I’ll own that.

#6 How do you solve a problem like Maria part 2 Views: 477 Published July 29, 2008

It was such a train-wreck.

#5 ICBC Hit and Run Coverage Views: 679 Published: October 4, 2010

I never did get the damage fixed. It was too minor to spend $300. I still hate ICBC.

#4 Living with a Dying Dog Views: 732 Published: January 5, 2010

We lost Gemma a couple of months later. She was such a great dog.

#3 The Inmates have taken over the Asylum Part 2 Views: 1673 Published: May 10, 2009

We have been so blessed to have known so many great dogs.

#2 My Mr. Lube Experience Views: 2557 Published: August 27, 2007

This post is still generating comments! I should blog more about cars!

#1 Dropbox vs iDisk Views: 2697 Published: April 12, 2010

As I mentioned above tech moves so quickly these days. Dropbox has certainly held up for me. I cannot imagine moving to another file system at this point. Plus given the recent doubling of space, I have 13.75 GBs of space and I am not using half of that at this point.

Thank you to everyone who has been reading my ramblings over the last 1000 posts. I look forward to the next 1000 posts!



ICBC Hit and Run Coverage

About 10 days ago my car was scraped in the Costco parking lot. I didn’t see it happen and I have no idea who did it. No note was left taking responsibility. I finally got around to calling ICBC today and let’s just say I was less than impressed. After I gave all the details here is the conversation that ensued:

ICBC Guy: There is a $300 deductible.
Me: Why?
ICBC Guy: All hit and run accidents are paid out of the hit and run fund.
Me: Ya, so?
ICBC Guy: Well because we insure everyone we assume it was one of our drivers who did it. So because everyone has access to it we have a deductible so that people will help us find out who did it and park in well-lit areas.
Me: If I knew anything I would tell you.
ICBC Guy: Let’s say you parked on a street and someone hit your car you would be covered.
Me: But it’s illegal to park on a street without insurance.
ICBC Guy: Well there is that but you understand what I am saying.
Me: I am sure you can look at the damage and know how it was caused.
ICBC Guy: Yes but we still have a deductible.
Me: So let me see if I have this straight – someone damages my car, through no fault of mine, and I not only have the inconvenience of having to deal with this but I also have to pay $300? I have a perfect driving record and I have never cost ICBC a penny.
ICBC Guy: Yes, Ms Shihtzustaff you do have many years of excellent driving.
Me: Exactly. So why do I have to pay?

It digressed from there. It annoys the hell out of me when people use analogies that have no basis  in reality. Analogies are the weakest form of reasoning. Clearly ICBC claims phone people do not get training in basic reasoning. He had no clue how to handle me. I also hate non-rational decisions. ICBC, like any monopoly, behaves unethically in my opinion. I can’t stand the constant increase in rates and the difficulty you face when you have a claim. It is going to take 10 days to get into a claim centre. I think if we dismantled or made ICBC compete with other insurers we would have much lower rates particularly those of us with clean driving records. I am tired of getting gouged by ICBC. Perhaps to punish them I may move my optional insurance elsewhere. Does anyone else do this?