chautaqua elephant

i played in the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra in the benefit show for the New Old-Time Chautaqua this afternoon. it’s a mass conflagration of incestuous artistic talent with which i have been associated on the edges of for the past 30 years or so: i play with eben, bernice, clayton and liz in the ballard sedentary sousa band, i’ve played music with stephan, kevin and karl from bellingham in a variety of groups since i was in college, i currently play with thad in snake suspenderz, i’ve played with heather in the fremont phil… the chautaqua has been described as a karass, which is, in fact, a very apt description. but i never realised how intimately involved i was with it until today, when i saw how many of my friends were all gathered together to do God’s will.

in other news, i finally got the problems that i’ve been having with Hybrid Elephant fixed. they weren’t serious or visible problems (the graphics were showing up in the store, but not in the admin part), but they were a concern, especially if i end up switching host providers again, which is not out of the question. as much as i was raving about 1&1 when i first signed up with them, they have pulled a slimy, underhanded move that makes me wonder how they stay in business: they pulled a “bait and switch” move where i thought i was signing up for a $10.00 a month deal with no monthly contract, and in reality i was signing up for a $20.00 a month deal with a $50 rebate, and a 6 month contract. furthermore, i’ve discovered a host service which actually charges $7 a month, and has unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and SQL databases. of course 300 GB is a lot, but there’s a big difference between 300 GB and unlimited, especially when they’re actually going to charge me less than 1&1 said they were going to charge me. so i’m going to wait until my 6 month contract is up, and then switch host providers again.

4 thoughts on “chautaqua elephant”

  1. i am now aware of the pennsylvania BBB’s opinion of 1&1, which doesn’t enhance my own opinion of them at all…

    however, i don’t know who you are and when i try to hit warthpublishinginc dot com it comes back without a server, in spite of the fact that it’s registered to ralph warth, who i assume you are. i am also aware of the fact that you have apparently spammed your own personal opinions of 1&1 to a whole bunch of discussion groups, but only gave the vaguest of supporting information in terms of third party links confirming your story, etc.

    because of the fact that i don’t know you, and the fact that i tend to think of you as a spammer, especially when there is corroborating evidence, in spite of the fact that what i could confirm of that evidence (the pennsylvania BBB evaluation) is true, if you don’t have anything new to say, i would appreciate it if you would say it somewhere else.

  2. The Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau is relevant because 1and1’s main office is located in Chesterbrook PA. They are not biased and only respond to complaints.
    Customer Complaint History

    “The company’s size, volume of business and number of transactions may have a bearing on the number of complaints received by the BBB. The complaints filed against a company may not be as important as the type of complaints, and how the company has handled them. The BBB generally does not pass judgment on the validity of complaints filed.
    Number of complaints processed by the BBB
    in the last 36 months: 691
    in the last 12 months: 311 “

  3. You should have checked out why the Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau has given 1and1 their lowest rating “F.” I made the same mistake.

    1. it would be a lot easier for me to hear about such things if i lived anywhere close to pennsylvania. but i get the very strong impression that they don’t do this to everybody, which makes them a lot more sleazy in my book.

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