MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!

MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!
“Money, so they say, Is the root of all evil today”
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Money is an economic unit that functions as a generally recognized
medium of exchange for transactional purposes in an economy.

“WHERE’S THE FUCKIN’ MONEY LEBOWSKI?” – “We want ze money!” 

“Money puts your home on the range
Money puts the brother in the stock exchange
You make money on your 9 to 5
To earn your livings so you survive
It takes money to pay your rent and to eat
Without money, you’re hungry on the street
It takes money-money
Cash money-money, to the bill
So you steal some money, you go to jail
And then you turn around, need some for bail
Then you need a dime to call your lawyer
To plead and to say, say they never saw ya
But before ya, a lawyer will get you free
He asks how will ya pay his fee
But you have no money, you’re in a jam
Your lawyer has to throw the man in the slam…
It takes money to buy that TV set,
It takes money to place a casino bet.
It takes money to buy that radio,
And money for gas so your car will go.
It takes money for you to buy a house,
It takes money for a trap to catch a mouse.
It takes money to take a vacation trip,
And cruise the ocean on a luxury ship.
It takes money, money, money
It takes money to get interest from the bank.
It takes money for an army to buy a tank.
It takes money to pay your doctor bill,
And your psychiatrist if you’re acting ill.
It takes money, money, money………”
“Dolla, dolla bill, y’all” by Jimmy Spicer

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Read our previous Blog Post “Filing for California Unemployment”.

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California EDD Debit Card Sample:
BANK OF AMERICA IS COMMITTING CRIMINAL FRAUD!edd-debit-sample

“Float is money in the banking system that is counted twice,
for a brief time, because of delays in processing checks.”

the amount of time it takes for money to move from one account to another
duplicate money in banking – a deposit that has not yet cleared
the time between a deposit and the day the funds become available for use
the time between the writing of a check and the time the check clears
Money that has been credited to the bank, but not the customer!

“Funds tied up in checks or other non-cash transfers
that have been issued,
but not processed or collected,”

And of course there is a class-action lawsuit filed against Bank of America.
FAILURE TO RESPOND IN A TIMELY WAY TO THOUSANDS OF CUSTOMERS!

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“NOT ANSWERING THE CUSTOMER SERVICE PHONE LINES
IT ADVISES EDD DEBIT CARDHOLDERS TO CALL”

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“THE WORST BEING FREEZING EDD CARDHOLDER ACCOUNTS
WITHOUT WARNING OR EXPLANATION”

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Money is used and accepted in transactions involving
the transfer of goods and services from one person to another.

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CASH! Cash is ready money. “Gotta Get Paid!”
Wealth, riches, fortune, assets, property, resources, affluence,
Deep pockets, prosperity, financial gain, make money,
Wages, pay, salary, fee, stipend, renumeration, emolument….

“I’m having a very good day!”
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That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free

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DOLLARS. DINERO.
MOOLAH. BENJAMINS. DUCATS.
DOLLARES AND CASH. 

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IT’S PAYDAY TODAY.
SO WHERE’S MY FUCKIN’ MONEY?
GIVE IT AWAY NOW!

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“Relying on luck, magic, and greed can be a recipe for disaster”

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There’s a pot of gold hidden where the end of a rainbow touches the earth!pot o gold

the realization of all one’s hopes and dreams;
ultimate success, fulfillment, or happiness:
to find the pot o’gold at the end of the rainbow.

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REAL STACKS OF CHEDDAR!

MoneyIt’s a gas! Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash!
New car, caviar, four star daydream…..Think I’ll buy me a football team.

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GENE, GENE! THE DANCING MACHINE!

GOLD!
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SILVER!
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UNEMPLOYMENT! – Remember our CA EDD Unemployment Claim?
We wrote about a lot over the last month and a half….. trying to get paid.
Actually, trying to get BofA to fork over the money they were holding!
We wrote the Blog Post “CV! Part 136 – VICTORY!” last week. 

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WE FINALLY GOT BANK OF AMERICA TO RELEASE THE HOLD
ON OUR CA EDD DEBIT CARD! WE GOT OUR FUCKIN’ MONEY!

We followed up with the Assemblyman’s office.
They contacted the EDD and removed any holds or flags on account.
The EDD was supposed to have contacted BofA to let them know.
BofA still hadn’t activated the account.
A service rep for BofA called and left a message with a number a week before.
WE LEFT FOUR MESSAGES ON HIS VOICEMAIL WITHOUT A RESPONSE.

We finally emailed a BofA Corporate Executive.
And we went on Twitter and tweeted to another Corporate Executive.
We got a call from the BofA service rep after his normal “working” hours that day!
WE TOLD HIM OUR TALE OF TRYING TO GET THE EDD DEBIT CARD ACTIVATED.
Calling EDD and BofA, hours on hold, transferred to someone else, on hold for hours, disconnected, and sent to a dead end line that never answers more than once, and referred back and forth without anyone at BofA able to contact anyone at EDD, and then back to hours on hold with EDD. No one at EDD is able to contact BofA….WTF?
The BofA service rep confirmed the account was cleared and the card would be activated!
And IT WAS FINALLY ABLE TO BE ACTIVATED.
SO WE ACTIVATED OUR EDD DEBIT CARD. FUCK YOU BANK OF AMERICA!
AND THE NEXT MORNING WE DID A MANUAL CASH WITHDRAWAL AT OUR BANK
FROM OUR MONEY ON OUR EDD DEBIT CARD AND DEPOSITED IN OUR ACCOUNT.
NOTE: We left a small nominal amount on the card in case we need to put more money on it.
We have requested checks directly and we received our first check from the EDD.
We removed BofA from our business.
THEY ARE COMMITTING CRIMINAL FRAUD.

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“Baby, I got my money!”

And we filed our next claim today, so the next payment is pending.


STIM-U-LUS! – The Federal Government has issued the new 3rd payment!
$1400 for individuals. Direct Deposited. KA-CHING! Money in the bank.
Thank you President Joe Biden and the DEMOCRATS who passed the bill.
NOT A SINGLE GOP TRAITOR VOTED FOR THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS!
(and the GOP Triaitors are trying to take credit for the Democrats passing the bill)

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MoneyWell, get back. I’m all right Jack. Keep your hands off of my stack!
MoneyIt’s a hit! Don’t give me that do goody good bullsh*t.
I’m in the high-fidelity first class travelling set…. I think I need a Lear jet.

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Buy low, Sell high
For Sale or Lease

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CASH: currency, notes, coins, credit and debit cards, bank checks
and don’t forget crypto-currency (Bitcoin,etc.)

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Free Parking!

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The best things in life are free.
But you can give them to the birds and bees.
I want money. That’s what I want.

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REAL STACKS OF CHEDDAR!

Money, money, money – Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money – Always sunny
In the rich man’s world
Aha aha – All the things I could do – If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world

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If you want it, here it is, come and get it
Mm mm mm mm, make your mind up fast
If you want it, any time, I can give it
But you’d better hurry ’cause it may not last
Did I hear you say that there must be a catch?
Will you walk away from a fool and his money?

REMEMBER WHEN? Flashback to May, 1995. GIVE IT AWAY NOW!
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(You should have been there, it was a real “once-in-a-lifetime” party)
And then THE WEDDING! The most expensive party we’ve ever thrown.

“Fool and his money…..”

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Millenium Biltmore 90th Anniversary Party


“STUFF”: assets, property, and resources owned.

“Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That’s all, a little place for my stuff. That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody’s got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that’s your stuff, that’ll be his stuff over there. That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.” – George Carlin RIP

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Money is a medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes (currency).
It is a measure of value, a means of payment, a unit of account, an economic unit.

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CHEDDAR!  riches, dollars, wealth, ballin’ (as used in rap songs), BLING!
“Dolla, dolla bill, y’all” – refers to the act of making money

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Money is accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts.

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The six characteristics of money are: (this is some deep economic stuff)
durability, portability, acceptability, limited supply, divisibility and uniformity.

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Say No More Mon Amour!

“Winner, winner, chicken dinner.”
Our last trip to Las Vegas was in early December of 2019 before the pandemic.
That was the last time we traveled for fun and pleasure. And it was fun!
So, except for the California Lottery, we haven’t gambled in over a year.
And we only gambled a little on the Lottery (seriously way less than $100).26815118_1525444744199540_4842559744157764778_n

Las Vegas is at a limited 50% capacity, after reducing the restrictions last week.
And the crowds are back! Well, they’ve been back, (all the low-rollers are in town)
and they have been solid on the weekends for a couple months now.

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We really want to travel. SIGH. We want to go to Las Vegas. We want to go to Hawaii.
We want to go to Europe. We want to go to Asia. We want to go to New York.
We want to go to Oregon. We want to go to Alaska. We even want to go to Disneyland.

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Your Long Black Limosine is waiting!

Money! It’s a crime. Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie.

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Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a raise…..
It’s no surprise that they’re giving none away.

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Love my uncle, G-d rest his soul,
Taught me good Lord, Taught me all I know,
Taught me so well, that I grabbed that gold, and
I left his dead ass there by the side of the road.

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BLING! (Bling-Bling): HipHop slang for jeweled valuables
***light glinting off gold or diamonds would make that sound***
expensive, ostentatious clothing, jewelry, homes, cars, accessories
(ex: dental grills, custom guns, designer bags) and other stuff
an indication of wealth or status
the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated with it
the style or materialistic attitudes associated with them
The word was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2002,
and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2006

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Currency, can be defined as anything that people use to buy goods and services.
Money is what many people receive for selling their own things or services

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Rock and Roll!

Cash is “Legal Tender. For all debts public and private.”

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“A penny saved, is a penny earned.” – Benjamin Franklin aka Poor Richard

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“Buy Tuscany” Event at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, CA

Earlier tonight I attended the “Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, CA.  After a quiet January, it’s time to get out and network again!

It was overcast and foggy, with intermitten rain, in the San Fernando Valley today.  So after a nice drive over Mulholland Drive, Sepulveda Boulevard and then on the 405 to Wilshire…

First, a few pics from the drive over the hill through the billion dollar clusterf*ck that is the construction on the 405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass:

New Mulholland Bridge over the 405 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

New Mulholland Bridge over the 405 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Remember “Carmaggeddon”?  Well here is the finished Mulholland Bridge that was widened and retrofitted! NOTE HOW TWO LANES BECOME ONE LANE BEFORE THE BRIDGE AND THEN WIDEN TO TWO LANES AGAIN ON THE BRIDGE…it totally defeats the purpose of widening the bridge, and you can’t turn right on a red light at the light.

Sepulveda Blvd (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sepulveda Blvd south (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sepulveda Boulevard at 2:30pm on a Thursday, once you get past the closed right lane at the top of the hill (where two lanes turn left and then have to merge into one lane again) and the new freeway onramp (where the cars in the right lane have to get in the left turn lane) is still a great drive.  Note the huge retaining walls along the freeway….will they hold?

Sepulveda Blvd (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sepulveda Blvd (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Traffic Tip: Get on the 405 south at Getty Center, because you never know what traffic will be like on Sepulveda at Moraga, Church and Montana! Again note the retaining wall….

Getty Center 405 Freeway Onramp (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Getty Center 405 Freeway Onramp (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thursday 2:40pm on the 405 Freeway south approaching Sunset, just wait until rush hour.  Note the massive Getty Center on the top of the hill.

405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Exit the 405 at Wilshire on the brand new ramp that is exactly the same as the old ramp, only longer and now one lane again.  NOTE THAT THEY DIDN’T CHANGE THE EXIT AT WILSHIRE SO TRAFFIC STILL BACKS UP ONTO THE FREEWAY AT PEAK HOURS.

405 Freeway New Wilshire Blvd Offramp (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

405 Freeway New Wilshire Blvd Offramp (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

AND THEY DIDN’T FIX THE INTERSECTION AT SEPULVEDA AND WILSHIRE (the busiest intersection in the western United States) and the construction continues….

Under the 405 on Wilshire east at Sepulveda (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Under the 405 on Wilshire Blvd east at Sepulveda (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

So, I made it to Westwood in good time and arrived early enough to navigate traffic on Wilshire and in Westwood.  I parked in the parking structure next to the Italian Cultural Institute for FREE! The parking guys let me park my own car because I told them I didn’t want to leave the key (I also didn’t want anyone “stack” parking or moving my car). Parking was complimentary for a limited number of guests, so thank you Tourism Italia!

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

It began to drizzle a little after 3pm, so I checked in and sat inside on the red ultra moderne designer couch with a few other early arrivees in the reception area until they opened the Trade Show at 3:30pm.  Note the beautiful Italian marble patio!  It’s a great event space, but unfortunately it rained just enough to make it wet and slippery and they had to change the setup at the last minute.

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The first order of business was the Trade Show.  Meeting with Vendors and Suppliers from Tuscany, the format was sort of a “one-on-one” format for more than one person.  Most of the Vendors were represented by two people and even early on, it was more than two people on my side of the table.  I paired up with one of my co-workers for the presentations at the beginning, but eventually had to go it alone, because of the format. There was a lot of room noise and some of the suppliers had thick Italian accents, so it was very hard to hear the presentations.  I managed to meet everyone, see what they had to offer, exchange business cards and collected a big bag of collateral material from the hotels, tour operators, wineries and other exhibitors.

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Finished with the circle tour of the trade show, I had some coffee, dropped the bag of information in my car, and found a chair in the library to sit in while I waited for cocktail hour to begin.  There was limited seating to begin with, and because of the weather everyone who finished also was waiting inside, so having a seat was “groovy”.

Cocktail hour at last! Prosecco, Tuscan red wine and tray passed appetizers: shrimp, rare beef on toast, and tomato pomodoro soup in little square plastic cups.  I did some networking, drank some Prosecco and ate some hor d’ourves.

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cocktail hour in the Library

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The next order of business was a very nice presentation in the theatre.  There were introductions, informative speeches, videos of beautiful Tuscany, expressions of thanks and gratitude, a musical performance and a drawing for some very nice prizes.

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Then the Dinner Buffet was served.  On the menu: sausage and peppers, polenta with mushrooms and cheese, pasta with red sauce, fava, bruschetta, toasted bread and breadsticks.  More Prosecco and Tuscan wine was served, but instead I had still bottled water with my food.

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And following the food, there was coffee and mini tiramisu for dessert (not pictured)

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

It was a long event 3:30-8:30pm (5 hours plus travel time), but it was well managed (even with the weather adjustments) and informative.  The food was good and the presentation was entertaining.  Overall, it was a pretty nice event and now I want to visit Tuscany!

I thanked my hosts, said goodbye to my friends and co-workers, and drove my car out of the parking lot back to the 405.  There was traffic on Wilshire, traffic getting on the 405 at Wilshire, traffic on the 405 freeway and the Skirball exit was closed.  Nevertheless, I made back to the valley in about a half hour, posted on facebook, and wrote this blog.  Hope you enjoyed my afternoon and evening.  Thanks for reading!!!  Grazie!  Tutte bene!

 

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