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06/13/07 03:15 - 67ºF - ID#39634

"Connection Line Charge: Element 2"

I was setting up the new phone/internet service for my future apartment and everything was going fine. Verizon has a sweet deal for $15 a month (comes to about $34 a month with the landline). I thought to myself, what a perfect little deal for a poor graduate student. And suddenly, out of nowhere came a whopping ~$75 initial charge. On minute inspection, a major chunk of that charge came from something called "Connection Line Charge: Element 2" worth about $40. There is no explanation of this charge on the verizon website so I googled and found this description in some random document:

On June 14, 1993, New England Telephone and Telegraph
Company ("NET" or "Company") filed with the Department of Public
Utilities ("Department"), revisions to the Company's tariffs
D.P.U. Mass. Nos. 10 and 15 to become effective July 14, 1993.
NET applies an Element 1 service ordering charge for the
receiving, recording, and processing of a customer's
request for service (Exh. NET-4, Tab E3). An Element 2
central office line connection charge is applied to recover
the costs of establishing or changing service in the
central office ( id., Tab E4)

It's a charge just to change a single name on a file. Oh well.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: flat hunt

06/11/07 11:12 - 70ºF - ID#39605

Parking spaces around Mayflower?

So the moving date is steadily drawing near. I am thinking of driving into Buffalo with a rental SUV (someone else will be doing the driving). We would need to park temporarily on the curbside till I unload all my stuff and take it inside Mayflower. Then we would need to park the SUV somewhere close till we take everything upstairs and lock up. How strict is curbside towing outside Mayflower on Sunday mornings? Is there somewhere near that we can park temporarily till we return the SUV?
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Category: science

06/07/07 10:21 - 83ºF - ID#39577

Aluminium in deodorants - Do you care?

It has been known for sometime that Aluminium is associated with Alzheimer's disease. However, the past few years has brought forth research that might potentially implicate Aluminium in the development of cancer. Aluminium is the key ingredient in most of the underarm deodorants out there. It is believed to have estrogenic properties. Estrogenic input drives its growth, progression and possibly initiation of cancer.

Women use these deodorants day in and day out and they are applied directly to the axillary (underarm) area. The deodorants remain in contact with skin for extended periods of time. Aluminium in these deodorants is probably absorbed more readily than any other metalloestrogen, because of the microabrasions on the skin in the axillary region (due to frequent shaving).

To all women (and men) out there, does this piece of news bother you? Would you be willing to toss out all your deodorants and get Al-free ones? Or would you rather wait for this association to be set in stone?

As a researcher, can't help wondering how much of an impact such news has on consumers...

Update: Found this article on the Al-free alternatives out there:

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Category: flat hunt

06/06/07 11:39 - 53ºF - ID#39561

It's a Mayflower!

The update on my drab life: I am done with my qualifiers. *w00t* But I don't know if I passed or am doomed to take them 6 months later. *anti-w00t*

The update on my not-so-drab life: It's the Mayflower!! That apartment on the 5th Storey was in the Mayflower as many of you guessed. It's an absolutely charming "large studio" and I think I love it. However, the lease is not very clear-cut. The present tenant has a lease which ends July 31st, but wants to get out of it early. Though, very enthusiastic, the present tenant has not got hold of the management yet - so they have not got in touch with me. I admit that its been just 3 business days (mon-tue-wed), but.... its been three business days! Hence, the anxiety...

I did a walking piligrimage of Roswell and surrounding areas on Friday and I think I have officially become rather enamoured with all the goodies on Delaware, Allen Street, the fabulous theatre district, funky Elmwood etc. You guys live in an awesome neighbourhood!! What the hell was I thinking, strolling down Ellicott when I first visited Buffalo?!!

I checked out a handful of apartments - the ones on Auburn-Delaware, Elmwood-Lexington/Utica were gorgeous but it took forever to walk to Roswell. Thoughts of a snow-laden walk in the 6 months of Buffalo winter weren't very appealing so they are off the list for now. There was a charming studio apartment in an old mansion on Summer, but the studio was too tiny (and had wild rabbits in the front yard!! yikes!!). Then, there was this apartment building on Elmwood near Summer but this was right next to Section 8 housing and *reeked* of tobacco smoke. No-one showed up to show me an apartment on Franklin, someone on Linwood cancelled on me and it was too late to check out another apartment at Richmond.

So in the end, it looks like I might be living in Mayflower after all, if this lease somehow comes through. If it doesn't, its back to the hunt again, and that would be quite a setback.

I had a MOST delicious lunch at a delighful little Italian joint on Delaware called the "Panaros". Their three-cheese-spinach-garlic pizza is just out of this world (and I was ridiculously hungry after hours of walking).

The apartment hunt hasn't officially ended yet, but I just want to thank all of you for helping me out, and orienting me to the neighbourhood. Can't have gone on the Buffalo piligrimage/hunt alone without all the estripper tips and advice I received over the past two months! Thank you!!

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Category: flat hunt

05/23/07 06:54 - 85ºF - ID#39393

Multi-storey on Linwood/Summer corner

A nice "large" studio on the 5th Floor --> $550 (everything included) turned up on craigslist. Everything sounds perfect, except there is no picture (and no exact address). I checked on Google-Earth and there is a multistorey on Linwood near where it crosses Summer. I am assuming this is the place. I haven't got a reply back from the advertiser yet.

Since I am an out-of-towner, could I ask you all to rack your brains and jog your memories as to whether anyone has a recollection of any near and dear or far-away ones staying in this multi-storey - any Delta House experiences etc.?

I can't make it to Buffalo till the end of next week (after my comprehensive exams) and I feel that I should aggressively pursue this place, considering the snail-crawl pace my search is moving.

As usual, (and I apologize if I am becoming rather a pest) any suggestions/insights very much welcomed!!

I need to move to Buffalo positively by June 16th (with whatever meagre amount of stuff I have). I then leave for a short vacation from 18th till 24th of June and come back to Buffalo on June 25th. I would be very interested in your place if it is less than a mile from Roswell and within my budget (<$600 including everything). Please let me know, if that sounds good.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: flat hunt

05/22/07 11:50 - 63ºF - ID#39383

The desirable rectangle?

jenks mentioned this rectangle in one of the comments and in one of my bouts of o.bsessive d.eadline e.scapism s.yndrome, I had fun spotting and shading the rectangle. :) The green arrow is Roswell. Nice way of getting to know the neighbourhood. m/
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Category: flat hunt

05/20/07 10:02 - 51ºF - ID#39356

The Safety issue...

Hey everyone,

Since you are living or have lived in (and around) Elmwood/Allentown/Downtown, what do you think of safety of these areas:

Oak St & E. Huron St.
North Pearl @ Allen
Franklin @ Allen
Virginia St
Summer Street
Linwood Ave @ Barker
North Street
Elmwood @ Tracy, @ Bryant, @ Utica, @ Lexington @ Johnson Park
Jersey St @ Richmond, @ Porter
Prospect @ Georgia
Porter Ave @ Plymouth Ave
Richmond @ Bryant

I am looking to avoid projects, section-8 housing, crack houses, deaddiction centers, emergency shelters, loud bars/clubs and other not-so-great areas for a student who might be staying up late studying and might be keeping late hours at office.

Any advice/input/suggestions/tips are very much appreciated!
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Category: flat hunt

05/20/07 09:49 - 51ºF - ID#39355

So my hunt for a flat

is going dismally. Am I asking for too much? I just want a simple 1BR/studio
-- within a mile from Roswell (so I can walk/bike)
-- within $600 inclusive of all utilities
-- with access to a laundry not more than a 10 minutes walk off
-- in a comparatively safe area where I am not likely to get shot in some crossfire or assauted or heckled or panhandled.
-- near bus/metro stops.

I am a non-smoker, non-party'er and don't have a pet or a car, and yet I am having so much trouble finding an apartment!

I scour craigslist and artvoice everyday and all I come up with is a few apartments within my price and distance range -- which are gone before I can contact the landlords.

I need some luck here and fast! I need to positively move to Buffalo on June 16th.

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Category: the odes

05/20/07 09:42 - 51ºF - ID#39354

My Comprehensive qualifiers...

are next week - and I feel like an empty shell. I just got done with the semester finals and here I am having to study for another round of exams. Yeesh.
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Category: goals

04/07/07 11:44 - 25ºF - ID#38792

According to Darwin...

I should have been weeded out from this planet by now.

I heard people telling me all week how they ran for 3 miles that morning or worked up a sweat at the Gym or played squash every alternate day. I got inspired and went biking up a gentle slope and by the time I reached the "summit", not only was I panting like a dog, I was wishing I could get off and walk... and I did! I was just hoping that none of those super-athletes drove by seeing me straggle up a small slope they would have gracefully covered in the blink of an eye.

And what's up with those people I see running everyday for hours? I try running and within 30 seconds I feel I could go up in a massive explosion.

That brings me to another new Roswell Resolution (TM) I made.

RR1. I will bike more when I move to Roswell.

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