this post reminded me of a story about lance armstrong. when he was diagnosed with cancer and his team and sponsors were bailing out on him, the ceo of oakley took it upon himself to cover lance’s medical bills by getting him on the company health plan. the insurance company obviously laughed at the idea telling the ceo that he’s just a sponsored athlete with no rights to the company health plan. the ceo told them to cover lance or they were going to shop around for another insurance company. the rest is a history that involves saving young athlete’s life who went on to win 7 tours and, in turn, selling god know how many pairs of oakley m-frame sunglasses to lance wannabe’s. lance is known to have said that he might switch teams and bike sponsors but he’s going to wear oakley to his own funeral.
I strongly recommend you avoid 123inkjets.com. I’ve spent over thirtyforty minutes on hold, no emails returned, order is weeks late, parts of their website is broken.
I only took the chance on them because I get like 18 points per dollar spent on my credit card, but it looks like now I need to call Visa and have them remove the charge and try and fight this out for me.
Update: After being on hold for 55 mins I finally got through to someone (I’m tenacious). After a lot of run-around, they claim my order has been “lost”, and I need to settle this with the Post Office. Good thing I have the fine people at Visa on my side. Chargeback-ahoy!
"The banana we eat today is not the one your grandparents ate. That one — known as the Gros Michel — was, by all accounts, bigger, tastier, and hardier than the variety we know and love, which is called the Cavendish. The unavailability of the Gros Michel is easily explained: it is virtually extinct. Introduced to our hemisphere in the late 19th century, the Gros Michel was almost immediately hit by a blight that wiped it out by 1960. The Cavendish was adopted at the last minute by the big banana companies — Chiquita and Dole — because it was resistant to that blight, a fungus known as Panama disease… [Now] Panama disease — or Fusarium wilt of banana — is back, and the Cavendish does not appear to be safe from this new strain, which appeared two decades ago in Malaysia, spread slowly at first, but is now moving at a geometrically quicker pace. There is no cure, and nearly every banana scientist says that though Panama disease has yet to hit the banana crops of Latin America, which feed our hemisphere, the question is not if this will happen, but when. Even worse, the malady has the potential to spread to dozens of other banana varieties, including African bananas, the primary source of nutrition for millions…”