Archive for September, 2008

My utility company PG&E is sending me a check for $60

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

My utility company in California, Pacific Gas & Electric, also known as PG&E, is sending me a check for $60.00.  Why? About 2 weeks ago, I called 800-299-7573 to schedule a FREE pick-up,  based on their refrigerator and freezer recycling program.  You can also visit www.appliancerecycling.com for more information.

This morning, I had my old refrigerator picked up.  For this, I will receive $35.00. I also had an old air conditioner taken.  If I had brought the window unit to my local dump or had it picked up through my local garbage collection, I would have had to pay them for hazardous waste disposal.  Instead, PG&E is paying me another $25.00.  I’ll get the rebate check in the mail in 6-8 weeks.

Better for the environment and my wallet.

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FREE NIGHT OF THEATER 2008 Launches in Over 100 Cities Across the Country on October 16!

Posted on September 27, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , |

FREE NIGHT OF THEATER 2008

Launches in Over 100 Cities Across the Country on October 16!

As the Free Night program rolls out over an ever expanding national stage, we are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to provide access to thousands of new audience members to experience the joy of theatre for the first time — absolutely free of charge!

“Since the campaign’s pilot year here three years ago, we have seen an extraordinary response from theatres, audiences and the whole community. The demand for live theatre–when it’s made accessible to all–is overwhelming. We’re bringing in new audiences–young people, people of color, people from all walks of life–and they are coming back for more. Free Night of Theater has thrown the doors of our theatres open wide.”

— Brad Erickson, executive director of Theatre Bay Area

Free Night of Theater is Theatre Communications Group’s exciting national audience development program designed to attract new audiences to America’s not-for-profit theatres. Since the pilot program, which debuted in three cities in 2005, Free Night has expanded across the country and will be presented in over 100 cities by more than 600 theatres in 2008.

The 2008 campaign debuts on October 16, 2008 and will once again be produced in Atlanta, Austin, Boise, Cincinnati, Cleveland, the state of Connecticut, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lexington, Los Angeles, the state of New Jersey, the state of North Carolina, Oregon (in Ashland and Eugene), Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Greater Puget Sound, South Carolina/Charleston, states represented by Southeastern Theatre Conference (including Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia), Utah, Washington D.C. and the state of Wisconsin.

The 2008 program will also be presented in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas and New York City. Additional cities will be joining the program over the next few months, so be sure to check back often.

Free Night of Theater invites you to GET LIVE!

Tickets are being offered, in most areas, to performances from October 16th through October 30th and can be reserved beginning on October 1st, but every location is different so be sure to check the Find a Show Page for details on participating theatres and performances in your area.

For northern California shows and locations go to  http://www.theatrebayarea.org/tix/fnot_list.jsp

Whether you never been to the theatre before, or just haven’t been in a long time, Free Night has something for you!

Free Night of Theater invites you to find yourself…on stage.

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View Michael Moore’s newest movie Slacker Uprising, online legally and for FREE

Posted on September 23, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment | Tags: , , |

Courtesy of Michael Moore as a thank you to his fans and to promote voting in the upcoming election on November 4, 2008.

Friends,

As you may have heard, I’ve decided to make my new film, “Slacker Uprising,” available for free to everyone in the United States and Canada. It is the first time ever that a major feature-length film is debuting as a free download on the internet — legally. I am doing this for two reasons:

1. Next year it will be 20 years since my first film, “Roger & Me,” so I’d like to give those of you who’ve supported my work over the years a thank you gift in the form of a brand new movie; and

2. I hope the release and wide distribution of this new movie will help to bring out millions of young and new voters on November 4th.

“Slacker Uprising” takes place in the wake of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” during the run-up to the 2004 election, as I traveled for 42 days across America, visiting 62 cities in a failed attempt to remove George W. Bush from office. My goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before. (That part was a success. Young adults voted in greater numbers than in any election since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. And the youth vote was the only age group that John Kerry won.)

What I encountered during the tour and the filming was both inspiring and frightening, so I thought, hey, this might make for a funny and enlightening movie! Each night, thousands would show up to volunteer in the Slacker Army against Bush. This drove local Republicans nuts. In one state they tried to have me arrested. At two colleges, rich donors offered to donate more money to the college if they would ban me from campus. Nearly a half-dozen universities kept the Slacker Uprising tour off their campuses. But there was no stopping this movement. By the time we got to Florida, 16,000 people a night were showing up.

It was clear that young people were the ones who were going to save the day — just as they are in this year’s election.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, you will be able to stream, download, or burn a DVD of “Slacker Uprising,” free of charge. The distribution is being organized by Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films (they’re the great people behind “OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” and “WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price”).

To sign up for the download of “Slacker Uprising,” click here. You have my blanket permission to share the movie with your friends, to set up screenings in your communities or theaters, to show it on your campuses — all at no charge. I encourage you to rally voters with it, to raise funds for your favorite candidates, to air it on your local cable access channels or web broadcasts. You can also click here to request a free DVD of “Slacker Uprising” for your school or university library.

As I said, this is a movie for you, my fans — a little 97-minute digital treat that I think you’ll really enjoy. I hope you’ll check out SlackerUprising.com and download it a week from today, next Tuesday, September 23rd.

Thanks again for coming to my movies all these years. It’s meant a lot to me. I feel very privileged and blessed, and I am honored to be in this “virtual” community with you as we try to reclaim our beloved country.

Yours,

Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. The world premiere of “Slacker Uprising” will take place in one of the great slacker capitals of this country, Ann Arbor, Michigan, this Thursday at 5pm at the historic Michigan Theater. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re in the neighborhood, hope to see you there!

P.P.S. If you live outside the U.S. and Canada, I’m sorry that I don’t own the rights to make this film available to you for free. But it will be coming to a theater, video store or television network near you soon.

P.P.P.S. If you are not part of the “downloadable” generation, I am making a low-cost DVD of “Slacker Uprising” available at Amazon, Netflix and your local stores in October.

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Check out Woot, it’s a hoot! a new deal everyday

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: Bargain Shopping, Entertainment, Personal Finance | Tags: , , |

Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap. It started as an employee-store slash market-testing type of place for an electronics distributor. They sell one item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced.  However, each item they sell is in stock and typically ships within 2-3 business days.

There are lots of good deals on electronics. There is also a wine woot and a shirt woot. The descriptions are detailed and written by some witty, intelligent folks.  Sometimes I wonder if they hired the guys from the movie Clerks to write their web copy.  There is also a product discussion forum.

When the “I Want One” button is bouncing around, that means they’re in Urgent Mode. Act fast – a sellout is approaching! Once an item is sold out, that’s it. Tomorrow is another day, another deal.
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LA Times article on budget weddings: With this savings, I thee wed

Posted on September 16, 2008. Filed under: Business, Personal Finance | Tags: , , |

With these savings, I thee wed

SLUMP SQUEEZES WEDDING BUDGETS

By Andrea Chang
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A typical bride-to-be, Katrina Macrae has bought a dress, browsed varieties of flowers and settled on a date and location for her April nuptials.

But her bridal gown is actually an ivory-colored prom dress that she picked up for $160. The flowers will be bought wholesale the day before the wedding. And she’s getting married to her fiance, Scott Smith, on a Sunday, when location fees are usually cheaper.

At a time when the average wedding costs about $30,000, Macrae plans to spend $8,000.

“Planning a big expensive wedding was kind of an unnecessary expense,” said Macrae, 26, a quality analyst for Sony Pictures. “We didn’t want to be exorbitant, and definitely the economic crunch makes us feel that more strongly.”

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Free tea tastings and education

Posted on September 11, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Entertainment, Health & Beauty, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday, I wrote about going to the de Young museum in San Francisco with a friend of mine  last Sunday and how I received free general admission with my Bank of America card.  Kathryn and I were at the museum from about 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. We weren’t ready to end our visit, so we decided to go get coffee. Kathryn suggested checking out Clement street which isn’t far from the museum or her apartment in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco.

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Free Museum Weekends for Bank of America card customers

Posted on September 10, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , , |

I just went with a friend to the de Young museum in San Francisco last Sunday to see the amazing Chihuly art glass exhibit.  The Chihuly exhibit at the deYoung will only be there through September 28th.  Because I have a Bank of America card, I only had to pay the $5.00 special exhibit admission.  I was able to tour the rest of this fantastic museum for free instead of paying an additional $10.00 which is the regular general museum admission fee.  To get the free admission, I had to purchase my Chihuly ticket on site at the museum and show a photo I.D. and my BofA card.  I was not required to make the purchase with the BofA card.  At the de Young, only my general admission was free. I could not extend my benefit to the friend who came with me, who unfortunately did not have a BofA card.

Bank of America is currently offering this benefit to customers  – free general admission to over 70 museums across 18 states in the U.S. for the first weekend of every month if you have any kind of Bank of America card – check, ATM, or credit.  There are still months left to take advantage of this offer – click here to find out more!

More tips specific to a visit to the de Young so you can plan accordingly:

– The food at the museum cafe is overpriced and only fair.  $9.00 for a so-so ham or turkey and cheese sandwich and $6.00 for a pint of watermelon chunks is too much to pay.

– Weekday parking is $2.50 an hour at the deYoung and $3.00 an hour on the weekend, so you will save money if you are willing to park for free further away and walk a little.

– The museum also boarders the gorgeous, walkable Golden Gate Park which is closed to motor traffic on Sundays. It is very close to the section of the park where you can find the Japanese Tea Garden.  Some scenes from the film Memoirs of a Geisha were filmed here.  Admission to the tea garden is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children.

– General admission to the de Young also gets you in free to the Legion of Honor, the fine arts museum in San Francisco if you show your ticket and go the same day, also worth a visit. This is not part of the Bank of America promo, so this can be taken advantage of anytime you go.

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