Sunday, July 10, 2016

In which Ted sends Primo a facebook message scolding him for "fail[ing] to respond" to his email and his voicemail

Let's recap last week's episode:

1. Ted and TedsWife are remodeling their house

2. Ted and TedsWife want to fund their IRAs before April 15 (it is March 27 as I write this)

3. Ted and TedsWife plan to take a European family vacation this summer, where they will go on a two-week "trek" through Switzerland.

"Trek" is a word that I am sure would not bother me if someone I liked used it to describe a vacation, but I have reached bitch eating crackers with Ted and everything he says and does annoys me.

4. On Thursday, Ted sent an email asking for money

5. On Saturday, Ted left a voicemail asking for money

And today, Sunday, Ted sent Primo a facebook message in which he noted that Primo had "failed to respond" to Ted's email and voicemail.

BECAUSE THAT IS PRIMO'S PURPOSE IN LIFE: TO ANSWER WHEN TED CALLS.

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  1. Well, alright, to be fair, if it was anyone else but Ted, Primo would have answered the e-mail and said "I'll get back to you in a few days, I'm dealing with a bunch of stuff right now", yes?

    The scolding is out of line, but the first followup a couple of days later after not having heard even that much was reasonable. (Pardon, I work really hard not to demonize the jerky people in my life just to keep my own side of the street clean and making sure I'm not being a jerk when they're not being a jerk.)

    - AC

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    1. Well, actually, no. :) Primo does not tell people he will get back to them in a few days. It would tick off his parents so much, but Primo always told them that if it was really, really important, they could just pick up the phone. Which they almost never did.

      But then, Ted has gone days and more than a week before answering emails, too.

      I am pretty good about keeping people current, but I don't think four days is too much. :)

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    2. And really this is not a life threatening emergency. And I suspect there are 2 majors components. 1) is that Ted thinks the world revolves around Ted. 2) Someone is dunning Ted for the money he owes them.
      And my question is has Ted supplied Primo with all the documentation that proves Ted should get reimbursed for son's expenses?

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    3. Oh, well in that case that totally falls under the category of "Don't ask for what you're not willing to give"....

      I don't know if it's a NYC thing or just a question of how many people in my life get anxious if they don't get a reply, but I generally at least say "I'll get back to you about that over the weekend or so" within 24 hours, if I can't answer it straight out right then.

      - AC

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    4. AC, for work, I definitely do that - tell someone I don't have an answer yet but am working on it. I hate to be ignored at work and don't do it to other people.

      But Ted - Ted. The rules are for other people, not for him.

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    5. Libby, Ted sent A SPREADSHEET! A SPREADSHEET!

      But Primo insisted on seeing invoices, as Primo is a lot smarter than Ted thinks he is.

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    6. As much as I like spreadsheets they are for my own amusement. I am a big proponent of paperwork to prove any and everything.

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  2. BEC is one of the best things to ever come out of reading AAM. Well, that and Hanukah Balls.

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    1. Gene, I know! I love that phrase. It fits so many situations.

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  3. Switzerland of all countries! The most expensive country in Europe. Having just experienced this first-hand, it was the first thing that jumped out at me.

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    1. But mephyle! They deserve it! They are entitled!

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  4. How do Ted & wife get to fund their IRA's with the kids school money? Have they already gotten greedy?

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    1. bobble, they were greedy a long time ago.

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    2. Yea but trying to fund their IRA's with the kids money sounds almost like fraud.

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    3. Bobble, it sure does! Even if it doesn't meet the legal definition, the moral part of it makes me go, "Huh? Your child who will never be financially independent? This is the best way to make sure he is provided for in the future?"

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  5. Ted and TedsWife don't sound like they are hurting for money...I wonder if they weaseled money out of TedsWife's mother? (Or was it TedsMother? I forget!)

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    1. I am sure they have, emma. They made frequent references to "TedsWife's mother's estate," even before she died last summer.

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  6. What if Primo, acting as trustee, just asked the school for all the info so he could get Ted his reimbursement? (I'm only a little serious. People like Ted turn me into an awful person sometimes and the opportunity to poke at this would be too much to resist.) How nuclear do you think Ted would go?

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    1. Kittychick, I love it. They would explode. How DARE Primo not trust them?

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