Jim's Trek V, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Day 127+40 – (AD 1,289) – 20.0 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled 20.0 miles on my Schwinn 170. I have now comfortably, sort of, fit into my regime of 5 pedaling days a week, each for 60 minutes.

At my average of a little bit more than 100 miles a week I should be pedaling another 108 more days to complete my over-goal of 38,201.6 miles. To date, I have cycled 27,442.5 miles; 44,164.5 kilometers.



And on Mars, I have now completed 81.8% of the distance from Ada Crater to Mädler Crater. I think I have chosen my next goal and destination point. It is about 320 miles from Mädler Crater.

Soapbox –

I just went online to pay my Spectrum bill. The payment is a simple EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) which is usually performed through the ACH (Automated Clearing House).

I initiated the instructions. All went as planned.

I then received an email (electronic mail) response from Spectrum confirming my payment. But there was another sentence included in the confirmation email that sort of bothered and perplexed me. "As a reminder, you'll be charged a $5.00 processing fee when a call center representative assists you with making a payment."

Not sure what this means. Does the intent mean to a reference to levy on my EFT or does it mean that if I call Spectrum (aka Bright House) and a Customer Service Representative who has to assist me to pay them Spectrum, in turn, will now charge me an additional $5.00 for the Customer Service Rep's time?

I have since sent a message to the Spectrum Chat Line with my question about the $5.00 charge. All-things-being-equal they, Spectrum that is, has been processing my request for the last 2+ hours.

This nickel and diming is getting out of hand.

From NerdWallet “ACH Transfers: What It Costs to Send Yourself Money Between Banks Online”, by Spencer Tierney, Sep. 26, 2016.

“In general, knowing the cost of ACH transfers between your bank accounts — and which banks don’t charge for them — might help you save money. Although the outgoing fee generally goes up to $3, you’ll want to avoid having this or any other bank fee add up over time.”

I am sure that the banks in turn more than likely roll-up the transfer costs to its corporate customers, obviously to play the float, and I am sure that the $3.00 levy is immaterial. The $5.00 charge by Spectrum is just another way a corporation tries to nickel-and-dime a customer while trying to explain their inflated and associated costs.

On the menu last night for supper – Smashed Asian Cucumber Salad and my version of Mission Chinese Food’s Kung Pao Pastrami.




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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim