I went to the LCD Soundsystem/Arcade Fire concert last Friday – LCD Soundsystem was amazing, which was good since that was my primary interest in going. I honestly didn’t give much thought to the fact that Arcade Fire was there too, even though that was technically the concert for which I purchased a ticket. They are really fun to see live though, and they do make appearances in my music rotation. There are ten people in the band and among the instruments I counted onstage were an accordian, a tuba, a french horn, a cello and some sort of instrument which required cranking.
I would like to take this opportunity to assert that there is no place to avoid paying a convenience fee when purchasing concert tickets. You pay it online, you pay it at ticketmaster sites, you pay it at the gate. Well, I lied – I went to see Rush last month with my brother Jack and I bought my ticket from a dude in the parking lot. He did not charge me a fee of any sort.
In other news, the folks at Lifestyle Family Fitness are a bunch of fucks. I cancelled my membership with Lifestyle several months ago after I joined Lifetime fitness center. Since there is no possible way any subscription/membership service can cancel a membership over the phone, I went into one of the clubs to cancel in person. When I went in and made an inquiry about cancelling, I had to deal with the employees trying to discourage me from giving up on my health until I just told them, “Sorry, I just joined a nicer gym. No hard feelings, ok?”
After I cancelled, I noticed charges were still coming through on my credit card. I called Lifestyle, bitched about it & was told my membership was still active. I said I want it cancelled. They said I’d have to come in to cancel. I said no, I’ve already done that. She reiterated that I showed as active and I could cancel by either coming to the club or writing a letter to their corporate office. So – I hung up and requested that my credit card company remove the charges from my card, which they did. So that goes on for about four months – Lifestyle charges, Discover reverses. I finally just requested a new account number, which happily resulted in no more gym charges.
Last week, I get a call from these shit weasels saying that they have been unable to charge my credit card for my membership fees, and would I like to update my account information with a valid card number. No, as it turns out, I would not since I cancelled my membership six months ago and have been trying to extract myself from any sort of association with you people ever since. She informs me that if I’d like to cancel my membership, I’ll need to write a letter to corporate or go into the club to cancel in person. Also, my account has gone to collections for the last two months of membership dues.
She mentioned that if I still had my printout from my cancellation attempt I could bring that in, so now I’m digging through various stacks of paper trying to find it. Though for anyone that knows me and my organizational habits the notion that I’ll be able to find a sheet of paper that I acquired six months ago is laughable.