This is PSA – never use Vonage – Vonage sucks. Somehow they sneaked in, and I may have just missed it, a two-year agreement for their service, which they charge a $49.99 early cancellation fee for. That’s not even the worst of it. The sound quality was always bad, sounded like I was in a well, people would ask me to stop talking on that phone, so I just quit using it and never bothered to cancel it. That’s my bad. Finally decided it was ridiculous to keep paying for something I didn’t use or want, so I went online to cancel it. Oh, no, you can’t do that. You can set up service, add lines, upgrade service, everything can be done online except cancel. Fine, I’ll call them. Well, you can’t call them at night or on the weekend, you have to call them M-F 8-5. You know, I have a lot of real work to be done then, so I kept putting it off. Finally called them, irritated that I had to do it this way, and they then reveal the true purpose of making you call — trying to keep you as a customer, asking you questions, quizzing you on why you don’t want their service, would you stay if they gave you a discount. My final response was stop asking me these questions because at this point they all have the same answer – I’m canceling, and I won’t change my mind simply because your cancelation hoops are draconian and ridiculous. Then he told me to dispute the charges, I needed to- hold your laughter – write a letter. This is an internet company that provides VOIP, all their business is done online except, of course, cancelling your account and disputing charges. For those complicated, weighty matters, you have to phone and write a letter and put it in the mail. JM&J.
I hate them, srsly. I lost an hour of my life that I’ll never get back speaking to supervisors to try and not have to pay the $49.99 and telling them why they should let people cancel service online.
Hey, let’s talk about something else, like a brand new line of perfumes from Francis Kurkdjian (is this pronounced kourjaun? I think that’s the way I’ve seen it, but my mind always sticks every time I read the name.
He has three colognes, and the most interesting on the surface of the three, or at least that I think you guys will get all wiggly about is the Pour le Soir. Yes, it is light, it is a cologne, and it has notes of Infusion of Benzoin from Siam, Bulgarian and Iranian Rose Honey and Incense absolute. Now, I’m not sure if it’s rose or honey or a honey rose? These are just the notes Neiman Marcus provided. The colognes have that vat price tag of $195 for 6.8 ounces. The price per ml is reasonable, just the quantity is a little excessive. But whatever. This is cuddly and snuggly incense. There’s nothing terribly complicated about it, but the simplicity renders it simply perfect. I want this in a room spray, candle and bed linen spray and bubble bath. Shower gel too and maybe a soap. I want my whole home to smell like this.
My grandpa Walter was this incredibly quiet, gentle, peaceful man. He was sick from the time I can remember him, he had emphysema, so he didn’t move around a lot because it made him cough. Despite all that, he just radiated comfort and kindness. He had those metal lawn chairs on the front porch, the ones that you could rock or sorta bounce in, and I loved sitting with him on the front porch and saying nothing, just being with him. The peacefulness that surrounded him was a bubble I never wanted to leave. Pour Le Soir is that kind of bubble. Warm, honeyed comfort, the way you want all of your sweaters to smell. Yeah, I know, I’ll stop, I’m just oozing love for this.
For a cologne, it does have a nice hang time. It’s not really lengthy, but it softens so beautifully even as it weakens that you don’t really even care, the fade on this is like that lovely dream that you can barely remember in the morning, but you just keep trying to hang onto the wisps.
Well, that went on for a while. I had intended to review another of his scents, but this will get long fast, so will stop there. I am loving unfurling these seven scents of his, though, it’s like digging around in an old trunk of your aunt’s and finding the coolest things you forgot about or didn’t even know you needed.
I think what I’ll do on these is each post where I review them, until I get done, I’ll draw out one name to get a sample set of all seven scents. Let’s see, you can just say hi in comments if you like or you can tell me the most frustrating company you’ve ever had to deal with and why nobody should ever give them any business.