Monday, August 24, 2009

BOA= Bank Of AssHoles

So I am furious and livid with Bank of America or what I would like to call Bank of ASSHOLES!!!
A few days ago I logged into my account online just to make sure everything was O.K with my accounts. Make sure bills were being paid ..etc. When I noticed that my Credit Card limit went from $6000 down to $500. My first reaction was "wow there must be a mistake let me call them" I have never been late with my credit card payment and had basically paid the account in full at this point. I am speaking to customer care representative. And he told me that because I was late on my mortgage a few months back I was considered a high risk client.

So a little background information..... Back in January I was jobless, I had no tenants in my home, I was heart broken, and 10,000 mile away from family. I was going through a really ruff time and I was trying to do my best to keep my head above water. I have always taken a lot of pride in being financially responsible but shit happens and I did the best I could. I was one month behind on the mortgage for a few months (which I understand that it doesn't look good but its like I was missing payments for 3 or 4 months). As soon as I got back to New York I got up-to-date with my mortgage and have been paying it on time ever since.

The part that pisses me off like crazy is that what if I had gone away somewhere and I would have used my card??? I get to the counter and the person behind it says my card has been declined??? Do you know how embarrassing that would have been! Till this day I have yet to recieve a letter or a call letting me know that they were cutting my credit limit so drastically. I tried to negotiate with the guy letting him know my situation and asking him to go through my payment history on that card and to see if I can strike a deal and maybe rise the limit up to a reasonable number in which we can both be happy. Want to know what that ASSHOLE DID???......... HE CLOSED MY ACCOUNT COMPLETELY!!!!

I can give you all the boring details on how I called like 3 more times and spoke to one asshole after another. What makes me really upset as well is that I was trying to start this new chapter in my life and start this business venture and use the Credit cards as just back up. I now have to rethink my whole plan and its going to set me back. The cards I was going to use as a security measure but now that idea went down the drain. I went to check my credit scored and it dropped from a 750 down to a 685 which is still considered to be good credit. Its going to take about 1/2 a year to rebuild my credit so its back into the excellent category. I'll apply for a new card in december but not with BOA!!!!


Till next time
Jonathan Vargas

On a lighter note I saw 2 great movies these past few weeks one was "Julie and Julia" and I saw "500 days of Summer" Both movies were wonderful and I recommend that you see them.

Monday, August 17, 2009

for what its worth

Last week I went to Atlantic City for the first time in my life. Its about 2.5 hours away from New York and its actually like Las Vegas but at a very small scale. The reason for my trip down to Atlantic city was to dance and headline at a club called the Westside Inn.

I arrived to Atlantic City with Joe who is the guy who asked me to dance and organized the event with Keith. Both are really sweet guys and I have known Joe when I danced at club 20.

I got to see all the different casinos since everyone was booked in a different one for the night.
I stayed at Harrahs resort and let me tell you ........ I WAS SPOILED ROTTEN!!!!!
When checking-in to the hotel Keith had this very powerful asset. His Mouth and personality!
He was working the girl behind the counter fiercely. He just knew how to speak to people and how to ask for things in the best manner. A skill I much admire but lack at the moment. Anyways I had the sickest suite ever. Not only was it a massive suite, but it was on top of the 33 floor and the view of the water was breath taking.

When I walked into the room I had no idea it was going to be so nice and luxurious. I didnt expect it at all and I was overflowing with excitement. I could not contain myself at all. I was just overwhelmed I guess. I quickly dropped my bags and went to get some food with the guys before the show.

Keith scored us a great meal at the diamonds club restaurant. After stuffing my face I went back to my room to relax.

See this is where it gets funny....... When I got back to my room, I wasn't as excited as I was before. The shock value of the room went away and even thou it was spectacular it didn't matter to me anymore. I felt lonely in the big open space and I started to think that all these nice things are just that... things. And it didn't have any real value whatsoever if you couldn't experience it with someone special and share it. What good was the room to me if I couldn't share the experience with someone close??? A bar area with no one to drink with ehhh. a jacuzzi with no one to throw bubbles with ehhh. I would have loved to share that space, and dance to funny music, and make yummy drinks. I ended up calling my friend to see if they could come but no one was available lol.

What I ended up doing was sitting down trying to write a poem but the words just didnt come out properly. I dont think I am a good poet but I am determined to write some since Cornell always seems to get a lot of joy from it and I thought I would give it a shot. I then got ready for the club and I had a good night. The show went well and people seemed happy. There was a little drama in the end and I ended up geting a small cut on my ankle but other then that it was fine.

Till next time AC
Jonathan Vargas

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Food all weekend long

This weekend I was very busy EATING!!!! On saturday I had gone over to Cornell's house for the first time since he moved. I invited my little sister to come since I wanted to hang out with her too. Miguel and Alma also came to Cornell's house. I brought over some pita bread, cheese, and hummus for appetizers. Miguel got 2 really nice bottles of champagne to make mimosa's. I had no idea Cornell could turn it out in the kitchen. He made Thai chicken curry which was super good but super spicy. Half way into the meal my nose was dripping like a broken water pipe. For dessert we had ice cream and like always I ate like a pig. I had 3 large bowls of ice cream. I am starting to think that I am going to be in big trouble when I get older. After lunch we started to paint since Cornell had a canvas and brushes. We all collaborated on one big piece which turned out really nice. We all had a great time.

On sunday I had my mother and brother come over since I wanted to make them a home cooked meal. I slaved away in the kitchen for about 2 hours ( not to mention the clean up time since I left a hurricane of a mess ). I made a tomato and chicken stew which came out superb if I do say myself. My brother and mom licked there fingers basically. We then just drunk a bottle of wine and just had some family time. My sister didnt make it since she had plans already but who care's I saw her the day before lol. I sent some food back home with my mom. They stayed till about 5 and then I had to give them the boot since I had a friend engagement dinner.

So my good friend Mallory is getting married and she had invited me down and a few other of her friends down to her place for dinner. I havent been to Mallory's home in years and I hadent seen her parents in about 2 years. When I got there her mother nearly knocked me down with hugs and kisses lol. I also got to see my friend Isabel and Rosemary who I hadnt seen in about 4 years. It was like we never left high school. We all ate and played games. Me and Isabel won a bottle of Apple Cider for being a fake couple lol. I ate some more once again and everyone was asking me if there was an end to my stomach. I remember going over to Mallory's sister's house for a dinner and I cleaned the house out. I really do think I have a bottomless stomach:)

Anyways thats all for now I am very sleepy sleepy

Jonathan Vargas

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Books and movies I haven't mentioned.... till now

I love these books and got great joy reading them.
The movies on the other hand ...... well some are great and some are just alright.
I loved "My Sister's Keeper" its such a wonderful movie.
I thought "Public Enemy" was a good movie but a bit slow.
You can skip "The Proposal" since it just plained out SUCKED!!!

Hope all is well
Jonathan Vargas

4.5 hours later and I am in DC

It had been a long time since I have been in DC. I went about 3 years ago with Ken and thought it was about time that I go back for a quick visit. Besides DC is only a 4.5 hour bus ride from New York.

My Main reason for going was so that I could meet and speak to a new friend of mine named Cass. He has started his own designer underwear business called Disco Valante. Its a great new brand thats hips, creative, and fun to wear. Anyways Cass had agreed to meet up with me and give me a few pointers in the right direction and talk to me about my business ideas. (I am not sharing what my business idea is just yet but stayed tuned). We meet up at a cute cafe and chilled at the hotels lobby and just ran threw some ideas. He also suggested a few books I should read and gave me a couple of good contacts. I can not thank him enough for all the help he provided me. Its going to be a long voyage and I am going to try to do the best I can. Hopefully it all works out.

My friends joined me on the Voyage to DC and we stayed at the W hotel that just opened up. Its right next to the White house and the Hotel is amazing. The rooms are small but super cute and the lobby is stunning. But thats not really the hotels strongest asset. What made this stay amazing was the wonderful staff at W hotel. They were so friendly, helpful and so engaging. It was one of the best experience when it comes to a hotel that I have had in a while. That very reason alone would make me want to book at a W Hotel again.

Keeping the blog post short today

Hope all is well

Jonathan Vargas