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Subscription Confirmation

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What did I click on without realizing it? I have no doubt that possibly happened. I also would not be surprised to learn that this company which I’m not going to bother naming chose to subtly opt me in without informing me.

I received an email with the subject line: “Subscription Confirmation.”

“You’ve accepted the following offer”

“Your subscription automatically renews until canceled.”

Huh? Wasn’t me. Cyndie assures me that she didn’t subscribe to anything. Ten bucks a month if we didn’t notice and cancel.

I will take great comfort in whatever struggle is involved in asserting my intention to get this subscription canceled.

More pressing things are on my mind as we pack up to drive home this afternoon. Mother Nature is keeping me occupied by delivering messy precipitation before I finished clearing all the snow that fell last Thursday. In our haste to drive to the lake on Friday, I left the deep snow around the hay shed and in front of the barn unplowed. I also didn’t finish clearing snow off the pavement in front of the shop.

As we were leaving Friday with our eyes on yesterday’s American Birkebeiner ski race adventures and a weekend with our friends, the Williams family, I felt it was well worth skipping out on snow-clearing chores at home.

UMD student Ella skied the big 50K race in pretty decent winter conditions. I thought the wind was a little brisk for spectating, but that would be a rather petty complaint to make in the face of the many hours-long efforts the skiers exert.

This morning my phone alerted me to a storm warning for tonight and tomorrow at home that will start with rain and turn to snow. I really dread dealing with that on top of the areas of snow I have yet to clear.

I didn’t sign up for that. In fact, I’d like to cancel any subscriptions that involve rain during our winter months.

Thank goodness the ski race in Hayward happened in good snow conditions. Just moments ago, while I was writing this in the sunroom overlooking the frozen lake where several deer had run across toward the island, one of the local eagles flew into the large pine tree just beyond our deck.

It did some wiggling with wings flailing on the far side of the trunk and Cyndie wondered if the eagle was eating something. Then the powerful bird took flight with a good-sized branch it had broken from the tree and headed for its nest over our tennis court on the far side of the fateful footbridge over the lagoon.

I would rather sign up for more of this than tomorrow’s weather adventures expected to occur at home.

But heck, either way… ADVENTURE!



Written by johnwhays

February 26, 2023 at 10:25 am

4 Responses

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  1. I would be very careful with any correspondence with a source you did not initiate. Even the act of canceling, gives that some more info about you. You are not obliged to pay for something you did not order — so I would/I do ignore that kind of unsolicited communication. Beware!



    February 26, 2023 at 11:47 am

    • I agree with Ward. And if do business with this company already, login at the company’s site and do not use the link provided.

      Steve R

      February 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      • Thanks, Steve. That’s exactly how I proceeded!


        February 26, 2023 at 11:40 pm

    • Thank you, Ward. I was careful to fully assess the legitimacy of the message.


      February 26, 2023 at 11:39 pm

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