Posts Tagged ‘idiot’

Tortuous Interference

February 21, 2013

A month ago I got an email with the above title as the subject line. The email was from the fellow who had installed our geo-thermal system and the first thing I thought was “OMG, there’s been a recall on our heat unit because of some sort of ‘tortuous interference’. Oh, no!”.

Fortunately, it was nothing of the sort.

It was, however, very short.

He had apparently read one of the postings I had put up complaining about his service, or near-to-complete lack, thereof.

He claimed I had several “inaccuracies” and stated that I had posted his “direct name” to a “public internet website”. And he graciously gave me a whole 24 hours to meet his demands.

Hey, I would have been happy to use his indirect name but all I had was his “direct” one. And I might have posted it elsewhere but the only internet sites I found were public.

So I wrote him back asking for a little more specificity in regard to what he was talking about. Namely, which website was he referring to, and the exact phrases that were slanderous and untrue.

I mean, I would hate to go to the Better Business Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce website and clean them up properly and then find out he was talking about Yelp or or one of the other places I mentioned his poor service.

Heck! He might’ve even been talking about this blog!!

I wanted to upload it to Angie’s List as well but they wanted to charge me to post a complaint. And now I wonder how useful – really – her “great” site is when people willing to write a review have to pay to get it listed. Really! What cheek!

Anyway, the twenty-fours passed without any further response from him. So he either cooled down, deleted the email, or forwarded the entire mess to his lawyer.

And, speaking of lawyers, I also clued him in to the exact wording I think he was trying to get across.

It’s not “tortuous interference” but rather “tortious interference”.

The legal meaning is that he accuses me of helping one of his contracting parties (i.e. “a client”) break their contract (i.e. “tort”) with him by promising them a better deal than they had with him, so I can make the money he should have rightfully been entitled.

The only problem with that scenario is that I have no idea who he has contracts with, nor did I influence them to break their deal with him because I had any sort of better offer for them. And I certainly made no money off any such wild supposition.

Hmm, maybe my years of studying law might come into use here, huh?

Except that he has not responded to my interrogatory.

Perhaps I should motion for suspension or commutation of the case?

Any torts… er, thots on the matter?

April 15th… What a Day it Was!

April 16, 2012

Another April 15th has come and gone and this one was a bit bolder than usual because it just happened to be to 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic… the ship, not the film.

The film has done quite well in its re-release in 3D and pushed it over the $2 Billion mark, a feat shared by only one other film, also by James Cameron, “Avatar”. You remember, the film with all the blue people who lived inside a tree.

April 15th is also famous in America for being the IRS Tax Deadline since 1955, though since it falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline has been extended to the 17th. And you can be sure a LOT of people will take advantage of the extension to put off their filing “to the last minute”. Which they would do even if the deadline was extended to September 1st.

Another interesting anniversary happened on the 15th although not many people mentioned it. The date was seven score and seven years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Something most people today seem to have forgotten although it seemed to be a really big deal in the nineteenth century.

I suppose everyone is waiting for the sesquicentennial of the event, three years from now, or 150 years afterward, to commemorate the event that will live in infamy…

Or was that the bombing of Pearl Harbor (the event, not the film) that was supposed to live in infamy?

Well, maybe they can share the same cell in infamy.

But, thankfully, the 15th has passed and we all survived.

At least a little better than Lincoln, or the Titanic, or a lot of unhappy taxpayers.

Oh, and another little thing that happened on the 15th… I finally got published!

Yes, I had been working on a volume called “For What It’s Worth” – hey, isn’t that the name of this blog!? – but it never seemed to get very far since I got distracted by so many other book ideas.

But I finally finished one called If the World’s a Village, I’m Its Idiot. It is available on kindle if you’d like to check it out.

For myself, at least, I have something else to remember about April 15th. Perhaps you have something as well.

Anything has to be better than that other stuff.