June 19th, 2002

eLouai

Griffins Restaurant

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I took my Buddy Girl, K, to lunch for her birthday today. We went to the Hotel Vancouver.

The food was very good. K had a Chicken Pot Pie and she says it was a good Chicken Pot Pie. And looking at it, I could see a small buttload of chicken in it. We were saying how the "Chicken Pot Pie" at some places was just thickened vegetable soup in a chicken broth and pie crust on top. I had their Pasta of the Day - Beef Ravioli with a cheese and mushroom sauce.

And it wasn't too expensive either. Their weekend brunch prices are insane (CDN$31.00/person), but the regular weekday lunch menu itself isn't too bad. I was expecting to pay quite a bit more for a 5-star hotel restaurant. The atmosphere was slightly caffeteria-ish, but that's okay.

Apparently, there are two restaurants at the Hotel Vancouver, Griffins (on the east wing) and 900 West (probably on the west wing). I didn't know that... when I called, the main switchboard answered and asked me who I wanted to be transferred to. I replied that I wanted "the restaurant" and I was forwarded to Griffins. Oh well, we'll do 900 West another time.

While I was there, I totally fell in love with my 3-cup individual serving teapot. It's an Albalite® line, Bianco design, made by Steelite International in the UK, who do tableware for restaurants all over the world.

Although, looking that the rest of the Bianco set, I don't like the taller skinnier design for the larger 6-cup teapot as much. I want a 6-cupper in the same almost cube proportions as the 3-cupper. The other flatware, teacups and saucers are not as interesting, but they look good too.

eLouai

But... But... Wait! *whimper* =C

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-----Original Message-----
Sent: 18 Jun 2002 14:55:17
From: Me
To: Online Customer Services
Subject: Personal Banking

Hi,

There's was a strange deposit of $1,525.10 to my account ###############. The description is "RFX - DEPOSIT -REF ###############". And that same amount has been withdrawn today.

I thought I knew what it was, but now that it's been withdrawn, I'm curious... What just happened? =}

-- Me

-----Reply-----
Sent: 19 Jun 2002 11:38:18
From: Online Customer Service
To: Me
Subject: Re: Personal Banking

My Lady of the First House:

We have received your message asking for additional information on a deposit and withdrawal from your account of $1,525.10.

RFX means Royal Foreign Exchange and normally describes any transactions involving non-Canadian funds. This includes transactions involving a US Dollar Personal Account with RBC Royal Bank, purchases of traveller s cheques, and purchases of money orders or cash in foreign currencies.

The 'RFX - DEPOSIT -REF ###############' was a deposit of a cheque for $1000 US.

It appears this transaction was an error as 'RFX - WITHDRAWAL -REF ###############' is the withdrawal of the $1000 US dollar cheque from your account.

Please accept my apologies for any confusion and inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you for your message, Ma'am. Please do not hesitate to contact us again through this message centre or by phone at 1-800-769-2555, if we may be of further assistance. If you are outside of Canada or the United States, call us collect at 506-864-1555.

Sincerely,

Brenda
Agent ID: #####
RBC Royal Bank

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*siiiiiiiiiiiiigh* For a brief moment, I thought somebody loved me. They gave me US$1000.00 ... *siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh*

That's so unfair. *pout* *pout* If they boo-boo in my favour like that, I should get to keep the money =D

It's funny that this came right after buttaflii and I were going back and forth about "only hugely rich people say stuff like, 'money doesn't buy happiness'" and "I'll take some of that non-happiness off your shoulders and if it makes you feel better, I'll GLADLY take LOTS of non-happiness from you regularly. Like forever." =)