New ways to avoid surprise subscription TV bills

When Rosemary Kukla opened this month’s Comcast bill, she was in for an early Halloween surprise.
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Now that’s a nice way to say good-bye

The Vogue in downtown Dubai doesn’t seem like the kind of hotel where guests would be surprised by anything. The furnishings are spare and modern, and the amenities are about what you’d expect from a boutique hotel.
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How to avoid a car rental surprise

When you rent a car, all you really want are the keys to your car and reliable directions, thanks very much. No surprises.
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A few shockers in my September mailbox

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Bayda/Shutterstock

It took the better part of this weekend, but it looks like I’ve sorted through my September mailbag. And I found a few surprises.

For those of you just tuning in, one of my email addresses experienced a total malfunction, holding more than 10,000 messages in a queue since January. I explain everything in this post.

Of course, there are numerous other ways of reaching me — social media, my primary gmail address, [email protected], or phone. But often, people assume a single email always gets to me. Sadly, technology can sometimes let you down.
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The shocking top 10 posts of 2012 — and a surprise or two from me

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Digital Hand/Shutterstock

The most viewed stories of 2012 on this site? You’d be surprised.

I was.

(Speaking of surprises, I have one or two of my own. I’ll get to them in a minute.)

But first, the list:
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