Since the beginning of August I've been trying to get a written explanation of the PMI removal process from our current mortgage holder (I won't bore you with the details of why). After speaking with several customer representatives with a poor command of the English language who clearly did not understand the basics of a mortgage, I sent several emails and made several more phone calls.
Over a month passes with no response to my requests. So I send a final email and just happen to end my email with "Gratefully, Ally R., Esquire." And BOOM! I receive a certified letter, signature required from an assistant vice president on card stock with a real blue ink signature. It never ceases to amaze me how people treat me differently when they learn that I am/was an attorney.
Before we bought our home, I lived in a loft that had occasional maintenance issues. If I sent an email from my gmail account, I often never received any response whatsoever. I found that if I sent the exact same e-mail from my work email account (a law firm), I would received a response within minutes. This was over the course of years with the same building manager; it's like he didn't remember I was an attorney unless I used the work account, and I guess only attorney tenants deserve responses?
Oh well, at least my continuing ed and paying dues has some upsides while I don't work.
p.s. I'm thankful Jackson and I will be able to see my oldest niece play softball tomorrow evening.