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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/21/2018

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  07:58 PM

While casting about for ways to economize, and with Mr. Bollywood now off to college, I was considering unsigning myself up for Netflix. I believe I've fallen below the break-even point for movie rentals vis-a-vis the monthly price.

But those clever folks are a step ahead of me. They offer a deal where you can put your account on hold for up to 90 days, preserving your queue and all that. I can see the thinking -- never let go of a customer once you've got 'em. So I can assess whether the dark days of winter will return me to my usual pattern of consuming movies at a great clip, as is likely to happen. And in the meantime, no bridges burned.

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