Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dun of the Dead

Apparently, you can take it with you.
Link to March 4 New York Times article, "You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector".

There's just no escaping technology. Improved database technology is making it easier to discover when estates are opened in the country’s 3,000 probate courts, giving collectors an opportunity to file timely claims.

DCM Services, a Golden Valley (!) Minnesota company that specializes in this service, trains its new hires in "empathic active learning". Hmm, sounds like a follow-up discussion on the reference interview is in order for my SLIS class tomorrow.

Remember what John Steinbeck wrote about Golden Valley in "Travels with Charley". I still have that arrogant plan -- into St. Paul on Highway 10, then gently across the Mississippi. The S-curve in the Mississippi here would give me three crossings of the river. After this pleasant jaunt I meant to go through Golden Valley, drawn by its name.

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