How to stop CVS automated prescription calls

** Update December 8, 2018 **

Whelp, finally got fed up with their shenanigans and switched pharmacies. The final straw for me was their terrible app that had so much trouble letting me pick with method I wanted to pay with (hint, it just picks the first one it finds if you have more than one available). Also they kept switching my prescriptions to “autofill” so when I would actually want to refill a prescription it would be ineligible.

To the CVS management who believes that being so aggressive is the key to success. I presume your target demographic is confused elderly baby-boomers. What you are doing is not only annoying but is poor form across the board. Adiós muchachos

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** Update March 1, 2014 **

Jeremy (in the comments below) pointed out that the second number is to opt out of that annoying reminder that your prescription is ready. Presumably you already know when it will be available and you just happen to not be able to immediately run out and pick it up. It will keep for a few days…

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It’s a minor annoyance but when my phone rings it’s because it’s somebody I want to talk with, or there is a problem at work. I don’t want to be called because I might need a prescription refill or there is one ready and waiting for me.

For some reason there are two numbers you need to call. The first one is absolutely simple:

To opt out of the refill reminder calls dial 1-866-514-4965. It will default to opting the number you called from out but will ask to confirm this and ask for any additional numbers.

Not sure why, but the second one needs for you to speak with a person:

To opt out of the prescription ready reminders dial 1-800-746-7287, you’ll need to yell “more options” into your phone and then yell “Opt out of reminders” to be taken to a person who will remove your number(s) for you.

I suppose it’s a useful reminder for some folks but I prefer to keep track of my own stuff.


2012 Home Renovations – Part 11 – Second round of cement pour completed

The forms are up and the upright portions of the lanai and the driveway retaining walls were poured today.

From the current lanai

In the picture below, if you look on the left side of the pool closest to us and at the far end, on the left side of the pool wall facing us, you can see the fittings for the heated water outlet and inlet respectively.

Originally the heating was supposed to be integrated into the filtration unit. But the distance we are mounting the heater away from the pool meant that the filter pump would need to be on high all the time to circulate the water through the plumbing even when the heater was not being used. It was more cost effective (and will be quieter) to split out the two systems and use a separate  booster pump to circulate water through the heating system only when it is needed and then use the iAqualink system to tie everything together.

The driveway retaining wall looks like nothing so much as a fortress bulwark. I’m very glad our neighbor is on board with this project.

2012 Home Renovations – Part 10 – First round of cement pour completed

2012 Home Renovations – Part 12 – Retaining walls revealed

2012 Home Renovations – Part 10 – First round of cement pour completed

I took a picture of the signs for the principals on this project, DC Enclosures and DesJoyaux pools.

The site is always organized, even in the midst of rain and the chaos that naturally accompanies any sort of renovation work. At the end of the day everything is wrapped up nicely. Tarps are in place where dirt may be subject to rain , silt fences are set up to prevent mud from traveling and excess erosion, bales of hay keep mud from sliding down the driveway into the street and the work site is free from trash and unnecessary junk. All of the workers have been pleasant to deal with and, most importantly, Michelle feels very comfortable with ALL of the workers. Not only in terms of safety but in terms of competence. Everybody knows what they’re here to do and they do it professionally.

DC Enclosures have done much of the work with respect to the pool installation. They worked on another pool nearby and were suitably impressed with the technology that they have made a point of learning to do the installs under the tutelage of the DesJoyaux folks who have been on site to oversee the pool aspects of the project. DC Enclosure’s role at this point is largely of contractor as they subcontract out tasks that are not their specialties. Their direct participation will again kick into high gear when it comes time to actually construct and assemble the Lanai. I believe much will be constructed off site under more ideal conditions than you find on the job site with final assembly and tweaking being reserved for our back yard.

J&A Concrete, with Stasio leading their efforts, are the ones who have done the all digging and much of the prep work.

Again, I sound like a broken record. But the pile of dirt in front of the house is bigger still! Rich tells us that MANY people are stopping as they drive by in order to ask what is going on. Apparently our project is something of a mini-sensation in the neighborhood.

As expected, things are slowing down a bit now as finer work is being done. Below is work that was done on Day 7. Day 8 consisted of a morning meeting between the major players and decisions being made for the questions that have come up.

Here are the usual Patio views

followed by a peek inside the pool where you can see the floor and walls have been poured

And the overview. If you look to the left of the filter unit, you’ll see two hoses snaking away from the pool wall. These are the hydraulic lines for our fastlane.

And the foundation for the driveway retaining wall

Our original plans were to move our air conditioning condenser unit down the driveway – closer to the front of the house – so that we would not be able to hear it from the lanai and then place the pool heater, Fastlane pump and the Salt system alongside that. The new plan is to drop the condenser unit over on the opposite side of the house and relocate the pool machinery up by our shed and put up a small wall so that it all would not be visible from the lanai. Those changes, plus the increase to the size of the driveway and other decisions made this morning are going to run me about another $10,000+. These are typical of the kinds of things you do when you have a chance to see where you’ve made it so far and then project forward to where you want the final project to be. I’ve been careful to try to limit scope creep. But some things you just cannot resist doing. I’ll be posting a full accounting of this project’s costs at the end much as I did for my major Master Bedroom and house renovations , near the bottom you’ll see a link with a PDF for the project’s costs.

Beyond that, day 8 was relatively short with a bunch of rebar work where cross pieces were attached to the uprights embedded in the retaining wall bases.

2012 Home Renovations – Part 09 – Rebar for the pool and its retaining wall is up

2012 Home Renovations – Part 11 – Second round of cement pour completed


2012 Home Renovations – Part 09 – Rebar for the pool and its retaining wall is up

When I came home from work today, the pile in the front yard was even bigger than when I left. I’m starting to think I should leave it there, carve into it the faces of some famous people and charge folks admission. It really is quite the sight.

This is day 6 of construction proper (ignoring the tree clearing step). The start date was Monday February 27.

The big advance for today was that a lot of the rebar work was completed.

First the usual views from the existing lanai

Then peering into the pool you can see the rebar making up the bottom

And the retaining wall in the back yard is showing the skeleton of its eventual final form

The trench for the base of the driveway retaining wall has been dug, in the back you can see how they’ve creatively strung up my coaxial cable (orange) so they won’t be running heavy machinery over it.

Looking at the trench from the other end show the steps that it needs to accommodate the down hill

And here is the view from the top of the driveway. Obviously we’ve been parking next to the street lately…

2012 Home Renovations – Part 08 – The pool walls are up, half of the driveway is gone

2012 Home Renovations – Part 10 – First round of cement pour completed

2012 Home Renovations – Part 08 – The pool walls are up, half of the driveway is gone

Wow! The promised bad weather finally hit us. Our tornado watch was upgraded to a tornado warning last night some time before 9 pm. There were some spectacular rains and some damage affecting the major roadways near our house.

Fortunately the folks working on our site were farsighted enough to put tarps over everything that needed it and anchored them securely so we had no problems at all.

We began the process of removing about 3 feet off of the driveway to prepare for the needed trench for the footer that will brace our major retaining wall by the side of the house.

Here is a kind of crappy picture, taken through a screened and somewhat dusty window, of the jackhammer in action (far right)

and the driveway (with tarp covering) is a wee bit narrower

especially when contrasted with how it looked at the beginning of this project

All that dirt had to go somewhere, so here are a couple of pictures to try to give you a sense of the size of the pile of dirt in our front yard. I characterize it as being about the size of a school bus.

Traffic has been slowing just to stare at it both in its tarped and untarped forms. I wonder how many of them are regretting not voting for reinstatement of the neighborhood covenants figuring that we’re going to do something monstrous.

Never fear fair neighbors. Much of that dirt will go back to supporting the driveway and much of the rest will modestly adjust the slope of the front yard. The rest, if any is left, *will* be hauled away.

One minor annoyance, the folks who were supposed to mark the utilities missed the coaxial cable supplying my internet connection. It managed to survive the jackhammering, but met its match when the mini-bulldozer attempted to remove the concrete pieces.

Apparently the last contractor who had worked on this driveway 1) poured a brand new driveway OVER the existing driveway and 2) embedded the cable (within some pvc piping) WITHIN the newly poured concrete. The first is a cardinal sin and whoever did that job should be standing in an unemployment line someplace. The second I’m told is also a terrible idea for exactly the reason that you have no choice but to wreck it when you work on the driveway.

The crew was so paranoid after that that they very carefully dug out the area by hand to ensure that nothing else had been missed.

To their credit (I can’t believe I’m about to compliment Comcast), the cable company had a rep out the next morning who reconnected service and gave us a generous amount of cable so that we could shift it around as we need to for the remainder of the project. Mind you, they still are charging me $49 for the visit because we cut the cable. I suppose they are just hoping that it will be too much bother for us to argue the point with them.

The pool walls are now up!

The usual shots

Now showing the filtration unit attached from the back end

And my favorite perspective.  After seeing the hole in the back yard my mind was picturing the pool as being larger than it really was. Once the lanai is in place the pool will fit very nicely but, just like when you get that flat panel TV home from the store and in your room you always second guess yourself and think you maybe should have gone for the larger unit, I found myself thinking that we really should have gone for 50% more pool. Silly… but that’s just the way things are.


2012 Home Renovations – Part 07 – Tha major part of the Pool dig is done

2012 Home Renovations – Part 09 – Rebar for the pool and its retaining wall is up

2012 Home Renovations – Part 07 – The major part of the Pool dig is done

In the morning we met with Rich (DC Enclosures) and discussed what we were going to do with the dirt being pulled out of the back yard. Much of it will go into leveling our driveway to make the top portion a bit handier for people who visit. Typically, anybody who parked in the “turnaround pad” found their car to be on a steep enough angle that opening the door and getting out proved to be somewhat of a challenge.

So we will be widening the driveway and making the bottom part of it somewhat steeper. This will allow us to bring the top part much closer to level. We also will not be nearly so aggressive in the slope that is built into the driveway (the side to side curve that will help redirect water where we want it to go – the reverse of a crown).

The pile of dirt in the front yard continues to grow and will grow even more tomorrow as about 3 feet of our driveway – at the side of the house – is broken off and then the underlying dirt is excavated in order to prepare a massive footing that will be required to properly secure the new retaining wall.

Our driveway is really taking a beating. When you combine the fact that it was already showing some signs of shifting with the removal of the support the old, rotting retaining wall provided and the pounding of the heavy equipment moving back and forth over it it is small wonder that it’s now sinking and cracking so much

I looked over at our neighbor’s house to check out their retaining wall which was rebuilt about 3 or 4 years ago and can see that it is already leaning noticeably. I don’t want to mess about with a half-assed job like that. We’re going with a properly engineered solution so that my investment in the new driveway and the security of both me and my other neighbor below this wall will be assured.

The pool dig is largely done. You can see the actual shape of the pool as the deeper hole inside of the larger hole. The extra room of the larger hole is for the rebar, support and drainage that needs to be installed around the pool.

The black panels are the walls of the pool from DesJoyaux. The big “grooves” or “pockets” that you see on the bottom of the smaller pile will be filled with concrete when all is said and done.

The blocks you see at the bottom of the pool hole represent the bottom of the finished pool. The guys spent a LOT of time working with leveling devices to carefully place these. These will assure that the rest of the pool is set up correctly.

This unit in the center of the picture is the filter unit for the pool (upside down). One of the appeals of the DesJoyaux system is that there is very little plumbing involved, no bottom drain, no skimmers beyond the one on the filter unit itself. So there is less to worry about breaking due to freezing or heaving. The filter is positioned to promote a clockwise flow of water. Because you’re not moving water around through an array of pipes, you don’t need as powerful a motor. The unit I’m going to have will consume between .3 kWatts and 1.6 kWatts depending on whether I’m using the high or low setting (that’s about .4 to 2 horsepower).

2012 Home Renovations – Part 06 – The Pool dig has begun

2012 Home Renovations – Part 08 – The pool walls are up, half of the driveway is gone

2012 Home Renovations – Part 06 – The Pool dig has begun

Today had the majority of our new drainage infrastructure put in place. The yard was re-graded to properly divert water both away from the house and away from the pool area. The way our yard sloped before, the water would naturally flow across the intended pool area toward the neighbor’s back yard (and so on down the street). Now we’re redirecting all that toward the front yard instead. Three collection/catch basins were also installed where most of the downspout and runoff water will be collected. These may be overkill, but we’re engineering on the conservative side so that we will not have to go back later to address a problem that could have been avoided. We have relatively low profile curbs so the original plan to have the water piped down to the street and then out through a hole in the curb is in question at the moment. I’m looking at this as a possible solution.

You can see both downspouts are now redirected into the new drainage system and the grate for one of the catch basins in the center of the image.

Here is another of the catch basin grates, plus a couple more downspouts redirected and at the top of the picture you can see trenching for the pipes that will carry the water to the curb.

These are the pipes ready to go when we’ve sorted out how to introduce the drainage water to the street in an attractive fashion

But the big news is that the actual pool dig has begun. You can finally get a sense of our plans becoming reality as we see the pool carved out of the ground.

Note the sloppy clay from last night’s rainfall

This picture gives a sense of the formerly forested part of our back yard. I’m hopeful that we can do something back here that can recapture some of that untamed aspect.

This blue pipe is a rough-in for the downspout that will eventually come from the “supergutter” that will serve both drainage and support functions in the finished lanai

We’re doing a fair amount of planning right now to ensure that we make the most of our other planned enhancements. Namely to change the slope profile of the front yard and the driveway and to widen the driveway. We may be lucky enough to consume nearly ALL of the dug soil/clay in these other parts. Meanwhile the pile of dirt in the front yard continues to grow.

Of course all of this is not without cost. Rich (of DC Enclosures) is working with us to try to find cost effective options for issues as they arise. We have not had any real surprises so far.

2012 Home Renovations – Part 05 – Digging the trench for the retaining wall footer

2012 Home Renovations – Part 07 – The major part of the Pool dig is done


2012 Home Renovations – Part 05 – Digging the trench for the retaining wall footer

The rain forecast for the next few days doesn’t look very promising, some variation on “Thunderstorms” is being promised through until Sunday. It rained last night so things are pretty sloppy outside now.

The most substantial change is the trench for the footer for the retaining wall

There was a fair amount of work done in terms of preparing the site for the drainage that we are going to need. Including removing the wooden planters that had been up against the house.

And silt fences all around

Note the growing pile of dirt in the front yard – we have plans for this. Originally we were going to have somewhere between 20-50 dump truck loads to take away. So far we have had only 3 to remove the non-reusable stuff that’s been pulled out.

We now have ZERO grass in the back yard. With the rain all that red Georgia clay has become pretty slick and tenaciously stuck to anything that has come near to it!

2012 Home Renovations – Part 04 – Initial scratch and demolition

2012 Home Renovations – Part 06 – The Pool dig has begun

2012 Home Renovations – Part 04 – Initial scratch and demolition

Probably this will have been the most dramatic day for us change-wise.

You know how, when it rains, you’ll do nearly anything to avoid getting wet. But there eventually comes a time when you just have to surrender to it. Recognize that there is nothing to be done except either embrace your reality or drive yourself mad railing against it.

Every small change we had made up until now – cutting down our little redbud tree, taking apart the bird feeders, removing the chiminea from the yard – had involved such inertia, seemed somehow monumental. But these were all merely drops of rain landing on my shirt.

The workers had brought in a bobcat just before I left for work on Monday and I did not arrive back home until after work. I walked around with a flashlight to see what had been done, but that is a bit surreal. The landscape was no longer familiar and I could not get a really good sense of the overall… difference.

The new view from the patio reveals the true extent of the hill in the back yard – in cross section no less

Looking down the driveway now looks almost precipitous with the removal of the old retaining wall and bushes

Turning to look across the yard from the same vantage point gives you some idea of the both the now flora-free hill but also the barrenness of the formerly forested area behind.

And the shed is still there, but the tired sidewalk is now no more.

A closer look at where the retaining wall used to be, Michelle is sure that the driveway will now slide off into the neighbor’s house

Meanwhile, from a different vantage point, you get a sense of where the pool will be located

Finally you can see the remains of the Juniper and retaining wall that was scraped out and is ready to be chopped up.

Tomorrow the concrete slab holding the Bar-B-Que will be demolished.

2012 Home Renovations – Part 03 – Clearing the Trees

2012 Home Renovations – Part 05 – Digging the trench for the retaining wall footer