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Good Morning, Bank of America, How Are Ya? 🎮
Woods Walk 🌲🌲🌲
Big Bird’s a Commie ☭
I awoke this morning to a text from Bank of America about potentially fraudulent charges on my debit card.
“Pshaw,” thought I. “Probably just a scam.” So I stumbled into the kitchen, made my coffee and came back to my home office to do some writing. I made a quick detour to my inbox and saw an email from Bank of America about potentially fraudulent charges on my debit card.
But I’m no fool. I know how not to get phished, so I hovered over the links in the email to see if they were taking me somewhere more likely to be frequented by, say, sketchy Eastern Europeans than American banking officials (no comment about their sketchiness).
It looked legit.
So I logged into my actual bank site from my bookmarked link, and, indeed, there was an alert asking me to review some suspect charges. Had I, indeed, attempted to make a whole bunch of purchases at 3 a.m. through Google to someplace called Tencent and another thing called Kingsgroup?
A little research informed me both of these are gaming companies.
No, no I hadn’t been awake gaming at 3 a.m. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I have gamed. And I’m pretty sure Boy The Younger wouldn’t get out of bed at 3 a.m. to game — he’s too much like his mother when it comes to his love of sleep to do that. Plus, he knows that attempting to pay actual money that is not his for gaming would lead to swift and long-term separation between him and his ability to game.
It’s not that I have a blind spot for my kids. I know they are, in fact, kids, which by definition means they’re going to do incredibly stupid things sometimes.
Just not this kind of stupid.
I called the number on the bank website and was on hold for 20 minutes because of “higher than normal call volumes” (at 6:30 a.m.!). When I was finally connected with a customer service person, she quickly and politely handled the situation. A new bank card is on its way.
And I hope whoever made my Sunday start out this way rots in hell.
I took a break today from tending to Wifey Poo as she recovers from foot surgery and all that goes into running a household with a 12-year-old to venture out into the woods behind my house. I’m still in awe of the fact that those woods are part of my property. I haven’t lived in a place with woods since I was a kid. It was so soothing to my soul to take a crappy old plastic chair I’d found under our back deck and bring it out with me, find the spot that just felt right and sit there amidst the trees for a while with my journal and my thoughts and my heart.
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As Zach prepares for his first ultramarathon, he sometimes finds himself 20 miles into a training run deep in the Redwood Forest with tears streaming down his blond-bearded face. It’s not pain from the grueling run or sadness from a sometimes difficult past that brings them. They are tears of appreciation that he, born without…Keep reading
The passage of time can sometimes feel so heavy. I remember when I first met Wifey Poo, Little Sister was still in high school, studying her Spanish words for a test the next day. Tonight, I followed Wifey Poo as she wheeled into a funeral home to pay her respects to the mother of one of Little Sister’s friends. She passed away earlier this week after a lengthy illness.
Wifey Poo, Little Sister and another of her friends sat out in the — what would you call it? — the lobby of the funeral home? I dunno, but the room where the open casket wasn’t. We’re all showing the signs of aging. Wifey Poo’s rollin’ around on a knee scooter. When I look in the mirror, the reflection staring back at me looks tired. Little Sister’s friend talked about how she thought she might have gout but it could be arthritis.
We have all gone through the Getting Married stage and the Having Babies stage. We’re now in the Oh My God They’re Teenagers stage and the We Have To Take Care Of Our Kids And Our Parents? stage, as well as the When Did It Become A Thing To Make Noises When You Sit Down? stage.
What the actual fuck?
The ‘What Did You Say? of the Day
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Boy The Younger’s basketball season starts this week. Hoop dreams!
- I want to spend more time in the woods.
- Fall has been nice and long this year. I’m stickin’ around for all of it.
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Sell This House Our house hit the market today, which is to say the Great Gods of Google allowed for it to be found by Realtors and anyone else who happens to have a larger-than-average nosy bone. Our Realtor said we could share it with our friends and family. I was trying to think of…Keep reading
Stages of Life Over the years, I’ve found tremendous comfort in the stability of my in-law family, especially with my sisters-in-law and, as time has progressed, their husbands. My own family is pocked by constant drama. It took me a long time to recognize exactly how not-typical my own family is and to realize that…Keep reading
Wakey Wakey My day started off with a bag-full of my blood being drained, filled with ozone and then dripped back into my while I listened to a cancer patient banter about QAnon insanity as if it were gospel with the nurse in charge of my treatment. How was your morning? So Long, Sonny Boy…Keep reading
Interesting Things You Say to Your Spouse “Please don’t get killed by anyone using a sharp object. I don’t want to go to prison for the rest of my life.” This sentence that I said to Wifey-Poo this morning makes sense if you have a spouse who loves murder podcasts and TV shows. My hands…Keep reading
Welcome to the World of Real Estate Starting a new job today was a welcome relief from the drudgery of moving. After getting my ass kicked yesterday in the Great Fridge Swap, I welcomed the opportunity to use my brain instead of whatever physical power I might have left. This is the first time I’m…Keep reading
Perspective Matters I don’t know exactly when I learned it or from whom, but I’ve held “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” as a Truth-capital-T for a long, long time. Today I learned it’s a matter of perspective. Yesterday, I bragged about how I have become Mr. Fix-It. Today, the God of Home Improvement (Tim Allen?) smacked me in…Keep reading
Begone, Cabinet! There was a time not long ago when I had zero self-confidence with home repair or renovation projects. It seemed as if every time I tried something, I made the situation worse and often a lot worse. This runs counter to my DNA, as my father is constantly tinkering with things and fixing…Keep reading
Moving Is Fun … … when someone else does it. At just before 9 a.m., movers from Two Men and a Truck arrived at our Wentzville house. There were four men. Within three hours, they’d loaded up all the crap we had boxed and the furniture and other assorted LifeJunk we’ve accumulated through the years.…Keep reading
He Got the Shot I took Boy the Younger to get his first COVID vaccine today. He’s 12. I consider this the socially responsible thing to do, and, after struggling for months now with Longhaul COVID, I’m really not all that open to hearing the other side of the vaccine debate. I’ve made up my…Keep reading